September 14, 2016

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Film Festival

New Jersey Film Festival Starts September 17

Thirty-five films will have New Jersey or area premieres during the 35th Annual New Jersey Film Festival, September 17 to October 28, in Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Cinema Studies program, School of Arts and Sciences, showcases new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. The festival features Q&A sessions with 22 film directors, producers, and actors. 

Screenings include Five Minutes of Fun (pictured), a short film of assembled clips meant to be enjoyed without context or plot; Nilay Dave’s engrossing dramatic film Gandhiji My Mentor; Marcie Begleiter’s documentary Eva Hesse; Stephen Elliot’s autobiographical feature After Adderall; Sevé Schelenz’s dark comedy Peelers; and Tamara and Thomas Balsamides’ A Ticking Time Bomb about Lyme Disease. Learn more about the festival here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Cornerstone: New Systems Launch in October
What’s new this week? The deadline for faculty to submit IPAS requests is September 16. Check out new video messages on how robust and thorough the Cornerstone initiative is. Visit Cornerstone to learn more about the blackout period—when transactions will not be conducted in the existing systems—and how to register for training.


Policy on Endorsements, Sponsorships, and Advertising
The university’s policy on endorsements, sponsorships, and advertising balances the responsibility to preserve Rutgers’ globally recognized reputation and brand with desires to generate additional resources. This requires that the university’s name, which carries considerable value, be protected, and that activities and organizations associated with Rutgers be consistent with the university’s mission and commitment to integrity. Activities that may be affected by this policy include: being asked to comment on the university’s use of a vendor, product, or service; accepting financial support from external entities to cover expenses for scholarly meetings and colloquia; accepting funding from advertisers selling goods or services; and allowing vendors to sell food at an event. The policy allows sponsorships and advertisements subject to certain conditions and in accordance with established guidelines, but direct or implied endorsements are not permitted except with prior approval by Rutgers’ Board of Governors. Learn more here. For additional guidance, contact Beth DeMauro at

ORED Pilot Program Provides $50,000 Grant
The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is sponsoring a universitywide pilot program to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary research groups around any topic that is likely to be supported by significant future federal and private funding. Existing interdisciplinary research groups may also apply. ORED will provide a $50,000 grant, which must be matched, to the team submitting the strongest proposal. The funds must be used to fund competitive awards that support collaborative interdisciplinary research projects that are designed to generate preliminary data for subsequent applications for substantial federal or private funding. Learn more and apply here.

Online Learning: Canvas Is Here 
A new era in online learning has begun with the introduction of Canvas, an innovative online learning management system that will revolutionize the online learning experience at Rutgers for faculty and students. Watch this informative video about the transition. The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) is the Rutgers home of Canvas. A team of instructional designers eases the migration of your online course content. Regardless of the learning management system you are using currently—Blackboard, eCollege/Pearson Learning Studio, Moodle, or Sakai—the team will move your content and help you get started on Canvas. Support for faculty and students is available 24/7/365 and COHLIT is also offering Canvas training, both face-to-face and online. Call COHLIT at 877-361-1134 to begin your transition. 

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.

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

"Data Driven Discoveries in Science: The Fourth Paradigm": September 19, Piscataway
In a Distinguished Speaker Seminar, the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents "Data Driven Discoveries in Science: The Fourth Paradigm," featuring Alex Szalay, on September 19 at 2 p.m. in the first floor auditorium, CoRE building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Szalay, professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Institute for Data Intensive Science, will describe how science is changing as a result of the vast amounts of data being collected. Learn more and register here.

"Can the U.S. and China Expect to Form a More Collaborative Relationship?": September 22, New Brunswick
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents "Can the United States and China Expect to Form a More Collaborative Relationship?" on September 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library, featuring Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.–China Relations at the Asia Society. The lecture will explore the areas where the United States and China find themselves in potential disagreement (e.g., the South China Sea, human rights, Taiwan) and areas that offer potential for collaboration (e.g., climate change, pandemics) before assessing how these national interests of the United States and China actually have more in common than they diverge from each other. Learn more here.

Screening: The Destruction of Memory: September 22, New Brunswick
Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a screening of The Destruction of Memory, based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, on September 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A Q&A with director Tim Slade follows. Learn more here.

IRW Distinguished Lecture: “Queer Domesticity in the Time of Insecurity”: September 22, New Brunswick
As the initial event in its 2016–17 Distinguished Lecture Series Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis, the Institute for Research on Women presents Martin F. Manalansan IV (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) to discuss “Queer Domesticity in the Time of Insecurity” on September 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The presentation will be preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Learn more here.


“Uncovering American Jewish Life: 1766, 1866, and 1966”: September 25, New Brunswick
Three leading scholars explore the state of Jewish life in America on key dates tied to the founding of Rutgers in a panel discussion, "Uncovering American Jewish Life: 1766, 1866, and 1966," on September 25 at 3 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented as part of the Rutgers 250 commemoration. Learn more and RSVP here.

"Climate Change, Energy, and the Politics of 2016": September 26, New Brunswick
Former Congressman Bob Inglis, recipient of the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his work in climate change, presents "Climate Change, Energy, and the Politics of 2016" on September 26 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Energy Institute, G.H. Cook Campus Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and SEBS 250, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 85 news organizations in the past week, including U.S. News & World Report, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg News.

