March 9, 2016

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Mandela Washington Fellowship program

Rutgers Again to Train Mandela Washington Fellows

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State has selected Rutgers as the only New Jersey university to offer the six-week Mandela Washington Fellowship program—part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative to provide 1,000 Mandela fellows with summer training at U.S. institutions to help them improve community and economic affairs across Africa.

Fifty fellows from sub-Saharan African government organizations, nonprofits, and private industry will come to Rutgers in June. They will study at the civic leadership institute, developed by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), the School of Social Work, and the Center for African Studies; and at the sustainable business institute, developed by GAIA Centers, Rutgers Business School, the Department of Chemistry, the Energy Institute, the Eco Complex, and private partners. Learn more here. (At left, 2015 Mandela fellows at Rutgers.)

In this Issue...

Rescheduled: Universitywide Compliance Training Session for Credit: March 31
The Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance invites faculty, staff, and students to its rescheduled inaugural “Compliance Grand Rounds” for a universitywide compliance training session on March 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., presented live in Newark and streamed to New Brunswick and Camden. If you have registered for the event, which was postponed from January 20, your registration information has been retained and you do not have to register again. The first 75 attendees at each location receive a special gift. Attend the training at New Jersey Medical School’s Medical Science Building, Room B-552; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302; or the Camden Campus Center, Paul Robeson Library Room Penn 401. Paul Fishman, New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney, will address fraud, waste, and abuse. This training is offered as an opportunity to earn 1 mandatory compliance training credit in lieu of a single mandatory web-based training module. Preregistration is preferred. If you have not yet registered, register here. Contact Juakena Johnson at 973-972-1334 or with questions.

Call for Women Artists’ Submissions
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites self-identified women artists to submit artwork for possible inclusion in Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a group exhibition on view from January through April 2017 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Submit artwork here.

Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series: March 10, New Brunswick
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Michael G. Chang (George Mason University) to present “Extravagance and Grandeur in 18th Century China: The Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Tours in Painting, Poetry, and Logistical Practice,” on March 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

International Workshop on the History of Colloquial Chinese: March 11 and 12, New Brunswick
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, School of Arts and Sciences, presents a workshop on March 11 and March 12 at Rutgers–New Brunswick that seeks to work toward a more comprehensive and integrated understanding of the evolution of colloquial language-based written and spoken forms of Chinese. The presentations and discussions will strive to develop a cohesive narrative of their history and evolution from a comparative perspective over deep time periods and broad regions. The workshop will also explore the interrelationships of various areal forms of Chinese and work to integrate all of the components and particulars into a larger picture. This event is open to the Rutgers community as well as to interested specialists from other universities and institutes. RSVP to is required by March 9. View locations and learn more here.

Jazz Fest and American Ballet Theatre Day: March 12 and 13, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross Extension Division invites the university community to its presentations of Rutgers Jazz Fest on March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and American Ballet Theatre Day (ABT) on March 13 from 1 to 8 p.m. at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Jazz Fest, at Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building, features workshops and master classes for precollege students and high school jazz bands. Mason Gross’s renowned collegiate jazz faculty also will be highlighted teaching artists and performers throughout the day. The event concludes with a performance featuring Mason Gross faculty and visiting bands. Individuals are invited to register here to audit the event. The annual ABT Day, at Nicholas Music Center and Loree Dance Theater, consists of workshops and master classes for students 4 to 18, with faculty members and dancers from the American Ballet Theatre. The event concludes with a performance for event participants by ABT's renowned Studio Company. Register for ABT Day here

Zimmerli Opening: Dreamworlds and Catastophes: March 12, New Brunswick
Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection opens at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on March 12. This exhibition examines the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design on Soviet nonconformist art. Produced between the 1960s and 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance from a turbulent period marked by the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a failed attempt at improved American–Soviet relations. Attend a public program and reception to celebrate Dreamworlds and Catastrophes on April 14 at 4 p.m. with a curator-led tour followed by two guest lectures on American and Soviet Cold War art and politics by John J. Curley of Wake Forest University and David Foglesong of Rutgers. The evening concludes with a cocktail reception. Learn more here.

Leslie Jamison: Writers at Rutgers: March 23, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Series, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts acclaimed writer Leslie Jamison, author and New York Times book review columnist, on March 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Jamison’s works include The Empathy Exams, a Times best-selling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. A reading will be followed by a dessert reception. Learn more here.

Retirement Strategies: March 23, Camden
To share knowledge that might help in your retirement planning, the Office of Gift Planning presents “Retirement Planning Strategies” on March 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center. Topics to be covered include planning with retirement assets, how the definition of risk changes with age, tax minimization strategies, and charitable planning. 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 level programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education. The doctoral session will begin at 5:30, the master’s session at 6:30. RSVP and learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 75 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.

