June 3, 2015

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New Jersey International Film Festival

New Jersey International Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty-five films will have their New Jersey premiere screenings at the 20th Annual New Jersey International Film Festival, now through June 14 at Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, showcases the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, filmmaking workshops, and special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, casts, and crews.

This year’s screenings include Nocturne (pictured), an eerily beautiful Canadian feature film about an insomniac who falls in love with a sleepwalker; Tick Tock, an animated film from Turkey; The Cat’s Cradle and Natural Insemination, short films about couples trying to become pregnant; and Inside the Frame: Portrait of Photographer Linda Troeller, a compelling portrait of the renowned New Jersey–based photographer that features a Q&A session with her.

Learn more about the festival here.

In this Issue...

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.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were recently quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Star-Ledger, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

The (Bergen) Record: New Jersey unveils a better, more flavorful strawberry (Bill Hlubik and Peter Nitzsche, SEBS, quoted here)

The Wall Street Journal: In Wake of Teva Deal, FTC Hopes to ‘Send a Strong Signal’ To Pharma (Michael Carrier, Law–Camden, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

New Jersey Medical School Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: June 5, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will have Grand Rounds on June 5 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room B610 in the Medical Science Building, Newark. The topics covered in this session are: Working Beyond the Wall: The Challenge of Treatment Resistant Depression and Exploring Evidence for Pharmacological Interventions, presented by Noel Baker; Alzheimer’s Disease: Unveiling the Mystery, which will present an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder, presented by Tamkeen Khurshid; and the Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis: What Every Physician Should Know, presented by Humaira Shoaib. Psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, counselors, nurses, researchers, social workers, students, trainees, and other interested parties are invited to attend. Learn more here.

School of Nursing Presents Fifth Annual Summer Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Reviews: July 1317, Newark

Registration continues 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. Registration deadline is June 26. Learn more and register here.

Family First Sundays

Family First Sundays at the Zimmerli Art Museum: June 7, New Brunswick
Family-friendly activities are offered on the first Sunday of every month, including the museum's popular scavenger hunt. Visit the Studio Z learning center throughout the day for self-guided learning and creativity. Learn more here

Mindfulness in Motion: A Worksite Yoga/Mindfulness Program to Decrease Stress and Improve Resilience: June 3, Newark
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a workshop led by Maryanna D. Klatt, associate professor, Clinical Family Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, on June 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room B963 in the Delta Dental Educational Conference Center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Learn more here.

GlassBook Project: Provisions Reception: June 4, Newark
The Gateway Project presents “GlassBook Project: Provisions,” a collaborative project by artists Nick Kline and Adrienne Wheeler with Endless Editions and Samantha Boardman and Rutgers University–Newark Book Arts Class from June 4 to August 14. The project opens with a reception on June 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Gateway Project Gallery in Newark. Learn more here.

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market: June 5, New Brunswick
The seasonal Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market features locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Michael Palis, professor of computer science at Rutgers University–Camden, was appointed provost of Rutgers–Camden to serve as its chief academic officer. Recognized internationally for his research in algorithms and parallel and distributed computing, Palis joined Rutgers–Camden in 1996 as the founding chair of the Department of Computer Science. He served as interim dean of the faculty of arts and sciences for more than two years.

Get Involved

Aiding Student Entrepreneurs
Many students chart their own career paths after college. To aid students in these efforts, the New Ventures and Entrepreneurship team at Rutgers’ Office of Research Commercialization is leading a crowd-funding campaign to help provide student entrepreneurs with the resources they need to create the leading companies of tomorrow. Money raised will fund supplies for the C.A.S.T.L.E. co-working space, programming, and seed grants. You can help students pursue their entrepreneurial passions by donating here and by sharing the page with friends and family through word-of-mouth, email, and social media.

Rutgers Against Hunger’s Fifth Annual Strike Out Hunger
Help Strike Out Hunger this summer with RAH! From June 1 to 30, Rutgers Against Hunger is collecting non-perishable food items at Rutgers University–New Brunswick to benefit food pantries and shelters across New Jersey. Bring your family and friends to the following baseball games to continue your support in the fight against hunger: At the Somerset Patriots game on June 16, fans who donate get a free ticket to a future home game, and at the Sussex County Miners game on June 27, fans who donate get $1 off their ticket. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

The Community Living Education Project, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Media Excellence Award from the Arc/Morris of Morristown, N.J., for its My Life Now magazine.

Eight dental assisting students in the Department of Allied Dental Education, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, combined for several awards at the New Jersey Dental Assisting Association’s annual session. Three groups presented table clinics and submitted posters. One poster was the overall winner; there also were one first place and two third place winners. One table clinic won the NJDAA Alice Eder Award. The students were Diana S. GuamanHadeer HanafyJessica G. JudsonNichelle J. ManigoGaby Ramirez-SanchezMarisa SchwerdtfegerDana M. Wardell, and Priscilla M. Zambrano.

Gifts & Grants

The Rutgers Ph.D. Training Program in Biotechnology has been renewed by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for a record sixth time (representing years 26 to 30 of the program). The five-year award, totaling $1,987,080, will provide 10 predoctoral fellowships annually. With matching university and industry support, the program will host 15 students each year. The program draws its students and faculty from biomedical engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering, chemistry and chemical biology, and 10 life sciences graduate programs. Along with a summer industry internship, students take three program-specific courses: Topics in Advanced Biotechnology, Bioengineering in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology, led by experts from Rutgers and area companies. The program trains a select group of creative young leaders who are able to translate basic science discoveries into technology developments for the needs of industry, government, and society. Martin Yarmush and Anne Stock are the directors of the program. Learn more here.

John Farmer, university professor in the School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of a grant totaling $1.9 million over four years. The project, titled Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being supported by the Defense Intelligence Agency. Learn more about Farmer here.   

Arash Hatefi, assistant professor of pharmaceutics in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling  $1,772,815 over five years. The project, titled A Nanotechnology Platform for Suicide Gene Therapy of Drug Resistant Recurring Ovarian Cancer, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health.  Learn more about Hatefi here.

Gaetano Montelione, distinguished professor and holder of the Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Chair in Cancer Biology in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and a resident member of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $426,250 over two years. The project, titled A Novel RNA Recognition Site on the Influenza B Virus NS1 Protein, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Montelione here.   

John Brennan, professor and chair in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $405,000 over three years. The project, titled Molecules and Clusters with Actinide-Chalcogen Bonds, is being  supported by the  National Science Foundation. Learn more about Brennan here. 

Desmond Lun, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University–Camden, and the Department of  Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,544. The project, titled Developing Tools for the Interpretation of Complex DNA Mixtures, is being supported by the  U.S. Department of Justice.  Learn more about Lun here.

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