September 21, 2016

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Zimmerli Exhibit

Thinking Pictures Exhibition Launches Zimmerli Season

The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, kicks off its fall season with Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection, an exhibition that draws on the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the museum.

The show, on view through December 31, focuses on 100 works by more than 50 artists who lived and worked in Moscow in the 1970s and 1980s. Defying an institutional framework that privileged painting, they were concerned with the essential task of creating an audience in an environment that lacked galleries, critics, and a viable market for conceptual art. The museum hosts an artists’ roundtable and reception on September 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Its October 4 “Art After Hours: First Tuesdays” event from 5 to 9 p.m. features a curator-led tour of the exhibition. Learn more here

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Don't Forget

Save the Date: Presidential Symposium: September 28, Piscataway
Plan to attend the second of three 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposia on Higher Education, focusing on “Transformational Science,” on September 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the main auditorium, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. Keynote speakers include Rush D. Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and former U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district, and Eric Green, director, National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. RSVP to Learn more here.


Save the Date: Celebrating Alison Bernstein: October 19, New Brunswick
A memorial service honoring the memory of Alison R. Bernstein, innovative educator, visionary philanthropist, feminist leader, advocate for human rights, and community builder, will be held on October 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Winants Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Bernstein served as director of the Institute for Women's Leadership, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and professor of history in women's and gender studies from 2011 until her passing on June 30, 2016. The service will celebrate her contributions to women's education here and throughout the world. RSVP here.

Tech Accessory Sale at Kite+Key
Receive 25 percent off with the purchase of two or more Rutgers tech accessories at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Shop in-store or online. Products include Rutgers keyboard cover for select MacBooks, headphones, chargers, flash drives, and more. Kite+key is located near the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Contact kite+key at and 848-445-1127. Learn more 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.

When Newark Had a Chinatown: September 26, Newark
Yoland Skeete-Laessig, artist, documentarian, arts instructor, and author, discusses her book, When Newark Had a Chinatown: My Personal Journey, on September 26 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the John Cotton Dana Library, Dana Room, fourth floor, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Enhanced Performance and Fitness Programs at Center for Health and Human Performance

Starting September 26, the Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance in the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and HealthRutgers University–New Brunswick, will offer testing and conditioning programs using a science-driven approach. The Performance Program is geared toward developing young athletes, professional athletes, and the weekend warrior. The Health and Fitness Program is designed for those seeking to lose weight, add muscle, enhance function, and improve health. For more information, contact Michelle Arent at Learn more here.


"Policing and Its Reform in the 21st Century": September 28, New Brunswick
The Youth Political Participation Program, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the Darien Fund for the United States Constitution, Citizenship, and Civic Engagement present "Policing and Its Reform in the 21st Century: Creating a New Narrative of Public Security," a lecture by Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School, on September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here


GSE Information Session: October 19, New Brunswick
Attend an information session at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on October 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to learn about doctoral and master’s degree programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education, including Ph.D.’s in higher education (doctorates in education with concentration in design of learning environments; concentration in education, culture, and society; and concentration in educational leadership) and master’s programs with concentrations in adult and continuing education; college student affairs; counseling psychology; educational leadership; learning, cognition, and development; and social and philosophical foundations of education. RSVP by October 14. RSVP and learn more here.


Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 70 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Miami Herald.

The Star-Ledger: How Camden County transfer students can get free tuition at Rutgers (Phoebe A. Haddon, Rutgers–Camden Chancellor, quoted here)

The New York Times: ‘Five Second Rule’ for Food on Floor Is Untrue, Study Finds (Donald Schaffner, SEBS, William K. Hallman, SEBS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Zika Town Hall

“Zika During Pregnancy” Town Hall: September 21, Newark
New Jersey Medical School hosts a “Zika During Pregnancy” town hall meeting for the Rutgers and local communities on September 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room B552, Medical Science Building, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The CDC’s Titilope Oduyebo is scheduled to attend. Learn more here

IRW Distinguished Lecture Series: September 22, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents “Queer Domesticity in the Time of Insecurity,” a lecture by Martin F. Manalansan IV, on September 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

31 Central Opening Reception: September 22, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts an opening reception for 31 Central, a showcase of works by creative individuals who have made a mark on the city, on September 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs through December 22. Learn more here.

