November 4, 2015

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Get Revolutionary

Join the Celebration. Get Revolutionary!

The university community is invited to the Old Queens lawn at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on November 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the kickoff of Rutgers’ 250th anniversary year.

Colonial bell ringers, a fife-and-drum corps, a bell choir, musicians from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the unwrapping of a university birthday gift, and culinary treats are among the elements of the festivities, officially launching a yearlong series of academic and commemorative events culminating on November 10, 2016—precisely 250 years after the establishment of Rutgers’ predecessor institution, Queen’s College. There also will be a screening of the film, Our Revolutionary Spirit, highlighting some of Rutgers' most revolutionary leaders.

The Rutgers 250 organizers have created a broad, unifying theme—Revolution—to allow many stories about the university’s rich history to be told in a variety of ways. As the year unfolds, track Rutgers 250 events and activities here, get involved, and follow the excitement on social media using #rutgers250.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Master Educators’ Guild: November 17, Piscataway
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences invites you to attend the fall Academic Grand Rounds, entitled "Health Equity: A Medical and Ethical Imperative," on November 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room V10 in the RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway. School of Public Health dean Jasjit S. Ahluwalia is the keynote speaker, preceded by the induction of 2015 master educators and followed by a brief reception.

Recent Updates to the University Policy Library Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for policies governing the university's academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. A recent update to the policy library includes a revision to 10.2.11, Code of Student Conduct [PDF], and new policy 10.3.12, Student Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Related Misconduct [PDF]. Recent policy updates and previous versions of updated policies are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals
University Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Email or click here for more information.

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 through December 10 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Douglass Library. Ganesh’s works draw imagery from a broad range of references spanning from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, to 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, to contemporary cultural references such as Bollywood, anime, and comic books. Learn more here.



Nominate Alumni Now for "A Day of Revolutionary Thinking"
Nominations are being accepted through November 13 for alumni presenters to showcase their success and scholarship during “A Day of Revolutionary Thinking” on November 10, 2016, Charter Day and Rutgers' 250th Anniversary. The alumni nominees, who may present talks, classes, seminars, or demonstrations as part of a concluding activity of the university’s yearlong anniversary celebration, must be hosted by an academic department, school, program, or center that agrees to serve as a sponsor. Successful proposals may be eligible for stipends to cover expenses directly incurred in providing travel, food, and lodging for honorees. Learn more and nominate alumni here


Two New Books Mark Rutgers’ 250th
On the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary, two new commemorative books present insider perspectives and previously unpublished photography related to the university's history: Rutgers: A 250 Anniversary Portrait and Rutgers Since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey. Learn some of the background in the development of the books here and purchase them here.

Crowdfunding Campaign for Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair
The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) has launched its first crowdfunding campaign for the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies. Through a partnership with IWL, the School of Communication and Information, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair will be an enduring resource to prepare students for leadership and decision-making roles now and throughout their professional lives. Learn how to participate in this opportunity here.

Updated Faculty/Staff Technology Guide
The Office of Information Technology has published an updated universitywide Faculty/Staff Technology Guide that provides a comprehensive list of IT services with brief descriptions and links to additional details. The guide covers netID, help desk information, instructional technology support, high performance and research computing, eduroam, email services including the new Rutgers Connect, and more. View the guide here.

Participants Wanted to Discuss TV Commercials
Interested in getting paid to discuss your reactions to TV commercials depicting interracial families? If you are at least 18 years old, contact graduate student Crystal Bedley in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at Weeknight and weekend sessions are available. Participants receive a $10 gift card.

The Morning After: The Calm Before the Storms of 2016 and 2017: November 4, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a panel discussion analyzing the 2015 state elections, 2016 presidential race, and 2017 gubernatorial election on November 4 at 9:30 a.m. with Matt Friedman, Politico reporter; Gail Gordon, attorney and Republican fundraiser; Julie Roginsky, Democratic political consultant; and Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media Washington correspondent. The event is free but registration is required. Register and learn more here

Off-Broadway Award Winner: They Call Me Q: November 4, Piscataway
The Asian American Cultural Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents They Call Me Q, the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Bronx who seeks balance between cultural pressure and wanting acceptance into American culture, on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life, including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and Indian and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, They Call Me Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities. Kadwani is the first South Asian female to have a solo play produced Off-Broadway. It ran for seven months in 2014 and received best play and best actress awards. Learn more here.

MIT Report: "The Future of Solar Energy": November 6, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute and the Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present Richard Schmalensee, Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics and Management Emeritus at MIT Sloan School of Management, and Francis O'Sullivan, director of research and analysis, MIT Energy Initiative, to discuss the MIT report "The Future of Solar Energy" on November 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Square Building, New Brunswick. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. Learn more here.

Join Us on the Road for R Game Day: November 7
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG again this year. Meet alumni and Rutgers fans during R Game Day, a series of tailgate events before every away football game. The next event takes place at the University of Michigan on November 7. Learn more, view dates, and register here.

Online Sakai Workshop: November 10
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on November 10 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Sakai lessons tool and learn how to create a lessons page, add content, set prerequisites, and maximize use. Learn more and register here.

Discussion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Autobiography: November 12, Camden
Attend a discussion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's autobiography, My Beloved World, on November 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University–Camden. Elisabeth Bass, an English professor at Camden County College, will facilitate. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe. 

