March 2, 2016

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World’s Largest Jazz Archive

Home to the World’s Largest Jazz Archive

With 150,000 recordings, 6,000 books, assorted research files, and memorabilia, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University–Newark stands as the world’s largest jazz archive. It is a special collections unit of Rutgers University Libraries that a team associated with noted TV producer Ken Burns spent a year exploring for his 10-part “Jazz” miniseries.

The most serious jazz enthusiasts know of the institute, but Wayne Winborne, who became its executive director several months ago, is focused on activities to “preserve and promote” the institute for the benefit of jazz fans and researchers who have not experienced it. One major undertaking is a 2016 concert series planned with NJPAC. Winborne (left) encourages members of the university community to explore the institute in the Dana Library where they can listen to and learn about their favorite artists. Arrange tours by contacting the institute at 973-353-5595.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Artists' Discussion and Celebration of Feminist Art Project's 10th Anniversary: March 3, New Brunswick
Join the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series and The Feminist Art Project on March 3 at 5 p.m. for a discussion at Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with artists from the group exhibition TFAP@TEN, on view through April 8 in the library’s Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries. Artists include Anonda Bell, Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, So Yoon Lym, Babs Reingold, and Adrienne Wheeler. The moderator is Midori Yoshimoto, associate professor of art history and director of the Visual Arts Gallery at New Jersey City University. The Feminist Art Project's 10th anniversary celebration follows at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Learn more here.


2016 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Honorees 
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is excited to announce the 2016 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni honorees, who are recognized nationally and internationally in the areas of oil and gas exploration and production, investments, professional sports, and cancer research. This year’s honorees: Stephen Chazen RC’69, Phuti Mahanyele DC’93, Devin McCourty UCNB’10 and Jason McCourty UCNB’09, and Sung Poblete NUR’89,’92,’00. Visit the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni website to read about their accomplishments.

Save the Date: "Holistic Care and Empowerment of Youth and Adults with Lupus": April 19
The South Asian Total Health Initiative presents “Holistic Care and Empowerment of Youth and Adults with Lupus: Lupus in Asian and Minority Communities,” on April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Conference Room 1302, Clinical Academic Building, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. The event is free and open to public. More information to follow.

Rutgers-Eagleton Grants for Washington Interns
Rutgers undergraduates from all campuses and all majors are encouraged to apply by March 15 for the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Awards. The program provides one-time $5,000 grants to outstanding undergraduates for summer internships in the government/public service/nonprofit sectors in Washington, D.C. The grant is intended to assist with living expenses to ease the financial burden associated with working in Washington. Six awards will be distributed for summer 2016. Learn more here

Six AFROTC Cadets Selected for Air Force Flying Training
Six cadets of the Rutgers Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) have been selected for the Air Force’s undergraduate flying training program. Congratulations to William Glaser, Mark Kwietniak, William McCauley, Paul Oh, Nicholas Pollio, and Graham Ritchie, who are among the 694 cadets selected from 965 candidates nationwide based on AFROTC performance, pilot candidate selection method test score, and officer qualification test score. 

Shop Kite+Key for Technology Purchases and Repairs: Piscataway
Owned and operated by Rutgers University, kite+key sells a full line of Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, and HP computers, tablets, and accessories at competitive and discounted prices. Kite+key offers warranties, repairs, trade-ins, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Kite+key, conveniently located on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at the Plaza bus stop, provides a friendly and supportive hands-on environment where students, faculty, staff, and alumni can learn about and purchase the latest tech products. Shop kite+key for personal or institutional purchases, in-store or online, at Contact kite+key at and 848-445-1127.

Save the Date: Master Educators' Guild: May 11, New Brunswick
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences holds its spring symposium, "The Baylor Scott and White Health STEEEP Quality Journey,” on May 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Medical Education Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. David Ballard, president of STEEEP Global Institute, will be the keynote speaker. More information will follow.

IRW's Final "Poverty" Lecture: March 3, New Brunswick
The final lecture in the 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, “Poverty,” offered by the Institute for Research on Women, will be presented on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham University) will discuss “Black Girls and Ethnography Beyond Love and Struggle.” The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Musical Performances at Nicholas Music Center: New Brunswick
Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the following performances: A musical tribute to Bob Belden, Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist, producer, arranger, bandleader, label executive, historian, and writer, on March 4 at 7:30 p.m., led by Conrad Herwig, professor and area coordinator of jazz studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick; the music of bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus, featuring selections from Blues and Roots and New Tijuana Moods, on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. with tenor saxophonist and alumnus Abe Burton leading the ensemble; and “Music of Many Lands,” featuring the Grammy-nominated contemporary woodwind quintet Imani Winds, with the Rutgers Symphonic Winds and Symphony Band, on March 10 at 7:30 p.m., including Reed's Armenian Dances, Kabalevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon, Scott's Baile Si Quiere!, and Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever. For all performances, tickets for alumni, employees, and seniors are $10; students, $5; general public, $15. 

Pre-Engineering Summer Academy for High Schoolers: Info Session, March 15
Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts a summer academy from July 31 to August 6 for youngsters 16 to 18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a career. Living on campus, students will be introduced to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through discussions with professors, case studies, campus tours, lectures, and demonstrations. Register here for an online information session on March 15 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more and apply here.

Center for Women’s Global Leadership 25th Anniversary Celebration: March 18, Manhattan
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates 25 years of feminist global advocacy advancing human rights of women with a reception and dinner on March 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Vermilion, 480 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan. The host committee includes Radhika Balakrishnan, Alison Bernstein, Charlotte Bunch, Abena Busia, Patti Chang, Abigail Disney, Leila Hessini, Musimbi Kanyoro, Kavita Ramdas, Anthony Romero, Gloria Steinem, and Vincent Warren. Register here.

