October 26, 2016

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President Barchi

Third and Final 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium: Today

Join President Robert Barchi and leading scholars for the third and final 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education today, 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. 

The university welcomes speakers Pauline Yu, president of the American Council of Learned Societies and former dean of humanities in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and British-born Ghanaian American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University and author of the New York Times' ethicist columnRSVP to presidentialsymposium3@oldqueens.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

"A Day of Revolutionary Thinking": November 10
Plan to attend "A Day of Revolutionary Thinking" on November 10 as Rutgers marks its 250th birthday with a universitywide showcase of alumni expertise and knowledge. Accomplished graduates—designated as Rutgers 250 Fellows—return to campus to present new ideas, discoveries, and practices that are shaping the world. Among the topics: Fighting Ebola on the Frontlines, From Black Holes to Dark Energy, Rock and Roll and Rutgers, and The Magic and Science of Cooking. Through lectures and presentations, Rutgers graduates will pass wisdom to the next generation of Rutgers students. Presentations are open to the university community and the public but seating is limited. View the full listing of speakers and presentations here or view by location: Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Piscataway. For questions and additional information, email revolutionarythinking@ucm.rutgers.edu or call Rutgers’ Office of Community Affairs at 848-932-7823.


UBHC Tribute to Its Peer Supporters
On the occasion of Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day, October 20, Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) recognized the unique contributions, courage, and strength of its many staff who contribute their lived experiences and recovery stories to the people UBHC serves. View UBHC’s video tribute here

“Conflict, Encounter, and Interfaith Dialogue in Islam: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”: October 26, Newark
The symposium “Conflict, Encounter, and Interfaith Dialogue in Islam: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” joins scholars from across disciplines to present work that showcases the breadth of exciting scholarship in this area and to generate dialogue, on October 26 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the Essex Room, 231, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. This event, planned as part of an initiative to promote Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Rutgers University–Newark, officially launches the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Learn more here

New Brunswick Music Scene Archive's First Anniversary Event: October 27, New Brunswick
Help celebrate New Brunswick Music Scene Archive’s first anniversary by attending a panel discussion and exhibit on October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Panelists include Brandon Stosuy, editor-in-chief, Kickstarter's The Creative Independent; Amy Saville, vocalist and guitarist, New Brunswick-based Prosolar Mechanics, and author, Hub City Romance series; Kelli Kalikas, studio co-owner and show promoter at In the West recording studio, New Brunswick; and John Terry, former New Brunswick basement show promoter, record label owner, and musician. Learn more here.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Lessons Tool: October 28
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 28 from 11 to 11:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Lessons tool in Sakai 11 and learn how to create a Lessons page, add columns and content, set prerequisites, and use these pages effectively. Learn more and register here.

New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra's New Season: October 30, New Brunswick
The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra kicks off a new season of reframing classical music with “Beginnings” on October 30 at 3 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This salon series introduces visitors to what inspires the performers, their art, and their process. Orchestra members perform short theme-based works mixed with tastings, wine pours, and conversation in an informal atmosphere. The program is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Rutgers–Camden Hosts International Conference on Cuba
Rutgers University–Camden hosts U.S. and Cuban academic experts and scholars at an international conference on Cuba, “Sustainable Community Development and STEAM Fields: What We Can Learn from a Changing Cuba,” from October 31 through November 3, at the Camden Campus Center. The week begins with a public conference and continues with faculty collaboration meetings and site visits to community projects. This collaboration culminates in a strengthened relationship between Rutgers University and the University of Havana, including a spring trip to Cuba. Learn more and register here.

Art and Architecture Film Series 
An Art and Architecture film series, providing a look inside, and the history behind, some of the world's most beautiful works of art, begins November 2 at 5:30 p.m. and continues on alternating Wednesdays through November at Rutgers Cinema, Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Films include Florence and the Uffizi Gallery and Saint Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome. Tickets are $7.50 with RU ID and $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets here.

IRW Lecture Series: “Playing on Insecurities”: November 3, New Brunswick
The second lecture in the 2016–17 Distinguished Lecture Series of the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University–New Brunswick—Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis—will be presented on November 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Felicity D. Scott (Columbia University) will discuss “Playing on Insecurities.” Learn more here.

Author of So What Are You Going to Do with That? Discusses Career Opportunities: November 4, New Brunswick
Recognizing the many career opportunities for master’s and doctoral degree students outside academia, graduate faculty universitywide, in collaboration with the Graduate School, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present Maggie Debelius, a Georgetown University professor and coauthor of So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia, to address students on November 4 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Rutgers Academic Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.


Rutgers 250 All-Star Lunch Event: November 4, New Brunswick 
Attend a five-course luncheon featuring Rutgers 250 all-star varieties of plants and shellfish, followed by a special program, hosted by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station on November 4, beginning at 11 a.m. at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Speakers include Rutgers breeders Jim Simon and Tom Molnar, who will provide insight on the development of new varieties (such as downy mildew-resistant basil and Eastern Filbert Blight-resistant hazelnut trees); Douglas H. Fisher, secretary, New Jersey Department of Agriculture; and New Jersey food industry entrepreneur Theresa Viggiano. Preregistration is required. Register and learn more here.

