September 7, 2016

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Honors College

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Honors College: Year Two

After an extraordinary first year, the Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick welcomed its second cohort of 500 first-year students from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Rutgers Business School. First-year students live in the college’s residential space as sophomores move into honors communities across campus.

Through the college mission course, the inaugural class created more than 100 social innovation projects, six of which will move toward implementation in the new Innovation Lab. Among other achievements, members of the first class independently developed a tutoring program at New Brunswick elementary schools that earned a $60,000 supporting grant and an invitation to the Clinton Global Initiative University this past spring. As ambassadors and peer mentors, second-year Honors College students will engage with first-year students as they make their own mark on life at the Honors College. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
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

Cornerstone: New Systems Launch in October
The new administrative information systems under Cornerstone are scheduled to go live in October. Upgrading the systems will significantly improve how we work and collaborate across the university. Visit Cornerstone to learn more about the blackout period—when transactions will not be conducted in the existing systems—and how to register for training.

Recent Updates to University Policy Library Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for the policies governing the academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs of the university. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. The following is a recent update to the policy library:

70.1.1  Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources (revised) (PDF)

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at


Bulletin Resumes Weekly Schedule 
With today's issue, the Faculty & Staff Bulletin returns to a weekly publication schedule.

Free Flu Vaccine 
Beginning October 3, faculty and staff can receive a free flu vaccine at various university locations by presenting a valid Rutgers ID. Visit the Occupational Health Department’s website for dates, locations, and other related information. Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the consent form and bring it to the clinic. Legacy UMDNJ staff will be given their form at the clinics.

“Zika during Pregnancy” Town Hall: September 21, Newark
Everyone is invited to attend “Zika during Pregnancy,” a town hall meeting on September 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at New Jersey Medical School, Room 552, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Titilope Oduyebo, an obstetrician-gynecologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s pregnancy and birth defects team, is among the panel of presenters.

Back-to-School Sale at Kite+Key
While supplies last, take advantage of the back-to-school sale at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Take an additional 10 percent off previous-generation Macbook 12" and iPad Air (128 GB); receive 25 percent off when you purchase two or more Rutgers Tech accessories; and take 25 percent off select move-in essentials, including cables, batteries, surge protectors, and more. Kite+key is located at the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Contact kite+key at and 848-445-1127. Learn more here.

Online Learning: Canvas is Here
A new era in online learning has begun with the introduction of Canvas, an innovative online learning management system that will revolutionize the online learning experience at Rutgers for faculty and students. Watch this informative video about the transition. The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) is the Rutgers home of Canvas. A team of instructional designers eases the migration of your online course content. Regardless of the learning management system you are using currently—Blackboard, eCollege/Pearson Learning Studio, Moodle, or Sakai—the team will move your content and help you get started on Canvas. Support for faculty and students is available 24/7/365 and COHLIT is also offering Canvas training, both face-to-face and online. Call COHLIT at 877-361-1134 to begin your transition. 

Laura Anderson Barbata: 2016–17 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announced that Laura Anderson Barbata is the 2016–17 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist. Born in Mexico City and based in New York, Barbata has focused her work on participatory art initiatives that document communities and traditions, using storied art forms as platforms for social change, contemporary performance, group participation, and protest. Her solo exhibition will be on view in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library, through December 16, 2016. A reception honoring her and an artist lecture will be held on November 1, followed by a special event on November 2 entitled La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana, a performance work in progress. Event details will follow. Learn more here.

Author Discusses The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial: September 14, New Brunswick
War crimes expert, legal scholar, novelist, and Amherst College professor Lawrence Douglas discusses his recent book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial (a New York Times editor’s choice), on September 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This event, presented by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. RSVP here.

Training in Microsoft Office Access Levels 1 and 2: September 20, New Brunswick
The NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education offers Microsoft Office Access Levels 1 and 2 training on September 20 at the site of the former Agriculture Museum on the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Level 1 workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for students seeking to learn the fundamentals of creating, using, and manipulating a database. Level 2 training, 12:30 to 4 p.m., builds on the Level 1 workshop. For each class, the fee is $90 for employees, payable via internal purchase order, personal check, or credit card. Learn more and register for Level 1 training here and Level 2 training here. For internal purchase orders, call the registration department at 848-932-9271, option 2. For more information, contact Suzanne Hills at 848-932-7234. Bookmark this page for future reference and join the mailing list here.

Save 20 Percent with Early Enrollment in Mini-Master in Public Administration
University employees receive a 20 percent discount if they enroll by September 30 in the Rutgers Mini-Master in Public Administration (Mini-MPA™) program, a partnership between the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration and the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), at CELG’s headquarters in New Brunswick. The Mini-MPA™ is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public and nonprofit sector managers. Students meet five Thursdays, with the first class October 13. Learn more and register here.

