November 18, 2015

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As a gift marking the yearlong celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary, Rutgers’ longtime neighbor and partner Johnson & Johnson has announced a photo-taking initiative to provide scholarship support for students universitywide who are pursuing degrees in health-related professions.

To participate, take a few minutes to download the app and create an account, and then less than a minute a day to donate to a nonprofit of choice from a rotating list of selected Johnson & Johnson nonprofit partners. Participants can submit one photo a day, every day. For each photo submitted each day, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Rutgers for student scholarships. Each nonprofit has a start date and end date to receive a donation through the app. Rutgers is a featured nonprofit from now until January 30, 2016. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Exhibition by Chitra Ganesh, Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence: through December 10, New Brunswick
Chitra Ganesh is the 2015–16 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist-in-Residence as announced by the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. An exhibition by Ganesh is on view now through December 10 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Douglass Library. Learn more here.


Young Adults Summer Camp at Mason Gross
Register now for the 2016 summer camp for young adults at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Offerings include programs in music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Kids Create! is offered for youngsters ages 5–12. Early-bird registration is available. Learn more and register here.

Online Noncredit Courses at SC&I Professional Development Studies
Professional Development Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers faculty and staff the opportunity to enroll in any of its online business communication, leadership communication, or public relations certificate programs at a special discounted rate of $699 per course (normally $795). Enroll in one or more online, noncredit, self-paced classes led by industry experts and begin on January 4, 2016. Learn more and enroll here.

Trans Awareness Week: Trans Identities, Myths, Facts, Q&A: November 18, Piscataway
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an open education forum around transgender and gender nonconforming identities on November 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tillett Hall, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Cultural Center Collaborative: November 19, Piscataway 
The Cultural Center Collaborative hosts an exploration of the intersectionality of the Native-American two-spirit identity, queerness and indigeneity, and what homophobia looks like in the community on November 19 from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Starbucks on Livingston Campus (near Livingston Apartments B), Piscataway.


Celebration of Paul G.E. Clemens's Rutgers since 1945: December 3, New Brunswick
In Rutgers since 1945, historian and Rutgers professor Paul G.E. Clemens chronicles Rutgers’ remarkable transition from the Cold War, to the student protests of the 1960s and 1970s, to the growth of political identity on campus, and the increasing commitment to big-time athletics. Join the celebration of the book’s publication for an insider’s look at the history of this storied institution on December 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Rutgers professor Ben Justice, co-author of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, will provide an introduction, followed by a brief reading by Clemens, and concluding with a signing and reception with light refreshments courtesy of the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

GSE Networking and Socializing Event: December 9, New Brunswick
The Graduate School of Education (GSE) Alumni Association invites GSE alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests for socializing, networking, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, beverages, good music, and more on December 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rutgers Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is free for GSE students who RSVP with a refundable $10 deposit (returned at the event) and $15 for GSE alumni, faculty, staff, and guests. RSVP to Deirdre Dougherty during coffee socials on Tuesdays (3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the GSE lobby) or via email or Randi Zimmerman before and after Wednesday brown bags or via email. Learn more here.

2015 Student Affairs Conference: December 10, Piscataway
Registration is now open for the 2015 student affairs conference on December 10 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway—free for students and staff on all campuses who register with a valid netID and $25 for others. The conference theme is Resilience: Rising to the Challenge. The keynote speaker is Daniel Jean, executive director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and Academic Development at Montclair State University. Conference activities include more than 20 workshops. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Register and learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. 

Highlights include: 

Fortune: Rutgers Has a Grand Plan to Help Adults with Autism Find Jobs (Stanley Messer, GSAPP, quoted here)

CBS After Data Thefts, Customers Often Left in the Dark (Mark Pfeiffer, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

"The Worlds of William Penn": November 19 and 20, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a conference, “The Worlds of William Penn,” on November 19 and November 20 at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The conference begins at 2:45 p.m. on November 19 and concludes at 5:45 p.m. on November 20. No registration is required. Coffee and light snacks will be available. Learn more here.

