June 24, 2015

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Outstanding Work of Student Employees

Celebrating Outstanding Work of Student Employees

Four students and the Rutgers organization Student Life were recently honored with annual awards as the Rutgers Student Employment Office celebrated the outstanding work ethic of its most successful young employees. 

Student award winners include: Kwame Phillips, a Student Life employee, honored as 2015 Student Employee of the Year; Alexis White, graduate assistant for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, recipient of the Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award; Sabrina Del Piano, Special Recognition Award recipient for her exceptional organizational skills working with the Department of English’s writing program, the Plangere Writing Center, and Writer’s House; and Brian Snyder, the Nadia Schuman Above and Beyond Award winner for his efforts in the Student Employment Office.

Student Life, which employs more than 400 students, was honored as Employer of the Year. Michael Gradin was honored as Supervisor of the Year. Read more here.

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Don't Forget

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.

Registration Deadline June 26 for School of Nursing’s Annual Summer Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Reviews: July 1317, Newark
Registration continues through June 26 for the Fifth Annual Summer Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Reviews: Examining Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence in Health Care, presented by experts from the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation at the School of Nursing (SON) from July 13 to 17 in the Stanley Bergen Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. It is free for full-time SON faculty; there is a large discount for SON students. Learn more and register here.

Registration Deadline July 1 for Selected Mason Gross Summer Camps
Registration continues through July 1 for selected Mason Gross School of the Arts summer camps, intensives, and institutes. Discounts are available for faculty and staff, including multiple enrollment discounts. Still open for registration: Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute, Rutgers Symphonic Wind Band and Chamber Music Camp, ASTA New Jersey Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University, Rutgers Dance Camp, Rutgers Summer Digital Filmmaking Camp, Rutgers Graphic Design Intensive, and Kids Create! (ages 5–12). Summer camps and institutes are designed by Mason Gross faculty, with instruction provided by leading teaching artists from the faculty, extension division faculty, and the area arts community. Learn more here.


Join the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Rutgers Inn and Conference Center: June 25
Visit the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, New Brunswick, for a free open house celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. The first 50 attendees receive a goody bag. Reserve your spot today. Take a tour, enjoy refreshments, make connections. Learn more here.

MacBook Sale at Kite+Key, the Rutgers Tech Store
Now through June 26, receive $50 off select MacBook computers at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new website, kiteandkey.rutgers.edu. Learn more about this event here (PDF) or call 848-445-1127. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus. Stay current on specials and promotions by following kite+key on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

Apply Now for OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for 2015–2016
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for academic women from all disciplines. This year, an OASIS program will be hosted both in Newark and New Brunswick. The workshops will be held on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Application deadlines are July 15 for Newark and September 1 for New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Registration Open for Mason Gross Extension Division Courses for Fall 2015
Registration is open for private lessons, classes, and ensembles for the Fall 2015 semester of the Mason Gross Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Discounts are available to faculty and staff. The Extension Division offers instruction for all ages and stages of students, including private music instruction, childhood music offerings, American Ballet Theater Certified School of Ballet (ages 4-18), Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy (ages 14-18), Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy (ages 11-18), and ART-haus Academy (Visual Arts partnership with the Zimmerli Art Museum, ages 7-18), plus adult and pre-college chamber music programs and more. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 65 news organizations in the past week, including The Washington Post, NPR,  and The Business Insider, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

NJ Spotlight: (Opinion) It’s time to focus on creating opportunity rather than poverty (Roland Anglin, Cornwall Center, Newark, author)

The Star-Ledger: Did police follow protocol? Experts weigh in on off-duty Neptune cop case (Wayne Fisher, Criminal Justice, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Third Annual Grant-Funded Training Showcase: July 16
The Workforce Development Unit of the Office of Continuing Professional Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites professionals from New Jersey companies in health care, finance, retail, and hospitality who are responsible for employee training and professional development to the Third Annual Grant-Funded Training Showcase on July 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., location to be provided when you RSVP.  The day’s program provides an opportunity to learn about grant-funded trainings and how they can be customized to meet a company’s needs, and includes training previews, networking, and complimentary professional headshots. RSVP and learn more here.

Seventh Annual Online Learning Conference: January 11 and 12, New Brunswick
Rutgers is partnering with University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s mid-Atlantic chapter and continuing to work with NJEDge for the seventh annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference on January 11 and 12, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick. The UPCEA collaboration is intended to expand the reach of the conference and to stimulate a dialog among regional colleagues. Submit a proposal and learn more here

Zeltsman Marimba Festival

Zeltsman Marimba Festival: June 28 to July 11, New Brunswick
The Zeltsman Marimba Festival, cosponsored by Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, features 10 public concerts from June 28 to July 11 at the Marryott Music Building, Nicholas Music Center, and Mortensen Hall. Learn more here.