Hire Students for Part-Time or Seasonal Work
Departments interested in hiring Rutgers students for part-time and seasonal employment are invited to participate in the Hot Jobs of the Season Program hosted by the university’s Student Employment Office (SEO) in the Office of Financial Aid. The SEO will host four Hot Jobs of the Season Pop-Up Recruitment Events on each of the New Brunswick campuses during the first week of October to promote available part-time and seasonal jobs. Participating employers also will be featured on the SEO website as well as in the 2016 Hot Jobs of the Season Social Media Campaign. Departments are welcome to participate in this program free of charge. Area employers may participate for a fee. Registration information is available here. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli at 848-932-2648 or

Register Now for Fall UHR Learning and Development Programs
University Human Resources Learning and Development offers full-time faculty and staff more than 50 free open-registration programs and online learning opportunities each semester on a broad range of topics, including management, supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, planning, and performance management. Register now for programs from September to December. All programs combine structured experiences, small- and large-group discussions and activities, and additional resources that complement course learning. Self-study materials and online presentations are also available. Custom programming may be requested to meet unique departmental needs. Learn more and register here or call 732-235-9500.

PEEP SHOW: Books from the Art Library X Room: through September, New Brunswick
PEEP SHOW: Books from the Art Library X Room is on display now through the end of September in the Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This case exhibit features a selection of materials from the Art Library’s rare-book room, known as the “X Room” from its listing in the library catalog. Learn more here.

Global Village Learning Center Available for Events
The Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center is the hub for global education at Douglass Residential College, providing space for Global Village and other Douglass classes, conferences such as the Douglass Women’s Career Day and the Global Summit, Global Village plenary sessions, and other special events and lectures. This state-of-the-art facility is available for rent to both Rutgers and nonuniversity organizations. Learn more here.

PEP: "Communicating With Policymakers: How Research Can Forge Social Change": September 16, New Brunswick
The next panel of the Public Engagement Project (PEP), which provides skills training for university social science and humanities graduate students and faculty who wish to write for broader audiences, will take place on September 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Teleconference Lecture Hall in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The topic is “Communicating With Policymakers: How Research Can Forge Social Change.” Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 140 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The New York Times, Crain's New York Business, and NPR.

Highlights include:

FOX News: Researchers find first US bacteria with worrisome superbug genes (Barry Kreiswirth, NJMS, quoted here)

The Record: Three more Bergen towns join flood-plain protection plan (Jeremiah Bergstrom, SEBS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Rutgers Energy Institute Policy Seminar Series: September 9 and September 16, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts two presentations in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, as part of its Policy Seminar Series. On September 9 at 10:30 a.m., Steven Rose, senior project manager, Electric Power Research Institute, presents "Limiting Global Warming: Sizing Up the Ambition and Challenge." On September 16 at 10:30 a.m., Emily Bernhardt, professor, Department of Biology, Duke University, offers "Melting Mountains and Salty Streams: Assessing the Impacts of Mountaintop Mining on Appalachian Ecosystems." Learn more here.

Gifted Education Conference: November 18
Plan to attend the Division of Continuing Studies’ second annual Gifted Education Conference on November 18, 2016, at a time and location to be announced. The conference is an opportunity for New Jersey educators statewide to learn, network, and support the needs of gifted learners. Internationally recognized field leader Joyce Van Tassel-Baska will deliver the keynote address. Learn more here.

First Continuing Studies Writers’ Conference
Save the dates—June 3 and June 4, 2017—for the Division of Continuing Studies’ inaugural Writers’ Conference, to be held in Somerset. Best-selling author Dennis Lehane is the keynote speaker. Other confirmed speakers include Mark Doty, Eloisa James, Alex Dawson, and David Bianculli. Additional speakers will be announced soon. The conference will be comprised of six tracks for writers of various genres; attendees will also have an opportunity to speak with an agent one-on-one. Learn more here.

4-H Image

Company Stefanie Batten Bland: “PATIENT(CE)a physical requiem”: September 9, New Brunswick
On September 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Loree Dance Theater, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an interdisciplinary work inspired by father-daughter conversations between choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland and controversial composer and filmmaker Ed Bland, with jazz ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. Learn more here.

Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory Public Open Night: September 8, Piscataway
Celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary at the Public Open Night at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory, Serin Physics Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on September 8 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Learn more, including additional upcoming Public Open Nights, here.

Propagation Garden and Houseplants: September 10, New Brunswick
Get hands-on experience with various types of propagation, including leaf and stem cuttings, root division, layering, and seed at Holly House, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on September 10 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Register here.

Welcome Back Show: through September 20, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its annual show featuring the work of faculty, staff, and returning master of fine arts degree students through September 20 in Mason Gross Galleries, Civic Square, New Brunswick. The opening reception is September 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Learn more here.

George Segal Exhibition: through December 10, Camden
The Stedman Gallery in the Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden, presents an exhibition of the work and photographs of American sculptor George Segal, who earned a master of fine arts degree from Rutgers in 1963, through December 10. Learn more here.

