October 14, 2015

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Fall Arts Festival

New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival

In the medical and health professions, which demand attention to minute details, you find many artists. Since 1999, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) ARTS has given the surrounding communities opportunities to see another side of health care providers and staff with three four-month art shows throughout the year.

Now through January 7, the school is hosting the Fall Arts Festival, showcasing 180 amateur and professional artworks created by members of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences community and residents of the Greater Newark area it serves—creations ranging from paintings and photographs to sculpture, jewelry, and textiles—exhibited on NJMS walls and in common areas.

NJMS ARTS also sponsors the National Arts Program (January to April), part of a national initiative to feature employee and community art in the workplace, and the Collaborative Art Exhibition (May to August), which displays works from four arts organizations serving the disabled community. Meet the artists at a reception on October 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. on B-Level of the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Learn more here

At left, an acrylic by Jersey City's Jaime Botero.


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Hire Students for Part-Time or Seasonal Work
Departments interested in hiring currently enrolled Rutgers students for part-time and seasonal employment are encouraged to participate free of charge in the four November Hot Jobs of the Season recruitment events, hosted by the Student Employment Office on Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick campuses, to promote available jobs. Participating employers will be featured on the Student Employment Office website and in the 2015 Hot Jobs of the Season social media campaign. Area employers may participate for a fee. View the recruitment event schedule and register here. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli at 848-932-2648 or jldp@ofa.rutgers.edu.

Register Now for "Black on the Banks": November 6 and 7, New Brunswick
Register now through October 30 for "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, on November 6 and 7 at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.


Asian American Cultural Center Open House: October 16, Piscataway
Attend the Asian American Cultural Center's 16th annual Open House in Piscataway on October 16 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Delve into the center’s art and exhibits presenting current social issues and enjoy Asian cuisine catered by local restaurants. Learn more here.

Join Us on the Road for R Game Day: October 17
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 this season. The next event takes place at Indiana University on October 17. Learn more, view all dates, and register here.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: October 20
The Office of Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 20 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai and learn how to set up their Gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories; enter grades; set extra-credit items; and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

GAIA Presents Global Urban Lecture: October 21, New Brunswick
Kicking off its 2015–2016 global urbanism biennial theme, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present a lecture on October 21 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. by Elliott Sclar, professor of urban planning at Columbia University and director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development within the Columbia Earth Institute. Sclar will discuss the challenges of contemporary urbanization and the ways in which they differ from those of the last century at the Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Third Event in Poverty Lecture Series: October 22, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the third event in its 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, on October 22. Hung Cam Thai (Pomona College) discusses “The Making of a Transnational Expenditure Cascade: What Happens When Poor Immigrants Return Home to Spend and Give Money,” at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, New Brunswick, at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Celebrating the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive: October 22, New Brunswick
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, and the School of Communication and Information Doctoral Student Association, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, host a free panel discussion to celebrate the establishment of the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive on October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Alexander Library, New Brunswick. The panel features Ronen Kauffman, author of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye; Marissa Paternoster of the Screaming Females band; Joe Steinhardt, founder of Don Giovanni Records; and Jim Testa, founder and publisher of Jersey Beat magazine. Learn more here.

REI Presents: "Are Policy Incentives for Solar Power Effective?": October 23, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Christine L. Crago, assistant professor, Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts, for "Are Policy Incentives for Solar Power Effective? Evidence from Residential Installations in the Northeast," on October 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Register Now: Artist and Historian Nell Irvin Painter: October 27, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum and the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present artist and historian Nell Irvin Painter to discuss the work of artist Melvin Edwards in “Three Words: Conceptual, Formal, and Abstract,” on October 27 at 5 p.m. in Voorhees Hall. During a reception following, she will sign copies of her most recent book, The History of White People. The lecture, reception, and book signing are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Youth Basketball Clinic at Rutgers–Newark: November 5–6
Rutgers University–Newark will conduct a basketball clinic for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 on November 5 and November 6 at the Golden Dome Athletic Center. To learn more, click here, email loughran@rutgers.edu, or call 973-353-1483.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 50 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and NJ Spotlight

Highlights include: 

The New York Times: Ben Carson's Advice on Mass Shooting Under Scrutiny (John Cohen, Criminal Justice, quoted here)

NJ BIZ: Rutgers Business School Receives International Award (Lyneir Richardson, RBS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

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 has been scheduled for November 12 at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. Lioy, professor and internationally recognized researcher, passed away in July 2015 at age 68. Details will be forthcoming.

Register Now for “Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century": November 12–14, New Brunswick
The Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program, Department of Art History, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a free international conference, “Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century,” examining shifting populations and their connections to urban heritage, from November 12 to November 14 in New Brunswick. The event begins at 6 p.m. on November 12 with a walking tour and activities at the College Avenue Student Center and continues the following two days at the Heldrich Hotel. Keynote speakers include Ishmael Beah, author and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and Jyoti Hosagrahar, UNESCO chair professor in culture, habitat, and sustainable development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, and director of Sustainable Urbanism International, Columbia University and Bangalore, India. Registration is required. Learn more and register here.

