November 9, 2016

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Rutgers 250

Happy 250th

The yearlong series of events recognizing Rutgers' 250th Birthday culminates on November 10 when students, staff, faculty, and friends of the university celebrate Rutgers 250 across the state.

Plan to participate in the activities as Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences distinguish the day with their own unique celebrations. Activities include engaging lectures and seminars with many of our notable alumni during “A Day of Revolutionary Thinking.” Celebrate with cupcakes, fireworks, and more. Bells will ring at 2:50 p.m. at churches and other locations in Rutgers communities. View the day’s schedule of activities here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Universitywide Compliance Training: November 9
The Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance invites faculty, staff, and students to Compliance Grand Rounds II on November 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This training is another opportunity to earn 1 mandatory compliance training credit by attending in lieu of a single mandatory web-based training module. The guest speaker is New Jersey’s director of homeland security, Christopher Rodriguez, who will address “Cybersecurity in Healthcare” at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rooms B963 and B965, Newark, with the event streamed to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Medical Education Building, Room 102, New Brunswick; Kessler Teaching Laboratories, Room C207, Piscataway; the Camden Campus Center, South ABC Conference Room; and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Preregister here. Contact Juakena Johnson at 973-972-1334 or with questions.


Annual New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign
Each year, contributions made through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign by Rutgers employees help support programs and services of charities nationwide and worldwide. This year’s campaign has begun and runs through December 16. Employees can donate by payroll deduction, e-check, or one-time paper check. Learn more and make contributions here.

Accepting Female Faculty Applications for OASIS
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen/WiSEM) is accepting applications through November 21 for the 2016–2017 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program for female faculty from all disciplines. Workshops will take place one Friday per month during the spring semester from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. OASIS also includes peer-learning activities and one-on-one coaching. Partial financial sponsorship may be available. Learn more and apply here

Seeking Nonheterosexual Women for Research Study
The Rutgers Emotion and Psychopathology (EMP) Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking nonheterosexual women 18 or older to participate in a research study about stress and eating. Participation involves a 65-minute in-person visit and using a smartphone app for 5 days to track stressful experiences and eating behaviors. Monetary compensation will be provided. For more information, email Complete the prescreening survey here.

Little Shop of Horrors: November 10–13, Piscataway
The Livingston Theatre Company presents its first show of the 2016–17 season, the classic Little Shop of Horrors, with five performances in Livingston Hall in the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway, on November 10, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m. and November 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. Learn more and purchase tickets (ranging from $8 to $12) here.

“Fair Rebels? Fair Trade Coffee Production and the Challenges of Making Livable Worlds”: November 11, Piscataway
The speaker series in the Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Lindsay Naylor, University of Delaware, to present "Fair Rebels? Fair Trade Coffee Production and the Challenges of Making Livable Worlds" on November 11 at 3 p.m. in Tillett Hall, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Drop In to Mason Gross Extension Division: November 12, New Brunswick
Searching for an art or music class for your youngster or a piano or guitar teacher for your teen? The Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, can help. Drop in to the Extension Division on November 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about available programs, meet instructors, and observe a lesson. Learn more here.

Graduate and Professional School Open House: November 12, New Brunswick
Attend the Graduate and Professional School Open House on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Representatives from Rutgers’ graduate and professional degree programs will be available to discuss areas of study and the admissions process. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the student center and gym. Learn more 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. In addition, mark your calendar for kite+key’s annual holiday sale on December 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The sale will include doorbusters and huge storewide savings. 

Sakai Online Workshop: Using Kaltura: November 17
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on November 17 from 2 to 3 p.m., participants will learn how to use My Media and Media Gallery within your Sakai site. Learn more and register here.

At the Zimmerli: Winners & Losers: A Pop-Up Museum: November 17, New Brunswick
Show and tell is no longer just for kids. Attend a one-night-only exhibition, Winners and Losers: A Pop-Up Museum, cosponsored by the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and coLAB Arts on November 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Zimmerli. Bring an item connected to the theme of winners and losers to display among treasured items from other members of the campus and New Brunswick communities, such as a trophy won in eighth grade, a memento from a long-lost love, an election bumper sticker, or anything else that comes to mind. The program is free and open to the public, with complimentary refreshments. Email with any questions. Learn more here.

2nd 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. 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. Register here for Rutgers Giving Day reminders and check back on November 29 to make a gift to the Rutgers cause that means the most to you. Spread the word using #RUGivingDay.

First-Run Movies for Less at Rutgers Cinema
Rutgers Cinema, Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a state-of-the-art digital theater providing first-run movies at a discounted rate, staff-friendly showtimes daily within the 5 p.m. hour, and discounted menu prices as well as special events. Catch a matinee movie before 6 p.m. for $5 with RU ID, $7 for the general public. Evening movie tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for others. View showtimes and purchase tickets here. Contact Rutgers Cinema at 848-445-1124.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including the Huffington Post, WABC-TV, and USA Today.

