October 7, 2015

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Moralities, Laws, Histories

Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories

Why do some topics generate enormous ethical scrutiny and debate, while others don't? How do stories and images mobilize feelings and political and human resources that stimulate action? By what means do we, as individuals and as a society, lay claim to being ethical?

Such questions form the foundation for the 2015–2017 multidisciplinary Sawyer Seminar, Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories, supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. Seth Koven, professor of history, and Judith Surkis, associate professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the project directors, with several SAS and Rutgers Law School faculty members affiliated with the project.

Koven and Surkis also seek to collaborate with several Rutgers research centers and scholars from the region. Participating in the seminar, hosted by the Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty fellows. Koven and Surkis invite nonparticipants to attend the free plenary lectures, symposia, and public conversations. Learn more here.

At left, image by Jean Denis-Malclès illustrating Antigone defying Creon by claiming ethical obligations surpassing those of the law and the state.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Transportation and University Planning Seek Your Feedback
Rutgers’ Department of Transportation Services and University Planning representatives will appear at several undergraduate and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) locations to obtain feedback and discuss the transportation master plan process currently under way. Stop at the information tables during the following time periods to ask questions, provide feedback, and learn more about the programs and services, such as BikeRUOctober 6, 1 to 3 p.m., College Avenue Student Center, New Brunswick; October 8, 1 to 3 p.m., Robeson Campus Center, Newark; October 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Busch Student Center, Piscataway; October 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick; October 20, noon to 2 p.m., Woody's Cafe, RWJMS Research Tower, RBHS, Piscataway; and October 22, noon to 2 p.m., University Hospital Cafeteria, RBHS, Newark.

Fire Safety Awareness and Demonstrations
Emergency Services continues to host campus events to promote fire safety awareness during Fire Prevention Week. The Fire Inspection Bureau is distributing fire safety and prevention information and providing hands-on demonstrations on the proper use of fire extinguishers. Stop at the following locations on the dates listed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and also earn a chance to win a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card: October 7, Busch Student Center, Piscataway; October 8, Douglass Student Center café, New Brunswick; October 9, Cook Student Center, New Brunswick; October 12, Camden Campus Center; October 13, Medical Science Building, Lobby B Level Escalator Area, Newark; and October 15, Robeson Campus Center, Student Street Plaza Level, Newark.


Free, Secure Education Roaming Wireless Service through Eduroam®
Eduroam® (education roaming) is the secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows faculty, staff, and students to take advantage of free and secure wireless service when visiting an eduroam member university, and allows visitors from member universities wireless access when visiting Rutgers. Learn more here.

Faculty Training in Online and Hybrid Learning Technologies
The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers online and in-person faculty training on tools including Learning Studio (eCollege learning management system), Kaltura MediaSpace (online video platform), and VoiceThread (multimedia collaboration). The center also offers special training to address department and faculty needs. Contact the center at OID@docs.Rutgers.edu. Learn more and register for training here.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals
University Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Email fshousing@rutgers.edu or click here for more information.

Attend Mason Gross Drop-In Days
Drop-in days at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, provide opportunities for prospective students to observe classes, private lessons, or ensembles and to become acquainted with individual instructors or programs before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Classes, select private lessons, and ensemble rehearsals are open to visits by prospective students and their families. As a special offer, registration fees for a class, ensemble, or private lesson will be waived for those who first attend the October 10 Drop-In Day. Learn more and RSVP here

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Claudia Rankine: October 7, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, Department of English, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a free reading with Claudia Rankine, author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen and Don't Let Me Be Lonely; playwright; and coeditor of American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century, today (October 7) from 8 to 11 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Rankine was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2013. A book-signing and dessert reception follow the reading. Learn more here.

Between Morocco and Israel: Jewish Memory and Heritage: October 11, New Brunswick
An expert panel explores the interplay between Morocco and Israel in the life and memory of the Moroccan Jewish community in Israel on October 11 at 3 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Weeklong Computer Repair Event: October 12 to October 16: New Brunswick and Piscataway
Kite+key and the Office of Information Technology host the annual, weeklong computer repair event, October 12 through October 16, at the Rutgers University–New Brunswick student centers. Technicians are certified to repair most computers, both in and out of warranty. No diagnosis fee will be charged if you bring a computer or iPad for service during the student center demonstrations: October 12: College Avenue Student Center, 10 a.m. to noon; October 13: Busch Student Center, 2 to 4 p.m.; October 14: Cook Student Center, noon to 2 p.m.; October 15: Douglass Student Center, 1 to 3 p.m.; and October 16: Livingston Student Center, 3 to 5 p.m. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus. Learn more here [PDF].

