November 11, 2015

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Camden Israeli Art Exhibit

Camden Israeli Art Exhibit Presents Range of Perspectives and Views

The Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts is showcasing the works of 36 contemporary Israeli artists in a major exhibit, Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art, through December 17 in the Stedman Gallery in the campus’s Fine Arts Building

In explaining motivation for the exhibit, cocurator Martin Rosenberg, professor of art history at Rutgers–Camden, noted Israel’s significance as a country with thousands of years of history; a focal point for three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a geopolitical focus in the 21st century; and a vibrant, diverse democracy in the midst of the Middle East turmoil. “Yet many in the United States know relatively little about Israel beyond what they read in the media,” Rosenberg said. “They especially aren’t aware of its vibrant contemporary expressions of art and culture, because relatively little Israeli art makes it to the U.S.” Learn more here.


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Don't Forget

Apply Now for McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Applications are being accepted through November 13 for the next cohort of scholars for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which provides a supportive environment and a multitude of resources to assist and prepare students interested in pursuing a doctorate. The program provides support, research funding, and graduate school preparation. Low-income, first generation, or underrepresented students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. The McNair program is also seeking faculty mentors to work with undergraduate students on research projects. Learn more here or contact senior program coordinator Jhanna Jean Louis at



Exhibit Opening: Rutgers through the Centuries: November 12, New Brunswick 
Join Richard L. Edwards, chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Krisellen Maloney, vice president for information services and university librarian; and Richard L. McCormick, university president emeritus and professor, for the opening of the exhibit Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of Treasures from the Archives on November 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center of Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The opening includes a viewing of the Rutgers 250 film Our Revolutionary Spirit. The exhibit, on display in the library in Gallery ’50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery through November 2016, features documents, photographs, and artifacts from the collections of Rutgers University Archives. Reservations are encouraged. Learn more here.

IRW's Poverty Lecture Series: November 12, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the fourth event in its Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, on November 12 at 4:30 p.m., with a reception at 4 p.m., at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The topic is “Disparate Outcomes by Design: How America Built High Poverty Neighborhoods through Redlining.” Learn more here [PDF].

Dropin at Mason Gross on November 14 and Waive Registration Fees
Learn about the spring semester courses at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, during its November 14 drop-in day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring semester registration opens November 30, with courses in music, dance, visual arts, digital filmmaking, and AVID media composer certification. Registration fees for a class, ensemble, or private lesson will be waived for those who drop in on November 14, when prospective students and their families can observe classes, certain private lessons, and ensembles, and become acquainted with individual instructors or programs before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Learn more and RSVP here

"Climate Change Education and Communication": November 16, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute presents Martin Storksdieck, director, Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University, on November 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He will address "Climate Change Education and Communication: Moving Beyond Ideological Divides." Learn more here.


Rutgers–Newark’s 250 Launch and Building Dedication: November 17
On November 17 from 3 to 6 p.m., join the Rutgers 250 launch activities at Rutgers University–Newark at 15 Washington Street as that recently renovated building is dedicated. An icon on the Newark skyline and the former home of the School of Law–Newark, 15 Washington Street is now a residence for more than 300 graduate and undergraduate students and also includes common areas for student and academic use and spaces that support events, arts performances, and exhibitions produced by faculty, staff, and students in collaboration with members of the local community. Learn more here.


RutgersCamden’s 250 Launch and Building Dedication: November 17
Join the Rutgers 250 kickoff events at Rutgers University–Camden on November 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 305 Cooper Street, when that building, home to the MFA Program, Department of English, and guest writers, is dedicated. Historically known as the Henry Genet Taylor House, 305 Cooper Street, originally built in 1885, was designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre Jr. in the style of American Queen Anne Revival and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first floor serves as programming space for the Writers in Camden Series, student readings, community workshops, and special events, while the second floor houses faculty and administrative offices, including the offices of StoryQuarterly, the literary journal of Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Confucius Institute Presents "China’s Futures": November 17, New Brunswick
As part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents professor Daniel Lynch of the University of Southern California to discuss “China's Futures: Current Debates about China's Economic and Political Trajectory” on November 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Brower Commons A, B, and C, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Online Sakai Workshops: November 18 and November 23
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on November 18 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the assignments tools in Sakai and learn how to create an assignment, review submissions, provide feedback, and grade assignments. An online workshop on November 23 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s gradebook tool, teaching them how to set up their gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories, and how to enter grades, set extra credit items, and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

