March 25, 2020


COVID-19: Stay Informed and Safe

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's image revealing ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses

We are committed to keeping the Rutgers community updated on the latest COVID-19 developments and advisories, both globally and locally. Please visit the Rutgers COVID-19 website that features the latest information, resources, and guidance. As this situation continues to unfold, please remember to practice productive preventive measures including:

  • stay at home to prevent spread,
  • washing your hands or using hand sanitizer,
  • disinfecting common spaces, and
  • practicing healthy eating and sleeping habits.


Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness Launched

On March 24, Rutgers announced the launch of the Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CCRP2) to serve as an institutional hub for COVID-19 research activities and information. The center will be led by Dr. David Alland, professor of medicine, chief of infectious disease, and director of the Center for Emerging Pathogens at New Jersey Medical School, and will take full advantage of Rutgers' diversity of important interdisciplinary resources and collectively unique strengths.

Telecommuting Updates from UHR

To encourage our community's health and well-being and align with state recommendations and mandates, Vivian Fernández, senior vice president of University Human Resources, announced the university's formalized COVID-19 Telecommuting and COVID-19 Paid Leave (CPL) guidelines and procedures. Review the updated telecommuting process, which focuses on such topics as eligibility, paid leave, and documentation requirements.

Update to University Policy Library

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

View recent policy updates online. 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.

Diversity Innovation Grant Proposals Sought for 2020-2021

The Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement is accepting applications for the Fall 2020–Spring 2021 Diversity Innovation Grants through April 13. Faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit creative ideas that support broader institutional efforts to advance an inclusive campus culture. Special consideration will be given to projects that encourage participation and coordination between two or more areas, schools, departments, organizations, or groups.

What's Happening

Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Spring 2020

Registration is open for the Boggs Center's Spring 2020 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series, which will feature national experts on autism, social inclusion, employment, and aging. This webinar series is free and registration is required.

Join Mindfulness Practice for Stress Reduction Webinars

Faculty and staff are invited to take part in daily webinars, "Mindfulness Practice for Stress Reduction and Resilience in Unique Times," sponsored by University Behavioral Health Care and the NJ Department of Children and Families' Children's System of Care. Mindfulness sessions will occur Monday through Thursday, 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. until we're back on campus. All are welcome, it's free, and no registration is required. Join using the information below:

LinkedIn Learning Webinar for Staff

LinkedIn Learning, a popular online learning platform available to the Rutgers community, is hosting a free webinar for staff. The webinar will show the platform, demo features, and discuss how it can be leveraged. The webinar will be on April 14 at 12 p.m. Register today.

Awards & Honors

Rebecca Cypess

Rebecca Cypess, associate director of the Department of Music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Cross-Disciplinary Research, which recognizes faculty whose research area aims to achieve disruptive or transformative impacts at the interface of two disparate fields of scholarly inquiry.

Jeff Friedman and Thomas Lennon

Jeff Friedman, director of the MFA Dance Program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Thomas Lennon, director of the Documentary Film Lab at the Rutgers Filmmaking Center, have been awarded First Prize for outstanding documentary for their piece, Dance | Parkinson's. The 2020 Utah Dance Film Festival recognized their work for its outstanding design achievements and featuring observational storytelling, educational details, and an invitation for active participation.

Tiffany Murano

Tiffany Murano, professor of emergency medicine at New Jersey Medical School, has been voted as president-elect of the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine. The organization provides resources and develops best practices for residency and fellowship programs, and also provides faculty development by leaders in emergency medicine education.


Scarlet Knights Siblings Give Back in a Big Way

The Rutgers Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services received a gift of $12,000 from Artmeis and Sophia Mazzini, alumna and undergraduate student respectively, who run Into the Light, a nonprofit that raises awareness of mental health issues facing teens and young adults.

On The Move

David Alland

David Alland, professor of medicine, chief of infectious disease, and director of the Center for Emerging Pathogens at New Jersey Medical School, is fulfilling additional roles as the director of the Public Health Research Institute and director of the new Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CCRP2).