September 2, 2015

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Mason Gross School of the Arts 40th Anniversary

Mason Gross School of the Arts Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Events Season

The 2015–2016 events season at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick—marking the school’s 40th anniversary year—launched September 1 at the Mason Gross Galleries with the Visual Arts Department’s Welcome Back Show, featuring the work of faculty, staff, and returning MFA students. This exhibition runs through September 16, with a free reception at the galleries on September 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Other September events include the Alumni Dance Concert (September 11 and 12) at Loree Dance Theater and several music events, including Rutgers Symphony Orchestra (September 12) at Nicholas Music Center; the Experimental Music in Practice: Perspectives from Latin America symposium on September 24 and 25 at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall; and an Afro-Latino Performing Traditions concert (September 25) at Nicholas Music Center.

View the fall calendar and ticket price information here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Short-Term Apartment Rentals for 2016
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, for 2016. 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. Learn more here or email for additional information.


RutgersCamden Schedule Changes during Pope's Philadelphia Visit
The city of Camden is significantly involved in preparations for the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, serving as an area where tour buses may park and from which passengers may make their way into Philadelphia. As a result, all classes on the Rutgers University–Camden campus are canceled from 4 p.m. on September 24 until 12:20 p.m. on September 28, when on-campus classes are scheduled to resume. Rutgers–Camden will be closed from 5 a.m. on September 25 through 8 a.m. on September 28, when normal administrative operations will resume. Some staff will be required to work during this closure to continue to serve residential students and maintain basic campus operations. Rutgers–Camden off-campus classes will continue as scheduled, unless notice is given. If an institution hosting an off-campus Rutgers program elects to close, then all Rutgers activities at that location are canceled as well. Learn more here.

Cultural Center Collaborative Welcome Week Block Party: September 4, New Brunswick
On September 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., join students and staff from the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Center for Latino Arts and Culture, and Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities hosting the first-ever Cultural Center Collaborative Welcome Week Block Party on Morrell Street, behind the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Enjoy the multicultural interactions, an art mural installation, free Italian ices, and music. In case of rain, the event will move to the multipurpose room in the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway.

Annual Celebration at Livingston Campus Plaza: September 8
The Plaza on Livingston Campus hosts its annual celebration extravaganza on September 8. All are welcome to attend starting at noon until 7 p.m. Festivities include lunch specials, Rutgers University Programming Association’s back-to-school block party, and poster sales, and culminate with movie specials beginning at approximately 7 p.m. Taste the cotton candy and popcorn, experience vendor food samples, snap pictures in a photo booth, take a ride in a hot air balloon, and look for the man on stilts. Rain date: September 9.

Online Sakai Training: September 9
Register now for the following webinars for training in Sakai, the collaborative learning environment for instructional, research, and administrative uses: "Creating a Course Site in Sakai" on September 9 from 2 to 3 p.m., and "Introduction to Sakai" on September 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register here.

In-Person "Introduction to Sakai" Workshop: September 11, Piscataway
Space is limited, so register now for this hands-on comprehensive introduction to the Sakai collaborative learning environment for instructional, research, and administrative uses on September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Davidson Hall, Piscataway. Learn how to create and manage a site, add site participants, and use some of the more common Sakai tools. This workshop is best suited for those who have not yet created a Sakai site. Register here.

Nicolás Pereda Film Set for New York City Screening: October 3
Nicolás Pereda, director of Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, premieres his latest film, Minotaur, at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, and screens it at Lincoln Center during the New York Film Festival on October 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Francesca Beale Theater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The 53-minute film by the Mexican-Canadian filmmaker is a surreal portrait of three 30-somethings as they interact in their Mexico City apartment. Learn more here.

Lecture Celebrates Ted Baker as First Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship: October 7, Newark
All are welcome to attend a one-hour public lecture to celebrate Ted Baker as the inaugural George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School on October 7 at 2:30 p.m., at One Washington Park, Bove Auditorium, Room 220, Rutgers University–Newark. Baker, professor of management and global business and director of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development, will discuss "Entrepreneurship and Inequality of Opportunity." Public reception to follow. To RSVP or for more information, call 973-353-2582 or email

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 50 news organizations in the past week, including The Los Angeles Times, NBC News and The New York Times, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

NJ Spotlight: Summer Reading 2015: The Remarkable Growth of New Jersey’s State University (Paul Clemens, SAS, cited here) New Jersey's Top Court Rules for Abused Immigrant Children (Randi Mandlebaum, Law, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Pig Wars


