March 1, 2017

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March 1 spotlight

NJPIES More Than Poison Information

The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), a division of New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine, serves as a public information service for poison emergencies through its 24/7 hotline staffed by individuals with medical, nursing, and pharmaceutical degrees. NJPIES annually manages over 50,000 cases of poison exposure.

Under the leadership of Diane Calello (left), executive director and medical director, NJPIES recently demonstrated its skills in nonpoison health-related emergencies. At the request of the New Jersey Department of Health, NJPIES executed one hotline to address concerns regarding thousands of Ocean County children who may have received improperly refrigerated vaccine, and another soon after when unsafe lead levels were found in water at Englewood Hospital. Both hotlines were operational within one hour of each request. Calello is pursuing other ways NJPIES can help in emergencies. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff that they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically—either online, with a PDF fill-in form, or with a software package. Filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.


Save the Date: Rutgers Alumni Weekend
Rutgers Alumni Weekend will be held on April 28 and April 29 at all university locations in collaboration with Rutgers Day (April 29). Take part in activities and create new connections to Rutgers. Click here to sign up for events.

Save the Date: Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards
Join in celebrating the accomplishments of four individuals who will be inducted into the prestigious Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 6. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this high-profile event and help honor alumni who have helped to make the world better and brighter. Click here for more information.

Chancellor’s Student Leadership Awards: Call for Nominations 
Rutgers University–New Brunswick is providing students an opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for remarkable contributions to the university and the community. These are students who consistently demonstrate collaboration, leadership, and resourcefulness; have a tremendous passion for Rutgers; and go beyond their normal responsibilities to achieve goals. Student Affairs and Undergraduate Academic Affairs invite you to nominate a deserving student or student organization for this honor. Nominations are due on March 10. This year’s award winners will be honored at the Chancellor’s Student Leadership Gala on May 3 at 7 p.m. Nominate a student or student organization here.

Save 20 Percent, Enroll Early for Mini-Master in Public Administration
University employees receive a 20 percent discount if they enroll by March 31 in the Rutgers Mini-Master in Public Administration (Mini-MPA™) Program, a partnership between the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration and the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), at CELG headquarters, New Brunswick. The Mini-MPA™ is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public- and nonprofit-sector managers. Students meet five Thursdays, with the first class April 6. Learn more and register here.

Construction Alert on Davidson Road, Piscataway
During the week of March 13, a utility installation under Davidson Road near the intersection of Taylor Road in Piscataway will reduce traffic flow to one lane in that area between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Online Teaching Workshops: March 2–March 8
The Office of Instructional Design is offering the following workshops between March 2 and March 8: Accessibility and Universal Design in Canvas (March 2); Introduction to Canvas (March 6); Kaltura MediaSpace: Recording and Streaming Videos (March 7); and Adding and Editing Content in Canvas (March 8). Learn more and register here.

OIRT Workshops
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. Note the workshops on March 6 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. (Using Kaltura in Sakai); March 8 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Using Kaltura outside an LMS); and March 10 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. (VoiceThread webinar). Learn more here.

Celebration of Scholarship: Submissions Due March 8
The Celebration of Scholarship is Rutgers University Libraries' weeklong recognition of the academic achievements of the university’s faculty. Join in from March 27 to March 31 as we call attention to scholarship universitywide. All faculty are invited to participate. Submissions are due by March 8. To have your work included and to learn more, check here.

“Religious Zionism, the Media, and the Changing Role of the Rabbi”: March 8, New Brunswick
Bildner visiting scholar Yakir Englander delivers a public lecture on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in which he will address how advances in technology have had an impact on the role of the rabbi. Sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, the lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. RSVP is requested to or at 848-932-2033.

“Successful Grant Writing” Master Class: March 9, New Brunswick
The Department of English and Rutgers Writing Program, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present the informative master class “Successful Grant Writing” led by preeminent grants professional Stacey Abate on March 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Murray Hall 302, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Abate will discuss the fundamentals of grant writing and explore the high-paying in-demand career of grantsmanship. Abate, who has raised more than $32 million from foundations and government agencies, is founding president of the Grant Professionals Association New Jersey Chapter and a Grants and Foundations Review contributing author. Learn more here.

PEP Workshop: Op-Ed Writing: March 23, New Brunswick
Thaler Pekar, chief executive, Thaler Pekar & Partners, internationally recognized pioneer in the field of organizational narrative, leadership storytelling, and persuasive communication, leads a Public Engagement Project workshop on transforming academic work to op-eds aimed at a general audience on March 23 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Participants will complete an op-ed outline, receive takeaway materials, and have an opportunity to follow up with the speaker for review and editing services. Learn more and register here

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR, and NJ Spotlight, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The Philadelphia Inquirer interviews President Barchi about his recent advocacy on DACA and speaking out on related issues.

