Faculty & Staff Bulletin

May 17, 2017

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Rutgers Grows the Garden State Economy

Rutgers plays a crucial role as The State University of New Jersey, teaching 69,000 students, producing research that improves the quality of life, and delivering health care to tens of thousands of New Jerseyans. As a new report demonstrates, Rutgers—the state’s third-largest nongovernmental employer—is also a job creator and economic engine, fueling the New Jersey economy, supporting jobs, and generating billions of dollars in annual economic activity for the state.

Learn about Rutgers’ economic impact in Rutgers Grows the Garden State, now available as an ebook and PDF download. Content in the report is based on research and analysis provided by R/ECON, the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. To request printed copies of the report, please contact Glynis Sanders, glynis.sanders@rutgers.edu, 848-445-1903, in University Communications and Marketing.

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Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Zimmerli: May 18, New Brunswick
The Association of Art Museum Directors organizes this annual event across North America on May 18—in concert with International Museum Day—to focus attention on the role of art museums in their communities. This year, the Zimmerli is offering complimentary copies of Zimmerli Journal. This limited edition series showcases selections from the museum’s permanent collection, with articles and full-color reproductions of artwork. Stop by the front desk at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to select an issue that focuses on the American and European collections or Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union and Russia. Click here to learn more.

Rutgers Youth Percussion Celebration: May 18, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Youth Percussion Celebration, an evening of performing and learning for high school students, is on May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Shindell Choral Hall, Robert E. Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The celebration will feature master percussionist Joseph Tompkins, a faculty member at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The event is ideal for precollege percussion ensembles, which will share performance time with other ensembles and gain valuable feedback from Tompkins. Music educators, percussion enthusiasts, and music lovers are invited to attend. The event is $75 for participating ensembles; free for audience members. For more information, call the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618 or go online to register.

SPH Global Public Health Seminar: "Tuberculosis, the Biggest Public Health Crisis in Africa: Challenges and Solutions”: May 19, Piscataway
The School of Public Health Center for Global Public Health Seminar Series presents "Tuberculosis, the Biggest Public Health Crisis in Africa: Challenges and Solutions" by Keerthan Dheda on May 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the School of Public Health Building, Room 3 A/B, Piscataway. Dheda is a general physician, pulmonologist and critical care specialist, and head of the Division of Pulmonology at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Click here for more information.

Early Deadline for the QED Proof-of-Concept Program
Rutgers researchers are eligible to apply for up to $200,000 proof-of-concept awards to develop medical technologies with commercial potential. The University City Science Center has announced the 10th annual cycle of their QED program. The early deadline to submit a white paper is June 2 at 5 p.m. For a copy of the RFP and to find out how to apply, click here.

OIRT Workshops
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. Note the online workshops on May 22 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. (Forums); May 23 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Tests & Quizzes); May 24 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Using Kaltura outside a LMS); May 25 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. (Gradebook). Note the in-person workshop on May 24 from noon to 1 p.m. (Sakai 11 Pop-Up Shop @ Cook/Douglass). Learn more here.

OID Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design is offering teaching workshops online May 19 at 2 p.m. (Accessibility and Universal Design–Text and Documents); May 24 at noon (Canvas: Introduction to Canvas); and May 25 at 10 a.m. (Canvas:  Managing Your Canvas Course. Learn more and register here.

ATS Trainings and Webinars
Academic Technology Services will offer Blackboard and other instructional technology tools training and webinars this summer. Note the following sessions:

Getting Started with Blackboard

June 1, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hill 126

Click here to register

Intro to Collaborate Ultra
(web conferencing)

June 1, 3:30 p.m.  – 4:15 p.m.

Hill 126

Click here to register

Grade Center Set-Up

June 5, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Click here to register

Assignment Manager

June 7, 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Click here to register

Creating Rubrics

June 14, noon – 12:45 p.m.


Click here to register

Creating Tests and Quizzes

June 22, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Click here to register

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

Highlights include:

The Star-Ledger is among numerous outlets reporting on research by John McGann (SAS) that finds humans have a better sense of smell than believed.

NJ Spotlight reports on a Rutgers research discovery that a drug used to treat bipolar disorder can also help preserve brain function in patients who suffer traumatic brain injury, quoting Bonnie Firestein (SAS).

