March 4, 2015

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Conference: Quality Journalism in the Digital Age, April 10: New Brunswick

What does quality journalism mean today? How do we measure it and what are the most prominent challenges and opportunities associated with producing and sustaining quality journalism in today’s media environment?

Join this conference on April 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Alexander Library as the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates its 40th anniversary by bringing together journalists, news executives, and scholars to explore the technological and economic changes confronting news outlets and what these changes mean and their implications for contemporary journalism.

No admission fee; advance registration required. Register, learn more, and view the confirmed speakers here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
A reminder from the New Jersey Division of Taxation: You can receive New Jersey income tax refunds faster by using NJ FastFile to file state returns online, with a PDF fill-in form, or with a software package. In addition, electronic filers can choose direct deposit, which is unavailable with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.


Complete Annual Transportation Survey
The Rutgers Division of Administration and Public Safety's Department of Transportation Services is conducting its annual survey in an effort to address concerns and make enhancements to the university's transportation system. If you are primarily affiliated with Rutgers University–New Brunswick or Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Brunswick or Piscataway, complete this survey. If you are primarily affiliated with Rutgers University–Newark or Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in Newark, complete this survey. After completing the survey, participants may elect to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Rutgers Federal Credit Union Brown Bag Seminars 
The Rutgers Federal Credit Union is conducting free “brown bag” seminars to enhance your knowledge and understanding of significant financial challenges. Upcoming this month are a homebuyers’ workshop and a seminar on building a strong credit history. Check here for dates, times, and Rutgers locations. For more information, contact Pamela Callender at or 732-445-3050, ext. 130.

Student Employment Essentials Training Workshops
For Rutgers student employees, the Student Employment Office in the Office of Financial Aid is hosting a series of Student Employment Essentials (SEE) training workshops. SEE training events are 30-minute, for-student/by-student sessions offering professional development and campus-job skills training. The next three workshops cover new program initiatives (March 23), event planning (March 24), and your major and your job (March 30), all 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.   

Give Me an R: Submit a Proposal to Join the Rutgers Day R Garden
Be a part of the R Garden, a Rutgers Day tradition, by decorating a 3-D block R sculpture that showcases your school, department, or unit. The R Garden "blooms" on Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and will be viewed by the thousands of Rutgers Day visitors who come to see this fun exhibition. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate what makes your unit unique. We supply the R. You supply the creativity. After Rutgers Day, the sculptures can be displayed in your school or department during the coming year. Apply by March 13. Limited sculptures are available. You will be notified by March 27 if your proposal has been accepted. Learn more and apply here.

Next Rutgers Mini-MPA™ Program Begins April 10
The Rutgers Mini-MPA™ program from the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration in partnership with the Center for Executive Leadership in Government at CELG’s headquarters in New Brunswick offers university employees the Mini-Master in Public Administration certificate program at a 20 percent discounted price. The program is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public and nonprofit sector managers. Students meet five Fridays, with the first class April 10. Learn more and apply here.

Hire Student Employees at No Cost to Your Department
Are you interested in hiring student employees at no cost to your department? Learn more at the student employee information sessions sponsored by the university's Student Employment Office in the Office of Financial Aid. The sessions will provide information about creating useful positions in which students can learn and earn, such as office, accounting, research, or IT assistant; or graphic artist, videographer, student manager; and many more. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 50 news organizations in the past week, including the Record, Star-Ledger, USA Today and the Japan Times

Highlights include:

Gannett New Jersey: Rutgers professor examines surviving commuter marriages (Danielle Lindemann, Center for Women and Work, quoted here.)

PolitickerNJ: Rutgers-Eagleton: 63% says AC’s best days are past (David Redlawsk, Eagleton, quoted here.)

Click here to view the week’s other media stories quoting Rutgers experts.

Academic Sphere

Register for Climate Change Panel Discussions
Join President Robert Barchi and three top Rutgers researchers from the Department of Marine and Coastal SciencesSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, as the Rutgers University Alumni Association presents a series of  discussions about the earth's climate and how climate change is affecting life on earth: New York City–March 11; Philadelphia–March 19; and Washington, D.C.–April 21. Professor Benjamin P. Horton's research on sea-level rise was referenced on the White House website during President Obama's recent State of the Union address. View locations and register now.

