November 12, 2014

Language Matters Campaign
Students' frustration with slights that occur in everyday conversations has served as the inspiration for a new “Language Matters” campaign at Rutgers that calls attention to the power of words.

The campaign is being coordinated by four cultural centers at Rutgers that are working to combat a widespread problem and also plan to incorporate the message of the campaign into programs and events throughout the year. Learn more here and view the presentation here.

November 5, 2014

New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions' Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) hosted the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference on October 18. Over 200 practitioners, educators, scholars, and students gathered to learn, reflect, advocate, and network. Highlights of the day included presentations by Rutgers scholars Kenneth J. Gill, Elizabeth Torres, Cecilia Feeley, and Columbia University's Glen Gillen. Twenty-seven students currently enrolled in the OTA program presented posters on topics including adapted workstations, animal assisted therapy, and occupational therapy and the U.S. military.

Photo credit: Catherine Colucci, SHRP

October 29, 2014

Be a Part of Rutgers History

In honor of the upcoming Rutgers 250th anniversary, the university is publishing a commemorative coffee-table book, Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait. The book recalls and brings to life the university's history through archival photography and personal stories as well as contributions from the Rutgers community.

Be a part of history by having your name (or that of a family member or friend) printed in this special publication until March 1, 2015, at the preorder price of $50 (plus shipping and handling). The preorder price of $50 is a savings of $20 off the list price of $70, and will continue to be offered on orders placed before July 2015.

Learn more and preorder a copy of the book here.

October 22, 2014

An Auschwitz Prisoner at 14, He’s a Rutgers Scientist with an Enduring Mission
Joel Lebowitz, professor of math and physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has had an extraordinary life. In a recent interview, he reflects on his childhood in Eastern Europe, his later work as a theorist, and his effort to help scientists living under oppressive regimes. As a co-chair of the Committee of Concerned Scientists, he strives to protect scientists around the world.

Last week Professor Lebowitz received the Grand Medal from the French Academy of Sciences, awarded every year to a scientist who has significantly contributed to his or her field. Read the complete interview here.

Photo credit: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

October 15, 2014

Humans of RutgersU
Everyone at Rutgers has a story and we want to share it. Visit the new Humans of RutgersU blog on Tumblr to meet the people who make up your community. We've talked to students, faculty, and staff about their best days, worst days, triumphs, and struggles. Hear from a student who has thrived after cancer and join others as they follow their passions for music, travel, and careers in medicine. Find out which staff member has collected 500 Pez dispensers. Most of all, think about your own story. If you want to share it with the Humans of RutgersU team, email and tell us about yourself.

October 8, 2014

Tanzanian President’s Visit Celebrates the Benefits of Academic Partnerships
The president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, visited Rutgers on September 26 to talk about the role of academic partnerships in finding solutions to global challenges–and advancing Tanzanian priorities.

The visit was hosted by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Center for African Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences. Rutgers University–New Brunswick chancellor and executive vice president for academic affairs Richard Edwards introduced Kikwete to nearly 300 faculty, students, and staff who gathered to hear his lecture. Read the entire story at Rutgers Today here.

Photo credit: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

October 1, 2014

Computational Analysis Plays Key Role in Developing Treatments for Infectious Diseases

In the fight against infectious diseases, researchers often look for new methods to improve treatments and find cures. Computational biology is one field that is playing an increasingly significant role in that fight.

“There is a constant quest to find new therapeutics or improve on existing ones, and computational analysis is becoming more important to achieve that,” says Desmond Lun (pictured), an associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University–Camden. Read the entire story here.

Picture credit: Robert J. Laramie

September 24, 2014

Reacting to Personal Setbacks: Do You Bounce Back or Give Up?
Sometimes when people get upsetting news–such as a failing exam grade or a negative job review–they decide instantly to do better the next time. In other situations that are equally disappointing, the same people may feel inclined to just give up.

How can similar setbacks produce such different reactions? It may come down to how much control we feel we have over what happened, according to new research done by coauthors Jamil Bhanji, postdoctoral fellow, and Mauricio Delgado (pictured), associate professor of psychology, from Rutgers University–Newark.

The study, published in the journal Neuron, also finds that when these setbacks occur, the level of control we perceive may even determine which of two distinct parts of the brain will handle the crisis. Read the entire article here.

September 17, 2014

Rutgers UniversityCamden Marine Field Ecology Class Travels to the Florida Keys
Rutgers–Camden's first marine field ecology class, led by professor Alejandro Vagelli, took graduate students to the Florida Keys to study marine ecology in July. The students snorkeled and SCUBA dived in different environments including a coral reef area and a mangrove island. The class also ventured to Miami South Beach for a shark tagging expedition with the RJ Dunlap Conservation Group at the University of Miami. Over 40GB of data was collected between all the students, which was used to create a class video and a blog to share their experience with other Rutgers students and faculty. Student perspectives are included on the blog at the top of the page here.

Pictured: Mike Monteleone, student of marine field ecology

September 10, 2014

Robert Wood Johnson Medicine: Summer 2014 Issue
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) invites you to read the latest issue of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine magazine, an award-winning publication for alumni and friends of RWJMS. An online version of the issue may be viewed here. Features in this issue include:

- Cover Story: State of the Arts: A Self-Guided Tour of Public Art
- Expanding Options for Pain Management
- World-Class Team Offers Advanced Treatment of Brain Aneurysms
- Medicine That Brings the World Closer
- Jeffrey Brenner, MD ’95, Receives MacArthur “Genius Award”
- Exploring the Far Reaches of the Brain from the Bench to the Bedside