May 10, 2017

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Rutgers University–Camden Professor Is a “Person of the Crowd”

The provocative, “graphical interventions” of Allan Espiritu, associate professor of fine arts, Rutgers University–Camden, are currently featured in the critically acclaimed exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, on display through May 22 in the Barnes Foundation’s Roberts Gallery in Philadelphia.

The Rutgers–Camden educator and graphic artist is one of about 50 international artists invited to hit the streets to address diverse issues through a variety of mediums. Espiritu has three pieces showcased in the exhibition that are part of his ongoing Over and Over Project. The series of works—titled using pop lyrics—explore ideas of psychological control, the aesthetics of desire, consumption, and saturation. The works avoid traditional pictorial representation, choosing language and typography as the mode of expression, while visually referencing the oversaturated, repetitively abundant American pop culture landscape that bombards people every day. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

In this Issue...

Treasurer’s Town Hall: May 10, New Brunswick
A Treasurer’s Town Hall meeting will be held on May 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This session will be available via live stream and video on demand here. It will be hosted by J. Michael Gower, executive vice president for finance and administration and university treasurer. There will be time for questions throughout the meeting. If you would like to submit a question in advance, send an email to The presentation and video will be posted on the Finance and Cornerstone websites following the meeting.

OIRT Workshops
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. Note the online workshops on May 15 from 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. (Creating a Sakai Site); May 17 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (The Basics of Lecture Capture); May 17 from 2 to 2:45 (Managing a Site in Sakai); May 18 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Using Kaltura in Sakai); May 18 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Lessons); and May 19 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. (Assignments). Note the in-person workshops on May 17 from noon to 1 p.m. (Sakai 11 Pop-Up Shop @ College Ave.) and on May 18 from noon to 1 p.m. (Sakai 11 Pop-Up Shop @ Livingston). Learn more here.

OID Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design is offering teaching workshops online May 12 at 10 a.m. (Accessibility and Universal Design–Images and Videos); May 16 at 11 a.m. (Canvas: Introduction to Canvas); May 19 at 2 p.m. (Accessibility and Universal Design–Text and Documents); and in person in New Brunswick on May 11 at 10 a.m. (Canvas: Introduction to Canvas). Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 25 news organizations in the past week, including U.S. News & World Report, Inside Higher Ed, and The Star-Ledger, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The New York Times writes about Newport, a planned community that is key to Jersey City’s revival, quoting James Hughes (Bloustein).

The Washington Post writes about black women fighting for racial equality, quoting Deborah Gray White (SAS).

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Application Deadline for Funding for Cancer-Related Research Pilot Projects: May 12
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 by May 12.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Patient and Caregiver Symposium: May 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and AIM at Melanoma, a nonprofit organization that supports melanoma research and promotes melanoma prevention and education, will host a Melanoma and Skin Cancer Patient and Caregiver Symposium on May 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Click here to register and to learn more.

Flavors, Fragrances, and Perception Symposium: June 8, New Brunswick
Attend the Flavors, Fragrances, and Perception Symposium hosted by the Center for Sensory Sciences and Innovation on June 8 in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This one-day symposium offers cutting edge science and insights into emerging trends in the chemosensory sciences and related fields. Topics range from aroma/flavor chemistry to consumer perceptions and health implications of aromas and flavors. Faculty and student poster submissions are being accepted through May 24. Click here to learn more.

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Spring Flower Fair: May 12, 13, and 14, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens hosts the Ultimate Plant Sale on May 12, 13, and 14 at Hort Farm No. 1 - Log Cabin. Learn more here

Telling Untold Histories Unconference: May 11, Newark
Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told. Telling Untold Histories—New Jersey’s annual “unconference” that looks for human stories yet to be told—explores these histories and asks why some stories remain untold. The event is on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center. Register here.

Landscape Architecture Environmental Planning Studio Exhibit: through May 31, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library presents an exhibition of landscape architecture students’ works through May 31. Learn more here.

Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese: through July 30, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum exhibits Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese through July 30. Learn more here.

Highland Park Sculpture River Walk: through September 1, Highland Park
Mason Gross School of the Arts M.F.A. sculpture students join the Borough of Highland Park on a public art initiative, which includes seven sculptures positioned along the Raritan River, creating an outdoor “gallery” stretching from the entrance of Highland Park at the Albany Street Bridge to the beginning of Johnson Park, Middlesex County. The sculptures are on view through September 1. Click here for a walk sheet guide.

