September 9, 2015

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New Jersey Film Festival

New Jersey Film Festival Starts September 11

Twenty-five films will have their New Jersey or area premiere screenings during the 34th Annual New Jersey Film Festival, September 11 to October 18, in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the interdisciplinary Cinema Studies program at the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases the best in new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. The festival will also host Q&A sessions with more than 20 film directors, producers, and actors. 

This year’s screenings include Foster Dog (pictured), a short film about a young, disabled dog; Rosehill, an intimate feature film that delves into the lives of two women; Däwit, a brilliant animated short about a boy who is rescued from his violent father and grows up among wolves; Right Footed, a documentary chronicling the extraordinary story of Jessica Cox, the world's first licensed armless pilot and the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association; The Moment: Bonnaroo, a documentary about the famous music festival in Tennessee; and Archie’s Betty, compelling new documentary about Archie comics.  

Learn more about the festival and other screenings here.

In this Issue...

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.

School of Nursing Gains FQHC Status
The School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will dramatically expand its health care services to Newark neighborhoods as a result of its successful application for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status for its community health programs. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the designation and 22 months of funding: $299,784 for 10 months and $359,741 for the following year. With the continuing financial support and other resources provided to FQHCs, the School of Nursing will expand clinic hours and add to services provided through its FOCUS Wellness Center, Jordan and Harris Community Health Center, and Mobile Healthcare Program. The patient base is expected to grow from 900 to 1,600 in two years. Susan Salmond, executive vice dean, is project director for the HRSA grant and Janet Bowne, director of contracts and grants, is overseeing the FQHC application and implementation of the grant in partnership with the school’s clinical practice and community programs leadership. 

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. More details to come. 

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.

Jewish High Holiday Services
Hillel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, runs inclusive, egalitarian services for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Students who prefer to attend a local congregation can email Rabbi Esther Reed at or Rabbi Adam Frieberg at for home hospitality arrangements. Admission to Hillel services is free for students with identification, $125 for others. For faculty and staff, the ticket price is a suggested donation. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact Laurie Zinberg at 732-545-2407 or View services schedule here.

School of Nursing Presents Humor and Storytelling: September 15, Newark
The Advanced Practice HIV Specialization Program at the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, invites you to attend Humor and Storytelling: Revolutionary Gestures in Primary Care, September 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Stanley Bergen Building, second floor auditorium, Newark. In this hilarious and informative interactive, free presentation, Kelli Dunham, a genderqueer nurse, an award-winning stand-up comic, and the author of five books of humorous nonfiction, weaves concrete research-based tips on the uses of humor with mutual story-sharing in community health practice to revitalize both the patient and the provider. Light refreshments will be provided. Make reservations here.

Rutgers–Newark Homecoming 2015: September 15–25
Share and celebrate your Scarlet pride with fellow Rutgers University–Newark alumni during Homecoming 2015 activities September 15 through September 25. Catch up with classmates, cheer on alumni athletes, explore arts and culture, and enjoy family-friendly fun. View the events schedule and register here.

Confucius Institute Hosts China and the Rise of the West: September 22, New Brunswick
The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, School of Arts and Sciences, hosts the lecture China and the Rise of the West: A Military Historical Perspective on September 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This lecture investigates the comparative military history of China and Europe, discussing, among other issues, gunpowder warfare. Learn more here.

Comedic Inspirational Speaker Joe Cardone at Rutgers Club: September 25, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Joe Cardone, a comedic inspirational speaker who combines his one-liners, jokes, and anecdotes into messages to uplift and improve the overall quality of life. A buffet dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The performance begins promptly at 7 p.m. Priority is given to Rutgers Club members. Learn more here. Click here to join the club.

Join the Mason Gross Adult Chamber Music Program
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Adult Chamber Music Program (ACMP) at the extension division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A 10 percent faculty/staff discount is available. All levels of musicians are accepted. The program is designed for nonprofessional adult musicians who are passionate about chamber music. Participants rehearse with fellow enthusiasts and coach with members of the extension division's world-class faculty. Those new to this program should complete the self-evaluation form prior to registering. An informal audition may be scheduled for placement purposes. Learn more and register here. For additional information, contact Allison Brewster-Franzetti, ACMP director, at, or the extension division at 848-932-8618 or

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 35 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNBC, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

The New York Times: Historical Symbols in Midst of a ‘Purge Moment’ (David Greenberg, SCI, quoted here)

NJ Spotlight: New Jersey Businesses See Sharp Increase in Family Health-Insurance Premiums (Joel Cantor, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Rutgers Energy Institute: Integrating Variable Renewables into the Grid: September 11, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Colin McCormick, researcher at the World Resources Institute, for Integrating Variable Renewables into the Grid: Technical and Policy Challenges, on September 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Cook Campus, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

CFO Lecture Series: A Conversation with Harvey Schwartz of Goldman Sachs: September 17, Piscataway
Rutgers Business School presents A Conversation with Harvey Schwartz, CFO of Goldman Sachs, moderated by President Robert Barchi, on September 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Lecture Room 1095 at Rutgers Business School on Livingston Campus. Register here.

