March 11, 2015

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School of Public Health Assists People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families with Community Living Options

The School of Public Health’s Community Living Education Project (CLEP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, provides a broad range of information and services to help New Jerseyans and out-of-state families learn about community living options for adult children with developmental disabilities. These include resources and support services as well as mentoring families through a transition. CLEP is supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Many of the CLEP staff have family members with developmental disabilities who are successfully living in the community.

Among its services, CLEP offers the chance to visit actual community settings. In addition, CLEP provides materials and conducts educational events for interested stakeholders. Click here for more information or contact David Wright, project director, at or 732-235-3277.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Policy on Enhancing and Protecting the Rutgers Brand
The university’s policy on endorsements, sponsorships, and advertising balances the responsibility to preserve Rutgers’ globally recognized reputation and brand with desires to generate additional resources. This requires that the university’s name, which carries considerable value, be protected, and that activities and organizations associated with Rutgers be consistent with the university’s mission and commitment to integrity. Activities that may be affected by this policy include: being asked to comment on the university’s use of a vendor, product, or service; accepting financial support from external entities to cover expenses for scholarly meetings and colloquia; accepting funding from advertisers selling goods or services; allowing vendors to sell food at an event. The policy allows sponsorships and advertisements subject to certain conditions and in accordance with established guidelines, but direct or implied endorsements are not permitted except with prior approval by Rutgers’ Board of Governors. For additional guidance, please contact Beth DeMauro at

Enter the Rutgers Federal Credit Union Photo Contest by March 31
All Rutgers staff, students, and alumni are invited to enter the Rutgers Federal Credit Union's photo contest. The winning photographs will be featured in upcoming Rutgers Federal Credit Union brochures. To be eligible, submit up to five high-resolution photos along with a release form to by midnight March 31, 2015. Winning photographers will have their photos published with full photo credit and will be recognized at a special event. Learn more here.


Nominations for Rutgers Leadership Academy Accepted until May 1
The university announced the creation of Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA) on the New Brunswick Campus. RLA will focus on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts, competencies, and tools to enhance professional capabilities for mid-career faculty and staff at Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, with or without prior formal leadership experience, who have an interest in and potential for expanded leadership. Those who participate will be nominated by a sponsor and designated as RLA fellows. Brent Ruben, executive director of the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership and distinguished professor of communication, will serve as director of RLA, and Richard DeLisi, former dean of the Graduate School of Education and university professor, will serve as codirector. Senior academic, professional, and administrative leaders will also participate in the program as RLA faculty. Additional information regarding the fellows' nomination process can be found here. Nomination materials should be submitted to by May 1. Questions about RLA also should be directed to

Rutgers SHRM 11th Annual Business Conference: HR AnalyticsThe Way Forward: March 25, New Brunswick
The School of Management and Labor Relations hosts the 11th annual conference of the Rutgers Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center. Several leading firms and Rutgers faculty will provide attendees with insight into “HR: End of the Road of the Beginning of the Journey.” This event is free for faculty and staff. Learn more and register here

Kickoff of Annual New Jersey Health Care Industry Week: April 6, New Brunswick
The New Jersey Health Care Talent Network, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, conducts the kickoff day of the annual New Jersey Health Care Industry Week on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cook Student Center. Discover employment and training opportunities in nursing, network with leading health care and education professionals, tour a medical village, and receive free health screenings. See the week's activities here.

Register for Alumni Weekend Activities in Newark, New Brunswick, or Camden
Reconnect with your Rutgers classmates and other members of the university family during Alumni Weekend 2015: Newark, April 18; New Brunswick, April 24–25; Camden, May 9. Learn more and register here.

Apply Now for Educational Outreach Funding
Through its educational outreach funding, Student Access and Educational Equity, a division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, seeks to increase collaboration among academic departments, administrative units, and student organizations with the shared mission of increasing student retention and graduation. To be considered for funding, programs should promote and embrace diversity, inclusion, access, and equity and involve two or more student organizations and/or departmental units. Grants can be used for special trips, programs, diversity initiatives, and conferences aimed at these objectives. Faculty members review proposals on a monthly basis. Learn more and apply here.

Summer Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications
Faculty and staff interested in having their children enroll in the 2015 Summer Scholars Program at Rutgers University–New Brunswick are advised that applications are now being accepted. This is an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Teens 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA may apply to take up to two college courses this summer. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also be required to submit standardized test scores and be interviewed. Learn more and apply here.

Summer Program for Mathematically Talented High Schoolers
The Department of Mathematics and the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offer a four-week residential summer program for mathematically talented high school students, Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics, July 6–July 31 on the Busch Campus. The program is designed to encourage students to consider careers in the mathematical sciences. Learn more and view application fee and materials here.

Summer Camp at Stokes State Forest, Sussex County
The Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp, operated by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension on 108 acres in Stokes State Forest in Sussex County, offers six-day, sleep-away summer camp sessions July through August for youngsters ages 8–16. A majority of its counselors were campers there. Camp tours are available upon request through May. All 4-H members are offered discounts. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Star-Ledger.

