November 9, 2016

Rutgers 250

Happy 250th

The yearlong series of events recognizing Rutgers' 250th Birthday culminates on November 10 when students, staff, faculty, and friends of the university celebrate Rutgers 250 across the state.

Plan to participate in the activities as Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences distinguish the day with their own unique celebrations. Activities include engaging lectures and seminars with many of our notable alumni during “A Day of Revolutionary Thinking.” Celebrate with cupcakes, fireworks, and more. Bells will ring at 2:50 p.m. at churches and other locations in Rutgers communities. View the day’s schedule of activities here.

November 2, 2016

Panettieri Reynold

Joining the Institute for Translational Medicine and Science

Faculty and researchers universitywide who conduct biomedical research are encouraged to apply for membership in Rutgers’ Institute for Translational Medicine and Science, the university’s first clinical and translational science institute and the only institute of its kind in New Jersey. The institute is headed by Reynold Panettieri (left), who also serves as vice chancellor for clinical and translational research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The institute’s mission is to become a vibrant environment for catalyzing and increasing translational and clinical research by providing research platforms, resources, and scientist and staff training, while streamlining administrative processes. Membership provides access to the institute’s core services to test hypotheses and eligibility for participation in institute-sponsored training and education programs, research, and related activities. Learn about membership here. Contact Mila Dunbar at or 732-235-5207 for the application form.

October 26, 2016

President Barchi

Third and Final 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium: Today

Join President Robert Barchi and leading scholars for the third and final 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education today, October 26, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in Hageman Hall at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Titled “Why the Humanities Matter,” the symposium will inspire rich dialogue about the humanities’ vital place at a major public research university and in a civilized society. 

The university welcomes speakers Pauline Yu, president of the American Council of Learned Societies and former dean of humanities in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and British-born Ghanaian American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University and author of the New York Times' ethicist columnRSVP to Learn more here.

October 19, 2016

Cornerstone: Transformational

Cornerstone: Transformational

The new administrative systems under Cornerstone recently launched, creating a transformational way of working for all faculty and staff. The top priority for this initiative has been to improve the experience of faculty and staff with state-of-the-art systems and to improve our business processes.

It will take time to get used to our new way of working, and we will encounter challenges. But, we will reach a point where working as one Rutgers becomes second nature, and this will be good for everyone. Cornerstone delivers modern systems, better processes, more transparency, and access to financial data to help everyone work more collaboratively. This will become the foundation of how we operate at the university. Browse FAQs, tips, and other resources, and keep up with the latest news on Cornerstone.

October 12, 2016

Bloustein School

Undergraduate Public Health Program Gains CEPH Accreditation

The baccalaureate public health program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, an independent agency recognized by the United States Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and stand-alone programs outside such schools.

The Bloustein School is one of the first four schools in the nation to have its stand-alone baccalaureate public health program receive accreditation. Students enrolled in the program earn a bachelor of science degree and also can earn specific certificates in health disparities, health education and advocacy, public health management, and public health preparedness. The accreditation marks the latest recognition for the public health program, which was ranked fourth in the nation by USA TODAY. Learn more here.


October 5, 2016


Continued Growth in Research Grants and Sponsored Programs

Research grants and sponsored programs at Rutgers in fiscal year 2016 totaled $637.9 million, up more than $25 million from FY2015, a 4 percent increase. Over the past two years, the dollar amount of grants and sponsored programs at Rutgers rose by 22 percent during a time of challenging grant support nationally.

“The research enterprise at Rutgers is driven by our faculty, which includes numerous world leaders in their fields, and they deserve credit for the impressive growth in external support for research this university has seen over the past two years,” Christopher J. Molloy, senior vice president for research and economic development, said. “It’s noteworthy that, along with federal agencies, the university has received greater support from corporations and foundations, as they recognize the high quality and impact of the research being done at Rutgers.”

Rutgers experienced an 11 percent increase in federal grants in FY2016, from $303.2 million in FY2015 to $335.5 million last year. Learn more here


September 28, 2016

President Robert Barchi

Presidential Symposium: Today, September 28, Piscataway

Join President Robert Barchi and leading scholars for the second of three 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposia on Higher Education, focusing on “Transformational Science,” today, September 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the main auditorium, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. Sign-in is from noon to 1 p.m. 

“Transformational Science” will focus on the changing roles of the research university and the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes. Keynote speakers include Rush D. Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and former United States Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district, and Eric Green, director, National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. RSVP to Learn more here

September 21, 2016

Zimmerli Exhibit

Thinking Pictures Exhibition Launches Zimmerli Season

The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, kicks off its fall season with Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection, an exhibition that draws on the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the museum.

The show, on view through December 31, focuses on 100 works by more than 50 artists who lived and worked in Moscow in the 1970s and 1980s. Defying an institutional framework that privileged painting, they were concerned with the essential task of creating an audience in an environment that lacked galleries, critics, and a viable market for conceptual art. The museum hosts an artists’ roundtable and reception on September 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Its October 4 “Art After Hours: First Tuesdays” event from 5 to 9 p.m. features a curator-led tour of the exhibition. Learn more here

September 14, 2016

Film Festival

New Jersey Film Festival Starts September 17

Thirty-five films will have New Jersey or area premieres during the 35th Annual New Jersey Film Festival, September 17 to October 28, in Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Cinema Studies program, School of Arts and Sciences, showcases new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. The festival features Q&A sessions with 22 film directors, producers, and actors. 

Screenings include Five Minutes of Fun (pictured), a short film of assembled clips meant to be enjoyed without context or plot; Nilay Dave’s engrossing dramatic film Gandhiji My Mentor; Marcie Begleiter’s documentary Eva Hesse; Stephen Elliot’s autobiographical feature After Adderall; Sevé Schelenz’s dark comedy Peelers; and Tamara and Thomas Balsamides’ A Ticking Time Bomb about Lyme Disease. Learn more about the festival here.

September 7, 2016

Honors College

   Photo credit: Frank Villafane, Urban Industrial Imaging for DEVCO

Honors College: Year Two

After an extraordinary first year, the Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick welcomed its second cohort of 500 first-year students from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Rutgers Business School. First-year students live in the college’s residential space as sophomores move into honors communities across campus.

Through the college mission course, the inaugural class created more than 100 social innovation projects, six of which will move toward implementation in the new Innovation Lab. Among other achievements, members of the first class independently developed a tutoring program at New Brunswick elementary schools that earned a $60,000 supporting grant and an invitation to the Clinton Global Initiative University this past spring. As ambassadors and peer mentors, second-year Honors College students will engage with first-year students as they make their own mark on life at the Honors College. Learn more here.