Register for April 10 Event in the Boggs Center’s Spring 2015 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
As part of the Boggs Center’s Spring 2015 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series, Jim Wiltz will present "Intensive Residential Supports in the Community for Those with Challenging Behavior" April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hotel Woodbridge, Metropark, Iselin, N.J. Registration required. Admission free. Learn more and register here.

Global Tuberculosis Institute Explores Factors Impacting Global Health: March 24, New Brunswick
The Global Tuberculosis Institute at New Jersey Medical School is sponsoring a World Tuberculosis Day symposium for faculty, staff, and studentsExploring Multidisciplinary Approaches to Complex Health Problems: The Global Tuberculosis EpidemicMarch 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The symposium will explore some of the complex factors impacting global health, using TB as an example. Advance registration preferred. Learn more here.

NovaCOM ’15: What’s New/What’s Next in Communication and PR: April 17, New Brunswick
Rutgers School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents NovaCOM ’15, a networking and professional development event for students, faculty, and industry professionals on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. The conference will feature the latest and future trends, strategies, and tactics, in the communication and PR worlds. Register by April 8 and learn more here.


Camden Comic Con: March 7, Camden

Rutgers University–Camden will host the second annual Camden Comic Con on March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rutgers University–Camden Athletic and Fitness Center. Learn more here.

Shannon Jackson on Art and Performance: March 5, New Brunswick
The sixth talk in the 2014–15 Distinguished Lecture Series, Feminist Optics: Gender and Visual Studies, from the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Shannon Jackson of the University of California–Berkeley, who discusses "The Way We Perform Now" on March 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, New Brunswick. A reception precedes the event at 4 p.m. Learn more here

Politics and Health: When Practice Moves beyond Professional Borders: March 9, New Brunswick
The School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its annual Blanche Grosswald Memorial Lecture featuring a talk by Rajiv Bhatia, director of The Civic Engine, on March 9 at 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of Brower Commons, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Center for American Women and Politics Presents NPR’s Michel Martin: March 10, New Brunswick
Join NPR host and commentator Michel Martin, this year's Senator Wynona Lipman Lecturer in Women's Political Leadership, on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, presented by the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Martin’s lecture is called "Why I Want You to Tell Me More: On Bringing the Outsiders In." Admission free; RSVP necessary. Learn more and RSVP here

Writers at Newark Reading Series: March 10, Newark
The Writers at Newark Reading Series, presented by the Rutgers University–Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program, hosts authors Robert Olen Butler and Hilma Wolitzer on March 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Yiddish Princess, Yiddish Rock Band, in Concert: March 10, New Brunswick
The Department of Jewish Studies and the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present a free concert by Yiddish Princess, a Yiddish rock band that is transforming the tradition of Yiddish music, on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater in New Brunswick. The performance will be followed by a discussion with members of the band moderated by Jeffrey Shandler, professor and chair of Jewish studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Catholic Lenten Reflection and Luncheon: March 11, New Brunswick

Rutgers Catholic faculty and staff are invited to a Catholic Lenten Reflection and Luncheon featuring guest speaker Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard to Pope John Paul II, on March 11 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Catholic Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. RSVP to

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 breast, 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 participate in either an individual or group interview and receive a gift card. For more information, contact project manager Dena O'Malle at or 732-743-3335.

Gifts & Grants

Daniel Fine, professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology and director of the Center for Oral Infectious Diseases, School of Dental Medicine, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3.2 million. The project, titled Early Markers of Aggressive Periodontitis, is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Fine here.

Anushua Sinha, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Maternal Pertussis Immunization Cost Effectiveness Analysis, is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn more about Sinha here.

Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $139,990 over two years. The project, titled Genetic Monitoring to Improve Fish Stock Assessments, is being supported by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Learn more about Pinsky here.  

Stephanie DiPetrillo, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of awards totaling $75,000. The projects, titled NJ Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter and, are supported by New Jersey Transit. Learn more about DiPetrillo here

Jessica Francis, research fellow at the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. The project, titled Summit Full Day Kindergarten Evaluation, is being supported by the Schumann Fund for New Jersey. Learn more about Francis here.

In Memoriam

Said S. Samatar, 71, professor in the Department of African-American and African Studies and the Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, pased away February 24, 2015. He had been injured in a fall in his home. No funeral services are planned. The Department of History and Department of African-American and African Studies will host a tribute event; details will be provided once arrangements have been made.

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