September 24, 2014

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Reacting to Personal Setbacks: Do You Bounce Back or Give Up?
Sometimes when people get upsetting news–such as a failing exam grade or a negative job review–they decide instantly to do better the next time. In other situations that are equally disappointing, the same people may feel inclined to just give up.

How can similar setbacks produce such different reactions? It may come down to how much control we feel we have over what happened, according to new research done by coauthors Jamil Bhanji, postdoctoral fellow, and Mauricio Delgado (pictured), associate professor of psychology, from Rutgers University–Newark.

The study, published in the journal Neuron, also finds that when these setbacks occur, the level of control we perceive may even determine which of two distinct parts of the brain will handle the crisis. Read the entire article here.

In this Issue...

Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait
In honor of Rutgers 250th Anniversary, the university is publishing a commemorative coffee-table book. Pre-order the book by March 1 to have your name published in the commemorative book. The book is $50 for pre-order and $70 after March 1. Learn more here.

Call for Honorary Degree Nominations for University Commencement
All members of the university community and the public are invited to nominate candidates for consideration for an honorary degree. Nominations for the May 2015 ceremonies will be accepted until October 6. Learn more here.

Observe Free Music Master Classes
Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA) invites the public to observe a lineup of master classes this fall, which includes international teaching artists and MGSA music students. Master classes are free and open to the public, no tickets are required. Learn more here.

Academic Sphere

Register Now for the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Annual STEM Research Conference Featuring Senator Cory Booker
Registration is now open for the 2014 Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GSLSAMP) Annual STEM Research Conference featuring Senator Cory Booker. GSLSAMP is on October 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Registration Is Now Open for the 2014 Health Care Delivery Idea-thon
Register now for the 2014 Idea-thon, a health care innovations competition, sponsored by the Nicholson FoundationOffice of Research and Economic Development, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on October 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. and October 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services: Hot Topics and Emerging Trends
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, hosts Robin Cooper, director of technical assistance of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services on October 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Mt. Laurel. There is no registration fee but you must register to attend. Learn more and register here.

Register Now for the 23rd Children’s Hospice International World Congress
New Jersey Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, and the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences sponsor the 23rd Children’s Hospice International World Congress from November 5 to November 7 at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, Newark, NJ. Register online by October 30. Register and learn more here.


Translating the Indian Past, the Poets’ Experience: October 2, New Brunswick
The South Asian Studies program hosts a talk by Indian poet and literary critic, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, on October 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room of Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series with Chris Abani: September 24, New Brunswick
The Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Chris Abani on September 24 at 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

After the Fire: A True Story of Heroes and Cowards with Seton Hall University Arson Fire Survivors Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons: September 25, New Brunswick
As a part of Campus Fire Safety Month, Rutgers Emergency Services host Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, survivors of the Seton Hall University arson fire, on September 25 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Author Talk with Barbara Kukla and Live Jazz: September 25, Newark
Rutgers University Alumni Association hosts Barbara Kukla and the Leo Johnson quartet on September 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the 4th floor, Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Register and learn more here.

Chinese Arts and Culture Day: September 26, New Brunswick
The Confucius Institute hosts Chinese Arts and Culture Day on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The day features a Chinese arts and crafts workshop, Chinese lunch, and a showcase of Chinese performing arts. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Metropolitan and Urban Issues Film Series: American Winter: September 26, Camden
The Center for Urban Research and Education and the Digital Studies Center host Joe Willard, vice president of policy, People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia, on September 26 from noon to 2 p.m. on the 3rd floor, Armitage Hall Faculty Lounge, Armitage Hall, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Sara Levy’s World: Music, Gender, and Judaism in Enlightenment Berlin: September 2930, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts (MSGA)School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Center for European Studies (CES), Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Department of Jewish Studies, Department of Music, Department of History, and Department of German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures sponsor a symposium by Nancy Sinkoff, associate professor of Jewish studies and history and director of CES, SAS, and Rebecca Cypess, assistant professor of music, MGSA, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from September 29–30 on Douglass Campus. Learn more here.

Jersey Journalists: Local News, Political Coverage, and the Changing Media Landscape: September 30, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics hosts a panel discussion featuring Justin Auciello, Debbie Galant, and John Mooney on September 30 at 1:15 p.m. in Room 411, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Networks, Connectivity, and Neuropsychology: The Latest in Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: October 2, New Brunswick
Children’s Specialized Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series hosts Erin Bigler on October 2 at noon in the auditorium of PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. RSVP is requested by September 29 to Heather Ferreri, Coordinator of Research, at or 732-258-7174. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Gary Aston-Jones, professor and Murray Chair of Excellence in Neuroscience, has been appointed director of the Brain Health Institute and the Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health.

Salvador B. Mena has been appointed associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor of the School of Nursing has been appointed the new executive director of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing.

Get Involved

Mindfulness Meditation Occurring throughout the Semester
Mindfulness meditation is the art of being a compassionate observer of our own experience. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome at any experience level. Workshops are free, no registration is required. They occurr throughout the semester. For more information, contact Siobhán Gibbons,

The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) is “popping up” in locations at Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–New Brunswick to answer questions about on-campus transportation. Stop by the Administration & Public Safety tent to provide feedback, take advantage of bicycle locking and repair demos, use a tire pump, and more. RUDOTS is popping up at these locations: September 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick; October 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark; October 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and October 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Livingston Plaza Transit Stop, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Please email or visit Facebook for more information.

Join Rutgers University Alumni Association on the Road to Cheer on the Scarlet Knights
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG this year. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers-only tailgate events happening before every away game this season. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Physicians at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have been named "Top Doctor" by Inside Jersey magazine. View the full list of awardees here.

Rutgers Food Innovation Center, a food business incubation and economic development program of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, have been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a winner of its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. Learn more here.

Joan Bennett, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and associate vice president of the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, has been awarded the Stuart Mudd Award for Studies in Basic Microbiology by the International Union of Microbiological Societies.

Ruth Feldstein, associate professor of history and american studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been named the co-winner of this year’s Hooks Institute for Social Change National Book Award for How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

Cecilia Feeley, transportation autism project manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Family Resource Network/Autism Family Services of New Jersey’s Community Partner Award. 

Jawid Mojaddedi, professor of religion, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2014–2015 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship.

Joanna Regulska, professor of women and gender studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, vice president of International and Global Affairs, has been awarded Poland’s Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Polonia Restituta. 

Gifts & Grants

Fred Roberts, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a one-year award totaling $3,151,546. The project titled Command, Control & Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis is being supported by the United States Department of Homeland Security. Read more about Professor Roberts here.

James Millonig, senior associate dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Martin Yarmush, director of the Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies and the Paul and Mary Monroe Chair and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2 million. The project titled Rutgers Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists (iJOBs) program is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dean Millonig here and Director Yarmush here.

Nyeema Watson, director of public school partnerships at Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,994. The project titled NJ 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Director Watson here.

Nick Belkin, distinguished professor and Chirag Shah, assistant professor, both in the department of Library and Information Science Department at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $499,425 over three years. The project titled III: Small: Characterizing and Evaluating Whole Session Interactive Information Retrieval is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Belkin here and Professor Shah here.

Frieder Jäkle, professor and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Chemistry at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $360,000. The project titled Functionalization of PI-Systems with Group 13 Elements is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jäkle here.

Jill Cox, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,870. The project titled Using Thermography to Detect Deep Tissue Injury in Pressure Related Discolored Areas of Intact Skin is being supported by State of New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more about Professor Cox here

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