September 12, 2018


Meet Christopher Molloy, Interim Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick

New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher Molloy

Over the years, Christopher Molloy has seen Rutgers from varied perspectives—as a student, faculty member, dean, and administrator—all of which he draws on as the new interim chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Molloy is among the few alumni to hold some of the top leadership roles at the university. He is the only one to have served as interim chancellor of both Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. He considers Rutgers to be a place of big ideas, boundless energy, and unlimited potential. In his new role, he is committed to creating more opportunities—for students to grow intellectually and develop career skills, for faculty to conduct innovative research, and for the university to expand its role as a powerhouse for innovation and economic growth. Read the Q&A where Molloy talks about his new role, how Rutgers has changed since he was a student, and untapped opportunities he will explore.


Free Flu Shots

Free flu shots for Rutgers and RBHS faculty and staff will soon be available. View dates and locations.

Program for Early Career Excellence Call for Application

Early career Rutgers faculty are invited to apply to the Program for Early Career Excellence, a cohort program for early career Rutgers faculty that provides up to three years of career development support through workshops, one-on-one coaching, and peer/senior mentorship.

Hot Jobs of the Season

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 Rutgers University Student Employment Office in the Office of Financial Aid.  

Farmers Market

The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market brings Jersey Fresh produce, baked goods, and more from local farms into the city of New Brunswick, and onto Cook Campus, on multiple days each week through October.

Rutgers Inn and Conference Center Holiday Party Showcase

Tour the Rutgers Inn and Conference Center during its Holiday Party Showcase and learn how to save on holiday party rentals on September 13. RSVP requested.

Mason Gross Extension Division Drop-In Day

Preview programs, classes, and lessons in music, visual arts, and dance offered at Mason Gross Extension Division during its Drop-In Day on September 22. Discounts are available for Rutgers faculty and staff. Call 848-932-8618 for more information or register online.

kite+key Beats

kite+key is offering Beats wireless headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad Pro. A gift card is also available with eligible purchases. Use payroll deduction as your preferred payment method. Sale ends September 25. View PDF flyer for details.

Faculty Development

The Center for Educational Research and Innovation offers the faculty development workshop series, Innovative Strategies to Transform Learning, on October 12 in the Stanley S. Bergen Building in Newark. Register online.

Urban Public Health Conference

The Rutgers School of Public Health hosts its first urban public health conference, Urban Public Health: New Findings and Approaches, on October 18 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark. Register online.

Conference on Reading and Writing

The 51st Annual Conference on Reading and Writing, hosted by the Center for Literacy Development, will be held on October 26 in New Brunswick. Learn more and register online.

Addiction Medicine Fellowship

New Jersey Medical School Department of Psychiatry announces a new, one-year Fellowship in Addiction Medicine that begins in July 2019. Applications are being accepted for three fellowship positions.

What's Happening

New Jersey Film Festival

Still photo from The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World film by Annamaria Talas

Thirty-five films will have New Jersey or area premieres during the 37th Annual New Jersey Film Festival September 14 to October 26 at Rutgers–New Brunswick. The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Cinema Studies program, School of Arts and Sciences, showcases new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. (shown above, a still from The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World by Annamaria Talas.)

Constitution Day Lecture

The Center for Youth Political Participation at Eagleton Institute of Politics presents To Form a More Perfect Union: Combating the Politics of Fear and Anger, a lecture with A'Lelia Bundles, former president and chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation on September 20 at Douglass Student Center. Register online.

LGBTQA Faculty and Staff Social

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the LGBTQA Faculty and Staff Social on September 19 at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP online.

The Plaza September 13

Enjoy free events at the Plaza at Livingston Campus, including a DJ performance series on Thursdays, live music lunch hours on Fridays, and a Plaza Fall Kickoff Event September 13 from 1 to 8 p.m.

Rutgers Cinema September

Rutgers Cinema is screening The Nun through September 13 and The Predator through September 16.


The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at Rutgers School of Public Health will host a free community forum, HIV Prevention: U=U, PrEP and PEP-Knowing the Facts, on September 16 at Union County College. Register online.

The Ruined House

Ruby Namdar, winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize in Israel for the novel The Ruined House, presents Living in English, Writing in Hebrew September 27 at the Douglass Student Center. RSVP online.

Pet Care School

Become a better pet parent with practical knowledge from animal experts at Rutgers Pet Care School on October 13 on Cook campus.

Get Involved

New Brunswick Ciclovia

New Brunswick Ciclovia is looking for volunteers. This popular open-streets event returns October 14. Positions include pre-event promo crew, road heroes, and activity team members.

Awards & Honors

Shantenu Jha

Shantenu Jha, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, was the lead of an international team that won the IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge for designing a software framework for accurately and rapidly calculating how strongly drug candidates bind to their target proteins.

Barbara Ostfeld and Thomas Hegyi

On behalf of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, Barbara M. Ostfeld, professor, and Thomas Hegyi, professor and vice-chair, Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, received a Public Health Innovators Award from the New Jersey Department of Health for creating a novel and free safe infant sleep app for mobile phones.

