October 8, 2014

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Tanzanian President’s Visit Celebrates the Benefits of Academic Partnerships
The president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, visited Rutgers on September 26 to talk about the role of academic partnerships in finding solutions to global challenges–and advancing Tanzanian priorities.

The visit was hosted by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Center for African Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences. Rutgers University–New Brunswick chancellor and executive vice president for academic affairs Richard Edwards introduced Kikwete to nearly 300 faculty, students, and staff who gathered to hear his lecture. Read the entire story at Rutgers Today here.

Photo credit: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

In this Issue...

Campaign to Create Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair
Rutgers University launched a campaign to create an endowed chair named for Gloria Steinem that will focus on the creative and complex ways information technology and new media are reshaping culture and power relationships. Read more here.

Registration Is Now Open for the Adult Chamber Music Program
Registration is now open for the Adult Chamber Music Program (ACMP) at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. ACMP is designed for nonprofessional adult musicians, specifically instrumentalists and vocalists, who are passionate about chamber music. Learn more here.

Survey on the Rutgers Communicator Certificate Program
All faculty and staff are invited to provide feedback about the Rutgers Communicator Certificate Program by participating in a 10-minute online survey as part of the ongoing evaluation of the program. The survey is anonymous and your answers cannot be linked to you as an individual. Find the survey here.

Expanded Services and Information Available at University Visitor Center
The Office of University Undergraduate Admissions has expanded services and information for visitors to Rutgers University–New Brunswick at the University Visitor Center on Busch Campus. All visitors with questions about undergraduate admissions should be directed to the Visitor Center instead of the Administrative Services Building.

Academic Sphere

MTV: Momentum Technology Videos
The Institute for Women and Art hots MTV: Momentum Technology Videos, which present video works by women and transgender artists in a juried online film festival playlist from October 1 to April 1. View the videos and learn more here.

Save the Date: Moving from Message to Action: The Role of the Learner in Feedback 
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences sponsors a talk for its Academic Grand Rounds on November 5 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Oral Health Pavilion at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. The presentation is preceded by the formal induction of 2014 Master Educators and followed by a brief reception.

Call for Proposals: Technology in Education Showcase
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology is now accepting proposals from members of the university who wish to participate in the 9th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Showcase on December 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 101, Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Administrative Services Building I Annex, Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Fill out the form here.


Early Dutch in New Jersey with Firth Haring Fabend: October 9, New Brunswick
Special Collections and University Archives hosts a talk by Firth Haring Fabend on “Patroons and Plowmen, Pietism and Politics: Dutch Settlers in the Hudson Valley in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries” on October 9 at 3 p.m. on the first floor, Pane Room, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Hispanic Heritage Month: October 9, Newark
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Latino Heritage Committee, Latino Medical Student Association at New Jersey Medical School, and the Hispanic Dental Association at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine host Arturo Brito as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on October 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Rosemary Gellene Room, B-515, Medical Science Building, Newark. Arturo Brito is deputy commissioner of public health services at the New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more here.

The Grapes of Wrath Conference: October 10, New Brunswick
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Undergraduate Academic Affairs presents a daylong, interdisciplinary conference on the novel and film on October 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Winants Hall, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Latin Dance Knight: October 11, New Brunswick
Rutgers Recreation hosts Latin Dance Knight on October 11 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight in the College Avenue Gym, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Search under dance classes for Latin Dance Knight to register. Register and learn more here.

Third New Brunswick Ciclovia: October 12, New Brunswick
Nearly three miles of New Brunswick streets, including College Avenue, will be open to nonmotorized activity to provide opportunities for active and healthy living on October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Writers at Newark Reading Series: Adrian Matejka and Chris Abani: October 14, Newark
The M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark hosts Adrian Matejka and Chris Abani on October 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in rooms 255, 256, 257, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Center on Violence Against Women and Children Lecture: October 14, Camden
The Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work presents “A Conversation with Dr. Donna Chung: An International Perspective to Understanding Batterer Intervention Programs,” on October 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in South Conference Room A, lower level, Camden Campus Center, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Somalia Unraveled: The Development, Demise, and Destruction of the Somali State: October 16, Newark
The Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, hosts Fowsia Abdulkadir on October 16 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

LaToya A. Battle-Brown has been appointed assistant provost and dean of admissions, Rutgers University–Newark. 

