September 23, 2015

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Roland Anglin

Brightening Newark’s Future through Higher Education

Since its founding, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University–Newark has conducted relevant research and hosted numerous learning opportunities to improve the cultural, social, and economic development of Newark and its environs. Now in its 15th year, the center is taking on a new challenge to fulfill what Chancellor Nancy Cantor calls “a strategic anchor opportunity role,” according to director Roland Anglin (left). The center, with Anglin as principal investigator, recently received a $1.5 million award from the Foundation for Newark’s Future for the project New City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC).

The collaborative is focused on building an education pipeline for Newark students K–12. In 2000, the city achieved only 13 percent postsecondary attainment. NCLC’s goal is to boost the attainment of an associate degree or other high-quality credential to 25 percent by 2025.

The Cornwall Center is serving as a convening agent for Rutgers–Newark’s higher education partners including Bloomfield College, Essex County College, NJIT, and Pillar College, as well as select pre-college programs, to help break the city’s cycle of poverty through education. Learn more about the Cornwall Center here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Honors College Open House: September 25, New Brunswick
Built on a legacy of honors education at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the new Honors College expands honors education and redefines interdisciplinary learning by inviting students from across the liberal arts and professional schools to live and work together to tackle global issues. Visit the Honors College during its open house on September 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. A key component of the university's strategic plan, the Honors College was realized as part of the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative in cooperation with the New Brunswick Development Corporation. Learn more about the Honors College here.

Abstract Submission Deadline Now September 23 for National Postdoc Appreciation Day and Career Development Symposium: September 30, Piscataway
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Postdoctoral Association invites you to attend its National Postdoc Appreciation Day and Career Development Symposium on September 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, Piscataway. The deadline for submitting an abstract to be considered for presentation and to be included in the event literature has been extended to today (September 23). Scientific communication is the day’s central theme. The keynote speaker is the director of the postdoctoral office at New York University, Keith Micoli. Certificates and cash awards will be presented for the three top posters. Free registration includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Register and learn more here.


Pre-College and Adult Programs at Mason Gross Extension Division: New Brunswick
Through the extension division of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the pre-college program seeks to nurture innate artistic abilities of children through high school. Adult course offerings facilitate lifelong learning and meet the needs of students ranging from amateur through professional levels. Classroom, ensemble, and private instruction with the school’s distinguished faculty are available. Classes and lessons are offered weekday afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays. On- and off-campus student performance opportunities are available throughout the year. Learn more about the fall offerings and register here

October Flu Vaccination Schedules
The Occupational Health Department offers free flu shots to faculty and staff beginning in October. View the campus vaccination schedules here and download the consent form here. RBHS/legacy UMDNJ employees who have received flu shots through the New Jersey Medical School Occupational Medicine Service in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Employee Health in New Brunswick, or Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine Employee Health in Stratford should continue to receive flu shots at those clinics. The NJMS Occupational Medicine Service will announce its vaccination schedule and post it on the Rutgers Occupational Health website in the next few weeks. Schedules for the remaining RBHS/legacy UMDNJ employee health clinics will be announced for RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway and Stratford employees in the coming weeks.

Master Educators’ Guild: Save the Date: November 17, Piscataway
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences invites you to attend the fall Academic Grand Rounds, entitled Health Equity: A Medical and Ethical Imperative, on November 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Piscataway. The School of Public Health dean Jasjit S. Ahluwalia is the keynote speaker, preceded by the induction of 2015 master educators and followed by a brief reception.

"The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?" at Eagleton: September 24, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts “The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?” a conversation with Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize, and New York Times national correspondent Kate Zernike, on September 24 at 5 p.m. Register and learn more here.

On Viewing the Lunar Eclipse: September 27 to September 28
Weather permitting, says Martin Schaden, associate professor of physics, Rutgers University–Newark, the total lunar eclipse from 8 p.m. on September 27 to 1:30 a.m. on September 28 could be quite a spectacle for New Jersey and New York gazers. The moon is near its perigee and thus appears larger than usual. He says binoculars or telelens cameras should provide strong viewing/photo opportunities but that selfies might not reveal much of the moon. As most of the partial and total phases of the eclipse will be more than 15 degrees above the horizon (40–45 degrees at total eclipse), Schaden advises to avoid observation posts near tall buildings or lamp posts. Learn more about the eclipse here.

Eagleton Presents "State Legislatures Today and the Legacy of Alan Rosenthal": September 28, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture, “State Legislatures Today and the Legacy of Alan Rosenthal,” by Gary Moncrief, distinguished professor of political science emeritus at Boise State University and author of State Legislatures Today: Politics Under the Domes, on September 28 at 6 p.m. A reception follows. Register and learn more here.

