January 25, 2017

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.

Jan. 25, 2017 spotlight

New Jersey Film Festival Starts January 28

More than 30 films from seven countries will be screened at the 2017 New Jersey Film Festival from January 28 to March 3. Most films will be shown in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Q&A sessions with 15 film directors are scheduled. 

The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and School of Arts and Sciences’ interdisciplinary Cinema Studies program, showcases the best in new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. 

Screenings include Yuri Muraoka’s Schizophrenia (pictured), an experimental film delving into the filmmaker’s obsession with odd numbers; Royston Scott’s The Sara Spencer Washington Story, documenting a young black woman who succeeded selling her hair products door-to-door in 1920's Atlantic City; and Daniel Natale’s Bad Tidings, exploring Sea Bright and rising sea levels. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

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. Filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.

Short-Term Rentals
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals near Rutgers University–New Brunswick to faculty, staff, and visitors from other Rutgers affiliates in need of temporary housing. All units are fully furnished and include kitchen and linen setups. The inventory includes studio and one- and two-bedroom units in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Occupancy restrictions apply. Utilities and internet services are provided. Leases run from the 1st or 15th day of the month and can be as short as one month or as long as a year. Learn more here.


New Brunswick Blood Drive: January 26, January 30, January 31
Donate blood at Rutgers University–New Brunswick as follows: January 26: 1 to 5:30 p.m., Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall; January 30: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall; or January 31: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., College Avenue, Bloodmobile parked near Brower Commons. Donors receive a $10-off Houlihan's coupon and free snacks. Walk-ins are welcome. Register and learn more here.

CWAH: “Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities”
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities announced a multidisciplinary creative inquiry into the circumstances and debate over irregular migration and hidden and undocumented immigrant communities, entitled "Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities," that includes a group exhibition on view at Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; a reception and artists’ discussion on March 1; and upcoming film screenings. Learn more here.

Office of Instructional Design Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design offers the following online workshops: Quality Matters as a Course Checklist, January 26; Canvas Communication Tools, January 27; and Fostering Student Engagement, February 1. Register and 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 during the next week: Introduction to Sakai, January 27 (in-person, 2 to 4 p.m.); Sakai Tools: Assignments, January 30 (online, 10 to 10:30 a.m.); and Using Kaltura in Lessons and Assignments, February 2 (online, 2 to 2:45 p.m.). Learn more and register here.

PEP Workshop: Developing an Academic Twitter Presence: February 9, New Brunswick
Mary Chayko, professor, School of Communication and Information, will discuss strategies, policies, and best practices for the safe, productive, and effective use of Twitter, including techniques for building and expanding an academic presence, at a Public Engagement Project workshop on February 9 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Alexander Library, Information Handling Lab 413, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Participants need not have expertise or experience with Twitter but should create a Twitter account prior to the workshop. Learn more information and register here.

Learning and Development Opportunities
University Human Resources Learning and Development offers full-time faculty and staff more than 50 different free open-registration programs and online learning opportunities each semester on a broad range of topics, including management, supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, planning, and performance management. Register now for January-to-March sessions. All programs combine structured experiences, small- and large-group discussions and activities, and additional resources that complement course learning. Self-study materials and online presentations are also available. Custom programming may be requested to meet unique departmental needs. Learn more and register here or contact 732-235-9500.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year
Supervisors of student employees are invited to nominate exceptional student workers for the 2017 Student Employee of the Year Award. The top three nominees 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 13 at the annual Student Employee of the Year Award ceremony where all nominees are recognized. Nominate students here. For additional information, contact seo_info@ofa.rutgers.edu.

Faculty and Staff Small Group Training
Rutgers Recreation is offering Small Group Training sessions. One of these is designated specifically for faculty and staff. Small Group Training for Faculty/Staff is a progressive program, geared toward individuals ages 35+ and focused on functional movements necessary for a productive and active lifestyle. A personal trainer guides participants through a total body workout to increase stamina, strength, mobility, and flexibility in a private setting. For more information on Small Group Training and other recreational programs to help you reach your 2017 goals, check here

Save 20 Percent, Enroll Early for Mini-Master in Public Administration
University employees receive a 20 percent discount if they enroll by March 31 in the Rutgers Mini-Master in Public Administration (Mini-MPA™) Program, a partnership between the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration and the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), at CELG headquarters, New Brunswick. The Mini-MPA™ is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public- and nonprofit-sector managers. Students meet five Thursdays, with the first class April 6. Learn more and register here.

Kite+Key: Computer and Smartphone Repairs and Free Lunch
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, offers on-site certified computer and smartphone repairs for students, faculty, and staff. Kite+key’s repair service, TeKCheK, is available for privately or corporately owned products in and out of warranty. Additionally, TeKCheK offers same-day phone repairs to fix cracked screens through Fixt. Schedule phone repairs here. For computer repairs, contact kkrepair@rutgers.edu. Also, attend kite+key’s appy hour luncheon on February 9 from noon to 1 p.m. with Apple campus ambassador Mitesh Rathod and receive a $10 kite+key gift card and a free light lunch while learning about MacBook Touch Bar and Apple’s latest software update. RSVP for the luncheon at 848-445-1127, kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or click here. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 30 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NJTV.

