May 18, 2016

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Hungry Heart

MFA Student Art Exhibition in Brooklyn

Twenty visual arts students from the Mason Gross Master of Fine Arts Class of 2016 showcase their thesis works in Rutgers in New York: Hungry Heart, a group exhibition at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, New York, through May 22. The title was inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the free exhibition here and learn about the artists by viewing their websites. 

Pictured: “NJ Books clearance, facing Southeast down Easton Ave., 2016,” digital photograph, pigment print by participating artist Burleigh Morton.

In this Issue...

Bulletin Summer Schedule
In planning your submissions, note that after June 1 the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on alternating Wednesdays through August.

Symposium Highlights Diversity and Inclusion-Related Research
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs recently held a symposium, "Rutgers Scholarship on Diversity and Inclusion: Present Findings and Future Considerations," to support cross-disciplinary research collaborations and highlight the broad spectrum of diversity and inclusion-related scholarship at Rutgers. More than 50 attendees, 41 faculty presenters, 14 schools, and 17 departments and institutes universitywide discussed 29 topics related to current faculty and graduate student research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion. View the Rutgers Diversity and Inclusion Research Directory for more information on symposium themes, presenters, and research. For those interested, note the call for papers by the research portal Diversity Research Institute Journal for the fall 2016 inaugural edition. The submission deadline is June 15. Learn more here

Graduation Special at Rutgers Tech Store: Piscataway
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, is hosting a “Graduation Special” through May 28. Included are sales on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro with retina display. Additionally, any computer purchase includes a 15 percent discount on any computer accessory. This special is available to faculty, staff, and students. Kite+key is conveniently located at the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Shop kite+key for personal or institutional purchases, in-store or online at Contact kite+key at and 848-445-1127.

Piano Day with Randall Faber: May 22, New Brunswick
May 22 from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. is Piano Day at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Piano Day enriches instructors' and music educators' skills throughout a day of intensive workshops with internationally renowned pedagogue Randall Faber, with whom students have the opportunity to participate in the afternoon master class. This event is ideal for music educators, private studio instructors, and college students. Professional development certificates are available upon request. Parking is suggested at the 85 George Street location, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Sakai Summer Webinars: May 23June 23
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology is offering summer training on various tools in the Sakai learning management system. The first half of summer webinar training begins on May 23. The trainings include creating a Sakai course site, managing a Sakai site, utilizing communication tools in Sakai, assignments, and more. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 50 news organizations in the past week, including USA Today, The New York Times, and NPR.

Highlights include:

The Washington Post: Patient safety issues prompt leadership shake-up at NIH hospital (Richard Ebright, Waksman Institute, quoted here)

Gannett New Jersey: Are you overweight? Probably, according to the BMI (Diane Rigassio Radler, SHRP, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Transgender Health 2016 Conference: June 10, RBHS, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, hosts “Transgender Health 2016” on June 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building, Room B-556, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. A panel of experts will discuss the most recent developments in the field, from the fundamentals of gender identity (and salience of pronouns), to the complexities of working with transgender adolescents and transgender patients who are also ethnic/racial minorities. The conference also features a hands-on practicum on the nuts and bolts of everyday clinical work with transgender people. This event is designed for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified counselors, certified alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, researchers, students, and trainees. Register here. For additional information call 973-972-4267 or email  


Register for Sustainable Raritan River Conference: June 10, New Brunswick
Register now for the eighth annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference on June 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Early bird registration ends May 18. In celebration of the university’s 250th Anniversary, this conference, presented by the Rutgers Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, will showcase efforts of faculty, staff, and students in the Raritan Basin, provide a forum for identifying a universitywide agenda for stewardship of the Raritan, and establish a network for collaboration among university-based research, extension, and outreach efforts related to the Raritan Basin. Learn more and register here.

Rutgers Youth Percussion Celebration

Rutgers Youth Percussion Celebration: May 19, New Brunswick
Enjoy a free evening featuring exceptional high school percussion groups with Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty member Joseph Tompkins, a mass samba band, and more on May 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Shindell Choral Hall. Individuals wishing to audit this event and ensemble directors wishing to participate should RSVP here.

Space!: May 20, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden’s Stages of Discovery Performance Series presents Space! for first to fifth graders on May 20 at 10 a.m. at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Fine Arts Complex, Rutgers–Camden. Registration is required. Learn more here

The Elusiveness of Progress: Voting Rights in America: through August 31, Piscataway
This exhibition, which traces the legacy of the Voting Rights Act and details its effectiveness from inception to the present, is on display at Kilmer Library, Piscataway, through August 31. Learn more here.

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market: through November 18, New Brunswick
The seasonal Farmers Market features locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more here

The Ade Series: Ade Bunmi Gbadebo: through April 4, Newark
View works by Ade Bunmi in the Department of African American and African Studies and History, third floor, Conklin Hall, Rutgers University–Newark, through April 4, 2017. Bunmi has been a featured artist on Glocally and has exhibited at Newark Open Doors, the Jacob Javits Center, and other venues in New York and New Jersey. In addition to her artistic practice, she is involved in volunteer and activist work on subjects such as literacy, race, and inhumane conditions in prisons. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Stephen K. Burley, director, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, founding director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine, and distinguished professor of chemistry and chemical biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named co-program leader of the Cancer Pharmacology Research Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. X.F. Steven Zheng, professor, pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is also co-program leader. 

Get Involved

Share Your Experiences with HereNow: Rutgers 250 by May 30
Remember to share your Rutgers experiences from 2015 and 2016—including commencement ceremonies and celebrations—in HereNow: Rutgers 250, the Zimmerli Art Museum’s first crowd-sourced exhibition. To be considered for the HereNow: Rutgers 250 companion book that will be published in the fall, upload images by the new deadline, May 30. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Charles Häberl, associate professor and chair, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is among the winners of the 2016–17 Berlin Prize—a semester-long fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin—awarded annually to U.S. scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. At the academy this fall, Häberl will continue his research of the Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran, one of the Middle East's smallest and most ancient religious communities.

Marc Holzer, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor and founding dean, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was awarded a Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award for 2016 from the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes at Rutgers for his sustained commitment to racial and gender diversity at Rutgers, distinguished scholarly research in public administration theory and practices, and leadership in exchanges and dialogues with academicians and practitioners globally.

Stephanie Newbold, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association, to serve as liaison between the alumni and the chief justice’s chambers. The selective fellowships date to 1973, when former Chief Justice Warren Burger created the program to bring varied professionals to study firsthand the administrative workings of the federal judiciary, how it interacts with other branches of government, and to share what they learned with the public throughout their careers.

Gifts & Grants

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children; Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families; and Cassandra Simmel, associate professor, all at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the primary investigators of an award totaling $1,026,089. The project, titled Adoption Certification Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Postmus here, Munson here, and Simmel here

Christopher Obropta, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and extension specialist in water resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $470,000. The project, titled New Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow Communities, is being supported by Surdna Foundation. Learn more about Obropta here.

Daniel Seidel, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled New Concepts for Multi-functional Asymmetric Catalysis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Seidel here.

Long-Jun Wu, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $426,250. The project, titled Studying Microglial Function Using Cell Ablation Approaches, is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Wu here.

Laleh Najafizadeh, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Leveraging Multi-Modal Multi-Layer Functional Networks for Future Generation BMIs, is being supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Learn more about Najafizadeh here.

Valerie Smith-Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Rising Junior Students in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program’s Pre-Clinical Program, is being supported by the Walter and Louise Sutcliffe Foundation. Learn more about Smith-Stephens here.

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