2017 Garden Series Classes: through September 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens 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.

Practice Mindfulness: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly hour-long Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick through May 11: Tuesday, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesday, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursday, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Early Deadline for the QED Proof-of-Concept Program
Rutgers researchers are eligible to apply for up to $200,000 proof-of-concept awards to develop medical technologies with commercial potential. The University City Science Center has announced the 10th annual cycle of their QED program. The early deadline to submit a white paper is June 2 at 5 p.m. For a copy of the RFP and to find out how to apply, click here.

Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory Auditions: May 13, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory, a rigorous conservatory training for teens 14 to 18, will hold auditions May 13 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 stagecraft, as well as seminars and intensive workshops. A nonrefundable $55 audition fee is required. For more information, call the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618.

Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education
Interested in enhancing learning experiences for adults? Apply to the online Education Master's program in Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) through the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The ACE program is designed for individuals working in the educational, nonprofit, community-based, health care, and corporate sectors. Students will develop conceptual and practical understanding of the adult learner, learn how to plan classes and programs best suited to meet the needs of adult learners, and learn how to create learning contexts that can encourage productive change in a variety of contexts in which adults learn. The application deadline for summer admission is May 15. Click here for more information.

Rutgers Sleep Away Summer Camp in Stokes State Forest
Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp, located on 108 acres in Stokes State Forest in Sussex County, New Jersey, offers six-day, sleep away summer camp sessions July through August for youth ages 8 to 16. Experience an unplugged, tech-free setting where campers participate in course area classes, camp activities, and more. Registration discounts are offered to all Rutgers employees. Tours are available weekdays through May upon request by calling the camp office at 973-948-3550. Click here to learn more.

Kindergarten Program at KinderCare Learning Center
KinderCare Learning Center at Rutgers University–Newark offers a program for children who missed the kindergarten cutoff date. If your child completed or mastered prekindergarten but did not meet the cutoff date for kindergarten, you can enroll your child at KinderCare in Newark. KinderCare offers enhanced whole-group activities and project-related learning activities to help engage children in key competency areas such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Learn more about the CCLC child care center in Newark here and Piscataway here.

Coming Soon to Rutgers
Snatched will open at Rutgers Cinema on May 11. 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 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.

Summer Parking at the Plaza at Livingston Campus
Visit the Plaza at Livingston Campus this summer. The Plaza is home to nine retailers: Henry’s Diner, Hoja Asian Fusion, Kilmer’s Market, kite+key, The Wright Cut, Qdoba, Starbucks, 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt, and Rutgers Cinema. Summer parking guidelines will be in effect from May 15 through September 1. The Plaza offers free visitor parking in green and yellow lots daily from 5 p.m. through 6 a.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. Rutgers Cinema offers free visitor parking daily 4 p.m. through 2 a.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. RU Permit parking is available only in the lot that supports your permit. Click here for more information.

Awards & Honors

Patricia D. Suplee, associate professor, School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, is the recipient of the 2017 Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award from the Eastern Nursing Research Society. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a senior nurse scientist who has a well-established program of family research and scholarship.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey was recognized with a Gold Award for its “Winning Is Everything” advertising campaign. The honor was given in the “Integrated Marketing” category during the 34th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards presented by Healthcare Marketing Report. Awards are judged by a national panel that reviews entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact. 

Gifts & Grants

Stephen Vatner, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, and director, Cardiovascular Research Center, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,137,000. The project, titled Skeletal Muscle and Brown Adipose Mechanisms Mediating Cardiovascular Risk, is being supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Learn more about Vatner here.

Mingzhu Fang, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Altered NAD+-dependent Sirt1 as a Biomarker of Circadian Disruption by Shift Work, is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. This project will be conducted by Fang in collaboration with Howard Kipen, Pamela Ohman-Strickland, Helmut Zarbl, and Judith Graber, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Learn more about Fang here

Joachim Kohn, professor and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, and Antonio Merolli, visiting research scholar, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled Can Myelination Be Regulated by Patterned Electrical Impulses in Human Schwann Cells? is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials here. Learn more about Kohn and Merolli here.

William Kostis, assistant professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled An Advanced Decision Model for Estimation of Stroke Versus Bleeding Risk for Patients with and without Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Using Anticoagulants, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Kostis here.

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