Author Maggie Nelson: November 18, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series in the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts acclaimed writer Maggie Nelson, author of nine books of poetry and prose, for a free reading, book-signing, and reception on November 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

At Eagleton: "Can They Build a Wall High Enough? Immigration and the 2016 Elections," November 19, New Brunswick  
The Eagleton Program on Immigration and Democracy (EPID) presents a lecture by Sayu Bhojwani, “Can They Build a Wall High Enough? Immigration and the 2016 Elections,” on November 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Bhojwani, an EPID visiting scholar, is the founder and president of the New American Leaders Project and served as New York City’s first commissioner of immigrant affairs under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Register and learn more here.

Adobe Day: December 2, Piscataway
The Office of Information Technology hosts "Adobe Day" at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on December 2 at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Attend a free presentation at either 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. focused on how the Adobe Creative Cloud for Education’s suite of applications can benefit teaching and learning. Registration is recommended.   

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. 

Highlights include: 

The Washington Post: The growing problem that has serious implications for the poor (Cliff Zukin, Bloustein, quoted here)

Huffington Post: Lessons From Newark: Why School Reforms Will Not Work Without Addressing Poverty (Robert Snyder, Arts & Sciences-Newark, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

School of NursingCamden's Distinguished Nursing Lecture: November 11
Join Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden, and Joanne P. Robinson, dean, School of Nursing–Camden, for the school’s fourth annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture on November 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Camden Campus Center. Mary Lou Manning, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, discusses "Global Infectious Disease." Register here.

250SEBS Presents “Exploring the Anthropocene: The Age of Us": November 12, New Brunswick
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its Executive Dean's 250th Anniversary Public Lecture on November 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Andrew Revkin, who has reported on science and the environment for The New York Times and is currently the Pace University senior fellow for environmental understanding, will present “Exploring the Anthropocene: The Age of Us.” A reception will follow. The event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Energy Institute, G.H.Cook Campus Dean, Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Environmental Science and Engineering Club, Meteorology Club, Oceanography Club, Naturalists Club, Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Students for Environmental Awareness. Learn more here.

First RutgersX-Accelerating Food Entrepreneurs Conference: November 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers’ Food Innovation Center hosts its first RutgersX-Accelerating Food Entrepreneurs Conference on November 16 at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Nine entrepreneurs will pitch their food businesses to potential investors and strategic partners. Learn about food trends from a panel of food industry executives and hear what investors are looking for in a startup during a roundtable with international experts. A special $30 rate is available for faculty and staff. Learn more and register here.

Register by November 16 for Rutgers Climate Institute Annual Symposium
Register by November 16 for the Rutgers Climate Institute’s annual symposium, "Climate Change and Polar Regions," on November 20 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The symposium features a keynote address by Jennifer Francis, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, entitled "Crazier Weather and the Arctic Meltdown: Are They Connected?"; a distinguished panel of scientists; a poster session; and lunch. The event is intended to stimulate interaction and foster collaboration among natural and social science researchers and students interested in climate change in the greater tristate region. Admission is free but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

International Society of Exposure Science Fall Meeting: December 3, New Brunswick
Discuss issues related to environmental health in the tristate area with researchers, members of the industrial community, regulators, and community members at the fall meeting of the tristate chapter of the International Society of Exposure Science on December 3 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Robert Laumbach, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Isela Ramirez, Ironbound Community Corporation, will offer presentations on the health impacts of transportation and goods movement on the local community. Learn more and register here

Mallery Concert Series


Mallery Concert Series: Stanley Fink and Michelle Lie: November 11, Camden
The Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden presents pianist Stanley Fink and violinist Michelle Lie on November 11 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building. Learn more here

Kubuki Dance-Drama and Kimono Lecture and Performance: November 11, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark presents Kubuki Dance-Drama and Kimono Lecture and Performance on November 11 from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. in the Dana Room on the fourth floor of the Dana Library. The event will also include the demonstration “Flower Arrangement–Ikebana: A Taste of Autumn Foliage.” Learn more here

Writers in Camden: November 11, Camden
Writers in Camden hosts writers Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Lynne Barrett at 7 p.m. on November 11 in 401 Penn Classroom, Paul Robeson Library. Learn more here.

