July 1, 2020


Welcome President Holloway!

Welcome Jonathan Holloway 21st President of Rutgers

Today, Jonathan S. Holloway begins his tenure as the 21st president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. President Holloway joins us from Northwestern University, where he served as provost. Previously, President Holloway, who is an expert in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and intellectual history, served as the dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies at Yale University. President Holloway is currently serving on the New Jersey Governor's Restart and Recovery Commission, which informs the reopening and recovery efforts for the state following the COVID-19 shutdown. Read more about President Holloway in a Rutgers Magazine article now available online.


Call for Applications: RBHS Advancing Health Equity and Social Justice Pilot Grants

As part of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences' commitment to inspire and maintain a culture of inclusivity, diversity, and community engagement, the chancellor, senior vice chancellors, and vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion introduce the Advancing Health Equity and Social Justice Pilot Grants. This new internal funding opportunity for members of the RBHS faculty was designed to encourage innovative ways to address racial inequities and advance health equity and social justice in New Jersey. Proposals must address one of three emphasis areas, which include: identifying new approaches to advance equity and reduce health disparity; NJ policy, partnership, or practice implementation to advance health equity and social justice; or evaluating and monitoring strategies to reduce health disparities in New Jersey. Applications will be reviewed in partnership with the NJACTS Community Outreach Core's Partnership and Innovation Accelerator Pilot Program, and successful applications will be awarded up to $10,000. Interested parties must submit a letter of intent by Friday, August 7 and apply by Monday, August 31, 2020. Learn more about this opportunity and apply (PDF).

Swag Portal Revolutionizes Procurement Process for Rutgers-Branded Merchandise

University Communications and Marketing (UCM) and University Procurement Services announce the introduction of the new, user-friendly “swag portal,” a virtual platform that encourages the strategic sourcing of Rutgers-branded merchandise universitywide. The swag portal streamlines the purchasing and design process to secure promotional items. To access the portal, click on the Branded Swag by Consolidus punchout tile in RU Marketplace or visit swag.rutgers.edu and use your NetID and password for login information. Review the swag portal's quick start guide to learn more about the benefits and how to get started.

New Master of Health Communication and Information Degree

The School of Communication and Information announces a new Master of Health Communication and Information degree which focuses on the communication, information, and media aspects of health-related policies and practices. Created to address a growing need in health care professions and in response to student demand, the 36-credit program will integrate theory and practice to enhance the skills of those in or aspiring to a career in the fast-growing health care fields. The program will launch in January 2021 and will offer courses that explore critical systems and interactions that support wellness in interpersonal, community, organizational, and public settings as well as instruction on developing, coordinating, managing, and delivering high-quality health care programs.

What's Happening

Beautiful Mind Summit

Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology's Beautiful Mind Summit

On July 29, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology invites you to join the journey at its Beautiful Mind Summit and engage in a day of thought-provoking panel discussions, informative lectures, and vulnerable conversations designed for those interested in learning more about mental health and wellness. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a variety of topics will be addressed, including strategies and practices to apply in daily life, exploring the science and art of psychology, and connecting with support and resource networks. This all-day, virtual event will be accessible via mobile, desktop, and landline and will feature Q&As with experts, mental health and wellness activities, networking rooms, and a resource hub. Registration is required and is open to the general public, practitioners, community leaders, and students. Learn more and register today!

Serving the Public Interest through Science | The Case of Puerto Rico During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 9 at 12 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences invites you to join the next online installment of the Scarlet Speaker series, Serving the Public Interest through Science: The Case of Puerto Rico During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Host Aníbal J. Valentín-Acevedo is an assistant professor of medical immunology at Universidad Central del Caribe Medical School in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, a former Public Policy Fellow for the American Association of Immunologists, and was recently selected as the 2020 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar by the National Institutes of Health. Informed by his immunology and public policy experience and expertise—especially concerning the study of signaling pathways in immune cells in response to viral antigens—Valentín-Acevedo will share his insights on how to address the COVID-19 pandemic, during a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A. Registration is required, so learn more and sign up for this free online event today.

Get Involved

Recognition for Past and Present HERE4U Honorees and Stories

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at RBHS continues to recognize colleagues who have had a positive impact on their communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to submit nominations for members of the RBHS community as well as your empowering stories to be celebrated and shared on HERE4U. View all past honorees and stories, including those honored for championing the #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives campaign to help demonstrate a shared commitment to improving the health and safety of people of color.

Awards & Honors

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Faculty Award Honorees

The 2019-2020 Faculty Awards, originally announced in a universitywide message in May, honor 34 exemplary members of the Rutgers faculty for their exceptional contributions to teaching, research, or public service. Honorees are recognized and selected by their colleagues and each receives a commemorative certificate and an honorarium. A complete list of the honorees can be found on the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs webpage. Congratulations to this year's award winners!

On The Move

Linda Flynn Appointed Dean of Rutgers School of Nursing

Linda Flynn, a tenured professor and formerly the senior associate dean of nursing science, has been appointed as dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing. An alumna of the School of Nursing, Flynn has served as the school's interim dean since September 1, 2019. Flynn boasts extensive academic leadership and research experience that includes tenures in senior positions at the University of Colorado and Rutgers as well as producing research initiatives that have impacted federal policy. Congratulations, Dean Flynn!