October 21, 2015

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Jewish Film Festival

Jewish Film Festival Starts October 28

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the 16th annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, which screens diverse, critically acclaimed, international productions and presents discussions with film directors and scholars, from October 28 to November 8. Except for opening night at Nicholas Music Center, all screenings are at Regal Cinemas Commerce Center, North Brunswick.

Opening night marks the New Jersey premiere of East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, documenting acclaimed Israeli musician David Broza (pictured) as he journeys to East Jerusalem to record his latest album with Israeli, Palestinian, and American musicians, including Steve Earle and Wyclef Jean. Broza hopes that bridging cultures through music can be one small step toward peaceful coexistence. The 7:30 p.m. screening is followed by a Q&A and live music by Broza.

Other festival highlights include award-winning Israeli films Apples from the Desert and The Farewell Party, which features a talk by Highland Park critical care specialist Daniel Rosenblatt, and the documentary Rosenwald, about Sears Roebuck founder Julius Rosenwald, who built more than 5,000 southern schools for African-American children. Learn more and purchase tickets here or call the Bildner Center at 848-932-4166. 


In this Issue...

Online Teaching Certification Program for Instructors
Fall enrollment has begun for the Online Teaching Certification Program, which prepares instructors for online teaching. Each of the four courses in the curriculum (offered online) runs four to six weeks, with a commitment of about five hours per week. Learn more and register here.

Eagleton Enhances Telephone Surveying
The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, is now inviting government, academic, and nonprofit agencies, as well as public policy organizations, to add their own questions to a new multiclient telephone survey. ECPIP, established in 1971, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected university-based survey research centers. The new opportunity continues the tradition of integrity, quality, and objectivity by providing a cost-efficient way in which to draw on Eagleton’s expertise and high standards for data collection and analysis. To get started, contact eagleton.poll@rutgers.edu or call 848-932-8940. Learn more here.

Instructional Design Expertise Available Universitywide
Faculty on all campuses: Enhance face-to-face, hybrid, or online teaching with the expertise of the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT), a unit of the Division of Continuing Studies. COHLIT can help prepare courses on any learning system, including LearningStudio, Sakai, Moodle, Blackboard, and noncredit systems. Instructional designers can assist with course development and ensure goals are aligned with digital instructional materials, activities, and assessments. Services are available for credit and noncredit courses. Learn more here.

Fair Use in the Visual Arts: Peter Jaszi Explains Best Practices Code: October 21, New Brunswick
When is an artist free to use a photo taken in a museum for teaching? Can a museum reproduce an image from an exhibition in a related brochure without licensing it? How can “fair use” simplify the permissions process in publications? The newly created Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, produced by the College Art Association, makes it easier to employ fair use in visual arts scholarship, art practice, teaching, exhibitions, digital displays, and more. Peter Jaszi, professor at American University's Washington College of Law and one of the code’s lead facilitators, explains how the code works, how it was created, and why it's reliable on October 21 at 1 p.m. at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Room 110, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A Q&A follows. Learn more here.

Former Senator George Mitchell Presents “What Are Our Choices in a Complex, Changing World?": October 29, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture by former U.S. senator George Mitchell, “What Are Our Choices in a Complex, Changing World?,” on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Mitchell served as Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1995 and is known for his later efforts to bring peace to Ireland and the Middle East, as well as his role leading Major League Baseball’s investigation into performance-enhancing drugs. Register and learn more here.

Program to Mark Launch of Digital Humanities Lab: October 29, New Brunswick
To mark the official launch of the Digital Humanities Lab in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University Libraries and the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative host a reception, project demonstrations, and a series of short talks there on October 29 at 4 p.m. Presentations on the theme of community building in the digital humanities will feature faculty and graduate students from the Departments of American Studies, Childhood Studies, Classics, English, History, Women's and Gender Studies, and the libraries. Learn more here.

Online Sakai Workshops: October 30 and November 2
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 30 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the discussion forum tool in Sakai and learn how to set up forums, set permissions, reply to posts, and grade posts. An online workshop on November 2 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s tests and quizzes tool, teaching them how to create an online assessment from scratch or by mark-up text, create question pools, review scores, and manage settings. Learn more and register here.

