January 27, 2016

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Helping Residents with the Environment

Helping Residents with the Environment

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, helps local farmers, government officials, and public school systems resolve a variety of environmental, land management, and habitat conservation issues. Perhaps less visible is its environmental stewards program, which helps central New Jersey residents through education.

Now through early June, the program offers approximately 60 hours of classes on Wednesday evenings in South Brunswick to help prepare residents to deal with climate change, soil health, invasive species, protecting local rivers and streams, and a host of other issues. The program features presentations by leading academicians and government figures and exposes participants to a network of experts and organizations who can assist with environmental problems. Register here. Contact Michele Bakacs at 732-398-5274 or bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu for more information.

In this Issue...

Rutgers Trivia: How Much Do You Know?
The Star-Ledger recently published a Rutgers trivia quiz in connection with the university’s 250th anniversary celebration. Take the quiz and see how you do.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Due by February 19
The Student Employment Office invites supervisors to nominate exceptional student workers for the 2016 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 14 at the annual Student Employee of the Year award ceremony, when all nominees are recognized. Additional information and nomination forms are available here. Nominations are due no later than February 19. Contact Amy Creteau at seo_info@ofa.rutgers.edu with questions.

Survey for Writers' Conference Interests
Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Office of Summer and Winter Sessions is exploring the possibility of launching a writers' conference in summer 2017. It has prepared a short online survey to learn what kind of programming might be of greatest interest to writers in the region. Complete the survey here and share this link—https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/writersconfer—with other writers who may be interested. To thank survey respondents, drawings will be held for one $300 gift card and two $100 gift cards, with the winners announced in April. For more information, contact the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions at 848-932-7565 or writersconference@docs.rutgers.edu.

New Pre-Engineering Summer Academy for High Schoolers
Rutgers University–New Brunswick will host a summer academy from July 31 to August 6 for youngsters 16 to 18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a career. Living on campus, students will be introduced to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through discussions with professors, case studies, campus tours, lectures, and demonstrations. An online information session will be held on January 29 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Learn more and register for the information session here.

Pre-College Students Can Apply to Take College Courses as Summer Scholars 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. An information session for the program will be held February 16 at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Real Talk: Expression in the Workplace: January 31, Piscataway
Each year, the Leadership and Experiential Learning office at Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, addresses a contemporary issue that students may face in a daylong discussion workshop entitled, Real Talk Series. This year, Real Talk Series will focus on the issue of identity and expression in a professional work setting on January 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Encourage students to join this free event. Lunch will be provided. Learn more here

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Lessons Tool: February 2
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on February 2 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Lessons tool in Sakai, learning how to create a Lessons page, add content, set prerequisites, and maximize the benefits of these pages. Learn more and register here.

PEP Panel on Communicating with the Media: February 5, New Brunswick
Rutgers faculty and students are doing fascinating work, with many of their studies capturing national interest. What are the most effective ways to convey research ideas to the media? What are the biggest mistakes that academics make when sharing their research with the public? What’s the first thing to do when the media calls? Find out by attending the Rutgers Public Engagement Project panel on February 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Alexander Library's Teleconference Lecture Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, featuring Rutgers faculty with expertise in communicating with the media, as well as seasoned journalists who can share tips about the missteps academics may make when sharing their work with broad audiences. Learn more and register here

Behavior and Training of Horses: February 14: New Brunswick
“Why Do They Do That? Behavior and Training of Horses” is the dominant theme of a horse management seminar, featuring presentations by several equine industry experts, hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension on February 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. For a discounted registration, checks must be postmarked by January 29. Learn more and register here.

Author Kathleen Cushman Delivers Access Week Keynote: February 17, New Brunswick
To mark the 3rd Annual Access Week, author and researcher Kathleen Cushman will deliver the keynote address on February 17 at 10 a.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Access Week focuses primarily on providing opportunities to connect students with activities and events that promote the values of access, partnership, inclusivity, and progressive thinking. Cushman is the author of First in the Family, a two-book series for high school and college students, in which first-generation college students offer guidance to those who follow in their footsteps. Learn more here.

