March 25, 2015

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Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Showcase Reviewed by Playbill Writer

The Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy’s final showcase was covered recently by Michael Gioia of Playbill Inc. “It was exciting to see such a diverse group of performers fearlessly bare a part of their soul on stage,” Gioia wrote. “Their passion brought the audience to their feet.”

The academy, in its second year at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and directed by Alistair Williams, provides talented high school students from the tri-state area with the skills needed to excel in the professional world of musical theater. Students receive rigorous training in dance, voice, acting, and stage performance.

The students performed the showcase at the Davenport Theater in New York City and in New Brunswick for the public and industry executives, including talent agents and casting directors. Auditions for the fall 2015 program take place on June 13. Read Gioia’s article.


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Updates to the University Policy Library Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for policies governing the university’s academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. Recent policy updates include previous versions of updated policies and are available at Recent Policy Updates. One recent update to the policy library is 20.1.11 Purchasing Policy (PDF). For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at


Visits by DOTS
Representatives of Rutgers Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) have set the following schedule to address your questions, obtain your feedback, and provide information about DOTS programs and services. Stop by the Administration and Public Safety tent at these times/locations: March 26, 1 to 3 p.m., Rutgers Business School, Rutgers–Newark; April 1, 12 to 2 p.m., Woody’s Café, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway; April 8, 1 to 3 p.m., College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick; April 9, 1 to 3 p.m., Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark; April 16, 12 to 2 p.m., Newark University Hospital Cafeteria; April 22, 1 to 3 p.m., Biel Road Transit Stop, Rutgers–New Brunswick; April 29, 1 to 3 p.m., Hill Center Transit Stop, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Reception and Artists’ Conversation for Momentum: Women/Art/Technology: March 26, New Brunswick
Artists from the final exhibition in the Momentum series discuss their works with art historian Anne Swartz on March 26 at 5 p.m. in the Douglass Library. Each of the eight artists approaches the use of technology as a tool to invent new contexts for engagement in the realms of biology, cultural and environmental conditions, language, daily life, time, and human movement. Feminist artists have often used their work to ignite discussion on these topics. The artists in this show work with technology and challenge gender-biased notions of who employs technology and showcase women artists' ability to break new ground. Learn more here

Old Herbals, New Readers: 29th Annual Bishop Lecture: April 9, New Brunswick
Karen Reeds, a Harvard-trained historian of science and medicine, delivers the 29th annual Bishop Lecture on April 9 at 4 p.m. in the Alexander Library, fourth floor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She draws upon examples of early herbals in the Rutgers University Libraries’ rare book collections to examine the continuing appeal of these medical books across the centuries. This event coincides with the opening of a major exhibition, The Art of Healing: Early Herbals from the Rutgers University Libraries. Learn more here.  

Catholic Evening of Prayer: April 17, New Brunswick
Rutgers Catholic faculty and staff are invited to the Catholic Center at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on April 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. for an evening of dinner, prayer, scripture, and reflection. RSVP to

CIRU Distinguished Lecture: Picto-Ideographic vs. Monosyllabic Features of Chinese Characters: April 21, New Brunswick
What are the unique features of Chinese poetic art? To what extent has the Chinese language given rise to these features? This lecture by Zong-qi Cai, professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, on April 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Alexander Library, Lecture Hall 403, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will argue for the centrality of the monosyllabicality (i.e., monosyllabic pronunciation of Chinese characters) and identify the dynamic interplay of rhythm, syntax, and structure as essential generative principle that continually brings forth new poetic visions and has propelled the development of Chinese poetic art through the ages. This is part of the distinguished lecture series sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Hire Students: 2015 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair: April 29, New Brunswick
The 2015 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair takes place April 29 in the College Avenue Student Center, multipurpose room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rutgers University departments and their affiliates interested in hiring students for nonfederal work-study program part-time and/or summer jobs, as well as non-Rutgers affiliates such as area businesses, are encouraged to participate. Register here. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli at

Lung Cancer Screenings in New Brunswick
To promote the early detection of lung cancer, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is partnering with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Radiology to offer $99 lung cancer screenings for those who meet the criteria. Check here for details.

Short-Term Housing Available for Faculty and Staff
University Facilities and Capital Planning offers short-term apartment rentals to all faculty and staff, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (on the Busch Campus). Rent is all-inclusive. All apartments are fully furnished and include all utilities, cable, and internet. Leases can be as short as one month, with a maximum of one year. Learn more here and email for additional information.

SHRP to Offer Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Effective January 2017, the Department of Allied Dental Education at the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, transitions to a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from the existing associate of applied science degree with partner institutions. The 126-credit curriculum will include a broader range of general education, discipline-specific, and interdisciplinary education to meet the requirements for a bachelor of science degree. The new degree program is designed to accept transfer credits from other New Jersey institutions. For first-time, first-year Rutgers students, the program will be offered jointly with the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 55 news organizations in the past week, including the BBC, U.S. News & World Report, and Time, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The Star-Ledger: Rutgers to begin offering summer courses on the Jersey Shore (Elizabeth Beasley, Continuing Studies, quoted here)

BBC News (UK): Orangutans cup their mouths to alter their voices (Wendy Erb, SAS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Nobel Prize Winner Delivers Aaron J. Shatkin Memorial Lecture: March 25, Piscataway
Thomas R. Cech, a 1989 Nobel Prize winner from the University of Colorado, Boulder, offers the Aaron J. Shatkin Memorial Lecture, “Crawling Out of the RNA World: Noncoding RNAs and Their Protein Partners,” on March 25 at 1 p.m. in the main auditorium at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway. Learn more here.