Vagrich Bakhchanyan Art Exhibition Opening: November 12, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the first U.S. retrospective on the groundbreaking work of Soviet conceptual artist Vagrich Bakhchanyan through March 6, 2016. An opening event on November 12 starting at 4:30 p.m. includes a curatorial tour of the exhibition; a roundtable discussion with Irene Bakhchanyan, Alexander Genis, Vitaly Komar, and Andrei Zagdansky; a screening of the documentary Vagrich and the Black Square by Zagdansky; and a cocktail reception. Learn more here.


Radical Means: Technology and Media Activism in the New Millennium: November 17, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a panel discussion exploring the university’s 250th anniversary theme—Revolution—via multiple perspectives on November 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bloustein Auditorium, Civic Square Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Symposium on Dance and Disability: November 17 to 19, Newark
The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University–Newark presents a symposium on dance and disability with AXIS Dance Company from November 17 to November 19 at various locations in Newark. AXIS Dance Company is one of the world's leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Vicente H. Gracias was appointed senior vice chancellor for clinical affairs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) to serve as chief clinical officer and lead the growth and evolution of the RBHS clinical enterprise. Most recently, he was interim dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, RBHS, where he is a professor of surgery.

Get Involved

Anything Goes at Livingston: November 12 through November 15, Piscataway
Join the Livingston Theatre Company, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for its presentation of Anything Goes, the classic Cole Porter musical following a crew of colorful characters as they sail aboard a cruise ship from New York to London, November 12 through November 15, at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Tickets for students, seniors, faculty, and staff are $8. Purchase tickets here or at the door.

Flute and Classical Guitar Concert: November 19, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark presents a flute and classical guitar concert on November 19 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. The concert features Rutgers–Newark classical guitarist Leighann Narum and flautist Sara J. Berger, who return for their eighth performance, offering an international feast of music by composers from Cuba, Tunisia, Germany, Italy, and Argentina. The concert is made possible in part by the support of the Cultural Programming Fund at Rutgers–Newark and additional support from Paul Robeson Galleries. Learn more here.

Big Chill 5K Charity Race
Register now for the annual Big Chill 5K charity race open to the university community and the public on December 5 at 9 a.m. at the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Instead of an entry fee, participants are asked to bring a new toy valued at $10 or more for a child between ages 3 and 14. In 2014 more than 8,000 runners donated 10,000 toys. Register, volunteer, and learn more here.

Make Travel Plans through RUAA Adventures
Searching for a perfect holiday gift? Book a family trip with the Rutgers University Alumni Association’s Adventures program. Choose from a number of opportunities to many exotic destinations. View all travel packages and book your trip here.

Awards & Honors

Cecile Feldman, dean of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a 2015 Shils Award for "her commitment to training the next generation of dental care providers with a focus on cultural competency, access to care, and excellence in the school's clinical requirements." The award is from the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to innovative leadership in health care.

Gifts & Grants

Vikas Nanda, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and member of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Paul Falkowski, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; the Bennett L. Smith Professor of Business and Natural Resources in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and director of the Rutgers Energy Institute, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $1.6 million over three years. The project, titled The Design and Construction of Life's Transistors, is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more about Nanda here and Falkowski here.

Bruce Haffty, professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and associate director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Novel Molecular Targets in Combination with Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer, is being supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Learn more about Haffty here.

German Drazer, associate professor, and Gerardo Callegari, assistant research professor, both in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and each a member of the Engineering Research Center for Structured Particulate Organic Systems, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $200,001. The project, titled Collaborative Research: Understanding the Effect of Powder Properties and Processing Conditions on the Performance of Pharmaceutical Tablets, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Drazer here and Callegari here.

Konstantin Mischaikow, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $125,000. The project, titled Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering: Characterizing Dynamics of Particle-based Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Mischaikow here.

James Abruzzo, instructor and codirector of the Institute of Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,000. The project, titled Emerging Leaders Program and Capacity Building Series, is being supported by the Victoria Foundation. Learn more about Abruzzo here.

In Memoriam

Seth M. Scheiner, 82, of Kendall Park, N.J., professor emeritus in American history at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on November 3, 2015, at Atrium Acute Care of Princeton. A graveside service was held at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, N.J. 

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