March 15, 2017

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NJMS Annual Exhibit and Awards of National Arts Program

Yonatan Kaplan, a second-year student at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, won the Best of Show Award and a $400 cash prize for his oil pastels painting District Donut (at left), in NJMS’s Sixth Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program, a recently held competition for members of the Rutgers community universitywide and their families.

The judging panel, consisting of three local artists/teachers, evaluated 219 works submitted by 124 participants. All works will remain on display in NJMS hallways through April 19. Award winners and honorable mentions by category may be viewed 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.


Discovering Global Timbuktu in New Jersey
A two-day Rutgers symposium examines the legacies of Timbuktu in West Africa and two lost African American communities called Timbuctoo in New Jersey and New York. The event will examine their connections to the freedom struggles of African-Americans. The conference—“Global Timbuktu: Meanings and Narratives of Resistance in Africa and the Americas”—will draw an international assemblage of scholars, including archaeologists, historians, and curators from Timbuktu, Mali. It will begin on March 24 at 10 a.m. at the Teleconference Lecture Hall, Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and continue on March 25 beginning with a noon site visit at the intersection of Church Street and Rancocas Road, Westhampton, N.J., before moving to Rancocas Valley Regional High School, Mount Holly, N.J. Register here.

Coming Soon to Newark: Kite+Key and Tek Chek
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, and Tek Chek, Rutgers’ computer repair, will open their second university location this spring in the former Hahne & Co. building in Newark where Express Newark, the arts incubator conceived by Rutgers University–Newark faculty, staff, students, and community arts leaders, occupies 50,000 square feet. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store that offers products, services, and discounted pricing to Rutgers students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Kite+key also facilitates sales, leasing, and device enrollment programs for institutional and departmental sales. Kite+key carries a full line of technology products from top brands such as Asus, Apple, Dell, HP, Microsoft, and Lenovo and accessories from Beats, Skull Candy, GoPro, Razer, and others. Kite+key offers in- and out-of-warranty computer repair, trade-ins, accidental-damage plans, loaner laptops, same-day smartphone repairs, free setup and troubleshooting, and gift cards as well as monthly “appy hours.” For more information, contact

Commencement Parking Hangtag Registration
Faculty and staff commencement parking hangtag registration will be open on March 20. Click here at that time to register and for more information. All faculty and staff interested in attending University Commencement are required to register for parking hangtags. Regular RUDOTS hangtags are not valid for commencement. See the commencement website here for more information.

COHLIT Online Teaching: March 17 and March 22
The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies, Office of Instructional Design, offers the following online workshops: Authentication and Academic Honesty on March 17 at 10 a.m. and Accessibility and Universal Design—Text, Documents, Images, and Video on March 22 at 11 a.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Music at the Museum: March 19, New Brunswick
Attend the season’s final Music at the Museum concert, “Alma Latina,” on March 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Music at the Museum, a monthly weekend concert series, features classical and jazz musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Spanish and Latin American compositions for piano, guitar, and voice will be performed by Yen Lee on classical guitar and Enriquetta Somarriba on piano, accompanied by soprano Emily Gibson. For more information, call 848-932-8618 or click here.

OIRT Workshops
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. Note the online workshops on March 21 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. (Using Kaltura in Lessons and Assignments in Sakai); March 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. (Humanizing Online Learning with VoiceThread); March 22 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Educational Media Production-Module 1: Planning); and March 24 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Sakai: Lessons). Learn more here.

“If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock, Build a Door”: March 22, Piscataway
Barbara A. Lee, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, and Jacquelyn Litt, dean, Douglass Residential College, invite you to a talk by Angela Christiano (DC '87), professor of dermatology and genetics and vice chair and director of basic science research at Columbia University, on March 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Piscataway. Christiano will discuss her experiences in STEM and creating opportunities for women to succeed. Parking is available in Lots 59, 60A, and 60B.

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Ocean Vuong: March 22, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, presented by the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Ocean Vuong on March 22 at 8 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds. A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, Vuong has received numerous honors, and his writings have been featured in various publications, including New Republic, The New York Times, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Click here for more information.

Student Affairs S.T.E.A.M. Women’s Empowerment Conference: March 25, Piscataway
Join the Division of Student Affairs for the Jewel Plummer Cobb S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Women’s Empowerment Conference on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. The theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” a phrase that encapsulates the need for women to endure even as those who oppose try to silence them. The goal is to unite, educate, and inspire women to discover their passion and purpose and elevate their understanding of what it means to be a woman in today’s society. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets and join the conference Facebook event here for up-to-date announcements.

"Boda Mexicana": A Dance Symposium with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company: March 29, Newark
The Price Institute, in partnership with the Rutgers-NJIT Theater Program, presents "Boda Mexicana": A Dance Symposium with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company on March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theater, Kupfrian Hall, NJIT, Newark. "Boda Mexicana" is about a universal love story of courtship and marriage told through the dance and music of the many different ethnic groups, eras, and traditions throughout Mexico's rich cultural history. Seats are first come, first served, and no tickets are required. Click here for more information.