Gannett New Jersey: Former state health commissioner joins Rutgers Health (Mary O’Dowd, Rutgers Health, Brian Strom, RBHS, quoted here)

Philadelphia Inquirer: Gluten-free when they don't have to be (Nikolaos Pyrsopaulos, NJMS, Brandon Hyunseok Kim, NJMS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Former Governor Whitman Featured at Eagleton Workshop: September 23, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in collaboration with several campus partners, hosts a half-day Eagleton science and politics workshop on September 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m., titled "Climate Politics and Congressional Simulation." The workshop will feature a climate politics conversation with former EPA administrator and New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman and a congressional decision-making simulation facilitated by Josh Huder, senior fellow, Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University. Register and learn more here.  

4-H Image

Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection: through December 31, New Brunswick
Drawing on its Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection, through December 31. Learn more here.

John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Holocaust Trial: September 14, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts author Lawrence Douglas, who discusses his book John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Holocaust Trial, on September 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center. RSVP is recommended. Learn more here.

Writers in Camden: September 14, Camden
Fiction writer Susan Muaddi Darraj and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo host a workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and reading at 7 p.m. on September 14 in the multipurpose room, Camden Campus Center. Registration is requested. Learn more here.


Rutgers Around the World: TV Show Viewing Party: September 15, New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs produced a six-episode television show, Rutgers Around the World, celebrating Rutgers’ international history over the past 250 years, which will air in September. The show will air via LiveStream, RU-TV, and other channels. Watch online or come to a free viewing party on September 15 in New Brunswick, Newark, or Camden. RSVP is requested. Learn more here.

Faculty Recital: George Curran, Bass Trombone, with Hanako Yamagata, Piano: September 18, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Piano, David R. Gillingham’s Vital Signs of Planet Earth, Alan Pierce’s Romanza-Scherzo, and Derek Bourgeois’s Concerto for Bass Trombone, Op. 239 at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall, Mortensen Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick, on September 18 at 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Rutgers University–Newark Homecoming: week of September 19, Newark
Catch up with classmates, explore arts and culture, cheer on alumni athletes, and enjoy family-friendly fun at Rutgers University–Newark’s homecoming events from September 19 to September 24. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Volunteer to Become a Crisis Response Advocate
Rutgers' Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance is recruiting faculty, staff, and students to become volunteer New Brunswick crisis response advocates. Advocates provide support, information, and referrals at the time of a domestic violence or sexual assault crisis. A 65-hour intensive weekend training will be held in October. The application deadline is September 23. View application materials here. For questions, contact Lisa Smith at 848-932-1181 or

Sign Up for R Game Day
The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) is once again hitting the road to help fans go BIG. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights in the stadium, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers tailgate events before every away game this season. Tickets are $25; kids 6 and under are free. Tickets include unlimited buffet, Rutgers Athletics entertainment and special guest appearances, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Cash bar with drink specials also will be available. Learn more and sign up here

Mason Gross Extension Division Drop-In: September 17, New Brunswick
Drop in at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on September 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to observe classes and programs. Drop-in days allow prospective students to observe any ongoing classes, ensembles, or a particular instructor in action before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Learn more here.

Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture: September 22–24, Bordentown
Attend the Office of Continuing Professional Education’s two-and-a-half day Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture to gain valuable insights to further your beekeeping hobby or business, from September 22 to September 24 at the Rutgers Eco Complex, Bordentown. The $245 course fee covers hands-on training, Penn State's 100-page Beekeeping Basics textbook, breakfast each day, and two lunches. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Helene White, distinguished professor, Center of Alcohol Studies and Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the honorary title of fellow from the American Society of Criminology for her scholarly contributions to the field of criminology.

Gifts & Grants

Matthew Neiditch, associate professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,910,286. The project, titled Molecular Mechanisms of Rgg Receptor Regulation by Pheromones and Inhibitors, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Neiditch here.

Assimina Pelegri, professor and undergraduate program director, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,053. The project, titled Experimental and Computational Studies of Single High Performance Aramid Fiber Failure, is being supported by the Department of Defense. Learn more about Pelegri here.

Paul Jargowsky, professor and director, Center for Urban Research and Education, Rutgers University–Camden; Chris Wheeler, doctoral candidate, Rutgers–Camden; and Katrin Anacker, associate professor, George Mason University, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $218,378. The project, titled The Architecture of Segregation, is being supported by the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences Program. Learn more about Jargowsky here.

Joel Freundlich, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and Department of Medicine, and member, Center for Emerging and Reemerging Pathogens, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $149,388. The project is developing a series of compounds for treating tuberculosis and is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Freundlich here.

Yuri Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and assistant director of education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, is the principal investigator of a one-year award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Clinical Predictive Value of Systematic Reviews with Meta-Analysis for Future Research on Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Demonstration Project Using the Case of Preventive Statin Therapy, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Jadotte here

In Memoriam
Joanna M. Ratych, 90, professor emerita in the Department of German Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on September 5, 2016. Services were held on September 9 at the Flynn and Son/Koyen Funeral Home, Metuchen, followed by a Service of Divine Liturgy at The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, New Brunswick.
Dianne Lennon, professor and member of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County, passed away on September 4, 2016. She was 73. Services were held on September 10 at the Jethro Memorial Presbyterian Church, Atlantic City.
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