June 25, 2014

R Big Party
Celebrate the very first day of Rutgers membership in the Big Ten® Conference by joining our giant party at High Point Solutions Stadium on Tuesday, July 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event will include activities for guests, performances by the cheer and dance squads and the Rutgers Marching Band, live music, and fireworks. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers President Robert Barchi, and Athletic Director Julie Hermann will all speak at the celebration.

The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about our Big Ten membership and related events.

June 18, 2014

Identifying Gifted Children in a Pediatric Setting
The mission of the Institute for the Study of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is one of research, education, and clinical care. Over the past 30 years the Gifted Child Clinic at the institute has provided a unique service that has helped hundreds of children find their place in school and ultimately in the world at large. Founded by Michael Lewis and directed by Barbara Louis, the clinic was established in the belief that gifted children have special needs that society does not always recognize. The early identification of such children gives parents and educators maximum opportunity to nurture their special talents through appropriate home or school programs, furthering the mission of the pediatrics department to help children become healthy and competent adults who will actively participate in the greater society. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Barbara Louis at 732-235-7700 or email Pictured: Barbara Louis

June 11, 2014

Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts Named Grantee of The Big Read
The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA) hosts a book club potentially numbering in the thousands as it celebrates A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway through lively discussions and innovative activities this fall.

Thanks to a $13,500 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, the RCCA has been named a grantee of The Big Read. Participating for the fifth year, the center is one of only three organizations from New Jersey to be selected for the upcoming year, and one of only 77 organizations to earn the nod nationwide.

Launched in 2006, the NEA’s Big Read program promotes a lifelong love of reading by uniting communities across the nation in discussion and celebration of one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature.
Photo credits: Noreen Garrity, RCCA

June 4, 2014

Hubble Astronomers Check the Prescription of a Cosmic Lens
Rutgers astrophysics professor Saurabh Jha is part of a team that discovered three distant exploding stars that have been magnified by the immense gravity of foreground galaxy clusters, which act like "cosmic lenses." These supernovae are the first of their type ever to be observed magnified in this way, and they offer astronomers a powerful tool to check the prescription of these massive lenses. The new findings are the first steps toward the most precise prescription—or map—ever made for such a lens.

Read the entire story on the Research News at Rutgers website here.

Image: The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit, European Space Agency

May 28, 2014

Rutgers Gardens

Did you know that Rutgers University has a botanical garden? Located off of Ryders Lane and overlooking the scenic Weston Mill Pond, Rutgers Gardens provides a wonderful escape from the tensions of everyday life. Stroll the lush lawn of the Evergreen Garden; hike the scenic trails of Helyar Woods; view the historic architecture of the Log Cabin; walk the winding trails of the Rhododendron and Bamboo Grove; or purchase some locally grown produce at the Farmers Market on Friday afternoons from May to November!  Whether it is an isolated niche or a chance to spend some cherished moments with family, the 180 acres of Rutgers Gardens is an ideal and colorful escape from everyday life!

May 21, 2014

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Celebrates its Nurses
Along with providing treatment, oncology nurses at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are involved in other key roles including research and peer mentoring. Recognizing their expertise during this Oncology Nursing Month, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey honored two nurses with Oncology Nursing Excellence Awards. Learn more here.

Beth Savage, MSN, CPNP, CPON (left) received the Advanced Practice Nurse award for her longtime service in patient care and research as part of the pediatric hematology/oncology team. 

Trish Dennigan, BSN, RN, OCN (right) received the Generalist Nurse award for her role in patient care at the Cancer Institute’s Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center as well as her work in nurse mentoring.

May 14, 2014

Faculty Honored for Teaching, Research, Service, and Diversity Initiatives

Members of the university community who have made outstanding contributions in the classroom, to their disciplines, or for the benefit of the community or world were honored during a May 7 reception at the Rutgers Visitor Center.

View the full list of awards and honorees on the Rutgers Today website here.

Pictured: Winners of the Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award include Evie Shockley and Darrin York. Not pictured are Rigoberto González and Mark Robson. Photo credits: Nick Romanenko

May 7, 2014

School of Engineering Celebrates 150th Anniversary
In 1864, the Rutgers Scientific School was established and welcomed its first class of 13 students, seven of whom were engineers, each pursuing civil engineering. One hundred and fifty years later, the Rutgers School of Engineering is home to over 200 faculty members and 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students across nine disciplines. In celebration of the school’s sesquicentennial, a number of events are planned including an “Engineering in the Movies” film series, cupcakes on the quad, a special anniversary look back at the annual Medal of Excellence dinner in October, and a student Facebook project called Engineers of Rutgers. In addition, an anniversary timeline marks 150 years of milestones with archival photographs on the school’s website. For more information about the School of Engineering’s history, click here.
Photo: An electronic computer during Open House, 1962

April 30, 2014

The Big Ten Academic Advantage Panel Discussion
As we usher in a new era in academics and athletics, the entire university community is invited to a panel discussion of the academic benefits of Big Ten® membership on Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. in the Visitor Center on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Panelists include Jim Delany, Big Ten commissioner; Josephine Potuto, Rutgers alumna and University of Nebraska faculty athletics representative and the Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law; and Robert Barchi, Rutgers president. The panel is moderated by Richard L. Edwards, Rutgers executive vice president of academic affairs and interim chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick.



April 23, 2014

Faculty Member Creates Mural for New Rutgers Building
Stephen Westfall, associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has painted a mural for the new Robert E. Mortensen Hall building on the Douglass Campus.
Extending over the Class of ‘59 Grand Staircase, Westfall’s “Ardor” is 14 feet high and 12 feet, 6 inches wide. Its bold, angled pattern is based on earlier works by Westfall that were inspired by the mosaic-tiled floors of churches in Rome, the city where he spent a year as Fellow of the American Academy from 2009 to 2010. Read the entire story here.
Photo credit: Andrea Kane