May 11, 2016

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President Obama

Attending Commencement: Do’s and Don’ts

Everyone attending Commencement is asked to follow several do’s and don’ts because of the special nature of the day.

Bring your ticket and photo ID. You must have a ticket.
Display Commencement hangtag for campus parking or use mass transit/shuttle bus.
Leave extra time to get through security; share tweets and photos with #RU250Grad.

Don't bring purses, coolers, bags (including clear bags and camera bags), umbrellas, or balloons.
Don't carry any liquids, including water or alcohol.
Don't drop off guests at the stadium.

Note the list of viewing options if you are not attending.

In this Issue...

Help Rutgers Continue to Be Revolutionary
Join the 25-Day Revolution and choose to give back to Rutgers in a way that is meaningful to you. Between now and May 25, learn about 10 causes that you may wish to support in celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary. Help Rutgers continue to be revolutionary. Learn more here.

Friday's New Brunswick Farmers Market Has Returned
The seasonal Rutgers Farmers Market, featuring locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food, is back every Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, providing easy access for students, faculty, and staff. New this year is an opportunity to purchase a share in Heritage Shellfish’s Community Supported Fishery, entitling the buyer to a series of two-pound servings of seafood, each enough for a two-person meal. Heritage will provide locally grown or responsibly harvested seafood 10 times over 20 weeks. The market is operated through a partnership of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. To become part of the farmers market venture, contact Mary Ann Schrum at Learn more here.  

Percussion Celebration 2016: May 19, New Brunswick
On May 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., attend an evening featuring exceptional high school percussion groups with guest clinician and Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty member Joseph Tompkins, a mass samba band, and more at Shindell Choral Hall, located in Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Pre-college percussion ensembles may participate, sharing performance time with other ensembles. Music educators, percussion enthusiasts, and music lovers are also invited to audit this event. Learn more here.

Zimmerli Maintains Regular Hours: through July 31
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, continues its regular hours through July 31. Now is a great time to see an exhibition again or make a museum visit you have been putting off. Also, join the Zimmerli for its next Art After Hours: First Tuesdays on June 7.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 65 news organizations in the past week, including USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Highlights include:

The Daily Mail (U.K.): Tracking the weight of a monster: Astronomers find a supermassive black hole with the mass of 660 million suns (Andrew Baker, SAS, featured here)

The Record: FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed (Cris Delnevo, SPH, Michael Steinberg, RWJMS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in Spring Exhibition: through June 30, Newark
Celebrate spring with an exhibition of artwork by Karen Guancione that was inspired by Newark’s Branch Brook Park’s Japanese cherry trees, the nation’s largest and most varied collection of cherry trees, at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark, through June 30. Learn more here

Rutgers in New York: MFA Exhibition: May 11–22, Brooklyn
The Invisible Dog gallery in Brooklyn presents the Mason Gross School of the Arts’ Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Class of 2016. The exhibition showcases pieces from 20 MFA students, celebrating their individual thesis accomplishments in this culminating group show from May 11 to May 22. Participating artists and program faculty will be in attendance at the opening reception on May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more here

Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory Open Public Night: May 12, Piscataway
Get an up-close look at celestial bodies such as Jupiter and the moon at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory in the Serin Physics Building, Piscataway, on May 12 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Learn more and view more upcoming dates here

Public History Unconference: May 13, Newark
This forum at Rutgers University–Newark explores how people can channel their passion for more inclusive histories into innovative public work in the state and region on May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Tour Hutcheson Memorial Forest: May 15, Somerset
Join Rutgers faculty on a tour of Hutcheson Memorial Forest, Somerset, one of the last uncut forests in the Mid-Atlantic states on May 15. Trips leave from the entrance of the woods at 2150 Amwell Road (Route 514) about three-quarters of a mile east of East Millstone. Learn more here.

Kim’s Jam Session: May 17, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens hosts a workshop by Kim Osterhoudt, owner and operator of Jams by Kim, who shares her more than 40 years of experience making jams on May 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Holly House, Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick. Learn more and register here.

Awards & Honors

Adriana Cuervo, associate director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed to a four-year term on the editorial board of The American Archivist.

Fred Hersch, distinguished artist, jazz piano, Department of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Hersch, whose latest recording, Sunday Night at the Vanguard, will be released in August, will receive $275,000 in flexible multiyear funding as an investment in and celebration of his ongoing contributions in jazz. 

Peggy Policastro, nutritionist, University Dining Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a $1,000 Mary Abbott Hess Award for “recognition of an innovative food/culinary effort” from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

Ernest Sosa and Stephen Stich, both Board of Governors Professors of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have won 2016 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prizes for philosophical achievement and contribution. The prizes, recognizing outstanding achievement in the field, are awarded annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association. Each receives a $26,500 award.

The following received Edward J. Ill 2016 Excellence in Medicine Awards:

  • Sara Cuccurullo, clinical professor and chair, residency program, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Outstanding Medical Educator Award;
  • Jean Anderson Eloy, professor and vice chair, Department of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Edward J. Ill Physician’s Award; and
  • Christopher O. Kosseff, retired president and chief executive officer, University Behavioral Health Care, Verice M. Mason Community Service Leader Award.

Softly, With Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music, by Ed Berger, special projects consultant to the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, won the 2015 book award for best research in recorded jazz music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collection.

University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) Veterans Total Care Initiative is the lead story in the first enewsletter of the Program to Achieve Wellness at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The story notes UBHC’s partnerships with New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Four participants in New Jersey Health Occupations Students of America (NJHOSA), a program for future health professionals, were chosen to attend this summer’s week-long U.S. Public Health Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NJHOSA is a program of the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, funded through a New Jersey Department of Education grant.

Gifts & Grants

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor, Department of Public Policy, and director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $849,262. The project, titled New Jersey Perspectives on Health and Well-Being Project, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Cantor here.

Charles Brown, adjunct professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and senior research specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Brown here.

Chirag Shah, assistant professor, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $490,973. The project, titled Online Q&A in STEM Education Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd, is being supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about Shah here.

Melissa Aronczyk, assistant professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $283,340. The project, titled Collaborative Research: The Role of Information and Influence Campaigns in Structuring Public Responses to U.S. Policy, 19882015, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Aronczyk here.

Deborah Walker-McCall, associate dean of academic affairs and director, Academic Foundations Center, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $231,103. The project, titled Student Support Services, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Walker-McCall here.

James Abruzzo, instructor of management and global business and codirector, Institute of Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Transforming Urban Communities through Effective Leadership, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Abruzzo here.

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