Free Symposium Explores Musical Traditions: September 2425, New Brunswick
On September 25, join international scholars for a free, daylong symposium at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall (Mortensen Hall), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, exploring a wide variety of musical traditions—conceived and/or perceived as experimental—from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. The findings in this symposium will lead to a multiauthored collection of essays. Benjamin Piekut, professor of musicology at Cornell University, provides the symposium’s introductory keynote address at 5 p.m. on September 24 at Shindell Hall. Learn more here.

National Postdoc Appreciation Day and Career Development Symposium: September 30, Piscataway
The Rutgers 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. Scientific communication is the day’s central theme. The keynote speaker is the director of the postdoctoral office at New York University, Keith Micoli. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution are being accepted until September 20. 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.

Accepting Presentation Proposals for Mid-Atlantic Online Learning Conference
The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies is accepting presentation proposals for the Rutgers Online Learning Conference for the Mid-Atlantic Region on January 11–12, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick. This year, Rutgers has partnered with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and continues working with NJEDge.Net to include two full days of presentations and workshops on a wide variety of topics. Jeff Selingo, best-selling author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, is the opening keynote speaker. Submit your proposal and learn more here.

Poverty Wars


Poverty Wars, 1964 to Present: September 17, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture that examines the evolution of discourse around poverty in the United States on September 17 at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception, in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building. Learn more here

One Worm at a Time: Armisey Smith: September 10 to May 15, 2016, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark, exhibit a series of murals that tells the story of a person of color navigating mental illness by Newark artist Armisey Smith from September 10 through next spring. Learn more here.

New Jersey Film Festival: September 11 to October 18, New Brunswick
Watch compelling short and feature-length films at the New Jersey Film Festival September 11 to October 18 in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, in New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra: September 12, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra performs on September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center. Learn more here.

Big Funky Arts and Music Festival: September 12, Camden
Students, alumni, and the community are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day of arts, science, environmental awareness, music, and family-friendly activities on September 12 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Park. The event features live music from Camden Pop Rock, New Sound Brass Band, and headliner Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Learn more here.

Counternarratives: Reading and Book Signing with John Keene: September 14, Newark
The John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts a reading and book signing with John Keene, author, artist, and associate professor of English and chair of African American and African Studies on September 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Chien Liu was selected as chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, following a nationwide search. Liu had been a professor of pathology and associate chair for the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine, and the endowed chair in liver research and director of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Service and Fellowship Program at the University of Florida. 

Get Involved

Volunteers Needed for New Brunswick Crisis Response Advocates Team
The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is recruiting faculty, staff, and student volunteers for its New Brunswick crisis response advocates team. Advocates provide support, information, and referrals during a domestic violence or sexual assault crisis. Intensive 65-hour weekend training will be held in October. Apply here. For more information, contact Lisa Smith at 848-932-1181 or Deadline for applications is September 30. 

Rutgers Recruiting Next Participants in Free Weight-Management Program: Piscataway
Interested in a free weight management program in Piscataway? The Institute for Nutrition Interventions, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is recruiting for the next participants in its successful LIFT UP program. Faculty, staff, and students who meet eligibility criteria based on BMI (≥25) and/or waist circumference measures associated with increased risk of chronic disease (≥35 inches in women; ≥40 inches in men) can participate on a first-come, first-served basis for the session starting the week of September 14. Interested participants who meet the criteria must first attend an information session on September 10 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Research Tower, 675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway. Contact registered dietitian Rachel Griehs at or 973-202-4550 for more information.

Awards & Honors

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and instructor, Department of Quantitative Methods: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Heath, and Susan Salmond, executive vice dean and professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and director, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Recognition Award for Center Excellence at the first Joanna Briggs Institute Methodology Symposium in Adelaide, Australia.

Gifts & Grants

Bryce Nickels, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,224,500 over four years. The project, titled Systematic Analysis of Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions during Transcription, is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Nickels here.

Benjamin Glasser, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Characterization and Comparison of the Performance of Four Commercially Available Continuous Unit Operations for Future Process Development, is supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Glasser here.

Enrique Curchitser, associate 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 $489,735. The project, titled Development of a Very High-Resolution Regional Circulation Model of the Beaufort Sea near Nearshore Areas, is supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement. Learn more about Curchitser here.

Cindy Sickora, associate professor and director of community programs, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $191,000. The project, titled Community Health Workers Supporting Women and Maternal Child Health, is supported by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Sickora here.

Nicole Cushman, executive director of Answer, a Rutgers-based nonprofit that trains school- and community- based sex educators, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000 over two years. The project, titled General Operating Support for Answer, is supported by the George Gund Foundation. Learn more about Cushman here.  

Meredith Schalick, clinical associate professor at Rutgers Law School based in Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,000. The project, titled Educational Advocacy for Foster Care Youth Involved with the First Star Rowan Academy, is supported by the Pascale Sykes Foundation. Learn more about Schalick here.

In Memoriam

Milton Leontiades, retired dean of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, passed away on August 30, 2015. He was 82. Funeral services were private.

Juanita Fortune Horton, 80, a retired accountant in the research contract office, passed away at home on August 5, 2015, after a terminal illness. A memorial service will be held on September 12 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 771 Somerset St., Somerset, N.J. 08873.

Charles “Chuck” Davenport, professor of law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar Emeritus at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, passed away at home in Arlington, VA, on April 15, 2015. He was 82. 

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