Dean’s Desk From the Gala Raises Funds for Scholarships and Honors Three Esteemed Clinicians The Above: Left to right; Lani Strom, Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Barbara Bennett, congratulate Arnold Rabson, MD, professor of pediatrics, pharmacology, and pathology and laboratory medicine, and director, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, on the Meritorious Service Award. Photos by: Kim Sokoloff 5th Annual Scholarship Gala was a great success, raising a record-breaking $225,000 for student scholarships. These scholarships will help ensure that medical education remains accessible to the largest number of our students. Above: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School students had a wonderful time at the Gala. Left to right: Anousheh Shafa, Lauren Battaglia, Thomas O'Brien, Sam Schild, Aixa Navia, and Linda Ezidiegwu. I Left: Left to right; Vicente H. Gracias, MD, dean (interim), and Christopher J. Molloy, PhD, senior vice president for research and economic development, Rutgers University, congratulate Michael Lewis, PhD, university distinguished professor of pediatrics and psychiatry, and director, Institute for the Study of Child Development, on his Honorary Alumni Award. Save the Date I May 14, 2015: Graduation Banquet I 6:30 p.m. I Imperia, Easton Avenue, Somerset I Contact Marie Kleeman: I May 17, 2015: Rutgers University Commencement I 12:30 p.m. I High Point Solutions Stadium I Safe to Sleep Campaign Seeks to Maintain Low SIDS Incidence For additional information, visit Much fore discharge. SIDS Center of New Jersey of the success of the Safe to and program director, High Risk Infant Follow-up Program. Each year, more than 100,000 babies are born in New Jersey. Families must John Emerson Sleep education campaign of the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Center of New Jersey can be credited to the participation of the state’s birthing hospitals. According to a recent survey, 85 percent of families report receiving safe sleep information beBased on the newest information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence rate for all sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) in New Jersey is one of the lowest in the nation and the lowest ever in New Jersey. “The goal is to sustain these rates,” says Barbara M. Ostfeld, PhD, professor of pediatrics and program director, Barbara M. Ostfeld, PhD I May 18, 2015: Convocation I 7:00 p.m. I State Theatre 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick I Contact Jeannette Evans: hear the information anew; new providers enter the system, and other safety messages compete for time. Dr. Ostfeld urges all birthing hospitals, particularly NICU nurses, to schedule an on-site presentation to review existing policy improvements and to discuss efficient and effective methods for delivering the information to families. Dr. Ostfeld may be reached at or 732-235-6974. 4