January 14, 2015

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Crowd Dynamics: Why People in Groups Behave as They Do
During the holiday shopping season, malls seemed to be as crowded as busy city streets.

Trying to get around or through droves of people isn’t just a science perfected by savvy shoppers. A new book by a Rutgers University–Camden mathematics professor analyzes crowd dynamics and the reasons people choose the paths they take.

“Pedestrian dynamics is really a broad area studied from many different perspectives, from the human gait to crowd behavior,” says Benedetto Piccoli, the Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair of Mathematics and director of Rutgers–Camden’s Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. Read the entire story here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

2015 Parking Permits Now Available
Legacy Rutgers faculty and staff, as well as legacy UMDNJ/RBHS faculty and staff, may now renew or purchase 2015 parking permits online by following these links: Rutgers and RBHS. Once a permit is successfully purchased, it is linked to the vehicle’s license plate electronically and gives immediate access to parking. The physical hangtag permit is mailed to the address provided and should be displayed as soon as it is received. Please email info@aps.rutgers.edu with any questions.


Revised HIPAA Authorization Form to Use Patient Information in Communications
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that Rutgers obtain written authorization from patients to share their health information for purposes unrelated to treatment. When photographing, videotaping, interviewing, or obtaining patient information in any form that you intend to use in communications (e.g., news releases, magazine/newsletter stories, website content, brochures, advertisements, etc.), you must obtain a completed HIPAA authorization from the patient and/or patient legal representative. A revised HIPAA authorization form is now available for use by the Rutgers community. It replaces all previous versions and is effective immediately. Learn more here.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Award
Supervisors of student employees are invited to nominate exceptional student workers for the 2015 Student Employee of the Year Award. The top three students receive monetary awards and the winner has the opportunity to compete at the state, regional, and national levels as sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. The winning student is announced on April 16 at the annual Student Employee of the Year Event Ceremony, where all nominees are recognized. The deadline for nominations is February 23. Additional information and nomination forms are available here. Please contact Amy Creteau, associate director for Student Employment, at 848-932-2644, or amy.creteau@ofa.rutgers.edu, with questions.

Register Now for Scarlet KIDS Summer Camp Program
Registration for the Douglass Psychology Child Study Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Scarlet KIDS Summer Camp Program (formerly known as Happy Campers) is now open for children in grades 1–8. The season runs from June 29 to August 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flexible, weekly registration is available at all-inclusive rates beginning as low as $300/week. Sibling discounts are available. Tuition includes before and after care; breakfast, lunch, snack; all activities, including swimming, enrichment programs, weekly field-trips; and a camp T-shirt. For more information, contact Steven Emerson at kidscamp@rci.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-8881 option 5. Register and learn more here.

Academic Sphere

Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop
The Eagleton Institute of Politics hosts two workshops on January 30 from 9 a.m. to noon and April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The first workshop is on “Communicating Science to Politicians and the Public,” and the second workshop is “How Does Science Affect Political Decisions about Education, Health, and the Environment?” The workshops are free but RSVP is required. Register and learn more here.

39th Annual Home Gardeners School
The Office of Continuing Professional Education, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, hosts the 39th annual Home Gardeners School on March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickman Hall, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Attendees create their own schedules from over 35 different topics taught by faculty and staff from the Cooperative Extension and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register early; seating is limited. Register and learn more here.

Treating Tobacco Dependence in Mental Health Settings Training Session
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts a two-day training session on treating tobacco dependence in mental health settings for physicians, nurses, counselors, and other mental health professions on March 24 and March 25 in the third floor training room, Liberty Plaza, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University­–New Brunswick. Registration fee is $200 and includes tuition, continental breakfast, handout materials, and continuation education credits. Preregistration is highly recommended and on-site registration will be accommodated on a space available basis. Register here and learn more here


Woodwind Day/Bart Feller Anniversary Celebration: January 19, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts celebrates flutist Bart Feller’s 20 years of teaching at the school on January 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Register and learn more here.

Superior Nutrition More Powerful Than Drugs: January 14, Newark
New Jersey Medical School hosts a talk by Joel Fuhrman on January 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room B552 of the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. Fuhrman is a New York Times best-selling author, board certified family physician, and nutritional researcher. Learn more here.

