February 8, 2017

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Feb. 8 spotlight

Rutgers–Newark Debaters Continue to Excel

The debate team at Rutgers University–Newark continued its outstanding level of performance as the new year began. The team recently won the Alan Nichols Debate Tournament at the University of Southern California, as top-seeded debate partners Devane Murphy and Nicole Nave scored 10 consecutive debate wins, including victories over top-ranked Harvard in the semifinals and University of California-Berkeley in the championship round.

Rutgers–Newark defeated Harvard, the University of Vermont, and Indiana University to reach the quarterfinals of the Kathryn Klassic Winter Tournament at California State-Fullerton before it was defeated by No. 2-ranked Georgetown. In each tournament, Murphy received the first-place speaker award. Alumnus Chris Kozak is the debate team director. Learn more about the debate team here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Submit Programs for Rutgers Day by February 15
Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase the work of your school, department, or unit at Rutgers Day, the largest outreach event hosted by the university, on April 29. Check here to submit a program, download marketing materials, and view Rutgers Day policies. Contact your designated Rutgers Day representative with questions or for help creating a program. Submit Rutgers Day programs by February 15.


Call for Student Charter Trustee Nominations
The nominating committee of the Board of Trustees is now accepting nominations to fill a student charter trustee open seat for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2017. Faculty and staff are encouraged to spread the word and nominate undergraduate students who may be interested. Student charter trustees are expected to serve the full six-year term (including after graduation), attend board meetings, serve on board committees, and become actively involved in the life of the university. Consideration will be given to personal, academic, and leadership skills. The nominee must be registered as a full-time undergraduate who will have completed a minimum of two full years of study at Rutgers at the time of election (June 15, 2017). The nomination form may be accessed on the Board of Trustees website, from the drop-down menu under the Board of Trustees tab or via the side navigation. The deadline for receipt of nominations is February 24.

Lunar Society Meeting: February 8, New Brunswick
The Lunar Society's mid-winter meeting will be held on February 8 at 10 a.m. in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. It will feature an exhibit and lecture focused on the art of Edgar Burke and a presentation on the efforts of women to establish hospitals in Middlesex County in the 19th and 20th centuries. This event is open to the public and cosponsored by Rutgers University Libraries and the Medical History Society of New Jersey. Learn more here.

Art and Architecture Film Series: February 8, Piscataway
Rutgers Cinema's Art and Architecture film series, providing a look inside and the history behind some of the world's most beautiful works of art, presents Renoir, Revered and Reviled on February 8 at 5:30 p.m. The series continues on alternating Wednesdays and includes such films as The Hermitage Revealed and The Tempest. Tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets here.

Douglass Dean’s Colloquia: "Conversation with Ruth B. Mandel": February 9, New Brunswick
The Douglass Dean’s Colloquia “Conversations with Extraordinary Women” presents “Women, Politics, and the 2016 Election: A Conversation with Ruth B. Mandel,” on February 9 from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Mandel is a Board of Governors Professor of Politics and director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. RSVP to DRC_Colloquia@echo.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-3040. 

“Motivating Teacher and Student Engagement with the Environment through Renewable Energy Education”: February 10, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute and Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, host Nirav Patel, research scholar, Rutgers–New Brunswick Honors College, on February 10 at 10:45 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He will discuss “Motivating Teacher and Student Engagement with the Environment through Renewable Energy Education.” Learn more here

Sakai Workshops
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. The following workshops are offered from February 10 to February 16: Using Kaltura with Student-Created Content (February 10, webinar, 2 to 2:30 p.m.); Sakai 11 Pop-up Shop @ Livingston (February 14, noon to 1 p.m.); and The Power of Lessons (February 16, webinar, 10 to 10:45 a.m.). Learn more here.

Office of Instructional Design Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design offers the following online workshops from February 10 through February 15: Canvas: Conferences/Big Blue Button (February 10); Teaching Online: Intro to Teaching Online (February 13); Teaching Online: Using Copyrighted vs. Open Materials (February 15); and Canvas: Managing Your Canvas Course (February 15). Learn more here.

