October 5, 2016

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Continued Growth in Research Grants and Sponsored Programs

Research grants and sponsored programs at Rutgers in fiscal year 2016 totaled $637.9 million, up more than $25 million from FY2015, a 4 percent increase. Over the past two years, the dollar amount of grants and sponsored programs at Rutgers rose by 22 percent during a time of challenging grant support nationally.

“The research enterprise at Rutgers is driven by our faculty, which includes numerous world leaders in their fields, and they deserve credit for the impressive growth in external support for research this university has seen over the past two years,” Christopher J. Molloy, senior vice president for research and economic development, said. “It’s noteworthy that, along with federal agencies, the university has received greater support from corporations and foundations, as they recognize the high quality and impact of the research being done at Rutgers.”

Rutgers experienced an 11 percent increase in federal grants in FY2016, from $303.2 million in FY2015 to $335.5 million last year. Learn more here


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Save the Date: Presidential Symposium, October 26
Plan to join President Robert Barchi and leading scholars on October 26 for the third 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education, “The Value of the Humanities in the 21st Century.” The university will welcome 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. Additional details will be available soon.

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.

RU Marketplace, New Procurement System, Goes Live
The first of the newest administrative systems launched on October 3. RU Marketplace is an easy-to-navigate platform for purchasing supplies and services. Visit Cornerstone to see what’s new and to access RU Marketplace through the myRutgers portal. Questions? Contact Cornerstone here.


Rutgers Dental Practice Opens in New Brunswick
Rutgers Health University Dental Associates has opened a new faculty practice in New Brunswick, blocks from the Old Queens campus, at 135 Somerset Street, where staff, faculty, and students are welcome. In a modern attractive private-practice setting, dentists and specialists who teach at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine treat patients directly, rather than overseeing students. The New Brunswick practice joins the Rutgers Health University Dental Associates practice in Newark at the Doctors Office Center. In both locations, practitioners provide a full range of expert care, from family dentistry to complex specialty needs. Rutgers Health University Dental Associates accepts most insurance plans. For appointments, call 732-235-5050 in New Brunswick or 973-972-2444 in Newark. Rutgers Health is creating the most comprehensive academic health care provider organization with access to patient care, innovative treatment, and leading experts from Rutgers. Learn more about University Dental Associates here.

On view at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is THE MASTER PLAN or In Between the Big Bang and Modern Art Is the Restroom, by MacArthur Award-winning artist Fred Wilson, the first time it is being exhibited in its entirety. Excerpted from traditional collection care terminology, visitor services signage, and gallery layouts from visitor orientation maps of 18 European and North American museums of anthropology, art, cultural or natural history, THE MASTER PLAN provides an opportunity for viewers to gain deeper awareness of the influential institutions that are entrusted with the conservation and understanding of human kind through history, culture, and artifacts. In 2004 Wilson was invited by the Brodsky Center to create a work where this suite of 22 photogravures was completed in 2009. 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.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

Psycho: October 7 and October 8: Piscataway
Celebrate Rutgers Cinema's second weekend of Halloweenfest with Psycho. Due to demand, Rutgers Cinema will present Psycho on October 7 and October 8 at 10 p.m. Halloweenfest continues at Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway, on Saturdays at 10 p.m. throughout October. Attend all five Halloweenfest films and receive two free movie tickets and a combo 2 (includes one jumbo popcorn and two large drinks). Attend four Halloweenfest films and receive one free movie ticket and a combo 1 (includes one jumbo popcorn and one large drink). Offer will be valid on any movie at a future date. Rutgers Cinema tickets are $7 with a Rutgers ID, $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets and learn more at here. Contact Rutgers Cinema at 848-445-1124.

Drop-in at Mason Gross Extension Division: October 8, New Brunswick
Looking for a music teacher? Getting ready to start ballet lessons? Drop in at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on October 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to observe classes and programs. Drop-in days allow prospective students to observe classes, ensembles, or a particular instructor in action before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Learn more here.

Department of French Presents Visiting Professor Arnaud Rykner: October 11, New Brunswick 
The Department of French, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents visiting professor Arnaud Rykner (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris 3) to offer “L’adaptation face à la critique des dispositifs: Balzac au théâtre et au cinéma,” on October 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Academic Building, Room 4190, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Rykner, also a playwright, stage director, and essayist, is a specialist of the "nouveau roman" who has published scholarly works on literature and theater and directed stage productions of works by Nathalie Sarraute, Dominique Hubin, Maurice Maeterlinck, and Bernard-Marie Koltès. A reception follows the presentation. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 65 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Star-Ledger, and The Nation.

Highlights include:

The New York Times: (Opinion) What does immigration actually cost us? (Jennifer Hunt, SAS, quoted here

NJ SPOTLIGHT: As more NJ students go hungry, more  colleges open food pantries (Kerri Willson, Student Affairs, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Workshop: “Reproducibility in Experimental and Computational Science Research”: October 10, Piscataway
Reproducibility—the ability to independently come to the same scientific conclusions as another researcher, potentially using different data sets or methods—is a cornerstone of the scientific process, and ensuring reproducibility is a critical issue today. The workshop “Reproducibility in Experimental and Computational Science Research” will be held on October 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the CoRE building, first floor auditorium, Busch Campus, Piscataway. The free workshop includes lunch. Learn more and register here.