Highlights include:

NJTV aired a report about the success of Recovery House for students battling addiction, quoting Lisa Laitman (ADAP), Frank Greenagel (Ctr. of Alcohol Studies), Felicia McGinty (Student Affairs) and Keith Murphy, counselor.

The Washington Post quotes Jennifer Francis (SEBS) in a roundup of scientists’ reactions to the earth’s warmest year.

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Advanced Computing
The Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) announced the next phase in the university’s advanced computing. Early this year, OARC is planning to unveil Amarel, a condominium-style advanced computing environment developed to serve wide-ranging research needs and named in honor of Saul Amarel, a Rutgers pioneer in artificial intelligence and research computing. Amarel will be available to any investigator or student with projects requiring research computing resources on any Rutgers campus. Learn more here.

Jan. 25 events

New Brunswick Music Scene Archive Anniversary Exhibit: through February 28, New Brunswick
Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, exhibits items from its New Brunswick Music Scene archive on the occasion of its one-year anniversary, now through February 28. Learn more here

Writers in Camden: January 25, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden master of fine arts in creative writing program hosts author Melissa Fay Greene and poet Tyehimba Jess in the next installment of its Writers in Camden series on January 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center multipurpose room. RSVP is requested. Learn more here

Practice Mindfulness: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly hourlong Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The free workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations through May: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.

IRW Distinguished Lecture Series: January 26, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women's Distinguished Lecture Series presents “The Right to Maim: States of Debility/Capacity/Disability,” a lecture by Jasbir Puar, on January 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Learn more here

Opera: Dialogues of the Carmelites: January 27 to February 5, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an opera set during the French Revolution at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick, from January 27 to February 5. Learn more here.

Geology Museum Open House: January 28, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University–New Brunswick Geology Museum celebrates its 49th annual open house January 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more here.

Women in the World: through March 29, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts Women in the World, an exhibition that honors women’s resiliency and ability to triumph over adversity, through March 29. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Adam Day joined the university as director of treasury operations, overseeing activities including university bank accounts and banking relationships, cash flow and investment of operating cash, electronic funds transfers, merchant-card processing and credit-card security, cash and check handling policies and procedures, and gift cards. Previously, he was treasury manager for Tyco International.

Brian Simet joined the university as associate controller for payroll services. Most recently, he was director of payroll services at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Get Involved

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 now through February 9. Certificates can be redeemed after February 9. Place orders here.

Art and Architecture: January 25, Piscataway
The Art and Architecture film series, providing a look inside, and the history behind, some of the world's most beautiful works of art, begins January 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway, and continues on alternating Wednesdays. The series debuts with Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. Additional films include Renoir, Revered and Reviled; The Hermitage Revealed; and The Tempest. Tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets here.

Strong CCLC Test Scores
According to a study of 1,600 kindergarteners attending Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC), such as those in Newark and Piscataway, CCLC attendees are testing at first-grade levels in both reading and math by the seventh month of kindergarten. In addition, children who have attended CCLC for more than a year test 17 percent higher, on average, than their peers across the board. CCLC offers discounted rates to Rutgers faculty and staff. Click the links to learn more about quality early-childhood education provided at the centers in Newark and Piscataway.

Awards & Honors

W. Steven Barnett and Bruce Baker, research professors, Graduate School of Education, were named by Education Week as among the nation's top 100 university-based scholars doing the most to influence education policy and practice. Barnett’s research includes studies of the economics of early care and education, including costs and benefits, the long-term effects of preschool programs on children’s learning and development, and the distribution of educational opportunities. Baker's primary areas of research are education finance and the economics of education, including studies of teacher and administrator labor markets and preparation pipelines, and evolving legal issues in teacher and principal evaluation systems.

Gifts & Grants

W. Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor, Graduate School of Education, and director, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,344,795. The project, titled Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Barnett here.

Stephen Hanson, professor, Department of Psychology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,131,051. The project, titled Effective Connectivity in Brain Networks Discovering Latent Structure Network Complexity and Recurrence, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hanson here.

Jerry Baron, executive director, IR-4 Project, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $356,559. The project, titled Development and Utilization of Sufficient Residue Data to Satisfy International Data Requirements for Establishment of Appropriate Maximum Residue Levels to Facilitate Exports of U.S.-Grown Specialty Crops, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Baron here.

Ronald Gilman, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $354,193. The project, titled Collaborative Research: Equipment for the PSI MUSE Experiment, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gilman here.

Franklin Moon, professor and undergraduate director, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $231,615. The project, titled Technical Assistance for Tasks 5 and 7 of TOPR No. 13-03, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Moon here.

Tamar Barkay, distinguished professor, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Nicole Fahrenfeld, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $191,904. The project, titled Unlocking the Microbial Ecology of Environmental Antibiotic Resistance, is being supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Barkay here and Fahrenfeld here.

In Memoriam

The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lachance, 83, who was internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work at NASA and his role imposing the HACCP food management system on the food industry and who spent 40 years as a Rutgers professor, passed away on January 21, 2017, in the McCarrick Care Center, Somerset. A Funeral Mass will be offered on January 28 at Saint Paul's Church, Princeton. 

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.