Ryan Haygood Presents Second Annual Ron Rice Lecture on Criminal Justice and Public Policy: November 2, Newark 
Ryan P. Haygood, the new executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, delivers the second annual Ron Rice Lecture on Criminal Justice and Public Policy on November 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Baker Trial Moot Courtroom at the Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark. Register and learn more here. Haygood also will be honored at a welcoming reception on November 19 at 6 p.m. at the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark.

Inaugural Presidential Lecture on Higher Education: November 2, New Brunswick
The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the inaugural Presidential Lecture on Higher Education, “Public or Private Good? The Role of Public Higher Education in Modern Society," by Jonathan R. Alger, president of James Madison University, on November 2 at 1:15 p.m. followed by a reception at Alexander Library, Scholarly Communication Center Room 403, New Brunswick. Space is limited. RSVP by October 26. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 55 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Science Daily and Reuters.

Highlights include: 

Voice of America: Rethinking Grammar: Who Makes the Rules? (Richard Epstein, Arts & Sciences-Camden, quoted here)

NJTV News: The BEAST Built to Rescue New Jersey’s Infrastructure (Ali Maher, Andrés Roda, Franklin Moon; Engineering, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Nancy Fiedler Presents "Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Pesticide Exposure": October 27, Piscataway
The Center for Global Public Health Seminar Series at the School of Public Health (SPH), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents “Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Pesticide Exposure: A Worldwide Health Risk” with Nancy Fiedler on October 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at SPH, Room 1A/B, Piscataway. Fiedler, professor of environmental and occupational medicine at Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, will present data from studies conducted in Thailand documenting exposures among Thai farm children, adaptation of methods to evaluate neurobehavioral performance, and the challenges involved in evaluating health effects of neurotoxicants when biomarkers of chronic exposure are lacking. A light lunch will be served.

Policy, Advocacy Lessons Learned from Child Migration Crisis: October 29, Camden
On October 29 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work, in partnership with Rutgers Law School; the Center for Migration and the Global City, Rutgers University–Newark; the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Pennsylvania, presents a panel discussion at the law school about the U.S. government’s response to the arrival of large numbers of unaccompanied children fleeing their homes in Central America. Topics will include the national policy and advocacy challenges raised by the crisis and the lessons learned. Speakers include Jennifer Nagda, policy director, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, and Megan McKenna, communications director, Kids in Need of Defense. Register and learn more here.

Inaugural Greg Lastowka Memorial Project Event: November 2, Camden
As the inaugural event in the Greg Lastowka Memorial Project, the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law and Rutgers Law School at Rutgers University–Camden present Dan Hunter, dean of the Swinburne University of Technology School of Law, to discuss “Playing Well, the Intellectual Property of LEGO,” on November 2 at 4 p.m. at the law school complex, Room 103, followed by a reception on the bridge. The memorial project is designed to provide innovative presentations that reflect Lastowka’s inquiry into how people innovate, create, and produce cultural capital through playful exploration. RSVP and earn more here.



Rock and Roll Theater Performance: October 21–25, Newark
The Rutgers/NJIT Theatre Program—a decades-long partnership between Rutgers University–Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology—presents Rock and Roll by Tom Stoppard and directed by Dan Drew. The play, performed from October 21 to 25 at Bradley Hall Theatre, Newark, centers on the significance of rock and roll in the emergence of the socialist movement in Eastern Bloc Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Learn more here.

Undergraduate Annual Art Open: Revolution: through November 11, New Brunswick
On the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers' 250th Anniversary, all visual arts undergraduates are submitting their interpretation of “revolution.” The show is exhibited through November 11 at Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with a reception on October 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: Warren Chiasson Trio: October 21, Camden
The Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden presents jazz vibraphonist Warren Chiasson and Trio on October 21 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Writers in Camden: October 21, Camden
Writers in Camden hosts poet Lee Herrick and author Matthew Salesses at 7 p.m. on October 21 in 401 Penn Classroom, Paul Robeson Library. Learn more here.

