July 29, 2015

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Carol Kaufman-Scarborough

Carol Kaufman-Scarborough Honored by American Marketing Association

Although businesses have made certain changes to accommodate disabled consumers, Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, a professor of marketing at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, says much remains to be done, 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law.

Store entrances and aisles that are blocked by merchandise or are very narrow, fast food restaurants with sandwich-making counters difficult to see from a wheelchair, and movie theaters limiting wheelchairs to the first few rows are among the types of major issues Kaufman-Scarborough (left) says should be addressed.

Kaufman-Scarborough’s soon-to-be published paper, Forces for Change in Consumer Access: A Retrospective Analysis of the Hollister Case, was recently recognized as the best paper presented at this year’s American Marketing Association’s Marketing and Public Policy Conference. A federal court ruled that the Hollister clothing store chain’s entrances violated the ADA, but the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision. Learn more about Kaufman-Scarborough here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Mason Gross Summer Series Concludes with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Performing DiGoldene Kale (The Golden Bride): August 5, New Brunswick
Ninety-two years after its premiere at Kessler's Second Avenue Theater in New York City, the Yiddish operetta DiGoldene Kale (The Golden Bride) returns to the stage to conclude the 2015 Mason Gross Summer Series on August 5 at 7 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. An orphaned 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 and live music by the Mason Gross Muzikers. Tickets—$10 for alumni, employees, and seniors; $5 for students; $15 for the general public—may be purchased by calling 848-932-7511. 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.


Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2016 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon alumni. Past recipients include U.S. women's World Cup soccer champion Carli Lloyd (RC'06), chef and restaurateur Mario Batali (RC'82), the late actor James Gandolfini (RC'83), author Janet Evanovich (DC'65), and actor and humanitarian Paul Robeson (RC'19). Learn more and nominate a deserving alumnus here.

New Jersey’s First MFA Degree in Dance Program
Applications will be accepted this fall for a new MFA degree in dance, New Jersey's first dance MFA program. The 26-month program is set to launch in January 2017. Jeff Friedman, associate professor, dancer, and choreographer at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will serve as MFA program director. Applicants must submit a formal application and fee online through Graduate and Professional Admissions by October 1, 2015, and the Mason Gross Supplemental application by December 1, 2015. Supporting materials include a personal statement, writing and video samples, a résumé, and an audition. Learn more here.

Join Us on the Road Again for R Game Day
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG again this year. Meet alumni and Rutgers fans during R Game Day, a series of tailgate events before every away football game this season. The first event takes place at Penn State on September 19. Learn more, view all dates, and register here.

Protection of Minors Policy
In its continued commitment to ensure the well-being and safety of minors who participate in programs or activities run by or associated with Rutgers, the university last year implemented the Protection of Minors Policy [PDF]. The policy includes requirements for reporting suspected abuse or neglect of minors, completing the "Working with Minors" online training course, and undergoing background checks for authorized adults and people in direct contact positions as defined by the policy. To assist program directors with management of their programs and compliance with the policy requirements, a new Protection of Minors (POM) database has been created. Learn more here.  

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 130 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Business Insider, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

The New York Times: Accusing Amazon of Antitrust Violations, Authors and Booksellers Demand Inquiry (Michael Carrier, Law-Camden, quoted here)

Physicians News Digest: Could Antibiotics Raise a Child’s Risk for Juvenile Arthritis? (Daniel Horton, RWJMS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.


The Overworked Gardeners’ Guide to Preserving: August 6, New Brunswick
Join experts at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for an “eat-your-way-through-it” course on dehydrating, pickling, and other quick methods of preserving your harvest on August 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hort Farm No. 1, Holly House at Rutgers Gardens. Learn more and register here

The Bang Group: July 29, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents The Bang Group, a rhythm-based, theatrical dance company presenting work by David Parker and featuring Rutgers dancers, on July 29 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater. Learn more here.

Magic by Ed!: July 30, Camden
Enjoy this high-energy, interactive comedy magic show that appeals to kids and adults alike on July 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Rutgers University–Camden Fine Arts Building. Reservations are required. Learn more here.

Judy Auer Shaw Discusses Her Book, The Raritan River: Our Landscape, Our Legacy: August 4, New Brunswick
Judy Auer Shaw, senior research specialist, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, discusses her book, The Raritan River: Our Landscape, Our Legacy, on August 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and includes a chance to win a copy of Shaw’s book. Learn more here.

