March 13, 2019


RBHS Establishes Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance

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Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences has launched the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (RBHS VPVA) to provide support services to victims of dating and sexual violence. The office supports all members of the RBHS community. Faculty and staff are encouraged to alert students to the free, confidential services:

  • individual counseling;
  • advocacy, including assistance with navigating health and reporting processes;
  • information regarding interpersonal violence, resources, and referrals; and
  • education and prevention programming.

RBHS VPVA is based in the Stanley S. Bergen Jr. building in Newark and provides educational programs and support services at sites throughout New Jersey.

Faculty and staff can call 973-972-4636 or email Kerry Camerer, VPVA clinical counselor, to refer students for services and to find out more about how they can support students who may be experiencing violence.

For information on education and training programs, email Matthew Marino, education and prevention coordinator. For questions about Title IX at RBHS, email Susan Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and Title IX Coordinator Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. RBHS VPVA is in addition to the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers–New Brunswick.


Rutgers Online Learning Conference

The Division of Continuing Studies presents RUOnlineCon 2019 on March 18 at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. The conference serves as a cross-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to online, hybrid, and technology-assisted face-to-face learning. Register online.

2019 Financial Wellness Seminar Series

The 2019 Financial Wellness Seminar Series provides faculty and staff with the tools and education necessary to make the best financial decisions for themselves, their families, and their futures. The seminars are geared toward every stage of your financial growth and programs are free for Rutgers employees. To find out more and register, visit and select Employee Benefit and Work-Life Programs. For questions about the series, email the UHR benefits and wellness department.

Registration Open for Rutgers Summer Children's Programs

Registration is open for these Rutgers summer programs:

  • Rutgers Summer Tech Camp for Kids offers weekly sessions for children in grades 2 to 10 on topics such as Minecraft, robotics, 3D printing, sports car racing, and game design. Early bird discount ends March 30.
  • Rutgers Rec Kids Camp offers a day camp for children ages 5 to 11 and an adventure camp for kids ages 11 to 14.
  • Rutgers Pre-College Summer Programs give high school students the opportunity to take introductory-level university courses for credit, engage in a one-week residential academy, prepare for the SAT, and more.

Next 2nd Chance Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Conference

The Next 2nd Chance Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Conference on April 4 in New Brunswick features national speakers and key stakeholders supporting jail diversion and re-entry initiatives. The workshop is free but registration is required.

What's Happening

Teaching the World Forum and Urban Teaching Matters Conference

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The eighth annual Teaching the World Forum and fifth annual Urban Teaching Matters Conference combine to create this event by and for urban- and global-focused educators on March 30 at the Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue Campus. This is a featured program of the Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration. Register online.

Kwame Anthony Appiah "The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity"

The Eagleton Institute of Politics presents a talk by New York University professor and The New York Times ethicist Kwame Anthony Appiah on March 14. Appiah will explore some of the changes and challenges in American politics as discussed in his book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. This event is presented by Eagleton's Louis J. Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series. Register online.

Stolen Art and History: A Curator Uncovers Theft from the Edward Hopper Estate

The Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries present the lecture Stolen Art and History: A Curator Uncovers Theft from the Edward Hopper Estate by Gail Levin, on March 13 at Alexander Library. Levin, a Rutgers alumna and the acknowledged authority on the American painter Edward Hopper, discusses her discovery of a major theft from the Hopper estate before it reached the Whitney Museum, where she formerly served as curator.

Antisemitism Here and Now

The Jewish Federation and Rutgers Hillel feature Antisemitism Here and Now on March 31, a presentation by Deborah Lipstadt, real-life subject of the movie Denial. Admission is free, but a ticket is required.

Motion: New Dance Works

Mason Gross School of the Arts presents Motion: New Dance Works on March 14 and 15 at the Loren Dance Theater on Douglass Campus. The dance performance features MFA in Dance students in a shared mission with New Brunswick-based coLAB Arts creating dances that emerge from community-based creative engagement with local social advocacy organizations.

Writers at Rutgers: Natasha Trethewey

The Department of English presents a reading by Natasha Trethewey, the United States Poet Laureate in 2012 and 2014, as part of the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, on March 28 in the College Avenue Student Center multipurpose room. The event is co-sponsored with Phi Beta Kappa and Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Mindfulness Meditation Workshops

The Rutgers Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services offers free mindfulness meditation workshops for students, faculty, and staff members each week at noon in a variety of locations in New Brunswick and Piscataway. View the PDF schedule.

Get Involved

3/13: Rutgers Giving Day

On March 27, Rutgers Giving Day, the university community comes together to make an impact. Share your scarlet pride by making a gift and taking part in on‐campus events and social media challenges throughout the day.

3/13 Kindred Hospice

Kindred Hospice patient support volunteers in Piscataway offers compassionate care for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. Volunteer opportunities include companionship and socialization, emotional and spiritual support, music and art therapy, and being a supportive presence to patients and families. For more information, contact Emily Johnson at 732-562-8800 or

Awards & Honors

3/13 Sallie Porter

Sallie Porter, associate professor, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, and nursing discipline coordinator, New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders, the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, received the inaugural New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence Faculty Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. This is a scholarship to advance education on treatments and care of people with autism at both undergraduate and graduate levels of higher education across the state.

3/13 Mary Bridgeman

Mary Bridgeman, clinical associate professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, was inducted into the National Academies of Practice at their annual meeting on March 9.

3/13 Nancy Rao

Nancy Yunhwa Rao, head of music theory, Music Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, received the Best Book Award for Humanities and Cultural Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies for Chinatown Opera Theater in North America in the category of media, visual, and performance studies.

3/13 Richard Novak

Richard Novak, vice president for continuing studies and distance education, Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, received the Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

On The Move

3/13 Hee-Sook Kim

Hee-Sook Kim has been named a faculty member at the Public Health Research Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, & Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School. Kim was formerly a research assistant professor at Cleveland State University.