February 24, 2016

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Paul Moré

Rutgers–Camden's Paul Moré Gives Back

After a successful 35-year career as a civilian engineer for the Department of Defense, Paul Moré made a notable return to Rutgers University–Camden—where he, his wife, and one of their two children earned their undergraduate degrees—hoping to give back to the university community that had supported him.

He became a mathematics instructor in 2002 and eventually started the Moré Family Scholarship there, trying to help worthy students minimize the financial struggles he faced as an undergraduate. He became active in charitable work to help orphans and also within the university community, serving as a vice president of the Camden chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a member of the Rutgers-Camden Faculty Council. Read Moré’s story here. (Pictured at left, Moré with youngsters from the Honduran orphanage he supports.)

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Submit Proposals by February 29 for Camden's Women's History Month Conference
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Community Leadership Center, Rutgers University–Camden, invite faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, activists, scholars, and artists in all fields to propose panels, papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and performances for the Women’s History Month Conference, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center. Proposals may address the conference theme, “Disrupting Power and Privilege to Empower Women,” or focus on other topics related to gender. Submit proposals by February 29 to askwgs@camden.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Register by March 1 for Discount in Mason Gross Summer Programs
Take advantage of the early-bird discount by registering by March 1 for any of the innovative summer programs at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Summer intensives in music, dance, and visual arts are strong opportunities for students to explore, create, and perform under the expert guidance of New Jersey’s most distinguished teaching artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory. Register and learn more here.

Artists' Discussion and Celebration of Feminist Art Project's 10th Anniversary: March 3, New Brunswick
Join the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series and The Feminist Art Project on March 3 at 5 p.m. for a discussion at Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with artists from the group exhibition TFAP@TEN, on view through April 8 in the library’s Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries. Artists include Anonda Bell, Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, So Yoon Lym, Babs Reingold, and Adrienne Wheeler. The moderator is Midori Yoshimoto, associate professor of art history and director of the Visual Arts Gallery at New Jersey City University. The Feminist Art Project's 10th anniversary celebration follows at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to womenart@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.


April and May Boggs Center’s Lecture Series: Iselin and Mount Laurel
Register now for The Boggs Center’s Spring 2016 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series, April 8 and 15 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, and May 6 and 13 at the Doubletree Suites, Mount Laurel, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required and space is limited. View the session descriptions and register here

National Engineers Week Events: February 24, Piscataway
Join the following National Engineers Week events on February 24 in Piscataway: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., become an engineer for a day at the N.E.R.D. Olympics, competing for fun in athletic and intellectual activities in the multipurpose room of the Busch Student Center; at 3 p.m. in the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building, attend the keynote address as the School of Engineering welcomes its first female to the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, Reates Curry, who received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 1994 from Rutgers; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m., attend  the Verizon industry panel, also at the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building, to learn about life at a leading telecommunications company. Learn more here.

From Pill to Patient: Rutgers Pharmacists’ Interprofessional Showcase: February 25, Piscataway
Rutgers Industry Pharmacists Organization hosts an interprofessional event on February 25 from 6:40 to 9 p.m. in the Busch Student Center, Room 120, Piscataway, to showcase different roles in the pharmaceutical industry for the benefit of students and faculty from any school and major. A panel including speakers with medical, pharmacy, nursing, and MBA degrees will address their education and various roles in pharma. Food and drinks will be provided. Learn more and RSVP here.

Department of Geography: “Rethinking Techno-Politics: Material Mediations of Life After Apartheid”: February 26, Piscataway
As part of its Speaker Series Seminar, the Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents “Rethinking Techno-Politics: Material Mediations of Life After Apartheid,” delivered by Antina von Schnitzler, Graduate Program of International Affairs, The New School, on February 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Tillett Hall 246, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Cheryl Wall, Inaugural New Brunswick Chancellor’s Professor in Arts and Humanities: March 1, New Brunswick
Cheryl A. Wall, Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, holds the first Chancellor’s Professorship in the Arts and Humanities, an initiative created by the Rutgers University–New Brunswick strategic plan. The professorship is awarded annually to a preeminent faculty member from an arts and humanities discipline. Wall will offer a lecture, "City of Dreams: Harlem in the 1920s," on March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. 


Jazz @Rutgers 250: Music, Art, and the Written Word: March 2, Newark
Enjoy performances by the Leo Johnson Quartet and the NJPAC Teens Jazz Quartet; an art exhibition by the Brodsky Center, featuring the works on jazz by Faith Ringgold; an exhibition of the works of Walter Dean Myers; and other presentations by the New Jersey Center for the Book on March 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Essex Room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. The event is hosted by the Rutgers Retired Faculty and Staff Advisory Council and cosponsored by the Jazz Institute, Brodsky Center, New Jersey Center for the Book, and Rutgers University Libraries. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so RSVP early.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: March 2
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on March 2 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai and learn how to set up their Gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories; enter grades; set extra-credit items; and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

