May 21, 2021: WhyIVaxRU


From the Desk of...

Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy

Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy standing in front of window

Dear Colleagues,

We have successfully completed another academic year marked by the impacts of COVID-19 and other challenges. Amid this adversity we came together to support the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service.

Your dedication has allowed us to continue providing our students with the world-class education they deserve, along with the stability and reassurance they need to reach their academic and career goals.

Whatever your individual role may be at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, you have been integral to our mission of serving the public good for New Jersey, the United States, and the world. I commend and thank you for your perseverance during this challenging time.


Virtual Art Camp

Registration is open for the Zimmerli Art Museum’s Virtual Summer Art Camp, which offers children between the ages of six and 14 opportunities to explore their creativity and develop new skills alongside teaching artists in virtual classrooms during weekly, half-day sessions throughout July, 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. These virtual classes will take place via Zoom and will include several returning favorites as well as new offerings, too. Registration fees include all necessary supplies, which are available for curbside pickup. Learn more about class offerings, scheduling, pricing, and potential discount eligibilities today!

Scarlet and Black

The culmination of the Scarlet and Black series, Volume 3: Making Black Lives Matter at Rutgers, 1945-2020, is now available to order from Rutgers University Press. Written as part of the Scarlet and Black Project, this third volume delves into acts of activism universitywide that challenged Rutgers to change more contemporary cultural contexts and embrace ideals of developing a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community. Learn more about the project’s work by checking out the Scarlet and Black Project’s website and the recordings of the reflective discussions from last month's symposium.

JED Campus

Rutgers University is proud to participate in JED Campus, a national program designed to guide colleges and universities in a collaborative process to enhance existing student mental health, substance use and suicide prevention efforts. Working with faculty, staff, and students, the New Brunswick JED team has developed a strategic plan to enrich existing resources while also creating new interventions to best serve our students. You can learn more about this important initiative by visiting the Rutgers–New Brunswick JED webpage.

More to Know

Policy Update

The Office of the Secretary of the University announces a recent update to Policy 40.2.11: Research Financial Services (PDF), formerly referred to as, "Grant and Contract Accounting." View other recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions, please email the Office of the Secretary of the University.

Events/Travel Updates

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio Calcado shared updates regarding summer events, camps, and vaccinations, including that in-person events and activities may resume in a limited manner starting June 1 as long as they have been approved via the Event and Activity Certification System (EACS). Additionally, updated travel guidance for university purposes was also recently shared, so be sure to review the latest travel announcement from Prabhas Moghe, executive vice president of academic affairs.

New COVID Resources

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School developed a number of COVID-19 resources, including a webinar for vaccination sites about accommodations for individuals with disabilities and a fact sheet and social story—available in both English and Spanish—to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand what to expect at vaccination appointments.

NASEM Report

Shawna Hudson, professor and research division chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, joined fellow expert members of the authoring committee for National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's consensus study report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care, to discuss the role of high-quality primary care as the cornerstone to health care and overall health. The consensus study report released on May 4 works to augment and update previous recommendations intended to address key challenges and issues in access and health to bolster primary care services nationally, especially among underserved populations.

Community Survey

If your school, department, or unit provides outreach programming for the public, complete the Programs for the Community survey, with a separate submission for each program, by June 1. The information collected will be included in an online directory, which will be promoted as a community resource. The Office of Community Affairs is looking for ongoing programs, services, and events—not one-time events, such as lectures or blood drives. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Selesky in the Office of Community Affairs at or 848-445-1961.

The Schrift Podcast

The Schrift-Ancient Teachings for Modern Times podcast analyzes the weekly reading of the Torah through the lens of the German literary canon and the teachings of meditation. Created by Steven Weinberg, a German PhD student, this mixture of German literature, Jewish studies, and meditation brings ancient wisdom into the modern world.

Ask Us Anything

Where can I find safety and pandemic-related supplies for the office as plans progress for returning to campus?

