September 10, 2014

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Robert Wood Johnson Medicine: Summer 2014 Issue
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) invites you to read the latest issue of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine magazine, an award-winning publication for alumni and friends of RWJMS. An online version of the issue may be viewed here. Features in this issue include:

- Cover Story: State of the Arts: A Self-Guided Tour of Public Art
- Expanding Options for Pain Management
- World-Class Team Offers Advanced Treatment of Brain Aneurysms
- Medicine That Brings the World Closer
- Jeffrey Brenner, MD ’95, Receives MacArthur “Genius Award”
- Exploring the Far Reaches of the Brain from the Bench to the Bedside


In this Issue...

Rutgers Department of Transportation Services Now Offers Free Bicycle Repair Stations in New Brunswick
The Rutgers Department of Transportation Services now offers free and convenient bicycle repair stations that allow bicyclists to make basic repairs and adjustments on the go. The stations are located on the Busch, College Avenue, Douglass, and Livingston Campuses. Learn more here.

New Helpline for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, has launched Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling helpline for New Jersey residents who are taking care of someone with dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Care2Caregivers give callers peer support, information, and education as well as access to the many benefit programs and resources available for caregivers and their families. In addition to personal experience, peer counselors have professional experience working at the COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease at UBHC. Call 1-800-424-2494 to learn more.

Citrix GoToMeeting Products Are Now Available
The Office of Information Technology announces the availability of CitrixGoMeeting, GoToTraining, and GoToWebinar for sale at reduced prices. With these products, meetings can be easily scheduled between multiple locations. Learn more here (NetID login required).

Register Now for Rutgers Recreation Teachers' Convention Camp
Rutgers Recreation offers a day camp for children ages 5 to 11 during the Teachers' Convention on November 6–November 7 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center, on the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Pre- and post-care are available and the camp is limited to 60 participants. Learn more and register early here.

Academic Sphere

Free Access to TEDMED Live Streaming 2014
Due to an ongoing partnership with TEDMED and the Association of American Universities (AAU), faculty and staff members at Rutgers have free access to TEDMED Live Streaming 2014, comprising more than 80 talks from transformative scientists, innovators, artists, athletes, and others seeking to create a healthier world. Members may watch the entire live streaming event online from September 10 through September 12 and on-demand from September 10 through September 15. The access code provided by the AAU is TMlicAAU14. Please use the code to log in here. View the event schedule here and email with any questions.

Registration Is Open for the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Patient and Caregiver Symposium
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Aim at Melanoma host a free education symposium on September 13 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Cancer Institute on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Leading melanoma experts including Howard Kaufman, James Goydos, and Janice Mehnert discuss emerging therapies, the importance of clinical trials, and innovations in melanoma research. Please call 916-706-0599 with questions. Learn more and register here

Inaugural Seminar for the Industry Cancer Seminar Series
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey holds an Oncology Pipeline Update on September 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a light reception in auditorium A and B at the Cancer Institute on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The series is designed to foster collaboration and networking between Rutgers faculty and strategic industry partners. This seminar provides an update on drugs in the developmental pipeline at Bristol-Myers Squibb and current basic and clinical research projects at Rutgers, with the objective of initiating a dialogue for validating novel cancer therapeutics.

Registration Is Open for the Interprofessional Clinical Informatics Transformation Program
The School of Nursing and Barnabas Health cosponsor a conference that provides a forum on October 9 on the first floor of the Barnabas Health Corporate Building in West Orange, New Jersey. The forum is for cross-discipline collaboration to promote best practices in the use of data/information to improve health outcomes. The general registration fee is $165 and $95 for employees of Barnabas Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences faculty and staff, New Jersey Healthcare Information Management System Society members, and all students. Learn more and register here.

Registration Is Open for the Third Evidence-Based Pediatric Update Symposium
The Division of Urology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital sponsor a symposium on September 27 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. This symposium highlights the latest diagnostic techniques and management strategies that impact the care of patients with common and complex pediatric disorders. Learn more and register here.


Inventing Odessa: Jewish Culture on the Edge of the Russian Empire: September 14, New Brunswick
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, along with the Zimmerli Art Museum, host a lecture on September 14 at 3 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue Campus. Olga Litvak, professor at Clark University, gives a lecture at 3 p.m., and a guided tour of the art exhibit Odessa’s Second Avant-Garde: City and Myth begins at 2 and 4:15 p.m. Learn more here.

