November 23, 2016

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Jessica Joines

Genetic Counseling Master's Program Gains Accreditation

The university’s Genetic Counseling Master’s Program recently received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, becoming one of only 35 such accredited programs in the country and the only one in New Jersey. Students will study with genetic counselors and geneticists across the state—within and outside the university.

The 22-month program is now accepting students for its first class next fall. In-state tuition is expected to make it particularly attractive to New Jersey residents. The leadership team consists of faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Jessica Joines (at left) is the program director. Contact her at or 848-445-9637. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Second Annual Rutgers Giving Day: November 29
Scarlet is more than a color; it’s a deep lifelong feeling of community and pride. The second annual Rutgers Giving Day on November 29, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is an opportunity for the Rutgers community to demonstrate what it can accomplish together. On Rutgers Giving Day, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends will “paint the day scarlet” by giving to their favorite Rutgers causes. Make a gift online at Through social media challenges, participants will have opportunities to earn additional funds for the areas they want to support. Follow @RutgersU on Twitter to stay connected throughout the day. The Alumni Association-NJMS will have two tables at New Jersey Medical School to accept donations: B-level lobby in the Medical Science Building (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and the University Hospital cafeteria (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). 


Rutgers 250 Digital Mosaic
The Rutgers University Alumni Association celebrated Rutgers’ 250th anniversary with an online mosaic featuring 250 years of photos from across all university locations and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. During the past year, more than 5,000 Rutgers alumni, students, faculty, staff members, and friends submitted pictures of their favorite scarlet memories. View the photos and search for yours here.

Kite+Key Holiday Sale: December 2, Piscataway
Attend kite+key’s Faculty and Staff Holiday Sale on December 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Faculty and staff qualify for Apple education pricing on Apple products. On December 2 only, kite+key will offer additional discounts. Save money on such products as the new 15-inch and 13-inch Macbook Pro® with touch bar, and select iPad® and Macbook® models, with exclusives on previous-generation and custom inventory. Additional store sales include up to 85 percent off on accessories and computers, starting at $249. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. Learn more here. Contact kite+key at 848-445-1127 or

Youth, Adult Auditions at Mason Gross Extension Division
The following ensemble programs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division are open for auditions: Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble, Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Music at Mason Gross for youth or adults. Additionally, the Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers will hold auditions on January 18 for students in grades 3 through 12. Learn more here or call 848-932-8618.

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Ross Gay: November 30, New Brunswick
The Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Ross Gay in its Writers at Rutgers Reading Series on November 30 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Gay is the author of Against WhichBringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Learn more here 

Online Sakai Workshop: December 1
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on December 1 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai 11. Participants will learn how to set up and manage their Gradebook, how to enter grades, and more. Learn more and register here.

Short-Term Apartment Rentals
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals near Rutgers University–New Brunswick to faculty, staff, and visitors from other Rutgers affiliates in need of temporary housing. All units are fully furnished and include kitchen and linen setups. The inventory includes studio and one- and two-bedroom units in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Occupancy restrictions apply. Utilities and internet services are provided. Leases run from the 1st or the 15th day of the month and can be as short as one month or as long as a year. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 30 news organizations in the past week, including USA Today, Bloomberg News, and The New York Times.

Highlights include:

The New York Times talked to Pam Lubbers of Rutgers Health Services about the university’s program that supports students on the autism spectrum.

The Huffington Post reports on Kristine Durante’s (RBS) research that shows people under stress are more likely to save money.

Click here for highlights.


Varied Voter Voices in the 2016 Election: November 30, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts visiting scholar Sayu Bhojwani, who provides an overview of how Asian and Latino voters affected the presidential election as well as an analysis of major down-ballot races, on November 30 at 4 p.m. Register 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

Stedman Gallery Presents George Segal in Black and White: through December 10, Camden
The Stedman Gallery in the 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.

MFA First-Year Exhibition: Sweet Potato: through December 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, through 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.

Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner: through July 31, Newark
Artist Ira Wagner’s series Garden State, exhibited on the first floor of Engelhard Hall, Rutgers University–Newark, features industrial landscapes in New Jersey. 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. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three Rutgers University–New Brunswick locations 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.

Get Involved

CCLC Piscataway Event
CCLC families and friends at Rutgers University–New Brunswick are invited to a Friends Giving party on November 23 at 4 p.m. at CCLC, Piscataway. For more information, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or

Awards & Honors

Thea Abu El-Haj, associate professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the American Educational Studies Association 2016 Book Critics Award for her book Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11. Learn more here

Lee B. Reichman, executive director, Global Tuberculosis Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Union Medal, the highest honor of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the control of tuberculosis or lung health by their scientific work and/or actiions in the field.

Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers Honors:

  • Deborah Scheibler, assistant director, housing and residence life, Rutgers University–Camden, was elected vice president/president-elect;
  • Kathryn Lonczewski, area coordinator, housing and residence life, Rutgers University–Camden, received the Commitment to Social Justice award, which recognizes individuals who serve as an example to others through a commitment to diversity and social justice beyond the scope of their full-time professional responsibilities;
  • Courtland James, residence life coordinator, became the first Rutgers University–New Brunswick recipient of the Ann Webster New Professional Award, which recognizes significant contributions by an individual who has worked in housing and residence life for less than four years.
Gifts & Grants

Janice Gobert, professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project, titled Inq-Blotter: A Real-Time Alerting Tool to Transform Teacher's Assessment of Science Inquiry Practices, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Gobert here.

Reginald Lewis, assistant professor of professional practice, School of Public Affairs and Administration, and executive director, Newark City of Learning Collaborative, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $422,000. The project, titled Pathways to Achievement and Success Project, is being supported by Kresge Foundation. Read more about Lewis here.

Elisabeth Sikes, associate professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,926. The project, titled Pacific Ocean Stratification Since the Last Ice Age: New Constraints from Benthic Foraminifera, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Sikes here.

Lev Borisov, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $101,410. The project, titled Homological Mirror Symmetry and Applications, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Borisov here.

Mehdi Javanmard, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled The ProteOhmic CTC Surface Marker Analyzer: Rapid Prediction of Cancer Patient Response to Matriptase Targeted Therapy, is being supported by the PhRMA Foundation. Learn more about Javanmard here.

Mary Daisey, associate chancellor for student affairs, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,500. The project, titled Supporting Student Scholarships, is being supported by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. Learn more about Daisey here.

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