Institutional Planning and Operations (IP&O) has made key supplies for safety, awareness, and cleaning available in IP&O’s punch-out catalog in the Rutgers Marketplace. Buyers can easily view available items—ranging from hand sanitizer to floor decals and signage—by logging in, clicking on carts icon on left toolbar, selecting "View Favorites" under "Shopping," and then finding "2021 COVID-1 IP&O Warehouse."

What's Happening

Joint e-Symposium

Hellenic Mediterranean University and Rutgers 1st Joint e-Symposium: May 27, 2021; Combating Discrimination in Healthcare & Fighting Health Disparities in Greece and the U.S.A.

On Thursday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., all are invited to join Combating Discrimination in Healthcare & Fighting Health Disparities in Greece and the USA, the first of a series of e-symposia jointly coordinated by the Hellenic Mediterranean University in Greece and the Rutgers Schools of Communication and Information and Health Professions as part of the International Academic Partnership Program-Greece, an academic incubator program sponsored in 2020 by the Greek Ministry of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of International Education, and the Fulbright Foundation, among other organizations. Focusing on health communication across the health professions, this virtual series will feature presentations and speakers from faculty members from both academic institutions as well as Q&A discussion session with participants. This groundbreaking, interdisciplinary, international event is open to all, but registration is required by Monday, May 24 to participate.

Feed a Family 5K

All are invited to sign up to virtually participate in the Feed a Family 5K Run and 1-Mile Wellness Walk support fundraising efforts to feed food-insecure families across New Jersey. Now through June 30, register to join and complete these virtual races hosted by Rutgers Against Hunger and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Family and Community Health Sciences Department. Participants will receive race t-shirts as part of the $25 registration fee and will help stock food pantries across the state, so learn more and register to join as an individual or a team today!

Empowering Diverse Communities

On Monday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development M. Maral Mouradian presents Developing and Empowering Diverse Communities in Higher Education, this year’s RBHS Faculty Development symposium. Featuring speakers Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers–Newark, and Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the School of Public Health, this event is open to all faculty and staff at Rutgers, but registration is required to participate.

Implicit Bias Workshop

On Wednesday, June 30, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., members of the RBHS community are invited to join the next Implicit Bias and “Othering” Workshop, featuring speakers James Hill, associate dean for the Office of Student Affairs, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and director of the Neuropsychology Service in the Neurological Institute, and Maria Soto-Greene, executive vice dean, professor of medicine, and director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence at New Jersey Medical School. Registration required to participate and questions should be directed to the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.

Racial Healing Circles

On Thursday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., members of RBHS are invited to join the next Racial Healing Circle, an opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to engage with each other by sharing their stories in a safe, brave, and responsible space. Facilitated by Sharon Stroye, director of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center at Rutgers–Newark, this Zoom event serves as an introductory tool to begin the work of dismantling the detrimental effects of systemic racism with a focus on "our shared humanity." Registration required to receive Zoom details to join and space is limited, so learn more about the workshop philosophies and register today!

Awards & Honors

Konstantin Mischaikow

Konstantin Mischaikow, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the School of Arts and Sciences was selected by The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences as a 2021 Simons Fellow in Mathematics, a sabbatical research leave awarded for “scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.”

Vinod Rustgi

Vinod Rustgi, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, clinical director of hepatology, director of Center for Liver Diseases and Liver Masses, and professor of epidemiology and pathology and laboratory medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been named an inaugural co-editor in chief of Gastro Hep Advances. This new American Gastroenterological Association journal will debut January 2022.

Eileen White

Eileen White, deputy director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and chief scientific officer and associate director for basic research, is one of only 120 scientists elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”

On The Move

Kukor & Pedersen

Jerome Kukor, dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at Rutgers–New Brunswick and RBHS, will retire July 1, 2021, after 13 years as dean and 24 years as a faculty member at Rutgers. Henrik Pedersen, currently serving as associate dean for academic programs and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at the School of Engineering, has been appointed to serve as interim dean of SGS.