March 16, 2016

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Girls of Color

At Camden, Focusing on Girls of Color

While girls are graduating from high school at higher rates than boys nationwide, data examining race and gender shows that girls of color are graduating at far lower rates than their white female and male counterparts—a disparity with pervasive, educational, and economic consequences that will resonate for the rest of their lives.

Seeking to address the economic and educational trajectory for girls of color, Rutgers University–Camden and Educational Testing Service are partnering to host a symposium, "Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color," on April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Camden Campus Center.

“Participants are encouraged to attend the event with teams and their key partners,” says Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers–Camden. “Following the symposium, they can hit the ground running by applying the best practices and ideas raised at the event in an effort to mitigate the challenges that this population faces.” Learn more and register here.


In this Issue...

Online Survey to Help RUPD Address Concerns
In accordance with its continued focus on meeting the needs of the university community, the Rutgers University Police Department is conducting an online survey through April 1. As a law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the RUPD provides effective policing and security services to the university community by establishing active community partnerships to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life for all students, employees, and visitors. The results of the survey—designed to measure public opinion of the agency’s overall performance and employees’ competency; perceptions of officers’ attitudes and behavior; concerns over safety and security within the university community; and recommendations for improvement—will be used as a platform for organizational learning and to better address the university community's concerns. Learn more and take the survey here.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately 4 hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at or 848-445-2272.

The Elusiveness of Progress: Voting Rights in America: Piscataway
The Elusiveness of Progress: Voting Rights in America will be on display at Kilmer Library, Piscataway, now through August. After the Voting Rights Act became law in 1965, instances of voter discrimination drastically declined and minority voter turnout and registration both rose steadily. In recent years, however, the act has been undermined to suppress the votes of citizens all across the country. This display at Kilmer Library traces the legacy of the act and details its effectiveness from inception to the present. Learn more here.

Mason Gross Presents "Music at the Museum": March 20, New Brunswick
The second season of the Mason Gross recital series, “Music at the Museum,” continues on March 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, featuring chamber woodwind music performed by faculty and students of Mason Gross School of the Arts' Music Department and Extension Division, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A preconcert forum presented by Daniel Choi and Allison Brewster-Franzetti begins at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by a concert featuring Michelle Grondin (flute), Daniel Choi (clarinet), and Allison Brewster-Franzetti (piano). “Music at the Museum” performances are free and open to the public but seating is limited. Learn more here.

Reception to Celebrate Students’ New E-publication: March 24, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum and Department of Art History, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invite the university community to a reception at the museum on March 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to celebrate The Public Image: Social Documentary Photography from the Collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Zimmerli’s second publication available in ebook format only. It is a key component of an ambitious collaboration between the Zimmerli and the Department of Art History made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more here. RSVP to

Sound and Image: A Performance by French Musicians to Chinese Silent Cinema: April 2, New Brunswick
In celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary year, the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Sound and Image: A Performance by French Musicians to Chinese Silent Cinema on April 2 at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Invited from Paris, the Prima Vista Quartet will perform an original score to accompany a Chinese silent movie, Two Stars in the Milky Way, the quartet's first U.S. ciné concert performance of the score. Admission and parking are free. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 70 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Economic Times.

Highlights include:

The Economic Times: Now, doodle to unlock your smartphone (Janne Lindqvist, Engineering, quoted here

CBS Philadelphia: New Poll Finds Residents Narrowly Oppose State Takeover Of Atlantic City (Ashley Koning, Eagleton, quoted here

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Call for Presentations: Sustainable Raritan River Initiative Annual Conference 
Rutgers’ Sustainable Raritan River Initiative (SRRI) announces a call for presentations for its annual conference at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on June 10. As the university celebrates its 250th anniversary year, the conference will highlight important activities occurring throughout Rutgers, including Raritan-related research, courses, studios, educational and recreational opportunities, technical support, and community-based watershed work in the key SRRI focus areas of public access, water quality/quantity concerns, habitat restoration and stewardship, climate resilience, and land-use patterns affecting the river and bay. Submit proposals by March 31 to Learn more here.

Register for Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association 2016 Symposium: April 1, Piscataway 
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, holds its annual symposium on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Life Sciences Building, Piscataway. The keynote speaker is Carole Heilman, director, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health Sciences, who received the GSBS Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. The theme of her remarks is the “Business of Science: Life after Rutgers.” All attendees must register in order to receive lunch. Register and learn more here.

