May 25, 2016

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L.G. Cook 4-H Camp

Summer Camp

Still thinking of sleepaway camp for your children this summer? L.G. Cook 4-H Camp, located in northwestern New Jersey’s Stokes Forest and operated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has availabilities for campers, and university employees enjoy a discount.

The camp offers seven one-week sessions throughout July and August for youngsters ages 8 to 16. Campers can attend for one week or more. With a return rate of more than 70 percent, many campers have come back several times and half of the counselors were L.G. Cook campers themselves. L.G. Cook is proud to say that it is an experience that helps campers become the best versions of themselves by trying new things, building self-confidence, gaining independence, and making lifelong friendships.

Contact the camp for additional information. 


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

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 May 30. Learn more here.


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

Last Chance to Join 25-Day Revolution
May 25 is the last opportunity to join the 25-Day Revolution and choose to give back to the university in a way that is meaningful to you. Learn here about 10 causes that you may wish to support in celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary. Help Rutgers continue to be revolutionary. 

Parking Lot Closure on Busch
Parking lot 68 on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be closed permanently starting May 22 to allow for utilities construction and construction of the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals Available
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals to faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Reservations are now being accepted for the summer as well as the new semester. Learn more here or email for more information.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at or 848-445-2272.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 55 news organizations in the past week, including USA Today, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post.

Highlights include:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: N.J. decision ignites Shore strife: Oysters vs. red knots (Joanna Burger, SAS, David Bushek, SEBS, quoted here)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: How to make Republican men like Hillary Clinton (Susan Carroll, Eagleton, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

SHRP Colloquium: June 17, Scotch Plains
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a colloquium, “Standardizing Strategies to Enhance Students’ Experience in Online Courses,” on June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at SHRP’s Scotch Plains location. The structure of an online course can affect students, instructors, programs, and educational organizations in various ways. This colloquium features a panel discussion of the department’s current use of Moodle and the benefits of standardization. Panelists will discuss strategies for ensuring quality standards for online courses are met, techniques to apply universal design principles to online courses, and current research efforts to better identify student needs within the online environment. Learn more here.

Raging Through Time

Raging Through Time: The Art of David Wojnarowicz: through July 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an exhibition by David Wojnarowicz, one of the most important and influential figures of 1980s New York avant-garde, through July 31. Learn more here

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 at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark, through June 30. Learn more here.

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

Yoga: Wednesdays, Newark
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, School of Health Related Professions, offers weekly yoga sessions every Wednesday at noon in the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Beginners are welcome and mats are provided. A session’s room can change; sign up for weekly email announcements from Candace Cronin at

Awards & Honors

Shishir Chundawat, assistant professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His research focuses on using sustainable approaches to develop inexpensive processes for cellulosic bioenergy production, manufacturing more effective glycosylated biologic drug molecules, and engineering designer carbohydrate-based biomaterials.

Office of Communications and Public Affairs, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, was recognized with a Gold Award for Digital Display Banners/Online Digital Display Ads and a Silver Award for Magazine Advertising in the 33rd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards presented by the Healthcare Marketing Report. 

Gifts & Grants

Liping Liu, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $354,459. The project, titled Multifunctional Soft Materials and Structures: Modeling, Design, and Validation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Liu here.

Mimi Phan, assistant research professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $142,651. The project, titled Effects of Statins on Juvenile Learning, Memory, and Neuroestrogen, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Phan here.

Yarimar Bonilla, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $117,801. The project, titled Puerto Rico’s American Dream: An Anthropological Analysis of the Puerto Rican Statehood Movement, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Bonilla has received an additional award of $20,000 for the same project from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Learn more about Bonilla here.

Monica Driscoll, professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Genetic Dissection of Intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species, A Double-edged Sword in the Fight Against Cancer, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Learn more about Driscoll here.

Mary Curran, associate dean for local-global partnerships, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards, the first totaling $89,889, the second totaling $87,447. The projects, titled STARTALK Rutgers GSE Chinese Student Program 2016 and STARTALK Rutgers GSE Chinese Teacher Program 2016, respectively, are being supported by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Learn more about Curran here.

Joseph Barone, dean and professor II, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $79,065. The project, titled Actelion Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Barone here.

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