Finance and Administration Updates: February 13, Newark 
Join J. Michael Gower, executive vice president, Finance and Administration, and university treasurer for an update on the implementation of Cornerstone, the Student Experience Improvement Initiative, and financial planning and budgeting activities on February 13 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Essex Room, Rutgers University–Newark. There will be time for questions throughout the meeting. This session will not be available via live stream. The presentation will be posted on the University Finance and Administration and Cornerstone websites following the meeting. Check here for the schedule of upcoming treasurer’s town hall meetings and to view slides and video recordings from previous meetings.

New Brunswick Blood Drives
To help ease an emergency blood shortage, New Jersey Blood Services will conduct blood drives at Rutgers University–New Brunswick as follows: February 13, noon to 6 p.m., Phi Kappa Sigma (College Avenue Campus); February 24, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Busch Student Center; and February 27, 3 to 9 p.m., Phi Delta Theta (College Avenue Campus). Donors receive a $10-off Houlihan's coupon and free snacks. For more information or to sponsor your own blood drive, contact Shauna Lynch at 732-616-8736 or slynch@nybc.org.

American Idiot: February 16–February 19, Piscataway 
The Livingston Theatre Company presents Green Day’s American Idiot on February 16, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m. and on February 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. in Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Learn more here.

37th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series: February 18, Newark 
Issues of civil and human rights, housing and gentrification, and health and income inequalities in American cities will be in sharp focus as the 37th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, “City Moves: Black Urban History Since 1967,” invites a wide-ranging discussion of the last half-century of black urban history at the annual Black History Month Conference on February 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. The conference is sponsored by the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience. Learn more here.

PEP: “Thinking Like a Social Scientist, Writing Like a Journalist”: February 20, New Brunswick
The Public Engagement Project program for February 20 has been modified from a workshop to a talk with Ted Conover, titled “Thinking Like a Social Scientist, Writing Like a Journalist: Tales from the Field," from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Author of Immersion: A Writer's Guide to Going Deep, Conover will talk about how his background in social science made him a better journalist and share some examples from his research among railroad tramps, Mexican migrants, Aspenites, and corrections officers. Learn more here.

Brain Bee for New Jersey High Schoolers: February 25, Piscataway
New Jersey public and private high school students (grades 9 through 12) can compete for free in the 2017 Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee on February 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. Modeled after a traditional spelling bee, the Brain Bee is a live question and answer competition in which students are quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Forbes, and Philadelphia Magazine, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The New York Times quotes Michael Carrier (Law) in an article about the lawsuit accusing three makers of insulin in conspiring to drive up the prices of their drug.

Alaska Dispatch News quotes Jennifer Francis (SEBS) about extreme weather events at mid-altitudes.

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Chinatown Opera Theater in North America
Nancy Rao, associate director of academic studies and area coordinator of the composition and music theory programs in the Department of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, published Chinatown Opera Theater in North America, a book that tells the story of iconic theater companies and the networks and migrations that made Chinese opera a part of North American cultures.

Save the Date: Environmental Justice and the Future of Environmental Health Research Symposium: April 28, New Brunswick
This symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of speakers from the social and health sciences to present their latest work on contaminated communities and social responses to chronic environmental health hazards on April 28 from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the University Inn and Conference Center, New Brunswick. Participants will consider how to encourage greater collaboration among social and health scientists and move the field of environmental health research forward to support environmental justice. Learn more, including registration information, here.  

Feb. 8 events

New Jersey Film Festival: through March 31, New Brunswick
Screen cutting-edge films at the New Jersey Film Festival, continuing through March 31 at various Rutgers University–New Brunswick locations. Learn more here

Rutgers University–Camden Black History Month Events: through February 24, Camden
A series of activities celebrate cultural diversity at Rutgers University–Camden throughout Black History Month. The events, free of charge and open to the public, are held at various locations in the Camden Campus Center. View the activities here.

Mallery Concert Series: Elysian Camerata: February 8, Camden
Take a midday break and listen to chamber-music ensemble Elysian Camerata perform live on February 8 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Rutgers University–Camden Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

School of Health Professions Open House: February 9, Piscataway
The School of Health Professions hosts an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on February 9 in the Great Hall at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Tower, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. RSVP here.

Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance: February 9, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life presents a screening of the film Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance on February 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The program is cosponsored by the Department of Dance and Rutgers Filmmaking Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Learn more here.

Cider House Rules: February 912, New Brunswick
Rutgers Theater Company presents a two-part stage adaptation of the novel The Cider House Rules in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick: Part 1 on February 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on February 11 and 12 at 2 p.m., Part 2 from February 10 to February 12 at 7:30 p.m. A separate ticket is required for each part. Learn more here.

