June 1, 2016

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Introducing Cornerstone: Transforming the Way We Work at Rutgers

Modernizing our finance, human resources and payroll, and procurement systems, and the processes and organizational structures that support them, will dramatically improve how we work together as one Rutgers.

We recently launched Cornerstone—the website for our multiyear strategic project to transform our administrative information systems. How we operationalize these changes will become the cornerstone of our performance and sustainability well into the future.

We all have an important role in ensuring Cornerstone is successful. Browse the Cornerstone website and share the updates and resources with colleagues in your school, department, or unit. Stay connected through the website, email communications, and information sessions. 

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Transgender Health 2016 Conference: June 10, RBHS, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, hosts “Transgender Health 2016” on June 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building, Room B-556, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. A panel of experts will discuss the most recent developments in the field, from the fundamentals of gender identity (and salience of pronouns), to the complexities of working with transgender adolescents and transgender patients who are also ethnic/racial minorities. The conference also features a hands-on practicum on the nuts and bolts of everyday clinical work with transgender people. This event is designed for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified counselors, certified alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, researchers, students, and trainees. Register here. For additional information call 973-972-4267 or email ccoe@ca.rutgers.edu.  


QED Funding for Technology Commercialization
Numerous Rutgers researchers have received grants and university matching funds totaling up to $200,000 from the QED Proof-of-Concept Program to support technology commercialization. Applications are now being accepted for another round of awards. On June 2, QED staff will visit the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark at 10 a.m. and the Office of Research and Economic Development in Piscataway at 1 p.m. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Chris Pflaum at chris.pflaum@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Funding for Cancer-Related Research Pilot Projects
Funding is available from the American Cancer Society and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey for $50,000 pilot project grants to support cancer-related research projects that can be completed in 12 months. Eligible applicants include Rutgers and Princeton faculty members who are within six years of their initial academic appointment and do not currently have an award from a national peer-reviewed competition. For more information and to request an application, email cinjpilotprogram@cinj.rutgers.edu. Applications are due no later than July 1, 2016.

Last Opportunity to Register for Mason Gross Summer Programs
Register by June 1 for any of the innovative summer programs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Summer intensives in music, dance, and visual arts are strong opportunities for students to explore, create, and perform under the expert guidance of New Jersey’s most distinguished teaching artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory. Register and learn more here.

Free Health Screenings at Newark Downtown Farmers Market
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), sponsored by Newark350, hosts free health screenings at the Newark Downtown Farmers Market on June 9 and July 14. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PSE&G Plaza, RBHS students, faculty, and staff will offer blood pressure, glucose, BMI, and infant and young child assessments, as well as pulmonary and mental health screenings. Resources and referrals will be provided at no charge. Learn more here.

Excel Level 3 and Level 4 Training: June 6, New Brunswick
The Office of Continuing Professional Education offers Level 3 and Level 4 Microsoft Office Excel 2013 training on June 6 at the extension conference center on G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Level 3 workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for students seeking to learn how to produce complex Microsoft Office Excel 2013 worksheets. Level 4 training, 12:30 to 4 p.m., is designed for students seeking to build on the advanced features learned in Level 3 worksheet training. For each class, the fee is $80, payable via internal purchase order, personal check, or credit card. Faculty and staff receive priority seating. Learn more and register for Level 3 training here and Level 4 training here. For internal purchase orders, call the registration department at 848-932-9271, option 2. For more information, contact Suzanne Hills at 848-932-7234.

Free Lunch at Kite+Key Appy Hour: June 7, Piscataway
Enjoy a free light lunch at Appy Hour, kite+key's monthly tech gathering, on June 7 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. The presentation topic is MyFitnessPal. Apple ambassador Mitesh Rathod introduces the free IOS diet app. Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Space is limited. RSVP via the kite+key Facebook page, email at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or phone at 848-445-1127. Learn more here.

Art After Hours: Art and Music: June 7, New Brunswick
Stop by the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for Art After Hours on June 7 from 5 to 9 p.m., free and open to the public with complimentary refreshments. The evening includes curator-led tours of the exhibition Infinite Opportunities in Color: Prints by Helen Hyde and Bertha Lum. AlterEgo, a dynamic and varied group of medical professionals, returns to perform from a rock and roll repertoire—mixed with blues, funk, and groove-inspired genres—spanning the 1950s to the present. Learn more here.