Employee Appreciation Week at The Wright Cut: through March 18, Piscataway
The Wright Cut welcomes faculty and staff to receive a one-of-a-kind haircut or hairstyle experience at a discounted rate. With an RU ID, receive 15 percent off for the service of your choice through March 18. The Wright Cut is located on the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. Click here or call 732-463-1634 to book an appointment.

Now Playing at Rutgers Cinema
Rutgers Cinema is now showing Moonlight (Academy Award winner for best picture), Logan, and Get Out, and Beauty and the Beast opens March 16. Matinee ticket price (before 6 p.m.) is $5 with RU ID and $7 for the general public. Evening ticket price is $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for the general public. The cinema is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus. For more information, contact Rutgers Cinema at 848-445-1124. Get show times and tickets here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 50 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street JournalBloomberg, and USA Today, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The New York Times reports on research from Patricia Roos (SAS) showing disadvantaged men are moving into jobs traditionally held by women.

Inside Higher Ed writes about Rutgers’ synchronous classrooms, quoting Sara Campbell (SAS) and Paul Hammond (Associate Vice Chancellor).

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Summer Scholars Information: March 20, Piscataway
Attend an information session for students interested in attending the Rutgers Summer Scholars Program on March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. This program allows high-achieving high school students and gifted youth the opportunity to take college courses and earn credits. Click here to RSVP.

“Moving Forward: Defending Civil Liberties and Human Rights”: March 22, New Brunswick
Attend a panel event, “Moving Forward: Defending Civil Liberties and Human Rights,” featuring a conversation with leading organizers who are defending and mending our nation, on March 22 at 6 p.m. in Room 2225 in the Rutgers Academic Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The panel, moderated by Radhika Balakrishna, faculty director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, includes Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA; Anthony Romero, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union; and Vince Warren, executive director, Center for Constitutional Rights. Click here to RSVP.

"Reinventing Documentary Photography in the 1970s": March 23–24, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the campus community and general public at this interdisciplinary symposium exploring the multiple ways that documentary work was rethought during the decade on March 23 and March 24. The program kicks off on the evening of March 23 with a keynote address and continues on March 24 with a panel of international art historians, curators, and artists. Attendance is free but registration is required. Click here for more information.

School of Public Health Open House: March 24, Newark
The School of Public Health (SPH) is hosting its spring open house on March 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Medical Science Building, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Learn about the degrees and departments at SPH and meet with faculty and students. Click here for more information.

JMBGSA Annual Symposium: March 24, Piscataway
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association's Annual Symposium will be held on March 24 at the Rutgers Life Sciences Atrium, Piscataway, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Graduate students will present their research in oral presentations and posters. The keynote address, entitled "Of Mice and Men(in) and What I Have Learned from Both," will be delivered by Steven Libutti, director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, at noon. A free lunch is available for those who register before March 20. Click here for more information and to register.

RDI Institute Expo: March 28, Piscataway
Attend the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) Research Expo and Networking event on March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Computing Research and Education Building, Piscataway. Learn how the capabilities and expertise at RDI2 are being leveraged by students, faculty, staff, and industry partners to promote cutting-edge discovery informatics research and innovations. This event will feature research collaborations and the large-scale computing and data science capabilities at RDI2. RDI2 provides expertise in multidisciplinary computational and data-enabled research as well as advanced high-performance computing research infrastructure and services. Click here for more information.

Engineering Symposium, Reception, and Banquet: March 31, Piscataway
The 2017 MGM Symposium, “Photonics, Optical Physics & Beyond,” will be presented by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on March 31, beginning at 1 p.m., at the School of Engineering, Piscataway. A series of lectures will be followed at 6 p.m. by a senior poster competition and concurrent wine reception, and the day concludes with a banquet. RSVP by March 27 for the reception and banquet to Nahed Assal at or 848-445-1651. Click here for more information.

BEN Healthcare Innovation Summit 2017: April 1, New Brunswick
The Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts its first annual Healthcare Innovation Summit on April 1 at 10 a.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. The theme of the summit is "Care Redesigned: Catalysts in Healthcare Innovation." The event is designed to engage all stakeholders in care delivery and discuss the paradigm shifts in medicine and healthcare. From evolving patient care paradigms, to new medical education tools, to innovative biotechnology, the healthcare market is ripe for a revolution. Attend the event for a day of keynotes, presentations, and networking with peers and industry leaders who are revolutionizing the way payers, providers, patients, and pharmaceutical companies approach healthcare problems today. Click here for more information and to register.

SATHI Presents: April 4, New Brunswick
On April 4, the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) Presents: Global Crossroads: Seminars on South Asian Culture, Ecology, and Health offers "Breaking Barriers: Promoting HIV Awareness in the South Asian Community" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Clinical Academic Building, Conference Room 1302, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. Learn more here. Participants can register here.

Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium: April 28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Postdoctoral Association presents its Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium on April 28 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Tower Great Hall and Auditorium, Piscataway. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Redefining the Postdoctoral Experience: New Training for new Careers.” The keynote speaker is Franklin Carrero-Martinez, acting deputy science and technology adviser to the U.S. Department of State. The symposium will explore changes for postdocs at Rutgers and across the nation and will also include panels to help prepare postdocs for the job market and to communicate scientific research to the public. Click here for more information. Registration is free and participants should register by April 14 by clicking here. The Postdoctoral Association is accepting abstracts for poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution. Submit your abstract here

Project-Based Learning 101 Workshop: May 15–17, Somerset
Join the Center for Effective School Practices for a three-day workshop facilitated by one of the Buck Institute for Education’s (BIE) expert faculty members from May 15 to May 17 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the Rutgers Continuing Education Center at Atrium, Somerset. The workshop is based on BIE's model of Gold Standard Project-Based Learning. Participants actively engage in project design and obtain the skills and knowledge needed to master standards-based projects. Click here for more information and to register.

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Horses: The Best of the Best: March 18–19, Piscataway
Equine enthusiasts of all levels are invited to a conference that presents the most recent updates in the equine industry to the general public on March 18 and March 19 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Learn more here

41st Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School: March 18, New Brunswick
The Home Gardeners School offers 37 individual workshop sessions covering a wide array of horticulture topics on March 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickman Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Registration is required. The event is sold out but there is a wait list. Learn more here.

Symphony in C Presents “Tchaikovsky and Schubert”: March 18, Camden
Enjoy Symphony in C on March 18 at 8 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers University–Camden. Symphony in C will perform early works by Mozart and Schubert and Respighi’s depiction of birdsong, The Birds. Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme will showcase principal cellist Yoni Draiblate. Learn more here.

Portrait Garden by Lynn Cazabon: Artist Talk: March 20, Newark
Lynn Cazabon talks about her Portrait Garden project at the Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, on March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. The artist conducted interviews with 11 women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and asked them to self-identify with perennial plants. She then selected for each an additional native species. In the fall of 2013, Cazabon and the 11 women established the gardens, which the women continued to maintain. The following spring, Cazabon returned to photograph the mature plants, creating Portrait Garden, a collection of photographs of the cultivated plants paired with the recorded conversations she shared with each woman. The exhibition is on view through July 31. Learn more here.

Emperor of the Moon: March 21–25, New Brunswick
Rutgers Theater Company presents Emperor of the Moon, the story of a space-obsessed professor who believes that life on the moon is the answer to the world’s woes. Performances are from March 21 to March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and also on March 25 at 2 p.m. in the Philip J. Levin Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese: through July 30, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, exhibits Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese through July 30. Learn more here.

Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken!: through September 15, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries commemorates the centennial of America’s entry into World War I with the special exhibition Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken!: New Jersey in the Great War through September 15 at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Click here for more information.

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 3-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.

Free Fitness Classes: through March 16
Rutgers Recreation is offering free fitness classes through March 16 at the Werblin Recreation Center and the Cook Douglass Recreation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Faculty and staff do not need to purchase a membership to attend. Click here to view the free spring-break schedule of classes. A Half Semester Fitness and Wellness Membership, valid March 20 through May 1, can be purchased for $25. Learn more here.

Small Group Training Sessions: March 27–May 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers Recreation is offering Small Group Training specifically for faculty and staff. This program, geared toward individuals 35 and older, focuses on functional movements that are necessary to live a productive and active lifestyle. A personal trainer will guide participants through a total body workout to increase stamina, strength, mobility, and flexibility. The group of four to eight individuals will have exclusive access of the fitness center before doors open for the day. Click here for more information and to register.

Rutgers Regional Bike Share Program Open Houses
Rutgers, together with North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and New Jersey Department of Transportation, is implementing a public regional bike share program serving the university community, New Brunswick, Highland Park, Piscataway, and the New Brunswick and Edison train stations. Attend one of the following open houses to learn more and provide feedback. Learn more and submit comments here:

March 15, 1 to 3 p.m., (Weather permitting) Highland Park Public Library, 31 N. Fifth Avenue, Highland Park 
March 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Middlesex County Administration Building, Freeholder Room, 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick
March 21, 5 to 7 p.m., Middlesex County Administration Building, Freeholder Room, 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick
March 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Livingston Student Center, Room 202, Piscataway
March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick
March 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., College Avenue Student Center, Room 411, New Brunswick
March 30, 7 to 9 a.m., Edison Train Station, 1719 State Route 27, Edison

Awards & Honors

Paul C. Ocampo, dance faculty member, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Fellowship to be a lecturer in dance at the University of Taipei in Taiwan for the fall 2017 semester.

In Memoriam

Betty Ann George, a long-time administrative lead for the admissions office at the School of Law-Camden, passed away on March 6, 2017. She was 79. Cremation will remain private to the family. A celebration of life is tentatively scheduled for late April.

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