January 16, 2019

Spotlight

Rutgers Honors Paul Robeson With Yearlong Centennial Celebration

Paul Leroy Robeson Class of 1919 Centennial

Beginning in the Spring 2019 semester, Rutgers will mark the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation from Rutgers College in 1919. In recognition of this milestone, the university will honor his achievements as a scholar, athlete, actor, singer, and global activist in a yearlong celebration featuring lectures, performances, art exhibitions, and more.

The Paul Robeson centennial celebration will kick off on January 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Busch Student Center multipurpose room. The kickoff event, From Robeson to King, coincides with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and features keynote speaker Opal Tometi, a global activist who embodies the legacy of Robeson.

If you wish to propose an event for the Paul Robeson centennial or have a scheduled event that fits within the celebration’s principles, you may apply for funding or have your event included as a Paul Robeson centennial event. Submit an event application. For more information and events visit robeson100.rutgers.edu.

Announcements

Updates to University Policy Library

The Office of the Secretary of the University announces recent updates to the University Policy Library.

Policy 70.1.1: Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources (PDF)
Policy 70.1.6: Email and Calendar Policy (PDF)​
​​​​​​Policy 60.1.30: Background Checks for Candidates for Staff and Faculty Positions (PDF)

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of policies, are 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.

What's Happening

NJ Film Festival

blanket of cats and one dog

Join the New Jersey Film Festival as it marks its 37th anniversary from January 25 to March 1 at Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Presented by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, the festival features screenings of more than 35 films from around the world and hosts special guest appearances by film directors, producers, and actors. (Photo: A clip from Anthony Maranville’s Mimi Vang Olsen: Pet Portraitist.)

1/16 MFA Thesis Exhibition I

Mason Gross School of the Arts department of art and design presents an MFA thesis exhibition from January 28 to February 14 at Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square. The exhibitions feature works in design, drawing, media, painting, photography, print, and sculpture.

1/16 Home Gardeners School

Designed for gardeners of all skill levels, the Home Gardeners School offers 40 workshop sessions on a wide array of horticulture topics on March 23 at Hickman Hall on Cook Campus. Register online.

1/16 Feminist Art Project

The Feminist Art Project, a program of the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities that shines a spotlight on feminist art and its impact on culture and politics worldwide, announces their schedule of special events during the annual College Art Association Conference from February 13 to 16.

1/16 An Evening with Jeremy McCarter

The Office of Summer and Winter Sessions presents An Evening with Jeremy McCarter, best-selling writer, director, and producer, at the College Avenue Student Center on January 19. McCarter is the coauthor of The New York Times best seller Hamilton: The Revolution with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

1/16 Geology Museum Open House

The Rutgers Geology Museum hosts their 51st annual open house on January 26. Attend lectures, participate in polar-themed activities, bring your rocks and minerals for identification, and visit the mineral sale. In addition, you can reserve space to tour the historic and renovated Schanck Observatory.

1/16 The 39th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience hosts the 39th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series on February 16 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark.

Get Involved

Blood and Platelets Drive

Donate blood and platelets at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey on January 31 at 195 Little Albany Street, Auditorium A from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register for an appointment.

Awards & Honors

1/16 The New Jersey Climate Change Alliance

The New Jersey Climate Change Alliance, co-facilitated by Jeanne Herb, executive director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Marjorie Kaplan, associate director, Rutgers Climate Institute, received the 2018 Governors Environmental Excellence Award in the “Educator” category. The alliance is a diverse network of leaders who self-organized in 2011 to advance shared goals for addressing climate change in New Jersey, focusing on research, analyses, decision support tools, education, and outreach.

1/16 Jawid Mojaddedi

Jawid Mojaddedi, professor, Department of Religion, School of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a one-year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project, "The First Ever Verse Translation of Book Five of Rumi’s Masnavi."

1/16 Steven Barnett and Bruce Baker

Graduate School of Education faculty members W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, and Bruce Baker have been named among the 100 most influential education scholars in the nation in the 2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published by Education Week.

1/16 Nicholas M. Ponzio

Nicholas M. Ponzio, professor and master educator, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, received the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award from the New Jersey Health Foundation for his groundbreaking new courses and programs teaching doctoral trainees and scientists how to communicate their research to diverse audiences.

1/16: Evan Cohen

Evan Cohen, associate professor, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions, received the 2018 Healthcare Leader Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, for "his interest in MS research, commitment to education, high standards for care, and his inquiring mind."

On The Move

1/16 Billy Terry

Billy Terry has been named director of the National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, Terry served as a senior legislative representative at the American Public Transportation Association, where he advocated for federal public transportation funding and legislation that enhances the operation of transit services across the country.

1/16 New Jersey Medical School Hires

New Jersey Medical School welcomed the following researchers and faculty members in 2018:

  • Tessa Bergsbaken, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington.
  • Dustin Cummings, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
  • Thomas Dick, associate professor of medicine and director of antimicrobial drug discovery, Public Health Research Institute, was previously director of Biosafety Level 3 Core Facility at the National University of Singapore.
  • Nataki Douglas, associate professor and director of translational research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Huijuan Hu, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine.
  • Yosuke Kumamoto, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate research scientist at Yale University.
  • Dongfang Liu, associate professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
  • Joseph B. Oliver, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
  • Dane Parker, tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, previously established his laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center.
  • Flavio Paterno, associate professor in the Department of Surgery.
  • Huzaifa Shakir, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
  • Jason Scott Weinstein, assistant professor and Chancellor Scholar in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former instructor at Yale University School of Medicine.