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Assignments Tool: October 14
The Office of Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 14 from 2 to 2:30  p.m., participants learn how to create an assignment, review submissions, provide feedback, and grade assignments. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer and CBS News:

Highlights include:

The Wall Street Journal: Study: Sea level rise increasing major storms off New Jersey (Benjamin Horton, SEBS, quoted here)

Gannett New Jersey: Rutgers alum fighting airline fire hazards (Javier Diez-Garias, Engineering, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Center of Alcohol Studies' Professional Development Seminar Series
Register for this month’s Professional Development Seminar Series presented by the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. October 8: Cultural Competence in Treatment: Beyond Ethnicity; October 15: Integrative Strategies That Promote Mental Health and Addiction Recovery; October 22: Cultural Pain—Exploration of Oppression in Relationship to the Process of Recovery from Addiction; and October 29: Technology Dependence. Each seminar is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Faculty and staff attend at a discounted rate. Learn more and register here.

Symposium on Open Access: Perspectives in Biomedical and Health Sciences: October 20 (Newark) and October 21 (Piscataway)
To learn how open access can positively affect the visibility, impact, and value of their research, University Libraries and the Office of Research and Economic Development invite faculty and researchers to a “Symposium on Open Access: Perspectives in Biomedical and Health Sciences,” in Newark on October 20 in the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and in Piscataway on October 21 at the Susan L. Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Each day features a keynote presentation by P. Scott Lapinski, Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, and a panel discussion on scholarly publishing. Register by October 12. Learn more here.

School of Nursing Hosts Winter Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Review: January 6 to January 8, Newark
The School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts the Winter Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Review, a workshop examining economic evidence in health care presented by the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, from January 6 to January 8, 2016. Learn more and register here

Simeon De Witt


Simeon De Witt: Mapping the Revolution: through July 31, New Brunswick
On the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers' 250th anniversary, the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition on the career of Simeon De Witt, one of the university’s most distinguished alumni—the 14th graduate (1776) of what was then known as Queen’s College and George Washington’s chief cartographer during the Revolutionary War. The exhibition runs through July 31, 2016. Learn more here

Mallery Concert Series: Meral Guneyman: October 7, Camden
The Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden offers a wide range of free lunchtime performances throughout the fall. Listen to pianist Meral Guneyman on October 7 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Music from Chad: October 8, Newark
The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience presents H’sao, a Montreal-based band from Chad that offers a unique blend of modern sound and traditional African musical influences, on October 8 at 7 p.m. in Bradley Hall Theater, Newark. A lecture and a demonstration of Chadian culture and dance follow the concert. Learn more here.

Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival: October 8–10, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden theater program kicks off its season with the annual Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival from October 8 to October 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Box Studio Theater. Learn more here.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble II: Tribute to Oliver Nelson: October 10, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a tribute to jazz composer, arranger, and saxophonist Oliver Nelson, featuring selections from his works including “The Blues and the Abstract Truth,” “Afro/American Sketches,” and “Domination” (with Cannonball Adderley) on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Our Turn: How Women Took Over Academia: October 13, New York City
Award-winning journalist Lisa Birnbach hosts a discussion with Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark; Amy Gutmann, president, University of Pennsylvania; Biddy Martin, president, Amherst College; and Christina Paxson, president, Brown University, on their career paths, balancing their distinguished careers with family, and the challenges they face in this era of overwhelming college costs and competition from online programs. The event is at the 92nd Street YMHA, New York City. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

David Allen was appointed chair of the Department of Human Resource Management, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, where he is a professor. He is also distinguished research environment professor at Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England.

Cindy Ford, director of special academic programs at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, retired effective October 1 after 25 years of service.

Michael Kennish, research professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named editor of the Encyclopedia of Estuaries, an international volume of the most comprehensive and multidisciplinary research knowledge and advances in estuarine science.