Register for UBHC’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference: April 7, Edison
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference—“Mental Health and Addiction Treatment: The Serenity to Integrate, the Courage Not to, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference”—will be held on April 7 at the Pines Manor, Edison. The conference brings together mental health and addiction professionals to examine and discuss the need for the mental health community to integrate services for patients with both addiction and mental illness. Learn more and register here.

Ready to Run

“Ready to Run”: Campaign Training for Women: March 18 and 19, New Brunswick
The Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a bipartisan training program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system, from March 18 through March 19 at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register here

Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory Open Public Night: March 17, Piscataway
Get an up-close look at celestial bodies such as Jupiter and the moon at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory in the Serin Physics Building, Piscataway, on March 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Learn more, including other notable upcoming viewing dates, here.

Symphony in C Beethoven Performance: March 19, Camden
Symphony in C performs a program of Beethoven compositions on March 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Fine Arts Complex, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

2nd Annual Senator Ronald Rice Lecture on Criminal Justice and Public Policy: March 21, Newark
Ryan P. Haygood of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is the featured speaker in this lecture series on March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Baker Trial Moot Courtroom at the Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark. Register here.

Film Series: "Empire on the Post-Soviet Screen": March 22, New Brunswick
The Program of Russian and East European Languages and Literature continues its spring 2016 film series, “Empire on the Post-Soviet Screen,” with a screening of Taras Bulba on March 22 at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. View the series schedule here.

Style of Downton Abbey at the Rutgers Art Library: through March 30, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Art Library, New Brunswick, hosts an exhibit of fine art, literature, history, design, fashion, and decorative arts from the time period of Downton Abbey, through March 30. Learn more here.

Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science: through July 31, New Brunswick
Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection, on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through July 31, examines what was one of the dominant concerns of unofficial Soviet artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Produced between the 1960s and the 1980s, the works in this exhibition address themes of international significance from a turbulent period marked by the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a failed attempt at improved American-Soviet relations. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Susan Tran, principal management assistant, retired on March 1 from Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences after 18 years of service to the health sciences libraries.

Get Involved

Volunteers Requested for Rutgers University Commencement 2016
The Office of the Secretary is seeking volunteers for Rutgers University 250th Anniversary Commencement on May 15. Volunteer to be a commencement ambassador and encourage your coworkers, friends, neighbors, and family members to volunteer, too. All ambassadors will receive event training, a commencement T-shirt, and a thank you gift. In addition, they attend a breakfast reception before commencement, are entered into a volunteers raffle, and gain the satisfaction of helping our newest alumni enjoy a great event. A few hours of your help will make a big difference. Register to volunteer and learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Tom Glynn, Rutgers University Libraries faculty member, has won the Hornblower Award for a First Book from the 2015-2016 New York Society Library’s New York City Book Awards for his book, Reading Publics: New York City's Public Libraries, 1754-1911.

Ashley Koning, assistant director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations. The award recognizes an outstanding early-career survey research professional with great promise for pursuing a long-term career in survey research. Koning is a doctoral candidate in political science, Graduate School, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and executive vice president for health affairs for Rutgers, received the Oscar B. Hunter Career Award in Therapeutics, the premier award presented by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The award honors a scientist for outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics over the individual's professional life. 

Gifts & Grants

Joseph Dougherty, professor, Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,174,957. The project, titled Specific Activation of Latent HIV-1 by Inhibiting E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Activity, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs (TAPHIR) Program. Learn more about Dougherty here.

Derek Delia, associate research professor, Center for State Health Policy in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $374,309. The project, titled Evaluation of Medicaid ACO Operations and Care Management Strategies, is being supported by The Nicholson Foundation. Learn more about Delia here.

Paul Israel, director and general editor, The Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will provide another $100,000 to support the Edison Papers project if matching funds from other nonfederal sources are raised. Learn more about Israel here.

Kimberly Mutcherson, vice dean and professor, Rutgers Law School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Medical Legal Partnership of Camden: Rutgers School of Law-Camden, is being supported by Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. Learn more about Mutcherson here.

Lyneir Richardson, instructor in entrepreneurship and executive director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative, is being supported by the PNC Bank Foundation. Learn more about Richardson here.

Ilene Rosen, associate dean, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $23,000. The project, titled 2016 New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, is being supported by the Academy of Applied Science. Learn more about Rosen here.

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