March 29, 2017

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March 29 spotlight

Rutgers Launches Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic for Young Adults

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) recently opened a first-episode psychosis outpatient clinic in its Edison Metroplex location for Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer County residents 18 to 35, funded by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Psychotic illness affects approximately 100,000 young people nationwide. Early adulthood provides the best window for intervention, as this population is at a crucial point in developing career goals and relationships. Psychosis—characterized by an impaired sense of reality—typically occurs between the ages of 18 and 28. However, most treatments for psychotic disorders are designed for those who have been living with this chronic mental illness, which can be a deterrent to teens or 20-somethings in need of care. A clinic, such as UBHC’s, dedicated to young adults staffed by professionals with specialized knowledge, is key to long-term success. Contact the clinic at 732-235-2868 and learn more here

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff 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.

Give Blood: New Brunswick
Blood drives sponsored by New Jersey Blood Services are being held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on the dates listed. Donors are encouraged to have plenty of food and beverage beforehand and to bring ID. Walk-ins are welcome. For questions, call Genevieve Toscano at 732-616-8736 or email

April 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chi Psi Fraternity, 114 College Avenue.
April 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room.
April 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bloodmobile at the corner of Senior Street and College Avenue.
April 18, 4 to 10 p.m., Cook PAL Building, Scarlet Lounge.
April 19, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall.


Recruitment for Commencement Marshals
The Office of the Secretary is seeking commencement marshals for Rutgers University's 251st Anniversary Commencement on May 14 to assist graduates and faculty as they proceed into the stadium to start the ceremony. If you are interested in volunteering as a marshal for this year’s ceremony, click here. For more information, email

Commencement Parking Registration through April 17
Members of Rutgers’ Class of 2017 are eligible to receive up to two free commencement parking passes for themselves and guests, but only if they register online at before April 17 at 9 a.m. Find out more about registration, mass transportation available that day, and other important details here

National Collaboration of Four Women-Led Colleges, Universities Cultivates BOLD Leaders
At four U.S. colleges and universities distinguished by their visionary women presidents, 40 college women are being cultivated as a cohort to be leaders of their generation in advancing civil discourse around issues of equity and inclusion. They are the vanguard of the national BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, a cutting-edge leadership development and scholarship program for college women from diverse backgrounds. Rutgers University–Newark serves as the lead collaborator among the four, which include Middlebury College, Smith College, and California State University, Fullerton. Learn more here.

OID Workshops: March 30–April 12
The Office of Instructional Design is offering the following online teaching workshops March 30 through April 12: Canvas Exams and Surveys on March 30 at 11 a.m.; Canvas: Introduction to Canvas on April 3 at 10 a.m.; and Canvas: Rubrics on April 12 at 11 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Richard D. Heffner Open Mind Lecture: "Access to Justice": April 3, New Brunswick
Martha Minow, dean, Harvard Law School, will deliver the third annual Richard D. Heffner Open Mind lecture on April 3 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Minow's lecture, “Access to Justice,” will offer insights into the crisis in the American legal system and the need for legal reforms. This lecture series celebrates the legacy of Richard Douglas Heffner (1925–2013), the creator and host of The Open Mind, a public affairs television show first broadcast in 1956, and a former professor of communications and public policy at Rutgers. Click here for more information.

“Truth and Consequences: What We Know and Why It Matters”: April 4, New Brunswick
Joy Reid, MSNBC national correspondent, will discuss “Truth and Consequences: What We Know and Why It Matters” on April 4 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Reid will speak under the auspices of the Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership, presented by the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Reid is host of AM Joy, former host of The Reid Report, and author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide. The program is free and open to the public but online registration is required. Click here to register. 

Art After Hours: April 4, New Brunswick
The next Art After Hours event at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes a curator-led tour of A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s–1980s, live music by the Rutgers Jazz Trombones, and Slide Jam talks with artists Patrick Strzelec and Daonne Huff. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

New Brunswick Campus Advisory Board Meeting: April 5, New Brunswick
The next meeting of the New Brunswick Campus Advisory Board will take place on April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Seminar Room, Gateway Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

“Science and Fiction: Envisioning Our Region's Future Under Extreme Sea-Level Rise”: April 5, New Brunswick
Best-selling novelist Kim Stanley Robinson will read from and discuss his new novel, New York 2140, which presents a vision of our region in a future of extreme sea-level rise, on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rutgers Academic Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. After his talk, Robinson will join a panel of distinguished Rutgers faculty with expertise in climate science (Robert Kopp), urban planning (Clinton Andrews), urban agriculture (Laura Lawson), and the environmental humanities (Jorge Marcone). Registration is strongly encouraged. Click here for more information.