Can the U.S. and China Expect to Form a More Collaborative Relationship?: September 22, New Brunswick
On September 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 403, Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents a talk that offers an accounting of the areas where the United States and China find themselves in potential disagreement and areas where there is potential for collaboration. It also gives an assessment of how national interests of the United States and China have more in common than they diverge from each other. Learn more here.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra Fall Series: September 24, October 22, and November 12, New Brunswick
Rutgers Symphony Orchestra announces its fall concert series. Learn more here.


"Uncovering American Jewish Life in 1766, 1866, and 1966": September 25, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a discussion on the state of Jewish life in America on key dates tied to the founding of Rutgers—1766, 1866, and 1966—on September 25 at 3 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. RSVP is recommended. Learn more here.

Observe Mason Gross Master Classes: September 26, November 12, and November 21, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites visitors to observe three master classes: violin, September 26, Nicholas Music Center; organ, November 12, Christ Church; and viola, November 21, Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall. Learn more here.

Pop-Up Exhibition: September 26 to October 17, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a Pop-Up Exhibition from September 26 to October 17 in Mason Gross Galleries, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on September 29. For this exhibition, students propose themes and are given creative liberty, then have 48 hours to mount their shows, showcasing art across a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, media, and print. Learn more here.

ACE Women's Network Luncheon: October 6, New Brunswick
The ACE Women’s Network, Rutgers University chapter, presents its first luncheon program of the semester, "Rutgers Women in Politics," October 6 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rutgers Club, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The featured speaker is Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Walsh will discuss her area of specialization, women’s participation in politics, with emphasis on the historic presidential race this year. A buffet luncheon is included in the $20 fee. Make reservations here.

PEEP SHOW: Books from the Art Library “X Room”: through September 30, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, exhibits materials from its rare-book room, known as the “X Room” from its listing in the library catalog, through September 30. Learn more here.

New Jersey Film Festival: through October 28, New Brunswick
Screen cutting-edge films at the annual New Jersey International Film Festival through October 28 at various locations. Learn more here.

Rutgers University–Camden Department of Fine Arts 2016–17 Production Season: through April 9, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden’s Department of Fine Arts announces its 2016–17 production season. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Robert M. Eisenstein was appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. He served as interim chair since November 2011. He also is chief of the Ambulatory Service and Division of Emergency Care, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Get Involved

Support the Feminist Art Project
The Feminist Art Project, an international collaborative initiative with its national office at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates the feminist art movement and the aesthetic, intellectual, and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice past and present. The national office has launched its inaugural crowdfunding campaign and encourages the university community to shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of women artists and effect permanent change. Learn more here.

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.

Gifts & Grants

Jeffrey Carson, Richard C. Reynolds Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and provost, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $16,138,638. The project, titled Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion, is being supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Learn more about Carson here.

Elizabeth Bonawitz, assistant professor, Computational Cognitive Development Lab, Department of Psychology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $645,168. The project, titled Choosing to Learn: Investigating the Factors That Drive Preschoolers' Exploration, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bonawitz here.

William Mabe, director of research and evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,085. The project, titled NJ P20W State Longitudinal Data Systems Project, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Learn more about Mabe here.

John Pintar, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Alexander Kusnecov, professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the co-investigators of an award totaling $426,224. The project, titled The Role of Orphanin/FQ in the Behavioral and Neuroinflammatory Response to Stress, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pintar here and Kusnecov here.

Sharad Goyal, associate professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Radiation from Interventional Cardiology Procedures and Risk of Lung Cancer, is being supported by the American Lung Association. Learn more about Goyal here.

Davide Comoletti, assistant professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Neuronal Cell Surface Molecules That Stimulate Myelination, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Comoletti here.

Dake Zhang, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship totaling $70,000 to conduct research on the development of teaching fractions using number lines. The goal is to develop teaching skills around the use of visuals, especially visuals with abstract features, to build a path for strong achievement in mathematics for students with mathematics learning disabilities. Learn more about Zhang here

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