January 20, 2016

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin contains information for employees at Rutgers. Submissions must be received by noon on Thursday in order to be considered for inclusion in the following Wednesday’s bulletin. For additional information, visit the bulletin website or email University News and Media Relations at bulletin@rci.rutgers.edu.

Deborah M. Spitalnik

Boggs Center Grows Under Deborah Spitalnik's Leadership

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. Named for Elizabeth Boggs, a founder of the National Association for Retarded Children (known as The Arc), the center educates students through interdisciplinary programs, provides community training and technical assistance, conducts research, and promotes the health, well-being, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities.

As founding executive director, Deborah M. Spitalnik (left) has greatly expanded the center’s role and impact. Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics, is a President Obama appointee to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and a past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. She spoke at the White House celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guaranteeing a free public education to each child with a disability. 

In this Issue...

Rutgers–Newark Chancellor Cantor Appoints Commission on Diversity and Transformation
In a move to "leverage our diversity," Rutgers University–Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor has appointed a Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity and Transformation to focus on institutional change. The commission will aim to generate knowledge and suggest actions to create curricula, scholarship, initiatives, places, and spaces for both intragroup solidarity and intercultural engagement. Read about the commission’s tasks and its members here.


Planning for Rutgers Day 2016: April 30
As part of the university’s yearlong 250th anniversary celebration, Rutgers Day, along with Alumni Weekend, will have a statewide presence in 2016 with programming at Rutgers–Camden, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and Rutgers–Newark on April 30. The entire Rutgers community is invited to use this event to engage alumni, prospective students, and New Jersey residents of all ages. Learn more here about Rutgers Day and about how to submit your program before February 15. For assistance in creating a novel program, register to attend an informational webinar or contact your designated Rutgers Day representative:


Contribute to the Rutgers 250 Mosaic Project
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hosting the Rutgers 250 Mosaic Project during the yearlong celebration of the university's milestone anniversary. Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are asked to share photos showcasing their Rutgers pride. Photos will be compiled into a large digital mosaic that will be revealed on Charter Day 2016. Upload photos here or share pictures on Twitter or Instagram using #RU250Mosaic and your images will be uploaded to the digital mosaic.

Register Now for Learning and Development Workshops
The University Human Resources Learning and Development program offers all full-time faculty and staff more than 50 different free, open-registration workshops and learning opportunities for the 2016 spring semester on a broad range of topics, including management and supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, and performance management. Register now for January through March classes; registration for April through June classes opens on March 1. All workshops combine structured experiences, small and large group discussions, and additional resources that complement course learning. Learn more and register here.

In-Person "Introduction to Sakai" Workshop: January 20, Piscataway
Space is limited for this hands-on comprehensive introduction to the Sakai collaborative learning environment for instructional, research, and administrative uses on January 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at Davidson Hall, Piscataway. Learn how to create and manage a site, add site participants, and use some of the more common Sakai tools. This workshop is best suited for those who have not yet created a Sakai site. Register here.

Online Sakai Trainings: January 25 and 26
Register now for the following webinars for training in Sakai: "Creating a Course Site in Sakai" on January 25 from 2 to 3 p.m., which teaches participants how to create a new course site, add/delete tools, add rosters, and manage a site; and "Introduction to Sakai" on January 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, when participants learn how to create and manage a site, add site participants, and use some of the more common Sakai tools. Register here.

1st PEP Panel: "Attracting Coverage of Your Research": January 28, New Brunswick
Faculty and graduate students who wish to write for broader audiences (blogs, op-eds, magazine articles, general interest books), share their work on TV and radio, or communicate directly with policymakers can receive skills training during a series of five panels through the Public Engagement Project, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from January through May. Teams of professional media trainers and experts from the university community provide hands-on training and address such issues as attracting media coverage of research, communicating with the mass media and policymakers, writing books for general audiences, and developing an online presence. The first panel, "Attracting Media Coverage of Your Research," is January 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. View the panels schedule, register, and learn more here

IRW's "Poverty" Series Lecture: January 28, New Brunswick
The fifth lecture in the 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, offered by the Institute for Research on Women, will be presented on January 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Radhika Balakrishnan, faculty director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, and professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents "The Radical Potential of Human Rights." Learn more here.

Noted Gay Rights Advocate Delivers "Equality and the Impossible: State Constitutions and Marriage": February 2, Camden
Mary Bonauto, who successfully argued for marriage equality before the United States Supreme Court in the historic case of Obergefell v. Hodges, presents "Equality and the Impossible: State Constitutions and Marriage" as Rutgers Law School’s 27th annual state constitutional law lecture on February 2 at noon in the multipurpose room of the Camden Campus Center. The event, sponsored the Rutgers University Law Review and the Rutgers University–Camden Center for State Constitutional Studies, is free and open to the public but online registration is required. For more information, contact the center at 856-225-6625.