REI Energy Policy Seminar: Mini-Panel: Paris and Beyond: The State of Climate Diplomacy: March 27, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute’s policy seminar series presents a mini-panel discussion, “Paris and Beyond: The State of Climate Diplomacy,” on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Speakers include Ruth Greenspan Bell, public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and visiting scholar, Environmental Law Institute, and Cymie Payne, assistant professor, Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and School of Law–Camden. Learn more here.

Understanding Risk and Resiliency in Children: A Conversation with Brenda Jones Harden: April 8, New Brunswick
In collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a presentation by Brenda Jones Harden, associate professor at the University of Maryland, about the outcomes for children affected by child maltreatment on April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Jones Harden will focus on developing an understanding of the factors and conditions that promote resiliency for children and families involved with the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. In addition, she will discuss general aspects of how the medical community can enhance its capacity to work with children at risk of abuse and neglect. This event will include a conversation about fostering prevention and resiliency efforts among a broad and diverse population of children and families. Learn more and register here.

Global Climate Change and Inequality Symposium: April 10, New Brunswick
This symposium on April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center (multipurpose room), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, examines across disciplines state-of-the-art thinking and research on the problem of inequality linked to expected global climate change and related environmental disasters occurring in different locations and cultures. It explores who is likely to be most affected by a changing climate, in what ways they will be most vulnerable, and how those vulnerabilities can be addressed through social actions, including policies and planning. The event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Rutgers 100 Days Initiative, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, the Rutgers Climate Institute, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, all Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more and register here.

Reviving Filiality in Contemporary China: From Bodily Intensity to Intergenerational Psychology: April 16, New Brunswick
When new amendments to China’s General Law for Care of the Elderly became effective last year, it became a crime for children to ignore parents. The Chinese government revised a set of guidelines to help govern child-parent and family relationships. In a presentation April 16 at 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Angela Zita, professor at New York University, places the new 24 filial paragons in context with the original versions that date to medieval times. She will explore how the demands of the parent-child bond have been reshaped in modern times and tilted toward communicative bonds that culminate in digital connections. Learn more here.

The State of Workforce Diversity 2015 Symposium: April 23, New Brunswick
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts noted scholars and experts Lucy Taksa, professor of management and associate dean (research), faculty of business and economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Joanna Barsh, director emeritus, McKinsey & Company, and author of How Remarkable Women Lead; Angela Guy, chief diversity officer, L’Oreal; and Ann Lee-Jeffs, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Roosevelt-Perkins Room, second floor, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, New Brunswick. Register by April 17 here.


Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops
Stressed? Join Rutgers Health Services’ Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services for one of its weekly hour-long Mindfulness Meditation workshops at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick through May: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble at the Blue Note: March 30, New York City
Conrad Herwig directs the Rutgers Faculty Jazz Septet and University Jazz Ensemble at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on March 30 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Learn more here

Writers in Camden Series: April 1, Camden
The Writers in Camden Series in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Rutgers University–Camden hosts author Victor LaValle on April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Exhibition: Empire of Dirt: Through April 1, Newark
View the exhibition Empire of Dirt, which celebrates this ubiquitous substance, through April 1 in the main gallery of the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here

Get Involved

Seeking Participants for a Cancer Survivorship Study
A research team led by Shawna Hudson, associate professor and associate director of research in the Department of Family Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is seeking women and men who have completed prostate or colorectal cancer treatment to participate in a survivorship study. The purpose is to learn about survivors' needs for the design of a new program to help set long-term wellness goals and manage side effects and other life issues that are common after cancer treatment. Volunteers will be interviewed once and receive a $20 gift card. For more information, contact project manager Dena O'Malle at or 732-743-3335.

Awards & Honors

Jimmy de la Torre, professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the Psychometric Society’s board of trustees.

Gifts & Grants

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor of public policy and director of the Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3 million. The project, titled New Jersey State Healthcare Innovation Project, is being supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Learn more about Cantor here.

Patrick Szary, associate director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.5 million. The project, titled Pavement Support Program, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Szary here.

Dimitris Metaxas, distinguished professor of computer science and director of the Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modeling Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $780,800 over three years. The project, titled Dynamic Integration of Motion and Neural Data to Capture Human Behavior, is being supported by the Department of Defense. Learn more about Metaxas here.

Ruth Anne Koenick, director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,315. The project, titled Screaming to Prevent Violence, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Koenick here.

Elizabeth Torres, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $18,000. The project, titled High-Resolution Instrumentation in Capturing Subtle Natural Behaviors Unseen by Human Visual Observation to Treat Sensory Processing Disorders, is being supported by The Wallace Foundation. Learn more about Torres here.

Thomas Gianfagna, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,300. The project, titled Innovative Packaging Technologies to Enhance the Quality of Fresh Cut Flowers, is being supported by the American Floral Endowment. Learn more about Gianfagna here.

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