November 2, 2016

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Joining the Institute for Translational Medicine and Science

Faculty and researchers universitywide who conduct biomedical research are encouraged to apply for membership in Rutgers’ Institute for Translational Medicine and Science, the university’s first clinical and translational science institute and the only institute of its kind in New Jersey. The institute is headed by Reynold Panettieri (left), who also serves as vice chancellor for clinical and translational research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The institute’s mission is to become a vibrant environment for catalyzing and increasing translational and clinical research by providing research platforms, resources, and scientist and staff training, while streamlining administrative processes. Membership provides access to the institute’s core services to test hypotheses and eligibility for participation in institute-sponsored training and education programs, research, and related activities. Learn about membership here. Contact Mila Dunbar at or 732-235-5207 for the application form.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Be Part of the Rutgers 250th Birthday Celebration 
Plan to join the celebration of Rutgers’ 250th birthday on November 10. From thought-provoking lectures and seminars to cupcakes and fireworks, the university will mark the milestone in many ways. Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will conduct their own celebrations among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests. View the day’s events schedule here.


Art and Architecture Film Series Debut: November 2, Piscataway
An Art and Architecture film series, providing a look inside, and the history behind, some of the world's most beautiful works of art, begins November 2 at 5:30 p.m. and continues on alternating Wednesdays through November at Rutgers Cinema, Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Films include Florence and the Uffizi Gallery and Saint Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome. Tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets here.

Online Sakai Workshops: November 8 and November 11
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on November 8 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Lessons tool in Sakai 11 and learn how to create a Lessons page, add columns and content, set prerequisites, and use these pages effectively.  In an online workshop focusing on the Tests and Quizzes tools on November 11 from 10:30 to 11 a.m., participants will be instructed how to set up, create, and manage online assessments that may take the form of an exam, practice exercise, or survey. Learn more and register here.

New Jersey Tap Ensemble and History of Tap Dancing: November 9, Newark
The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience presents the New Jersey Tap Ensemble in an overview of the history of tap dancing—its roots and definition and contributions of African Americans to the art form; the impact of the Golden Age of Harlem, known as the Harlem Renaissance; Duke Ellington's legacy and the 20th century renaissance of tap—on November 9 at 7 p.m. in Bradley Hall Theater, Rutgers University–Newark. Admission is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Sandra Harding: “Sciences from Below: The New Proper Scientific Self”: November 10, New Brunswick 
Sandra Harding, author and distinguished research professor at UCLA with scholarly interests in the philosophy of science and feminist and postcolonial theory, presents a lecture “Sciences from Below: The New Proper Scientific Self” on November 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center, Albers-Schonberg Room, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is hosted by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Douglass Residential College, and the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science. Learn more here [PDF].

Celebrating Composer Robert Moevs: November 13, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Rutgers University Libraries present "The Legacy of Robert Moevs," a free concert celebrating the modernist composer who taught at Rutgers from 1964 to 1991, on November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall, inside Mortensen Hall, on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The concert features works by the late Moevs as well as by composer and sound artist Judith Shatin (a Douglass College alumna, member of the Douglass Society, and student of Moevs's) and Steven Kemper, assistant professor of music technology and composition at Mason Gross. The New York City-based American Modern Ensemble will perform Moevs’s String Quartet No. 1 (1959), Shatin’s Elijah’s Chariot (1995) for string quartet and electronics, and Kemper’s Rhythmanalysis I: New Brunswick, a piece for string quartet and electronics that was newly commissioned by the Moevs family. A reception sponsored by Rutgers University Libraries will follow the concert. Learn more here.

Youth Jazz Ensemble Workshop: November 15, New Brunswick
Jazz students ages 11 to 18 are invited to attend a Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble workshop and auditions on November 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Ensemble director David Miller and assistant director William Macirowski will help students expand their jazz vocabulary using blues scale, chord outlining, and bebop scales. For more information, call the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division at 848-932-8616. Learn more and register here.

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.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Event: November 17, Piscataway
Help celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week when the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and Women in Engineering, Piscataway, jointly present three enterprising women in New Jersey’s past and present on November 17 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the CoRE Building, Room 701, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Learn about the woman behind the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and gain insights into growing a business and perfecting your style. Learn more and register here.  

RBHS Newark Goes Tobacco-Free November 17
Beginning November 17, the entire Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences’ Newark campus, including University Hospital (UH), will be tobacco-free. That also means free of electronic smoking devices. For anyone who may need help giving up smoking, note the following free programs available at UH: Group sessions, contact Diane Mountzouris, 973-972-5466, Gladys Martinez, 973-972-5458, or Alejandro Canelo Villafana, 973-972-5853; One-on-One Counseling, contact Monica Hanna, 973-972-9000; and Lunch and Learn, contact Diane Mountzouris, 973-972-5466.

