May 3, 2017

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Pictured: Marcellus Hill, Athena Torres, Himang Patel, and Harvey Mills are among the Rutgers University Future Scholars graduating class of 2017.

Rutgers Future Scholars Graduates Its First Class

During the 2017 commencement, approximately 55 graduates will walk with special distinction as the first Rutgers Future Scholars to earn university degrees.

Since 2008, the pioneering program has inspired and prepared 1,800 low-income, first-generation students to attend college. Each year, Future Scholars, which is funded primarily through private and corporate contributions, accepts 215 seventh-grade students—50 each from New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden, plus 15 from Rahway—who remain in the program through their high school graduation. The students receive mentoring, tutoring, and college prep courses, including required summer sessions. Upon graduation, if the student applies and is accepted to Rutgers, the university covers the cost of tuition.

Learn more about the Future Scholars program here.

In this Issue...

Free Oral Screenings and Health Fair: May 4, Newark
Oral health screenings are available to all on May 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Oral Health Pavilion, D-Level, 50 12th Ave., Newark. For more information, call 973-972-4635.

Chamber Music at Mason Gross Concert: May 6, New Brunswick
The Chamber Music program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, end-of-the-semester concert takes place May 6 at 1 p.m. at Shindel Choral Hall, Robert E. Mortensen Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. If you're a college student or you have a child interested in chamber music, consider the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers this summer. It is for students ages 12 to 23 and runs July 23–28. For more information on the concert or the summer program, contact the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618 or click here.

Reframing Classical Music at the Zimmerli: May 7, New Brunswick
The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra presents “Hidden Variables,” the final performance in its 2016–17 Salon Series, on May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The afternoon features short works by Bach, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and others. The informal atmosphere—a combination of tastings, pours, and conversation—introduces visitors to what inspires the performers, their art, and how they do it. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate Program: May 16–17, Newark
Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance and Accountability Institute are partnering to offer the spring 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Certificate Program on May 16 and 17 at 15 Washington Street, Rutgers University–Newark.  This course is designed for professionals preparing for careers in CSR and related fields, with unique opportunities to learn from thought leaders, leading practitioners, and experts from international corporations. To register or for more information click here. For more information about the special rate for faculty, staff, students, and alumni, email

Earn a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry
The Center for Applied Appreciative Inquiry at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, offers a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry for Strengths-based Leadership and Innovation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors. This certificate program teaches professionals how to apply appreciative inquiry and the SOAR methodology (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) to effect positive organizational change and strategic planning. Interested faculty and staff receive a $200 discount. Applications are due by May 25. Learn more here or contact James Davy at or 732-754-8969.

OID Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design is offering teaching workshops online May 3 at 10:30 a.m. (Canvas: Introduction to Canvas); May 9 at 3:30 p.m. (Canvas: Managing Your Canvas Course); May 12 at 10 a.m. (Accessibility and Universal Design - Images and Videos); and in person in New Brunswick on May 11 at 10 a.m. (Canvas: Introduction to Canvas). Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The Los Angeles Times quotes Patrick Carr (SAS) on the bifurcated country in a piece about rural America.

NJ101.5 quotes Bruce Ruck (NJMS) in a story about experts not knowing what is in performance enhancers.

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

“Cretaceous Fossils of the Atlantic Coastal Plain”: Lecture at the Geology Museum, May 3, New Brunswick
Attend a lecture on Cretaceous fossils of the Atlantic Coastal Plain by Monmouth Amateur Paleontologist Society member Bill Shankle on May 3 at 8 p.m. at the Rutgers University Geology Museum, Geology Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A reception at the museum will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.

Charlotte and Murray Strongwater Lecture in Neuroscience and Brain Health: May 5, Piscataway
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute will host Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as the Charlotte and Murray Strongwater Lecturer in Neuroscience and Brain Health on May 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories, Main Auditorium, Piscataway. Gordon will deliver a lecture titled “On Being a Circuit Psychiatrist.” Click here for more information.

Funding for Cancer-Related Research Pilot Projects
The American Cancer Society and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are funding up to five $50,000 pilot projects to support cancer-related research that can be completed in 12 months. Eligible applicants include Rutgers and Princeton faculty members who are within six years of their initial academic appointment and do not currently have an award from a national peer-reviewed competition. To request an application, email Applications are due by May 12.

