February 4, 2015

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Rutgers Welcomes 68 Engineering Students from France

Rutgers University–New Brunswick welcomes 68 French engineering students from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, for a two-week exchange program February 16–27, 2015. The program is made possible by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs and the Rutgers China Office.

The visiting students, all in the final year of their master's programs, will attend lectures on mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and energy topics by the School of Engineering, plus seminars on energy performance and occupant behavior, as well as energy and society, by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. For more information, contact Sibylle Pearce at 848-932-3063 or sibylle.pearce@rutgers.edu. Read more here.

In this Issue...

Introducing the 2015 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Inductees
View a brief video announcing the 2015 recipients of the highest honor the university can bestow upon its graduates. RSVP to attend this year’s gala honoring them, May 2, at 6 p.m., at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Save during Rutgers University Inn's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Take advantage of special rates available during the yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, which serves continuing education programs, overnight guests, conferences, and other groups. The inn is located at the edge of the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were recently quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Star-Ledger, among other news organizations. Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Register for Climate Change Panel Discussions
Pioneering researchers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will lead panel discussions about the earth's climate and how climate change is affecting life on earth: New York City–March 11; Philadelphia–March 19; and Washington, D.C.–April 21. Register now.


Voices of Our Ancestors: Dances of Africa and the African Diaspora: February 11, Newark
The Department of African American and African Studies, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, presents the Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble at Bradley Hall Theatre, Rutgers–Newark, on February 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The concert is free. Learn more here.

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology: Through April 17, New Brunswick
The final exhibition in the Institute for Women and Art’s Momentum series is at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries in Douglass Library at Rutgers University–New Brunswick through April 17. Each of the artists uses technology in the creation of artworks that straddles traditionalist and modern-day technology-based art practice. Learn more here.

Rutgers Energy Institute Energy Policy Seminar Series: Federal Clean Power Plan and the EPA Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards: February 6, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute presents Jason Schwartz, legal director, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law, and John Larsen, senior analyst, Rhodium Group, speaking on “Federal Clean Power Plan and the EPA Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards” on February 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival: February 1114, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Theater Program kicks off its spring 2015 lineup with a series of new plays in the annual Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., February 11–14, and  2 p.m. on February 15 in the Black Box Studio Theater, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Preview of “The Unknown Diabelli Variations” Piano Concert: February 12, New Brunswick
Pianists from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, perform a free preview of their upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, New York City. “The Unknown Diabelli Variations,” which features seldom-heard variations on a theme by Austrian publisher Anton Diabelli, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on February 12 at Shindell Choral Hall in Mortensen Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. No tickets are required. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Douglass's Dean Jacquelyn Litt Reapppointed
Jacquelyn Litt has been reappointed to another five-year term as dean of Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the only women's residential college at a public research university. She is the 10th dean in the history of Douglass, founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women. Litt is also an award-winning sociologist and professor in the Departments of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. Read more about Dean Litt here.

Camden Assistant Dean James Marino Retires
James Marino retired as assistant dean and director of the Rutgers University–Camden Career Center, effective January 1, 2015. During Marino’s 38 years of service to the Rutgers–Camden community, the career center became a comprehensive resource working with students to deliver services, programs, and opportunities. Marino and his staff have helped thousands of students develop plans and reach their goals. The career center has consistently received positive feedback from students and employers alike and has been evaluated as providing best practice services.  

Get Involved

Blood Drive at University Behavioral Health Care: February 9
If you wish to donate blood, participate in the Community Blood Council of New Jersey’s blood drive February 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, 151 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway. For more information, contact Peggy Koleser at 732-235-3355 or Koleseml@ubhc.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Maureen Esteves, associate dean at the School of Nursing, Rutgers University–Newark, received the 2014 March of Dimes New Jersey Nurse of the Year award in the Nurse Educator category. In New Jersey, 240 nurses representing 40 hospitals and health care facilities were nominated in 18 award categories. The awards recognize the nurses’ contributions to the field, including displaying positive patient care, compassion, and service.

Darcy Clay Siebert, associate professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, became the first Rutgers faculty member to be named a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research. Fellows are members who have “served with distinction to advance the mission of the society—to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable, and just society.” 

Gifts & Grants

David Sleat, associate professor in the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,000. The project, titled Biomarker Discovery for Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, is being supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Professor Sleat’s department here.

Yuan Gao, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University-Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $355,693 over three years. The project, titled Quantifying Atmospheric Iron Properties over the West Antarctic Peninsula, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gao here.

Jeff Boyd, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a corporate contract totaling $145,740. The project, titled The Effect of Zinc and Tin on the Growth and Oxidative Stress Response of Key Oral Bacteria, is being supported by Colgate-Palmolive. Learn more about Professor Boyd here.

Helen Berman, Distinguished Professor and Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,180. The project, titled Integrated Resources to Elucidate RNA Sequence-Structure Relationships, is being supported by Bowling Green State University. Learn more about Professor Berman here.

Noreen Scott Garrity, associate director of education at Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, is being supported by the Campbell Soup Foundation. Learn more about Director Garrity’s center here.

Mark Krasovic, assistant professor in the Department of History and associate director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Rutgers Dance Symposium Series, is being supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Professor Krasovic here

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