January Treasurer’s Town Hall Meeting: January 15, New Brunswick
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Treasurer holds a town hall meeting on January 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics this month include a presentation and discussion about plans for consolidating Rutgers’ financial information systems and management reporting. Faculty and staff with valid Rutgers permits may park in any of the common faculty/staff lots on the Douglass Campus. 

DCS Technology Training: January 16, New Brunswick
Digital Classroom Services (DCS)Undergraduate Academic Affairs, hosts a technology training session for faculty to learn about and test their classroom’s technology on January 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the DCS Training Center, room 118, Tillett Hall, Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Martin Luther King Day of Service: January 19, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden hosts its annual day of service on January 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with various projects in Camden. Activities are open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the university, as well as their families and the public. Register and learn more here.

New Jersey before the Revolution: Land and People: through March 13, New Brunswick
University Libraries hosts an exhibit that showcases rare and unique items from Special Collections and University Archives that demonstrate the diversity of colonial New Jersey through March 13 in Gallery ’50, first floor, and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery, lower level, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Exhibition: 2X: Painting, Pairs, Twins, and Diptychs: through July 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum hosts an exhibition that spotlights four large-scale contemporary pieces by David Diao, Fariba Hajamadi, Joan Snyder, and Martin Wong, which examine and explore the concept and representation of the double in the second half of the 20th century. The exhibit runs through July 31 at the Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Jasjit S. Ahluwalia has been appointed dean of the School of Public Health effective April 2015. Learn more here.

Ted Baker has been appointed as the George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Rutgers Business School. Learn more here.

Priscilla Pineda has been appointed as assistant project manager in the Office of Creative Services, University Communications and Marketing

Get Involved

Save the Date: Alumni Weekend 2015
Alumni from every generation and every university location are invited to celebrate their Rutgers roots at Alumni Weekend 2015! Save the date and join fellow alumni in Newark on April 18, in New Brunswick on April 24–25 (the same weekend as Rutgers Day), and in Camden on May 9. Learn more here.

Researchers Seeking Participants to Contribute to Study on Preventing Depression in Teens
Researchers at Rutgers seek teens in grades 6 through 7 to participate in a study to examine depression prevention programs. As part of the study, teens participate in a free depression prevention program. Participation requires an initial in-person interview, and follow-up interviews occur 2 to 4 times a year and are conducted in-person or over the phone. Parents and teens each receive up to $260 in compensation for participation. Please contact the project coordinator at 848-445-3990 or at christie.schueler@rutgers.edu for more information.

Awards & Honors

Carolyn K. Burr, deputy executive director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud CenterSchool of Nursing, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Frederick Hersch, instructor of jazz piano in the Department of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, had his album “Floating” named a top album of 2014 by New York Times music critic Nate Chinen. Learn more here.

Benjamin P. Horton, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the Voyager Award by the Ocean Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.

James W. Hughes, distinguished professor and dean at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was presented the 12th annual Distinguished Public Service Award by the New Jersey League of Municipalities

Renée Anne Louprette, part-time lecturer in the Department of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, had her recording “Bach: The Great 18 Chorales” named one of the top music recordings of 2014 by New York Times classical music critic James R. Oestreich. Learn more here.

Kenneth H. McKeever, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and director for research at the Equine Science Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was recently appointed to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Scientific Advisory Board. Learn more here

Nicholi Vorsa, research professor and director of the Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Thomas Molnar, assistant professor, and Josh Honig, research associate, both in the Department of Plant Biology and PathologySchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Securing and Expanding the U.S. Hazelnut Industry through Breeding for Resistance to Eastern Filbert Blight, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Molnar here and Josh Honig here.

Junius W. Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute and faculty in the Department of Urban Education, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $93,750. The project, titled Youth Media Symposium's Every Student, Every School, is being supported by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Learn more about Director Williams here.

Robert Chant, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $73,484. The project, titled Transport and Dispersion in the Delaware River, is being supported by the Philadelphia Water Department. Learn more about Professor Chant here.

Piers Coleman, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and AstronomySchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,419. The project, titled Magnetism, Bad Metals and Superconductivity, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Professor Coleman here.

Patrick Rosal, assistant professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Writers at Camden Series, is being supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about Professor Rosal here.

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