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich, instructor, Writers House, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2018 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. 


New Jersey Medical School La Jolla Pharmaceutical Corporation

New Jersey Medical School received a pledge of $200,000 from the La Jolla Pharmaceutical Corporation. The pledge will benefit the Dr. Robert Ledeen Research Fund.

School of Social Work Lori R. Schlosser

School of Social Work received a bequest intention of $100,000 from Lori R. Schlosser SSW ’81, GSNB ’03. The bequest will create the Lori R. Schlosser Fellowship for the Promotion of Social Work Values in Public Policy.

On The Move

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers joins the School of Management and Labor Relations as director of the Center for Women and Work and professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. She continues in her roles as a professor and undergraduate director of Women's and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.

David S. Vicario

David S. Vicario, a professor and longtime chair in the Department of Psychology has been named area dean for social and behavioral sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Kitaw Demissie

The School of Public Health has named Kitaw Demissie as the associate dean for faculty affairs. 

RBHS Tenure and Promotions

The following RBHS faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure effective July 1, 2018:

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Christina Howlett, Clinical Associate Professor

New Jersey Medical School
Lily Arora, Associate Professor
Padmapriya Banada, Assistant Professor
Kathleen Beebe, Professor
Ravi Chokshi, Associate Professor
Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor
Stella Elkabes, Professor
Dennis Grech, Associate Professor
Caroline Hayes-Rosen, Associate Professor
Utz Herbig, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Andrea Hidalgo, Associate Professor
Evelyne Kalyoussef, Associate Professor
Cheryl Kennedy, Professor
Piotr Kisza, Associate Professor
Pradeep Kumar, Assistant Professor
Edward Lee, Associate Professor
James Liu, Professor
Yiyan Liu, Professor
Jyothi Nagajyothi, Associate Professor
James Oleske, Distinguished Professor
Jayashree Pain, Assistant Professor
Chan Woo Park, Associate Professor
Gloria Rodriguez, Associate Professor
Hassan Safi, Assistant Professor
Nizar Souayah, Professor
Harsh Sule, Associate Professor
Yeming Sun, Associate Professor
Lai-Hua Xie, Associate Professor, award of tenure
George Yap, Professor

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Geronima Alday, Assistant Professor
Azima Ashraf, Associate Professor
Rohail Asrar, Assistant Professor
Aswine Bal, Professor
Vikram Bhise, Associate Professor
Jisun Cha, Associate Professor
Chang Chan, Associate Professor
Deannon Colon, Assistant Professor
Malik Deen, Associate Professor
Roseanne Dobkin, Professor
Huizhou Fan, Professor
Christine Fratzola, Professor
Jeremy Grayson, Associate Professor
Steven Horwitz, Assistant Professor
Sabiha Hussain, Associate Professor
Dorothy Isecke, Assistant Professor
Estela Jacinto, Professor
Janos Jeges, Associate Professor
Isaac Kim, Professor
Soula Koniaris, Associate Professor
Ralee Konigsberg, Assistant Professor
William Kostis, Associate Professor
Geuntaek Lee, Assistant Professor
Anthony Lemaire, Associate Professor
Ernest Leva, Professor
Amin Maghari, Assistant Professor
Niveditha Meghadri, Assistant Professor
Janice Mehnert, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Neeti Misra, Assistant Professor
Ke Nie, Associate Professor
Michael Noll, Assistant Professor
Enrique Pantin, Professor
Payal Parikh, Assistant Professor
Rahul Parikh, Associate Professor
Dhenu Patel, Assistant Professor
Kamini Patel, Assistant Professor
Gregory Pierson, Assistant Professor
Rachel Power, Assistant Professor
Jonathan Prenner, Clinical Professor
Xin Qi, Assistant Professor
Mladen-Roko Rasin, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Joshua Raymond, Associate Professor
Hatem Sabaawy, Associate Professor
Daniel Schneider, Associate Professor
Bennett Shenker, Associate Professor
Jerod Stapelton, Associate Professor
Mark Stein, Professor
Jag Sunderram, Professor
Anthony Tobia, Professor
Jennifer Turkish, Assistant Professor
Grant Wei, Associate Professor
Xin Yu, Assistant Professor
Huaye Zhang, Associate Professor

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Ali Abbas, Associate Professor
Richard Bloomstein, Associate Professor
Peter Duda, Associate Professor
Mohamed Kamel, Associate Professor
Padma Mukherjee, Associate Professor
Cibele Nasri-Heir, Associate Professor
Herminio Perez, Assistant Professor
George Schmidt, Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Health Professions
Gerard Fluet, Associate Professor
Suril Gohel, Assistant Professor
Nancy Mingelgreen, Assistant Professor
James Scott Parrott, Professor
Shristi Rawal, Assistant Professor

School of Nursing
Irina Benenson, Assistant Professor
Linda Flynn, Professor, award of tenure
Yuri Jadotte, Associate Professor
Beth Knox, Assistant Professor
Sallie Anne Porter, Associate Professor
Darcel Reyes, Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Public Health
Judith Graber, Associate Professor