March 30, 2016

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin contains information for employees at Rutgers. Submissions must be received by noon on Thursday in order to be considered for inclusion in the following Wednesday’s bulletin. For additional information, visit the bulletin website or email University News and Media Relations at

Best Grad Schools | US News

Two School of Nursing Programs Gain Top 20 Rankings

In U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever ranking of doctor of nursing practice programs, the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), is ranked no. 17. The School of Nursing ranks no. 19 for its master’s of science programs, improving from no. 25 last year. The school has locations in Newark, New Brunswick, and Blackwood. The rankings reflect data for doctor of nursing practice programs at 149 schools and for master’s programs at 259 schools.

Also ranked among the top 20 in its category is the physician assistant program at RBHS’ School of Health Related Professions, which ranks no. 16. Rankings are based on expert opinions and statistical indicators measuring the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Learn more about U.S. News’ 2017 Best Grad Schools rankings here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Updates to the University Policy Library Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for the policies governing the academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs of the university. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. The following are recent updates to the policy library:

60.1.10  Smoking Policy (revised)

60.4.10  Salary and Salary Adjustments for Non-Aligned Employees (revised)

70.1.5  Rutgers University World Wide Web Accessibility Policy (new)

100.1.1  Uses and Disclosures of Health Information With and Without an Authorization (revised)

100.1.2  Facsimile (Fax) Machine Transmittal of Confidential, Sensitive or Protected Health and Other Information (revised)

100.1.3  Accounting of Disclosures of Protected Health Information (revised)

100.1.4  Access of Individuals to Their Protected Health Information (revised)

100.1.6  Protected Health Information - Destruction and Disposal (revised)

100.1.7  Request for Amendment of Individual Health Information (revised)

100.1.8  Requests for Restriction of Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information (revised)

100.1.9  Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (revised)

100.1.10  Disclosures of Personally Identifiable Health Information to Business Associates (new)

100.1.11  HIPAA Minimum Necessary Requirement (new)

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are available at Recent Policy Updates. 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


Save the Date: Remembering Students: April 19, New Brunswick
Join the memorial gathering to remember students who passed away this year on April 19 at 1 p.m. in the Winants Hall Conference Room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Members of the extended Rutgers community who have experienced loss are welcome to join in this time of reflection.

Rutgers and American Slavery: A History: April 6, Piscataway
Craig Wilder, historian of American institutions and professor of history at MIT, discusses his book, Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The book lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy and examines the ties of many of America's revered colleges and universities—including Rutgers—to slavery. Wilder’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

REI Seminar Series: Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies through the Lens of Military Practicality: April 1, New Brunswick
As part of its energy policy seminar series, the Rutgers Energy Institute hosts Bret Strogen, energy innovation analyst, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He will discuss “Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies through the Lens of Military Practicality.” Learn more here.

Latin@ Studies Working Group Symposium and Fundraiser: April 2, Newark
On April 2, from 1 to 6 p.m., the Latin@ Studies Working Group, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts a free symposium at 15 Washington Street, Room 201, that will examine the history of Latina and Puerto Rican culture in New York and New Jersey from the late 19th century to the 1970s; explore the causes and consequences of the 1974 Puerto Rican riots; and extol the richness of Newark’s 350-year history. Following the symposium, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the New Jersey Hispanic Youth Showcase and a fundraiser for the showcase and the Miguel Estremera Scholarship Fund will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. The suggested donation for the celebration is $30 for nonstudents and includes buffet and dancing. The suggested donation for students with valid ID is $20. Learn more here.

The Apostle Paul and the Rabbis: April 4, New Brunswick 
Paul, the most influential follower of Jesus, played a pivotal role in the establishment of Christianity as a world religion. The rabbis, in contrast, worked to reinterpret Jewish practice after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, head of the Talmud and Late Antiquity Section, Department of Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel Aviv University, will present a novel approach to the relationship between Paul and the rabbis, suggesting that some early rabbinic debates were shaped by, and responses to, Paul's view in a free public lecture on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Brower Commons, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is presented by the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Seating is limited. RSVP to or call 848-932-2033. Learn more here.

GSE Information Session for Employees: April 5, New Brunswick
Attend an information session at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to learn more about doctoral and master’s programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education, including Ph.D.'s in higher education; doctorates in education with concentrations in design of learning environments; education, culture, and society; and educational leadership; and master’s programs in adult and continuing education; college student affairs; counseling psychology; educational leadership; learning, cognition, and development; and social and philosophical foundations of education. RSVP by April 1 and learn more here.

Gaypril Opening Ceremonies Featuring The Prancing Elites: April 5, New Brunswick
Featured on their own Oxygen TV show, The Prancing Elites, members of this gay and gender nonconforming dance/cheer team will share their talent and stories with the #RULGBTQA community on April 5 at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is open to the public; no tickets are required. Free food will be served. Learn more here.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Lessons Tool: April 6
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on April 6 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Lessons tool in Sakai, learning how to create a Lessons page, add content, set prerequisites, and maximize the benefits of these pages. Learn more and register here.