Tibet Uncovered: Missionaries and Mystics in the Early 20th Century: Through June 26, Newark
View the Tibet Uncovered exhibition on the fourth floor of the Dana Library at Rutgers University–Newark before it closes June 26. The show features books, images, and objects that tell the story of missionaries and mystics who traveled to Tibet in the early part of the 20th century. Learn more here.

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Tour: June 28, New Brunswick
Tour William L. Hutcheson Memorial Forest—a unique area consisting of one of the last uncut forests in the mid-Atlantic states—with a member of the Rutgers University faculty on June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Trips leave from the entrance of the woods at 2150 Amwell Road (Route 514) about 3/4 mile east of East Millstone. There is no charge and reservations are not required. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: June 30, Camden
Enjoy a concert by percussionist Eric Polack and vocalist Susan Polack in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden, on June 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Bits and Pieces: Selections from the RutgersCamden Collection of Art: July 6August 7, Camden
View intimate two- and three-dimensional artworks in various media from the Rutgers University–Camden collection of art from July 6 through August 7 at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Rafael Benoliel, professor and associate dean of research, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed director of the school’s orofacial pain center, an internationally recognized institution in the study and treatment of pain, and will lead the center's research and clinical team.

Elliot J. Coups, behavioral scientist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been selected as a fellow in the inaugural 2015–2017 Rutgers Leadership Academy, which prepares faculty and staff for future leadership roles within their department, their unit, and the university.

Dula F. Pacquiao, who spent 10 of her 47 years in nursing as a professor at the School of Nursing, now part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and who earned a doctoral degree in education from Rutgers, retired May 1. Internationally recognized for her work in transcultural nursing, she joined the former UMDNJ School of Nursing as an associate professor and director of the Stanley S. Bergen Center for Multicultural Education, Research and Practice in 2005. She later was appointed to lead the Urban Health track of the Ph.D. in Urban Systems program jointly offered then by Rutgers, UMDNJ, and NJIT.

Get Involved

Study about Air Pollution and Immunity Seeks Adult Participants with a Positive Skin Test for Tuberculosis
Stephan Schwander at the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is conducting a study about air pollution and immunity and is seeking healthy adult volunteers (18 to 65) who have had a positive tuberculin skin test (TST+; also known as PPD). The study involves a brief telephone screening questionnaire and a one-time blood draw at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) on the Busch Campus, Piscataway. The blood draw will take less than 30 minutes. Volunteers receive $50 after the blood draw. For more information, call Kathy Black at 848-445-6049 or email kgblack@eohsi.rutgers.edu.

Awards & Honors

Elisa Bandera, professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and member, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed vice chair of the Lifestyle Behaviors, Energy Balance, and Chemoprevention Special Interest Group of the American Society of Preventive Oncology.

Simon Hanft, assistant professor of surgery and surgical director, pituitary tumor program, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the medical advisory award from Voices Against Brain Cancer for his contributions to the cancer community.

The School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented awards for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education to Tisha Bender (English Writing Program), Sharon Bzostek (Department of Sociology), Richard Dienst (Department of English), Setareh Marvasti (Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology), Michael Monescalchi (English Writing Program), Ghassan Moussawi (Department of Sociology), Alice Seneres (Department of Mathematics), Richard Serrano (Department of French), Mary Trigg (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Celines Villalba Rosado (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Erik Wade (Department of English), and Lindsey Whitmore (Department of Women and Gender Studies). 

Gifts & Grants

Karen Schindler, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,755,395 over five years. The project, titled Control of Mammalian Meiosis I through Protein Kinase Signaling, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Schindler here

William Hallman, professor and chair of the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences,Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled Food Nanotechnology: Expanding the Parameters of Consumer Acceptance, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Hallman here

Waheed Bajwa, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mark Pierce, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $359,986 over three years. The project, titled Signal Processing–Optics Co-Design for In Vivo Optical Biopsy, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bajwa here and Pierce here.

Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,745. The project, titled Climate Impact Projections for U.S. Fisheries, is being supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Learn more about Pinsky here.    

Leslie Kennedy, professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $137,044. The project, titled Geospatial Predictive Policing Grant, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Kennedy here.  

Victoria Chase, clinical associate professor and chair for Clinical Programs, School of Law–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $55,000. The project, titled Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project, is being supported by the New Jersey Office of Victim Witness Advocacy. Learn more about Chase here.

In Memoriam

Eddy W. Dow, 85, a retired professor of American literature at Rutgers University–Camden, passed away of liver disease on June 9, 2015, at home. 

Kyle Kirst, a goaltender on the 1990 Rutgers lacrosse team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, passed away on June 16, 2015, following an apparent heart attack. He was 47. A funeral Mass was offered on June 19 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Bernardsville, N.J. A memorial fundraising campaign has been established for his family.

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