June 10, 2015

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Raritan Bay

Raritan Bay's Future

The Raritan Bay complex—including the waters and shorelines from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to New Brunswick to Sandy Hook—provides important wildlife habitat, fishery, and shellfish resources and recreational benefits to the region. However, the bay faces ongoing water quality issues, development and pollution pressures on fragile habitat and open space, and mounting threats of climate change and coastal flooding. It also has not received the kind of coordinated attention afforded other bays and river systems in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary due to conflicting policy and management constraints across state boundaries.

To address these issues, the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program host the Sustainable Raritan River Conference, “Two States, One Bay: A Bi-State Conversation About the Future of the Raritan Bay,” at the Douglass Student Center on June 12. Panels and workshops will seek to align Raritan Bay water quality, habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and fishery and shellfish management with public access goals, objectives, and priority actions for New York and New Jersey stakeholders.

The event brings together more than 200 municipal and county officials, state and federal representatives, environmental commissioners, nonprofit advocates, business leaders, civic-minded residents, and scientists, engineering and design professionals of the Raritan River Basin and Bay communities. Learn more and register here.

In this Issue...

Summer Schedule for Faculty & Staff Bulletin
Following the issue of July 1, the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on alternating Wednesdays through August. Those publication dates are July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26. Please keep this schedule in mind as you plan submissions to the Bulletin, particularly those involving time-sensitive information.

Mark Doty Reads from New Collection of Poems: June 18, New Brunswick
Mark Doty, professor in the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, and acting director of Writers House, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry. He will read from Deep Lane, his new collection of poems, on June 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Save $20 on Purchase of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait
Did you know that Rutgers University—the nation’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning—predates the Revolutionary War by a decade, making Rutgers 250 years old in 2016? To document this historic milestone, Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait will be released in late August to kick off the anniversary year. Order by August 1 to take advantage of an extended pre-order sale, saving $20 off the retail price. This limited edition, coffee-table book beautifully illustrates the history and growth of the university. Learn more and order your piece of Rutgers history here

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 55 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and The New York Times, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

The Washington Post: Why you should be worried about declining snow cover across North America (David Robinson, SAS/SEBS, quoted here)

The Guardian (UK): Latest anthrax scare points to dangerous lack of accountability, experts warn (Richard Ebright, SAS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Mallery Concert Series

Mallery Concert Series: Atlantic City Jazz Band: June 16, Camden
The Atlantic City Jazz Band is the featured performer at this installation of the annual Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden on June 16 at noon in the Mallery Room of the Fine Arts Building. The concerts are presented by the Rutgers–Camden Department of Fine Arts and directed by Joe Schiavo, associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden. Learn more here

Ironclad Trees: June 13, New Brunswick
An expert from Rutgers Gardens hosts this class focused on visually interesting trees that will flourish in tough conditions on June 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Holly House and Rutgers Gardens. Learn more here

Intro to Entrepreneurship Q&A: June 17, Newark
The Introduction to Entrepreneurship Q&A seminars are roundtables that provide opportunities for those interested in starting a business to address startup issues or questions. It is offered twice a month on Wednesdays. The next workshop is June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the New Jersey Small Business Development Center @ Rutgers University–Newark. Pre-registration is required. Learn more here

Juneteenth: Past, Present, and Future: June 17, Newark
In observance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, the African American Heritage Committee at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences presents Walter L. Fields Jr., chief executive officer and executive editor of the North Star News, on June 17 at noon in the third floor auditorium of the Stanley S. Bergen Building, Newark.  

Gifts & Grants

Eileen White, associate director for basic science at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and distinguished professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Bing Xia, associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and resident member of the Cancer Institute, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2.4 million. The project, titled Targeting Autophagy in Hereditary Breast Cancer, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about White here and Xia here.

Michael Verzi, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a five-year award totaling $1,772,815. The project, titled Transcriptional Mechanisms of Tumor Suppression, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Verzi here

Wise Young, distinguished professor and Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, and founding director of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $592,568 over three years. The project, titled Myelin Debris-derived Lipid Accumulation Modulates the Function of Macrophages in Spinal Cord Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Young here.

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center: Technical Assistance and Research Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Von Hagen here.  

Genese Marie Sodikoff, associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $219,900. The fellowship, titled Biodiversity Offsets and Zoonosis in Madagascar, is being supported by the New Directions Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more about Sodikoff here.

David Bushek, associate professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, is the principal investigator—along with co-principal investigators Lisa Calvo, aquaculture program coordinator, and Tal Ben-Horin, postdoctoral researcher at the Haskin Lab—of an award totaling $190,421. The project, titled Minimizing Risks of Vibrio Bacteria in Farm-Raised Oysters Grown in Mid-Atlantic Intertidal Environments, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more about Bushek here.

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