October 12, 2016

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Bloustein School

Undergraduate Public Health Program Gains CEPH Accreditation

The baccalaureate public health program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, an independent agency recognized by the United States Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and stand-alone programs outside such schools.

The Bloustein School is one of the first four schools in the nation to have its stand-alone baccalaureate public health program receive accreditation. Students enrolled in the program earn a bachelor of science degree and also can earn specific certificates in health disparities, health education and advocacy, public health management, and public health preparedness. The accreditation marks the latest recognition for the public health program, which was ranked fourth in the nation by USA TODAY. Learn more here.


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Cornerstone Update
The integrated human resources and payroll system and the new financial management and expense management systems are live. Visit Cornerstone to see what’s new. You can access all Cornerstone applications through the myRutgers portal. Questions? Contact Cornerstone here.


Free Flu Vaccine
Occupational Health is in the process of dispensing free flu vaccine for all staff and faculty. Learn more and view the vaccine calendar here.


Mobile App Offers Rutgers 250 Quiz
Download the new Rutgers 250 mobile app, then prove your mastery of Rutgers history: take the Rutgers 250 Quiz and be entered to win a copy of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait—a beautifully illustrated book with more than 200 new and archival photographs, listed for $70. Weekly drawings will be held until November 11, 2016. With the Rutgers 250 app, you can take the celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary with you. Be a virtual tourist through Rutgers’ three main locations. Sync up with Rutgers 250 events through the rest of the celebration with a Calendar of Events

Brief Survey for Online Faculty
The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies wants to know the type of training our online faculty members need. If you teach online or hybrid courses at Rutgers, take a couple of moments to complete a seven-question training needs survey to assess how, where, when, and on what topics you would like training materials delivered. Complete the survey here to help make sure your training needs are met. Contact Emily Ravenwood at eravenwood@docs.rutgers.edu with questions.

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. Learn about room rental rates and make online reservations here

Take Survey for Proposed New Brunswick Bike Share Program
The entire Rutgers University–New Brunswick community is urged to participate in a brief survey, conducted by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, about the proposed regional bike share program. The program would allow users to pick up and ride bicycles for a short period of time for a fee, then return them to a hub or within a radius. The survey takes less than five minutes. Take the survey here.

Register for Sakai Training
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology offers training on the various tools in the Sakai learning management system. The webinars provide training on the newly enhanced functionality of Sakai 11, including the following tools: Creating a Sakai Course Site, Managing Your Sakai Site, Utilizing Communication Tools in Sakai, and Assignments. Learn more and register here.

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 jhannaj@echo.rutgers.edu.

Movies for Less at Rutgers Cinema
Catch an early movie for less. Rutgers Cinema, Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, now offers daily matinee prices before 6 p.m.: $5 with RU ID, $7 for the general public. Rutgers Cinema offers staff-friendly daily show times within the 5 p.m. hour and weekend show times within the noon hour. Purchase tickets and learn more here.

Shop Kilmer's Market, Save 10 Percent
Kilmer's Market, a gourmet market and grocer, offers faculty and staff a 10 percent discount on your entire purchase. Located at the Plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, it is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Kilmer's Market at 848-445-0106.

"From Russia with Love": Music at the Museum: October 16, New Brunswick
Music at the Museum, a free monthly weekend concert series featuring classical and jazz musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts’ Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, begins on October 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers–New Brunswick. "From Russia with Love" will be presented with works by Shostakovich, Hummel, Rachmaninov, and Aliabiev performed by Yevgeny Morozov, piano; Tatyana Kebuladze, piano; I-Yun Tu, flute; and Jordan Enzinger, cello. Learn more here.

At Eagleton: A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign: October 17
On October 17 at 7 p.m., the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Edward Larson, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in law and university professor of history, Pepperdine University, who will discuss his book, A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign. Join Larson for a look back at our nation's revolutionary beginnings and a Q&A session about the relevance to today's campaigns. Register and learn more here.

FBI Special Event on Emerging Biological Threats: October 18, New Brunswick
Rutgers and the New Jersey BioPharma Networking Group present FBI Special Agent Scott Nawrocki on October 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cook Student Center, room 202, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Nawrocki will provide an unclassified briefing on emerging biological risks and threats, discussing suspicious-activity indicators, insider-threat awareness, and case studies involving biological materials. Clifton Lacy, director, Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, will welcome the group. Register here

At Eagleton: "The White House-Capitol Connection: An Insider's View": October 20, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture by Katie Beirne Fallon, former White House director of legislative affairs under President Obama, on October 20 at 7 p.m. Beirne Fallon also has served as the deputy communications director at the White House, as well as staff director of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center. Register and learn more here.