Rutgers Football Hosts Teachers: November 5, Piscataway
Rutgers Football is hosting Teacher Appreciation Day for the November 5 home game against Indiana. All New Jersey educators and their families can purchase tickets discounted to $35 in the end zone or $50 in the upper sideline section. Contact Travis Sheehan at 732-907-1580 or Robert Szeluga at 732-907-1575 for more information. Learn more here.

Youth Jazz Ensemble Workshop and Audition: November 15, New Brunswick
Jazz students 11 to 18 years old are invited to attend a free improvisation workshop presented by the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division on November 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The workshop, taught by Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble director David Miller and assistant director William Macirowski, is designed to expand students’ jazz vocabulary using the blues scale, chord outlining, and bebop scales. Participation will be considered as an audition for students wishing to join the Youth Jazz Ensemble. RSVP is required. RSVP here and email dsilverstein@masongross.rutgers.edu to confirm workshop participation. Learn more here.

Accepting Female Faculty Applications for OASIS through November 21
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

Kite+Key Annual Holiday Sale: December 2
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store located near the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will conduct its annual holiday sale on December 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To contact kite+key, email kiteandkey@rutgers.edu or call 848-445-1127. Learn more 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.

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. Email rdcoffey@docs.rutgers.edu for more information.

RBHS Newark Goes Tobacco-Free November 17
Beginning November 17, the entire Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences’ Newark campus, including University Hospital (UH), will be tobacco-free. That also means free of electronic smoking devices. For anyone who may need help giving up smoking, note the following free programs available at UH: Group sessions, contact Diane Mountzouris, 973-972-5466, Gladys Martinez, 973-972-5458, or Alejandro Canelo Villafana, 973-972-5853; One-on-One Counseling, contact Monica Hanna, 973-972-9000; and Lunch and Learn, contact Diane Mountzouris, 973-972-5466.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 70 news organizations in the past week, including the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and USA Today.

Highlights include:

Medical News Today: Deadly intestinal disease in preemies may be caused by genetic deficiency (Michael Verzi, SAS, featured here

News India Times: Rutgers Professor Brings High-performance Computing To Medicine (Shantenu Jha, Engineering, featured here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

“Crowdsourcing: Crowdworkers and the New Economy Conference”: November 18, Piscataway
Crowdsourcing platforms offer endless opportunities for matching jobs with workers, allowing firms of all sizes and in diverse industries to access the skills and resources of a global online workforce. “Crowdsourcing: Crowdworkers and the New Economy Conference,” hosted by the School of Management and Labor Relations on November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rutgers Business School, Piscataway, explores the different models of crowdsourcing—all involving a client, an intermediary platform, and a pool of virtual labor suppliers—and the global opportunities and risks presented for both firms and workers. Learn more and RSVP here

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: October 30–November 13
The 17th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival will run from October 30 through November 13 at three new festival venues: AMC Loews New BrunswickRutgers Business School (Piscataway), and Princeton Garden Theatre. Learn more, including screening schedule, here.

World Premiere: From the Boarding House to the Board Room: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers and Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker June Cross: October 26, New Brunswick
The Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium presents the world premiere of From the Boarding House to the Board Room: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers, followed by a conversation with film director and 2016 Laurie Chair June Cross on October 26 at 4 p.m. at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here.

Elizabeth Kolbert Lecture: The Sixth Extinction: October 26, New Brunswick
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Kolbert presents a lecture on her book The Sixth Extinction on October 26 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here.

Little Shop of Horrors: October 26–30, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Department of Fine Arts Theater Program kicks off its 2016–17 production season with the classic musical Little Shop of Horrors from October 26 through October 30 in the Walter K. Gordon Theater. 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.

Appointments & Retirements

Arthur Brewer, statewide medical director for University Correctional Health Care at University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named to the board of directors of the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health (ACCJH). ACCJH serves as the academic home for criminal justice health researchers, educators, clinicians, scholars, and administrators. 

Steven M. Silverstein, director of research, University Behavioral Health Care, and professor of psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was installed as president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, an organization of established psychopathology researchers that provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of current psychopathology research. 

Get Involved

Play “Rutgers Discovery”
The School of Arts and Sciences’ Cyberlearning Innovation and Research Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the Rutgers 250 Office are conducting a puzzle room/scavenger hunt to celebrate the 250th Anniversary. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Teams of 3 to 5 people can register for a time period between November 6 and November 13 to play “Rutgers Discovery” starting at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The puzzle room generates a unique set of scavenger-hunt clues, leading teams exploring across the New Brunswick campuses. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the best finishing times and the funniest photos. Register and view the rules here

Gifts & Grants

Jeffrey Laskin, professor and chief, Division of Toxicology, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,400,000. The project, titled Rutgers University CounterACT Center of Excellence, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Laskin here.

Nancy Reichman, professor, neonatology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,166,852. The project, titled Effects of Maternal Employment on Adolescent Social and Health Behaviors, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Reichman here.

Daniel Horton, assistant professor, pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,430. The project, titled Drugs, Germs, and Joints: Antibiotics, Gut Microbiota, and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Horton here.

Kristen Powell, assistant research professor, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Opioid Overdose Prevention and NJAssessRX, is being supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Learn more about Powell here.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $718,276. The project, titled Impacts of Climate Engineering Using Stratospheric Aerosols, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Robock here.

Shawna Hudson, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, and director, community research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $344,804. The project, titled Extended Cancer Education for Longer-term Survivors (EXCELS) in Primary Care, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hudson here.

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