Highlights include:

SNJ Today: Rutgers Signs Formal Partnership Agreement with Cuban University (Gloria Bonilla Santiago, Graduate School-Camden, quoted here)

NJTV News: Efforts to Prevent Voter Fraud, Intimidation on Election Day (Charles Auffant, Law School, Alexis Karteron, Constitutional Law Clinic, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Rutgers Climate Symposium: November 18, Piscataway
The Rutgers Climate Symposium on November 18 at Livingston Student Center, Piscataway, is intended to stimulate interaction and collaboration among the community of natural and social science researchers and university students interested in climate change who are from institutions in the greater New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia region. Register by November 14 here.

2nd Annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium: December 16, Branchburg
The 2nd Annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium will be held on December 16 at the Edward Nash Theater, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg. The symposium will include a keynote address by György Buzsáki, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, NYU Neuroscience Institute; oral presentations by Rutgers faculty members; and poster presentations from neuroscience labs across Rutgers. The early-registration deadline is November 15. Abstract submissions for the poster session also are requested by November 15. Learn more and register here.


Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of Treasures from the Archives: through November 12, New Brunswick
In recognition of the university’s 250th birthday, this exhibition showcases important historical documents, vivid photographic illustrations, and interesting, compelling, and often whimsical artifacts from the collections of the Rutgers University Archives. Visit the exhibition in Gallery ’50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through November 12. Learn more here

"Tapping through Time": November 9, Newark
The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University–Newark, presents the New Jersey Tap Ensemble in “Tapping through Time,” an overview of the history of tap dancing, on November 9 at 7 p.m. in Bradley Hall Theater, Rutgers–Newark. This free symposium traces tap’s roots, African-American contributions, the impact of the Golden Age of Harlem, Duke Ellington’s legacy, and the 20th-century renaissance of tap. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: Dean Tomanelli Trio: November 9, Camden
Take a midday break to listen to live music by the Dean Tomanelli Trio on November 9 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Mason Gross Presents: James David Christie, Organ Master Class, and Recital: November 12 and 13, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites the public to attend an organ master class on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Church, New Brunswick. James David Christie, the celebrated Boston Symphony Orchestra performer and teacher, coaches students in the performance of works from the North German Baroque period. The program features works by Dieterich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach, performed on the Richards, Fowkes, & Co. pipe organ. On November 13, Christie, a specialist of Baroque repertoire, performs a recital at the church at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

“The Legacy of Robert Moevs”: November 13, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University Libraries present “The Legacy of Robert Moevs,” a concert celebrating the modernist composer who taught at Rutgers University from 1964 to 1991. The free event takes place on November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall in Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.


“Rutgers Discovery”—A Puzzling Adventure: through November 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 times and the funniest photos. Register here.

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: through November 13, Various Locations
The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival presents films at a variety of locations in central New Jersey through November 13. Learn more here.


Thomas A. Edison Papers Innovation Lecture Series: Dunbar P. Birnie Presents “Solar Innovation and Complexity”: November 15, Piscataway
The next installment of the Innovation Lecture Series features Dunbar P. Birnie III, professor of materials science and engineering, on November 15. Birnie will examine balancing complexity and cell efficiency—critical factors for future solar innovations to flourish. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5:45 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Rutgers Business School, Piscataway. 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


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.

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.

Appointments & Retirements

Ronald L. Becker is retiring from Rutgers University Libraries after 43 years of service, 25 as head of the Special Collections and University Archives during a period of significant growth. Becker, who will be leaving at the end of the current semester, also chairs the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

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

Show Your Creative Side, Compete for Cash Prizes
Don’t hide your talent. All university employees and their families are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program for Rutgers at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, taking place from January 23 through April 19, 2017. The National Arts Program is designed to give artists at all skill levels an uninhibited opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes. All entries are submitted free of charge and must be the original work of the applicant completed within the last three years. Kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photographs of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, and random snapshots are not accepted. All work must be properly framed and wired. Art work will be received on January 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NJMS’s Medical Science Building, Room B515, Newark. The registration deadline is January 13. Register and learn more here. For additional information, contact Noreen Gomez at 973-972-4795.

Gifts & Grants

Jing Li, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a coinvestigator of an award totaling $1.1 million. Li is working with Yves Chabal at the University of Texas at Dallas and Timo Thonhauser at Wake Forest. The project, titled Synthesizing New Metal Organic Frameworks with Tailored Physical and Chemical Properties, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Li here.

Shantenu Jha, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $509,643. The project, titled EarthCube Building Blocks: Collaborative Proposal: The Power of Many: Ensemble Toolkit for Earth Sciences, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Jha here.

Jonathan Eckstein, professor, management science and information systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $457,072. The project, titled Incremental and Asynchronous Projective Splitting Methods for Mathematical Programming, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Eckstein here.

David Shreiber, professor and graduate director, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $412,491. The project, titled REU Site: Cellular Bioengineering—From Biomaterials to Stem Cells, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Shreiber here.

Ron Hart, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $182,016. The project, titled Mechanism of Gene-Environment Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hart 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.

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