Social Topography of the Rural Community in Early Modern England: April 7, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture by Steve Hindle, Huntington Library director of research, on April 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Murray Hall, Room 302, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Historians of early modern England have become adept at reconstructing the social distribution of wealth and power in rural communities. Much less is known, however, about the spatiality of social relations in the English village. Hindle uses a distinct combination of sources to map the patterns of employment, welfare, and sociability in a well-documented Warwickshire parish. Learn more here.

Drop-In Day at Mason Gross: April 9, New Brunswick
The Extension Division at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts drop-in days to allow prospective students opportunities to observe classes, private lessons, and ensembles, plus particular instructors and programs in action, before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Check here for the opportunities to observe during the next drop-in day, April 9. 

Rutgers–Newark Research Week: April 1114
The Graduate School, Rutgers University–Newark, announces Research Week 2016 to recognize its outstanding research and innovation and to generate stimulating discussion. The week’s schedule: April 11: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Poster Presentations; April 12: Newark public school students visit; April 13: Research symposium presentations by students and alumni panel presentations on diversity in STEM and Rutgers–Newark’s Minority Biomedical Research Support Program; and April 14: Gender Diversity in Research. Check times and learn more here [PDF].


At RWJMS, Gould Lecture in Molecular and Cellular Medicine: April 14, New Brunswick
Thomas C. Südhof, Avram Goldstein Professor, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford School of Medicine, will deliver the Kenneth S. and Audrey S. Gould Lecture in Molecular and Cellular Medicine on April 14 at noon in Conference Room 1302, Clinical Academic Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, hosted by the Child Health Institute of New Jersey. His topic: “How Understanding the Molecular Logic of Neural Circuits May Help Understanding Autism.” For information, contact Kathleen Semler at 732-235-9324 or Check shuttle bus service here.

RutgersCamden: Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities: April 25
The Graduate School, Rutgers University–Camden, holds its first “Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities,” part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ new Research Week, on April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Camden Campus Center. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 85 news organizations in the past week, including The Washington Post, Time, and Los Angeles Times:

Highlights include:

TIME: Trump and Cruz: Your Wives Are Not Political Props (Kelly Dittmar, Arts and Sciences–Camden, quoted here)

Gannett New Jersey: Mary I. Bunting: the Rutgers dean who led the fight for coeducation (Rebecca Reynolds, DRC, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

RutgersNewark Employee Fellowships with Leadership Newark
To enhance career development, Rutgers University–Newark has struck a partnership enabling employees to enroll concurrently in two-year fellowships with Leadership Newark, a program designed to cultivate leadership qualities through engagement in public policy, social, and political issues in Newark. Five staffers will begin fellowships this summer, immersing themselves in such issues as prisoner reentry, health care administration, and education reform for a year. They will spend much of the second year as consultants, developing practical solutions for nonprofit organizations in community leadership initiatives. Interest in a fellowship project began when Rutgers leaders received enthusiastic feedback from employees who had independently become Leadership Newark fellows. Apply and learn more here

IRW Symposium on Poverty and Sexuality: April 7, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts its free spring symposium on poverty and sexuality on April 7 from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, first floor conference room, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Urvashi Vaid, attorney and president of The Vaid Group LLC, is the keynote speaker. The panelists are Cynthia Blair, Ricardo Abreu Bracho, Pooja Gehi, Alyosha Goldstein, Reina Gossett, Christina Hanhardt, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Mitchyll Mora, Premilla Nadasen, Rosemary Ndubuizu, Kevin Schumacher, and Elena Shih. Learn more and register here.

Third Graduate Student Childhood Studies Conference: April 22April 23, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Graduate Student Organization in Childhood Studies holds its third conference on April 22 and April 23 at the Camden Campus Center. The field of childhood studies has challenged scholars to refigure children as active participants in society and constructors of their own life experiences; worked to give voice to young people in research; promoted the understanding of childhood as a socially constructed category; and encouraged ground-breaking interdisciplinary methodology and analysis. However, innovative thinking about children and childhood is not limited to those scholars working directly in the field of childhood studies. The goal of this year's conference is to bring together graduate students and other early-career scholars whose work represents a contribution to expanding academic understandings of and approaches to children and childhood. Learn more and RSVP here.