From Island to Ocean


Gallery Show and Panel Talk: From Island to Ocean: Caribbean and Pacific Dialogues: October 20, New Brunswick
The Center for Cultural Analysis, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a free gallery talk with artists Fidalis Buehler and Juana Valdes on October 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the art library in Voorhees Hall. Their works are featured there in the exhibit From Island to Ocean: Caribbean and Pacific Dialogues through December 6. A panel discussion and reception with Mary Eyring and Brian Russell Roberts, assistant professors of English at Brigham Young University, start at 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.  

An Evening with Screenwriter/Director Robert Pulcini: October 14, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden alumnus Robert Pulcini screens his new movie, 10,000 Saints, and talks about his career in filmmaking on October 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the 401 Penn classroom, accessible from the side of the Paul Robeson Library, Camden. Learn more here

"Troubled Times: Tough Choices—Tales from Ferguson and Baltimore": October 14, New Brunswick
The MI Colloquium at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents “Troubled Times: Tough Choices—Tales from Ferguson and Baltimore,” discussing the roles that libraries play in the realm of social justice, on October 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center, Alexander Library. Learn more here

Bloom: Patricia Arias-Reynolds and Sarah Lamont: through May 2016, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University–Newark host an art exhibition of nature-inspired works by Rutgers–Newark alumnae Patricia Arias-Reynolds and Sarah Lamont through May 2016. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Appointments at the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

Laura E. Liang was appointed associate dean for administration. She is also a faculty member in the school's Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science.

Marian Passannante was appointed associate dean for education. She is an accomplished educator with more than 30 years of experience in graduate education, especially in the fields of public health and preventive medicine.

Pamela A. Ohman Strickland was appointed associate dean for student affairs. She serves as an advocate for the student population.

Get Involved

The RU Ally Pledge
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, urges the university community to sign the RU Ally pledge and participate in the current Ally Week activities at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Ally Week is intended to create opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators to deepen their understanding of the experiences of others and raise awareness of the individual and collective injustices that confront many in our society. Learn more here.

Bringing Technology into the Classroom
Interested in trying cutting-edge classroom technology? Digital Classroom Services, a division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is launching a new program to help put exciting, emerging technologies in the hands of faculty who want to use them in their classes. Through DCS Pilots, staff will meet with faculty to discuss whether a pilot technology is appropriate, develop a plan to incorporate it into a class, and help implement it. This year's pilots are video conferencing, wireless projection, nearpod polling, and remote podium control. Learn more here.

Participants Wanted for CAREGIVER Study
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, in conjunction with Atlantic Health System’s Chambers Center for Well Being, is now recruiting participants for the CAREGIVER Study. CAREGIVER stands for Caregivers of family with Alzheimer’s; Relevant Education and Gentle yoga, Integrated with Valuable skills for Everyday living and Relaxation. Recruiters seek individuals who provide care to a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. For more information, contact study coordinator Carl Milak at 973-972-8564 or milakcj@shrp.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Parent and Family Weekend: October 1618, Rutgers University–New Brunswick 
Register now for Parent and Family Weekend at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, an opportunity for parents and families to reconnect with their students and participate in a wide range of family-friendly activities. Every attendee receives a Parent and Family Weekend long-sleeved T-shirt while supplies last. Space is limited. For questions or more information, contact the Department of New Student Orientation and Family Programs at ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu or 848-445-0572. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Ronald L. Becker, head of Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries since 1991, received the 2015 Roger McDonough Librarianship Award, named for New Jersey’s state librarian from 1947 through 1975 and recognizing a librarian, archivist, or manuscript curator for excellence in service to the New Jersey history research community.

Isabel Nazario, associate vice president, strategic initiatives, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was honored by the New York Jets through the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards program. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. Nazario chose the Breast Cancer Resource Center, YWCA, Princeton, to receive the $2,000 donation that accompanies the award.

Gifts & Grants

Gabriel Kotliar, professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12 million over four years. The project, titled Center for Computational Design of Functional Strongly Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Kristjan Haule, professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a co-PI. Learn more about Kotliar here and Haule here.

Martha Cotter, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $738,195 over three years. The project, titled Fellowships for Doctoral Study in Chemistry, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Cotter here.

Nancy Woychik, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $548,706. The project, titled M. Tuberculosis MazF Toxins: Target Identification and Stress Adaptation, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Woychik here

Sharon Manne, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, and Laurie Kirstein, assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology, both at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $404,089. The project, titled Facilitating Informed Decisions for Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Manne //www.cinj.org/researcher-profiles/index?profile=mannesl@cinj.rutgers.edu">here and Kirstein here.

Bart Krekelberg, professor and associate director of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, and associate director of the Brain Imaging Center, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $208,805. The project, titled MRI: Acquisition of a High-Density EEG/TCS Device for the Observation and Modulation of Brain Activity, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Krekelberg here

Susan Caplan, assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12,000. The project, titled Interactive Voice Response to Improve Depression Treatment Outcomes Among Dominican Primary Care Patients, is being supported by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Learn more about Caplan here.

In Memoriam

Sylvia Gladys Wolkstein, of Verona, N.J., retired assistant to the provost at Rutgers University–Newark, passed away on October 4, 2015, one week shy of her 90th birthday.

Frank Nicholas Dauster, 90, a retired Spanish professor and a pioneer in the field of Latin American literature, passed away on October 3, 2015, at the Stonebridge at Montgomery community in Skillman, N.J.

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