Spotlights

February 4, 2015

Rutgers Welcomes 68 Engineering Students from France

Rutgers University–New Brunswick welcomes 68 French engineering students from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, for a two-week exchange program February 16–27, 2015. The program is made possible by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs and the Rutgers China Office.

The visiting students, all in the final year of their master's programs, will attend lectures on mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and energy topics by the School of Engineering, plus seminars on energy performance and occupant behavior, as well as energy and society, by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. For more information, contact Sibylle Pearce at 848-932-3063 or sibylle.pearce@rutgers.edu. Read more here.

January 28, 2015

Interprofessional Education: Hospice Patient Case Study 

On January 14, Rutgers held its first Interprofessional Education (IPE) Case Conference of 2015, spearheaded by the School of Social Work in conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the School of Nursing, the School of Law–Newark, and the School of Health Related Professions.

Approximately 400 students worked on a fictional case study of a hospice patient in her final two months, examining pain medication needs, chemotherapy side effects, diet planning, religious needs, and issues involving the patient’s children.  

“Through such collaboration, our hope is to foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect among these talented future health care providers,” says Patricia Findley, associate professor of social work and IPE Faculty Council member. Read more here.

January 21, 2015

Rutgers‒Newark to Spark Arts Collaboration in Iconic Downtown Building
Rutgers University–Newark is moving forward with bold plans to cultivate expression through the arts and humanities locally in Greater Newark that resonates globally. This collaboration facilitates public scholarship and community engagement with partners from across sectors in New Jersey’s largest city and cultural capital. 

The Express Newark project directly addresses priorities identified in the Rutgers–Newark Strategic Plan by focusing on fostering collaborative academic and research programs, supporting public scholarship, investing in spaces and places to engage the world, and cultivating civic dialogue.

Learn more and read the entire article here.

January 14, 2015

Crowd Dynamics: Why People in Groups Behave as They Do
During the holiday shopping season, malls seemed to be as crowded as busy city streets.

Trying to get around or through droves of people isn’t just a science perfected by savvy shoppers. A new book by a Rutgers University–Camden mathematics professor analyzes crowd dynamics and the reasons people choose the paths they take.

“Pedestrian dynamics is really a broad area studied from many different perspectives, from the human gait to crowd behavior,” says Benedetto Piccoli, the Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair of Mathematics and director of Rutgers–Camden’s Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. Read the entire story here.

January 7, 2015

The GSAPP 40th Anniversary Gala
On November 1, 2014, 450 alumni, faculty, students, and friends celebrated 40 years of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) and 85 years of its Psychological Services Clinic. Five outstanding individuals who helped shape the school and its clinic were recognized for their visionary work. Chair of the Board of Governors, Greg Brown, and his wife, Anna, were present to accept the posthumous award for Anna’s late grandparents who started the clinic. 

Pictured: (left to right) Clifton Lacy, professor and director of the Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security; Stanley Messer, dean of GSAPP; Robert Barchi, president of Rutgers; and Richard Edwards, executive vice president and chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Photo Credit: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

December 17, 2014

With Royalty in the Room, Rutgers Professor Takes a Seat at Nobels
Economics professor Tomas Sjöström from the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, joined dignitaries from around the world, including the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, for a series of high-profile lectures and ceremonies in Stockholm.

Sjöström serves on the committee that bestows the world's most prestigious award for economics: the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. After six years as an associate on the committee, Sjöström is completing his first year as a full member. Read the entire story here.

December 10, 2014

Rutgers Engineers Create Smartphone App to Cut Risk of Power Outages
An easy-to-use smartphone app developed by Rutgers engineers will help keep the lights on in a heavily wooded New Jersey suburb that suffered widespread power outages during Superstorm Sandy.

Officials in Warren Township knew they could cut the risk of future power outages if they documented vulnerable spots in the utility network, such as branches dangling perilously close to wires or poles cracking and leaning. But sending police and municipal workers to sniff out these trouble spots would be expensive and disruptive to municipal services.

Rutgers and the township committee agreed to a solution—crowdsource the task. Read the entire story here.

December 3, 2014

Turning Brick City into Dream City

Rutgers University–Newark, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and The Future Project hosted the first citywide Dream Starter on November 8. Dream Starter is a large-scale full day of inspiration that calls students and community members to believe in their personal power and guides them to realize their passion and purpose.

In Newark, more than 350 high school students and community members participated to empower the next generation of leaders and change-makers of the world. Read the entire story here.

November 26, 2014

Merger Inspires Compelling New Program in Health and Society

Sociologists in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have recently created a program that provides a unique perspective on medical and public health issues. The health and society minor, which follows Rutgers’ recent transformation into a major center of health science education and research, examines the societal factors that cause illness and disease. “It’s eye-opening,” says one undergraduate who’s planning to attend medical school. Read the full story here.

Pictured (left to right): Neha Sikka, Professor Sharon Bzostek, Edwin Cruz

November 19, 2014

Open Archeology Day
On November 8, members of the general public joined Rutgers University–Camden students and archeologists from the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation in a real archeological dig at the Whispering Woods site in Pilesgrove. In 2012, a preliminary survey yielded both historic and prehistoric (Native American) artifacts at the site. A further excavation is required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Professor Kimberlee Sue Moran has led Rutgers–Camden students in excavations—under direction of four experienced archeologists—as part of the "Special Topics in Anthropology" course, offered through the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. View more photos from Open Archeology Day here.

Photo credits: Tom McLaughlin

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