March 18, 2015

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Medwings Face Off Against Bitewings in Annual Hockey Fundraiser

What do you get when you mix Rutgers medical and dental students, stir in some faculty and alumni, and add ice – all in the name of a good cause?

The 2015 Charity Hockey Game.

It’s Rutgers’ “Docs" vs. "Dents” in the hockey club’s third annual charity match, which takes place at 8 p.m. March 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark. The faceoff pits the Medwings, students and alumni representing New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, against the Bitewings, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine students and alumni. This year’s match is a fundraiser for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, which helps families who are struggling with a child’s cancer-related illness. The suggested donation is $5 at the door.

This year, the match is partially sponsored by the NHL and includes games, prizes, and an auction of sports memorabilia.

In this Issue...

Apply Now for New Position of Honors College Faculty Fellow
The Honors College of Rutgers University–New Brunswick announces the position of faculty fellow in the new residential college, effective August 2015. As faculty members living in this community, faculty fellows will play a key role in advancing the goals of the Honors College. They will work closely with the Honors College’s faculty / academic dean, associate dean of academic affairs, and associate dean of student affairs to create a residential environment that encourages intellectual inquiry, provides educational resources and support, and develops meaningful faculty interaction with students. Fellows will be uniquely positioned to model behavior that fosters a respectful residential environment and active engagement in all aspects of Honors College life. The most important qualification is an enthusiastic interest in mentoring and engaging undergraduate students within the residential environment. Learn more here. Apply here.

Golf Season’s Almost Here: Sign Up for the RBHS Golf League by April 3
The Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) golf league begins its season on April 16 and is seeking new members and substitutes. The league plays nine holes at the Rutgers Golf Course on Thursdays, with tee times starting just after 4 p.m. and playoffs running through September. Registration must be submitted by April 3. Those unable to play every week can join as substitutes and play when they are available. Send registration requests to Scot Stenroos at

Dental Sealant Saturday for Youngsters 6 to 16: March 28, Scotch Plains
The Department of Allied Dental Education, School of Health Related Professions, hosts Sealant Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the screening of youngsters 6 to 16 and then the application of dental sealants and fluoride varnish as appropriate. Location: SHRP’s Scotch Plains facilities. The American Dental Hygienists Association is the event cosponsor. By appointment only. Call 908-889-2410 to schedule. Learn more here.

TAG Days Coming from Rutgers University Foundation’s Annual Giving Department
To help demonstrate how donors make a difference in the lives of students and faculty members, the Department of Annual Giving within the Rutgers University Foundation will launch TAG Days (Teaching Annual Giving) on April 16 (Newark), April 23 (New Brunswick), and April 30 (Camden). Tags indicating donor-supported resources will appear on those days. Giveaways and trivia games are among the activities supporting this initiative. Watch for more information.

Kite+key iPhone and Computer Repair and Services
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, in partnership with the Rutgers Computer Repair, offers iPhone repair, including for cracked screens, and computer repair services. Service is available for all computer brands as well as for iPads and iPhones under or out of warranty. Kite+key also offers loaner computers with the purchase of a service plan. kite+key accepts trade-ins every day. You can exchange old technology for a kite+key gift card. kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products, plus Dell, HP, Samsung, Asus products and accessories, and offers a range of services, warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new website for kite+key, which is located in the Retail Plaza on the Livingston Campus. Stay current on specials and promotions by following kite+key on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and Star-Ledger.

Highlights include:

New Republic: Chris Christie Has Hit Rock Bottom (Marc Pfeiffer, Bloustein, quoted here)

Star-Ledger: In wake of Newark child's death, what parents need to know about bacterial meningitis (Glenn Fennelly, NJMS, quoted here)


Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Register Now for the 2nd Annual Rutgers Human Performance Conference: March 28, Livingston Campus
The 2nd Annual Rutgers Human Performance Conference, hosted by the IFNH Center for Health and Human Performance, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, takes place March 28 at Beck Hall on the Livingston Campus in conjunction with the International Society of Sports Nutrition. It is designed to address topics of interest to coaches, athletes, students, scientists, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals. Register by March 21 to be entered to win one of two Polar M400 Heart Rate/GPS monitors. Learn more here.

Best Practices in Supporting Female Prisoners Returning to Their Communities: March 31, Newark
In collaboration with the School of Public Health, the Center on Violence Against Women and Children, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites you to a discussion by practitioners and researchers about the challenges facing female prisoners and best practices for support as they reintegrate into the community, followed by a segment of the documentary, It’s More Expensive to Do Nothing, March 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Passaic Room 226, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more and register here


San Jose Taiko: A Journey through Rhythm: March 23, Newark

The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University–Newark, sponsors San Jose Taiko performing the spectacular art of taiko drumming in “A Journey Through Rhythm” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 23 in the Billy Johnson Auditorium at the Newark Museum. Learn more here

Home Gardeners School: March 21, New Brunswick
Get your garden ready for spring with 35 sessions and hands-on activities taught by gardening experts on March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickman Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Film Screening: Broken on All Sides: March 23, Camden
The School of Social WorkRutgers University–Camden, sponsors a screening of Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice, a documentary about the history and causes of mass incarceration in the United States, on March 23 at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Exploring Multidisciplinary Approaches to Complex Health Problems: The Global Tuberculosis Epidemic: March 24, New Brunswick
The Global Tuberculosis Institute and New Jersey Medical School sponsor this symposium that describes the global burden of tuberculosis, explores different factors that contribute to global health issues, and discusses how a range of different disciplines can contribute to solutions, using tuberculosis as an example, on March 24 at 1:30 p.m. in the Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

The Shanghai Quartet and Rutgers Faculty Guests: March 26, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the Shanghai Quartet performing with Rutgers faculty members on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, RutgersNew Brunswick. In addition to the metro-region premiere of music department director Robert Aldridge’s “Scherzo,” the string quartet will perform a Haydn piece, Chinese folk song arrangements, and a Dvořák piano quintet joined by piano professor Min Kwon. Learn more here

Get Involved

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.

Gifts & Grants

Ali Maher, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4,512,507. The project, titled Utilization of Pneumatic Flow Tube Mixing Technique, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Maher here.

Jessica Ware, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $817,595. The project, titled Social Networking: Understanding Sociality and Symbiosis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Ware here.

Véronique Dartois, associate professor at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an instrument grant totaling $417,944. The instrument, A Maldiltq Orbitrap XL Mass Spectrometer for Bioimaging, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dartois here.

Harish Swaminathan, doctoral candidate at the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $34,999. The project, titled Computational Methods for the Interpretation of Forensic DNA Samples, is being supported by the United States Department of Justice. Learn more about Swaminathan here.

Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $22,000. The project, titled Quantifying the Impact of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs on the School Readiness, is being supported by the Center for American Progress. Learn more about Barnett here.

In Memoriam

Janice Sandford Meyer, a retired plant curator in the Chrysler Herbarium, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away March 1, 2015, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Manoranjan Dutta, professor emeritus in the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away February 22, 2015, following a stroke.

James Smith, an emergency management specialist in the Rutgers Office of Emergency Management, passed away February 7, 2015.

Robert C. Stuart, professor and longtime faculty member in the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away February 6, 2015. Private memorial services were held in Victoria, British Columbia, and in New Jersey. 

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