July 15, 2015

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Jenny Lockard, Jessica Ware

Jenny Lockard, Jessica Ware Win NSF CAREER Awards

Rutgers University–Newark scientists Jenny Lockard and Jessica Ware each recently received a prestigious Early CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), worth a combined $1.5 million over the next five years, to pursue advanced research projects and mentor Newark high school teachers and students.

Lockard, a chemistry professor, was awarded more than $600,000 to study a new class of porous materials called metal-organic frameworks, which eventually may help reduce global warming by filtering carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from industrial emissions.

Ware, a biology professor, was awarded more than $800,000 to examine how the social structure of lower-termite colonies might have arisen 140 million years ago, testing whether ecology and dietary shifts led to changes in diversification and morphology.

The Early CAREER awards honor junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellence in teaching, and successful integration of the two. NSF selects nominees for its Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from CAREER-award winners. Learn more here

Pictured: Jenny Lockard (left) and Jessica Ware

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Mason Gross Arts Day Camp Registration Ends July 17
Registration for the Mason Gross Arts Day Camp (Kids Create), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for ages 5 through 12 remains open through July 17. Kids Create explores music, dance, theater, and visual arts and develops participants’ imaginations and skills through drawing, painting, collage, movement, music, improvisational theater, and creative dramatics. Youngsters may participate in one or both of the camp’s two weeklong sessions, August 3–7 and August 10–14. Each camp week’s offerings are different. To bring each week to a close, participants perform in a showcase for their families. Music and movement activities take place at the Mason Gross School of the Arts location on Douglass Campus. Visual arts activities take place in the Civic Square building in downtown New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Enroll Now for Sakai Introductory Training: New Brunswick
Through August, the Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers introduction to the Sakai course management system training sessions. This includes a mix of in-person sessions and online webinars. In-person sessions take place in Davidson Hall on the Busch Campus, Piscataway. Check dates, register, and learn more here.


Inaugural Class of Rutgers Leadership Academy Fellows
Congratulations to the inaugural class of fellows of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), selected from more than 90 nominations. The fellows begin a four-semester RLA curriculum in September 2015. The academy, part of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick strategic plan, is led by Brent Ruben, director, and Richard De Lisi, co-director, and will focus on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts, competencies, and tools to enhance professional capabilities. View a complete listing of the RLA fellows, including the Rutgers leaders who nominated them, here [PDF].

Department of Transportation Services Joins University Facilities and Capital Planning
Effective July 1, the university’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS)—responsible for transportation and parking services in New Brunswick and Newark—became part of University Facilities and Capital Planning, a step taken to reflect the strategic vision unveiled in the recently approved physical master plan. DOTS operates 45 buses, transporting approximately 70,000 passengers daily, and oversees approximately 30,000 parking stalls located in surface lots and 11 parking structures. In addition, DOTS manages bike registrations, rentals, and lockers; a paratransit service that provides specially equipped buses for those who are physically impaired; parking permits and special event, visitor, and seasonal parking; and parking rules, regulations, and penalties.

iPad 102: Appy Hour at Kite+Key: July 27, Piscataway
Learn how to use an iPad in an intermediate class July 27 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Feel free to bring your iPad. Attendees receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Space is limited. RSVP to kiteandkey@rutgers.edu. Learn more here [PDF].

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 105 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The Economist, The New York Times, and Business Insider, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

Philadelphia Inquirer: Seeking mates, fish switch sex (Olaf Jensen, SEBS, quoted here)

Daily Mail (U.K.): Bad news for boys: Researchers say parents prefer girls if times get tough (Kristina Durante, RBS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Confucius Institute Teacher Training Workshops: August, New Brunswick
The Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is conducting two August teacher-training workshops offering continuing education credits. Globalization and Local Essences on August 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Hardenbergh Hall, Room A2, explores traditional Chinese garden design in contemporary China, with Frank F. Sabouri (AIA, LEED, NCARB) the featured speaker. The K–12 Chinese Language Teachers Workshop on August 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., also in Hardenbergh A2, focuses on theoretical and practical issues in dealing with authentic materials in language teaching and learning. Register and learn more here.

Mason Gross Summer Series

Mason Gross Summer Series: July 15 to August 5, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross Summer Series, a five-event, music-and-dance program featuring jazz, brass, contemporary dance, and an operetta, will take place at the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from July 15 to August 5. Learn more here.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre: July 16, Camden
Enjoy dazzling traditional costumes in this performance of flamenco dance and music on July 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Rutgers University–Camden Fine Arts Building. Admission is free but reservations are required. Learn more here.

The Three Sisters Garden: July 18, New Brunswick
Learn about the Native American technique of companion planting the Three Sisters—corn, beans, and squash—at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on July 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taste a colorful variety of beans grown in the garden and a summer version of Three Sisters Soup. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: July 21, Camden
Quartet 33 performs in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden, on July 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Public Open Night at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory: July 23, Piscataway
View celestial bodies, including Saturn and the moon, during the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory Public Open Night at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on July 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in Piscataway. Learn more here.

National Yiddish TheatreFolksbiene Performs DiGoldene Kale (The Golden Bride): August 5, New Brunswick
An orphan girl attracts a variety of suitors when she comes into an inheritance in this concert presentation of Joseph Rumshinsky’s 1923 operetta, which will be performed in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles and with a full orchestra for the first time in 70 years. The operetta, which features live music by the Mason Gross Muzikers, will be presented on August 5 at 7 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Tickets go on sale on July 21 at 10 a.m.—$10 for alumni, employees, and seniors; $5 for students; $15 for the general public—and may be purchased by calling 848-932-7511. Learn more here.

Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at three weekly Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops (noon–1 p.m.) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick through August 12: 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.

