February 25, 2015

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Enter The Nicholson Foundation and Rutgers University Health Care Delivery Challenge for Chance to Earn $50,000 in Funding

If you have an idea for improving health outcomes and/or reducing health care costs for vulnerable populations in New Jersey, enter the Nicholson Foundation and Rutgers University Health Care Delivery Challenge. The winning team receives $50,000 in funding for project implementation. Each team must have at least three members, including at least one member each from the broader Rutgers community and the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences community. The deadline for team submissions is April 3, 2015. Q and A webinars will be held today (February 25) from noon to 1 p.m. and March 4 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Examples of potential ideas: an intervention to improve community engagement, an app that a team in the field could use to relay information to a patient’s health care team, or a payment model that addresses the high cost of health care delivery. Participants can form teams through the challenge’s online forum or preselect teams according to the eligibility rules. Register for either webinar and learn more here


In this Issue...

Receive Extra Discount During kite+key Technology Weeklong Trade-in Event
kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, is holding a technology trade-in event, March 2 through March 6, at the various student centers. You will receive an additional $10 for your item. Check here for dates, times, and locations. If you can’t make it to the event, kite+key accepts trade-ins every day. You can exchange old technology for a kite+key gift card. kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products, plus Dell, HP, Samsung, Asus products and accessories, and offers a range of services, warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new website for kite+key, which is located in the Retail Plaza on the Livingston Campus. Stay current on specials and promotions by following kite+key on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

Register Now for HIPHOP 5K Run/Walk to Support Student-run Community Service and Health Education Programs: March 14
The entire university community is invited to participate in HIPHOP’s 16th annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on March 14 beginning at 10 a.m. at Johnson Park, Piscataway. The event is hosted by the Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Proceeds benefit the HIPHOP Promise Clinic, which provides free medical services to uninsured New Brunswick residents, in addition to supporting HIPHOP’s central New Jersey community health education programs and events. The 5K Fun Run/Walk is conducted on a flat course that starts and finishes near the animal haven and follows paved roadways near the Raritan River. Through March 2, the entry fee is $14 per participant or $12 per person for a team of five or more. Thereafter, the fee is $15. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first 200 runners or walkers to register receive a free T-shirt. Register and get more information here.

2015 Part-time and Summer Job Fair
The 2015 Part-time and Summer Job Fair will be held on April 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. All Rutgers departments and affiliates interested in hiring students for part-time and/or summer jobs, as well as non-Rutgers affiliates such as area businesses, are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli, job location and development program coordinator, at jldp@ofa.rutgers.edu. Register here.

Register Kids for Summer Camp Now
Registration is open for the 2015 New Horizons Summer Camps, beginning June 23, at Cook/Douglass Recreation Center. Day camp for children 5 to 11 includes sports, fitness, science, arts and crafts, trips, swimming lessons, and more. Adventure Camp for children 11 to 16 offers scuba diving, surfing, biking, hiking, and more. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

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

Highlights include:

Environmental News Network: Component in olive oil kills cancer cells (Paul Breslin, SEBS, quoted here)


Star-Ledger: Marijuana legal in New Jersey? This new coalition launches effort to legalize it, tax it (David Nathan, RWJMS, quoted here)


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

Academic Sphere

A Supply Chain Management Perspective on Pakistan’s Energy Crises: February 27, New Brunswick
As part of its Energy Policy Seminar series, the Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Breaking the Vicious Cycle—A Supply Chain Management Perspective on Pakistan’s Energy Crises, featuring Yao Zhao, associate professor, Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Cook Campus. Learn more about the series here

How to Manage Stress with Deborah Carr: Discussion and Luncheon: March 12, New Brunswick
Rutgers’ ACE Women's Network presents a discussion and luncheon with Deborah Carr, professor, Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, March 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Club, New Brunswick. Admission: $18. Seats are limited. Register for the event and learn more here

Register Now for Boggs Center’s Spring 2015 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
Registration is open for the Boggs Center’s Spring 2015 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series in April and May. The 250th session of the series on April 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hotel Woodbridge, Metropark, Iselin, N.J., features Andrew Solomon, New York Times' best-selling author and winner of the National Book Award, and Deborah Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and executive director of the Boggs Center. Solomon will present his experiences writing Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. Spitalnik will begin the session by tracing the structure and impact of disability policy on the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their families, and those who work on their behalf. Registration required and space is limited. No admission fee. Learn more and register here.

Discounted Certified Public Manager Program Available to Employees
The School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, offers university employees the New Jersey Certified Public Managers® program at a 15 percent discounted price. The program is designed to develop public-sector managers, administrators, and supervisors into more efficient, effective, and ethical organizational leaders; give participants the knowledge needed to address complex organizational challenges, manage day-to-day operations more effectively, and grow as leaders; and provide a framework upon which leaders can build their career. Students may meet weekly or Friday and Saturday twice a month in three locations. Spring 2015 cohorts start on May 7 (Wayne); May 8 (New Brunswick); and May 29 (Trenton). Learn more and apply here.


Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: February 26 and 27, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra’s collaboration with the American Repertory Ballet and the State Theatre continues with a fully staged ballet performance of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on February 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre, New Brunswick. The women of the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir and soloists will join the performance. Learn more here

State Constitutional Law Lecture: February 26, Camden
The Center for State Constitutional Studies, School of Law–Camden, and the Rutgers University Law Review sponsor Keith Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University, who speaks on The New Deal in State Constitutional Law: The Case of New Jersey, February 26 at 3 p.m., fourth floor faculty lounge at the School of Law. Learn more here

New Outcome Measures of Intervention Efficacy: Detecting Physiologically Relevant Changes: February 27, Scotch Plains
The School of Health Related Professions’ Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions presents Elizabeth B. Torres of the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, who discusses New Outcome Measures of Intervention Efficacy: Detecting Physiologically Relevant Changes, on February 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 506 at the School of Health Related Professions’ Scotch Plains location. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here

Vision Research: Interactions between Scientists and Artists: March 3, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a discussion with Rutgers professor and Busch Campus dean Thomas Papathomas on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. In his talk, he references Salvador Dalí’s painting, Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko), as part of a broader discussion of artists who use an intuitive grasp of visual perception fundamentals to open new horizons in research. The program is offered during the museum’s monthly program, Art After Hours: First Tuesdays, 5 to 9 p.m. Learn more here

The House of Influx: March 3–8, New Brunswick
What lurks in the deep, sometimes dark rooms of our unconscious minds, and how do we unlock the door? Rutgers Theater Company at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, explores the hidden side in all of us in The House of Influx from March 3 to March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on March 8 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, New Brunswick.Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors, and $15 for students with valid ID. Learn more here

Body and Soul: Politics of Race and Medicine: March 4, Newark
The Department of African American and African Studies, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, presents Alondra Nelson, author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and The Fight Against Medical Discrimination, on March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., fourth floor, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers–Newark. The event is cosponsored by the Federated Department of History; the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience; the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; the Office of Student Life and Leadership; the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; and the Graduate Program in American Studies. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

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.

Get Involved

Earn $10 for One-Hour Interview in Research Study: How Do Older Adults Plan for Future Life Events?
Nonfaculty Rutgers employees age 50 and older are invited to participate in a research study seeking to learn how older adults plan for future health- and nonhealth-related events. Information obtained will provide insight about teaching individuals to make better decisions, improving their quality of life, and reducing unnecessary medical care. Participants will be interviewed for approximately one hour and receive $10. To participate and learn more, contact Bridget Noel at bridgetn@rutgers.edu or 908-307-1204.

Recruiting Alumni for Your Department
The Rutgers University Alumni Association promotes opportunities for alumni to get involved in ways that are meaningful to them and to Rutgers. If you wish to recruit alumni to serve as event support personnel, consultants, speakers, or mentors for your department, contact the association at volunteer@winants.rutgers.edu.

Awards & Honors

Waheed BajwaAnand Sarwate, and Saman Zonouz, assistant professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received faculty early career-development program awards from the National Science Foundation. The awards help junior faculty secure financial footing to establish research programs and share knowledge through teaching and outreach programs. Bajwa and Sarwate each receive $550,000 and Zonouz $508,000 over five years.

Joseph R. Bertino, university professor, Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and chief scientific officer, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, was honored by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit with the Grand Award of Merit for his contributions to the field of cancer research, including his influential role in finding treatments for leukemia and lymphoma. 

Angus Kress Gillespie, professor, Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected by the U.S. Navy—in recognition of his research on maritime history— as a distinguished visitor for a two-day study visit aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, out of Norfolk, VA. 

Michael Lewis, university distinguished professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Tara A. Matthews, developmental behavioral pediatrician, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Department of Genetics, Division of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and fellow of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, have received a U.S. Copyright Office certificate of registration for their screening application, Early Three. The app, developed in collaboration with WebTeam Corp., is a tool designed to help parents and pediatricians detect early indications of autism in children from 8 to 36 months.

Evelyn M. Witkin, professor emerita, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Stephen Elledge, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, have been named recipients of the 14th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for their studies of the DNA damage response. The Wiley Prize recognizes contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced concepts in a particular biomedical discipline, and carries a $35,000 award. The Wiley Foundation, which provides the award, is part of John Wiley & Sons Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that seeks to improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education.

Gifts & Grants

Les Michelson, scientific staff at Rutgers' Office of Information Technology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.7 million. The project, titled Supercomputing: Rutgers' Catalyst for Discovery at the Frontiers of Medicine, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dr. Michelson here

Henry Hsia, assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is principal investigator on a $130,250 grant from LifeCell. His project is titled Impact of Acellular Dermal Matrix on Post-Surgical Wound Fluid Biomarkers. Learn more about Professor Hsia here.

Melissa Just, associate university librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Rutgers University Libraries, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $82,593. Her project, titled Network Funding for Statewide Library Services, is being supported by the New Jersey State Library. Learn more about Ms. Just here.

Liliane Windsor, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. Her project, titled ICI New Jersey, is being supported by Columbia University. Learn more about Professor Windsor here.

José Camacho, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $21,779. His project, titled Bilingual Morphology at the Crossroads: New Directions in the Study of Word Structure, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Camacho here.

In Memoriam

William H. Bauer passed away on February 16, 2015. He was a professor of ceramic engineering at the School of Engineering (1947–1993), a former president of the university's alumni association and, along with his wife, Barbara, a noted supporter of Rutgers athletics. 

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