November 7, 2018


Nominations Are Open for the 2020 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients


Who would you like to address Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences graduates at the May 2020 ceremony? Let us know!

Rutgers is now accepting commencement speaker and honorary degree nominations for people who reflect our cultural diversity and international character. All members of the Rutgers community and the public are invited to nominate candidates for consideration. Speaker nominees should be people who are engaging, interesting, and have a broad appeal to a diverse audience. Because speakers also will be awarded an honorary degree, nominations for the university commencement speaker should also follow the guidelines for honorary degree candidates.

Nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2018. Learn more and submit your nomination.


Call for Student Charter Trustee Nominations – Undergraduate Students

The Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees is accepting nominations to fill a Student Charter Trustee open seat for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2019. Faculty and staff are encouraged to spread the word and nominate undergraduate students who may be interested. Student Charter Trustees are expected to serve the full six-year term (including after graduation), attend Board meetings, serve on Board committees, and become actively involved in the life of the university. Consideration will be given to personal, academic, and leadership skills. The nominee must be registered as a full-time undergraduate who has completed a minimum of two full years of study at Rutgers at the time of election (June 19, 2019). Visit the Board of Trustees website to access the Student Charter Trustee Nomination Form. The deadline for receipt of nominations is November 21.

National ARTS Program Call For Submissions

Artists are invited to submit their work for inclusion in the National ARTS Program. Participants must be an employee, volunteer, retiree, student, alumni, or an immediate family member of an employee, volunteer, or retiree of the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus or Rutgers University employee or one of their immediate family members. Register online.

Announcing Rutgers MFA in Design

Mason Gross School of the Arts announces the Rutgers MFA in Design, a two-year course of study that combines creative work, collaboration, and interdisciplinary research to prepare designers for advanced studio practice in the design of publications, exhibitions, information, and interfaces. Applications are due by January 25, 2019.

What's Happening

11/7/18: In Conversation: Infinite Possibilities


In observance of Transgender Awareness Week, New Jersey Medical School Clinical Research Center and the Center for Transgender Health presents In Conversation: Infinite Possibilities at the Newark Museum on November 15.

11/7/18: Write, Publish, Flourish

The Rutgers Public Engagement Project at the Institute for Research on Women hosts the Write, Publish, Flourish: Demystifying Academic Writing workshop on November 8 in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building conference room. The workshop helps participants overcome stalls and blocks, cope with pressure to produce, maintain momentum, and write to engage readers from academic and nonacademic audiences. Register online.

11/7/18: Cecile Richards

The Institute for Women’s Leadership and Rutgers Global host the Anita Ashok Datar Lecture on Women’s Global Health, featuring Cecile Richards, on November 12 at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center. Register Register online.

11/7/18: Child Health in the 21st Century

The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative hosts Child Health in the 21st Century on November 16 at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. The symposium focuses on child health through the lens of nutrition, physical activity, and healthy weight. Featured speakers include Matthew Gillman, National Institutes of Health, and Barry Ostrowsky, RWJBarnabas Health. Registration is required.

11/7/18: Visiting Filmmaker Series: “Patti Cake$”

The Rutgers Filmmaking Center at Mason Gross School of the Arts presents a free film screening of Patti Cake$ followed by a Q&A with director Geremy Jasper on November 16 at Rutgers Cinema.

11/7/18: A Family Centered Care Journey

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities presents A Family Centered Care Journey: One Mother’s Evolution from Fetal Surgery, to Coordinating Care, to Becoming a Health Care Professional on November 28 at the Rutgers Continuing Education Center at Atrium in Somerset. Registration is required.

11/7/18: Pamela Walker

The School of Arts and Sciences executive dean’s office and department of history Rutgers Oral History Archives, Rutgers Living History Society host the Chambers Oral History Graduate Fellowship Lecture, featuring Pamela Walker, Ph.D. candidate in the department of history, on December 1 at Rutgers Academic Building, West Wing, Room 6051 at noon. Walker’s lecture, Down in the Delta: Oral Histories from a Hallowed Home, will explore the relationship between rural motherhood, civil rights, and antipoverty organizing in the 1960s. RSVP to

11/7/18: Jazz Workshop for Teens

Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division hosts a free jazz workshop for children ages 11 to 18 on November 13 at the Nicholas Music Center. The workshop provides an opportunity to audition for the upcoming session of Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble, which begins November 20. For more information, call 848-932-8618.

11/7/18: Landscape and Labor: Working with Allan Kaprow

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences department of landscape architecture and the Zimmerli Art Museum host Philip Ursprung, dean of the department of architecture at ETH Zurich, who will present the work of Allan Kaprow, the groundbreaking artist who helped found the Fluxus movement at Rutgers, on November 9 at the museum.

Get Involved

11/7/18: Scarlet Knights Team Up to Clean Up

Help clean up New Brunswick on November 11! This initiative focuses on cleaning up after football games to foster a cleaner environment. Registration is required

Awards & Honors

11/7/18: Richard Drachtman

Richard Drachtman, clinical section chief, pediatric hematology/oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation for his work in the field of childhood cancers and blood disorders.

11/7/18: Deborah Spitalnik

Deborah Spitalnik, professor, department of pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and executive director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was honored with the 2018 MyGOAL Autism Outstanding Professional of the Year Award for her dedication and service to individuals with autism.

11/7/18: Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson, the Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean at New Jersey Medical School, received the Medical Trail Blazer Award from the North Jersey Community Research Initiative for serving community members of the city of Newark in the field of medicine, community development, education, and leadership in care and treatment access for those most affected by HIV/AIDS.

11/7/18: George McGhee

George McGhee, distinguished professor, department of earth and planetary sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, received an invitation to a workshop analyzing the convergent evolution of agriculture in insects and humans held in Vienna, Austria at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, an institute for the advanced study of complex natural systems.

11/7/18: Barbara Thomson and William Jones

Barbara Thomson, associate director for technology and data management and William Jones, senior director, University Career Services, were honored with the 2018 Technology Excellence Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for facilitating positive career planning experiences with a technology help desk.

11/7/18: Anne Gregory

Anne Gregory, associate professor, school psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, is a recipient of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s 2018 Joseph E. Zins Award for her research on the persistent trend that African American adolescents are issued school suspension and expulsion at higher rates than adolescents from other groups.

11/7/18: Susan Caplan

Susan Caplan, assistant professor, School of Nursing, was selected to become a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

11/7/18: Atiya Aftab

Atiya Aftab, adjunct professor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and department of political science, School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2018 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Aftab was nominated by the New Jersey Muslim Lawyer’s Association.


11/7/18: Nicholas

School of Engineering received a pledge of $2 million from Bruce S. Nicholas (ENG ’49) and Phyllis Walker Nicholas. The pledge will benefit the Engineering Student Projects Studio.

11/7/18: Heising-Simons Foundation

The Graduate School of Education received a pledge of $1,188,746 from the Heising-Simons Foundation. The pledge will benefit W. Steven Barnett’s work at the National Institute for Early Education Research.

11/7/18: Brown

Intercollegiate Athletics received a pledge of $4 million from Gregory Q. Brown (LC ’82) and Anna Louise Brown. The pledge will benefit the Big Ten Build Fund for the renovation of the football locker room in the Hale Center.

On The Move

11/7/18: Carol Sadley

Carol Sadley, associate professor, School of Health Professions, is retiring in December after 25 years with the physician assistant program.