Click here for highlights.

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Meet the Birds of Rutgers University–Newark: Wednesdays in May, Newark
Enjoy a free guided walking tour that explores the urban bird habitat of Rutgers University–Newark every Wednesday morning in May. Groups meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to Boyden Hall on the Norman Samuels Plaza. Learn more here

Landscape Architecture Environmental Planning Studio Exhibit: through May 31, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library presents an exhibition of landscape architecture students’ works through May 31. Learn more here.

Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese: through July 30, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum exhibits Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese through July 30. Learn more here.

Highland Park Sculpture River Walk: through September 1, Highland Park
Mason Gross School of the Arts MFA sculpture students join the Borough of Highland Park on a public art initiative, which includes seven sculptures positioned along the Raritan River, creating an outdoor “gallery” stretching from the entrance of Highland Park at the Albany Street Bridge to the beginning of Johnson Park, Middlesex County. The sculptures are on view through September 1. Click here for a walk sheet guide.

2017 Garden Series Classes: through September 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens offers a variety of classes for enthusiasts through experienced gardeners through September 16. Topics include gardening, landscape design, and garden crafts and fine arts. Learn more here

Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory Auditions: May 27, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory, a rigorous conservatory training for teens 14 to 18, will hold final auditions May 27 beginning at 10 a.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The conservatory runs from July 2 to July 30 and an audition is required. If you cannot attend, email your audition to Marshall Jones at extdiv.rsac@gmail.com. A nonrefundable $55 audition fee is required. For more information on the conservatory or other performing arts summer camps and intensives at Rutgers, call the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618.

Summer Hours at the Plaza at Livingston Campus
Stay up to date with the Plaza at Livingston Campus summer hours. Click here to view a complete list of hours of operation. The Plaza at Livingston Campus is home to nine retailers: Henry's Diner, Hoja Asian Fusion, Kilmer's Market, kite+key Rutgers Tech Store and Computer Repair, The Wright Cut, Qdoba, Starbucks, 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt, and Rutgers Cinema. The Plaza is open to the public and offers Free Visitor Parking. To learn more about parking guidelines, click here. For more information, contact the Plaza at theplaza@rutgers.edu.

Coming Soon to Rutgers
Alien: Covenant will open at Rutgers Cinema on May 18. Matinee ticket price (before 6 p.m.) is $5 with RU ID and $7 for the general public. Evening ticket price is $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for the public. The cinema is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus. For more information, contact Rutgers Cinema at 848-445-1124. Get showtimes and tickets here.

On May 22, the Rutgers University Police Department will receive the Attorney General Award for Outstanding Community Policing for its involvement in the Rutgers Good Neighbor Program. This initiative creates a cohesive off-campus student community by facilitating connections among students, the university, and the neighborhood; providing educational programs; and developing new resources for students living off-campus. The Good Neighbor Program has successfully addressed urgent matters facing the off-campus population at Rutgers and strengthened the partnership between the university police department and the local police. The program has been widely received throughout the city of New Brunswick since 2012, and was expanded to off-campus communities in Newark and Camden in 2016. Learn more here.

Debbie Scheibler, assistant director of housing and residence life, Rutgers University–Camden, is the co-recipient of the 2017 Robert P. Cooke Talking Stick Article of the Year Award, given by the Association of College and University Housing Officers–International. The award is granted based on the quality of a submitted article and the awardee’s contribution to the student housing field.

Helen Berman, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, and associate director, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will receive the first David Rognlie Award from the American Crystallographic Association. The award celebrates an exceptional discovery or technical development of particularly high impact in any area of structural science.

Jaideep Vaidya, dean’s research professor, Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,072,401. The project, titled Secure and PrivAte Collaborative Environments (SPACES) for Biomedical Analytics, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Vaidya here.

Daniel Horton, assistant professor of pediatrics, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,430. The project, titled Drugs, Germs, and Joints: Antibiotics, Gut Microbiota, and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, is being supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Learn more about Horton here.

Andrey Grigoriev, professor, Department of Biology, Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling 35,000. The project, titled Using Artificial Intelligence to Identify Cancer Mutations, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Grigoriev here.

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