Focus on Unaccompanied Child Migrants: New Brunswick and Newark: March 29 and 30
The Rutgers Center on Violence Against Women and Children, in partnership with Rutgers Law School, the Center for Migration and the Global City, and the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, will host two events focusing on unaccompanied child migrants: March 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., Room 402, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and March 30, 4 to 6 p.m., Room 125, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers–Newark. Both will feature photographs from award-winning photographers Ed Kashi and Katie Orlinsky, who have documented the migrant crisis extensively in Europe and Central America. Additionally, Ely Lopez, a leader from Colectivo Vida Digna, a Guatemalan nonprofit organization that works with children who are repatriated from the United States, will speak about his work with migrant children. Learn more and register for the New Brunswick event here and the Newark event here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 90 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Highlights include:

The Star-Ledger: Why Kids in One N.J. Town Could Go to Rutgers Tuition-Free (Courtney McAnuff, VP Enrollment Management, quoted here)

The Wall Street Journal: Court Voids $119.6 Million Decision for Apple in Samsung Patent Case (Michael Carrier, Law, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

REI Policy Seminar: "The Renewable Energy Transition and Smart Grid: Toward Energy Democracy": March 4, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts Jennie Stephens, Blitterdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, University of Vermont, on March 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

“Exposure to Community Violence Fosters Drug and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents": March 8, New Brunswick
The School of Social Work welcomes Dexter Voisin, professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, for his lecture “Exposure to Community Violence Fosters Drug and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents: Pathways and Implications for Families and Communities,” on March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Seminar Room, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This is the annual Demone Lecture on Alcohol and Other Related Addictions. One nonclinical CEU will be given. Learn more and register here.

Dispelling the Myths

"Dispelling the Myths": Media Coverage of Undocumented Children in the U.S.: March 8, Camden
The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University–Camden, hosts the free talk “Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody,” which focuses on powerful myths created by inaccurate and incomplete media coverage, on March 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center. Learn more here


“The Cold War at Camp Kilmer: Hungarian ’56ers, Cubans, and U.S. Refugee Policy in New Jersey”: March 2, New Brunswick
Join the Center for European Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, for a day of exploring the Cold War history of Camp Kilmer, Piscataway, on March 2 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Scholarly Communications Center, 4th floor, Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. For this event, Rutgers welcomes a host of scholars to discuss the Hungarian and Cuban refugee experience at the camp. Learn more here

Photography of Cuba Exhibition Celebration: March 3, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, displays work by Ilya Genin, known for representations of Cuba, from February 22 to March 31. A celebration is scheduled for March 3 at 4:30 p.m. Learn more here

Rutgers Theater Company Presents Silentium: through March 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers Theater Company presents Silentium, a surrealist theatrical work created by Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty member Danielle Liccardo and second-year acting students, March 2 to March 6 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here


Panel Discussion: “From Exclusion to Inclusion: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers”: March 8, New Brunswick
Delve into the history of the scholarly contributions of women at Rutgers on March 8 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event features a two-part panel discussion exploring the findings of the fall 2015 directed research course, “From Exclusion to Inclusion: Women at Rutgers,” that was taught by Kayo Denda and Mary Hawkesworth in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Lila Fredenburg, executive director of administration, Rutgers University Libraries, retired on February 25 after eight years of service. At Rutgers she developed diversity programs and search committee training for the libraries and served on the university's Compensation Committee and the Committee to Advance Our Common Purpose.

Get Involved

Celebrating STEM Women: #stemHERstoryRU
The campaign #stemHERstoryRU, sponsored by Busch Campus Partners, is an initiative to celebrate women who dedicate their careers to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields while also raising awareness to the overall Rutgers community. During Women’s History Month (March), #stemHERstoryRU encourages students, faculty, and Student Women in STEM alumni to attend a photo shoot to become part of a photo display online and at the Busch, Douglass, Cook, and Livingston student centers, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The photoshoot locations: March 6, 5 to 8 p.m., B.E.S.T. Hall, and March 9, noon to 3 p.m., Busch Student Center, International Lounge, both in Piscataway. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Jorge Contreras, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected president of the Latin American Biophysical Society.

Trish Suplee, associate professor of nursing, Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, has been invited to be a workgroup member to represent the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Program. Suplee will assist with the development of the Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety patient safety bundle and consensus statement. 

Basirah Taha, an advanced practice nurse at University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who provides home-based behavioral health treatment services, is among the 2016 recipients of the EPIC Awards (Exceptional People Impacting Our Communities) from the Institute for Nursing, the charitable affiliate of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

Gifts & Grants

Eric Klein, assistant professor of biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the investigator of a five-year award totaling $1,200,000. The project, titled Mysterious properties of a bacterial species Caulobacter crescentus, is being supported by the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Learn more about Klein here.

Kerrie Ocasio, assistant research professor, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Training for the New Jersey Standards for Prevention Programs: Building Success Through Family Support, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about the Institute for Families here.

Jongmin Shon, assistant professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $53,552. The project, titled Establishments of Bridgehead for Policy Export and International Relations: Digital e-governance of Seoul Metropolitan Government, is being supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Learn more about Shon here.

Karen Alexander, managing director, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $52,500. The project, titled TIP SMART Year 2, is being supported by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. Learn more about Alexander here.

Gal Hochman, associate professor, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $49,000. The project, titled The Bioeconomy: Technological and Policy Path Forward, is being supported by USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Hochman here.

Randi Mandelbaum, clinical professor of law and director of the Child Advocacy Clinic, Rutgers Law School, is the co-investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project, titled Pro Bono Support Attorney for New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children, is being supported by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Mandelbaum here.

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