IRW: “Who Will Save the Children?”: April 6, New Brunswick
The fifth talk in the Institute for Research on Women’s 201617 Distinguished Lecture Series, Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis, will take place on April 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, associate professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, will discuss “Who Will Save the Children? Feminist Perspectives on the Contradictions of Education in States of In/Security and Crisis.” The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

OIRT Workshops
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. Note: online workshop on April 5 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Educational Media Basics–Module 3: Editing). Learn more here.

Early Start Program: June through August, New Brunswick
Rutgers University–New Brunswick Summer Session’s Early Start Program provides the opportunity for graduating high school seniors to take college courses before their fall semester begins. Students can ease their transition from high school to college, explore their interests or potential majors, and prepare for the academic rigors of college. Registration is open from now until late May; program dates vary from June to August depending on the course selection. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 50 news organizations in the past week, including The Los Angeles TimesBBC, and Forbes, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The New York Times writes about the surge in women seeking political office, highlighting the Center for American Women and Politics’ Ready to Run program, quoting Debbie Walsh (CAWP).

NJTV covers the NJ Supreme Court case looking at whether convicted felons should have Internet restrictions, quoting Ron Chen (Law). 

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Funding for Cancer-Related Research Pilot Projects
The American Cancer Society and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are funding up to five $50,000 pilot projects to support cancer-related research that can be completed in 12 months. Eligible applicants include Rutgers and Princeton faculty members who are within six years of their initial academic appointment and do not currently have an award from a national peer-reviewed competition. To request an application, email Applications are due May 12.

Rutgers Energy Institute Energy Policy Seminar: March 31, New Brunswick
Rutgers Energy Institute will host Klaus Keller, professor, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, for a talk entitled “Climate Risk Management in the Anthropocene: From Basic Science to Decision Making and Back” on March 31 at 10:45 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Click here for more information.

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.

Fourth Julesz Lecture on Brain Research: April 6, Piscataway
The fourth Julesz Lecture on Brain Research will be given by Jack L. Gallant, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. Gallant’s lecture, "From pixels to objects: How the brain builds a rich representation of the natural visual world," will take place on April 6 at 5 p.m. in the Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Easton Hub Auditorium, Piscataway. Seating is limited. Click here for more information.

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. Learn more and register here. Registration is free and participants should register by April 14. The Postdoctoral Association is accepting abstracts for poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution.

March 29 event

LGBTQ Veterans and Active Military Service: March 30, Newark
“The Courage to Be … LGBT Veterans and Military Service” encourages LGBTQ veterans to share their experiences with the Newark and Rutgers communities on March 30 at Ackerson Hall, Dean's Lounge, Rutgers University–Newark. Film clips will be shown from 6 to 6:45 p.m., followed by a panel, Q&A, and refreshments from 7 to 9 p.m. Panelists include James Credle, Benny Roman, Danielle King, and Jahari Shears-King. Click here for more information.

 An Evening with the New York Times’ Frank Bruni: March 29, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics hosts veteran New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni at 7 p.m. on March 29 in the Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. RSVP here.

Mallery Concert Series: Aligheri Duo: March 29, Camden
Take a midday break and listen to live music performed by the Aligheri Duo on March 29 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s–1980s: Tour, Film, and Reception: March 29, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts a tour of its A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s–1980s exhibition by curator Anna Rogulina on March 29 at 4:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the 2015 award-winning documentary film Babushkas of Chernobyl at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Film Screening: Don’t Tell Anyone (No le Digas a Nadie): March 30, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities presents a film screening of Don't Tell Anyone (No le Digas a Nadie) followed by a discussion with filmmaker, Mikaela Shwer, and film subject, Angy Riveraon, on March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Master of Business and Science Open House: March 30, Piscataway
Learn more about the master of business and science degree, which combines a master of science with hands-on learning, business courses, and networking opportunities, on March 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Computing Research and Education Building, Piscataway. Learn more here.

New Jersey Medical School vs. Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Annual Charity Hockey Game: March 31, Newark
The annual New Jersey Medical School vs. Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Charity Hockey Game, which will benefit the Smiles Across Bangladesh fund, will be played March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Prudential Center Amerihealth Pavilion in Newark. Admission is free but donations to the fund are encouraged. Learn more or donate here.

Film Screening: Old Stone: March 31, New Brunswick
The New Jersey Film Festival and the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University present a free screening of the feature film Old Stone on March 31 at 7 p.m. at Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Healthcare Innovation Summit: April 1, New Brunswick
The Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts its first Healthcare Innovation Summit to address topics such as evolving patient care paradigms, new medical education tools, and innovative biotechnology on April 1 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Register here

2017 Garden Series Classes: through September 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers a variety of classes for enthusiasts through experienced gardeners through September 16. Topics include gardening, landscape design, and garden crafts and fine arts. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Loren Linscott joined the university as director for the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. Linscott’s experience includes shaping policy, strategies, and designing programs to address interpersonal violence. Most recently he implemented programs for the Secretary of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Washington, D.C.

Dave Williams joined the university as the executive director of Recreation. Williams recently served as associate director for Campus Recreation at Georgia Tech.