Children’s Learning Centers Discounts in Piscataway and Newark
Children’s Creative Learning Centers, a nationally recognized provider of child care services, offers discounted tuition to university employees at its Piscataway and Newark locations. For more information or to schedule a tour, click here for Piscataway and here for Newark. 

RBHS Contributions to Academic Record and Transcript Guide
The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) recently published the 2016 edition of the Academic Record and Transcript Guide, long an industry resource for higher education records professionals for developing, interpreting, and upholding record-keeping standards and regulations. Susan E. Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), chaired the guide’s editorial committee and Julie Ferguson, assistant dean for student affairs and director of the registrar's office at RBHS’s New Jersey Medical School, was a contributing editor. They have collaborated on five AACRAO publications over the past six years and will offer a presentation about the guide at AACRAO’s annual meeting in March.

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff that they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically either online, with a PDF fill-in form, or with a software package. Plus, filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or by calling 1-800-323-4400.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 180 news organizations in the past five weeks, including The New York Times, Washington Post and National Geographic.

Highlights include:

The Daily Mail (UK): The 'Transformer' Flying Drone that's Also a Submarine: Navy Funds Research into Robot That Can Swim As Well As It Flies (Javier Diez, Engineering, quoted here)

Military.com: Pentagon Ponders Cyber Attacks on Islamic State (John Cohen, Criminal Justice, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

An archive of past Academic Sphere posts can be found here.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Warhol’s Prints and Photographs: through July 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents More than Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Warhol’s Prints and Photographs, through July 31. Andy Warhol (1928–1987), celebrated as the most legendary American artist of the pop art movement, once observed “everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Learn more here

Jazz with an International Flavor: Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble: January 20, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark presents a concert by trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar on January 20 from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. in the John Cotton Dana Library, Newark. Learn more here.

Musical Theater Showcase: January 22 and 23, New Brunswick
Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy at the Extension Division, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a showcase of Broadway songs and ensemble dance performances on January 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. at the Philip J. Levin Theater, New Brunswick. Learn more and purchase tickets here.  

American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption: A Book Talk with Author Matt Katz: January 26, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a talk by Peabody Award–winning reporter Matt Katz, who has covered Chris Christie since 2011, on January 26 at 6 p.m. at the Eagleton Institute. In American Governor, Katz weaves a compelling, on-the-ground political narrative that begins with the roots of the Christie family’s journey to America and Christie’s upset victory to become governor in 2009. Registration is required. Learn more here.

Exhibition: E-Lit: A Matter of Bits: through April 21, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden’s Center for the Arts hosts an exhibition that focuses on e-literature, through April 21. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Linda Hassler, associate clinical professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected to a second term on the Board of Directors of the National Gerontological Nursing Association.

Mary Jo Hoyt, director of education and capacity development, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Hatem E. Sabaawy, assistant professor of medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; director, Production GMP Facility for Cell and Gene Therapy; and resident member at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was selected by open access publisher Frontiers Community to be an associate editor of the stem cell research specialty sections published in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental BiologyFrontiers in GeneticsFrontiers in Oncology, and Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
Get Involved

Earn Up to $60 as Participant in Air Pollution Study
Stephan Schwander at the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is conducting a study about air pollution and immunity and seeking, as participants, healthy adults (18 to 65) who have had a positive tuberculin skin test (TST+, also known as PPD). The study involves a brief telephone screening questionnaire and up to two visits with blood draws at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Piscataway. Visits will take less than a half-hour. Volunteers will receive up to $60. For more information, contact Kathy Black at 848-445-6049 or kgblack@eohsi.rutgers.edu.

Feminist Art Project's Day of Panels: February 6, Washington, D.C.
The Feminist Art Project, celebrating its 10th anniversary, announces its annual day of panels entitled, "Performing Identity as Intersectional," held during the College Art Association Conference at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., on February 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Feminist Art Project's national office is located at the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This year's theme is the representation of identity as intersectional, recognizing the multiple aspects of identity (gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality) and how they intersect, compound, and complicate the very categories they construct. Coordinators are Zoë Charlton and Margo Hobbs. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited.

Experience Italy with Rutgers Alumni Travel
Experience Italy the Italian way with fellow Rutgers alumni. Whether visiting glacial lakes on the border of Switzerland, delving into the culture of Sorrento, or eating your way through Sicily, Rutgers Alumni Travel offers exciting adventures throughout the country from April through October. Learn about these and all 2016 alumni adventures here.