Highlights include:

GULF TIMES: Profits parked overseas top $2tn as firms skirt US tax (Rosanne Altshuler, SAS, quoted here)

U.S. News & World Report: Financial Worries Linked to Rising Suicide Rate Among Baby Boomers (Katherine Hempstead, School of Public Health and Julie Phillips, SAS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

SHRP Hosts the Interpersonal Origins of Infant Health: March 13, Scotch Plains
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a colloquium titled, “Brains, Babies and Relationships: The Interpersonal Origins of Infant Health and What New Jersey is Doing About It,” March 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at SHRP’s Scotch Plains location. Learn more here.

Register Now for Hot Topics in LGTBQI Health Seminar: March 31, Newark
Do lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, or intersex (LGBTQI) individuals experience health disparities compared to others in New Jersey? What connections exist between religion, spirituality, and healing in the LGTBQI community? Explore these and other issues at the fourth annual Hot Topics in LGTBQI Health seminar March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Oral Health Pavilion at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. The seminar is hosted by the School of Nursing and the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences LGTBQI Health Working Group, an interprofessional organization open to the entire Rutgers community. The $30 registration fee ($20 students) includes continental breakfast, lunch, and conference materials. Advance registration required. Register, learn more, and view the speakers here.

Improving Health in South Asian Communities: April 1, New Brunswick
The South Asian Total Health Initiative at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Improving Mental Health in South Asian Communities: Interfacing Global and Local Approaches on April 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Clinical Academic Building, New Brunswick. The featured speaker is Alison Karasz, associate professor and clinical and cross-cultural psychologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Learn more here. Register here.

Day-long Workshop on Childhood Obesity and Bullying: May 1, Piscataway
The Busch Student Center hosts Childhood Obesity and Bullying: Health Professions Working Together to Address Weight Bias on May 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keynote speakers are Rebecca Puhl, deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, and Maurice Elias, director of the Rutgers Social and Emotional Learning Laboratory, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Registration: $59, includes breakfast and lunch. Advance web registration required. Learn more here.


Jazz Concert: March 17, Newark

Enjoy a jazz performance with pianist Tomoko Ohno on March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Ohno was born in Tokyo and began piano studies at the age of 4. Learn more here.

Juvenile in Justice: Through April 22, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts presents Juvenile in Justice, an exhibition by photographer Richard Ross that documents the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist, and, occasionally, harm them, through April 22 at the Stedman Gallery in the Fine Arts building, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund's Annual Spring Gala: March 12, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Student Assembly and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies host a spring gala to benefit the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, which provides children in the Middle East with medical treatment and humanitarian relief. The event, which includes a lecture, live music, and dinner is March 12 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for nonstudents. Learn more here.

Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman: Author David M. Friedman to Discuss New Book, Wilde In America: March 12, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Departments of Fine Arts and English host author David M. Friedman, who discusses his latest book, Wilde In America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity, which details Wilde’s American 1882 lecture tour. Friedman’s talk is presented in coordination with the theater program’s spring production of Wilde’s most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest, which runs April 15–19 at the Walter K. Gordon Theater. The event is held on March 12 from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery at the Fine Arts building, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Volunteers Requested for Rutgers Commencement 2015
The Office of the Secretary is seeking volunteers for Rutgers University Commencement on May 17. Volunteer to be an ambassador and encourage coworkers, friends, neighbors, and relatives to volunteer, too. All ambassadors receive event training, a commencement T-shirt, and a thank you gift. In addition, they attend a breakfast reception before commencement and are entered into a raffle. Devote a few hours to helping the university’s newest alumni enjoy a great event. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Congressional Recognition for Rutgers
Senator Robert Menendez recently congratulated the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in the Congressional Record for helping Rutgers win the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Learn more about the award here.

Angus Kress Gillespie, professor in the Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, served as keynote speaker for the National History Day contest at Rutgers on March 1. Rutgers hosted some 300 high school student contestants from Hudson, Essex and Monmouth counties. 

Gifts & Grants

Annie Beuve, professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, and Hong Li, director of the Center for Advanced Proteomics Research and associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, both at New Jersey Medical School, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $1,646,228 over four years. The project, titled NO Signaling by a Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase-Thioredoxin Transnitrosation Complex, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Beuve here and Li here.

Eugene Murphy, assistant vice president for global and international affairs in the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $678,881. The project, titled Research and Innovation Fellowship Program, is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development. Learn more about Murphy here

Tina Eliassi-Rad, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000. The project, titled Adaptive Mapping for Network Characterization, is being supported by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Learn more about Eliassi-Rad here.

Hooman Parvardeh, program manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator on a corporate contract totaling $34,600. The project, titled Work on the Eastbound Chesapeake Bay Bridge, is being supported by Transportation Infrastructure Systems Inc. Learn more about Parvardeh here.

Nicholas DePinto, faculty member at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Dentures for Seniors Program, is being supported by Delta Dental. Learn more here

In Memoriam

Lee Papayanopoulos, a mathematician, computer scientist and professor in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems at the Rutgers Business School, passed away on March 6, 2015 at Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City. He was 75.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 818 Valley Road, Clifton, New Jersey.  Arrangements are by Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home Inc.

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