An Evening of "Culinary Health and Wellness": October 27, New Brunswick
Faculty and staff are invited to attend an evening of “Culinary Health and Wellness” on October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The evening will include a cooking demonstration and three-course meal paired with New Jersey wines. Attendees will learn about techniques used in healthy cuisines and nutritional benefits of the foods served and hear about the latest research in diet and health. Learn more and register here.

Faculty Chamber Music Concert: October 30, New Brunswick
The Music Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a free faculty chamber music concert on October 30 at 2 p.m. in Shindell Choral Hall, New Brunswick. Thirteen faculty members will perform works including Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone by Francis Poulenc, Varied Trio for Violin, Piano, and Percussion by Lou Harrison, Sonata “Saint Mark” for Brass Quintet by Tomaso Albinoni, and Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano Op. 40 by Carl Frühling. 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, National Public Radio, and Scientific American.

Highlights include:

The Guardian: Flint warnings as Atlantic City may be forced into state takeover of water (Daniel Van Abs, SEBS, quoted here)

Gannett New Jersey: Medical workers learn through war duty (Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, Nursing-Camden, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

"Building Inclusive Pathways for Undocumented Students": October 21, New Brunswick
Register now for “Building Inclusive Pathways for Undocumented Students,” a conference for K–12 and higher education professionals, on October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics will include federal and state policies, barriers to educational access and success, and best practices for K–12 and higher education. The keynote speaker is Kent Wong, professor, University of California–Los Angeles, and director, UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. The program includes sessions for K–12 and higher education practitioners with national experts and networking opportunities. The conference is organized by the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, the Graduate School of Education, and UndocuRutgers and sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Enrollment Management. Participation in the conference is free for Rutgers affiliates. Learn more and register here.

REI Policy Seminar Series: Post-Paris Clean Energy Options: What Can China Do?: October 21, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute and Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, host Ujjayant Chakravorty, professor, Department of Economics, Tufts University, on October 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Shades of Poe

“Living Books” Performance: Shades of Poe: October 13, Camden
Fractured Mirror Productions presents Shades of Poe, a theatrical presentation of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling works, on October 13 at 7 p.m. in Raptor Roost, Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center. Learn more here

Composting Workshops: October 12 and 15, South Brunswick
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County offers two free composting workshops, October 12 and October 15, at the Middlesex County EARTH Center. Register here.

Rutgers, Race, and Slavery: October 13, Newark
Craig Steven Wilder, author of several acclaimed works, including the award-winning study Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, discusses the history of Rutgers University and its role in the development of pre- and post-Revolutionary American culture and society, on October 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dana Room, fourth floor, Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Information Session at SHP: October 13, Scotch Plains
Rutgers’ School of Health Professions holds an information session about its Occupational Therapy Assistant Program on October 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in room 322 at the school’s Scotch Plains campus. Learn more here.

Rutgers Theater Company: Absolutely! (Perhaps): October 14–22, New Brunswick
Rutgers Theater Company presents Absolutely! (Perhaps) from October 14 through October 22 at the Philip J. Levin Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

RutgersNew Brunswick Homecoming: through October 15
Catch up with classmates, explore arts and culture, cheer on alumni athletes, and enjoy family-friendly fun at Rutgers University–New Brunswick homecoming events through October 15. Learn more here.

“Immorbidity: Leading a Life Free of Disease”: October 18, New Brunswick
William N. Hait, founding director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, presents the 2016 Aaron J. Shatkin Lecture, “Immorbidity: Leading a Life Free of Disease,” on October 18 at 4 p.m. in the main lecture hall of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. Attendees are invited to a reception in the Great Hall immediately following the lecture. Learn more here.

New Jersey Film Festival: through October 28, New Brunswick
Screen cutting-edge films at the New Jersey International Film Festival through October 28 at various locations. Learn more here.

Circa 1966: American Prints from the Collection: through January 29, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum presents a selection of prints dated from 1960 to 1974, a period of renewed interest in printmaking in the United States, through January 29. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Rachel Emas, assistant teaching professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed managing editor of Global Virtue Ethics Review, which addresses virtue ethics for public and nonprofit professionals.

Christopher J. Manente was named executive director, Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, responsible for the development and oversight of a day-habilitation program on campus supporting 40 to 60 adults with autism. Manente earlier served as senior program coordinator for Adult Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at GSAPP.

