October 19, 2016

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Cornerstone: Transformational

Cornerstone: Transformational

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In this Issue...
Don't Forget

250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium: October 26
Plan to attend the third and final 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education on October 26 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in Hageman Hall at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Titled “Why the Humanities Matter,” the symposium will inspire rich dialogue about the humanities’ vital place at a major public research university and in a civilized society. RSVP to presidentialsymposium3@oldqueens.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.


Paul Robeson Film Festival Continues: Piscataway
The Cinema Studies Program is currently hosting the Paul Robeson Film Festival with films featuring the university's esteemed alumnus—actor, singer, and activist Paul Robeson—at Rutgers Cinema, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The festival is free and open to the public. View titles and show times 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

Register for Daylong Symposium on Aesthetics and the Life Sciences: October 21, New Brunswick
On October 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, this public symposium will bring together scientists, artists, educators, historians, and anthropologists to celebrate the interconnections between the arts and the life sciences. Highlights include an animated keynote performance by Dance Exchange and a panel discussion on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and education. Learn more and register here.

Sonographers Highlight Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month
During the week of October 24 through October 28, sonographers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, will draw attention to Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month with a series of activities near the cafeteria. Sonographers will present posters and trivia boards and answer the public’s questions about the field of ultrasound. 


From the Boarding House to the Board Room: October 26, New Brunswick
Join the Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium for the premiere of the film From the Boarding House to the Board Room: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers, on October 26 at 4 p.m. in the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A conversation with award-winning film director June Cross follows. The film highlights the multiple layers of Rutgers’ ongoing transformation, from the campaign to create a separate coordinate women’s college to the first female students to enter Rutgers College. Learn more here.

Author Elizabeth Kolbert: October 26, New Brunswick
Attend a reading with author Elizabeth Kolbert on October 26 at 8 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Kolbert is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change who traveled from Alaska to Greenland and visited top scientists to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. Her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, about mass extinctions that weaves intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field, was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year. Learn more here.

Workshop to Identify Fulbright Grant Opportunities: October 27, New Brunswick
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty and administrators grants to lecture, conduct research, or participate in seminars around the world. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between U.S. residents and people of other countries. On October 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a workshop conducted by faculty and staff to help you identify and pursue an appropriate Fulbright opportunity. Learn more here.

Special Grand Rounds: The Phantom of the Opera: October 27, New Brunswick
Attend a special Grand Rounds event, presenting Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera as a fictional case study of mood disorders, on October 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. The presentation will identify and discuss five scenes from the musical, each of which will be presented as a first-person account from Broadway star Julia Udine in character as Christine Daaé and a third-person perspective through the lens of psychiatrist Anthony Tobia. Learn more here.

Annual Jewish Film Festival: October 30November 13
The 17th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival will run from October 30 through November 13 at three new festival venues: AMC Loews New Brunswick, Rutgers Business School (Piscataway), and Princeton Garden Theatre. The festival features dramatic and documentary films from around the world and most screenings feature guest speakers, including filmmakers and scholars. Learn more here.

Laura Anderson Barbata Artist Lecture and Performance: November 1 and 2, New Brunswick
Join the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on November 1 at 5 p.m. for a reception in honor of Laura Anderson Barbata, the 2016–17 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist, followed by her lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Barbata’s work focuses on participatory art initiatives that document communities and traditions, using storied art forms as platforms for social change, contemporary performance, group participation, and protest. Her solo exhibition is on view in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library, through December 16. On November 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Alexander Library, the Scholarly Communication Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Barbata presents La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana, consisting of multidisciplinary works by her to commemorate, explore, and address issues related to Pastrana, an indigenous woman from Mexico born with hypertrichosis terminalis and gingival hyperplasia who took part in 19th-century exhibition tours in North America and Europe. Learn more here.


Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club: "Rutgers, Then and Now": November 5, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir and Rutgers University Glee Club present "Rutgers, Then and Now," a celebration of Charter Day 250 with music from the university's past and present, on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Featured works include Franz Josef Haydn’s Missa Cellensis and faculty member Tarik O'Regan’s Turn. Tickets: $10 for Rutgers alumni and employees and senior citizens; $5 for students, and $15 for the general public. Learn more here.

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, and the Camden Campus Center, South ABC Conference Room. Preregister here. Contact Juakena Johnson at 973-972-1334 or johnsojl@ca.rutgers.edu with questions.

