July 27, 2016

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New Course Accessibility Guidelines Help Faculty Design Online Courses

A Universal Design Committee, led by Rutgers’ Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT), has created a list of best practices to make online courses more accessible to anyone with a disability and to improve accessibility for all. The committee includes faculty, staff, and administrators active in online education universitywide.

These Course Accessibility Guidelines, which help faculty improve the design of accessible online courses, are being rolled out to faculty this summer on all major learning management systems. They cover everything from using the most legible fonts to applying heading styles. All faculty will be invited to a series of fall workshops on accessibility and course design. For more information, contact COHLIT at onlinelearning@docs.rutgers.edu or 848-932-4702, or the Office of Instructional and Research Technology at accessibility@rutgers.edu or 848-445-8721.


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Protection of Minors Policy

The university’s Protection of Minors Policy promotes the well-being and safety of minors who participate in programs or activities run by or associated with Rutgers. The policy includes requirements relating to reporting suspected abuse or neglect of minors, registering programs or activities with the university, completing relevant online training, and undergoing background checks for authorized adults and people in direct contact positions as defined by the policy. Nonuniversity organizations that wish to conduct activities involving minors at Rutgers must ensure their programs are run consistent with the guidelines of the Protection of Minors Policy and the Guide to Working with Minors. Learn more here.


Sign Up for R Game Day
Fall and football are just around the corner, and the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) is once again hitting the road to help fans go BIG. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights on the gridiron, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers tailgate events before every away game this season. Tickets are $25; kids 6 and under are free. Tickets include unlimited buffet, Rutgers Athletics entertainment and special guest appearances, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Cash bar with drink specials also will be available. Learn more and sign up here

Take Anonymous Communicator Certificate Program Survey
All faculty and staff are invited to complete a brief 10-question survey about the Rutgers Communicator Certificate Program as part of its ongoing evaluation. The goal of the certificate program is to provide information about communication resources available at Rutgers and to share experiences, best practices, and issues encountered in communicating information about the university's programs and services. Survey responses help improve the program and lead to a better understanding of its impact on the workplace. The survey is anonymous and your responses cannot be linked to you as an individual. Take the survey here.

Book Presentation: Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien: July 27, New Brunswick
Janet Brennan Croft, library faculty, Department of Research and Instructional Services, Rutgers University Libraries, and coeditor of Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien, speaks about the book on July 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Croft also will answer questions and sign copies of the book. Rutgers’ Office of Summer and Winter Sessions will sponsor a drawing for 10 free copies and additional books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 120 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and FOX News.

Highlights include:

The Christian Science Monitor: What's making the water off New Jersey turn aquamarine? (Oscar Schofield, SEBS, quoted; Robert Chant, SEBS, cited here)

The Star-Ledger: Rutgers police to get body cams (Chief Kenneth Cop, RUPD, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

RiSE Research Symposium: August 3, Piscataway
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the research symposium marking the culmination of the annual RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) summer program on August 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. RiSE is a signature initiative of the Center for Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity, providing a proven pipeline for Rutgers graduate programs and a talent pool for a diverse STEM workforce. The symposium features scholar research posters and a plenary address by Hector Arce, Yale professor of astronomy. Register and learn more here

JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet: July 27, New Brunswick
Enjoy a free concert by the new innovative music string ensemble JACK Quartet, described as “superheroes of the new music world,” on July 27 at 7 p.m. at Schare Recital Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This event is part of the Mason Gross Summer Series. Limited seating is available. Learn more here

Summation Dance Company: July 27, New Brunswick
The Summation Dance Company, a female troupe specializing in a bold physical vocabulary, performs in a free event on July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, sponsored by Mason Gross School of the Arts. Learn more here.

Camden Sophisticated Sisters: July 28, Camden
Camden Sophisticated Sisters, a top United States drill team, performs various styles of dance, including drill, step, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and jazz, on July 28 at 10 a.m. at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Fine Arts Complex, Rutgers University–Camden. Registration is required. Learn more here.

...We Say Fight Back!: through July 29, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts …We Say Fight Back!, an exhibition of works by Julieta Salgado, who explores social justice movements led by and for trans, gender nonconforming, two-spirit, and queer people of color in New York City, through July 29. Learn more here.

Rutgers Gardens Annual Open House: July 30, New Brunswick
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a free day of horticultural learning and sharing at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on July 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection: through July 31, New Brunswick
Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through July 31, examines what was one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Produced between the 1960s and the 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance from a turbulent period marked by the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a failed attempt at improved United States–Russia relations. Learn more here.

Dalí Quartet Concert: August 3, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a free concert by the Dalí Quartet, which plays works by Latin American composers, on August 3 at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Abby Stern Cardinale was appointed coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Previously, she was program coordinator and Veterans Administration school certifying official in the Registrar’s Office, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Michael Lewis, University Distinguished Professor and director, Institute for the Study of Child Development, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was invited to serve as one of the American Psychological Association’s 2017 distinguished scientist lecturers. 

Jason MacDonald, an alumnus, joined the university as its first director of investments to help manage Rutgers’ long-term endowment assets, reporting jointly to Richard Aks, vice president for finance and associate treasurer, and to the chair of the Joint Committee on Investments. He most recently served as the senior portfolio manager of private markets for the State of New Jersey Division of Investment.

Get Involved

CCLC Curriculum Night: August 9, Piscataway and Newark
Children's Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) invites parents to curriculum night on August 9 from 4 to 6 p.m., either in Piscataway, 659 Hoes Lane West, or Newark, 142 Cabinet Street, to learn how working together can help their children enjoy a brighter future. Parents will meet the teachers and other parents and observe how a child’s curiosity is nurtured as CCLC showcases the curriculum’s activities. For more information, contact Piscataway center director Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or mhoffman@cclc.com, or Newark center director Susan Casbar at 973-623-0182 or scasbar@cclc.com.

Awards & Honors

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the highest honor of the CAST division, sponsored by Dow Chemical Company.

Gifts & Grants

Cristine Delnevo, interim dean and professor, Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science, School of Public Health, and Michael Steinberg, professor and chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2,309,717. The project, titled Physicians’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Communication of E-Cigarettes, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Delnevo here and Steinberg //cinj.rutgers.edu/researcher-profiles/index?profile=michael.steinberg@rutgers.edu">here.

Patrick Clifford, professor and associate dean for research, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $830,125. The project, titled MOBC Underlying Alcohol Treatment Research Assessment Reactivity, is being supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Learn more about Clifford here.

Alan Monheit, associate dean for academic affairs and professor, health economics, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $606,461. The project, titled Economic Shocks and Family Health Security, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Monheit here.

Patrice Maurel, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $426,250. The project, titled Choline Transporter-Like Proteins and the Regulation of Lipid Metabolism During Myelination, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read about Maurel here.

Mehmet Uzumcu, associate professor, Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $232,500. The project, titled Detrimental Effects on Female Reproduction of in Utero and Neonatal Exposure to Common Phthalates DEHP and Its Replacement DINP, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Uzumcu here.

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 $175,681. The project, titled New Jersey Preschool Quality Evaluation Study 20152016, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Barnett here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and assistant director of education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Physician Training Award in Cancer Prevention, is being supported by the American Cancer Society. Learn more about Jadotte here.

In Memoriam

Philip H. Burch, 86, a retired research professor at Rutgers’ Center for Government Services, passed away on July 21, 2016, in Skillman, N.J. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, on July 25.

Raymond Cappellini, 90, professor emeritus and a chair of the former Department of Plant Pathology, passed away on July 19, 2016, at his Meridian, Idaho, home. A celebration of life service will be held in the coming weeks. 

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