May 20, 2015

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24/7 Help for Mothers of Children with Special Needs

Since 2010, Mom2Mom—the 24/7 peer-support helpline for mothers of children with special needs directed by University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences—has helped moms care for their own mental health.

The helpline is unique in that calls are answered by mothers of special needs children who have been trained as peer counselors, based on a reciprocal peer support model. Through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, peer counselors provide various resources, host support groups throughout the state, or just lend an empathetic ear.

Mom2Mom also helps caregivers who have fewer opportunities for assistance, such as those with adult children with disabilities who have “aged out” of the system and members of the Spanish-speaking community.

This month, the peer support helpline announced that it will begin expanding its services nationwide over the coming year. 

The Mom2Mom helpline is 877-914-6662. Go behind the scenes at Mom2Mom here.


In this Issue...

Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: Every first and third Monday, Edison
University Behavioral Health Care’s Care2Caregivers program offers a bimonthly support group for anyone who is caring for a spouse with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Attendees learn about the disease, discuss caregiving issues, offer each other support, and find out about available resources on the first and third Monday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 37, Suite 200, COPSA Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, 100 Metroplex Drive, Edison. The next meeting is June 1. Learn more here

On Campus This Summer? So Is the Zimmerli Art Museum
The Zimmerli Art Museum remains open with normal hours throughout May, June, and July. Catch this season's special exhibitions before they close in July. Also, visit with “Walking Man,” a permanent outdoor installation by internationally renowned sculptor—and longtime South Brunswick resident—George Segal. The single bronze figure in stride is located at the refurbished northwest corner of George and Hamilton streets, “walking” toward the museum’s entrance.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were recently quoted by The New York Times, The Associated Press and NJ Spotlight, among more than 45 other news organizations.

Highlights include: 

The Star-Ledger: Here's where to find that new Rutgers strawberry (William Hlubik, NJAES, quoted)

NPR: Boosting Education For Babies And Their Parents (William Barnett, Education, quoted)

Click here for more highlights.

Academic Sphere

Two States, One Bay: A Bi-State Conversation about the Future of the Raritan Bay: June 12, New Brunswick
The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program host the Sustainable Raritan River Conference, Two States, One Bay: A Bi-State Conversation about the Future of the Raritan Bay, at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on June 12 from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. The panels and workshops seek to align Raritan Bay water quality, habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and fishery and shellfish management with public access goals, objectives, and priority actions for stakeholders in both New York and New Jersey. Learn more and register here.

New Book Examines Chinese Heroin Trade
Ko-lin Chin, Professor II, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, has published a new book, The Chinese Heroin Trade: Cross-Border Drug Trafficking in Southeast Asia and Beyond. The book examines the evolution of the drug trade in the Golden Triangle since the late 1980s by exploring the characteristics of heroin traffickers, the relationship between drug use and sales in China, and how China compares to other international drug markets.

Blood Drive

Blood Drive: May 21, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Foundation sponsors a blood drive on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Winants Hall Assembly Room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments can be made by contacting Charlotte Mitchell at or 848-932-7007. A valid form of ID is required.

Intro to Macs: May 22, New Brunswick
Learn the basics of navigating Mac's operating system, how to use popular applications, and useful tips and shortcuts on May 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 118, Tillett Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and register here.

Art of Science: Through May 29, New Brunswick
The Art Library, Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an exhibition that highlights three-dimensional shapes and symmetries of biological macromolecules that perform the biological jobs needed for life, including examples of structures studied by scientific researchers at Rutgers, through May 29. Learn more here.

Tibet Uncovered: Missionaries and Mystics in the Early 20th Century: Through June 26, Newark
Tibet Uncovered: Missionaries and Mystics in the Early 20th Century, hosted by the Dana Library at Rutgers University–Newark in conjunction with the Newark Museum’s Library and Archives, features works of missionaries and mystics who traveled to Tibet in the early part of the 20th century. It can be seen on the fourth floor of the Dana Library through June 26. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Gwendolyn Beetham, director, Global Village, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to the Delegate Assembly of the National Women’s Studies Association.

Alice  Serenes, teaching instructor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. The designation recognizes educators who utilize language skills in their field of work or area of research.

Philip Smith, project manager for community positive behavior supports and assistant professor of pediatrics, the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored as Educator of the Year by Community Access Unlimited (CAU). The award recognizes Smith’s dedication in providing training that helps ensure that CAU staff members reach their potential while supporting individuals with disabilities. 

Rasheda L. Weaver, civic engagement graduate fellow, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, was named Outstanding Ph.D. candidate by the Public Administration Student Association.

Gifts & Grants

David Sleat, associate professor, biochemistry and molecular biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM), Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of a $437,250 grant over two years. The project, titled Biomarker Discovery for Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, is being funded by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about CABM here.

Mitra Neshatfar, research specialist at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $87,882. The project, titled Data Analysis for Safety Programs, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Learn more about Neshatfar here.

Peter Lobel, professor, biochemistry and molecular biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an $86,655 grant. The project, titled Lysosomal Proteome of Eight-month-old PGRN Knockout Mice is being supported by Forum Pharmaceuticals. Learn more about Lobel here.

David Mulvihill, resident physician in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Radiation Oncology, has received the ASCO 2015 Young Investigator Award and a $50,000 grant from the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The project is titled Childhood Radiation Exposure from Interventional Cardiology Procedures and Subsequent Cancer Risk. Learn more about the Department of Radiation Oncology here.

Beryl Satter, professor in the Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for Humanities/U.S. History totaling $50,000. The project is titled ShoreBank, Development, and the Fight Against Black Economic Marginalization. Learn more about Satter here.

In Memoriam

Cassie E. Miller, former dean of students at Rutgers University–Newark, passed away on May 8, 2015. A funeral service was held on May 16, 2015, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Willingboro, New Jersey. Arrangements by May Funeral Homes. 

Ralph W. Newkirk, former assistant dean of the School of Business at Rutgers University–Camden, passed away on May 10, 2015. A memorial service was held on May 16, 2015 at Kain-Murphy Funeral Home, Haddonfield, New Jersey.

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