Open Textbook Network Workshop: November 18, New Brunswick
Attend the Open Textbook Network Workshop, hosted by Rutgers University Libraries, on November 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in Alexander Library, Pane Room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Open Textbook Network, a national alliance of higher education institutions committed to improving access, affordability, and academic success through the use of open textbooks, will lead the workshop. Faculty attending will learn more about the pedagogical benefits of open textbooks and about open textbooks in their field. They also will have an opportunity to review an existing open textbook and receive a $200 stipend. Teleconferencing will be available in other locations. Lunch will be provided to on-site participants. Register here.

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

Teacher Certification Changes
Teacher certification in New Jersey is undergoing significant change. To meet these new demands, the Rutgers University–Camden Teacher Prep Program (TPP) requirements are also changing as of the fall 2018 semester. Coursework on advisement sheets is valid only for those that have been officially admitted to the TPP no later than September 30, 2017, and have all courses completed by fall 2018. To be admitted, one needs a 3.0 Rutgers GPA, passing Praxis Core scores, and an appointment with the TPP staff no later than September 30, 2017. For more information, contact the TPP at 856-225-6051 to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.

CCLC Name Change Coming
Children's Creative Learning Center, Rutgers’ on-site childcare provider in Newark and Piscataway, announced its parent company’s new brand: KinderCare Education at Work. This brand joins KinderCare, a well-known name in early childhood education, with the company’s suite of family-focused benefits for organizations to offer to their employees. As a result, the name of the on-campus early-learning centers will transition. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 80 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, NJTV, and CNN.

Highlights include:

SNJ Today: Video: Rutgers–Camden Expanding Its Campus With New Nursing and Science Building (Phoebe Haddon, Chancellor, Rutgers–Camden, Joanne Robinson, Dean, School of Nursing–Camden, quoted here)

The New York Times: Did a Cosmic Crash Heat Up Earth 56 Million Years Ago? (Dennis Kent, SAS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Taking Chances: The Coast after Hurricane Sandy: October 28, Piscataway
On October 28 at 1 p.m., join a distinguished group of faculty and thought leaders in the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway, four years after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in our region, for an informative dialogue about storms and climate-change vulnerability centering on issues raised in a new publication from Rutgers University Press, Taking Chances: The Coast after Hurricane Sandy. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Department of Human Ecology, and Rutgers University Press. Learn more and register here

Urban Mental Health 2016 Conference: November 4, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents its fourth annual conference, Urban Mental Health 2016, on November 4. This year’s focus will be on enhancing wellness and resilience for both patients and health care providers. A panel of experts will present recent developments in the field, from the complexities of burnout and suicide in the workplace to break­through medical, psychosocial, and spiritual techniques to keep bodies, minds, and spirits healthy. Each presentation will be accompanied by a hands-on practicum providing tools to incorporate in your profes­sional and personal lives. This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified counselors, researchers, students, and trainees who are involved and/or interested in the field of medicine. Register here. For additional registration information, call 732-235-9282 or email ravi.maharajh@ubhc.rutgers.edu.

Dissertation Proposal Hearing at SHP: November 11, Scotch Plains
A presentation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy in psychiatric rehabilitation will be made by Peter Basto on November 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the School of Health Professions’ Scotch Plains Campus, Room 330. 

Register Now: Brain Health Institute Symposium: December 16, Branchburg
The Second Annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium will be held on December 16 at the Edward Nash Theater, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg. It will include a keynote address by György Buzsáki, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, NYU Neuroscience Institute; oral presentations by Rutgers faculty members awarded the 2015 BHI-RUN-NJIT Pilot Awards; oral presentations by a postdoc and doctoral student selected from submitted abstracts; and poster presentations from neuroscience labs across Rutgers. Roundtrip bus transportation will be provided from Piscataway and Newark. The early-registration deadline is November 15. Abstract submission for the poster session is requested by November 15. Register and learn more here

Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison Papers Innovation Lecture Series: Paul Israel Presents “Edison and Innovation”: October 25, Piscataway
The inaugural Innovation Lecture Series event features Paul B. Israel, director and general editor, The Thomas A. Edison Papers, who will present “Edison and Innovation,” an exploration of how Edison transformed invention and commercialized new technologies as examples for modern innovators, on October 25 at 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of Rutgers Business School, Piscataway. Learn more here

Mason Gross Presents: “Art in a State of Mobility”: October 25, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a panel discussion examining how artists address the contemporary notion of mobility on a global scale, with a focus on mass movements of people seeking greater economic or social opportunity and forced migration due to conflict or persecution, on October 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Bloustein Auditorium, Civic Square Building, New Brunswick. A reception follows. The free event is moderated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim Museum UBS MAP Global Art Initiative curator. Learn more here.  

