November 16, 2016

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Amariliz Rivera

Researcher Studying the Immune System Wins Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award

Amariliz Rivera (at left), assistant professor in the Center for Immunity and Inflammation at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is one of 10 recent recipients—the first from Rutgers—of a $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award.

As a University of Puerto Rico undergraduate, Rivera spent a summer in a research lab with MIT students. She's since been focused on research, spending many of the past 20 years advancing her research into fungal infections and immunology. The significant loss of human life associated with fungal infections keeps her motivated to comprehend fully how the human immune system responds and protects the body against fungal infections. Learn more about Rivera here.

In this Issue...

Attend Kite+Key Appy Hour, Receive Gift Card: November 16, Piscataway
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, hosts an Appy Hour on November 16 from noon to 1 p.m. with Dell campus ambassador Fred Kim. Learn how to navigate and use new features within Windows 10 and receive a $10 kite+key gift card for attending. To RSVP, call 848-445-1127, email, or click here. In addition, mark your calendar for kite+key’s annual holiday sale on December 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The sale will include doorbusters and huge storewide savings. 

Art and Architecture Film Series Continues: November 16, Piscataway
The Art and Architecture film series, providing a look inside, and the history behind, some of the world's most beautiful works of art, continues on November 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway, with Saint Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome. Tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets here.

IRW Lecture Series: November 17, New Brunswick
The third lecture in the Institute for Research on Women’s 2016–17 Distinguished Lecture Series—Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis—will be presented on November 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Carol Cohn (Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights, University of Massachusetts) will discuss “Why Is It So Hard to Get Women to the Peace Table? And Why Is That Not Even the Right Question?” The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Rutgers Athletic Merchandise Sale: November 18, Piscataway
Buy your holiday gifts now. Rutgers athletic merchandise is going on sale; some items will be reduced by as much as 50 percent. Stop by the tent outside High Point Solutions Stadium on the Busch Campus, Piscataway, on November 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a wide selection of items. Rutgers faculty and staff receive an additional 20 percent discount with a valid university ID.

Music at the Museum: November 20, New Brunswick
Music at the Museum, a monthly weekend concert series at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick—featuring classical and jazz musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division—continues on November 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. "Sculpture in Wood" will feature works by Rüdiger Pawassar, Russell Hartenberger, Gordon Stout, and Robert "Tigger" Benford for marimba and percussion, performed by Peter Saleh with all-star alumni of the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble from the past 12 years. Each concert is preceded by a brief talk related to the performance theme. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 55 news organizations in the past week, including U.S. News & World Report, the Dallas News, and New York Times.

Highlights include:

Ashley Koning of Eagleton comments on the unreliability of pre-election polls in the presidential race in this Asbury Park Press story.

Lisa Gittens-Williams, NJMS, talks with NJ101.5 FM about the effort at NJMS to reverse the trend of repeat C-section births:

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

“Psychiatrist-Consumer Negotiation of Medication Decisions in Everyday Practice”: December 2, Scotch Plains
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents a colloquium with Beth Angell, associate professor, School of Social Work, on December 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Scotch Plains campus, Room 330. The topic is “Psychiatrist-Consumer Negotiation of Medication Decisions in Everyday Practice.” Learn more here.

George Segal in Black and White

George Segal in Black and White: through December 10, Camden
The Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University–Camden Fine Arts Building, presents sculpture, reliefs, and drawings of renowned artist and Rutgers alumnus George Segal, who earned a master of fine arts degree in 1963. A Zimmerli Museum-curated exhibit of photographer Donald Lokuta’s photographs of Segal’s work is presented concurrently now through December 10. Learn more here

Mallery Concert Series: Chamber Pot Group: November 16, Camden
Take a midday break to listen to live music by the Chamber Pot Group on November 16 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Rutgers University–Camden Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Lewis PorterPhil Scarff Quartet: November 16, Newark
Professor and pianist Lewis Porter joins saxophonist Phil Scarff to perform Indian classical music and jazz and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensemble, Natraj, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on November 16 in the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

"Shine a Light on Lung Cancer": November 17, New Brunswick
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, hosts “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer,” which features a discussion with physicians on the latest in lung cancer treatment, research, and prevention, on November 17 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register here.