Programs for K12 Students
Searching for summer or academic year enrichment opportunities for K–12 students? Explore the Office of Enrollment Management’s pre-college directory. Browse more than 100 programs of interest from a variety of schools and departments universitywide, including for-credit courses, college access programs, sports and arts camps, and more. For program administrators interested in adding a program to the directory, contact Lauren Olsen at lauren.olsen@rutgers.edu.

Awards & Honors

Sharon Anderson, codirector, RN to BS in Nursing program, and instructor/course coordinator, Second Degree BS in Nursing program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Manuscript of Exceptional Merit Award for her article, "Probiotics for Preterm Infants: A Premature or Overdue Necrotizing Enterocolitis Prevention Strategy," from Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, which recognized the article for its impact and quality of writing.

Felesia Bowen, François-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing, and director, Center for Urban Youth and Families, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored as 2015 Nurse Researcher of the Year by the March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter.

Liping Liu, associate professor, Departments of Mathematics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering, respectively, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) 2015 Melville Medal for his work as coauthor of a technical paper, titled “A Theory of Flexoelectric Membranes and Effective Properties of Heterogeneous Membranes.” The medal, first awarded in 1927, is the highest honor for best original technical paper published in the ASME Transactions in the past two years.  

Gifts & Grants

Patrick Shafto, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,441. The project, titled Using Virtual Reality for the Dynamic, Real-Time Optimization of Human Visual Perception, is being supported by the National Science Foundation, which has also awarded Shafto $399,972 for his project, Not Unbiased: The Implications of Human-algorithm Interaction on Training Data and Algorithm Performance, in collaboration with University of Louisville researchers. Learn more about Shafto here.

Kevin St. Martin, associate professor and graduate director in the Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the co-principal investigator, with collaborators at Dartmouth College, of an award totaling $299,551. The project, titled Combining Fishermen's Knowledge with Oceanographic and Economic Models to Locate and Predict Gray Meat Outbreaks in Atlantic Sea Scallops, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more about St. Martin here.

Michael Westendorf, associate professor and associate extension specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $162,000. The project, titled Best Management Practices Implementation Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Westendorf here.

Emanuel Diaconescu, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $160,000. The project, titled Algebraic Geometry and Moduli Spaces in String Theory, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Diaconescu here.

Shadd Maruna, dean and professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $33,632. The project, titled Understanding Desistance from Sexual Offending, is being supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. Learn more about Maruna here.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Service professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden; director of the Community Leadership Center; and board chair of the LEAP Academy University Charter School; is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,800. The project, titled Sponsorship of Young Leaders to Participate in MPA Community Development Certificate Program in Puerto RicoSecond Cohort, is being supported by the Fundación Aireko. Learn more about Bonilla-Santiago here.

In Memoriam

Kenneth E. Miller, 89, emeritus professor of political science who had served as the first dean of the Graduate School, Rutgers University–Newark, passed away at his Madison home on January 15, 2016. A private service was held. His wife, Marilyn A. Miller, a retired assistant dean for academic affairs of the School of Law–Newark, died on December 24, 2015. (See following notice.)

Marilyn A. Miller, of Madison, retired assistant dean for academic affairs of the School of Law–Newark, passed away at home on December 24, 2015. She was 85. Private memorial services were held. Her husband, Kenneth E. Miller, emeritus professor of political science and the first dean of the Graduate School, Rutgers University–Newark, died on January 15, 2016. 

Marie-Denise Boros-Azzi, retired professor in the Department of French, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and one of the university’s first female professors, passed away on January 8, 2016. Services were planned for January 19 in Sun City, Arizona.

Gail Alexander, 67, senior associate for external affairs for the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on January 3, 2016, at her New Brunswick home. Private cremation services were arranged by the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, Flemington.

Annamay T. Sheppard, 88, a pioneer of legal clinical education who taught civil liberties, civil procedure, and criminal procedure at the School of Law–Newark until her retirement in 1999, passed away on December 30, 2015, at her home in Livingston. A memorial service will be announced for the spring.

Gerald N. Grob, 84, Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine Emeritus at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, passed away on December 16, 2015, in Evergreen, Colorado. 

Reuben Johnson, 76, of Plainfield, a retired unit coordinator at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on December 7, 2015.

Campus Classifieds

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin offers online classified ads through CampusAve. Rutgers faculty and staff can post items for sale, free of charge.

For listings, and to submit your own free listing, please visit Rutgers Campus Classifieds here.