Postpartum Depression: Experts and Former New Jersey First Lady Mary Jo Codey: June 8, New Brunswick
The Women’s Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), New Brunswick, present a discussion on postpartum depression on June 8 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the RWJUH Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard. The event will be introduced by Gloria Bachmann, the institute’s director, and feature a discussion with former New Jersey first lady Mary Jo Codey and experts from multidisciplinary professions focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 80 news organizations in the past week, including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times.

Highlights include:

NJTV News: OpenZika Project Uses Public to Help Find Zika Virus Cure (Joel Freundlich, Alex Perryman, NJMS, quoted here)

Chicago TribuneAtlantic City rescue package bills go to Christie for approval (Marc Pfeiffer, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

New Jersey International Film Festival

New Jersey International Film Festival: June 4 to June 18, New Brunswick
Screen a variety of films June 4–18 at Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at the 21st New Jersey International Film Festival, where 21 films will have their New Jersey or area premieres. The festival showcases independent films with screenings, workshops, and appearances by directors, screenwriters, and casts. Learn more here

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School: June 6, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden’s Stages of Discovery Performance Series presents Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on June 6 at 10 a.m. at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Fine Arts Complex, Rutgers–Camden. Registration is required. Learn more here.

The Morning After: Is It Over Yet? Election 2016: June 8, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a post-election panel, including analysis of the New Jersey primary and the 2016 presidential race, on June 8 at 9:30 a.m. RSVP is required.

8th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony: June 10, New Brunswick
The 8th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference, June 10 at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, showcases Rutgers’ efforts in the Raritan Basin, provides a forum for identifying a universitywide agenda for stewardship of the Raritan, and establishes a network for collaboration among university-based research, extension, and outreach efforts related to the Raritan Basin. Learn more here

Designing the Mixed Border: June 11, New Brunswick
This Rutgers Gardens workshop teaches how to create an exciting mixed border with year-round interest on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holly House, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and register here.

Get Involved

Hosting Mandela Fellows on July 4 
This summer, Rutgers will host 50 African fellows participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. The fellows are young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa who have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, or communities. As they will be here during the July 4 holiday weekend, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs is calling on the Rutgers community to help share our national tradition by hosting the fellows for an at-home barbecue or by inviting them to join you for a fun Independence Day experience, such as fireworks. You decide whether to make it an afternoon or a daylong activity. If interested in hosting, apply here.

Awards & Honors

Peter Basto, assistant professor and director, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Associates Degree Program, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the national LeRoy Spaniol Award from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Angus Kress Gillespie, professor of American studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Peace Islands Institute Diversity Award for his contributions to the New Jersey Folk Festival and its representation of diversity in New Jersey.

Theresa Miskimen, vice president of medical services, University Behavioral Health Care, and professor of psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected speaker-elect of the American Psychiatric Association Assembly.

Gary Schneider, associate professor, Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a chancellor’s scholar for 2016–2017. The Chancellor’s Excellence Fund, an element of the Rutgers–New Brunswick Strategic Plan, calls for the nomination by their deans of a select group of faculty members at the associate professor level as chancellor’s scholars for up to five years with an addition to their research account.

Patrick Strzelec, associate professor, Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a presidential fellowship for teaching excellence, which includes a $1,000 grant from the university trustees to assist academic efforts in the coming year.

Gifts & Grants

Heather McKay, director, Education and Employment Research Center, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $325,000. The project, titled Evaluation of Bergen Community College’s First in the World Grant, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about McKay here.

Waheed Bajwa, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $275,710. The project, titled MANTIS: A Multimodel Imaging Suite to Enhance Army’s ISTAR Capabilities and Improve Soldiers’ Health, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Bajwa here.

Shannon Ayers, assistant research professor, National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Examining the Roles of Coaches and Professional Development Instructors in New York City’s Universal PreK Program, is being supported by the Foundation for Child Development. Learn more about Ayers here.

Nan Gao, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Vitamin D Protection on IBD and Inflammatory Neoplasia, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Learn more about Gao here.

David Robinson, professor, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New Jersey state climatologist, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled EMPG New Jersey Weather Net Support, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. Learn more about Robinson here.

Michael Simmons, senior program manager, Joseph C. Cornwell Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Opportunity Youth Network, is being supported by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Simmons here.

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