Julia Alvarez: Writers at Rutgers: March 3, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, welcomes author Julia Alvarez, whose titles include In the Time of the Butterflies, Homecoming, and Return to Sender, on March 3 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Alvarez is a recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award and the National Medal of Arts. A book signing and a dessert reception follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Next PEP Panel: Appealing to a Broader Audience: March 4, New Brunswick
Academic journals and conferences are venues for specialist works by and for experts, engaging scholars in the ongoing quest to produce knowledge. But many of those works, if framed more broadly and written more engagingly, can appeal to a broader audience. The installment of the Public Engagement Project on March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, considers how a “crossover” academic book can engage general readers and offers general tips on writing and publishing such books. Learn more and register here

“Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody”: March 8, Camden
The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University–Camden, hosts its fourth annual lecture when Susan Terrio, author and professor of anthropology and French studies at Georgetown University, presents “Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody,” on March 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center. Learn more here or contact Joann Schroeder at joann.schroeder@rutgers.edu.

Register Now and Save: 40th Annual Home Gardeners School: March 19, New Brunswick
Learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from landscape and horticulture experts when the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its 40th annual Home Gardeners School on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Choose from 35 workshops (including 23 new ones) covering everything from composting, irrigation, and roses to paver projects, fruit production, and beekeeping. Save $15 by registering on or before March 10. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The Washington Post, Forbes, and International Business Times.

Highlights include:

Big Ten Network: Rutgers’ prison-to-college program opens up better life paths (Donald Roden, SAS, Chris Agans, Mountainview, quoted here

Gannett New Jersey: Organic, low-fat, gluten-free: What food labels mean (Kate Cairns, A&S-Camden, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

REI Policy Seminar: "The Path to Fusion Energy": February 26, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts Stewart Prager, director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, on February 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Register by February 27 for Discount in SC&I's Business and Organizational Writing
Professional Development Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is offering its online, four-week Business and Organizational Writing course for $699 (normally $795) with an application-fee waiver for faculty or staff who enroll by February 27. The course offers an opportunity to enhance your on-screen professional image with engaging projects and to learn how to present clear messages, format documents for readability, and use a positive tone. This noncredit, self-paced class begins on February 29. Learn more and enroll here.

9th MaGrann Symposium: "Hazards in Context": March 2, Piscataway
The 9th MaGrann Symposium, “Hazards in Context,” honoring the research and scholarship of James K. Mitchell, professor, Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be held on March 2 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Mitchell's work has emphasized the hazard characteristics of contingency, uncertainty, ambiguity, and surprise. These and other themes are explored through keynote addresses and panel presentations. Speakers include leading figures and junior scholars in the field of natural hazards, many of whom are Mitchell’s former students and valued colleagues. The event is free but registration is required. Register and learn more here.

CGPH Seminar Series: "From Bad Pharma to Good Pharma": March 7, Piscataway
The Center for Global Public Health Seminar Series hosts Donald Light, professor of comparative health, Rowan University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, who will present “Global Health Justice and the Search for Better Medicines: From Bad Pharma to Good Pharma," on March 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. A light lunch will be provided. Learn more here.

Faculty Book Submissions for Annual Libraries’ Celebration Due by March 11
Rutgers University Libraries’ annual celebration of faculty authors, this year known as "A Celebration of Books,” will be held on April 12. The event, combining physical and digital displays of faculty books, a booklet listing all faculty books, and an opening reception, acknowledges the scholarship of faculty across many disciplines. Faculty are encouraged to submit their books by March 11 here

SHRP Presents a Model for Clinical Supervision: March 18, Scotch Plains
As part of the School of Health Related Professions’ (SHRP) 2016 colloquium series, Tom Bartholomew, director, State Hospital Project, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Profession, will present evidence for a generic model of clinical supervision on March 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at SHRP’s Scotch Plains location. Bartholomew participates in an ongoing statewide clinical supervision project within the four state psychiatric hospitals as well as in an ongoing National Institute of Mental Health study of clinical supervision conducted with Indiana University. Learn more here.

Black History Month

Rutgers African-American Alumni Organization 3rd Annual Black Rutgers International Arts and Literature Festival: February 27, Piscataway
Enjoy a day of celebration of black arts and activism on the Rutgers campus and beyond in the multipurpose room of the Busch Student Center, Piscataway, on February 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is hosted by the Rutgers African Alumni Alliance and cosponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Rethinking Peace Studies: February 24, Newark
Paul Hastings, executive director of the Japan ICU Foundation, presents on the Rethinking Peace Studies project, a series of three seminars held over a three-year period starting in 2014. The workshop themes were transdisciplinary and allowed participants to approach peace studies from a diversity of perspectives. The first seminar focused on the theme translation, the second on memory, and the third on dialogue. This presentation is on February 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

"Make It Better: What Corruption Means and What We Can Do about It": February 25, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture, “Make It Better: What Corruption Means and What We Can Do about It,” by Zephyr Teachout, 2014 candidate for governor of New York and professor at Fordham Law School, on February 25 at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Admission is free but RSVP is required. Learn more here.