Highlights include: 

The New York Times: Fake Cover Letters Expose Discrimination Against Disabled  (Lisa Schur, SAS, and Mason Ameri, SMLLR, quoted here) Is 'follow your dreams' good advice for kids? (Joan Maya Mazelis, Arts & Sciences-Camden, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Register Now for "History of Rutgers" Online Course
Learn about Rutgers’ rich history and remarkable past in a 3-credit online course taught by Rutgers historians Paul G.E. Clemens, author of Rutgers Since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey, and Rudolph Bell. Each week opens with interviews, visual presentations, and selected readings on a major theme in the university's history, from its beginnings in 1766 as a small college for prospective ministers to its status as a major research university. Register for the spring semester class before December 15. Learn more here.

"The Causes and Consequences of the 2014 Oil Price Crash": November 9, New Brunswick
On November 9 at 1:30 p.m., the Rutgers Energy Institute hosts an energy policy seminar, “The Causes and Consequences of the 2014 Oil Price Crash,” with Jason Bordoff, professor of professional practice in international and public affairs and founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, G.H. Cook Campus. Learn more here.

“To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation”: November 10, New Brunswick 
Global humanitarian, medical anthropologist, and physician Paul Farmer, known for his commitment to improving health care for the world's poorest people, presents “To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation” on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and the United Nations special adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. This program is sponsored by the Honors College in partnership with the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs and the Office of Global Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Learn more here or call 848-932-0990.​

Symposium to Honor Memory of Paul Lioy: November 12, New Brunswick
As a tribute to the late Paul J. Lioy, a daylong symposium focusing on environmental health research will be held on November 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. A continental breakfast will be provided at 9 a.m. Lioy, professor and internationally recognized researcher, passed away in July 2015. RSVP to Teresa Boutillette. Learn more here.

“A Neural Mechanism for Reasoning from Sequential Samples”: November 17, Piscataway
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts Michael Shadlen, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University School of Medicine, to present “A Neural Mechanism for Reasoning from Sequential Samples” on November 17 at 4 p.m. in the RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Monday Night Film and Video Series


Monday Night Film and Video Series at Civic Square: through December 7, New Brunswick
The media area of the Visual Arts Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a free Monday night film and video series at 6:30 in the Civic Square Building, Room 110, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through December 7. View the schedule here.

Mallery Concert Series: Heather Fetrow and Mila Henry: November 4, Camden
The Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden presents soprano Heather Fetrow and pianist Mila Henry on November 4 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

“Pages and Passages: 21st Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium”: November 5, New Brunswick
The daylong "Pages and Passages: 21st Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium" will be held at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on November 6. Featured artists Doug Beube, Lynne Buschman, Peter Jacobs, Elizabeth Mackie, Sydney Jean Reisen, and Maryann Riker will discuss recent book work. The event includes a workshop on molding and casting miniature relief sculptures, a curatorial discussion, and readings from artists’ books. Learn more here.

Edward Baugh: Poetry Reading and Discussion: November 6, Newark
Poet Edward Baugh, a literary critic whose academic career has been devoted to West Indian literature, performs a reading on November 6 at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Black on the Banks Conference: November 6 and 7, New Brunswick
“Black on the Banks: African-American Students at Rutgers in the 1960s,” a public conversation on the struggle for equity and access in higher education featuring African-American alumni from Rutgers College and Douglass College, Classes of 1964 through 1973, will take place on November 6 (Neilson Dining Hall) and November 7 (Voorhees Hall), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers' 250th Anniversary. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Valerie L. Johnson, associate research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, retired effective October 31. A faculty member since 1978, she conducted research as part of the Health and Human Development Project, the Rutgers Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center, and the Rutgers Alliance for Sustainable Risk Reduction.

Patrick Shafto, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed as a Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science, the first term chair appointment at Rutgers–Newark.

Lee Slater, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed as a Henry Rutgers University Professor in Geophysics.

Get Involved

Hosts Wanted for Thanksgiving Day Dinner Program
The International Friendship Program, sponsored by the Center for Global Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is coordinating a special Thanksgiving Day dinner program to provide the international community an opportunity to experience this traditional American holiday. Anyone interested in hosting an international guest into their home for Thanksgiving Day is encouraged to complete the holiday dinner host application form by November 6. Applications received after that will be placed on a waiting list. Learn more here.

Make Travel Plans through RUAA Adventures
Searching for a perfect holiday gift? Book a family trip with the Rutgers University Alumni Association’s Adventures program. Choose from a number of opportunities to many exotic destinations. View all travel packages and book your trip here.

Gifts & Grants

Weida Wu, associate professor, and Sean Oh, assistant professor, both in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled 2-DARE: Engineering Novel Topological Interface States in 2D Chalcogenide Heterostructures, is being supported by a National Science Foundation Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Award. Shengbai Zhang of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Peter Armitage of Johns Hopkins University are co-PIs. Learn more about Wu here and Oh here.

Thomas Tsakalakos, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled Origins of Low Electric Field Assisted Sintering of Ceramics, is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Tsakalakos here.

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $240,000. The project, titled The Beneficial Effect of DMF in Multiple Sclerosis May Involve the Development of Regulatory Macrophages/Microglia, is being supported by Biogen. Learn more about Dhib-Jalbut here.

Gary Taghon, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $161,540. The project, titled Monitoring Effects of Thin-Layer Placement on Marsh Benthic Infauna and Sediment Properties, is being supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Learn more about Taghon here.

Naa Oyo Kwate, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and in the Department of Africana Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $142,172. The project, titled The City as Health Policy, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Kwate here.

Lee Slater, Henry Rutgers Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled New Geophysical Techniques Are Needed to Help Characterize the Hydrogeologic Properties Controlling Field-scale Flow and Transport in Diverse Geologic Environments, is being supported by the U.S. Geological Survey. Learn more about Slater here.

In Memoriam

Hubert Lechevalier, professor emeritus at the Waksman Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on October 28, 2015, at his Morrisville, Vermont, home, where he lived in retirement since 1991. He was 89.

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