"Staging Public Memory" from WWI to the National 9/11 Memorial: September 30, New Brunswick
On September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, James E. Young, a renowned expert on memorials and Holocaust museums from the University of Massachusetts, presents “Staging Public Memory,” tracing what he calls an arc of memorial vernacular, from World War I and the Holocaust to the Vietnam Memorial, the National 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, and others. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is sponsoring the free, public event. Free parking is available. RSVP to or 848-932-2033. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Wall Street Journal, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

NJ Spotlight: Organ Donor Priorities Shift when Recipients are Seen as Individuals, Study Finds (Gretchen Chapman, Jeff DeWitt, SAS, quoted here)

Voice of America: Study: Vitamin D Supplements Might Slow Dementia (Joshua Miller, SEBS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Gender Equality


Gender Equality Conference: September 25, Newark
Rutgers Law School hosts the conference "Rutgers Celebrates Beijing+20: Gender Equality on the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women" on September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rutgers Law School in Newark. Gloria Steinem is the keynote speaker. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Learn more and register here

RutgersNew Brunswick Homecoming: September 21 to September 27
Join the Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, during a week of homecoming programs and activities that showcase annual events celebrating scarlet pride. Learn more about homecoming here.

Experimental Music in Practice: Perspectives from Latin America Symposium: September 24 and 25, New Brunswick"
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts "Experimental Music in Practice: Perspectives from Latin America Symposium" on September 24 and 25 in Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall. Benjamin Piekut, associate professor of musicology at Cornell University, delivers the keynote, “City, Network, Ecology: Experimental Music and the Global Vernacular,” on September 24 at 5 p.m. The symposium on September 25 runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Learn more here.

Afro-Latino Performing Traditions: September 25, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a concert with Latino artists who exemplify different approaches toward the preservation, adaptation, and creative renewal of Afro-Latino traditions within and beyond their respective cultural communities in the United States, on September 25 at 8 p.m. in the Nicholas Music Center. Learn more here.

Free Bank of America Credit Clinic: September 30, Piscataway
The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts this program addressing how critical credit issues impact important and complex personal and business financial achievements, on September 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Suite 4005 C, Rutgers Business School, Piscataway. Learn more and register here.

Appointments & Retirements

Ben Fan was appointed director of budgets and personnel at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, responsible for overseeing the financial, human resources, and operational functions of the GAIA Centers.

Get Involved

5K Run/Walk Fundraiser: October 3, New Brunswick
On October 3, join the Rutgers Project Sunshine's and Undergraduate Social Work Organization’s Wishes 5K Run/Walk fundraiser in Buccleuch Park, New Brunswick, to benefit Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, PSE&G Children's Specialized HospitalChildren's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event begins at approximately 8 a.m. Learn more here.

RUAA Vietnam War Presentation at Memorial Museum: October 3, Holmdel
As part of the Rutgers University Alumni Association's new Alumni on Location initiative, Shaun Illingworth, RC'01, SCILS'04, director of Rutgers Oral History Archives, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, leads a presentation about the Vietnam War at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Museum and Educational Center in Holmdel, N.J., on October 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy a light lunch and refreshments, tour the center, and attend a memorial service at the 366-panel wall. Learn more and register here.

Awards & Honors

Paul Breslin, professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences; Michael Chikindas, professor, Department of Food Science; and Loredana Quadro, associate professor, Department of Food Science, and member, Center for Lipid Research, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, all at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received an international innovation prize from the EVONIK Industries Competition for a Novel Technology for Taste Masking.

Stephen Eric Bronner, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was honored with the creation of the Stephen Eric Bronner Dissertation Award by the New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes an outstanding political science dissertation that exemplifies the commitment to use scholarship in the struggle for a better world.

Kevin Lyons, associate professor of professional practice, Department of Supply Chain Management, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, and associate director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award in the category of PSEG environmental stewardship for his work in sustainable purchasing.

Alexander V. Neimark, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is being saluted at November’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ annual meeting. The Adsorption and Ion Exchange plenary session will be comprised of papers invited to honor Neimark, whose research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics in statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and molecular simulation of nanoscale systems, characterization of porous materials, adsorption, interfacial flow and wetting, and other processes, which involve interactions of fluids and biomolecules with nanoporous materials.

Gifts & Grants

Yana Bromberg, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Derek Gordon, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $1,475,896. The project, titled AVA, Dx: Analysis of Variation for Association with Disease, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Laura Elnitski, senior investigator of the Translational and Functional Genomics Branch and head of the Genomic Functional Analysis Section at the National Human Genome Research Institute, is a co-PI. Learn more about Bromberg here, Gordon here, and Elnitski here.

Martin Yarmush, distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $885,834, which will provide six full graduate fellowships per year for the next three years. The project, titled Precision and Personalized Medicine, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). This marks the fourth time since 2003 that a GAANN award has been awarded to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Learn more about Yarmush here.

Andrey Grigoriev, professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $604,475 over three years. The project, titled ABI Innovation: Integrated Approach to Improve Detection of Genome Rearrangements, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Grigoriev here.

Deborah Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics and executive director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $384,382. The project, titled Exploring the Experiences of Diverse Families of Children Newly Diagnosed with ASD in New Jersey, is being supported by The Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. Learn more about Spitalnik here

Diane Adams, assistant professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Determining Coral Susceptibility to Ocean Acidification through Functional Analysis of Biomineralization Genes, is being supported by the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Learn more about Adams here.

Gayathri Subramanian, assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project, titled Early Diagnosis, Risk Assessment and Cure for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: A Translational Model, is supported by a Busch Biomedical Grant awarded by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Learn more about Subramanian here.

In Memoriam

Ann Buchholtz, of Maplewood, N.J., professor of leadership and ethics at Rutgers Business School, passed away on September 14, 2015, in Saint Barnabas Hospital, Livingston, following complications related to a recent surgery. She was 63.

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