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 three-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 three-minute survey here.

Seeking Participants for LIFT UP Worksite Wellness Program: beginning April 17, Newark
Researchers at the Institute for Nutrition Interventions, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are seeking employees and students (18 to 69) at Rutgers University–Newark with a body mass index ≥ 25 to participate in LIFT UP! (Lifestyle Inventory for Total Health—a University Program), a research study aimed at improving health and vitality. Participation involves eight individual appointments, some by phone, with a registered dietitian (RD) over a 104-week period, beginning April 17. Nutrition-focused health screenings, individual recommendations on dietary intake and physical activity will be provided, as well as on-going support from the RD. For more information, or to sign up, contact Rachel Griehs at or 973-202-4550. Learn more. 

Break Bread: Rice Dishes from Around the World: March 30, Piscataway
Join the Cultural Center Collaborative and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs for Break Bread: Rice Dishes from Around the World on March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center, Piscataway. The event will explore the historical context and the many traditions that center around this staple food and include games, prizes, and a tasting of dishes from 10 different regions of the world. Click here for more information.

Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory Auditions: April 1, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory, a rigorous conservatory training for teens 14 to 18, will hold auditions on April 1 beginning at 10 a.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The conservatory runs from July 2 to July 30 and an audition is required. Acting training is augmented by classes in theater history, theater appreciation, and stage craft, as well as seminars and intensive workshops. A non refundable $55 audition fee is required. For more information, call the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618 or click here.

Yoga Festival: April 2, New Brunswick
Rutgers Yoga and Reiki Club hosts its annual Yoga Festival on April 2 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Unwind and celebrate community at Rutgers through a series of yoga classes, Reiki, meditation, special guest speakers, and Kirtan music. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. All proceeds will go toward bringing a yoga program to underprivileged working children in Punjab, India, at the IVE Children School. The event is open to the public. Click here to register and click here to learn more.

LinkedIn "Appy Hour" at Kite+Key: April 7, Piscataway
Looking to create or optimize your LinkedIn profile? Attend kite+key’s LinkedIn “Appy Hour” luncheon on April 7 from noon to 1 p.m. Presented by kite+key store specialist Samantha Gajda and Apple campus ambassador Mitesh Rathod, this seminar focuses on the largest professional network site. LinkedIn can help current and recent students and working professionals expand their network, stay connected with groups and organizations, job search, create and promote personal brands, and more. A free professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile will be available for all attendees. Additionally, participants will receive a $10 kite+key gift card and a free light lunch. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants. RSVP here or email or call 848-445-1127. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway.

Zumba at the Plaza: through April, Piscataway
Rutgers Student Affairs and the Plaza at Livingston present the free Zumba Fitness Series on the lawn of the Plaza, Piscataway, every Wednesday in April from 3:15 to 4:05 p.m. Participants are responsible for bringing their own water. Click here for more information or contact the Plaza at

Rutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics: July 3–28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Young Scholars Program is a four-week residential summer program for mathematically talented high school students that takes place on weekdays during July 3–28 in Piscataway. Students engage with peers and instructional staff in doing mathematical problems and proving mathematical conclusions on a variety of topics considered discrete mathematics, including graphs and their applications, number theory, and cryptography. Evenings are devoted to social and recreational activities. Click here for more information.

Coming Soon to Rutgers Cinema
Coming soon to Rutgers Cinema is Ghost in the Shell and The Fate of the Furious. Ghost in the Shell opens on March 31, and The Fate of the Furious  opens on April 13. 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 showtimes and tickets here.

Awards & Honors

John Westbrook, data and software architect lead, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank, received the Biocuration Career Award from the International Society for Biocuration at the 2017 Biocuration Conference. Westbrook's work established the PDBx/mmCIF data dictionary and format as the foundation of the modern Protein Data Bank archive.

Bonnie L. Fong, Minglu Wang, Krista White, and Roberta Tipton, librarians, Rutgers University–Newark, won the 2017 Research Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries-New Jersey Chapter and the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section for their Journal of Academic Librarianship article, "Assessing and Serving the Workshop Needs of Graduate Students."

The Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 Emerging Practice Award for Technology from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for the division’s work in creating a community of learning designed to educate student leaders and student affairs professionals about tools, strategies, and analytics for social media engagement.  

Gifts & Grants

Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $695,637. The project, titled Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Autism and Language Neural Stem Cells, is being supported by the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. Learn more about DiCicco-Bloom here.

G. Marcela Rodriguez, assistant professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Iron Dependent Membrane Vesicle Production in M. Tuberculosis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Rodriguez here.

John Hughes, distinguished professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $398,625. The project, titled On the Trail of the Most Massive Galaxy Clusters in the Observable Universe, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Hughes here.

The Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Innovation Grant totaling $5,000 from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators to be used to assess campus climate for sexual and interpersonal violence.

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