At Eagleton: "Advocating for Science—How to Inform and Persuade Politicians": December 4, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in collaboration with several partners in the sciences, hosts a half-day Eagleton science and politics workshop on December 4 at 9 a.m. titled “Advocating for Science—How to Inform and Persuade Politicians.” The workshop includes keynote remarks by former New Jersey Congressman Rush D. Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a training component led by Joanne Padrón Carney, director, AAAS Office of Government Relations. Register and learn more here.

Flavors, Fragrances, and Perception Symposium: December 7, New Brunswick
The Center for Sensory Sciences and Innovation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a one-day symposium offering cutting-edge science and insights into emerging trends in the chemosensory sciences and related fields on December 7 at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics range from aroma/flavor chemistry to consumer perceptions and health implications of aromas and flavors. Posters and tabletop demonstrations will be available for viewing. Faculty/student poster submissions accepted. Learn more here.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Colloquium: December 18, Scotch Plains
Attend the colloquium on psychiatric rehabilitation on December 18 at 10 a.m. at the Scotch Plains location of the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Derek Malenczak, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions and the Integrated Employment Institute, will present “From Cognitive Specialist to Instructor: How Teaching Cognitive Remediation Has Helped Me Better Understand Barriers That Exist in the Classroom.” Learn more here.

Mindfulness Meditation


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

Yoga: Wednesdays, Newark
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the School of Health Related Professions offers yoga sessions every Wednesday at noon in the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Beginners are welcome and mats are provided. A session’s room can change; sign up for weekly email announcements from Candace Cronin at

Mallery Concert Series: Pianist Debra Lew Harder: November 18, Camden
The Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden presents pianist Debra Lew Harder on November 18 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Maggie Nelson: November 18, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, continues with a reading by poet and author Maggie Nelson on November 18 at 8 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center’s multipurpose room. Learn more here.

The Member of the Wedding: November 18–22, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Department of Fine Arts presents The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers, directed by Jesse Bernstein, November 18 to November 22 at the Walter K. Gordon Theater. Learn more here

Flute and Classical Guitar Concert: November 19, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark presents a concert featuring classical guitarist Leighann Narum and flautist Sara J. Bergern on November 19 from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center. Learn more here

Gifts & Grants

Jay Tischfield, CEO and founder of RUCDR Infinite Biologics and the Duncan and Nancy Macmillan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $6,034,323 over five years. With the new grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), RUCDR will take over management of the NINDS stem cell repository. Read more here. Learn more about Tischfield here

Nancy Wolff, professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Bloustein Center for Survey Research, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $568,463. The project, titled New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Learn more about Wolff here.

Sean O'Malley, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $523,827. The project, titled Acquisition of a Femtosecond Laser System to Enable Multiphoton Polymerization, Optical Injection, and Laser Ablation in Liquids Research, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about O’Malley here.

Grace Lu-Yao, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $269,640 over three years. The project, titled Building Race-Specific Models for Disease Progression and Health-Related Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients, is being supported by a Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Health Disparity Research Award. Jennifer Cullen Meyer, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Uniformed Services University and director of epidemiologic research at the Center for Prostate Disease Research, is a co-PI. Learn more about Lu-Yao here.

Peter Jin, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,480. The project, titled Planning, Evaluating, and Pilot Testing Emerging Intelligent Transportation Systems Technologies: Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Connected Vehicles (CV), is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Jin here.

William Welsh, director of cheminformatics at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Norman H. Edelman professor of bioinformatics in the Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Richard Howells, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for Multiple Myeloma and Melanoma, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Welsh here and Howells here.

In Memoriam
Lois Grau, 69, retired associate professor and former chair of the Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, passed away on October 25, 2015. A memorial service is planned for December 5 in Milford, Conn.
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