Intro to Entrepreneurship Q&A: August 12, Newark
The Introduction to Entrepreneurship Q&A seminars are roundtable sessions that provide opportunities for those interested in starting a business to address startup issues or questions. They are offered twice a month on Wednesdays. The next session is on August 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University–Newark. Preregistration is required. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Michael Gajewski, professor, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed director of trauma anesthesia effective August 1. He will lead the clinical and educational efforts relevant to trauma anesthesiology, evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the anesthesiology care of trauma patients, serve as liaison to the trauma surgery program, develop policies for anesthesiology participation in the perioperative care of trauma patients, and serve as a clinical resource and mentor to other trauma team members.

Jan Ellen Lewis, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of history, Rutgers University–Newark, was installed as president of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic at its annual meeting, succeeding Ann Fabian, Distinguished Professor of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Debora Tracey was appointed assistant director for the Clinical and Simulation Learning Laboratories of the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective July 1. With the School of Nursing since 2007, she was instrumental in the design, planning, and construction of the simulation labs and the integration of simulation into the curriculum in the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program located in Newark’s Stanley S. Bergen building.

Get Involved

Volunteers Needed to Help the New Start Career Network and New Jersey’s Long-Term Unemployed
While the New Jersey job market is improving, more than 41 percent of the state’s job seekers—in excess of 125,000 individuals—have been jobless for more than six months, the second highest long-term unemployment rate in the country. Research from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has captured the impacts of prolonged unemployment for these individuals, their families, and their communities and found that the public workforce system provides few resources targeted to meeting their needs. The situation may be worse for job seekers ages 45+, who make up half of New Jersey’s long-term unemployed population and may face age discrimination in addition to the stigma of long-term unemployment. With major support from the Murphy Family Foundation, the Heldrich Center is launching the New Start Career Network (NSCN) in October 2015 to provide web-based and in-person assistance to older, long-term unemployed job seekers in New Jersey.

NSCN is currently seeking volunteer qualified and dedicated career coaches and professionals with backgrounds in career counseling, recruiting, executive search, human resources, and related fields willing to donate their services and expertise to help New Jersey’s long-term unemployed job seekers. NSCN asks that starting in October 2015, interested individuals donate two to four hours per week for a minimum of six months to help coach one or more NSCN members. Learn more and apply here [PDF] or contact Maria Heidkamp, director, NSCN, at heidkamp@rutgers.edu or 848-932-1490.

Awards & Honors

Lauren Aleksunes, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and resident scientist, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Mentor of the Year Award from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Division of Particulate Preparations and Design Award in the PPD division of the Society of Powder Technology, Japan, for her research on the continuous pharmaceutical process. She has been invited to present at the PPD’s 2015 symposium in Japan, October 22–23.

Simon Wickhamsmith, Department of English Writing Program, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award. The award’s purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English.

Gifts & Grants

Kim Fenesy, senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.75 million over five years. The project, titled Special Population Interprofessional Care Experiences, will place dental students at community-based health clinics in Newark to work with patients and students from other health care fields. The project is being supported by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Learn more about the project here.

Howard Kipen, professor of environmental and occupational medicine and director of clinical research and occupational medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $999,975 over three years. The project, titled Climate Change, Indoor Ozone, and Vascular Function, is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about Kipen here.  

Rebecca Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled DIMACS/Simons Collaboration in Cryptography, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here

Kelly Dittmar, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, and scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Women Representing in an Era of Party Polarization, is being supported by the Hunt Alternatives Fund. Learn more about Dittmar here.  

Joseph Marcotrigiano, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Ronald G. Nahass, clinical professor of medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $374,709. The project, Clinical, Laboratory, and Molecular Characterization of Presumed HCV Network in Young Suburban New Jersey Heroin Users, is being supported by the Merck Investigators Studies Program. Learn more about Marcotrigiano here and about Nahass here.

Denise Rodgers, vice chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000 over four years. The project, titled Believe in a Healthy Newark, is being supported by New Jersey Health Initiatives, a statewide grant-making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant supports community-focused coalitions to promote long-term solutions for healthier living. Learn more about Rodgers here.

In Memoriam

Alfred W. Blumrosen, 86, the Thomas A. Cowan Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, at the School of Law–Newark, and one of America’s foremost scholars on employment discrimination law, passed away on July 23, 2015, in Bonita Springs, Fla., following a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the Fuller Funeral Home, Naples, Fla.

John A. Williams, 89, a member of the National Literary Hall of Fame who taught at Rutgers University–Newark from 1979 to 1994, passed away on July 3, 2015, in a veterans’ home in Paramus, N.J. The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Leslie Ford, 68, of Hamilton Township, N.J., a retired locksmith at Rutgers, passed away on June 17, 2015. 

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