4th Annual Global Health Nursing Conference

Wednesday, March 21st
8:00 am
Jersey City Museum The 4h Annual Global Nursing-Health Care Conference will provide participants with knowledge on topics regarding innovations in the context of natural disasters and emerging global leadership in disasters and health. Hosted by the School of Nursing. Registration required at http://nursing.rutgers.edu/ce/global-health-nursing.html. Objectives: Recognizing the need for leadership during natural disasters Integrate interprofessional efforts for disaster relief Apply leadership strategies to global health

Off-Campus Employment Workshop

Thursday, March 22nd
1:00 pm
Murray Hall, Room 208 This 90-minute workshop, held twice monthly, is required for F-1 students seeking off-campus employment authorization for work that will begin and end prior to their completion of studies.


Human Origins High School

Friday, March 2nd
Erin Vogel, associate professor of anthropology and Henry Rutgers Term Chair Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Arts and Sciences, brings her international work to K-12 audiences—in particular, young women and those part of underrepresented populations—through the Leakey Foundation. Do women across the world approach scientific work differently? “I don’t think so,” said Vogel. Instead, she says, women who pursue science careers may find themselves facing one particular hurdle—regardless of where they live. “As women in science, we are expected to maintain the same publication and grant record as men,” she said. “My biggest challenge has certainly been to balance family, teaching, and research during my academic career.”   Fascinated by animals’ capacity to survive in the wild and pondering the question of how they balance energy in times of food scarcity, Vogel, who earned her Ph.D. in ecology, made the leap early in her career to study nutritional strategies of primates. “Primatology is embedded in anthropology,” she said. “As a primatologist, I focus on the ecology—how they acquire enough energy from their environment to survive.” As co-director of the Tuanan Orangutan Research Program, Vogel’s research often takes her to Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, and, during the summer months, she hosts Rutgers and Indonesian graduates and undergraduates for an observational research study abroad program that looks at primate dietary choices. Enter the Leakey Foundation, an organization that offers funding and education to further scientific and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. Vogel’s relationship with Leakey dates back to 2000 when, as a graduate student, she received a grant from the foundation to conduct research on the ecological basis of aggression in white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. “The Leakey Foundation has been supportive of the things I do,” said Vogel. “They are based in San Francisco, and when I was living in California, they would invite me to events to meet donors, and I still review grant proposals for them.”  In 2017, Leakey invited Vogel to represent the foundation while giving lectures to middle and high school students about her work. Through the foundation, Vogel takes science to classrooms to get children, particularly young women and those part of underrepresented populations, interested in science. Her first assignment? A boarding school in Houston completely funded by donations. “This school focused on providing opportunities for kids who live in inner cities who don’t have these academic opportunities available to them,” Vogel said. Vogel has also visited high schools in the New York area, and, in March 2018, she will talk to teens and nonexpert adults at the American Museum of Natural History about how scientists can use orangutans as models to understand the human obesity epidemic. “I think the obesity epidemic is more about the types of food we’re consuming,” she said. “Over the past century, our diets have tilted toward one that is high in carbohydrates and high in fat and lower in protein.” Our ancestors, she says, experienced “feast and famine ecologies,” and food availability fluctuated between abundance and scarcity. Primates experience similar episodes, and use fat reserves when they can’t find enough food to energize them. Among developed nations in the 21st century, she says, humans don’t experience famines as much, so they have what seems to be an unlimited access to food—as a result, humans continue to add to fat reserves without expending them. “We don’t see obese orangutans in the wild, but we see it in zoos,” she said, adding that she is looking at appropriate diets for orangutans in zoos with the American Zoological Association. Vogel plans to talk with more K-12 classrooms beyond the presentation at the American Museum of Natural History—perhaps even to younger students. One recent presentation at the Teachers College Community School in New York brought Vogel in front of a class of fifth-graders.   “That’s the youngest class I’ve done. We were talking about primate teeth, and I showed them a skull, and I said, ‘This primate has pointy molars. What do you think he eats?’” she recalled. “I remember this one student, she said, ‘I remember seeing at the museum that dinosaurs who had pointy teeth were herbivores—I think this primate ate plants.’ I was so impressed that she used the scientific method to answer my question.” To Vogel, teaching younger students about science is one of the most rewarding things that faculty can do. “Going to K-12 schools and promote the STEM sciences,” Vogel said. “We can show the students a ‘real-life’ person doing this kind of work, and let them know that they can do this, too.”

Young African Leaders Fellowship Enters Fifth Year

Thursday, March 1st
Rutgers selected for fifth straight year by U.S. Department of State to host Mandela Washington Fellowship For the fifth consecutive year, Rutgers has been selected to host the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The fellowship is designed to empower young sub-Saharan leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement. For six weeks beginning in June, Rutgers will host two cohorts of 25 fellows in one of two institutes: one in civic leadership and one in business and entrepreneurship. Rutgers is the only university partner selected by the U.S. Department of State, who sponsors the program, to host two institutes this year. The university works closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, to offer the fellowship. Rutgers Global is coordinating two partnerships to produce the institutes. Senior program coordinator Greg Costalas of Rutgers Global–Programs has teamed up with Ron Quincy, a professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Ousseina Alidou, professor of women’s and gender studies, to create programming for the civic leadership institute.   Kevin Lyons, Rutgers Business School professor, and Johanna Bernstein, assistant dean for international programs at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will lead the business and entrepreneurship institute. Though the civic leadership institute will focus on successful social programs and the business and entrepreneurship Institute will focus on sustainable supply chain management, they have one thing in common at their core: effecting change for the common good. There will be a crossover between the two institutes, with some joint activities including visits to iconic landmarks only found in the New Jersey region, cultural activities, community service projects and meetings with community leaders and university faculty to demonstrate real-world outcomes. The fellows will also meet with U.S. leaders from private, public, nonprofit organizations, as well as NGOs—and when they return to their home countries, the fellows will continue to develop their skills with support from U.S. embassies, the United States Agency for International Development, the YALI Network, and partners.That connectivity drives the momentum of the Mandela Washington Fellowship—and the continued application of lessons learned. Asenath Dande, associate director of international faculty/scholar services at Rutgers Global, connected with 2017 fellow Victor Charo, a public health professional based in Kenya, during a networking reception on campus. Charo, now a public health professional in Kenya, regularly volunteers for Hitaji Development Initiative, Dande’s NGO that addresses challenges—particularly, access to education—faced by young girls and women in Kenya. “It’s not easy to have on-the-ground support when you live so far away,” Dande said, adding that she will be traveling to Kenya in June 2018 as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange.   There, Dande—on behalf of Hitaji Development Initiative—will meet with Charo and local officials, school administrators, girls and parents to establish a mentorship program for girls to participate in during the months when school is not in session. She also aims to establish a vocational training program for girls who dropped out of school  or who did not perform well enough to continue on to college. “Being a part of Rutgers Global has provided me with a lot of opportunities and given me a lot of insights,” she said. “I’ve been able to think outside the box and connect with the right people like [Charo].” Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has brought 3,000 young leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaborations with U.S. professionals. The cohort of fellows hosted by Rutgers will be part of a larger group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at 27 institutions across the United States this summer. At the end of the six-week fellowship program, the fellows will convene in Washington, D.C. for the fifth annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will take part in networking and panel discussions with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  Following the summit, 100 fellows will participate in six weeks of professional development training at U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies. For more information on the Mandela Washington Fellowship, contact Greg Costalas at gcostalas@global.rutgers.edu.    



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