November 30, 2016

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Camden Professors Honored

Julie and Kenneth Kendall, married management faculty members at Rutgers School of Business–Camden, were recently inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame. The Kendalls are two of only 21 members in the Hall of Fame, established by the PhD Project in 2011 “to recognize a select few who have inspired many.”

The PhD Project was founded in 1994 as a way to increase workplace diversity by encouraging minority professionals to become academics who, in turn, would encourage, mentor, support, and enhance the preparation of tomorrow’s business leaders. The Kendalls agree that it is the doctoral students who make the PhD Project a success. They were overjoyed to learn that a student nominated them for the Hall of Fame. Learn more about the Kendalls and the PhD Project here.

In this Issue...

Spring Registration Open for Continuing Education in Historic Preservation
In September, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University–Camden launched a continuing education program in historic preservation, designed for those who desire a deeper understanding of the vocabulary and discipline of historic preservation. Classes provide fundamentals of contemporary historic preservation practice as well as opportunities for in-depth studies. Registration for spring classes is now open. Learn more and register here.

French Department Presents Rudy Le Menthéour: November 30, New Brunswick
The Department of French, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture by Rudy Le Menthéour, associate professor of French studies, Bryn Mawr College, and author of La Manufacture de Maladies and a scholarly edition on the first treatise on modern eugenics, on November 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Academic Building, Room 4190, Rutgers–New Brunswick. His lecture is titled "Seul en Son Royaume: La Jouissance Souveraine Selon Rousseau Crusoé." His articles focus on Rousseau, medical humanities, and political philosophy. Learn more 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

Douglass’s 99th Yule Log Ceremony: December 4, New Brunswick
Douglass Residential College hosts its 99th Yule Log Ceremony on December 4 at 4:45 p.m. in Voorhees Chapel, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A dessert reception will follow in the New Jersey Commuter Lounge, second floor, Douglass Student Center. Parking is available in the Douglass Parking Deck. Learn more here.

Art After Hours: December 6, New Brunswick
The next Art After Hours: First Tuesdays at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, spotlights Circa 1866: European Prints from the Collection, with curator-led tours of the exhibition on December 6. The artists on view represent a new generation working in France and England during a pivotal era of artistic innovation. Several of these works have been part of the Zimmerli’s collection since it was founded in 1966 as the Rutgers University Art Gallery. The evening features live music by the Rutgers Chamber Jazz Ensemble, directed by Victor Lewis. Art After Hours is open to the public, offering free admission and complimentary refreshments from 5 to 9 p.m. Learn more here

Online Sakai Workshop: December 6
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on December 6 from 11 to 11:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai 11, learn how to set up and manage their Gradebook, enter grades, and more. Learn more and register here.

Annual Faraday Holiday Children’s Lecture: December 9–11, Piscataway
The Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its popular holiday spectacular: the 19th annual Faraday Holiday Children’s Lecture, on December 9, 10, and 11, at the Physics Lecture Hall, Piscataway. The shows are based on the tradition of famous British physicist Michael Faraday, whose work in the early 1800s laid the foundation for the electric motor and electrical generation. Designed to dazzle and capture the imaginations of young and old alike, demonstrations feature such spectacles as real flowers frozen to the point where they shatter like glass, exploding hydrogen balloons, a person lying on a bed of nails, and a fire extinguisher used to rocket a person across the room. Rutgers’ version is produced by Mark Croft, a physics professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, and physics support specialist Dave Maiullo. The shows are open to the public. Early arrival is advised to ensure seating. Admission and parking are free; no passes required. Overflow seating will be available in a nearby classroom with a video link to the show. Learn more and check show times here.

The 2016 Election: What Happened?: December 9, Piscataway
Patrick Murray, Monmouth University Polling Institute's founding director, will speak on December 9 at noon in the dean's conference room, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Piscataway. Lunch will be available. Contributions for the lunch may be made at the meeting. The event is sponsored by the RWJMS Retired Faculty Association.

Celebrating Caliburn: Supercomputer: December 15, Piscataway
Join the celebration of the acquisition and installation of the new supercomputer at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute on December 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the CoRE building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Dubbed Caliburn, it is believed to be the most powerful computer system in New Jersey, ranking no. 2 among Big Ten universities and no. 8 among U.S. academic institutions. Caliburn features a unique architecture designed by Rutgers computer scientists. This event features state government officials and Rutgers leaders highlighting the value it can provide to research, education, industry, and the state. Learn more and register here.

Pre-College Program Information
Searching for that perfect holiday gift for the K12 students in your life? Consider a pre-college program experience at Rutgers. Explore the Office of Enrollment Management’s pre-college directory and browse more than 100 programs from a variety of schools and departments universitywide. Offerings include for-credit courses, college access programs, sports and arts camps, and more. Learn more here. For questions or additional information, contact Lauren Olsen at

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 55 news organizations in the past week, including U.S. News & World Report, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and FOX News.

Highlights include:

Time Magazine reported on the release of Scarlet and Black, describing the roles enslaved people played in Rutgers’ history, quoting Rutgers University–New Brunswick Chancellor Richard Edwards.

Jeffrey Robinson, associate professor, Rutgers Business SchoolNewark and New Brunswick, is quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story about social entrepreneurs and business school.