Get Involved

New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign
Each year, contributions made through the New Jersey Employee Charitable Campaign help support the programs and services of U.S. and worldwide charities. The campaign runs from October 7 through October 30. Donate through payroll dedution or with a one-time contribution. Learn more here.

Visit the Bronx Zoo with Alumni Association
Join the Rutgers University Alumni Association at the Bronx Zoo on October 25 from noon to 3 p.m.—an event in the new Alumni on Location series. Receive an all-access pass, enjoy a private lunch in the Dancing Crane Pavilion, and hear from alumna Florence Klecha about her career with the Bronx Zoo and her research on the gelada baboon. The Bronx Zoo is the only North American zoo that houses this animal and welcomed a baby gelada baboon in April 2015. Learn more and register here.

RutgersCamden Homecoming: October 10
Join fellow alumni and friends at Rutgers UniversityCamden on October 10 for a day of homecoming events. View the activities and register here.

Awards & Honors

Five professors are among Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers for 2015, approximately 3,000 scholars worldwide whose published papers rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science Core Collection: 

  Chi-Tang Ho, professor, Department of Food Science, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick;

  Saurabh W. Jha, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick;

  Jing Li, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick;

  Rachel Winfree, associate professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and

  Chung S. Yang, distinguished professor and John L. Colaizzi Endowed Chair in Pharmacy, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.


Joan W. Bennett, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2015 SIMB Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award, funded by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB).

Todd Demmy, chief of thoracic oncology and associate chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, participated in the first academic exchange between Cuban and U.S. and Canadian cardiac and thoracic surgeons in September when 13 members of the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society exchanged ideas in Havana with members of Sociedad de Cardiologia y Cirugia Cardiovascular de Cuba on how to improve the care of cardiovascular surgery patients.

Shadd Maruna, dean of the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, was a keynote speaker at the Butler Trust's 30th anniversary conference, entitled “Putting Research into Practice," at the University of Cambridge, England, on September 18. Maruna’s audience included nearly 250 UK prison, probation, and youth justice delegates and the trust's Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Greg Moore, Board of Governors Professor in the New High Energy Theory Center and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a 2015 recipient of the Dirac Medal awarded by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Moore was honored for his efforts to introduce the concepts of conformal field theory and nonabelian quasiparticle statistics in condensed matter systems and apply these ideas to quantum computation. 

Gifts & Grants

XiangLin Tan, assistant professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, and assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $852,705 over five years. The project, titled Repurposing Metformin and Aspirin for Prostate Cancer Prevention and Control, is being supported by a career development award from the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Tan //cinj.rutgers.edu/researcher-profiles/index?profile=tanxi@cinj.rutgers.edu">here.

Justin Drake, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $450,000 to support two projects over three years. One project, titled Elucidating Kinase Activation Pathways in Advanced Prostate Cancer, is being supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. The second project, titled Phosphoproteomic Assessment of Therapeutic Kinases for Personalized Therapy in Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer, is being supported by the Department of Defense. Learn more about Drake here.

Pierre-Olivier Polack, assistant professor in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,000 over three years. The project, titled Modulation of Visual Cortical Processing by Attention, is being supported by the Whitehall Foundation. Learn more about Polack here.

Karen D'Alonzo, associate dean and associate professor in the Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $86,682 over three years. The project, titled A Community Academic Partnership to Prevent Obesity in Mexican-American Immigrant Families, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Jayme Santiago, vice president of New Brunswick Tomorrow, is a co-PI. Learn more about D’Alonzo here and New Brunswick Tomorrow here.

Nancy Kranich, special projects research librarian at Archibald S. Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, is being supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The cash grant will support programming, including film screenings, exhibitions, book discussions, and performances about Latino history and culture both at Rutgers and at public libraries in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark. Learn more about Kranich here.

In Memoriam
Norma Basch, 81, professor emerita who taught American history at Rutgers University–Newark and who authored groundbreaking works of feminist legal history, passed away on September 29, 2015, on Cape Cod.  A public memorial service will be held on October 25 at the Village Temple, Manhattan. 
Robert Curvin, a noted civil rights leader, professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and an alumnus and staunch friend of Rutgers University–Newark, passed away at his home in Newark on September 29, 2015. He was 81. The cause was multiple myeloma, The New York Times reported.
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