Lily Young, professor of environmental microbiology and dean of international programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been appointed provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Get Involved

Join Rutgers University Alumni Association on the Road to Cheer on the Scarlet Knights
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG this year. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers-only tailgate events happening before every away game this season. Learn more here.

RU Ally Week
Hosted by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Ally Week, October 13-17, is an initiative to unite the campus community around issues of social justice, diversity, and community-building. Take the pledge and learn more here.

Hot Jobs of the Season: Student Employment Event
Faculty and staff members interested in hiring Rutgers legacy undergraduate students for part-time seasonal employment are invited to participate in the Hot Jobs of the Season Event hosted by the Rutgers Student Employment Office (SEO) on November 4 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The SEO will promote available part-time jobs at this event and university departments may participate for free (non-university participants pay a fee). Please contact Michelle Brugnoli at 848-932-2648, or at michelle.brugnoli@rutgers.edu, for more information.

Participants Needed for Paid Research Studies
Various studies are being conducted by the Cole Neuroscience Lab at Rutgers University–Newark. These studies aid in better understanding the neural bases for cognitive abilities such as learning, task switching, and memory. Participants are given $15 an hour for behavioral sessions (viewing images or listening to sounds presented by a computer and making decisions about these items) and $30 an hour for MRI sessions. Participants should be native English speakers, aged 18–35, and right-handed. To participate, please email brain.research@rutgers.edu for additional information and to qualify for current and future studies. Contact Michael W. Cole with questions at 973-353-3261.

Participants Needed for Study on Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers at Rutgers are seeking adults, ages 18 years and older, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for a study aimed at improving the current state of diabetes self-management education and support. As part of the study, participants attend four self-management groups in which they learn about the progression of diabetes, how to maintain a diabetic-friendly diet, how to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, and how to communicate with their physicians to take control of their health. For more information, contact the study investigator at 848-932-5863 or jessica.yu@rutgers.edu.

Participants Need to Beta-Test Mobile Apps for Teens
Do you have a child between the ages of 11 and 17? The program in clinical psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick is seeking teens between 11-17 years old who own a smartphone to test out a mobile app that would measure how active a person is during the day and some aspects of their mood. The first day of the two-day study participants engage in role playing and activities and fill out questionnaires. The second day, they are a part of a focus group and complete questionnaires. For more information, call the Rutgers App study at 848-445-3905 or email RUAppStudy@gmail.com. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Jisun Cha, assistant professor of dermatology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was recognized at the New York Academy of Medicine second annual Emerging Leaders in Dermatology night for her research in Integrating Dermatology Education into the Clinical Curriculum of Medical School.

Gifts & Grants

Monica Roth, professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,172,331 over four years. The project titled MuLV p12 Function in Tethering and Integration is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Roth here.

Kimberley Cole, associate dean of administration and finance at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,500 over three years. The project titled Enhancing Teaching and Student Leadership in the Career Clusters of Business, Management, and Administration and Finance is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Dean Cole here.

Naomi Marmorstein, professor in the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $367,839 over two years. The project titled Longitudinal Associations Between Obesity and Major Depression is being supported by the National Institute of Health. Learn more about Professor Marmorstein here.

Cristi Palmer, manager of ornamental horticulture at IR-4 Project Headquarters, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $165,344. The project titled Boxwood Blight Mitigation Strategies is being supported by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Cristi Palmer here.

Doyle Knight, distinguished professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $111,170. The project titled Assessment of CFD Modeling Capability for Hypersonic Shock Wave Boundary Layer Interactions is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Professor Knight here.

Roland Anglin, faculty fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and director and associate research professor at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project titled Newark City of Learning Collaborative is being supported by the Victoria Foundation Inc. Learn more about Director Anglin here

In Memoriam

Philip Liu passed away on September 20. He was former professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and professor of pharmacology and physiology at New Jersey Medical School.

Mark A. Colby died on October 1. He was an assistant instructor in the Department of Philosophy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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