Mixed Use: Extending the Terms Exhibition: through February 25, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Department of Fine Arts hosts Mixed Use: Extending the Terms, a group exhibition by Camden faculty, students, and alumni that showcases the broad and interdisciplinary range of teaching pedagogy in painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, and animation, through February 25 at Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia. Learn more here.

Performance: 4th Annual Tunnel of Oppression: through February 25, Camden
The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive, immersive, in-your-face program built around a series of student-actor skits covering topics such as poverty, sexual assault, depression and suicide, racial and cultural tensions, LGBTQ issues, gender roles, bystander roles, body image, and substance usage and abuse. The walks through the tunnel continue through February 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Raptor Roost in the Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center. Learn more here

Sara Sant'Ambrogio and Min Kwon Recital: February 29, New Brunswick
Grammy-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio performs with acclaimed Steinway artist Min Kwon, pianist and head of the Rutgers keyboard program, on February 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The concert features works by Frédéric Chopin, Astor Piazzolla, Robert Schumann, and Gaspar Cassado. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Recreation Membership to Help Focus on Health and Wellness: New Brunswick
Has the winter weather gotten you down? Focus on your health and wellness with a recreation membership, available to legacy UMDNJ students; alumni; student, employee, and alumni spouses; and Type 3 and Type 4 employees. Students, faculty, and staff can also sponsor a nonaffiliate for a courtesy membership. Work out using state-of-the-art fitness equipment, take instructional/fitness classes, swim laps, and enjoy the spas at the recreation facilities throughout Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Call 848-445-0462 with questions. Learn more here.

Learn iPad Pro at Kite+Key, Receive $10 Gift Card
Learn the ins and outs of the new iPad Pro at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, located in the Retail Plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on March 2 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. All registered attendees receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Space is limited. RSVP to kiteandkey@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Take the Ciclovía Survey for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card
The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is conducting a study to evaluate the annual New Brunswick Ciclovía, which closes streets to automobiles and opens them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and various recreational activities. The study team requests the university community’s participation in the survey to assess attendance, perceptions, and awareness of past Ciclovías. Participants earn a chance to win a $50 gift card. Faculty and staff may launch the survey here. Contact Charles Brown at 848-932-2846 or charles.brown@ejb.rutgers.edu with questions.

End to Engineers Week: Annual Canoe Race: February 26, Piscataway
What better way to end National Engineers Week at Rutgers University–New Brunswick than with the annual Cardboard Canoe Race at the Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway, on February 26. Teams of two have one hour to build a boat using cardboard sheets, duct tape, garbage bags, and a box cutter. Then it’s into the pool to see who can clock the fastest time and stay afloat. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome. Free food will be available. Learn more here.

Attend Center for Latin American Studies' Movie Series
As part of its spring program, the Center for Latin American Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the Jueves De Cine series at the Rutgers Cinema from 8 to 10 p.m. The screening schedule: March 10, The Second Mother; April 7, La Tierra y La Sombra; and April 28, San Dollars

Awards & Honors

Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected as a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology, which honors members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director, Nursing Leadership Program, and executive director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International Research and Evaluation Committee, the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for nursing.

Sherine E. Gabriel, dean, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jeffrey Carson, provost, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Brunswick, and vice chair of research, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Medicine, were inducted into the Association of American Physicians, the prestigious national society for internal medicine physicians, bringing the number of Rutgers members to eight.

Lynn McFarlane, director of marketing and communications, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the new co-chair for marketing for the Nursing Advancement Professionals group of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She also was appointed to the trusteeship committee of the Partners for Health Foundation, a charitable organization serving 15 northern New Jersey communities.

Gifts & Grants

Lisa Denzin, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is co-investigator on a five-year grant to Tatyana Golovkina at the University of Chicago and has been awarded a subcontract totaling $1,543,322. The project, titled New Retroviral Restriction Factor, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Denzin here.

William Gause, professor, Department of Medicine, and senior associate dean and director, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,000,000. The project, titled Skin Research Laboratory in the Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases (i3D), is being supported by MCJ Amelior Foundation. Learn more about Gause here.

Edward Arnold, Board of Governors and Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $774,998. The project, titled Structures of HIV Reverse Transcriptase with Substrates, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Arnold here.

Joel Lebowitz, George William Hill Professor of Mathematics and Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $443,811. The project, titled Emission, Emittance, and Entropy of High-Intensity Electron Beams, is being supported by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Learn more about Lebowitz here.

Ki-Bum Lee and Judith Deutsch are recipients of grants from the University City Science Center’s QED Proof-of-Concept Program and Rutgers. Lee, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will receive $175,000 to support his work on an innovative platform for programming human patient-derived stem cells for use in stem cell therapies in people with incurable and debilitating diseases and disorders. Deutsch, professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will receive $100,000 to support her development of a customized low-cost rehabilitation technology that selectively tracks movement and heart rate to assist in training for older adults as well as persons with neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions such as stroke. Learn more about Lee here and Deutsch here.

In Memoriam

Maureen DeMaio Esteves, of Bridgewater, N.J., associate dean, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, passed away on February 16, 2016, after more than 36 years in nursing education at Rutgers. A service was held at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge, on February 20.

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