September 28, 2016

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President Robert Barchi

Presidential Symposium: Today, September 28, Piscataway

Join President Robert Barchi and leading scholars for the second of three 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposia on Higher Education, focusing on “Transformational Science,” today, September 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the main auditorium, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. Sign-in is from noon to 1 p.m. 

“Transformational Science” will focus on the changing roles of the research university and the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes. Keynote speakers include Rush D. Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and former United States 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

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Cornerstone: New Systems Launch in October
What’s new this week? Three steps to take to start training now. RU Marketplace, the new procurement system, launches on October 3. Visit Cornerstone to learn more about the blackout period—when transactions will not be conducted in existing systems. Questions? Contact Cornerstone 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

“Haiti’s Gifts to U.S. History and Culture": October 6, Lincroft
Angus Gillespie, professor, Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the Crocker Memorial Lecture, “Haiti’s Gifts to United States History and Culture,” on October 6 at 6 p.m. at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Learn more here.  

Donna Brazile, DNC Interim Chair: October 10, New Brunswick
Undergraduate Academic Affairs presents a lecture by Donna Brazile, interim chair, Democratic National Committee (DNC), and former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute, on October 10 at 7 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African American to manage a presidential campaign. Admission is free. RSVP is required. The event is cosponsored by the Eagleton Institute of Politics and its Center for American Women and Politics. Learn more here.


Seeking a Guinness Record: October 11, Piscataway
In celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary, Rutgers Recreation, in partnership with Rutgers Athletics, will lead the effort to attempt to earn the Guinness World Records™ title for the most people holding the abdominal plank position on October 11 at 6 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium, West Gate A. Held during homecoming week at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate. A goal of 2,500 participants has been set. The current record is 1,323, achieved in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. Check-in is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The first 2,500 participants to check in will receive a special commemorative T-shirt. Though this is a free event, registration is required. Learn more and register here

GSE Information Session for Rutgers Employees: 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 more about doctoral and master’s programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education, including Ph.D.’s in higher education; doctorates in education with concentrations in design of learning environments; education, culture, and society; and educational leadership; and master’s programs 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

Homecoming for LGBTQ Veterans of War: Part 1: October 20, Newark
“Homecoming for LGBTQ Veterans of War: Part 1” is presented to encourage LGBTQ veterans to share their experiences with the Rutgers and Newark communities, focusing on how representing our nation during war has shaped their intersecting identities, on October 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., Ackerson Hall, Dean’s Lounge, Rutgers University–Newark. An intergenerational and multimilitary service panel of LGBTQ veterans and active duty individuals scheduled to participate includes James Credle, Andrew Germek, Omar Jean, Grace Perez, Kevin J. Stevens, and Ann Treadaway. Event cosponsors are Rutgers Veteran Services, Newark Pride Alliance, Rutgers University–Newark Student Affairs, LGBTQ and Intercultural Resources, Queer Newark Oral History Project, Tyler Clementi Center, and Dean of Students, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

An Evening of "Culinary Health and Wellness": October 27, New Brunswick
Faculty and staff are invited to attend an evening of “Culinary Health and Wellness” on October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The evening will include a cooking demonstration and three-course meal paired with New Jersey wines. Attendees will learn about techniques used in healthy cuisines and nutritional benefits of the foods served and hear about the latest research in diet and health. Learn more and register here.

The Wright Cut
The Wright Cut Barber Shop, owned and operated by Tim Wright, former Rutgers wide receiver and Patriots’ Super Bowl champion and current Detroit Lions receiver, recently opened at the Plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Wright Cut provides professional and high quality haircuts. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 75 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Forbes, and Christian Science Monitor.

Highlights include:

Yahoo News: Defining Violence: It’s Not as Simple as You Think (Todd Clear, Criminal Justice, quoted here)

New Jersey 101.5: Why is New Jersey still struggling to rev up its economy? (James Hughes, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Toni Kalem

An Evening with Toni Kalem: September 28, Camden
Screenwriter, actress, and director Toni Kalem presents a free public talk about the Layover film project based on the best-selling novel by Lisa Zeidner, a professor of English, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, on September 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Rutgers–Camden Campus Center. RSVP is encouraged. Learn more here

The Decline and Revitalization of Urban America: September 29, New Brunswick
On September 29 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Winants Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, join James W. Hughes, distinguished professor and dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; David Listokin, distinguished professor and codirector, Center for Urban Policy Research, Bloustein; and Dorothea Berkhout, associate dean, Bloustein—coauthors of The Decline and Revitalization of Urban America—as they highlight photos and planning processes that led to New Brunswick’s dramatic revitalization. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The authors will sign copies and answer questions. Register here

Fall 2016 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series: September 30, Iselin
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities presents “Supporting the Transition to Independent Living: A Technology-Based Approach” on September 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin. The lecture is free but registration is required. Learn more here.

