April 16, 2014

The Global City
For the fourth year, students at the Rutgers University Television Network (RU-tv) are working on a television program with students at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The Global City is a unique program that gives students an opportunity to work and interact with their international peers. This semester, Rutgers and Ryerson cohost along with Tel Aviv University in Israel, Annapurna International School of Film and Media in India, the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland.
RU-tv students Aaron Farrar and Danielle Noriega return as hosts for a new episode this semester that focuses on beauty and body image in each country. The Global City airs live on Thursday, April 17 at 9 a.m. and may be viewed on RU-tv Channel 8. Watch last semester's episode about relationships and dating here.

April 9, 2014

Rutgers Visual Identity: Short and Sweet
Please remember that the Rutgers Visual Identity System has two basic requirements for all forms of communication:
1. The Rutgers logotype must be used prominently (on the cover for printed materials, on the top left for websites, at the top or bottom of ecommunications) and can only be in red, black, or white.
2. The full name of the university–Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey–must appear somewhere.
For more information, please visit the Visual Identity System Usage Overview page.

April 2, 2014

Student Access and Educational Equity
The Office of Student Access and Educational Equity (SAEE) is a newly created area within Undergraduate Academic Affairs comprised of seven programs working collaboratively to decrease the achievement gap for underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation college students. SAEE seeks to form partnerships within the division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University as whole, and the local community to provide resources to Rutgers students and high school students in neighboring communities. SAEE programs include: Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences EOF Programs, Student Support Services Program, Ronald E. McNair Program, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Learn more here.
Pictured: Upward Bound students at Rutgers Homecoming

March 26, 2014

Rutgers Physical Master Plan Planning Forums
Rutgers is working to develop its universitywide physical master plan. As a member of the faculty and staff community, your participation is important to the success of this process. In April, there is a series of planning forums in regard to the master planning process at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Tony Calcado, vice president of University Facilities and Capital Planning, offers an overview of the process, gives an update on its progress, presents the results of the MyCampus and Faculty Adjacency surveys conducted last semester, and takes questions and comments from the Rutgers community at each session. Please join us at a planning forum on any of the following dates:

April 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall A of the Douglass Campus Center
April 3, 2 to 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Rutgers Student Center
April 3, 6 to 8 p.m. in room 257 of Tillet Hall on the Livingston Campus

For more information, visit the physical master plan homepage here.

March 19, 2014

The Institute for Research on Women
The Institute for Research on Women (IRW) advances interdisciplinary scholarship on gender, sexuality, and women, forging links across disciplines and between academics and activists. Core programming is tied to an annual theme, this year “Decolonizing Gender/Gendering Decolonization” and next year “Feminist Optics: Gender and Visual Studies.” The IRW holds weekly seminars where faculty and graduate students discuss works in progress, a Distinguished Lecture Series presenting innovative research by prominent feminist scholars, and an Undergraduate Learning Community, which provides opportunities and mentoring to undergraduate researchers. Conferences include “Trans Politics: Scholarship and Strategies for Social Change” (April 2013) and the upcoming “Marking Time: Prison Arts and Activism” (October 2014).

Pictured (left to right): Nicole R. Fleetwood (director, IRW), Sylvia Chan-Malik, Preetha Mani, Chie Ikeya, and Annie Fukushima. Photo: Claudio Mir

March 12, 2014

Great Things to Know about Rutgers
Now available to the university community, this newly revised brochure can be a powerful addition to your marketing communications plan. The publication provides an engaging, at-a-glance view of our university, featuring facts, figures, and the accomplishments of a number of standout Rutgers people and programs.

Some anticipated uses of the brochure include
- sending with proposals;
- handout at conferences and seminars;
- sending to candidates for faculty and staff positions;
- sending to candidates for graduate or postdoctoral positions; and
- reading material in reception areas of campus offices.

Printed copies—up to 175—are available from University Communications and Marketing. Please use this form (login required) to order. The brochure is also available online as a PDF and ebook. Order or delivery questions? Please contact Debra Diller at 848-445-1902.

March 5, 2014

A Day in the Life of Extension
The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension helps the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge. It also brings the wealth of knowledge of the state university to local communities.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Extension from Nick Polanin, agricultural agent at Somerset County, at the SEBS/NJAES Newsroom. For a glimpse of Extension’s past, read how one faculty member made U.S. agricultural history here.

Pictured: The first commercial calf born via artificial insemination in the U.S. in 1939. Courtesy of the Department of Animal Sciences.

February 26, 2014

Rutgers Scientists Identify Structure of Virus That Could Lead to Hepatitis C Vaccine
Rutgers University scientists have determined the structure of a hepatitis C surface protein, a finding that could assist in the development of a vaccine to halt the spread of the deadly disease that has infected 3.2 million Americans.

Hepatitis C is constantly mutating, allowing it to infect a host cell and evade the immune responses, causing an acute infection that can be difficult to treat. By identifying the structure of virus's outer protein, Joseph Marcotrigiano, the study’s lead author, says scientists will be better able to develop a vaccine that targets the immune system to vulnerable regions of the virus in order to prevent infection. Read the entire story here.

Pictured: Joseph Marcotrigiano, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Photo: Nick Romanenko

February 19, 2014

Building Resilience in the Community the Sesame Street Way
Elmo, Cookie Monster, and friends are lending a helping hand to young children and families toward building resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Sesame Workshop has teamed up with Geraldine Oades-Sese, associate director at the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, to help families and schools teach their children that they have what it takes to cope with everyday challenges and life’s hardships. Free multimedia materials on how to successfully cope with separation, divorce, or parental incarceration are being provided to participating families across New Jersey. In San Diego, 725 civilian and military-related children from over 145 preschools and Head Start classrooms are developing their emotional literacy and problem solving skills using Sesame Street classroom activities. Learn more here.
Photo courtesy of: Geraldine Oades-Sese

February 12, 2014

Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture
Surveying 130 works by some 80 artists from around the world, this exhibition presents an innovative exploration about an enduring subject: the portrait. This new exhibition is on view through July 13 at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Donna Gustafson, curator and Andrew W. Mellon liaison for academic programs, and Susan Sidlauskas, graduate director of the Department of Art History in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, organized the exhibition and coauthored the companion book. Both components feature work by visiting artist in residence Martha Wilson and Gary Schneider, assistant professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. A symposium on March 7 and 8 accompanies the exhibition.

Image: Gary Schneider (American, born in South Africa, 1954)
Sur, 2000
Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers and a gift of John Erdman.