November 12, 2014

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Language Matters Campaign
Students' frustration with slights that occur in everyday conversations has served as the inspiration for a new “Language Matters” campaign at Rutgers that calls attention to the power of words.

The campaign is being coordinated by four cultural centers at Rutgers that are working to combat a widespread problem and also plan to incorporate the message of the campaign into programs and events throughout the year. Learn more here and view the presentation here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Recent Updates to the University Policy Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for the policies governing the academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs of the university. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. The following are recent updates to the policy library. 

30.4.2  Campus Mail and United States Postal Service Mail (revised) (PDF)
30.4.4  Mail Services & Postage (rescinded)

Recent policy updates including previous versions of updated policies are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, please contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for Global Summit: Women's Health and Dignity for the 21st Century
Douglass Residential College invites undergraduates, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community to attend its first annual Global Summit: Women's Health and Dignity for the 21st Century on November 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is open to the public and commemorates the 20th anniversary of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development. Please register by November 14. Learn more and register here.


Kabuki Dance-Drama and Kimono, a Lecture and Performance: November 19, Newark
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese StudiesNewark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, hosts a lecture and performance on November 19 from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. on the fourth floor, Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

The Biology and Disease of Size and Growth Control: November 13, New Brunswick
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, hosts its distinguished lectures series featuring Tian Xu, professor and vice chair of genetics and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University, on November 13 at noon in the Waksman Auditorium, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Treasurer Town Hall Meeting: November 14, Camden
The senior vice president for finance and treasurer hosts a Treasurer Town Hall Meeting on November 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Camden Campus Center, Rutgers University–Camden. Topics this month include a presentation and discussion about plans for consolidating Rutgers’ financial information systems and management reporting, and a report on the Physical Master Plan for Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Discovering Islamic Art: November 17, New Brunswick
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a one-day program featuring five artists and calligraphers practicing live demonstrations and displaying their art on November 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Special Screening of When Cancer Calls…: November 17, New Brunswick
The Department of Communication at the School of Communication and Information and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, sponsor a special screening of When Cancer Calls… with writer Wayne A. Beach, professor at San Diego State University. The screening takes place on November 17 at 6 p.m. on the 1st floor, auditorium A and B, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Light refreshments are served. Learn more here.

Art Library Book Sale: November 18, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries hosts a book sale on November 18 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Art Library, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. For more information, please contact Megan Lotts at or 848-932-7189.

Trans and Gender Lounge with Poet J. Mase III: November 18, New Brunswick
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts poet J. Mase III as a part of Trans* and Gender Variant Awareness Week on November 18 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the gathering lounge, Livingston Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. View the complete list of events and learn more here.

Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter: November 18, New Brunswick
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts author Jonathan Gribetz on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. RSVP and learn more here.

Panel Discussion: Islam and the Media Debate: November 19, Camden
The Department of Philosophy and Religion, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, hosts a faculty panel discussion titled Islam and the Media Debate on the Source of Violence and Terrorism on November 19 at 12:20 p.m. in room 121, Armitage Hall, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Talk and Book Signing with Ray Lucas: November 19, New Brunswick
Barnes & Noble at Rutgers hosts former NFL quarterback and current Rutgers Football Radio Color analyst Ray Lucas on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Transit Village, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Get Involved

24-Hour Truce: It’s Time to Stand Up and Speak Out
The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance hosts a 24-hour truce, November 14–15, starting at 11 a.m. The event features workshops and activities to educate, support survivors, and encourage all members of the community to get involved in ending sexual and domestic violence. Learn more here.

Celebrate International Education Week
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs hosts International Education Week (IEW) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers University–Camden. Celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, IEW events include an international cooking class, photo contest, international festival, and more. Learn more here.

International Friendship Program Thanksgiving Dinner Program
The International Friendship Program (IFP)Center for Global Services, coordinates a Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner program that introduces international students to this American holiday. Applications are now being accepted for the program. Sign up as a host here or sign up as a guest here. For more information, contact IFP coordinator Carissa McCarthy at

Bake Sale to Support Rutgers Against Hunger
Rutgers Recreation, University Dining Services, and Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) sponsor the 2014 Great University Bake Sale. Purchase Gram’s apple or apple crumb pie for $9 at various locations throughout Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Pies can be picked up November 24 and 25 at the location of your choice. Proceeds from the pie sales go to RAH. Learn more here.

Participants Needed for Electronic Cigarette Research
The School of Public Health (SPH) is conducting a study involving the measurement of electronic cigarette smoking patterns and seeks participants who are healthy, E-cigarette smoking adults,18 to 65 years of age. The study involves a brief health and smoking history screening questionnaire, as well as one study visit to SPH. The study visit takes less than one hour and includes an E-cigarette smoking period. Volunteers receive $30 at the end of the study visit. For more information, please call Yeongkwon Son at 732-235-9754.

Awards & Honors

Shabbar Danish, director of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and assistant professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, along with the neurosurgery team, became the first hospital in the country to pass the 100 mark for MRI-guided laser treatments in the brain. The team was one of the first in the country to initiate the program and remains the country’s busiest program.

Anthony (Tony) Forrester, professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs and administration in the School of Nursing and clinical professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Karen T. D’Alonzo, associate professor and associate dean of the Ph.D. program at the School of Nursing, were inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing. Learn more here.

Salim A. Nathoo, assistant clinical professor, and Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, associate professor, both at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, were inducted into the International College of Dentists-USA Fellowship.

Tom Rudel, distinguished professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology for his book, Defensive Environmentalists and Dynamics of Global Reform. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Prabhas Moghe, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering and chemical and biochemical engineering, and Richard Riman, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering, both at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2.2 million. The project, titled Earth Nanocrystals and Infrared Light Reveal Cancerous Tumors and Cardiovascular Lesions, is being supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Learn more about Professor Moghe here and Professor Riman here.

Enrique Curchitser, associate professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $800,000. The project, titled Regional Decadal Predictions of Coupled Climate-Human Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Curchitser here.

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children in the School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $233,624. The project, titled Domestically Trafficked Adolescents, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Professor Postmus here

In Memoriam

Carolyn W. Bearfield passed away on October 20. She was a retired senior financial aid clerk in the Office of Financial Aid at Rutgers University–Newark.

Maryse Simpkins passed away on November 1. She was a department nurse manager at University Correctional Health Care at South Woods State Prison.

Clement A. Price passed away on November 5. He was director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience and a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History at Rutgers University–Newark.

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