February 18, 2015

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An Opportunity to Show Off Your Photography Skills

All Rutgers staff, students, and alumni are invited to showcase their talents in a photo contest sponsored by the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. The credit union is seeking diverse, artistic photographs of any areas at any of the university’s locations statewide. The winning photographs will be featured in upcoming Rutgers Federal Credit Union brochures.

To be eligible, submit up to five high-resolution photos along with a release form to photos@rutgersfcu.org by midnight March 31, 2015. Winning photographers will have their photos published with full photo credit and will be recognized at a special event. Learn more here.


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

March 1 Sponsorship Deadline for Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait 
Rutgers University celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2016. The opportunity to be included as a sponsor listed in the back of the commemorative anniversary book, Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, closes March 1, 2015. The limited edition book recalls and brings to life two and a half centuries of excellence in higher education through an eclectic mix of historic narrative, archival artifacts, and personal stories and memories from alumni, faculty, students, and staff. Order your copy now at the special introductory price of $50 plus shipping and handling. The special pricing closes July 1, 2015. Learn more here

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
A reminder from the New Jersey Division of Taxation: You can receive New Jersey income tax refunds faster by using NJ FastFile to file state returns online, with a PDF fill-in form, or with a software package. In addition, electronic filers can choose direct deposit, which is unavailable with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.


Movement Classes at No Charge for Those with Parkinson’s Disease
The Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is partnering with the New Jersey Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to present a series of movement classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Classes are free, March through June, at the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center and the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, both in New Brunswick. Drop-ins are welcome. Details here.

Want to Update? Exchange Your Old Technology at the Rutgers Tech Store
You can trade in your old technology at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store in Retail Plaza on the Livingston Campus. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized store that carries a full line of Apple products, plus Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products, and accessories such as headphones, cases, computer sleeves, and portable drives. In addition to trade-ins, cutting-edge products, and competitive pricing, kite+key offers computer repair, iPhone/iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new kite+key website (kiteandkey.rutgers.edu) coming soon. Learn more about trade-ins here or call 848-445-1127. Stay up-to-date on specials and promotions by following kite+key on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were recently quoted by the New York Times, Record, Star-Ledger, and National Public Radio, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

New York Times: Fed Report: Time to Examine Purposely Cooling Planet Idea (Alan Robock, SEBS, quoted here)

News Medical: New stent for treating cardiovascular disease successfully implanted in patients (Joachim Kohn, SAS, quoted here)

Click here to view the week’s other media stories quoting Rutgers experts.

Academic Sphere

Sacred Music Hits the Israeli Pop Charts: Money, Music, and Identity: February 23, New Brunswick
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Galeet Dardashti, an anthropologist and lead performer in the music group Divahn, for a lecture on the recent phenomenon of secular Israeli rock stars performing their own renditions of traditional Middle Eastern religious songs on February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center. Reservations suggested: csjlrsvp@rci.rutgers.edu or 848-932-2033. Learn more here.

Reception and Lecture Celebrate Appointment of Gary Aston-Jones at the Brain Health Institute: February 26, Busch Campus
The Brain Health Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates the appointment of Gary Aston-Jones as the first Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health with a reception and a lecture, Optogenetics and Designer Receptors: Transformation in Translational Neuroscience, February 26 at 3 p.m. in the main lecture hall, 675 Hoes Lane West, Busch Campus. Learn about Professor Aston-Jones here.


National Arts Program Exhibit and Awards Ceremony, February 19, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark
New Jersey Medical School hosts a Meet and Greet the Artists for the National Arts Program art exhibition, co-sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation, on February 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. on B-Level in the Medical Science Building, Newark. The exhibition runs through April 22. Learn more here.

From the Digital Toolbox Speaker Series: February 18, Camden
The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts hosts a lecture by Tim Portlock, who uses 3-D gaming technology to simulate real-world and imagined spaces, on February 18 at 12:15 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Portlock’s art is featured in the From the Digital Toolbox exhibition. Learn more here.

The Art of Elizabeth Demaray: Disciplinary Transformation in Art and Science Collaboration: February 19, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Elizabeth Demaray, associate professor of fine art at Rutgers University–Camden, who discusses the intersection of science and art on February 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Curating Black America: February 21, Newark
Join a two-part conference discussing how the black experience is remembered, Curating Black America: Celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Remembering Dr. Clement Alexander Price, 1945–2014, on February 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark, and then from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Newark Museum. Learn more here.

Ethics: When Government and Medicine CollideFrom the Right to Die to Ebola: February 24, New Brunswick

The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, presents a lecture by Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, on February 24 at 7 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center. Caplan will explore what ethical considerations guide government officials as they address today’s complex and challenging medical and health care issues. The lecture is part of the institute’s Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government. Register and learn more here.

Get Involved

The Role of Nursing in Global Health: March 18
Are you a nurse and curious about mission work? Attend this half-day conference sponsored by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs discussing the global topics of health care policy, trauma and nurses, and mission planning; hear the stories of mission volunteers, and take advantage of networking opportunities on March 18 at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Rosemary Gallene Room at New Jersey Medical School. A $15 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Register online here. Learn more here. For more information, contact Dorsa Seimaa at Seimaad1@uhnj.org or 973-972-5978, or Marquiah Geiger at geigermh@njms.rutgers.edu or 973-972-6653.

Tuberculosis Conference and TB Walk and Rally: March 20 and 21
The Global Tuberculosis Institute at New Jersey Medical School and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are sponsoring the annual TB Day conference, entitled A Patient-Centered Approach to TB Control: Current Perspectives and Future Visions, on March 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gotham Center, Long Island City, New York. A walk and rally to raise TB awareness are March 21, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Washington Square Park, Manhattan. Learn about the conference and register here. Deadline is March. 6. Learn about the walk and rally here.

Awards & Honors

Eugenia Etkina, professor and physics program coordinator, Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education (GSE), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was recognized for outstanding contributions to the preparation of future physics teachers by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, a partnership of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. GSE received The 5+ Award, which recognizes institutions that graduate at least five highly qualified physics teachers each academic year.

Phyllis Siegel, associate professor, Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, was appointed senior associate dean for graduate programs and received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Start with Service Wins Outstanding Program Recognition from American College Personnel Association
Start with Service, a two-day, overnight program offered to first-year students as a precollege community service immersion experience, was chosen outstanding program by the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Student Involvement. The program is coordinated by Krista Kohlmann, assistant director of student involvement, and graduate student Monica Hanna, Office of Student Involvement, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The program teaches students about the history, culture, and needs of the New Brunswick/Piscataway area and how to build relationships with community partners through community service.

Gifts & Grants

Walter Zahorodny, assistant professor of pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project, titled Research on Autism, Spectrum Disorders and Child Developmental Disorders in New Jersey, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Professor Zahorodny here.

Drew Gitomer, Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Classroom Artifacts Are Indicators of Quality in STEM Education, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gitomer here.

Ashaki Rouff, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesNewark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,064. The project, titled Controls on Struvite Neogenesis and Reactivity in Engineered and Geochemical Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Rouff here.

Lee Jussim, professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Maximizing Scientific Integrity, is being supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jussim here.

Faith Belanger, associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000 over three years. The project, titled Understanding Endophyte-Mediated Dollar Spot Resistance in Red Fescue, is being supported by the United States Golf Association. Learn more about Professor Belanger here

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