George DiFerdinando (SPH) writes an op-ed for NJ Spotlight about the health challenges posed by climate change in New Jersey.

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Faculty Submissions for Aresty Research Assistant Program
Interested in finding great undergraduate researchers and serving as a mentor to some of our brightest students? The Aresty Research Center is accepting faculty project submissions through March 8 for the Research Assistant (RA) Program for the 2017–2018 academic year. The RA program pairs students with faculty mentors to conduct a yearlong academic project. Students are required to work five hours per week on their research projects and earn 3 credits for the year. Learn more and submit projects here.

"Thwarting Polarization While Communicating the Science of Zika": March 3, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in collaboration with several campus partners, hosts a half-day Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop on March 3 starting at 9 a.m., "Thwarting Polarization While Communicating the Science of Zika and Zika Prevention." The workshop will feature a keynote by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania, as well as a message development exercise. Register and learn more here

REI Energy Policy Seminar: “Inequality and the Social Cost of Carbon”: March 3, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts David Anthoff, assistant professor, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, on March 3 at 10:45 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Open House: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: March 10, Newark
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), hosts an open house on March 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Room B-610, Medical Science Building, RBHS Newark campus. Register here

Boggs’ Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
The Boggs Center’s Spring 2017 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series will be presented on April 6 and April 20 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, and on May 11 and May 18 at the Doubletree Suites, Mount Laurel, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The series is free but registration is required and space is limited. View session descriptions and register here.

March 1 event

Artists’ Discussion and Reception for Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities: March 1, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities presents an artists’ discussion and reception for its group exhibition Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 5 p.m. reception. Learn more here

Biodiversity Late Night: March 1, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University–New Brunswick Geology Museum hosts its monthly late-night event on March 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. when guests explore evolution and how species have changed over time. The event is free. No registration is required. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: Gavin Black, Harpsichord: March 1, Camden
Take a midday break and attend a live performance by harpsichordist Gavin Black on March 1 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Screening: Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance and Dance Class: March 1 and March 4, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life presents a screening of Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, cosponsored by the Department of Dance and Rutgers Filmmaking Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Learn more about the screening here. Take a free Gaga/people class with dancer and teacher Wies Van Houplines, graduate of the Royal Conservatory Antwerp in Belgium and certified Gaga/people teacher, on March 4 at 3 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center. Learn more about the dance class here.

“Anticipatory Nostalgia: Queering the Hong Kong Handover”: March 2, New Brunswick
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures presents “Anticipatory Nostalgia: Queering the Hong Kong Handover,” which discusses how the 1997 Handover will be remembered and commemorated, on March 2 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Brower Commons, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra: March 4, New Brunswick
Kynan Johns directs the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra performing Andrew Norman’s Unstuck, Frank Martin’s Ballade, and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I: March 6, New Brunswick
Enjoy selections from the Bop and Latin jazz eras performed by the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Writers at Newark Reading Series: Robyn Schiff and Eula Biss: March 7, Newark
The Writers at Newark Reading Series presents poet Robyn Schiff and author Eula Biss on March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Book Talk: Soft Corruption: March 7, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts former New Jersey state senator William E. Schluter, who discusses his book Soft Corruption: How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What to Do About It, on March 7 at 3 p.m., followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. The event is free but registration is required. RSVP here.  

Appointments & Retirements

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

Amita Avadhani, assistant professor, director, Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, was appointed by Governor Christie to serve on the nine-member Task Force on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), charged with promoting public awareness about the causes of COPD to increase knowledge about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, effective prevention strategies, and disease management.

Mary L. Johansen, clinical associate professor and associate director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, was elected to the board of directors for the Organization of Nurse Leaders–New Jersey.

Get Involved

Seeking Women Who Smoke for Dissertation Research Study
The RU Women Smoking Study is seeking women 18 to 65 who smoke cigarettes daily. They may be eligible to participate in a paid research study at the Emotion and Psychopathology Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. If eligible, they will be asked to participate in a 2.5-hour visit to a laboratory in New Brunswick, complete questionnaires, and perform various computer tasks. Compensation will be $100 to $150 for completing all study procedures. If interested, complete a 3-minute survey here.

Study Seeks LGB Women to Participate in Stress and Eating Study
The Emotion and Psychopathology Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking lesbian, gay, and bisexual women (18 or older) to participate in a research study of stress and eating. Participation involves a 65-minute in-person visit and using a smartphone app for five days to track stressful experiences and eating behaviors. Monetary compensation will be provided. For more information, email the Emotion and Psychopathology Lab at or complete the prescreening survey here.

