February 3, 2016

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Rutgers Dig Out

The Rutgers Dig Out

Despite 27.5 inches of snow in New Brunswick and Piscataway, 27.1 in Newark and 20.7 in Camden, the university’s facilities statewide were ready to go on the Monday (January 25) following the recent weekend storm. Year-round planning and a dedicated response team were key.  

Statewide, the Rutgers dig out consumed: 17,009 man hours, 314 tons of road salt, and 2,990 bags of ice melt and used 645 pieces of motorized equipment requiring 11,512 gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline. “We work the entire year on protocols, priorities, and aligning equipment, so that we were able to tackle it when it came,” said Antonio Calcado, senior vice president, institutional planning and operations. But, he added, "I regret that some parking areas were unavailable because of where crews had to pile snow.”

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Rutgers Day Program Submission Deadline: February 15
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in statewide Rutgers Day on April 30, with expanded programming in Camden and Newark as part of the university’s yearlong 250th anniversary celebration. Learn more here and submit your program by February 15. Have questions or need assistance in creating a program? Contact your designated Rutgers Day representative:

Recent Updates to the University Policy Library
The University Policy Library is the official source for policies governing the university's academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles; 30.1.9 Protection of Minors (revised) [PDF] is a recent policy update. Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general policy questions, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at secretary@oldqueens.rutgers.edu.


Cancer Institute Leaders Participate in White House "Moonshot" Meeting
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s precision medicine director, Lorna Rodriguez, and associate director for translational science, Shridar Ganesan, along with other cancer center leaders from the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, met recently with Vice President Joseph Biden’s staff at the White House to discuss cancer research. The effort is part of the "moonshot" initiative President Barack Obama referenced in his State of the Union address last month.

Earn $85 to $175 Per Day as Data Collectors
The National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is hiring data collectors at rates from $85 to $175 per day to train to administer child and classroom assessment instruments in pre-K classrooms from April to June. Graduate students with a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate upperclassmen with a focus on child development, early childhood, psychology, or a related field, and at least a 3.0 GPA are preferred. To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vita/résume, transcript (if currently a student), and two references by April 4 to Carol Contreras at ccontreras@nieer.org. Include "Data Collector" in the subject line. Learn more here or contact Carol Contreras at 848-932-4350.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals
Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff only who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Email fshousing@rutgers.edu or click here for more information.

“Like” Information Technology on Facebook
A Facebook page for the Rutgers community provides the latest news and updates from the Office of Information Technology, including service announcements, outage descriptions, and instructions when applicable. “Like” the page and access the technology news you will want to have.

Launching Toward a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators: February 9, New Brunswick
Join the launch and discussion of the book Toward a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators, which features the stories of educators who have made commitments to human rights, February 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Bill Fernekes, instructor of the GSE course “Human Rights and Education” and contributor to the volume, will lead a discussion of the book’s genesis, international contributors, and importance for the field. Learn more here.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Assignments Tool: February 10
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on February 10 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants learn how to create an assignment, review submissions, provide feedback, and grade assignments. Learn more and register here.

Mason Gross Hosts Hush Dance Theater: February 10–13, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the San Francisco-based Joe Goode Performance Group in Hush, a critically acclaimed dance-theater production about six characters troubled by their secrets, starting at 7:30 p.m. February 10 through February 13 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, New Brunswick. Hush features an original score and sound effects by a Foley artist. Learn more here.

Eagleton Presents Former U.S. Ambassador Phil Murphy: February 11, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture by former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, part of the “2017 Leaders to Watch Series," on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100, Milledoler Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Murphy is the founder of New Start New Jersey, aimed at creating a vibrant, secure, and growing middle class in New Jersey. Register and learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 90 news organizations in the past week, including The New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today.

Highlights include:

USA Today: Trump, Sanders could be changing Iowa: Column (David Redlawsk, Eagleton, author)

The Wall Street Journal: Flint Water Crisis Shines Light on Lead Pipes Across U.S. (Daniel Van Abs, SEBS, quoted)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Register for UBHC’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference—“Mental Health and Addiction Treatment: The Serenity to Integrate, the Courage Not to, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference”—will be held on April 7 at the Pines Manor, Edison. The conference brings together mental health and addiction professionals to examine and discuss the need for the mental health community to integrate services for patients with both addiction and mental illness. Learn more and register here.

Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop for Pursuing Grants: March 7, New Brunswick
To increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries, the Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty and administrators grants to lecture, conduct research, and participate in seminars around the world. The 2017–2018 Fulbright Scholars Program catalog is now open. On March 7, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss successful application strategies and finding the appropriate award to pursue. Qualified faculty and staff can RSVP for this event here. Learn more here.

