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Rutgers Faculty and Staff Updates, November 2016
November 22, 2016



Ramesh Raghavan has been appointed to a study committee organized by the Health and Medicine Division (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine titled "Improving health outcomes for children with disabilities.” The committee is expected to produce its report in late 2017.

Grants and Awards

Dr. Kristen Gilmore Powell, Associate Dean Antoinette Farmer, and Dr. N. Andrew Peterson have been awarded two new research projects through subawards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These new projects will total $750,000 over five years and will involve a study of New Jersey's Opioid Overdose Prevention Network, which is an early warning and rapid response system, as well as a study of NJAssessRX, which is an initiative focused on increasing interagency sharing of the state's prescription drug monitoring program. 

Lenna Nepomnyaschy with colleagues Daniel Miller (Boston U) and Maureen Waller (Cornell), has been awarded a 3-year $450,000 research grant from the WT Grant Foundation Research Program to Reduce Inequality. This project will explore the role of fathers in reducing disparities in behavioral and academic outcomes between children in low and high income families and whether wage, labor, criminal justice, and child support arrears policies can be used as levers to increase father involvement. 

Michael MacKenzie and co-authors will be the recipients of the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research Excellence in Research Award for their recent Journal of Youth and Adolescence article entitled "Spanking and Children's Externalizing Behavior Across the First Decade of Life: Evidence for Transactional Processes." In conferring the award, the Society recognizes outstanding social work research that represents the highest of scientific standards and advances social work knowledge. The award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday January 1, 2017 at the SSWR annual conference in New Orleans, LA.

VAWC has received nearly $5 million to support research on violence against women. This research grant, entitled "Rutgers Violence Against Women Consortium," is one of the largest ever received by the School of Social Work. The grant creates a space for four years of focused research to improve services for women who experience violence and to educate the greater community about best practices and policies.  Read full article here.


The Transitions for Youth Holiday Donation Drive provides a gift bag and gift card to help each of the 120 youth who are ages 21 and over and no longer receive any form of assistance from the state. They are looking to collect donated $25 Amazon, Target, or Walmart gift cards for the 120 aged out youth in the program. For information about how to give, contact Lesley.

Max Kleinman was on two radio shows discussing politics on WMTR on September 18 and October 23.


Doug Behan co-presented the workshop Advancing Quality Continuing Education Without Borders: Challenges With Portability Between States, on November 6 at the 2016 CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Maureen Braun Scalera presented at the National Staff Training and Development Association Conference. Her workshop presentation titled, “50 Ways to Lose Your Lecture,” was attended by more than 30 conference participants.

Katelen Fortunati presented “Breaking the Cycle: Children Impacted by Parental Incarceration” at the National Association of Forensic Counselors conference in Las Vegas on September. She also presented "Maintaining and Repairing Attachment for Children with Incarcerated Parents" at the National ATTACH conference in St. Louis on September 19. 

Miri Jaffe, Jerry Floersch, and Widan Nicola (2016 DSW graduate and Seton Hall University faculty) presented "Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Case Study" at the Council on Social Work Education in Atlanta on November 6. 


M.M. Conti has an article on press called The case study of Jacob: Childhood sexual abuse and the limitations of the holding environment” to appear in Psychoanalytic Social Work.

Emily Greenfield published a report on the development of age-friendly community initiatives in northern New Jersey, which is now available online (see below). Age-friendly community initiatives represent a growing paradigm shift in the field of aging that supports community-wide efforts to make localities better places "to grow up and grow old." Greenfield, E. A. (2016). Age-friendly community initiatives in the early planning phase: Perspectives on why, how, and who from northern New Jersey. A report prepared for the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.  Read full article here.

Becca Klaver's second book of poems, Empire Wasted was published by Bloof Books in October.

Jianfeng (Jeff) Wang has two articles published this past July.  Wang, J.  (2016). The Improvement of Grid Management in Rural Community under the View of Social Governance: Based on the Investigation of Menglian in Yunan Province.  Journal of South China University of Technology (Social Science Edition), Vol. 18, no. 4 (July 2016), pp. 58-64 and Wang, J. (2016).  A Study on the Evolution of the Pubic Good Attributes of the Higher Education in the U.S.A.  Higher Education Exploration, Vol. 7 (July 2016), pp. 64-68.       


Design templates are available for faculty and staff. Email for a full suite of designs.  The designs stay within Rutgers branding standards, and ensure that each piece adheres to a font hierarchy.  All of the files are in PowerPoint so that they can be edited and printed.

To create quick infographics for your classroom lecture, conference presentations, or meetings, consider trying Piktochart. It's free and intuitive, and the end product looks professional.  Read more here.

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