April 19, 2017

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Great Things to Know about Rutgers Now Available

The newly revised Great Things to Know about Rutgers brochure is available in print and as a PDF and ebook. An engaging, at-a-glance view of the university, it features facts, figures, and the accomplishments of a number of Rutgers individuals and programs—a powerful addition for marketing and communications.

Main sections focus on the university’s reputation, students, and faculty as well as its health care division, research, impact, alumni, historic achievements, and Rutgers in general. PDF downloads, an ebook, and printed copies are available from the Department of University Communications and Marketing. Printed copies can be ordered in increments of 100 by using this form (login required).

April 12, 2017

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Center for Exercise and Aging Celebrates 15 Years

The Center for Exercise and Aging is marking its 15th year providing intergenerational programs that bring together senior citizens from communities surrounding New Brunswick and Rutgers students in “Exercise and Aging” classes. Since faculty member Susan Kaplowitz (pictured left), in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, began the program, an estimated 1,000 people from senior centers, assisted living residences, and active retirement senior communities have participated.

Students receive firsthand experience and an understanding of the senior population and many have moved to careers in the geriatric/gerontology fields. Kaplowitz’s two “Exercise and Aging” classes and students from the School of Health Professions' aging track, coordinated by Tracy Davis, assisted in planning an event, which included presentations from fitness experts, interactive fitness activities, and games and prizes. Learn more here.

April 5, 2017

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Rutgers Health University Dental Associates Providers

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates Open House

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates will host an open house to showcase its new offices near New Brunswick’s College Avenue Campus on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 135 Somerset Street on the ground level of the Aspire building, Rutgers Health University Dental Associates welcomes Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and alumni, in addition to local residents.

Providers are faculty at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who treat patients directly. They offer a full range of expert care, from family dentistry to complex, specialty needs. The New Brunswick office joins the Rutgers Health University Dental Associates practice in Newark. For more information, click here.

March 29, 2017

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Rutgers Launches Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic for Young Adults

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) recently opened a first-episode psychosis outpatient clinic in its Edison Metroplex location for Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer County residents 18 to 35, funded by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Psychotic illness affects approximately 100,000 young people nationwide. Early adulthood provides the best window for intervention, as this population is at a crucial point in developing career goals and relationships. Psychosis—characterized by an impaired sense of reality—typically occurs between the ages of 18 and 28. However, most treatments for psychotic disorders are designed for those who have been living with this chronic mental illness, which can be a deterrent to teens or 20-somethings in need of care. A clinic, such as UBHC’s, dedicated to young adults staffed by professionals with specialized knowledge, is key to long-term success. Contact the clinic at 732-235-2868 and learn more here

March 22, 2017

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NIEER Studies Philadelphia Pre-School

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, recently received a $1.8 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to conduct a three-year evaluation of Philadelphia’s preschool program to study the program’s design, implementation, and impacts on children’s learning and development. The multisite study will assess the program for potential improvements that hopefully will make the program a nationwide model.

The evaluation, designed as part of a continuous improvement process to strengthen pre-K classroom practices and systems and improve kindergarten readiness, will also review the economic impacts and the cost-effectiveness of Philadelphia’s pre-K program in comparison with other interventions for young children. Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor and director of NIEER, and Milagros Nores, NIEER co-director for research, are the principal investigators (pictured). Learn more here.

March 15, 2017

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NJMS Annual Exhibit and Awards of National Arts Program

Yonatan Kaplan, a second-year student at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, won the Best of Show Award and a $400 cash prize for his oil pastels painting District Donut (at left), in NJMS’s Sixth Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program, a recently held competition for members of the Rutgers community universitywide and their families.

The judging panel, consisting of three local artists/teachers, evaluated 219 works submitted by 124 participants. All works will remain on display in NJMS hallways through April 19. Award winners and honorable mentions by category may be viewed here.

March 8, 2017

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State Senator Loretta Weinberg (right) presented the senate resolution to Jacquelyn Litt, dean, DRC (center); Richard Edwards, chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and Karen Stubaus, VP, Academic Affairs and Administration.

Douglass Honored by New Jersey State Senate
Douglass Residential College was honored recently with a resolution from the New Jersey State Senate celebrating 100 years of women’s education. The State Senate acknowledged Douglass’s focus on the success and advancement of undergraduate women and its ability to cater to a variety of student backgrounds and interests through specialized programs, leadership development opportunities, living learning communities, and its concentration on advancing women in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.

Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women, the coordinate college to Rutgers College, the school was renamed Douglass College in 1955 to honor its founding dean, Mabel Smith Douglass. It became Douglass Residential College (DRC) in 2007 and will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a yearlong series of activities starting on September 18, 2017, culminating in a centennial celebration on September 18, 2018.

March 1, 2017

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NJPIES More Than Poison Information

The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), a division of New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine, serves as a public information service for poison emergencies through its 24/7 hotline staffed by individuals with medical, nursing, and pharmaceutical degrees. NJPIES annually manages over 50,000 cases of poison exposure.

Under the leadership of Diane Calello (left), executive director and medical director, NJPIES recently demonstrated its skills in nonpoison health-related emergencies. At the request of the New Jersey Department of Health, NJPIES executed one hotline to address concerns regarding thousands of Ocean County children who may have received improperly refrigerated vaccine, and another soon after when unsafe lead levels were found in water at Englewood Hospital. Both hotlines were operational within one hour of each request. Calello is pursuing other ways NJPIES can help in emergencies. Learn more here.

February 22, 2017

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Appreciative Inquiry to Effect Organizational Change

Appreciative inquiry may be defined as the practice of asking questions to strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and increase potential. At Rutgers University–Newark, the Center for Applied Appreciative Inquiry at the School of Public Affairs and Administration teaches how to apply appreciative inquiry and the SOAR methodology (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) to effect positive organizational change and strategic planning. 

Starting in June, faculty and staff can participate—at a $200 discount—in the noncredit certificate course "Appreciative Inquiry for Strengths-based Leadership and Innovation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors." The course includes a workshop (June 1–2), an individual appreciative inquiry project, monthly coaching calls, and a concluding workshop (January 11–12). Learn more here or contact center director James M. Davy (left) at or 732-754-8969.

February 15, 2017

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Mason Gross Extension Division Summer Programs

This summer, let your children explore, create, and perform under the expert guidance of New Jersey’s distinguished teaching artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory. The Mason Gross School of the Art’s Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers a vibrant and innovative arts summer program, starting at age 5.

Registration continues through June 5 for summer camps, institutes, and intensives; receive a 10 percent discount for registering by March 1. Financing options are available. Opportunities include: Symphonic Wind Band and Chamber Music Group, Summer Dance Conservatory, Drawing and Painting Intensive, Digital Filmmaking Camp, American String Teachers Association/New Jersey Chamber Music Institute, Media Art Intensive, Acting Conservatory, Design Intensive, Summer Jazz Institute, and Kids Create Camp. Some programs require auditions or portfolios. Learn more here