May 4, 2016

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Administrative Information Systems Transformation Under Way

University Finance and Administration, under the leadership of Executive Vice President Michael Gower, is coordinating an effort to consolidate Rutgers’ financial and administrative systems by implementing new processes, organizational structures, and systems for all essential administrative functions. 

As President Barchi stated in his April 28 message to the community, Rutgers will fundamentally change how we conduct business in order to strengthen our long-term performance and sustainability.

Read more here about the work under way and look for related messages in the coming weeks.

April 27, 2016


New Classes Help Au Pairs Earn Academic Credit Toward J-1 Visa Requirements

The Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) is offering two new summer weekend programs for au pairs interested in fulfilling their J-1 visa academic requirements: "American Food—Then and Now" (July 30–31), which explores the technological and societal factors that have changed what and how Americans eat over the past 250 years, and "The Children in Your Care—Make Them the Best They Can Be" (August 6–7), which offers tips, tools, and techniques for encouraging healthy, positive lifestyles for children.

Each course, given on the Cook campus at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was developed by OCPE in cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and provides three of the six hours of academic credit au pairs are required to earn under the J-1 visa. Program participants can use the university’s shuttle bus service between the campus and the New Brunswick train station. Register and learn more here or call OCPE at 848-932-9271.

April 20, 2016

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Army ROTC Centennial: April 2530, New Brunswick

Highlighting the 100th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Army ROTC at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, April 25–30, the Scarlet Knight Battalion welcomes Rutgers’ only four-star general, retired Gen. Frederick Kroesen (Rutgers College, ’44), left, and his family, and Medal of Honor recipient, retired Col. Jack Jacobs (Rutgers College, ‘66), to dedicate the Army ROTC building in their honor on April 27 at 10 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., Gen. Kroesen and Col. Jacobs, members of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rutgers World War II and Vietnam memorials on Voorhees Mall.

Other notable events include daily (except April 28 and 29) Army ROTC open houses, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Army ROTC building; a battalion 5K run beginning there on April 25 at 7:30 a.m.; dedication of the Class of ’54 Cadet Lounge in the building on April 26 at 10 a.m.; and the Army ROTC golf tournament (8:30 a.m.) and barbecue (12:30 p.m.) on April 28, Rutgers Golf Course, Piscataway. For information, contact Gail Lawrence at

April 13, 2016


Multi-Institutional Pilot Funding Fosters Collaborations for Neuroscientists

Under a new pilot grant program offered by the Brain Health Institute at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) designed to drive new collaborations, neuroscientists from various campuses and units at Rutgers and NJIT were recently awarded nine, one-year research grants totaling $360,000.

The projects are expected to generate preliminary data that can then be used in applying for federal, state, and private grants. Each project is directed by at least two principal investigators from different schools. Collaborative teams submitted 27 applications for review by an external scientific review committee and an internal programmatic review committee. Nine $40,000 awards were made. Seven of the nine funded teams have already taken their pilot grant proposal and submitted new applications to external funding agencies. Learn more about the projects here

April 6, 2016

Dreamworlds and Catastrophes

Where Art Meets Science

“Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection” at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through July 31, examines a major concern of unofficial Soviet artists during the Cold War: the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Produced by artists whose work was not sanctioned by the Soviet regime, the nearly 60 works on view address themes of international significance from a turbulent period marked by the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a failed attempt at improving American-Soviet relations.

The exhibition, curated by Ksenia Nouril, a Zimmerli Dodge fellow, draws from the museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. The museum hosts lectures on American and Soviet Cold War art and politics by David Foglesong, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and John J. Curley, Wake Forest University Department of Art, on April 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

March 30, 2016

Best Grad Schools | US News

Two School of Nursing Programs Gain Top 20 Rankings

In U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever ranking of doctor of nursing practice programs, the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), is ranked no. 17. The School of Nursing ranks no. 19 for its master’s of science programs, improving from no. 25 last year. The school has locations in Newark, New Brunswick, and Blackwood. The rankings reflect data for doctor of nursing practice programs at 149 schools and for master’s programs at 259 schools.

Also ranked among the top 20 in its category is the physician assistant program at RBHS’ School of Health Related Professions, which ranks no. 16. Rankings are based on expert opinions and statistical indicators measuring the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Learn more about U.S. News’ 2017 Best Grad Schools rankings here.

March 23, 2016

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250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education

Rutgers faculty, staff, and students and the general public are invited to the 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education, a series of conferences that will focus broadly on the changing roles of the research university in the 21st century and the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes. These events are designed to encourage deep reflection and lively dialogue about the future of our shared endeavor.

The Inaugural Symposium will take place on April 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rutgers Business School, Piscataway, when distinguished scholars and academic leaders explore “The Future of the Research University.” A reception will follow. RSVP to Learn more here

Note the upcoming conferences: September 28, “Transformational Science in the 21st Century,” and October 26, "Are the Liberal Arts Useful in the 21st Century?"

March 16, 2016

Girls of Color

At Camden, Focusing on Girls of Color

While girls are graduating from high school at higher rates than boys nationwide, data examining race and gender shows that girls of color are graduating at far lower rates than their white female and male counterparts—a disparity with pervasive, educational, and economic consequences that will resonate for the rest of their lives.

Seeking to address the economic and educational trajectory for girls of color, Rutgers University–Camden and Educational Testing Service are partnering to host a symposium, "Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color," on April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Camden Campus Center.

“Participants are encouraged to attend the event with teams and their key partners,” says Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers–Camden. “Following the symposium, they can hit the ground running by applying the best practices and ideas raised at the event in an effort to mitigate the challenges that this population faces.” Learn more and register here.


March 9, 2016

Mandela Washington Fellowship program

Rutgers Again to Train Mandela Washington Fellows

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State has selected Rutgers as the only New Jersey university to offer the six-week Mandela Washington Fellowship program—part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative to provide 1,000 Mandela fellows with summer training at U.S. institutions to help them improve community and economic affairs across Africa.

Fifty fellows from sub-Saharan African government organizations, nonprofits, and private industry will come to Rutgers in June. They will study at the civic leadership institute, developed by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), the School of Social Work, and the Center for African Studies; and at the sustainable business institute, developed by GAIA Centers, Rutgers Business School, the Department of Chemistry, the Energy Institute, the Eco Complex, and private partners. Learn more here. (At left, 2015 Mandela fellows at Rutgers.)

March 2, 2016

World’s Largest Jazz Archive

Home to the World’s Largest Jazz Archive

With 150,000 recordings, 6,000 books, assorted research files, and memorabilia, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University–Newark stands as the world’s largest jazz archive. It is a special collections unit of Rutgers University Libraries that a team associated with noted TV producer Ken Burns spent a year exploring for his 10-part “Jazz” miniseries.

The most serious jazz enthusiasts know of the institute, but Wayne Winborne, who became its executive director several months ago, is focused on activities to “preserve and promote” the institute for the benefit of jazz fans and researchers who have not experienced it. One major undertaking is a 2016 concert series planned with NJPAC. Winborne (left) encourages members of the university community to explore the institute in the Dana Library where they can listen to and learn about their favorite artists. Arrange tours by contacting the institute at 973-353-5595.