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Grand Opening Celebration for Express Newark: May 5, Newark
An official celebration of the opening of Express Newark in the former Hahne & Co. Building—now an arts, culture, business, and community hub in downtown Newark—takes place on May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. Events include the inaugural L + M Lecture “Newark: My Home in the Arts,” a reception, tours, and interactive demonstrations by each of the arts partners housed in Express Newark. Learn more here.  

Rutgers Energy Symposium: May 3, Piscataway
The Rutgers Energy Institute presents its 12th annual symposium on May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Piscataway. The theme this year is “Carbon Capture and Storage and Low-Carbon Technology.” Learn more here.

CURE Seminar Series: Rasheda L. Weaver: May 5, Camden
The Center for Urban Research and Education’s monthly seminar series hosts Rasheda L. Weaver, a Ph.D. candidate in the Public Affairs program, who presents “Social Enterprise: Examining the Quest to Humanize Business” on May 5 at 12:15 p.m. in the faculty lounge, third floor, Armitage Hall, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Rutgers Pianists Gala at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall: May 8, New York City
Take a musical trip around the world with Mason Gross pianists on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert features performers from 15 countries and music from composers such as Carl Nielsen, Manuel de Falla, and William Bolcom. Purchase tickets here.

Landscape Architecture Environmental Planning Studio Exhibit: through May 31, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition of landscape architecture students’ works through May 31. Learn more here.

Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese: through July 30, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, exhibits Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese through July 30. Learn more here.

2017 Garden Series Classes: through September 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens offers a variety of classes for enthusiasts through experienced gardeners through September 16. Topics include gardening, landscape design, and garden crafts and fine arts. Learn more here.

Practice Mindfulness: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly, hour-long Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick through May: Tuesday, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesday, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursday, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Oceans Late Night at the Geology Museum: May 3, New Brunswick
Visit the Rutgers University Geology Museum for Oceans Late Night on May 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Geology Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and learn all about ocean mechanisms and the secrets held beneath the ocean’s surface. Demonstrations, arts and crafts, and educational activities will be set up around the museum. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Information Session for Summer Academies for Teens: May 9
Rutgers Continuing Studies provides Summer Session in New Brunswick for teens 16 to 18. Students can choose from three intensive, one-week summer residential programs focused on engineering, STEM, or leadership. Participants will learn from Rutgers faculty, complete hands-on projects, take field trips, and experience a taste of college. Attend an online information session on April 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. RSVP and learn more here.

Rutgers Summer Scholars Program Information Session: May 17, Piscataway
Attend an information session for students interested in attending the Rutgers Summer Scholars Program on May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. This program allows high-achieving high school students and gifted youth the opportunity to take college courses and earn credits. Click here to RSVP.

Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education
Interested in enhancing learning experiences for adults? Apply to the online Education Master's program in Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) through the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The ACE program is designed for individuals working in the educational, nonprofit, community-based, health care, and corporate sectors. Students will develop conceptual and practical understanding of the adult learner, learn how to plan classes and programs best suited to meet the needs of adult learners, and learn how to create learning contexts that can encourage productive change in a variety of contexts in which adults learn. The application deadline for summer admission is May 15. Click here for more information.

Kite+key Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day: May 5, Piscataway
In addition to storewide savings and door buster deals, all kite+key products will be tax-free on May 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., in-store only. Contact kite+key by email at, by phone at 848-445-1127, or stop in-store to learn more about placing your preorder. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. 

Coming Soon to Rutgers Cinema
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will open at Rutgers Cinema on May 4. Matinee ticket price (before 6 p.m.) is $5 with RU ID and $7 for the general public. Evening ticket price is $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for the public. The cinema is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus. For more information, contact Rutgers Cinema at 848-445-1124. Get showtimes and tickets here.

Awards & Honors

Patricia Bender, research contract/grant specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Rutgers University–Newark, was named assistant editor of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Journal.

Gifts & Grants

Amrik Sahota, research professor, Division of Life Sciences, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,878,846. The project, titled L-Cystine Diameds as Inhibitors of L-Cystine Stone Formation in Cystinuria, is being supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Learn more about Sahota here.

Amarilliz Rivera-Medina, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics and member, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,810,060. The project, titled Regulation of Antifungal Immunity by Monocyte Derived Dendritic Cells, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Rivera-Medina here.

Xiang Liu, assistant professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $296,584. The project, titled Restricted Speed Enforcement for PTC Systems, is being supported by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Liu here.

Changlu Wang, associate extension specialist, Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Developing Aesthetic Injury Level for German Cockroach IPM, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Wang here.

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