March 8, 2017

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March 8 spotlight
State Senator Loretta Weinberg (right) presented the senate resolution to Jacquelyn Litt, dean, DRC (center); Richard Edwards, chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and Karen Stubaus, VP, Academic Affairs and Administration.

Douglass Honored by New Jersey State Senate
Douglass Residential College was honored recently with a resolution from the New Jersey State Senate celebrating 100 years of women’s education. The State Senate acknowledged Douglass’s focus on the success and advancement of undergraduate women and its ability to cater to a variety of student backgrounds and interests through specialized programs, leadership development opportunities, living learning communities, and its concentration on advancing women in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.

Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women, the coordinate college to Rutgers College, the school was renamed Douglass College in 1955 to honor its founding dean, Mabel Smith Douglass. It became Douglass Residential College (DRC) in 2007 and will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a yearlong series of activities starting on September 18, 2017, culminating in a centennial celebration on September 18, 2018.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

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

Recent 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:

40.2.21 Debt Management Policy (new) (PDF)

Note: The Debt Management Policy was previously housed on the Office of Institutional Research website. The policy has been revised and converted to a university policy.

70.1.1   Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources (reverted) (PDF)

Note: Revisions of the Acceptable Use Policy that were posted on August 22, 2016, have been removed and the policy has been reverted back to its August 22, 2014, version. This reversion is effective pending additional revisions to the policy for clarity.

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, please contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at

Treasurer’s Town Hall: March 13, New Brunswick
A Treasurer’s Town Hall meeting will be held on March 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, multipurpose room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. It will be hosted by J. Michael Gower, executive vice president, Finance and Administration, and university treasurer. There will be time for questions throughout the meeting. The presentation will be posted on the Finance and Cornerstone websites following the meeting. Visit the University Finance and Administration website for the schedule of upcoming Treasurer’s Town Hall meetings and to view slides and video recordings from previous meetings.


A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s–1980s: through July 30, New Brunswick
A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1960s–1980s, is the first exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, to explore the wide range of meanings that the natural world held for unofficial artists in the Soviet Union. Learn more here.

Celebrating International Women’s Day: March 8, New Brunswick
Celebrate International Women's Day with a distinguished group of scholars, teachers, authors, activists, feminists, and peacemakers who will engage in critical dialogue about women's past contributions and future potential in achieving peace with justice. The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents two programs on March 8—”Women’s Organizing for Peace: Theories and Praxis (Roundtable Discussion),” including speakers AHN Kim Jeong-Ae, Charlotte Bunch, Krishanti Dharmaraj, Rebecca Johnson, Suzy Kim, Gwyn Kirk, Brinton Lykes, Margo Okazawa-Rey, Cora Weiss, and participants of the 2015 Women's Peace Walk in Korea from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building; and a screening of Women Cross DMZ: Crossing Boundaries for Peace, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, which includes a conversation with many of the afternoon’s speakers. Learn more here.

Lessons in Women's Leadership: March 9, New Brunswick
Attend a conversation with veteran Wall Street Journal editor Joann S. Lublin, author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World, on March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is cosponsored by the Center for Women and Work, School of Management and Labor Relations, Douglass Residential College, Institute for Women’s Leadership, and Office of the Chancellor–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

31st Annual Bishop Lecture: "Through the Eyes of a WWI Combat Engineer": March 9, New Brunswick
Join Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives for the 31st annual Bishop Lecture on March 9 at 6 p.m. in the teleconference hall at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Virginia A. Dilkes will speak about her father’s experiences during WWI in a lecture titled, “Remembering World War I: Through the Eyes of a Combat Engineer.” The lecture will be followed by a reception and a tour of the new exhibit Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken!: New Jersey in the Great War. Click here for more information.

Drop In to Mason Gross Extension Division: March 11, New Brunswick
Looking for a music teacher or visual arts class for your child? The Mason Gross Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has instructors to meet your needs. Drop in on March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mason Gross Extension Division to see the programs the division offers, from private lessons to ensembles, ballet, and arts classes. For more information or to register, click here or call 848-932-8618.