Register Now and Save: 40th Annual Home Gardeners School: March 19, New Brunswick
Learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from landscape and horticulture experts when the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its 40th annual Home Gardeners School on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Choose from 35 workshops (including 23 new ones) covering everything from composting, irrigation, and roses to paver projects, fruit production, and beekeeping. Save $15 by registering on or before March 10. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including The New York TimesLos Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

Highlights include:

The Los Angeles Times: Op-Ed Don't be fooled by Trump or Sanders – there is no such thing as an 'authentic' candidate (David Greenberg, SCI, author)

The Star-Ledger: 3 things you should know about a possible Atlantic City bankruptcy (Marc Pfeiffer, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Eagleton Workshop: "When Does Science Influence Policy?": February 5, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in collaboration with several campus partners, hosts a half-day Eagleton science and politics workshop on February 5 beginning at 9 a.m. titled "When Does Science Influence Policy?" Stuart Shapiro, associate professor and director of the Public Policy Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, will discuss research findings from his new book, Analysis and Public Policy: Successes, Failures and Directions for Reform, and lead an interactive policy exercise regarding the recent FDA approval of genetically engineered salmon. Guest experts will participate as policy advisers and discuss their career experiences. Register and learn more here.

Visiting Filmmaker Series

Visiting Filmmaker Series: January 28 to April 21, Piscataway
The Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, kicks off its first Visiting Filmmaker Series by hosting Emmy and Tony award-winning director and actor Tom Hulce, who starred in Amadeus, on January 28 at 6 p.m. at Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway. The eight-event series brings to campus a variety of international filmmakers to screen their works and engage in a Q&A with the audience. Screenings are free and open to the public; tickets are not required. Learn more here

Research Roundtable: Ted Greene: Sound, Time, and Unlimited Possibility by Terrence McManus: January 27, Newark
Guitarist, composer, and sound artist Terrence McManus presents a talk on Ted Greene, a guitarist whose legacy is immense and yet who remains largely anonymous in the jazz community, on January 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

The Radical Potential of Human Rights: January 28, New Brunswick
As part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, the Institute for Research on Women presents Radhika Balakrishnan of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, who speaks on “The Radical Potential of Human Rights” on January 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Mozart's "Così fan tutte": January 29 to February 7, New Brunswick
Opera at Rutgers presents Mozart's “Così fan tutte” on January 29 and 31 and February 5 and 7 at Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

CURE Seminar on Impact of Nonprofit Institutions' Leadership on Central Philadelphia: January 29, Camden
Carolyn Adams, a professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University and author of the new book From the Outside In, addresses the implications of assigning substantial power over Philadelphia's future to nonprofit institutions whose governing boards are dominated by residents of the suburbs, on January 29 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the third floor faculty lounge, Armitage Hall, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

New Jersey Film Festival: January 30 to March 4, New Brunswick
Watch compelling short and feature-length films at the New Jersey Film Festival from January 30 to March 4 at Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Geology Museum Open House: January 30, New Brunswick
The Geology Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its annual open house on January 30, featuring hands-on lectures, make-and-take arts and crafts, and a mineral sale. Learn more here.

HereNow: Rutgers 250 Exhibition Opening Reception: February 2, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum kicks off its first interactive initiative, HereNow, part of the yearlong celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary, on February 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. For the exhibition, the Zimmerli invites the global Rutgers community to capture their experiences at university locations and events, across New Jersey and around the world. View photos that already have been submitted, meet people behind the project, and learn how you can become involved as it continues through the spring. Throughout the evening, enjoy performances by New Brunswick Jazz Project musicians Jerry Weldon on saxophone, Kyle Koehler on organ, and Vince Ector on drums. The trio performs favorites from the Great American Songbook and modern jazz standards. Admission, activities, and refreshments are free. Learn more here.