Rutgers Digital Blackness Conference: April 2223: New Brunswick
On April 22 and April 23, join scholars, students, activists, and artists at the Rutgers Digital Blackness Conference—examining how digital technologies have reshaped the meaning, understanding, and representation of blackness—at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The conference will feature several discussions and breakout sessions, including a live-streamed digital town hall meeting. The keynote speaker is Mara Brock Akil, TV writer and producer and creator of Girlfriends. The event, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is free and open to the public but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Eve Ensler

Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture Featuring Eve Ensler: March 31, New Brunswick
Eve Ensler, Tony Award–winning playwright, performer, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues, speaks March 31 at 4 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here

International Film Festival: through April 7, Newark
Women in Media–Newark, in partnership with Rutgers University–Newark, continues its seventh annual International Film Festival through April 7 in celebration of Women’s History Month. The event is free and held at six venues. Learn more here.


Becoming a Modern Research University: The Postwar Challenges of Rutgers and Penn State: March 30, New Brunswick
Special Collections and University Archives present the 30th Annual Louis Faugères Bishop III Lecture, “Becoming a Modern Research University: The Postwar Challenges of Rutgers and Penn State, 1945–1965,” delivered by Roger L. Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Education, Penn State University, on March 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Scholarly Communications Center, fourth floor, Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The lecture explores the history of 20th-century higher education and illuminates the role of the modern research university through a comparison of how Rutgers and now Big Ten rival Penn State addressed the challenges of postwar higher education. RSVP here

Community Engagement for Women’s Human Rights: March 30, New Brunswick
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership presents an opportunity to interact with feminist activists from three different organizations working in different contexts—human rights within a single city, immigrant rights, and changing the narrative of violence—on March 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Mallery Concert Series: Elysian Camerata Quintet: March 30, Camden
Enjoy music by the Elysian Camerata Quintet on March 30 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here

Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Quartet: March 30, Newark
Pianist Lewis Porter and saxophonist Phil Scarff perform Indian classical music and jazz and lead the world-jazz ensemble, Natraj, on March 30 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here

Visiting Filmmaker Series: Guy Maddin: April 1, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a Q&A with experimental Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin and a screening of his film The Forbidden Room on April 1 at 6 p.m. in Room 211 in Van Dyck Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Admission is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. Learn more here.

From the Raritan to the Potomac: Rutgers' Voice in Washington: April 4, New Brunswick
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a conversation with Francine Newsome Pfeiffer, the university's vice president for federal relations, on April 4 at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Register here

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.

Recreation Guest Passes: Buy One, Get One Free
April is "Buy One, Get One Free" guest pass month to use recreation facilities at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Between April 1 and April 30, purchase a single-day guest pass or a six-pack punch card and receive a second one free. Guest passes have no expiration date. Guests must be at least 18 years old, present ID, and be accompanied by a member of the university community while using the facilities. Students can purchase a single-day guest pass for $5 and a six-pack punch card for $25. Faculty, staff, and recreation members can purchase a single-day guest pass for $10 and a six-pack punch card for $50. For more information, contact the recreation administration office at 848-445-0462.

Awards & Honors

Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the university’s executive vice president for health affairs, was named to NJ Biz’s Power 50 in Health Care

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

  • Felesia Bowen, assistant professor; François-Xavier Bagnoud Center Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing; and director, Center for Urban Youth and Families, was accepted as a fellow of the 2016–2017 cohort of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy, an 18-month leadership development experience that pairs participants with senior leadership mentors.

  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty member, was elected president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ New Jersey Chapter. 

  • Valerie Smith-Stephens, assistant dean, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, was invited to participate in a second review cycle as a merit reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which uses reviewers to identify high-quality, patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. 

Gifts & Grants

Gerard Dismukes, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and laboratory director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $1.2 million. The project, titled Robust Microalgal Production Strains for High Yield Growth on Fossil Fuel Gas: Toward Cost Effective Biofuels and CO² Mitigation, is being supported by The Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University. Learn more about Dismukes here.

Ali Maher, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, and director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,300. The project, titled Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation National UTC Consortium Led by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Learn more about Maher here.

Frank Felder, director, Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $926,000. The project, titled Clean Energy Evaluation and Market Assessment, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Felder here.

Jay Sy, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $248,999. The project, titled Role of Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics in Brain Drug Delivery, is being supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Learn more about Sy here.

Fioralba Cakoni, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $220,212. The project, titled New Directions in the Qualitative Approach to Inverse Scattering Theory, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Cakoni here.

Benjamin Melamed, distinguished professor of supply chain management, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $159,802. The project, titled Modeling Methodology and Simulation of Port-of-Entry Systems, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about Melamed here.

In Memoriam

Margaret (Marge) Eickhorst, 69, of South Bound Brook, passed away on March 24, 2016. Services will be held on March 30 at 9 a.m. at the Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave., Somerville, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.

Campus Classifieds

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin offers online classified ads through CampusAve. Rutgers faculty and staff can post items for sale, free of charge.

For listings, and to submit your own free listing, please visit Rutgers Campus Classifieds here.