May 27, 2015

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin contains information for employees at Rutgers. Submissions must be received by noon on Thursday in order to be considered for inclusion in the following Wednesday’s bulletin. For additional information, visit the bulletin website or email the Office of University News and Media Relations at

Rutgers Glee Club

Rutgers Glee Club Commemorates Relationship with Utrecht University in Performance in the Netherlands

When the Rutgers University Glee Club completes its tour of Europe with a performance May 31 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, it will also commemorate 250 years of collaboration and a shared vision.

The Glee Club’s performance in Utrecht is a prelude to Rutgers' 250th anniversary and will include a work sung jointly with a Utrecht student group. On that same day, an official Rutgers delegation will present a plaque to Utrecht University’s president Marjan J. Oudeman, reaffirming the two universities’ “common bonds and shared values.”

The delegation includes Joanna Regulska, Rutgers’ vice president for international and global affairs; Glee Club’s conductor Patrick Gardner; Robert Mortensen, a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees; Barbara Lee, incoming senior vice president for academic affairs; Marie Logue, a retired assistant vice president for academic engagement and programming; and Peter Gillett, associate professor at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick and faculty adviser to the Glee Club.

Learn more here.


In this Issue...

2015 Federal Work Study Program Supervisor Information Session: June 3, New Brunswick
Supervisors of Rutgers-legacy Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) undergraduate student employees, please join the Student Employment Office in the Office of Financial Aid at the 2015 Supervisor Information Session: The Labor Theory of Value. The following topics will be covered: value of student labor, transferable skills for FWSP student employees, and how to manage FWSP student workers. The Information Session will be held on June 3, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the College Avenue Student Center. Contact Tammy Boslet at by May 29 to register. 

Global Urbanism Biennial Theme Funding Announced
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs’ 2015–2017 biennial theme, Global Urbanism, supports faculty, staff, and students engaging the Rutgers community in activities that significantly expand the university’s international agenda by exploring the condition of global urbanism. Four special event awards of up to $5,000 and 30 programming awards of up to $1,000 for events during the 2015–2016 academic year will be given. Deadline is June 12, 2015. Learn more here.

The Plaza at Livingston Campus Is Open for the Summer
The Plaza is a pedestrian-friendly area with outdoor seating featuring 33,000 square feet of retail space situated beneath student housing. The Plaza is home to nine retail establishments: 16 Handles, Etoile Nail and Spa, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Hoja Asian Fusion, Starbucks, Henry’s Diner, Kilmer’s Market, Rutgers Cinema, and kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Henry’s Diner offers half-price salads, toppings not included. Kilmer’s Market offers 10 percent off purchases with a faculty or staff ID. Its $7.50 Summer Combo includes a sandwich or salad, chips or fruit, and a 20-ounce beverage. Learn more about dining options here. View the summer hours here.

Zimmerli Art Museum Summer Art Camp
Budding young artists between the ages of 7 and 14 are invited to enroll in the Zimmerli Art Museum’s summer art camp program, held from June 29 to July 24 in New Brunswick. Each year, new classes are added to stimulate, challenge, and delight participants. Children also find inspiration in the museum’s collection as they explore the galleries. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were recently quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among more than 55 other news organizations. 

Highlights include: 

The New York Times: A City's Takeover by Outsiders Rankles the Grass Roots (Stephen Danley, Graduate School-Camden, quoted)

PBS: Will declining funding stunt scientific discovery in the U.S.? (Loredana Quadro and Judith Storch, SEBS, quoted)

Click here for more highlights.

Academic Sphere

Second Annual Digestive Diseases: New Advances Conference: June 12–13, Philadelphia
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, and the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences host the Second Annual Digestive Diseases: New Advances Conference June 12 to 13 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Register and learn more here.

Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union

Through the Looking Glass: Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union: Through October 11, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum presents Through the Looking Glass: Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union, which charts the development of hyperrealism and photorealism in the Soviet Union during the late 1970s and 1980s, through October 11. Learn more here

Discover Rutgers–Camden Day: May 29, Camden
Prospective undergraduate students and their families are invited to Rutgers University–Camden to learn about admissions, financial aid, and academic services. Learn more and register here.

The Chinese Writing System and Its Dialogue with Sumerian, Egyptian, and Mesoamerican Writing System: May 30–31, New Brunswick
The Confucius Institute hosts the international conference The Chinese Writing System and Its Dialogue with Sumerian, Egyptian, and Mesoamerican Writing System on May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. and May 31 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick. The conference offers presentations and discussions on a variety of ancient scripts, examining four main aspects: theorizing writing and writing systems; probing origins of writing; proto-writings, art, and symbols; and social and cultural context in the formation of writing. Learn more here.

Our Common Cause: Rutgers University–Newark Students Engaging Women’s Health in Nicaragua, Spring 2015: Through July 30, Newark
This photography exhibition documents a seven-day International Service Learning and Leadership Exchange during which Rutgers University–Newark students worked to improve health conditions for mothers and children in Managua, Nicaragua. It is on view on the Pequod Deck of the Paul Robeson Galleries in Newark through July 30. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Julie Ferguson, assistant dean for student affairs, Department of Student Affairs, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected national chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Committee on Student Records (COSR). COSR seeks to increase awareness of best practices for records retention and disposal in the medical school setting; provide programming and publications that assist records professionals in their duties, including maintaining the integrity of academic records; and promote professional development opportunities for medical school student records administrators.

Mercedes Rivero, assistant dean for admissions, Office of Admissions, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges–Northeast Group on Student Affairs (AAMC–GSA), a professional organization committed to supporting the AAMC to advance medical education.

The Rutgers Debate Union, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, finished third at the American Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship. The team of Raman “Quinn” Maingi, ’15, and Sean Leonard, ’16, both at the School of Arts and Sciences, made it to the tournament’s semifinal before losing to Harvard University, the eventual champion. Rutgers is the only public university to have back-to-back semifinal appearances at the national championship. 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, executive director, professor of pediatrics, the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was reappointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). She was appointed to the committee in 2014 and previously served from 1994 to 2001, including as chair from 2000 to 2001, and from 2011 to 2013.

Gifts & Grants

Patrick Sinko, distinguished professor of pharmaceutics and Parke-Davis Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.6 million over three years. The project, titled Anti-HIV Colorectal Nanocarrier-based Foams for Mucosal Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Sinko here.

Daniel Murnick, professor of physics, College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant totaling $703,354. The project is titled Development of a Laser-Based Benchtop Radiocarbon Analyzer. Learn more about Murnick here

Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $496,291. The project, titled NJTIP Travel Training for Northern New Jersey, is being supported by NJTransit. Learn more about Carnegie here

Evelyn Okeke, a second-year doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Kiran Madura, professor of pharmacology in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been selected to receive a highly competitive five-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award includes a grant of $138,000. Learn more about the Department of Pharmacology here.

Two post-doctoral fellows in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School received two-year fellowships with grants of $100,000 each from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Hanlin Tao, who works in the laboratory of Shengkan Jin, associate professor of pharmacology, will study Preventing and Treating Metastic Pancreatic Cancer by Targeting Cell Metabolism. Learn more about the Department of Pharmacology here. Miao Chen, who works in the laboratory of Marc Gartenberg, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will study The tRNA Supply Chain: Coupling tRNA Synthesis with Nuclear Export of tRNAs at Nuclear Pore Complexes. Learn more about the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology here.

Akhil Sharma, assistant professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for Creative Arts/Fiction totaling $50,000. The project is titled Cosmopolitan. Learn more about Sharma here

Campus Classifieds

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin offers online classified ads through CampusAve. Rutgers faculty and staff can post items for sale, free of charge.

For listings, and to submit your own free listing, please visit Rutgers Campus Classifieds here.