Appointments & Retirements

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut was appointed chair of the Department of Neurology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective August 1. In addition to his new role, Dhib-Jalbut continues as chair of the Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, RBHS, where he is professor of neurology and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Multiple Sclerosis and president of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Richard Feinberg retired effective July 10 as assistant dean for basic science education and faculty development at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, after 32 years of service. Among his achievements after joining the school’s Department of Anatomy, he introduced virtual microscopy to histology and pathology teaching programs in 2007 and audience response technology to lecture halls in 2008. In 2012, he launched the school’s first online course, "Transition to Residency," for fourth-year students.

Mary Fetzer, deputy associate librarian for research and instructional services and government resources librarian, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, retired effective July 1 after 46 years of service. She received master’s degrees in political science and library science from Rutgers and was a longstanding member of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table and the Documents Association of New Jersey, receiving the latter organization’s lifetime achievement award in 2013.

Zach Johnson was appointed archivist for the Senator Frank Lautenberg Papers in Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, joining Rutgers from Vanderbilt University. 

Kimberly Mutcherson, professor, School of Law–Camden, was appointed vice dean effective July 1, when Adam Scales concluded his appointment and returned to the faculty. She will oversee academic affairs.

T. Joseph Sikora, chief audit executive of the university’s Internal Audit Department, retired effective June 1 after 31 years of service at Rutgers.  

Get Involved

Submissions Requested for NJMS Fall Arts Festival: September–January, Newark
New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts its annual fall arts festival from September through January. Artists may submit original display-ready works including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry, quilts, and needlepoint. Contact Noreen Gomez at gomeznm@njms.rutgers.edu or 973-972-4795 with questions. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

The Community Living Education Project, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Commendation for outstanding work on its magazine, My Life Now, and for bringing honor and pride to the community through stories about people with developmental disabilities. 

Elaine Diegmann, professor and director of the nurse midwifery program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the American College of Nurse-Midwives National Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes midwives and other professionals for an unusual and exemplary effort in community service, innovation in midwifery practice, education, or research. 

Diane Gomez, director of marketing and communications, dean Claire McInerney, associate dean Karen Novick, and Carol Peters, public relations specialist, all from the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2015 Pyramid Award for interaction magazine from the New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Interaction also received first place honors in the Public Relations Magazine category from the Garden State Journalists Association.  

Sharon Manne, professor, Department of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and associate director, Population Science at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award for longstanding guidance and support of young scientists.

Arnold Rabson, director of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the R. Walter Schlesinger MD Basic Science Mentoring Award for longstanding guidance and support of young scientists.

Philip Smith, assistant professor and project manager for community positive behavior supports at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored by Community Access Unlimited as Educator of the Year, in recognition of the training he provides to help ensure its staff can reach their full potential when supporting individuals with disabilities.

Gifts & Grants

Andrea Norberg, executive director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center (FXB), School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $6 million over four years. The project, titled AIDS Education and Training Center National Coordinating Resource Center, is being supported by the HIV/AIDS Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. FXB has served as the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) National Resource Center since 2002. This new period of funding includes opportunities to develop a national HIV curriculum and to support practice transformation in HIV clinics nationwide. The AETC team includes: John Nelson, program director; Deborah Storm, director of evaluation; Renée Powell, program manager; and Judy Collins, program coordinator. Partners include the University of California San Francisco Center for HIV Information, University of Washington, and International Antiviral Society–USA. Learn more about FXB here.

Hong Li, director, Center for Advanced Proteomics Research and associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, and Peter Lobel, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are principal investigators of a four-year award totaling $2,544,000. The project, titled Rutgers Mass Spectrometry Center for Integrative Neuroscience Research, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health and its National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Li here and Lobel here.

Roseanne Dobkin, associate professor of psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $675,331 over three years. The project, titled Improving Access to Depression Care in Parkinson’s Disease: A Telehealth Approach, is being supported by a Therapeutic Pipeline Program research grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Learn more about Dobkin here.

Myong Jeong, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, and the Rutgers Center for Operations Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $283,901. The project, titled Multistage Quality Engineering with Multisource Functional Data, is being supported by Qatar University. Learn more about Jeong here.

Kelley Healey, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Perlin, Public Health Research Institute Center, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was selected as a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation board of directors. She received a grant award of $115,705 to support her research, Elucidating Multidrug Resistance in Fungal Pathogens. Learn more about Healey here.

Terri Kinzy, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the recipient of an award totaling $30,275. The project, titled Regulators of Translation Elongation Factor eEF1A, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Kinzy here

Jaimie Testai, senior management assistant in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $24,975. The project, titled Honors Research Selective Elective, is being supported by the ADEAGies Foundation. Learn more about the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine here.

Ellen Goodman, professor in the School of Law–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Formulating Legal Guidance for Digital Journalists, is being supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Goodman here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Science and assistant director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,500. The project, titled Understanding the Association between Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Patient Health Outcomes in Urban Settings: A Mixed Methods Study, is being supported by the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing. Learn more about Jadotte here.

In Memoriam

Paul J. Lioy, of Cranford, N.J., professor and internationally recognized researcher in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and director of exposure science at Rutgers’ Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, passed away on July 8, 2015. He was 68. A graveside service was held July 13 at St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Colonia, N.J.  

Lillian Gonzalez, 35, of Carlstadt, N.J., a member of the Scarlet Raiders women’s softball team at Rutgers University–Newark in 2000 and 2001, passed away on June 24, 2015. Services were held June 29.

Audrey Elaine Schramm, 84, of Franklin Township, N.J., who worked as a secretary at Rutgers University–New Brunswick until her retirement in 1995, passed away June 20, 2015. Services were held June 28. 

James L. Sanderson, 89, of Center City, Philadelphia, professor emeritus of English literature at Rutgers University–Camden, passed away on June 10, 2015. Services were private.


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