Apply for McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Applications are being accepted through November 30, 2016, 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

New Continuing Education Center Rentable for Education, Business, Professional Events 
The Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies has opened the Rutgers Continuing Education Center at Atrium, an executive training facility for continuing and professional education programs and events. Located at 300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, the newly opened facility features a 20,000 square-foot suite, free parking, and on-site food service and catering in a modern facility with high-quality design, glass exteriors, and spacious lobbies. The facility features eight classrooms of varying sizes that hold from 18 to 64 attendees, a 2,800 square-foot banquet room, and private workstations and meeting areas. It is available for daily and multiday conferences and for Rutgers events for faculty, students, and administration. Email for more information.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 80 news organizations in the past week, including the New York Times, ABC News, and Newsday.

Highlights include:

ABC News: Next Congress: Perhaps a Cheney, Panetta, More Minorities (Kelly Dittmar, Arts & Sciences–Camden, quoted here)

The New England Journal of Medicine: Data Sharing — Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? (Brian Strom, Chancellor, RBHS, co-author)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Rutgers Climate Symposium 2016: November 18, Piscataway
Natural and social science researchers and university students interested in climate change are encouraged to attend Rutgers Climate Symposium 2016: “Climate Change, Ecology, and Health” on November 18 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Among the featured attendees are Rutgers’ Dina Fonseca and Rachael Winfree; Ben Beard, CDC; Sonya Sachdevya, U.S. Forest Service; and Rick Stepp, University of Florida. The poster abstract deadline is November 7. Attendance is free but registration is required by November 14. Learn more and register here


“Rutgers Discovery”—A Puzzling Adventure: November 6–13, New Brunswick
Celebrate Rutgers’ 250th birthday by playing “Rutgers Discovery” starting at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Teams of 3 to 5 people can register for a time period between November 6 and November 13. The Discovery puzzle room generates a unique set of scavenger-hunt clues, taking teams of faculty, staff, and students exploring across the New Brunswick campuses. Prizes will be awarded for the best finishing teams and funniest photos. Register here

“Well Played: Walkthroughs and Close Readings of Videogames”: November 2, Camden
Everyone is welcome to attend as the Digital Studies Center, Rutgers University–Camden, hosts “Well Played,” a series of events during which students, faculty, and staff discuss and play videogames, on November 2 at 12:15 p.m. in ModLab 215, Camden Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Rutgers, Then and Now: November 5, New Brunswick
Celebrate Rutgers’ 250th birthday with music from Rutgers’ past and present performed by the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir and Rutgers University Glee Club on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Fahrenheit 451 Book Exhibition: through December 9, Camden
The Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University–Camden, features a collection of books, biographies, criticism, and social aspects related to Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451, through December 9. Learn more here

Circa 1966: Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection: through January 8, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition that marks the museum’s 50-year anniversary by focusing on paintings and sculpture in the museum’s holdings from the years around 1966. 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.

Indivisible: Vaughn Spann: through July 17, Newark
View a mural by artist and Rutgers University–Newark alumnus Vaughn Spann through July 17 on the first floor of Engelhard Hall, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Donate to CCLC Food Drive
Children’s Creative Learning Center (CCLC) will hold a food drive from November 7 through November 18. Donations of nonperishable food are welcome and will be delivered to a local food pantry for the Thanksgiving season. Donations can be dropped off at either CCLC in Newark or CCLC in Piscataway. Donations in Piscataway will be sent to FISH Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides services to families in need in that area. For more information, contact Andreas Dimitratos in Newark at 973-623-0182 or or Michelle Hoffman in Piscataway at 732-699-1017 or

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at or 848-445-2272.

Awards & Honors

Joseph A. Barone, dean and professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Pharmaceutical Industry Award from the New Jersey Pharmacists Association, which recognizes an individual “who has advanced the profession through educational efforts and support of the practice.”

Tony Doody, senior director of student engagement, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named to the ACPA–College Student Educators International Foundation Diamond Honoree Class of 2017. The honor recognizes his 24 years of dedication to innovation and inspirational leadership and his contributions to higher education and student affairs.

Gifts & Grants

Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor for civic engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,995. The project, titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Watson here.

Ulrich Kremer, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $494,075. The project, titled CSR: EDS: Small Energy Aware Redundancy Management, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Kremer here.

Katsonuri Sugimoto, associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers­ Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,000. The project, titled Regulation of ATM- and ATR-Related Protein Kinases, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sugimoto here.

Thomas Bennert, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $273,855. The project, titled Investigation into the Identification and Potential Specification for the Fatigue Performance of Asphalt Binders, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Bennert here.

Lea Stewart, dean, Livingston Campus, and professor, communication, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $245,100. The project, titled Recovery at Rutgers: Sustaining an Environment That Supports Successful Recovery and Responsible Choices, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Stewart here.

Patricia Dooley Budsock, mental health clinician, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Consumers Helping Others Improve Their Condition by Ending Smoking, is being supported by CVS Health Community. Learn more about Dooley Budsock here.

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