Still Movement and Other Poems by Natan Barreto: October 25, Newark
Brazilian writer Natan Barreto does a bilingual poetry reading of Still Movement and other poems on October 25 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Dana Room, fourth floor, Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. 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


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

Circa 1866: European Prints from the Collection: through January 8, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition of prints by artists working in France and England during the 1860s and early 1870s, selected from the Zimmerli Art Museum’s renowned collection of 19th-century works on paper, now through January 8. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Woodwind Day at Mason Gross Extension Division: October 23, New Brunswick
Calling all woodwind players. Join the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division on October 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Woodwind Day in the Marryott Music BuildingNicholas Music Center, and Robert E. Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Students can attend master classes, workshops, and concerts and purchase an assortment of woodwind instruments and accessories. A repair specialist from Elefante Music will be on site to make minor repairs free of charge. Advance registration is $20. Registration at the door is $25. Parents and guardians attend for free. Register here.

Creative Writing in Newark
Ars Literarium, a student-run literary journal in humanities, encourages the submission of feature creative writing and artistic work of students and faculty at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Newark. The journal focuses on narrative medicine and encourages personal development in the medical profession through creatively sharing experiences of learning the art and science of medicine. The journal will uphold literary work in medical humanities in the form of short stories, poetry, digital photography, and art. The journal is currently supervised by Beth Pletcher, associate professor at NJMS, in affiliation with the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine Center and headed by editors, primarily NJMS students. 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.

Art and Architecture Film Series
An Art and Architecture film series on alternating Wednesday evenings is coming to Rutgers Cinema, beginning in November. Learn about Rutgers Cinema shows and times here.

Awards & Honors

Frank J. Thompson, Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was named Board of Governors Professor, the university’s highest academic ranking. 

Gifts & Grants

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director, and Sarah McMahon, associate professor and associate director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, School of Social Work, are the principal investigators of an award of $4,999,982. The project, titled Rutgers Research Consortium on Violence Against Women, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Postmus here and McMahon here.

Tracy Tran, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $599,716. The project, titled Novel Cell Autonomous and Non-cell Autonomous Mechanisms of Semaphorin-Neuropilin/Plexin Signaling Regulate Spinal Commissural Axon Pathfinding in the Mammalian CNS, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Tran here.

Francois Berthiaume, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $442,327. The project, titled Multifunctional Nanoparticles Containing sRAGE Potentiated Bioactive Reptides for Wound Healing, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Berthiaume here.

Wenwei Hu, associate professor and resident member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $375,000. The project, titled Examining the Molecular Signaling of Chronic Stress in Promoting Breast Cancer, is being supported by Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Read more about Hu here.

Greg Camilli, professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,586. The project, titled Explaining the NAEP 2013-2015 Mathematics Decline, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Camilli here.

Les Kennedy, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,247. The project, titled Next Generation Risk Terrain Modeling Software: Development and Sustainability, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Kennedy here.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently awarded several internal grants as part of its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Award. This year’s awardees were selected by an internal peer review process. Each will receive a $50,000 award consisting of $30,000 in grant funds and $20,000 in matching funds from the Rutgers University Foundation. The following Cancer Institute research members will focus on projects in their respective fields: Hossein Khiabanian: Data-driven Deep-sequencing Design to Detect Small Sub-clonal Prognostic Variants in Cancer; Jared Toettcher: Developing an Optogenetic Approach to Detect Signaling Alterations in Cancer; Subhajyoti De: Genomic Characterization of Structural Alteration Breakpoints in Cancer; and Brian Gonzalez: Development of an mHealth Post-Surgery Self-Management Tool.

In Memoriam

Joseph Conway, 52, of Belleville, a chief engineer at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on October 10, 2016. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on October 18 at Saint Peter’s Church, Belleville. Arrangements were made by the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, Nutley.

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