Collaborations Beyond Borders: through December 16, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an exhibition featuring the artwork of endowed visiting artist Laura Anderson Barbata in Douglass Library, through December 16. Learn more here.

Beneath Such Dreamy Moments: Joan Pamboukes: through July 31, 2017, Newark
This site-specific installation by Joan Pamboukes at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark, investigates the effects of media and interactivity in society. Learn more here.

Zimmerli Art Museum Exhibition Lineup: through January 2018, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announced its upcoming exhibitions from fall 2016 through January 2018. View the exhibition schedule here.

Appointments & Retirements

Leslie Danehy was appointed assistant dean and executive director of the BOLD Center (Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development) at Douglass Residential College. She had been associate director for leadership and development and established the Douglass Externship Experience with a new curriculum and increased student enrollment.  

Lisa Hetfield was named interim director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Most recently, she was IWL associate director and director of development. Hetfield, who earlier served as director of development for Douglass College, cofounded several IWL leadership programs, including the High School Leadership Certificate Program and the Executive Leadership Program for Professional Women. Hetfield steps into a role formerly held by Alison R. Bernstein, who passed away on June 30, 2016. Bernstein’s many contributions include developing two initiatives, the first on Women and Health, and the second on Women, Media, and Technology.

Get Involved

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at or 848-445-2272.

Join Study Aimed at Improving Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and Physical Activity Habits
Employees and students at Rutgers University–New Brunswick are invited to participate in a research study aimed at improving cardiometabolic risk factors and physical activity habits. Participants who meet eligibility requirements will be given a free Fitbit® to monitor their activity levels and receive individual recommendations on dietary intake from a registered dietitian. If you are interested in participating, attend a recruitment session on September 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Medical Education Building, Room 583, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, or contact registered dietitian Rachel Griehs by September 13 at,, or 973-202-4550. Learn more here

LGBTQA Fall Reception: September 12, New Brunswick
If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, or an ally-identified undergraduate or graduate student, staff member, faculty member, or an alumnus; or interested in learning more about sexuality, gender identity, and expression; or just in the mood for a fun evening, attend the Annual LGBTQA Fall Reception on September 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This is both a celebration and an opportunity to learn about the LGBTQA student groups, resources, and programs on campus this year. Learn more here.

CCLC Hosts Parents: September 13, Piscataway and Newark
Children's Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) invites parents to its “All About Me” community social on September 13 from 4 to 6 p.m., either in Piscataway or Newark, to learn how a day at the center embraces a child's curiosity and sparks the joy of learning through participation in hands-on activities led by the teacher. Meet your child’s future teachers and friends; participate in an activity designed to teach your child what makes people unique, while also highlighting their similarities with fellow classmates; and learn free take-home activities to keep those busy minds buzzing on weekends. Learn more about CCLC in Piscataway here and CCLC in Newark here.

Awards & Honors

Charles Heckscher, professor and director, Center for Workplace Transformation, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management for his book Trust in a Complex World: Enriching Community. The award is given annually for the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the global advancement of management knowledge during the last two years.

Gifts & Grants

Vijay Parashar, assistant professor, Center for Oral Infectious Diseases, School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a $1.6 million NIH Outstanding Investigator award. The funding, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, will support his research on bacterial signal transduction mechanisms. Learn more about Parashar here

Beth Leech, professor, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is one of several international coinvestigators of an award totaling $1.5 million. The project, titled Agendas and Interest Groups, is being supported by the European Research Council. Learn more about Leech here.

Janice Gobert, professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $865,705. The project, titled Testing the Effects of Real-Time Scaffolding of Science Inquiry Driven by Automated Performance Assessment, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gobert here.

Stephen Garofalini, distinguished professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $390,000. The project, titled Water Reorientation and Proton Transport at the Nanoconfined Water/Amorphous Oxide Interface, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Garofalini here.

Prosenjit Bagchi, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $383,491. The project, titled Network Hemodynamics: A Computational Study of Cellular Blood Flow and Particulate Transport in Microvascular Capillary Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bagchi here.

Kevin Chen, associate professor, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $226,775. The project, titled RI: Small: Collaborative Research: New Directions in Spectral Learning with Applications to Comparative Epigenetics, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Chen here.

Anne Gregory, associate professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Focused Classroom Coaching and Widespread Racial Equity in School Discipline, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Gregory here.

In funding to support a collaboration among Rutgers, Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI), and The Nature Conservancy, UCI received a $1.2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to continue development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, a state-of-the-art mapping and information site focused on ocean areas from New York through Virginia. The funding will support the work of a project research team that includes researchers from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

In Memoriam

Abram (Abe) Suydam, 86, a former longtime member of the university’s Board of Trustees and a strong supporter of Rutgers athletics programs, passed away on August 26, 2016. Funeral arrangements were private.

Glenn Tappen, of Monmouth Junction, a research farm supervisor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on August 26, 2016, at Park Place Care Center, South Brunswick. He was 65. Private funeral arrangements were made by the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.

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