Pig Wars and Migration: Newark, through December 24

The Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University–Newark hosts Pig Wars and Migration, an exhibition of work by Maria Lupo, who explores the personal, societal, and environmental impacts of war and migration, through December 24. Learn more here

Crowd Funding Workshop: September 3, Piscataway
Learn the rules, regulations, and best practices for donation-based and investment-based crowd funding by best-selling author and financial instructor Kevin Lewis on September 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Suite 4005 C, Rutgers Business School, Piscataway. Participants receive a step-by-step guide for creating a social media campaign, hands-on counseling, and lunch. Fee: $250. Learn more and register here

Poverty Wars, 1964 to the Present: September 7, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture that examines the evolution of discourse around poverty in the United States on September 7 at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception, in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building. Learn more here

Rutgers–Camden Department of Fine Arts 2015–16 Theater Schedule
Rutgers University–Camden’s Department of Fine Arts announces its 2015–16 theater production season. Learn more here

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series 2015–16: New Brunswick
The Department of English, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announces its 2015–16 Writers at Rutgers Reading Series. All events start at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the College Avenue Student Center. View schedule here

Writers at Newark Reading Series 2015–16: Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark MFA in Creative Writing program announces its 2015–16 Writers at Newark Reading Series. All events start at 5:30 p.m. in Rooms 255/256/257 in the Robeson Campus Center. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Dianne M. Atwell, manager, Student Loan Department, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, retired effective June 30, after 36 years of service.

Norman J. Glickman, university professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, retired effective August 31. Glickman was a member of the Rutgers faculty since 1989 and served as director of the Bloustein School’s Center for Urban Policy Research from 1989 to 2000, and as director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) from 1991 to 2003.

Kara Walker was named Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick. Walker is perhaps best known for creating large-scale, cut-paper black-and-white tableaus depicting the horrors of slavery. The fully endowed, five-year faculty position, created in 2011, is funded by a $3 million gift from Rutgers College alumna Marlene A. Tepper.

Awards & Honors

Nicholas J. Belkin, distinguished professor, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, is the 2015 recipient of the Gerard Salton Award presented every three years by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The Salton Award honors recipients for significant, sustained, and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval.

Jimmy de la Torre, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named honorary professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, and honorary chair professor at the National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan.

The Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, received a Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in the area of art project support for achieving the highest standard of excellence as recognized by its peers. The citation is for the program Dancing with the Spirit: Afro Latino Traditions at the Crossroads, to be presented on September 25–26 at the Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick.

Gifts & Grants

Daniel Pilch, professor of pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $392,654. The project, titled Development of New Antibiotics Against Multidrug-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pilch here.

Ann Bagchi, instructor in the School of Nursing, and William Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor in the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $264,500. The project, titled People Living with HIV Stigma Index, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services. Learn more about Bagchi here and Holzemer here.

Thomas Hegyi, professor and vice chair of pediatrics, program director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program of the Division of Neonatology, and medical director of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Center of New Jersey; and Barbara Ostfeld, professor of pediatrics and program director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $221,000 from the New Jersey Department of Health to advance the mission of the SIDS Center of New Jersey. Learn more about Hegyi here and Ostfeld here.

Sean Mitchell, professor of anthropology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $135,878 over three years. The project, titled Social Mobility, Poverty Reduction, and Democracy in an Emerging Middle Class, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Mitchell here.

Grace Brannigan, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project, titled Effects of Cholesterol and Lipid Sorting on Aggregation of Nicotinic Acetycholine Receptors, is being supported by Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Learn more about Brannigan here.

In Memoriam

James L. Flanagan, an internationally recognized acoustical pioneer, professor emeritus and a former university vice president for research, passed away on August 25, 2015, at his home in Warren Township, N.J. He was 89, one day shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was heart failure, said his wife, Mildred. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today (September 2) at Christ Church, 561 Springfield Ave., Summit, N.J.

Dolores Mathis, a former student loan specialist for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences who retired after 40 years of service, passed away on August 24, 2015. A memorial service was held on August 29 at Faith Temple Church, East Orange, N.J.

Paula K. Van Riper, 67, of Branchburg, N.J., assistant dean and director of advising in the Office of Academic Services at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on August 20, 2015, at Hackensack University Medical Center after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. A memorial visitation was held on August 28 at St. Peter’s R.C. Church, New Brunswick, under the direction of the Branchburg Funeral Home.

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