May 6, 2015

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Joachim Messing

Joachim Messing Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Joachim Messing, director of Rutgers' Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors an American scientist or engineer can achieve.

Messing, considered one of the world’s top experts in molecular genetics, was among 84 new members elected and recognized this year for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. He is the Selman A. Waksman Chair in Molecular Genetics.

A professor of molecular biology, Messing developed the shotgun sequencing approach that was used in the Human Genome Project and has been instrumental in deciphering the genetic code of crop plants. His work today focuses on providing more sustainable, healthy, and productive sources of food for the world’s population and extracting biofuels for energy from plants that grow either on water or marginal land and do not compete with land use or food production.

Among his many other honors, Messing is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the oldest continuously existing scientific association in the world. Learn more about Messing here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

The Puzzle Challenge
Alumni employees have an impact on the Rutgers community every day. They can also make a big difference through the Rutgers University Foundation’s Puzzle Challenge: get as many alumni employees as possible to give back by the end of today (May 6). Submit your piece of the puzzle today by making a gift of any size to support the area of your choice. Learn more here.

School of Nursing Presents 5th Annual Summer Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Reviews: Newark
Registration continues for the 5th Annual Summer Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Reviews: Examining Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence in Health Care, presented by experts from the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation at the School of Nursing (SON) July 13–17 in the Stanley Bergen Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Free for full-time SON faculty, large discount for SON students. Registration deadline: June 26. Learn more and register here.


Call for Nominations for Excellence in Alumni Leadership Award
What would your department be without the support of passionate volunteers? The Rutgers University Alumni Association helps you recognize them for their outstanding service. Nominate a volunteer for a Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Award to say thank you to the volunteers who help your programs and activities succeed. Award recipients will be honored at the annual Alumni Leaders Conference in the fall. Nominate and learn more here.

Free Adult Swim Instruction: May 6, Piscataway
Join us on May 6 at 1 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., or 5 to 7 p.m. at the Werblin Recreation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for free swim instruction. Overcome your fears or improve your skills. All ability levels welcome. Register or just show up. Register and learn more here.

Appy Half-Hour: iPad 101 Part 3: May 8, Piscataway
Faculty and staff: learn how to use an iPad, starting with the basics, at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, located in the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, on May 8 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Light lunch provided. One lucky person will receive an iPad mini at the end of the series. Feel free to bring your iPad. Space is limited. RSVP to Learn more here (PDF).

Tech Store Kite+Key Hosts Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day: May 13, Piscataway
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, hosts its Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on May 13 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its retail plaza location on the Livingston Campus. Faculty and staff always qualify for Apple education pricing. But on May 13 kite+key offers additional discounts. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of its new website, Learn more about the event here (PDF) or call 848-445-1127. Stay current on specials and promotions by following kite+key on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

10th International Symposium on Bilingualism: May 20–24, New Brunswick
Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, which presents the latest research on cognitive, social, and educational aspects of knowing more than language: May 20 through May 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick. Register and learn more here

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Medical Xpress, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

WHYY-FM: Health officials recommend lower fluoride levels for drinking water (Christopher Hughes, School of Dental Medicine, quoted here)

CNN International (UK): (Opinion) Why can’t America have high-speed trains? (Michael Smart, Bloustein, author)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Income Inequality: Discussion with Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz: May 11, Paramus
Bruce Mizrach, professor in the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, moderates a discussion about America’s income inequality with Nobel Prize-winning economist and best-selling author Joseph E. Stiglitz on May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Technology Center at Bergen Community College, Paramus. Learn more here.

Spring Flower Fair

Spring Flower Fair: May 8–10, New Brunswick
Bring your own garden cart and check out the offerings—from common to difficult-to-find plants—at the Spring Flower Fair sponsored by Rutgers Gardens from May 8 to May 10. The sale is located at the Log Cabin and Alumni Pavilion. Learn more here.

Professional Master of Business Administration Information Session: May 12, Plainsboro Township
Advance your career with Rutgers University–Camden’s professional master of business administration, a 21-month accelerated degree program. Attend an information session at the Crowne Plaza in Plainsboro Township on May 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn more here.

Healing Through Art: A Collaborative Exhibition: Through July 30, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries of Rutgers UniversityNewark and the Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System present a juried exhibition that depicts the restorative effects of art through July 30 in the Orbit 1 Gallery, second floor, Paul Robeson Galleries. Learn more here.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation: 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: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Rick H. Lee was appointed director of global programs and relations at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), Rutgers University–New Brunswick. As director, he is responsible for overseeing program development, advancing international partnerships, and identifying external funding opportunities to strengthen pillar projects.

Margaret Sullivan, professor, was appointed associate dean for the newly formed Office of Research Services, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Her former role as associate dean for research has been expanded to include oversight of contracts, grants, and institutional assessment and evaluation.

Awards & Honors

Fernando J. Muzzio, Charles M. Roth, Prosenjit Bagchi, and Mona Zebarjadi received 2015 faculty awards from the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Muzzio, distinguished professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, received the Faculty of the Year Award. Roth, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and biomedical engineering, earned the Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award. Bagchi, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was honored with the Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar Award. Zebarjadi, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award.

Susan Salmond, professor and executive vice dean; Amita Avadhani, assistant professor and specialty director, DNP executive track; and Lisa Paplanus, alumna, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, published a paper selected for the 2015 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award from the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). The authors were recognized at ASPAN’s 34th national conference for their paper, titled Using Systematic Reviews to Guide Decision-Making About Family-Witnessed Resuscitation, in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing.

Rebecca Scholl, CA2 anesthesia resident at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, won the White Mountain Award as the resident or fellow whose abstract scored the highest at the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia’s 30th annual meeting. Her abstract was titled Fentanyl-Induced Chest Wall Rigidity in a Child: A Rare But Serious Complication in the Ambulatory Care Setting. 

Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored with the establishment of a visiting professorship bearing his name, the designation of the Brian L. Strom Conference Room, and a portrait to hang outside that room at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Strom established the multidisciplinary center at Penn, where he served as the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, professor of medicine, professor of pharmacology and, immediately prior to joining Rutgers, executive vice dean for institutional affairs for the Perelman School of Medicine.

Debbie Walsh, director, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award for 2015 from Women’s E-News. She was honored in the category Seven Who Give Life to Movements. Recipients are individuals who work—personally or professionally—each day to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.  

Gifts & Grants

Debra Laskin, distinguished professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2.6 million over five years. The project, titled Activated Macrophages in Ozone Toxicology, is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and involves collaboration with scientists at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: Howard Kipen, Jeffrey Laskin, and Cliff Weisel. Read more about Laskin here

Donna Van Alst, assistant research professor and director of research at the Institute for Families, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $221,695. The project, titled Community Engagement and Recovery, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Van Alst here.

Jeanne Herb, associate director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,750. The project, titled Building Lasting Solutions to Support a Culture of Health in New Brunswick, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Herb here.

Mary Curran, associate dean for local-global partnerships, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000. The project, titled STARTALK Rutgers Chinese Teacher Leadership Program 2015, is being supported by the National Security Agency. Learn more about Curran here.

Lauren Krivo, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $51,847. The project, titled EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Krivo here.

Suzanne Willard, associate dean for global health, clinical professor, and director of the HIV Care Specialty track, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Preparing Nurses for a Global Future, is being supported by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. Learn more about Willard here.

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