#stemHERstoryRU Photo Shoots, New Brunswick
The #stemHERstoryRU initiative is geared toward celebrating and raising awareness of women who dedicate careers to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As part of the #stemHERstoryRU campaign during March (Women's History Month), the university community is encouraged to attend photo shoots and explain why STEM is important. Photos will be displayed online and in the Busch, Douglass, Cook, and Livingston student centers from March 5 to April 9. Photo shoot times: March 1, Busch Student Center, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and March 2, Douglass Student Center, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble Begins March 4
The semester for the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble begins March 4 and runs through June 3. The ensemble's mission is to help drummers and mallet players (13 to 18) develop into well-rounded, confident, and dynamic musicians. The ensemble, offered through the Mason Gross Extension Division, is in its 13th season. Learn more here or call the Extension Division at 848-932-8618.

Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory Auditions March 4
Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory, designed for dancers 11 to 18, will hold auditions for summer dance on March 4 beginning at 6:45 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The summer dance sessions are July 16–21 and July 23–28. Experienced dancers work with professional choreographers in intimate repertory groups to create their own choreography and perform in two showcases. For more information, call 848-932-8618 or click here.

Rutgers Recreation Scuba Trips
Join Rutgers Recreation for two memorable scuba trips: to the National Aquarium, Baltimore, on April 29 and to Key Largo, Florida, for a dive trip May 16–22. At the National Aquarium, certified divers will dive in the coral reef exhibit to experience the aquarium underwater from behind the glass. Nondivers can join the trip to experience the aquarium. Register and learn more here. In Key Largo, dive the third-largest U.S. barrier reef, including the first undersea park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Certification dives are available with Rutgers scuba professionals. Register and learn more here

Beats Headphones Sale at Kite+Key
Through March 10, take advantage of kite+key's in-store Beats audio sale. Save 30 percent on select Beats headphones. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Piscataway. For more information, contact kite+key at 848-445-1127 or

$1 Coffee at Rutgers Cinema Concession
Working on Livingston Campus? Stop at Rutgers Cinema for a snack. The concession stand at Rutgers Cinema located at the Plaza is open for your convenience Monday through Friday at noon. The concession stand offers $1 coffee and also sells popcorn, nachos, candy, and fountain and bottled drinks.

Awards & Honors

Grigore Burdea, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This annual award honors an individual’s lifetime contribution to virtual and/or augmented reality and is the highest award in this field. 

Mark S. Granick, chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, and professor, Department of Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named Best Medical Practitioner-USA by Global Medical LiveWire Awards 2016.

Theresa Miskimen, vice president, Medical Services, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists. Membership in the college is limited to psychiatrists who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the field of psychiatry and achieved national recognition in clinical practice, research, academic leadership, or teaching.

Raphael Montañez Ortiz, distinguished professor, Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles, recognizing his "achievements as an innovator and influencer in contemporary art" as the founder of El Museo del Barrio (the first Latino art museum in the United States), and as an artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Hirshhorn Museum.

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

  • Robert Marsh, instructor, received the 2016 Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, which recognizes extraordinary compassion in caring for patients and their families.
  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty, received the 2016 Nurse of the Year Award in the public health category from the March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter. The awards program recognizes nursing excellence and achievements in research, education, quality patient care, innovation, and leadership.
  • Thomas Pallaria, assistant professor and program director, Nursing Anesthesia Education program, received the 2016 Trident Award from the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NJANA). The highest honor bestowed by the NJANA, the Trident Award recognizes a certified registered nurse anesthetist for outstanding leadership, academic mentorship, professional advocacy, and clinical excellence. 
  • Valerie Smith Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, received the 2016 Community Award from the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association for longstanding advocacy on behalf of students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and ongoing collaboration with community and statewide organizations promoting excellence and equal opportunity in education. 
Gifts & Grants

Nilgun Tumer, distinguished professor, Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,182,115. The project, titled Inhibitors Targeting Ribosome Interactions of Ricin, is being supported by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Tumer here.

JeanMarie Hartman, associate professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Research for Targeting Regulatory Protections to Vulnerable Forests in the Delaware River Watershed, is being supported by the William Penn Foundation. Learn more about Hartman here.

Derek DeLia, research professor, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,697. The project, titled Evaluation Design and Implementation for the Transforming Complex Care (TCC) Initiative, is being supported by the Center for Health Strategy Inc. Learn more about DeLia here.

Shinichi Oka, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $154,000. The project, titled Sirt1 in Myocardial Metabolic Remodeling, is being supported by the American Heart Association. Learn more about Oka here.

Jonathan Eckstein, professor, Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $56,057. The project, titled Parallel Augmented Lagrangian Solution of Stochastic Optimization Problems, is being supported by Sandia National Laboratories. Learn more about Eckstein here.

Jillian Dietzold, postdoctoral fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Mechanisms of Enhanced Susceptibility to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Helminth Coinfected Hosts and How It Effects Tuberculosis Chemotherapy, is being supported by the Potts Memorial Foundation.

In Memoriam

Frances Fissell, a university catering manager, passed away on February 21, 2017, in Florida. Services were held at Gosselin Funeral Home, Edison, on February 27, with interment at Saint Gertrude’s Cemetery, Colonia.

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