Get Involved

Volunteer to Host International Students on Thanksgiving
The university’s Center for Global Services’ International Friendship Program is seeking volunteers from the Rutgers and New Brunswick-area communities for its Holiday Dinner Program. The program provides an opportunity for international students and scholars to experience Thanksgiving and for Rutgers and local community members to invite international guests into their homes. The program’s goal is for participants to share in friendship and cross-cultural learning. Hosts can request any number of international guests to join their Thanksgiving celebration. Host applications will be accepted until October 21. Information regarding the international guest(s) assigned to your family will be provided on or around November 11. To sign up as host, complete this form. Learn more here.

Sign Up for R Game Day
The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) is once again hitting the road to help fans go BIG. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights in the stadium, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers tailgate events before every away game this season. Tickets are $25; kids 6 and under are free. Tickets include unlimited buffet, Rutgers Athletics entertainment and special guest appearances, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Cash bar with drink specials also will be available. Learn more and sign up here

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 abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

CCLC Community Social: October 18: Newark and Piscataway
The entire family is invited to join Children’s Creative Learning Center’s (CCLC) Community Social in Newark or Piscataway on October 18. Newark’s social will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Piscataway’s social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. CCLC’s robust early-learning programs offer family-style dining as part of a child’s overall experience. Children and teachers engage with each other during mealtimes to learn about serving each other and trying nutritious foods. Visit and meet teachers and staff. Learn more about Newark’s CCLC here and Piscataway’s CCLC here

Chamber Music for Precollege and Adult Participants
Chamber Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers a variety of performance opportunities encompassing jazz and classical styles for precollege and adult participants. These include the Young Artist, Adult Chamber Music, and Chamber Jazz programs. If you missed the audition sessions, you can still participate. Send video or MP3 to Allison Brewster Franzetti (afranzetti@masongross.rutgers.edu). The semester begins October 16. Learn more here.

Kite+Key Anniversary Appy Hour: October 20, Piscataway
Celebrate the third anniversary of kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, at an Appy Hour there on October 20 from noon to 1 p.m. Learn tips and tricks to Apple’s iOS 10 update from Apple ambassador Mitesh Rathod. All attendees will receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Free light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Register via the kite+key Facebook page, email at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or phone at 848-445-1127. Kite+key is located near the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Laura Byham-Gray, professor and director of research, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named a National Kidney Foundation fellow, recognized for her educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of the National Kidney Foundation

Frank Ghinassi, president and CEO, University Behavioral Health Care, and chair, Quality Committee, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS), attended the recent invitation-only White House event on suicide prevention. A report released at the event provides an update on “Progress in Research, Prevention, Coverage, Recovery and Quality."

Al Heuer, professor and program director, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Respiratory Care, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, became a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), one of three New Jersey AARC fellows and one of fewer than 400 conferred AARC fellowships worldwide in 2016.

Inaugural New Brunswick Chancellor Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the first recipients of the New Brunswick Chancellor Awards for Faculty Excellence who were celebrated at the inaugural event on October 4, recognizing awards and honors bestowed upon faculty whose exceptional work in their particular areas has been recognized by peers in the previous year. Those honored also include recipients of new awards created by the chancellor: Excellence in Teaching, Siobain Duffy, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), and Camilla Stevens, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS); Excellence in Service, Emily Allen-Hornblower, SAS, and Kathleen Scott, SAS; Excellence in Research, Henry Iwaniec, SAS, and Shantenu Jha, School of Engineering; and International Impact Award, Mark Gregory Robson, SEBS. (Shantenu Jha was omitted in last week’s listing of recipients of the chancellor’s newly created awards.) 

Gifts & Grants

Michael MacKenzie, associate professor, Department of Social Work and Pediatrics, School of Social Work, and Kerrie Ocasio, assistant research professor, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Promoting Adoption and Guardianship Stability in New Jersey, is being supported by the Administration for Children and Families. Learn more about MacKenzie here and Ocasio here.

Jeffrey Zahn, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $593,792. The project, titled Multilayer Implantable Cortical Microelectrodes to Improve Recording Potential for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Zahn here.

Jeanne Herb, associate director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Richard Lathrop, director, Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, and professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $434,650. The project, titled Ocean Planning in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more about Herb here and Lathrop here.

Steven Silverstein, director of research and director, Division of Schizophrenia Research, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $415,000. The project, titled Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for First-Episode Psychosis, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Silverstein here.

Gedi Mainelis, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,725. The project, Advanced Sampler for Measuring Exposure to Biological Aerosols, is being supported by DHHS-PHS-CDC-NIOSH. Read more about Mainelis here.

David Perlin, executive director and professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Better Understand and Combat Multidrug Resistant Fungal Infections, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more about Perlin here.

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