Click here for highlights.

Nov. 30 events "Scripture and Tradition in Judaism: The Challenge of Modernity": December 5, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture by Benjamin D. Sommer, professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, on December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. RSVP here.

Writers in Camden: Jericho Brown and Rick Moody: November 30, Camden
Hear readings by Jericho Brown and Rick Moody on November 30 at 7 p.m. in multipurpose room in the Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center. RSVP is encouraged. Learn more and RSVP here.

Mallery Concert Series: Misha Yanovitsky: November 30, Camden
Take a midday break to listen to live music by Misha Yanovitsky on November 30 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here

Writers at Rutgers: Ross Gay: November 30, New Brunswick
Writers at Rutgers, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an evening with poet Ross Gay November 30 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers Theater Company Presents: Playwrights Festival: November 30–December 4, New Brunswick
Works by master of fine arts playwrights Mary Clohan and Jake Mariani, as well as alumna Bryna Turner, are performed by the graduating company, from November 30 to December 4, in the Philip J. Levin Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Reception for Partner in Crime: December 1, Newark
A free reception for the exhibition Partner in Crime—on view through December 22 in the Criminal Justice Gallery, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark—will be held there on December 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show examines the spatial representation of prisons and the connection between geography and imprisonment. Learn more here.

Visual Arts Performance Event: In the Spirit of Fluxus: December 1, New Brunswick
This performance—a collaboration between the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art History—celebrates the spirit of Fluxus, a movement noted for breaking boundaries across disciplines that has been integral to the history of art at Rutgers. It will be held on December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Classical Music Concert for Guitar and Flute: December 2, Newark
Enjoy a classical music concert for guitar and flute featuring classical guitarist Leighann Narum and flautist Sara J. Berger on December 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Clement's Place (15 Washington Street), Rutgers University–Newark. They will perform music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including from composers Diego Ortiz, Niccolo Paganini, Fransisco Tarrega, Manuel De Falla, Bela Bartok, Ernesto Cordero, and Maximo Diego Pujol. The concert is made possible in part by the support of the Cultural Programming Fund at Rutgers–Newark, Clement's Place, and Institute of Jazz Studies. Learn more here.

Get Involved

CCLC Accepting Donations for Needy Families
Before the holidays, drop off new or gently-used coats or toys in the lobby of CCLC, Newark, or CCLC, Piscataway, between December 5 and December 16. All items will be donated to a local organization helping families in need within the school communities. For the Newark location, contact Andreas Dimitratos at 973-623-0182 or For Piscataway, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Rutgers Cinema
Tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway, are now available to purchase onlline. Rogue One opens there on December 15 at 7 p.m., one day earlier than originally planned. Matinee showings begin on December 16. Matinee tickets (for shows before 6 p.m.) are $5 with RU ID and $7 for others. Evening tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for others. View show times and purchase tickets here.

Awards & Honors

A book about Swiss landscape architect Dieter Kienast by Anette Freytag, associate professor and new faculty member, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected as one of the 10 best architectural books of 2016 by the German Architectural Museum in Frankfurt, the book's fourth prize since its publication in February. The English translation, The Landscapes of Dieter Kienast, will be published next spring.

Sean Stein Smith, assistant professor of professional practice, Rutgers School of Business–Camden, is one of 17 faculty members from New Jersey university business schools to receive a Bright Idea Award from the New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation and the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, recognizing the best papers from business school faculty from 2015. Smith was cited for his research on emerging opportunities for accounting practitioners to make better and more strategically oriented business decisions.

Christopher Uchrin, professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an honor held by fewer than 3.5 percent of ASCE members and given to individuals who have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world.

The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBTQ Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received two awards at the recent Region VII Association of College Unions International Conference. The Theresa D. Drummond Memorial Award, for Language Matters, recognizes a program that emphasizes promotion of cross-cultural communication and acceptance, in addition to advocating for inclusion. The Outstanding Community Building Program Award, for Building Campus Communities (August Student Leaders), recognizes a program that fosters the enhancement of the campus community. Both programs were division initiatives and represent collaborations among several departments.

Gifts & Grants

Ken Safir, distinguished professor, Department of Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $526,164. The project, titled The Afranaph Project, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Safir here.

Jeffrey Robinson, associate professor, Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $407,668. The project, titled Minority Technology Entrepreneurship Innovation and Commercialization Initiative, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Read more about Robinson here.

Saurabh Jha, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $337,602. The project, titled Unusual White Dwarf Supernovae, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Jha here.

Rebecca Wright, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and Lazaros Gallos, associate director, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-investigators of an award totaling $200,057. The project, titled EAGER: Collaborative Research Algorithmic Framework for Anomaly Detection in Interdependent Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here and Gallos here.

Jing (Peter) Jin, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $148,672. The project, titled Personal Traffic Safety and Travel Assistance Based on Connected Vehicle and Wearable Devices, is being supported by the Digital China Information Service Cooperation. Learn more about Jin here.

Ronald Becker, head of special collections and university archives, Rutgers University Libraries, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $95,230. The project, titled General Operating Support, is being supported by the New Jersey Historical Commission. Learn more about Becker here.

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