September 30, 2015

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Black on the Banks

Register Now for Black on the Banks: November 6–7

Register now for “Black on the Banks: African-American Students at Rutgers in the 1960s,” a free, public conversation on the struggle for equity and access in higher education, featuring African-American alumni from the Rutgers College and Douglass College Classes of 1964 through 1973, on the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers' 250th Anniversary.

The conference takes place November 6–7, 2015, at the Neilson Dining Hall on the Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics to be explored include: African Americans in a White University: Black Student Life at Rutgers College and Douglass College, 1961–1971; Intercollegiate Athletics and Black Students at Rutgers College in the 1960s, and African-American Students and Academic Life at Rutgers and Douglass in the 1960s.

Conference sponsors include Rutgers 250 Office; chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; School of Arts and Sciences; vice chancellor, Undergraduate Academic Affairs; vice chancellor, Student Affairs; Institute for Women’s Leadership; Office of the Dean, Douglass Residential College; Center for Race and Ethnicity; Center for Cultural Analysis; and Departments of African Studies, American Studies, English, and History. View the conference program and register here.

Pictured: Members of the 1970 Douglass College Afro-American House 


In this Issue...

Fall Open Houses at Mason Gross
Visit Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for its fall open houses for digital filmmaking, music, theater, and visual arts, or schedule a tour of dance classes and the facilities. Learn about programs, meet faculty and current students, or watch a rehearsal. Registration is required. Learn more here.

Eagleton Enhances Telephone Surveying
The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, is now inviting government, academic, and nonprofit agencies, as well as public policy organizations, to add their own questions to a new multi-client telephone survey. ECPIP, established in 1971, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected university-based survey research centers. The new opportunity continues the tradition of integrity, quality, and objectivity by providing a cost-efficient way in which to draw on Eagleton’s expertise and high standards for data collection and analysis. Learn more here.

Rutgers Digital Filmmaking for Ages 1118
The Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, features a comprehensive curriculum for ages 11–18. No prior experience is required, and all materials, equipment, and software are included. Students may take multiple classes or one class during a semester. Multiple-enrollment discounts are available. Learn more and register here.

Institute for Research on Women Presents Second Event in Poverty Lecture Series: October 1, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the second event in its 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, on October 1. Alicia Schmidt Camacho (Yale University) discusses “Defending Human Mobility: The Gendered Face of Poverty and Immigration Law Enforcement in North America” at Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, New Brunswick, at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Talk about Distinguishing Thoughts of Death from Suicidality: October 2, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a talk on features that distinguish thoughts of death from suicidality among older community residents by Gary Kennedy, director of the geriatric psychiatry program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, on October 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Medical Science Building, Room B-610, Newark. Attendance is advised for anyone interested in end of life care or geriatric health. 

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Lessons Tool: October 6
The Office of Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 6 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Lessons tool in Sakai, learning how to create a Lessons page, add content, set prerequisites, and maximize the benefits of these pages. Learn more and register here.

Exhibition by Chitra Ganesh, Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence: through December 10, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has announced Chitra Ganesh as the 2015–16 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist-in-Residence. An exhibition by Ganesh is on view now through December 10 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Douglass Library. A reception in her honor will be held on November 3 at 5 p.m., with a public lecture by Ganesh at 5:30. Ganesh’s works draw imagery from a broad range of references spanning from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, to 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, to contemporary cultural references such as Bollywood, anime, and comic books. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Forbes, and The Washington Post, among other news organizations.

The New York Times: Mecca Stampede Shows How Crowds, Usually Calm in Crisis, Can Panic (Lee Clarke, SAS, quoted here)

USA Today: FDA hiring top official to improve lab safety in wake of smallpox incident (Richard Ebright, Waksman, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Eagleton Marks 60th Anniversary
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, proudly marks its 60th anniversary in 20152016, along with the 45th anniversaries of its Center for American Women and Politics and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. Eagleton’s year of celebration includes an April program with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Building on the institute’s 60 years of educating involved citizens and effective political leaders, the theme for the anniversary year is "Make It Better"—a call to action for the institute and community to enhance understanding of how the U.S. political system works, how it changes, and how it can work better. Learn more here.

Saxagliptin: A Case Study of the Life Cycle of a Drug: October 8
The Strategic Plan Speaker Series, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), presents "Saxagliptin: A Rutgers Case Study of the Life Cycle of a Drug—from Discovery to Post-Marketing Pharmacoepidemiology Studies," on October 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. A presentation by RBHS chancellor Brian Strom and David J. Augeri, research professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, RBHS, will be presented at the Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories, West Lecture Hall, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Piscataway, with video-conference viewing available at RWJMS' Clinical Academic Building, New Brunswick. Strom leads five post-marketing investigations of saxagliptin’s impact, and Augeri played a central role at Bristol-Myers Squibb in the discovery of the drug, which was approved by the FDA in 2009 to treat type 2 diabetes. A light dinner will be provided.

Next Rutgers Mini-MPA™ Program Begins October 8
The Rutgers Mini-MPA™ program from the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration in partnership with the Center for Executive Leadership in Government at CELG’s headquarters in New Brunswick offers university employees the Mini-Master in Public Administration certificate program at a 20 percent discount. The program is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public and nonprofit sector managers. Students meet five Thursdays, with the first class October 8. Learn more and register here.

"Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean Migration Crisis": October 16, New Brunswick
The university community and the public are invited to a free, three-part, daylong examination of the current refugee crisis on October 16, featuring academics, journalists, visual artists, and filmmakers. Part I (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and Part II (1 to 3 p.m.) take place in Alexander Library Teleconference Room, SCC 403, with Part III (4 to 6 p.m.) in Hageman Hall, New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Funding for the event comes from the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs’ urbanism initiative and the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, along with support from each SAS modern European language department and the African, European, and Middle Eastern area studies centers. Learn more and register here.

Workshop: Advances in Computational and Data Science for Investigative Discovery in Biology and Medicine: October 22, Piscataway
This cross-disciplinary workshop for Rutgers researchers takes place on October 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research Room 120, Piscataway. It will focus on identifying research opportunities in the areas of computational and data-enabled biology and medicine and exploring collaborations that can effectively respond to these opportunities. The workshop is sponsored by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Discovery Informatics Institute, and Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine. Learn more and register here.

"Update on Liver Diseases": October 24, Mountainside
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, and the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, host the third annual “Update on Liver Diseases” on October 24 at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, Mountainside, N.J. Learn more and register here.

The Hunting Ground


The Hunting Ground: Free Movie Screening and Conversation: October 1, Piscataway
As part of the End Sexual Violence initiative, the Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers a free screening of The Hunting Ground on October 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center multipurpose room, Piscataway. The Hunting Ground is a documentary about rape on campus and the story of two survivors who became activists. Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, featured in the film, will host a conversation and answer questions following the screening. For more information, contact the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at 848-932-1181 or Tickets are available online. Attendees are encouraged to wear red to demonstrate solidarity. Learn more here.  

Mallery Concert Series: Gabriel Schaff and Leslie Frost: September 30, Camden
The annual Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden offers a wide range of free lunchtime performances throughout the fall. Hear violinist Gabriel Schaff and pianist Leslie Frost on September 30 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Camden Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Guest Lecture: Mel Edwards: September 30, New Brunswick
Prolific visual artist and former Mason Gross School of the Arts professor Mel Edwards discusses his vision and practice on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Civic Square Building, New Brunswick. The lecture is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

New Jersey Film Festival: through October 18, New Brunswick
Watch compelling short and feature-length films at the New Jersey Film Festival through October 18 in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Subway Series 2012–Present: James Wilson: through December 24, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts James Wilson’s “Subway Series,” which is composed of the artist’s observational drawings from life on PATH and subway trains in and around Newark, through December 24. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Joseph G. Barone was named senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. He had been chief strategy officer and director of programs at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Reporting directly to dean Sherine E. Gabriel, Barone oversees all clinical operations for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group.

Brian Preston Harlow was appointed as the new director of the Rutgers University–Newark chorus. He succeeds John Floreen, who recently retired after 36 years and with whom Harlow had worked closely for several years.

Get Involved

Transportation and University Planning Seeks Your Feedback
In October, Rutgers’ Department of Transportation Services and University Planning representatives will appear at several undergraduate and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) locations to obtain feedback and discuss the transportation master plan process currently under way. Stop at the information tables during the following time periods to ask questions, provide feedback, and learn more about the programs, services, and planning initiatives: October 6, 1 to 3 p.m., College Avenue Student Center, New Brunswick; October 8, 1 to 3 p.m., Robeson Campus Center, Newark; October 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Busch Student Center, Piscataway; October 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick; October 20, noon to 2 p.m., Woody's Cafe, RWJMS Research Tower, RBHS, Piscataway; and October 22, noon to 2 p.m., University Hospital Cafeteria, RBHS, Newark.

Experience New Brunswick Ciclovia: October 4, New Brunswick
At New Brunswick Ciclovia on October 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., run, stroll, bike, skate, or dance across three miles of car-free New Brunswick streets open for recreation—including College Avenue, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. No beginning, no end; join in anywhere along the route. Visit activity stations. Free and no pre-registration required. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

David Shih, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, and member, New High Energy Theory Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named co-recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, OYRA (Macronix Prize), from the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers. The OYRA is given annually to one or two physicists and/or astronomers of Chinese ethnicity working in North America, Europe, or other regions outside Asia, to encourage and recognize their contributions to physics or astronomy. The award carries a cash prize courtesy of the Macronix Education Foundation.

Gifts & Grants

Nina Colabelli, director of the Child Health Program (CHP) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $31,516,000. The project, continuing funding for the CHP’s innovative services for children and youth who have been removed from their birth families and placed under care of the state, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Child Protection and Permanency. Learn more about the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center here.

Andrea Gallavotti, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $976,300 over five years. The project, titled Characterizing the Role of Transcriptional Repression in Maize Development and Domestication, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gallavotti here.

Manish Parashar, distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $314,574. The project, titled BIGDATA: Collaborative Research: IA: F: Fractured Subsurface Characterization Using High Performance Computing and Guided by Big Data, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Parashar here.

Saul Weiner, professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled Histological Evaluation of Soft Tissue Attachment to a Nanofiber-Coated Implant, is supported by Stevens Institute of Technology. Learn more about Weiner here.

Raul Cabrera, associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and extension specialist in nursery production and management at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Evaluation of Integrated Nutrient Diagnosis Techniques to Enhance Productivity and Quality in Greenhouse Rose Crops, is being supported by the Joseph H. Hill Memorial Foundation. Learn more about Cabrera here. Learn more about Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center here.

Susan Caplan, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was selected to receive the 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant. The $12,000 grant will support her project, titled Interactive Voice Response to Improve Depression Treatment Outcomes among Dominican Primary-care Patients. Learn more about Caplan here

In Memoriam

Arthur Z. Kamin, 84, a former chair of the university's board of trustees, passed away on September 22, 2015, at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, a retirement community in Red Bank, N.J. Services were private.

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