October 13, 2010

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Don’t Fall for Phishing
The Office of Information Technology reminds you that phishing is online security fraud used to convince users to provide confidential information through a website or email. Falling victim to these emails and websites makes identity theft possible. Rutgers will NEVER request passwords or other personal information via email. Find more information here, or call your campus help desk.


Late Night at the Museum: October 13
Explore exhibits after hours at the Rutgers Geology Museum on October 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rutgers geologists will lead hands-on activities and be available to answer questions. Find more information here or call the museum at 732-932-7243.

Rutgers–Camden Afternoon Concert Series: October 13–December 8
Enjoy lunch with live music during a free concert series at Rutgers–Camden on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. during the fall semester. The series will take place in the Camden Fine Arts Building, Mallery Room. Find more information here or call 856-225-6176.

Distinguished Lectures in European History: October 13
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the first lecture in this year’s series of Distinguished Lectures in European History on October 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Van Dyck Hall, Room 301, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Professor Michael Wildt, from Humboldt University Berlin, will speak on the topic of "Volksgemeinschaft as Self-Empowerment: The Current Debate on Society.” Learn more here.

The Rutgers University Sponsored Research Showcase: October 15
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate and Professional Education hosts a showcase of projects and research in various fields of science and engineering made possible by grants. This free event will be held on October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register online by October 12 and find more information here.

Rutgers Responds:  An Evening with Dan Savage and the “It Gets Better” Project: October 18
Dan Savage, an openly gay author, columnist, and activist presents the "It Gets Better" project on October 18 at 8 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The project encourages LGBT youth, who may be struggling with bullying, harassment, or thoughts of suicide, to speak with LGBT adults.  Find more information here.

In the News
Nutrition Activist Maintains a Strong Sense of Solidarity with the Poor

Debra Palmer SNAPEd, a statewide nutrition program headquartered at Rutgers. Find the full story here.

Appointments & Retirements

Charlene Mires has been appointed associate professor in the Department of History at the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers–Camden. Professor Mires joins Rutgers from Villanova University.

Jean Scheaffel, director of Continuing Education Operations, will retire this fall after nearly 30 years of service to the university.

Aram Sinnreich has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Professor Sinnreich completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California. Learn more about Professor Sinnreich here.

Jessica Ware has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Ware joins Rutgers from the American Museum of Natural History. Learn more about Professor Ware here.

Get Involved

Have You Served in the Peace Corps?
The Office of Community Affairs is looking for faculty and staff who have served in or have an interest in the Peace Corps to take part in Rutgers’ 50th anniversary celebration of the Peace Corps in November. To receive more information, submit your email address, dates and location of service if applicable, to Monique Schnee at mschnee@ur.rutgers.edu. Find more information here.

Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day 2010: November 8
Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day 2010 on November 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center. Participants can sign up to submit or present a poster of startup technologies or information on a startup company they are already involved in to an investor panel. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online or find more information here.

Awards & Honors

Linda Brzustowicz, chair of the Department of Genetics in the Division of Life Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, was selected by the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame to receive an Innovators Award on October 14. Professor Brzustowicz will be honored for her patented invention that describes methods to diagnose and treat autism. Find more information about Professor Brzustowicz here.

Steven J. Diner, chancellor of Rutgers–Newark, has received the Financial Empowerment Award from Newark Now at the seventh annual Spirit of Newark awards celebration. The Spirit of Newark awards honor the achievements of community leaders who work to improve the lives of the communities in which they work and live. Learn more about Chancellor Diner here.

Michael Palis, interim dean of the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has received the Award of Excellence in Science and Engineering from the Philippine Development Foundation USA. Find more information about Dean Palis here.

Chirag Shah, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received the American Political Science Society’s Best Political Science Software award for his software ContextMiner. Learn more about Professor Shah here.

Michael Siegel, staff cartographer in the Department of Geography at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and Peter O. Wacker, emeritus professor in the Department of Geography at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, have been selected by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance’s Author’s Award Committee to receive the 2010 Author’s Award. The award is for the atlas Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape. Learn more about Mr. Siegel here or Professor Wacker here.

Jon Van Til, professor emeritus in the Urban Studies Program at the Camden College of Arts and Sciences, was named a Fulbright Specialist to the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary. He will advise on the development of new master’s level programs in the area of applied science, deliver a series of lectures, and consult with community-based organizations on issues of peace building and conflict resolution. Learn more about Professor Van Til here.

Gifts & Grants

Joel C. Cantor, professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and director of the Center for State Health Policy, has received two awards totaling $1,233,802. The first award is for Professor Cantor’s work on the Infrastructure for CER on Innovative Delivery Systems for Complex Patients and is supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The second award is for his work on the Impact Evaluation of State Dependent Coverage and is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Find more information about Professor Cantor here.

Stephen J. Hanson, professor in the Department of Psychology, Rutgers–Newark, received a $1,820,000 grant for the purchase of new magnetic resonance imaging technology.  The award, given by the National Science Foundation, will help to further study categorization, learning, connectionist models, neural networks, and more generally cognitive and perceptual modeling. Find more information about Professor Hanson here.

Kathryn J. Krepcio, executive director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, received a $1,150,000 grant. The work, which will help To Promote Leadership for Employment and Economic Independence for Adults with Disabilities, is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Find more information about Ms. Krepico here.

Did You Know?

Did you know Rutgers–Camden is embarking on a collaborative project in North Camden designed to promote greening goals of the North Camden Neighborhood Plan while also forging closer connections with Rutgers–Camden’s neighbors? Learn more here.

In Memoriam

Horace DePodwin, former dean of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Management and former acting Rutgers–Newark provost, passed away on October 5, 2010. A memorial service is planned for October 13, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 432 South Wyoming Avenue, Millburn, New Jersey.

Richard D. Ilnicki, retired professor at Cook College, now referred to as the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, passed away on October 8, 2010. Find more information here.

Atoinette “Marion” Nason, retired accounting clerk for Cook College, now referred to as the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, passed away on September 19, 2010. Find more information here.

Campus Classifieds

Current Listings:

Rutgers has entered into an agreement with CampusAve, which provides online classifieds and listings where Rutgers faculty and staff can post items for sale, free of charge.

Some current listings include a Sears gas dryer and the services of a writing mentor.

For many more listings, and to submit your own free listing, please visit Rutgers Campus Classifieds here.