January 21, 2015

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Rutgers‒Newark to Spark Arts Collaboration in Iconic Downtown Building
Rutgers University–Newark is moving forward with bold plans to cultivate expression through the arts and humanities locally in Greater Newark that resonates globally. This collaboration facilitates public scholarship and community engagement with partners from across sectors in New Jersey’s largest city and cultural capital. 

The Express Newark project directly addresses priorities identified in the Rutgers–Newark Strategic Plan by focusing on fostering collaborative academic and research programs, supporting public scholarship, investing in spaces and places to engage the world, and cultivating civic dialogue.

Learn more and read the entire article here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

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


Spring Open House for Student Support Services
Student Support Services (SSS), Student Access and Educational Equity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, hosts its second annual Spring Open House on January 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 3rd floor lounge, Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. All university faculty and staff are invited to meet current SSS staff and students. Register here and learn more here

Registration Now Open for Central New Jersey Brain Bee
The Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), hosts a Regional Brain Bee Competition for high school students in grades 9–12 on February 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at RWJMS, 675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ. The Regional Brain Bee is part of a larger international competition for high school students testing their knowledge in the field of neuroscience, run by the Society for Neuroscience. Space is limited and advance registration is required. The registration is free and open to all students who wish to participate. Applications will be accepted through January 26. For more information and to register, contact Joan Mordes at mordesja@rwjms.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Academic Sphere

Submit Proposals to the Aresty Research Assistant Program
The Aresty Research Assistant Program helps professors find undergraduate students who want to engage in scholarly research. The Aresty Center supports 350 student researchers working with over 200 professors across all fields. Proposals must be submitted by March 2. Learn more here.


Exhibition: The Doctor Is In: Medicine in French Prints: through July 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum hosts an exhibition that explores the different ways that European artists both documented and interpreted health issues and medical practices of their time from January 17 to July 31 at the Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

From Ft. Hood to France: How Does New Jersey Prepare to Prevent Terrorism from Attacking the Garden State?: January 27, Newark
The Police Institute at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts Chris Rodriguez, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness on January 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. in room 070, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers–Newark. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the main presentation. Learn more here.

Writers at Newark Reading Series with Jayne Anne Phillips and Jan Heller Levi: January 27, Newark
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, hosts writers Jayne Anne Phillips and Jan Heller Levi on January 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 255/256/257 in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

2015 New Jersey Film Festival: January 31–March 1, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center hosts the 2015 New Jersey Film Festival from January 31 to March 1 in room 105, Voorhees Hall, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and in room 001, Ruth Adams Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Admission is $10 for the general public, $9 for students and seniors, and $8 for Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis but advance tickets are available for groups of two or more. Call 848-932-8482 or email NJMAC12@gmail.com for advance tickets and more information. Learn more here

Get Involved

Rutgers University–Camden Professional Schools Networking Happy Hour
The Rutgers University Alumni Association hosts a professional schools networking happy hour for graduates of Rutgers University–Camden’s professional and executive schools to meet fellow alumni and current students of those programs on January 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Meet other Rutgers professionals and share career insight and advice with current students. The event is free but advance registration by January 27 is required. For more information, contact alumni relations at alumni@camden.rutgers.edu or 856-225-6028. Register and learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Alisa Belzer, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching, director of the Education Doctorate Program, and coordinator of the Adult and Continuing Education Master’s Program, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been named co-editor of The Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education. Learn more here.

Katie Devine, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and resident member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, was the 2015 recipient of the Routh Early Career Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology

Gifts & Grants

The New Jersey Health Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1.2 million to 28 Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) faculty members. For the Signature Initiatives program, grants of $100,000 were awarded to Raymond Birge, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS); Teresa Wood, Rena Warshow Endowed Chair in Multiple Sclerosis, vice chair for research, and professor in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, NJMS; and Nancy Woychik, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). Grants of $50,000 were awarded to William Gause, senior associate dean of research, director of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, and professor in the Department of Medicine, NJMS, and Robert Laumbach, associate professor of environmental and occupational medicineRWJMSEnvironmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. The foundation’s Pilot/Bridging program awarded $35,000 to 23 other RBHS faculty members in the schools of dental medicine, health related professions, public health, and medicine to provide funding for a variety of biomedical research initiatives. Read more here (PDF).

Desmond Lun, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer ScienceFaculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $588,972 over two years. The project, titled A Tool for Determining the Number of Contributors, is being supported by Boston University. Learn more about Professor Lun here.

Robert Miskewitz, assistant research professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator on a corporate contract totaling $229,000. The project is a collaborative research agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Professor Miskewitz here.

John Wiedenmann, assistant research professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $134,616. The project, titled Catch Advice Methods for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery, is being supported by a New England Fishery Management Council grant. Learn more about Professor Wiedenmann here

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