Writers at Newark: Natalie Diaz and Saeed Jones: February 2, Newark
Writers at Newark, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts poet Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mohave and Pima Indian tribes, and poet Saeed Jones, editor of BuzzFeed LGBT, on February 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 255/256/257 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Rutgers 27th Annual State Constitutional Law Lecture: February 2, Camden
Mary Bonauto, who successfully argued for marriage equality before the United States Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, will present the 27th Annual State Constitutional Law Lecture on February 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the multipurpose room, main level, in the Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center. Sponsored by the Rutgers University Law Review and the Rutgers–Camden Center for State Constitutional Studies, the lecture is titled “Equality and the Impossible: State Constitutions and Marriage.” Registration is required. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Thomas M. Izbicki, humanities librarian, Rutgers University Libraries, retired on January 1 after eight years of service to the university, including five years as interim associate university librarian for collection development and management. He played a key role in establishing the Ernst Badian Roman Coin collection.

Ann Marie P. Mauro, assistant dean, professor, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed chair for the Eastern Nursing Research Society's awards committee and member of the development committee for the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.

Margaret Wolan Sullivan, professor and associate dean for research services, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), was invited to serve as an ad hoc reviewer for a National Institutes of Health special emphasis panel. She was also invited to serve on the RBHS conflict of interest review committee. 

Awards & Honors

Elliot J. Coups, behavioral scientist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was accepted as a participant in the yearlong Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute program designed for midcareer professionals seeking to embrace or expand a leadership role.

George McGhee, distinguished professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was invited to the Santa Fe Institute for an expenses-paid workshop in April on the convergent evolution of agriculture in insects and humans. 

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

  • Elaine K. Diegmann, professor, on leave from leadership of Nurse Midwifery Program, received the Pioneer Midwife Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives New Jersey affiliate.
  • Teri Lindgren, assistant professor and specialty director, Community Health Program, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, alumna of the DNP program and adjunct faculty member, was one of 10 recipients of the Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Miranda-Diaz, the first female and first Latina public health officer for West New York, was recognized for her leadership at the local, state, and national levels in advancing the nursing profession and her work with diverse populations to build healthier lives and communities.
Gifts & Grants

Shannon Riley-Ayers and Milagros Nores, assistant research professors in the National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the co-principal investigators of a five-year award totaling $859,880. The project, titled A Study of the Impact of West Virginia's Universal Pre-K Program, is being supported by the West Virginia Department of Education. Learn more about Riley-Ayers here and Nores here.

Michelle Van Noy, assistant research professor and associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $489,012. The project, titled Evaluation of Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium, is being supported by Bergen Community College. Learn more about Van Noy here.

Gaetano Montelione, distinguished professor and Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Chair in Cancer Biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a two-year $465,000 grant. The project, titled Novel RNA Recognition Site on the Influenza B Virus NS1 Protein Directed to the Discovery of New Target Sites in the Influenza Virus for Antiviral Drugs, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Montelione here.

Itzhak Yanovitzky, associate professor, and Matthew Weber, assistant professor, both in the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of a two-year award totaling $457,862. The project, titled Tracking Policymakers’ Acquisition and Use of Research Evidence Regarding Childhood Obesity in the News Media, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Yanovitzky here and Weber here.

William Johnson, professor of neurology and director of the neurogenetics program, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Sulforaphane in Autism: A Treatment Trial to Confirm Phenotypic Improvement with Sulforaphane Treatment in a New Jersey Population of Individuals with Autism, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more about Johnson here.

Brett Blaauw, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $5,697. The project, titled Identifying Movement and Distribution Patterns of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Peach Orchards, is being supported by the Horticultural Research Institute. Learn more about Blaauw here.

In Memoriam

Ellen Calhoun, 67, of Princeton, the government and maps librarian at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on December 17, 2015. 

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