School of Public Health Fall 2016 Open House: October 1, Piscataway
Find out about degrees and careers in public health on October 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research and School of Public Health Building, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Art Library Coloring Book Release and Coloring Party: October 3, New Brunswick
Relieve some stress at the Rutgers Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, by joining the coloring party on the occasion of the publication of the Art Library Coloring Book on October 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. Books are free after the event while supplies last. Learn more here.

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

Looking Back at the 1980s: Gifts to the Collection: through January 8, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition of works that have been donated to the museum, through January 8. Learn more here

Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner: through July 31, Newark
Artist Ira Wagner’s series Garden State, exhibited on the first floor of Engelhard Hall, Rutgers University–Newark, features industrial landscapes in New Jersey, through July 31. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Maureen Braun Scalera, director, Office of Youth Empowerment, School of Social Work’s Institute for Families, was appointed chair of the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners. She was appointed by Governor Christie to serve on the board in 2012 and elected board vice chair in 2013.

Get Involved

Halloweenfest at Rutgers Cinema: Piscataway
Celebrate Halloween on Saturdays at 10 p.m. throughout October as Rutgers Cinema, Livingston Campus, Piscataway, hosts its first Halloweenfest with showings of Halloween-themed films. The lineup includes Friday the 13th, Psycho, It Follows, Evil Dead 2, and Shaun of the Dead. Tickets are $7 with a Rutgers ID, $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets and learn more here. Rutgers Cinema is a state-of-the-art digital theater that provides first-run movies at a discounted rate, staff-friendly showtimes daily within the 5 p.m. hour, marked-down menu prices, events, and festivals. Contact Rutgers Cinema at 848-445-1124. 

CCLC Community Social: October 18: Newark and Piscataway
The entire family is invited to join Children’s Creative Learning Center’s (CCLC) Community Social in Newark or Piscataway on October 18. Newark’s social will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Piscataway’s social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. CCLC’s robust early-learning programs offer family-style dining as part of a child’s overall experience. Children and teachers engage with each other during mealtimes to learn about serving each other and trying nutritious foods. Visit and meet teachers and staff. Learn more about Newark’s CCLC here and Piscataway’s CCLC here

Kite+Key Anniversary Appy Hour: October 20, Piscataway
Celebrate the third anniversary of kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, at an Appy Hour there on October 20 from noon to 1 p.m. Learn tips and tricks to Apple’s iOS 10 update from Apple ambassador Mitesh Rathod. All attendees will receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Free light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Register via the kite+key Facebook page, email at, or phone at 848-445-1127. Kite+key is located near the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Jeanne Herb, associate director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is one of 40 applicants and the only individual from New Jersey selected to join Culture of Health Leaders, a new leadership development program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Participants will address issues in health and equity, including food systems, racial stress in urban communities, and immigrant trauma.

Susan Keith, chair and associate professor, Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, graduated from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Institute for Diverse Leadership. The institute aims to identify, recruit, mentor, and train people of color and women to become future leaders and administrators.

Michael Rein, deputy chief, Rutgers University Police Department, received an International Association of Chiefs of Police 40 Under 40 Award. Law enforcement professionals under the age of 40, representing all levels of law enforcement agencies, including state, local, university, military, and federal from around the world, are honored for their leadership, commitment to the profession, and commitment to the communities they serve.

Gifts & Grants

Manish Parashar, distinguished professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and founding director, Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4 million. The project, titled CIF21 DIBBs: EI: Virtual Data Collaboratory: A Regional Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Intensive Science, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Parashar here.

Robert Kopp, associate professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and associate director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3 million. The project, titled NSF Research Traineeship in Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Kopp here.

University Behavioral Health Care’s Child Division received a $2 million five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to create the Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery, a National Child Trauma Stress Network category III community service and treatment center, to provide evidence-based trauma-informed care services to New Jersey children with complex trauma and their families through training and consultation. New Jersey Children’s System of Care and Rutgers’ School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology will help train the existing and future workforce. The grant will be administered by principal investigator Diana Salvador and Kelly Moore, director. Learn more about Salvador here and Moore here.

Shishir Chundawat, assistant professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $449,678. The project, titled A Multiscale Approach to Characterizing Interfacial Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the Chundawat research group here.

Eunsung Junn, associate professor, Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Translational Regulation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Junn here.

Gary Brewer, professor and interim chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Martha Soto, associate professor, Department of Pathology, both at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were granted $298,210 in supplemental funds as part of a $413,517 bridging award to their initial $3.7 million K12 grant. The project, titled Biomedical Science Education Postdoctoral Training Program, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Brewer here and Soto here.

Sandra Adams, executive director, Eric B. Chandler Health Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a $218,000 Health Center Quality Improvement grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in recognition of the center’s quality performance during CY2015. Read more about Adams here.

The Brodsky Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a $39,417 grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for general program support that will enable it to continue inviting artists-in-residency and engaging audiences in educational programming for the next three years. The center exposes high school to postgraduate students to the most current art practice and processes through classes, lectures, internships, school visits, and regular exhibitions.

In Memoriam

Harold Zapolsky, of Somerset, professor emeritus and a former chair, Department of Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on September 13, 2016, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. He was 80. 

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