Colloquia at SHRP's Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions: Scotch Plains
Join the Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions Department, School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), for three colloquia at SHRP’s Scotch Plains location: March 18, with Thomas Bartholomew, director, State Hospital Project, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions; April 15, with Emmy Tiderington, assistant professor, School of Social Work, and associate faculty, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, RBHS; and June 17, with Amy B. Spagnolo, director, Master’s of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. For more information, contact Amy Spagnolo at amy.spagnolo@shrp.rutgers.edu.


(Dis)HonestyThe Truth About Lies: Film Screening: February 9, Newark
The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership sponsor a free screening of (Dis) HonestyThe Truth About Lies on February 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark, followed by a panel discussion with the director, Yael Melameda. Register here


Latin@ Studies Working Group Talk and Exhibition: February 3, Newark
As part of Rutgers’ 250th yearlong anniversary celebration, Latin@ Studies Working Group presents two events in the Dana Room, fourth floor at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark, on February 3: “Direct Flight: Havana–Newark” lecture at 2:30 p.m. and the exhibit and talk “Newark 74! Remembering the Puerto Rican Rebellion” at 4 p.m. Learn more and RSVP here.

Symphony in C Performs Ravel and Rodrigo: February 6, Camden
Symphony in C performs Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin’s reimagination of Carmen, painting Bizet’s famous melodies in a variety of fresh instrumental colors set to new rhythms on February 6 at 8 p.m. at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers University–Camden’s Fine Arts Complex. Learn more here.

Concert: Tribute to Amiri Baraka: February 6, Newark
As part of Rutgers’ 250th yearlong anniversary celebration, the Rutgers University–Newark Department of African American and African Studies presents the free concert “Getting Less & Less Safe Out Here: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka” on February 6 at the Bradley Hall Theatre, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Jersey Collective Exhibition: through February 18, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library hosts a photography exhibition titled Jersey Collective through February 18. The project invited a different photographer to take over the Jersey Collective Instagram account each week and post photos they’ve taken in New Jersey. Learn more here.

TFAP@TEN Exhibition: through April 8, New Brunswick
The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries, announces a group exhibition in honor of The Feminist Art Project’s 10th anniversary. TFAP@TEN features the works of six artists in the TFAP Regional New Jersey Chapter: Anonda Bell, Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, So Yoon Lym, Babs Reingold, and Adrienne Wheeler and can be viewed at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through April 8. On March 3 at 5 p.m., an artists’ discussion will be moderated by Midori Yoshimoto. RSVP for the March 3 event to womenart@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Honoré Daumier and the Art of La Caricature: through July 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Honoré Daumier and the Art of La Caricature, an exhibition featuring the satirical caricatures of Honoré Daumier, through July 31. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Jackie Mardikian, medical and pharmaceutical sciences librarian for Rutgers University Libraries, retired on February 1, 2016, after 25 years of service. In addition to serving as a subject liaison for pharmacy, medicine, and public health, she also previously headed access services at the Library of Science and Medicine.

Deborah Scheibler, assistant director, Housing and Residence Life, Rutgers University–Camden, was appointed chair of education for the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International Women in Housing Network. She also was selected for the second time as faculty for the 2016 Regional Entry Level Institute. 

Gifts & Grants

Stephen Crystal, associate director for health services research, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Board of Governors professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,077,996. The project, titled Comparative Effectiveness of State Psychotrophic Oversight Systems for Children in Foster Care, is being supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Learn more about Crystal here.

Weida Wu, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,000,000. The project, titled EFRI 2-DARE: Engineering topological surface states in 2D chalcogenide heterostructures (1542798), is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wu’s research here.

Maurice Elias, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $407,492. The project titled, Scaling Up Credentialing Program in Direct Instruction of SEL and Character Development Competencies for Children and Youth, is being supported by the NoVo Foundation. Learn more about Elias here.

Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, associate extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $331,480. The project, titled Sustainable Strategies to Manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in U. S. Fruit Crops, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Rodriguez-Saona here.

Santosh Nagarakatte, assistant professor of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $320,538. The project, titled WATCHDOG: Hardware-Assisted Prevention of All Used-After-Free Security Vulnerabilities, is being supported by the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Nagarakatte here.

Louis Cooperhouse, director of Rutgers Food Innovation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and president of the New Jersey Business Incubation Network, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Development of Food Business Innovation Network (FoodBIN) and Best Practice/Next Generation Models of Food Industry Incubation and Acceleration, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Food Innovation Center also received a $70,000 grant recently from the Paterson Restoration Corporation to lead a feasibility study on creating a food business incubation program in Paterson. Learn more about Cooperhouse here.

In Memoriam

Elpidio Laguna Díaz, 70, emeritus professor of Spanish and former chair, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, passed away on January 25, 2016, at his South Carolina home. Services, cremation, and interment took place on January 28 in Johns Island, S.C.

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