Faculty Chamber Concert: February 12, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty members perform chamber music, including works by Robert Schumann, Gian Carlo Menotti, Marc Eychenne, and Johaness Brahms, in this free concert on February 12 at 2 p.m. at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall in Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Intersectionality in Social Movements and Lessons from Mizzou: An Evening with Payton Head: February 14, Newark
Payton Head, former University of Missouri student body president, speaks on race relations, contemporary social movements, college activism, and LGBTQ equality on February 14 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here

Get Involved

“Step It Up”: Take the 10K Steps-a-Day Challenge, Earn Chance at Prizes
As February is American Heart Month, Rutgers Recreation is encouraging the university community to "Step It Up" by committing to take 10,000 steps daily for a week. A total of 10,000 steps equals about 5 miles (400–500 calories), the daily recommended exercise by the American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control. Rutgers Recreation will provide rewards for committing to a healthier lifestyle. First, pledge to take 10,000 steps daily, then log your steps each day from February 13 through February 19. Rutgers Recreation will present three daily rewards (21 in total) for logging steps. In addition, for every 10,000 steps you track, you earn one entry for a grand prize drawing on February 20. Winners must show proof of steps taken via a tracker of their choice (phone, fitness apps, Fitbit app, etc.). As a bonus, early pledgers are entered for a chance to win a prize. Learn more and pledge here.

Date Change: Kite+Key Free Appy Hour Lunch: February 8, Piscataway
Kite+key's free Appy Hour lunch has been changed to February 8 from noon to 1 p.m., instead of February 9. Receive a $10 kite+key gift card and a free light lunch while learning about the MacBook Touch Bar and Apple's latest software update. RSVP at 848-445-1127, kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or click here. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Piscataway. 

Rutgers Cinema Gift Certificates
Rutgers Cinema is offering $20 “Valentine” gift certificates, redeemable for two movie tickets, two large fountain drinks, and one jumbo popcorn. Gift certificates are available to purchase online only and will be shipped free. This limited-time offer is available through February 9. Certificates can be redeemed after February 9. Place orders here.

CCLC Real-Time Communication
Stay in touch with the on-site Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) in Newark and Piscataway with the easy-to-use Tadpoles app, which offers real-time communication with teachers and staff by checking in or reporting an absence, and transmitting uploaded photos, videos, and other updates. Tadpoles can give parents peace of mind by keeping them connected. CCLC offers discounted rates to Rutgers faculty and staff. Learn more about the CCLC childcare center in Newark here and Piscataway here.

Awards & Honors

James W. Hughes, dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Lifetime Achievement and Leadership in Planning Award from the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter. The chapter also announced a new planning award recognizing and celebrating his legacy, the James W. Hughes Applied Research Award, to be presented annually to an individual or organization whose applied research has effected change in New Jersey as the substantive basis for legislative, regulatory, or policy change or as the driver of a shift in a fundamental approach to planning. Learn more here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted as a member of the New York Academy of Medicine and a professional member of the National Academies of Practice.

Cognition: A Neuroscience Approach by Arnold L. Glass, professor of psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won an honorable mention (second place) at this year's PROSE awards in the textbook/social science category. The new book presents a seminal 21st-century approach to the study of human cognition incorporating the latest findings in neuroscience.

Gifts & Grants

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,020,000. The project, titled Continuing Support for the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy to Serve New Jersey in Developing an Effective Health Policy, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Cantor here

Stephen Vatner, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, and director, Cardiovascular Research Center, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $452,738. The project, titled Vascular Protection in Hibernating Woodchucks, is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Vatner here.

M. Maral Mouradian, William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology, and director, Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic Diseases, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $452,438. The project, titled Developing Novel RNA-Based Therapeutics for Parkinson’s Disease, is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Mouradian here.

Hernan Arango, research programmer, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $148,000. The project, titled A Terrain-Following Ocean Modeling System, is supported by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Arango here.

Lyneir Richardson, instructor of professional practice and executive director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative, is supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Richardson here.

Federico Sesti, associate professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled A.C. Elegans Model Using Human Genes for High-Throughput Screening for Cystoskeletal Disturbances, is supported by the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. Learn more about Sesti here.

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