October 6, 2010

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin contains information for employees at Rutgers. Submissions must be received by noon on Thursday in order to be considered for inclusion in the following Wednesday’s bulletin. For additional information, visit the bulletin website or email Campus Information Services at bulletin@rci.rutgers.edu.


State Health Benefits Plan Open Enrollment Period
The open enrollment period for the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program and the New Jersey Tax$ave Program is during the month of October. During this time employees can add or change insurance plans, with all changes made in October becoming effective January 1, 2011. Employees are encouraged to attend one of the Working for U Benefits and Resource Fairs to find out more. Information on the fairs and open enrollment can be found here, or contact a benefits specialist at 732-932-3020, ext. 4077.

Annual Chancellor’s Awards for Community Engagement at Rutgers–Newark
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Chancellor’s Awards for Community Engagement at Rutgers–Newark. The awards recognize the contributions of individuals or groups who have connected the campus with the community. The deadline to submit nominations is October 15 and the winners will be recognized on December 2. Find more information here.


Art after Hours: October 6
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum hosts Art after Hours on the first Wednesday of every month. This free event compliments the museum’s exhibitions with music, dance performances, tours, poetry, film screenings, and more. Learn more here.

Campuswide Health Fair, Rutgers–Newark: October 6
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend a health fair on October 6 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Norman Samuels Plaza, Rutgers–Newark. This free event offers health screenings, nutritious snacks, giveaways, and informational resources to educate employees about life choices that promote good health. Find more information here.

Department of Religion Colloquium: October 6
The Department of Religion at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents a Brown Bag Talk titled Just War and Jihad: Two Traditions on the Use of Force on October 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Cook Campus Center, G.H. Cook Conference Room. Guests are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Find more information here.

Mindfulness Meditation: October 6
Faculty and staff are invited to reduce stress at Mindfulness Meditation on October 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center, Room 404. No registration or previous experience necessary. Find more information here.

Volunteers Needed for Rutgers–Camden Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record”: October 7
Volunteer to read to preschool children in Camden as part of the Rutgers Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” program on October 7 at LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Help set a world record by taking part in this international effort to read books to one million children in a single day. To volunteer, contact Katie Mills at 856-225-6906 or km@camden.rutgers.edu.

Homecoming 2010 Camden: October 8–9
Join Rutgers–Camden for Roctoberfest October 8–9. Activities include an alumni VIP tent, DJ, hot dog challenge, and the Kids Zone. View the full schedule of events here.

Rutgers Graduate and Professional School Expo: October 9
Explore the possibilities of graduate study at Rutgers on October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. Staff from more than 100 Rutgers master’s and professional degree programs will be available to discuss areas of study and the admissions process. Register online for this free event and find more information here.

Is There a Path to Sustainable Development–And Can the World Get on It?: October 12
Jeffrey Sachs, a leading international economic adviser, will speak about combining economic development with environmental sustainability on October 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

The Rutgers University Sponsored Research Showcase: October 15
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate and Professional Education hosts a showcase of projects and research in various fields of science and engineering made possible by grants. This free event will be held on October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register online by October 12 and find more information here.

In the News

Rutgers University Professor Publishes Book Focusing on Landmark LGBT Cases
Carlos A. Ball, professor of law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has written a new book, From the Closet to the Courtroom, that focuses on five landmark LGBT cases that have changed the nation. Find the full story here.

Appointments & Retirements

Courtenay Cavanaugh has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the Camden College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Cavanaugh recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Learn more about Professor Cavanaugh here.

Jerome Williams has been appointed Prudential Chair in Business in the Department of Management and Global Business and the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. Professor Williams joins Rutgers from the University of Texas–Austin. Find more information about Professor Williams here.

Darrin York has been appointed professor in the BioMaPS Institute and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Professor York joins Rutgers from the University of Minnesota. Learn more about Professor York here.

*Correction: The correct page with information about Professor Rebecca Reynolds can be found here.

Awards & Honors

Marcie Aboff, administrative assistant in the Department of University Relations, has published four new children’s books entitled Analyzing Doggie Data, Everyone Feels Scared Sometimes, The World’s Fastest Machines and The World’s Biggest Machines. Find more information about Ms. Aboff here.

Michael Camasso, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Summer 2010 to conduct a series of seminars on Trust and the Formation of Social Capital, and to initiate research activities at the University of Catania, Italy.

Jay Feinman, professor in the Rutgers School of Law–Camden, has published a book entitled Delay, Deny, Defend: Why Insurance Companies Don’t Pay Claims and What You Can Do About It. The book is based on lawsuits involving insurance carriers and their response to insurance claims. Learn more about Professor Feinman here.

Steven N. Handel, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, was named Willeke Frontiers of Environmental Science Distinguished Lecturer by Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Professor Handel discussed the potential and value of restoring nature to urban areas. Learn more about Professor Handel here.

Gifts & Grants

Manishkumar U. Chhowalla, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received $623,887. The project focuses on Nanotechnology for Clean Energy and was part of an IGERT administered by the National Science Foundation. Find more information about Professor Chhowalla here.

Richard Edwards, dean of the School of Social Work, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received a grant in the amount of $659,380. The project, titled Transitions for Youth and Youth Advisory Board, was made possible by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Find more information about Dean Edwards here.  

Jami Finkelstein Young, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded $637,911. The topic of study focuses on Depression Prevention Initiative: A Study of Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training in School Settings. The grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Find more information about Professor Young here.

Did You Know?

Did you know the Center for Executive Leadership in Government offers a range of educational programs that focus on the development of effective public sector leadership? Upcoming programs include the Executive Master of Public Administration, Mini-Master of Public Administration™, “Utilizing Social Media in Local Government” programs, and a winter session trip, “Building Civic Capacity” in Cape Town, South Africa. A 10% discount is offered for Rutgers employees. For more information email celg@docs.rutgers.edu or learn more here.

In Memoriam

Tyler Clementi, a first year student in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick passed away on September 22, 2010. Find more information here.

Miriam Dinerman, retired professor formerly with the School of Social Work, Rutgers–New Brunswick, passed away on July 17, 2010. A memorial service is planned for October 10, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY,  Room 925.

Jacqueline ODell, administrative assistant in the Department of Financial Aid, passed away on September 16, 2010. Find more information here.

Campus Classifieds

Current Listings:

Rutgers has entered into an agreement with CampusAve, which provides online classifieds and listings where Rutgers faculty and staff can post items for sale, free of charge.

Some current listings include a king-size head- and footboard, a multiple family property in Plainfield, New Jersey, and a condo in Naples, Florida.

For many more listings, and to submit your own free listing, please visit Rutgers Campus Classifieds here.