Fall Career and Internship Mega Fair: September 11 and 12, New Brunswick
Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts the largest career and internship fair in its history on September 11 and 12 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. More than 300 employers are expected to attend. This event is open to Rutgers University–New Brunswick students and alumni in all majors. Learn more here.

New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2014: September 11 through October 16, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Cinema Studies Program, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the fall 2014 lineup featuring over 25 film screenings. View ticket information and more here.

Jose Antonio Vargas film DOCUMENTED: September 12, Newark
The Center for Migration and the Global City, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts Jose Antonio Vargas as he screens and discusses his new film DOCUMENTED on September 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Essex Room of the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. A panel discussion featuring Marisol Conde Hernandez, cofounder of the NJ DREAM Act Coalition, and Giancarlo Tello, campaign chair for NJ Unity Tuition Equity for DREAMers Campaign, follows the screening. Learn more here.

Brown Bag Lunch with Melissa Gasparotto: September 15, New Brunswick
The Art Library at Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a brown bag lunch event with artist Melissa Gasparotto on September 15 at noon in the Reading Room of the library at Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Gasparotto’s exhibit MINUTIAE is on display through September 26.

Cook/Douglass Campus Community Day: September 17, New Brunswick
The executive dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts, dean of students, and the Cook Campus dean sponsor Cook/Douglass Campus Community Day on September 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Passion Puddle on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The rain date is September 18. Learn more here.

The Whats, Whys, and Hows of Translational Science to Improve Patient Outcomes: September 17, Newark
The Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, hosts a talk by Kalpana Merchant on September 17 from 11 a.m. to noon in room 103 at the Aidekman Research Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Merchant is the president of TransThera Consulting Company. Learn more here.

Raised at Rutgers: A President’s Story with Richard L. McCormick: September 18, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Press presents a reading of Raised at Rutgers: A President’s Story by Richard L. McCormick on September 18 at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at Rutgers in the Gateway Transit Village on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. 

Appointments & Retirements

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, effective October 1.

Get Involved

Registration Is Open for the IgKnight Program of Classes, Trips, and Workshops
Rutgers Recreation offers over 200 classes, trips, and workshops in dance, yoga, swimming, scuba diving, sports, group fitness, wellness, rock climbing, and techniques for taming stress. Search for classes and register here.

Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance Is Looking for Volunteers
The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance recruits volunteers to work as New Brunswick Crisis Response Advocates. Advocates provide support, information, and referrals at the time of a domestic violence or sexual assault crisis. The deadline for applications is October 3. Please contact Lisa Smith at 848-932-1181 or with questions. Learn more and view application materials here.

Awards & Honors

Michael P. De Luca, senior associate director of the Institute of Marine and Costal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been named chair of the Public Policy Committee and president-elect of the National Association of Marine Laboratories.

William K. Hallman, professor and chair of the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been appointed chair of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee by the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Michael Lewis, distinguished professor in the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been awarded the 2014 William James Book Award by the American Psychological Association for his book The Rise of Consciousness and the Development of Emotional Life. He has also published the third edition of his book, The Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology (Springer, 2014).

William Meyer, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and director of the Rutgers Turfgrass Breeding Project at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2014 Impact Award by the National Association of Plant Breeders. Learn more here.

Keith Weber, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Best Paper Award by the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of American on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education for his paper "What Is a Proof? A Linguistic Answer to an Educational Question."

Gifts & Grants

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000. The project titled Process Optimization of Novel Routes for the Production of Bio-based Para-Xylene is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ierapetritou here.

Joanne Robinson, dean and professor at the School of Nursing­–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project titled Rutgers–Camden Cooper Collaborative for Upward Mobility in Nursing is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Dean Robinson here.

Judith Storch, distinguished professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,000 over three years. The project titled Mechanisms of Cholesterol Transport by Niemann-Pick C Proteins is being supported by the American Heart Association. Learn more about Professor Storch here

Jeanne Herb, associate director at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Richard Lathrop, professor and director at the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $177,100. The project titled Stakeholder Engagement to Support Mapping and Assessment of Marine Resources is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation via Monmouth University. Learn more about Director Herb here and Director Lathrop here.

Andrés Roda, engineering research project manager at the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $100,918.66. The project titled National Summer Transportation Institute Program is being supported by the Federal Highway Administration. Learn more about Andrés Roda here.

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