MFA First-Year Exhibition: Sweet Potato: November 17December 14, New Brunswick
Two months into their graduate study, first-year master of fine arts degree students present this annual exhibition with a variety of media, including photography, painting, digital projections, installations, sculpture, printmaking, lightboxes, video/sound, and multimedia films, at Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from November 17 to December 14. A reception will be held on November 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Learn more here.

Partner in Crime: through December 22, Newark
The exhibition Partner in Crime, on view through December 22 in the Criminal Justice Gallery, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, examines the spatial representation of prisons and the connection between geography and imprisonment. Learn more here.

Partisan Views and Public Opinion: Engaged Photography in and beyond the Twentieth Century: through January 2018, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition that focuses on American, European, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russian photographers who use the camera to educate, persuade, and effect social change, through January 2018. Learn more here.

Counterfeit Caesars: The Criminal Genius of Coin Forger Carl Wilhelm Becker: through February 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries, the Zimmerli Art Museum, and the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Department of Classics host a display of counterfeit coins from the Ernst Badian Collection of Roman Republican Coins. Counterfeit Caesars: The Criminal Genius of Coin Forger Carl Wilhelm Becker (1772–1830) will be on display through February 6 at the Zimmerli Art Museum in the Class of 1937 Study Gallery. Learn more here.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly hourlong Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick through December: 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

Steven K. Libutti will join Rutgers early in 2017 as director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. In a major development of our partnership with the RWJBarnabas Health System, Libutti will also accept an assignment to serve as senior vice president, Oncology Service Line, for the system. A surgical oncologist, Libutti currently serves as the director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, New York City, where he is professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery and professor, Department of Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Health System. 

Get Involved

CCLC Family Events
CCLC families and the university community in Newark are invited to a Potluck Thanksgiving meal at CCLC, Newark, on November 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Contact Andreas Dimitratos at 973-623-0182 or with questions. On November 23, join children and friends at the CCLC, Piscataway, location for a Friends Giving party at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or

Wright Celebration Charity Event: November 19, Piscataway
The Wright Way Academy Foundation presents the Wright Celebration Charity Event on November 19 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the Livingston Plaza lawn, Piscataway, preceding the Penn State vs. Rutgers football game. The $50 admission fee includes a gourmet buffet, spirits, music, and entertainment. Purchase tickets here under “Events.” For more information, contact The Wright Cut Barber Shop at 732-463-1634.

Show Your Creative Side, Compete for Cash Prizes
University employees and their families are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program for Rutgers at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, taking place from January 23 through April 19, 2017. All entries are submitted free of charge and must be the original work of the applicant completed within the last three years. Kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photographs of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, and random snapshots are not accepted. All work must be properly framed and wired. Art work will be received on January 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NJMS’s Medical Science Building, Room B515, Newark. The registration deadline is January 13. Register and learn more here. For additional information, contact Noreen Gomez at 973-972-4795.

Awards & Honors

Julia Ritter, chair and artistic director, Dance Department, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented the 2016 Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture, based on her research on dance and immersive performance, at the recent 39th annual Fulbright Association conference in Washington, D.C.

Gifts & Grants

David Vanderbilt, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University­­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $654,148. The project, titled Theory of Novel Electroactive Materials, is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Vanderbilt here.

David Margolis, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $540,000. The project, titled Role of Cortical Network Plasticity in Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Margolis here.

Courtney McAnuff, vice president, enrollment management, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Rutgers Future Scholars, is being supported by the AT&T Foundation. Learn more about McAnuff here.

Marco Gruteser, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled WASUP: A Wearable Authentication Solution for Ubiquitous and Personal Touch-Enabled Devices, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gruteser here.

Avraham Soffer, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $130,800. The project, titled Scattering and Dynamics of Dispersive Waves and Solitons, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Soffer here.

Bob Apel, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, and Alisa Matlin, doctoral student, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $81,377. The project, titled National Institutes of Justice Research Assistantship Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Apel here and Matlin here

In Memoriam

Ann Marie P. Tauber, 83, of Sayreville, a retired administrative assistant for Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service, passed away on November 10, 2016, at home. Funeral services were held at the Kurzawa Funeral Home, South Amboy, on November 15, followed by a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, South Amboy, and interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Parlin. 

Carolyn L. Dixon, 68, of Jackson, a business manager in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on November 4, 2016, at Centra State Hospital, Freehold. Funeral services were held on November 12 at Anderson Funeral Service, New Brunswick, followed by interment at Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

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