Highlights include:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Rutgers-Camden to explore intersection of tech, politics (Jim Brown, Digital Studies-Camden, quoted here)

Daily Mail (UK): Now that’s a long-distance relationship! Tiny dragonfly travels a staggering 4,400 miles across continents in search of a mate (Jessica Ware, A&S-Newark, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

World TB Day Symposium: March 22, Newark
In observance of World Tuberculosis Day, the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health and Rutgers’ Public Health Research Institute, hosts a symposium to discuss public health and clinical aspects of TB as well as current TB research on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New Jersey Medical School, Newark. Topics will include global, national, and local epidemiology; priority areas for TB prevention; utility of molecular testing; updates on clinical care and management; and research efforts to better understand TB transmission, diagnostics, and therapeutics. This symposium is open to physicians, nurses, public health staff, infection control practitioners, researchers, and students who are interested in TB or involved in the care of patients with TB infection or disease. Learn more and register here.

Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship

Shapeshifters: Black Girls and Choreography of Citizenship: March 10, Newark
On March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark, author Aimee Cox discusses Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, exploring how young black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: Arcadian Trio: March 9, Camden
Enjoy music by the Arcadian Trio—Diane Goldsmith, piano; Vivian Barton Dozor, cello; and Igor Szwec, violin—on March 9 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Camden Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.


Writers in Camden Workshop and Panel: March 9, Camden
On March 9, Writers in Camden Publishing Panel, presented by the Rutgers University–Camden MFA Program, conducts a 3 p.m. workshop at Writer’s House and a 7 p.m. panel discussion at Stedman Gallery in the Camden Fine Arts Building, Rutgers–Camden, both free and open to the public. Featured speakers are Domenica Alioto, a senior editor at Crown/Penguin Random; Julie Barer, a partner at The Book Group, a literary agency that represents a wide range of distinguished authors; and Lisa Lucas, nonfiction co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival, a National Book Foundation advisory council member, and publisher of Guernica, an online magazine of art and politics. Learn more here.

Woodwind Quintet Concert: March 10, New Brunswick
Grammy-nominated contemporary woodwind quintet Imani Winds joins the Rutgers Symphonic Winds and Symphony Band for a concert on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.


“The New U.S. Dietary Guidelines: Nutritional Perspectives and Public Health Consequences”: March 10, New Brunswick
Through a series of presentations, visiting scholars will discuss “The New U.S. Dietary Guidelines: Nutritional Perspectives and Public Health Consequences” on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Rectangular Room in Neilson Dining Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is sponsored by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.


“Beyond Boundaries: New Spaces for Constructing, Creating, and Composing”: March 11, Camden
Join Rutgers University–Camden's Department of English, the English Graduate Student Association, and the Digital Studies Center for their fourth annual conference on March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Classroom 401 Penn at the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers–Camden. Keynote speakers Samantha Gorman and Danny Cannizzaro, who founded the art collective and studio Tender Claws, will give a reading and performance of PRY, a hybrid of cinema, game, and novel created for mobile iOS. Register here.

Get Involved

"Murder at the Old Cadbury Mansion": April 9, New Brunswick
Think you have the sleuthing skills to solve a crime? If so, then have a killer night out as the University Inn and Conference Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts “Murder at the Old Cadbury Mansion” on April 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an intriguing reception, gather clues and evidence during a delicious dinner, then make accusations and confirm your suspicions during dessert. Packages are available but space is limited. Make reservations here.

Awards & Honors

Kayo Denda, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and Women’s Studies librarian, Research and Instructional Services library faculty, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named 2016 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries Women and Gender Studies Section Career Achievement Award. Denda is liaison to Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Institute for Research on Women, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, and Douglass Residential College. She received her master’s degrees in women’s and gender studies and library and information science from Rutgers–New Brunswick. 

Gifts & Grants

Mark Gluck, professor of neuroscience, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, and codirector, Memory Disorders Project, Rutgers University–Newark, is the investigator of an award totaling $1 million. The project, titled Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans by Strengthening the Brain, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health. Read more about Gluck here.

Felesia Bowen, François-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing; assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science; and director, Center for Urban Youth and Families, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the investigator of a three-year award totaling $108,000. The project, titled Reducing the Burden of Asthma with Community-Based Education, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more about Bowen here.

Richard Lathrop, professor of environmental monitoring and director, Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis at the Rutgers University Ecological Preserve, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $38,937. The project, titled Shorebird Conservation in Brazil and Delaware Bay, is being supported by the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act 2015 IMPACT Program. Learn more about Lathrop here.

Jerry Baron, executive director, IR-4 Project, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $33,000. The project, titled Phosphourous Acid MRL Barrier to EU Export of California Tree Nuts: Residue Studies, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Baron here.

Cyril Reade, associate professor of art history, Department of Fine Arts, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled RCCA’s Collection Stewardship Project, is being supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about Reade here.

Karen Zurlo, assistant professor, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $22,282. The project, titled Person-Centered Options Counseling Training, is being supported by the AARP Andrus Foundation. Learn more about Zurlo here.

In Memoriam

Robert Del Tufo, 82, of Princeton, a former chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, passed away on March 2, 2016.

Gerald N. Grob Memorial Service
A memorial service for Gerald N. Grob, Distinguished Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine (Emeritus), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be held on April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A reception will follow at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. RSVP to or 848-932-8413 by March 25. Grob passed away on December 16, 2015, in Evergreen, Colorado. 

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