October 10, 2018


Rutgers Big Ideas Initiative

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Start thinking BIG!

The Rutgers Big Ideas Initiative seeks forward-thinking, innovative projects around which to build and leverage philanthropic support for Rutgers, and to create momentum for the university’s next comprehensive campaign. This initiative, which is chancellor-led and supported by Rutgers University Foundation, aims to create lasting, transformational impact by leveraging areas where Rutgers is already uniquely positioned to lead.

Big Ideas are cross-discipline, unified-concept projects that dramatically advance Rutgers’ strengths, mission, and strategic plan. In order to harness the breadth of knowledge of Rutgers’ faculty, staff, and students, interdisciplinary collaboration is key. As you develop your Big Ideas, consider what will advance the “state-of-the-art” across disciplines. What will change lives in our local communities, throughout our state, across the nation, or around the world? What will inspire our students to forge futures of meaning and consequence? This is your opportunity to be part of something truly extraordinary.

Submit your big idea by January 31, 2019. For more information or examples to guide your submission, click on your affiliation: Rutgers–New Brunswick or Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.


Updates to Influenza Immunization Policy

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

University Policy 100.3.1: Influenza Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals (PDF)

Recent 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, email the Office of the Secretary of the University.

Rutgers Teaching and Learning with Technology Workshops

Rutgers Teaching and Learning with Technology offers the following workshops: Canvas Communication Tools (online) on October 11, and Accessibility and Universal Design Basics (in-person) on October 12. Read more and register online.

Faculty Scholarship for Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Course Development

The New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence is offering the New Jersey Governor’s Council Faculty Scholarship, a one year, $10,000 funding opportunity for faculty from relevant clinical disciplines.

Human Resource Management Open House

The School of Management and Labor Relations hosts a Human Resource Management Open House on November 7 at the Livingston Student Center to showcase HR programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and job opportunities. Register online. If you register but cannot attend, email Dave Ferio.

Institutional Planning and Operations Launches New Website

Institutional Planning and Operations recently launched a new, more user-friendly website that features easier navigation.

Registration Open for Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium

The fourth annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium on November 30 will feature faculty talks, a post-doc and student poster session, and keynote speaker Richard Youle from the National Institutes of Health. Register by November 1.

What's Happening

WH 10-10:Mason Gross Open Studios

Mason Gross Open Studios

Get a behind-the-scenes look with Mason Gross Open Studios. Up to 80 BFA and MFA student artists welcome visitors into their private studios in the Civic Square Building and Livingston Arts Building on October 27.

WH 10-10:Fall Arts Festival

The New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival features art by faculty, students, staff and patients. The exhibition is on display until January 2 throughout B-level of the Medical Science Building at Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark. An artists’ reception will be held on October 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

WH 10-10:The Heldrich Conversations Series: A Discussion with Andrea Hetling

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy hosts a conversation with Andrea Hetling on October 22 to discuss housing and intimate partner violence, as explored in her book, Home Safe Home: Housing Solutions for Survivors of Intimate Partner. Register online.

WH 10-10:Music at the Museum: October 10 Issue

The Zimmerli Art Museum and Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division present Self-Confessed – Great Women in Classical Music, featuring violin and piano performances by Mason Gross faculty members on October 21 at the museum.

WH 10-10:The Inheritance of Loss: Transnational Families and Memory Work

Public Catastrophes, Private Losses, the first event in the Institute for Research on Women’s 2018–19 Distinguished Lecture Series, explores the significance of intergenerational trauma in transnational families on October 11 in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass Campus.

WH 10-10:Rutgers Cinema Movies: October 10 Issue

Rutgers Cinema screens Venom and First Man. Ticket prices with valid school ID are $5 before 6 p.m. and $7 after.

Get Involved

GI 10-10:Office of Student Conduct Seeks Campus Advisors

The Office of Student Conduct seeks faculty and staff to volunteer as Campus Advisors to assist members of the Rutgers community in negotiating the student disciplinary process. Advisors provide support, guidance, and advice to accused students and complaint parties.

Awards & Honors

AH 10-10:Brian Strom

Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini, Greece.

AH 10-10:XinQi Dong

XinQi Dong, director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, presented by the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health.

AH 10-10:Anil Nanda

Anil Nanda, chair, department of neurosurgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was invited to be the Jamieson Memorial Lecturer at the Gold Coast 74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Neurosurgical Society in Australia. This is the highest honor an international neurosurgeon can receive at the conference.

AH 10-10:Cherie Castellano

Cherie Castellano, peer support program administrator, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care National Call Center, received the 2018 Silver Award for Psychiatric Services Achievement from the American Psychiatric Association for her groundbreaking Reciprocal Peer Support model of service delivery and innovative programs for persons living with mental illness or disabilities.

AH 10-10:Anne C. Mosenthal

Anne C. Mosenthal, the Benjamin F. Rush Jr. Chair of Surgery at New Jersey Medical School, received the Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award for Mentorship from the Association of Women Surgeons. The award is presented to an AWS member who, through outstanding mentorship, enables and encourages women surgeons to realize their personal and professional goals.

AH 10-10:Eric Gawiser

Eric Gawiser, professor, department of physics and astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society for exceptional accomplishments and leadership in the study of galaxy evolution and cosmology.

AH 10-10:William Halperin

William Halperin, professor, department of epidemiology, School of Public Health, received the 2018 NJPHA Dennis J. Sullivan Award for outstanding advocacy, leadership, service, and research of the health of New Jersey residents from the New Jersey Public Health Association.


Gifts 10-10:Arthur Eli Reiner and Frances Gottlieb Reiner Pledge

The School of Arts and Sciences received a pledge of $420,000 from Arthur Eli Reiner (RC’62) and Frances Gottlieb Reiner (DC’66). The pledge will establish the Frances and Arthur Reiner Endowed Scholarship.

Gifts 10-10:Gerald B. Shreiber Foundation

The School of Engineering received a pledge of $100,000 from the Gerald B. Shreiber Foundation. The pledge will establish the Gerald B. Shreiber Endowed Biomedical Engineering Fellowship.

On The Move

OTM 10-10:Ingrid Fulmer

Ingrid Fulmer rejoins the School of Management and Labor Relations as associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of Human Resource Management on November 1.

OTM 10-10:Lori Covey

Lori Covey, professor, department of cell biology and neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, and an accomplished scholar in the field of immunology, has been named area dean of life sciences.