Information Session for Summer Academies for Teens: March 16, Online
Rutgers Continuing Studies provides Summer Session in New Brunswick. Teens 16 to 18 can choose from three intensive one-week summer residential programs focused on engineering, STEM, or leadership. Participants will learn from Rutgers faculty, complete hands-on projects, take field trips, and experience a taste of college. Attend an online information session on March 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. RSVP and learn more here.

Women’s Leadership Conference: March 24, New Brunswick
Attend the Sixth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, “Speak Up, Speak Out: Advocating for Yourself and Others," hosted by the Rutgers Women's Leadership Coalition and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on March 24 from 9:30 a.m. to  5 p.m. The conference will highlight tactics professional women use to raise their voices in high-stakes environments. Admission is free but space is limited. Attendees must RSVP here.

UHR Learning and Development
University Human Resources Learning and Development offers all full-time faculty and staff more than 50 different free open-registration programs and online learning opportunities each semester on a broad range of topics, including management, supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, planning, and performance management. Register now for the March to June sessions. All programs combine structured experiences, small- and large-group discussions and activities, and additional resources that complement course learning. Self-study materials and online presentations are also available. Custom programming may be requested to meet unique departmental needs. Learn more and register here or call 732-235-9500.

New Horizons Summer Camp
Rutgers Recreation offers New Horizons Summer Camp from June 27 through August 12 at the Cook Douglass Recreation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Day camp is for children 5 to 11 and adventure camp is for children 11 to 14. Activities include sports, swim lessons, arts and crafts, science, hiking, fitness, surfing, special events, trips, and more. Registration is now open. Contact Paul Fischbach at or 848-445-0466 or click here for more information.

Coming Soon to Rutgers Cinema
Rutgers Cinema welcomes three new blockbuster films this month: Logan, Beauty and the Beast, and Power Rangers. Matinee ticket price 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. Get show times and tickets here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 35 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Star-Ledger, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

President Barchi writes an Op-Ed in The Star-Ledger in support of the BRIDGE Act.

NJTV airs a segment about the Simulator of Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem at Rutgers, which mimics the functions of the human gastrointestinal tract, featuring Peter Gillies (SEBS) and Michael Chikindas (SEBS).

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

SPH Global Public Health Seminar: “Advances in Tuberculosis Research Relevant to Global Tuberculosis Control”: March 28, New Brunswick
The World Health Organization declared tuberculosis the first global public health emergency in 1993. While there has been progress, new tools are necessary to control and eradicate TB. Jerrold J. Ellner, School of Medicine, Boston University, will discuss major advances and what needs to occur to control TB during a seminar presented by the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, on March 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 3A/B in the School of Public Health. Click here for more information.

SHP Dissertation Defense: March 29, Scotch Plains
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Professions, announces a dissertation defense by Peter Basto, "Validity of the Fidelity Assessment Common Ingredients Tool: Empowerment and Satisfaction," in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy in psychiatric rehabilitation, on March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SHP’s Scotch Plains location, Room 330.

Engineering Symposium, Reception, and Banquet: March 31, Piscataway
The 2017 MGM Symposium, “Photonics, Optical Physics & Beyond,” will be presented by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on March 31, beginning at 1 p.m., at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A series of lectures will be followed at 6 p.m. by a senior poster competition and concurrent wine reception, and the day concludes with a banquet. RSVP by March 27 for the reception and banquet to Nahed Assal at or 848-445-1651. Click here for more information.

Symposium: “Communicating the SCIENCE of Public Health: A Critical Skill in Challenging Times”: April 3
The School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents the 22nd Annual Public Health Symposium, "Communicating the SCIENCE of Public Health: A Critical Skill in Challenging Times," on April 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Research Tower, Piscataway. Now, more than ever, public health professionals must effectively communicate the science that informs and directs their work. Informing your community about a disease outbreak? Educating parents on the importance of vaccines? Explaining the impacts of climate change? Describing the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases? The critical skill underlying each of these activities is the ability to communicate science in a manner that is clear, understandable, and seen as credible. Learn more and register here.