SHP Colloquium: October 28, Scotch Plains
At the School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Lisa LaCon presents a colloquium, “Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Students’ Attitudes about Performing Work Activities for Sex Offenders with Psychiatric Disabilities,” in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy in psychiatric rehabilitation, on October 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Scotch Plains Campus, Room 334. Learn more 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.

Practice Mindfulness

Practice Mindfulness: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly hourlong Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops, from noon to 1 p.m. at three Rutgers University–New Brunswick locations through December: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.

Rutgers Theater Company: Fear and Misery in the Third Reich: October 7–15
Rutgers Theater Company presents Fear and Misery in the Third Reich from October 7 through October 15 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers University–Camden Homecoming: October 8, Camden
Catch up with classmates, explore arts and culture, cheer on alumni athletes, and enjoy family-friendly fun at Rutgers University–Camden homecoming events on October 8. Learn more here.

Mason Gross Student-Curated Mini-Shows: through October 17, New Brunswick
Undergraduate and graduate visual arts students conceptualize and install a collection of eight student exhibits through October 17 at three Rutgers University–New Brunswick locations: Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers Art Library, and Douglass Student Center. 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.

Partner in Crime: through December 22, Newark
The exhibition Partner in Crime, through December 22 in the Criminal Justice Gallery, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, examines the spatial representation of prisons and the connection between geography and imprisonment. Learn more here.

Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo: through July 30, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition by three innovative Abstract Expressionists through July 30, 2017. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Lindsey M. McDougle, assistant professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received a two-year appointment to the board of directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Get Involved

Volunteer to Host International Students on Thanksgiving
The university’s Center for Global Services’ International Friendship Program is seeking volunteers from the Rutgers and New Brunswick-area communities for its Holiday Dinner Program. The program provides an opportunity for international students and scholars to experience Thanksgiving and for Rutgers and local community members to invite international guests into their homes. The program’s goal is for participants to share in friendship and cross-cultural learning. Hosts can request any number of international guests to join their Thanksgiving celebration. Host applications will be accepted until October 21. Information regarding the international guest(s) assigned to your family will be provided on or around November 11. To sign up as host, complete this form. Learn more here.

Lifelong Learning Day: October 14, New Brunswick
Rutgers Continuing Studies hosts the university’s first Lifelong Learning Day celebration on October 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. downstairs in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate. Activities include: writing an answer to the question, “What’s the greatest thing you've ever learned?"; taking and sharing “selfies” with cutouts of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Frederick Douglass; and participating in a video inquiring, “What do you want to learn next?" Learn more here.

CCLC Community Social: October 18: Newark and Piscataway
The entire family is invited to join Children’s Creative Learning Center’s (CCLC) Community Social in Newark or Piscataway on October 18. Newark’s social will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Piscataway’s social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. CCLC’s robust early-learning programs offer family-style dining as part of a child’s overall experience. Children and teachers engage with each other during mealtimes to learn about serving each other and trying nutritious foods. Visit and meet teachers and staff. Learn more about Newark’s CCLC here and Piscataway’s CCLC 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.

Awards & Honors

Inaugural New Brunswick Chancellor Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the first recipients of the New Brunswick Chancellor Awards for Faculty Excellence who were celebrated at yesterday’s inaugural event recognizing awards and honors bestowed upon faculty whose exceptional work in their particular areas has been recognized by peers in the previous year. Those honored also include recipients of new awards created by the chancellor: Excellence in Teaching, Siobain Duffy, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), and Camilla Stevens, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS); Excellence in Service, Emily Allen-Hornblower, SAS, and Kathleen Scott, SAS; Excellence in Research, Henry Iwaniec, SAS, and Saurabh Jah, SAS; and International Impact Award, Mark Gregory Robson, SEBS.

Gifts & Grants

Andrew Norris, distinguished professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Dynamic Elastic Media: Passive and Active Non-Reciprocal Theory, Experiment and Design, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Norris here.

Todd Clear, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000. The project, titled Newark Community Street Team, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Read more about Clear here.

William Mabe, director of research and evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,085. The project, titled NJ P20W State Longitudinal Data Systems Project, is being supported by SNJ-Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Read more about Mabe here.

Mark Gluck, professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $582,800. The project, titled Pathways to Brain Health for African Americans: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study, is being supported by the National Institute on Aging. Learn more about Gluck here.

Christopher Obropta, extension specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Technical Support Program for Municipalities and Watershed Partners, is being supported by William Penn Foundation. Read more about Obropta here.

Radhika Balakrishnan, professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Core Support for Women's Rights and Economic Justice, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Read more about Balakrishnan here.

In Memoriam

Carl Price, 89, a pioneer in plant molecular biology and a member of the faculty for 40 years before retiring, passed away on September 25, 2016. Funeral arrangements were made by Gleason's Funeral Home, Somerset. 

Jean L. Ambrose, 83, retired assistant vice president for faculty affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on September 19, 2016, at the Center for Hope Hospice, Scotch Plains. A memorial service may be held on the Douglass Campus at a later date.

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