An Oresteia, Produced by Rutgers Theater Company: October 22 to November 1, New Brunswick
Rutgers Theater Company presents An Oresteia, an epic tale of revenge and justice drawn from the ancient Greek trilogy, from October 22 to November 1 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Digital Audio Concert: October 25, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, kicks off NJDAC, its new music series that highlights computer-based music, on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall. Mason Gross music students, faculty, and guest artists will present original music using laptops, along with acoustic instruments such as flute, violin, and clarinet. NJDAC is free and open to the public. Learn more here

New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival: through January 7, Newark
New Jersey Medical School Arts showcases close to 200 artworks from faculty, staff, students, patients, friends, and family members through January 7, 2016, on levels B and C in the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Jayne Anne Phillips, distinguished professor, Department of English, and director, MFA in Creative Writing Program, faculty of Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, was named a Board of Governors Professor. Phillips is an internationally renowned novelist and short-story writer.

Get Involved

Free Music at the Museum Series
Attend the second year of 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. Concerts take place at the Zimmerli Art Museum, allowing visitors to enjoy art and music together. Each concert is preceded by a master class or workshop related to the performance theme. Preconcert forums and concerts are organized to present a broad repertoire accessible to audiences of all ages. Seating is limited so arrive early. View the schedule and learn more here.

Former FBI Agent Peter Ahearn Featured at Alumni on Location Event: November 4, Washington, D.C.
The Rutgers University Alumni Association’s Alumni on Location series presents Peter J. Ahearn at Washington, D.C.’s International Spy Museum on November 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Ahearn's experience includes a 29-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and two years as a senior adviser with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Learn more and register here.

Introducing Thanksgiving to International Friends
The International Friendship Program, sponsored by the Center for Global Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is coordinating a special Thanksgiving Day dinner program to provide the international community an opportunity to experience this traditional American holiday. American friends may invite one or more international guests (students, scholars, or faculty) to their homes to share a Thanksgiving meal. Learn more here.

Participants Wanted for Study Investigating Fat Loss Supplement
Researchers from the Center for Human Health and Performance at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are recruiting males and females ages 18 to 50 to participate in a study investigating the effects of a new supplement on fat loss. To be eligible, participants must consider themselves overweight (BMI > 27) and have been on a moderate exercise program for at least six months. Participants can earn up to $50. For more information, contact Shawn Arent at rutgers.hpl@gmail.com.

Free Bicycle Safety Classes
Rutgers Department of Transportation Services and University Planning and Development offer a free one-hour bicycle safety education course, taught by a League of American Bicyclists’ certified instructor, in New Brunswick and Newark. The course is given entirely in a classroom setting and covers how to ride with traffic, lane positioning, signaling, locking your bicycle, riding at night, handling inclement weather, and basic bicycle maintenance. Choose the course most convenient: October 27, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Douglass Student Center, Meeting Room C, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; October 28, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Livingston Student Center, Room 201 AB, Rutgers–New Brunswick; or November 2, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Robeson Campus Center, Room 226, Rutgers–Newark. To reserve a spot, RSVP to BikeRU@aps.rutgers.edu with a preferred date.

Confucius Institute Hosts Free Movie Nights: New Brunswick
The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, School of Arts and Sciences, hosts free Chinese movie nights, including light refreshments, in Murray Hall, Room 212, presenting the following films: November 6, The World, and December 4, Once Upon a Time in China. Movies begin at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Teri Lindgren, assistant professor and specialty director, Community Health, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the academy’s annual policy conference. Her seminal contributions to nursing and health care are in the areas of global health, community health, and HIV research. For more information, click here.

Gifts & Grants

Cheryl Dreyfus, professor and chair in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,739,065 over five years. The project, titled The Role of Neurotrophins in Oligodendrocyte Function, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dreyfus here.

Ashutosh Goel, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $404,323 over four years. The project, titled Understanding Composition-Structure-Chemical Durability Relationships in Multi-component Oxide Glasses: Influence of Mixed Network Former Effect, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Goel here.

Bin Tian, professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, and Chi Wei Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $397,500. The project, titled Alternative Cleavage and Polyadenylation in Trophoblast Differentiation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Tian here and Lu here.

Alexander Neimark, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Theoretical Foundations of Interaction Nanoparticle Chromatography, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Neimark here.

Harry Crane, assistant professor in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $278,205. The project, titled Statistical Models and Methods for Dynamic Complex Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Crane here.

In Memoriam

Bert Goldberg, 72, of Marlboro, N.J., associate professor at the School of Social Work, passed away on October 9, 2015, at Central State Medical Center, Freehold. Graveside services were private.

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