Self-Care Expo: March 13, New Brunswick
Cancer patients and caregivers are invited to attend the Self-Care Expo at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to learn how to better take care of themselves at this open house event on March 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is encouraged but not required. All registered guests receive a free gift. Learn more here.

"Religious Zionism, the Media, and the Changing Role of the Rabbi”: March 8, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Yakir Englander, who will address the changing role of the rabbi in religious zionism in response to advances in technology in the 21st century, on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. RSVP here.

Mallery Concert Series: Aizuri Quartet: March 8, Camden
Take a midday break and listen to live music performed by the Aizuri Quartet on March 8 at 12:15 p.m. in the Rutgers University–Camden Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Open House: March 10, Newark
The Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences hosts an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 10 in Room B-610 in the Medical Science Building on the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Newark campus. Register here.

Current Events in Nineteenth-Century French Prints: through July 30, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Toutes Les Nouvelles—All the News: Current Events in Nineteenth-Century French Prints, an exhibition of Parisian news items, through July 30. Learn more here.

Practice Mindfulness: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly hourlong Mindfulness Meditation workshops from noon to 1 p.m. at three Rutgers University–New Brunswick locations 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.

Get Involved

Beats Headphones Sale at Kite+Key
Don't miss out on the final days of kite+key's in-store Beats headphones sale through March 10. Save 30 percent on select Beats headphones. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Piscataway. For more information, contact kite+key at 848-445-1127 or

CCLC Child Care
Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) provide a sensory-rich environment for infants to enhance their brain development. Infant classrooms are designed to encourage confidence and freedom of movement and exploration. CCLC offers discounted rates to Rutgers faculty and staff. Learn more about the CCLC child care center in Newark here and Piscataway here.

Rutgers Regional Bike Share Program Open Houses
Rutgers, together with North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and New Jersey Department of Transportation, is implementing a public regional bike share program serving the university community, New Brunswick, Highland Park, Piscataway, and the New Brunswick and Edison train stations. Attend one of the following open houses to learn more and provide feedback. Email questions or comments to

March 13, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Piscataway Public Library, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway
March 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Highland Park Public Library, 31 N. Fifth Avenue, Highland Park
March 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Middlesex County Administration Building, Freeholder Room, 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick
March 21, 5 to 7 p.m., Middlesex County Administration Building, Freeholder Room, 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick
March 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Livingston Student Center, Room 202, Piscataway
March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick
March 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., College Avenue Student Center, Room 411, New Brunswick

Awards & Honors

David Greenberg, professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences, and of journalism and media studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was honored recently at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for his book, Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency, winner of a 2017 Goldsmith Book Prize as the trade and academic book published in the United States in the last 24 months that “best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics, and public policy.”

Gifts & Grants

Benjamin Samuels, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,937,500. The project, titled Molecular and Neural Circuitry Mechanisms Underlying Antidepressant Treatment Resistance, is being supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Samuels here.

Patrick Shafto, associate professor and Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $749,016. The project, titled Guiding Guided Learning: Developmental Educational and Computational Perspectives, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Shafto here.

Junichi Sadoshima, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $535,176. The project, titled Regulation of Myocardial Growth and Death by the Hippo Pathway, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sadoshima here.

Rafael Valentin, graduate assistant, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $94,976. The project, titled Developing a New High-Resolution Surveillance Protocol Using Molecular Methods for Detection of Exotic Agricultural Insect Pests That Can Pose a Threat to Crops, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Malin L. Pinsky, assistant professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $86,036. The project, titled Projecting and Communicating Changes in North American Marine Species Distributions, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Pinsky 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 $82,005. The project, titled Measuring the Mass of El Gordo to Near the Viral Radius, is being supported by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Learn more about Hughes here.

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