July 24, 2013

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Rutgers EcoComplex
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station has many off-campus research centers. Some are located in remote parts of the state, providing limited opportunity for state residents to know the scope of their work. The EcoComplex performs research and develops new technologies to address the pressing alternative energy, environmental, solid waste, and resource-recovery issues faced in New Jersey, and also functions as a hub of education and outreach for the entire alternative energy and environmental community. Serpil Guran, director of the Rutgers EcoComplex, provides an up-close look at what goes on at the EcoComplex Alternative Energy Innovation Center in Bordentown, New Jersey. Read the story at the SEBS & NJAES Newsroom here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Employee Information Fair
Rutgers holds an employee information fair on July 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Atrium of the University Education Center at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Stratford. This fair provides employees in legacy UMDNJ positions at Rutgers with information about employee services at the university.


New Jersey Hopeline Website Has Launched
The website for New Jersey Hopeline, a peer support and suicide prevention hotline, has launched. The hotline is directed by University Behavioral Health Care at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 day per week. The number for the hotline is 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735). Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program at Mason Gross School of the Arts
The Extension Division at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, offers the first evidence-based comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program at the university level in partnership with Polestar Pilates. The 453-hour program is open to movement professionals with prior Pilates training or experience in kinesiology, yoga, or dance. After completion of five courses, including a studio-based internship, students will sit for the Pilates Method Alliance Board Certification Exam to become credentialed teachers of the practice. Upon passing this exam, candidates will receive the Pilates Method Alliance-Certified Pilates Teacher credential—the only third-party credential in the Pilates industry to date. Learn more and register here.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for August Introduction to Sakai Training Sessions
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers–New Brunswick, offers introduction to the Sakai course management system training sessions through the month of August. Sessions take place in Davidson Hall on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Training is open to new faculty, part-time lecturers, or veterans of the university who have either never used Sakai or are in need of a refresher. Check the calendar for dates and learn more here.

Registration Is Open for SEBS Core Facility's Confocal Microscopy Seminars Sponsored by Zeiss
The Core Facility at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts confocal microscopy seminars sponsored by Zeiss, a world leader in imaging, on August 6 and 7 at 9 a.m. in room 138A of Foran Hall on the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The workshop sessions are at capacity but the seminars are open for registration. Please contact Karen Yudin at yudin@aesop.rutgers.edu with questions or to register.


Rutgers Gardens Open House and Wine Tasting: July 27, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts its open house and wine tasting festival on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The open house features informative tours of Rutgers Gardens, including the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden, and a wine tasting event featuring New Jersey wineries. Admission is $7 per person, and an additional $10 fee for those wishing to enter the wine tasting area. Admission is free for children under 13. Learn more here.

Newark Black Film Festival: Now through July 31, Newark
The Newark Museum hosts the 2013 Newark Black Film Festival on Wednesdays through July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Newark Museum. The festival is a showcase for films that focus on the experiences and concerns of contemporary African Americans, as well as an outlet for films about the African-American experience from earlier eras. This festival is free to the public and provides emerging filmmakers, writers, directors, and producers with a high profile outlet for their work. Learn more and view the schedule here.

After Lunch Webinar Series: All About Insurance: July 25, Online
The New Jersey Small Business Development Center, at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, hosts a webinar on July 25 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Please call 973-353-5950 or email rnsbdc@newark.rutgers.edu to register. Learn more here.

Food Truck Friday at the Camden Waterfront: July 26, Camden
The Camden Waterfront hosts its weekly Food Truck Friday on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Camden Waterfront in the Adventure Aquarium parking lot. This event occurs every Friday until Labor Day. Trucks include Kevin's Salad Stand, Reuben on Rye, Cupcakes 2 Go Go, and Lil Trent's Treats. Learn more here.

What are They Thinking?: Taking the Pulse of Your Class: July 26, New Brunswick
Digital Classroom Services at Undergraduate Academic Affairs hosts a showcase workshop on July 26 at 1 p.m. in room 206 of Scott Hall on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This workshop demonstrates ways that instructors can poll students and receive instant feedback during class using the Poll Anywhere and Socrative applications in real time through phones, laptops, or tablets. Learn more here.

New Jersey Green Infrastructure Forum: July 31, Hillsborough
Rutgers Cooperative Extension at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cosponsor the New Jersey Green Infrastructure Forum on July 31 at 8:30 a.m. at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The conference highlights the critical importance of using green infrastructure to manage storm water and enhance treatment of sewage and better withstand storms like Sandy. Learn more and register here.

Appointments & Retirements

Adana Llanos has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Learn more about Professor Llanos here.

Martin Perez has been sworn in as a member of the Rutgers Board of Governors. Learn more here.

Brian L. Strom has been appointed the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective December 2. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Rutgers Football Tickets Available for Rutgers Faculty Appreciation Day
Intercollegiate Athletics invites faculty and staff members from all Rutgers campuses to the home opener against Norfolk State for Rutgers Faculty Appreciation Day on September 7 at noon at High Point Solutions Stadium, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Tickets for this event are $35 for sideline or $25 for end zone seating. Season tickets are also available for $196 for end zone or $280 for sideline seating. Faculty and staff members may purchase up to four season tickets at these prices. Please call Andrew Granzio at 732-907-1583 Mondays through Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with questions or to order tickets. Follow Rutgers Football on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram @RFootball. View the Rutgers Football schedule here.

Awards & Honors

Ellen Malenas Ledoux, associate professor in the Department of English at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, has published a new book titled Social Reform in Gothic Writing: Fantastic Forms of Change, 1764–1834 (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2013). Learn more here.

Kimberlee Sue Moran, grant facilitator at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, has been nominated Scientist of the Year for the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Learn more here.

Barbara Pachter, part-time lecturer at the School of Business–Camden, has published a new book titled The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat and Tweet Your Way to Success (McGraw Hill, July 2013).

Gifts & Grants

Narayanan Ramasubbu, professor at the Center for Oral Infectious Diseases in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine at Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,429,688. The project titled PGA Exopolysaccharide in Biofilm Formation and Pathogenicity of Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Professor Ramasubbu here.

Christopher Obropta, associate extension specialist in the Water Resources Program at the Cooperative Extension, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $1,082,600 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The projects are titled Upper Salem River Watershed Implementation and Assiscunk Creek Watershed Implementation Project. Learn more about Specialist Obropta here.

Stephen Tse, professor I in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project titled Scalable Processing of Nanostructured Cubic-Boron Nitride is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Tse here.

David Perlin, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the New Jersey Medical School and executive director of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $436,875. The project titled Linking Triazole Resistance and Fitness in Aspergillus Fumigatus is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Professor Perlin here.

Daniel-Dennis M. Bubb, professor I and chair of the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $366,735. The project titled Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Generation by Laser Ablation of Thin Films in Liquids is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bubb here.

Donna Cill, assistant dean of student affairs and director of the Center for Lifelong Learning in the School of Nursing at the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled Empowering Daughters and Mothers thru Social Media is being funded by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Dean Cill here.

In Memoriam

Melody Corry passed away on June 25. She worked as a program manager at the Rutgers School of Nursing's François-Xavier Bagnoud Center in Tanzania.

Jean M. Solomine passed away on July 17. She was an employee of University Correctional Health Care.

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