February 5, 2014

University Strategic Plan Approved
The Board of Governors approved on Feburary 4, 2014, A Strategic Plan for The New Rutgers—a document that expresses a bold vision and strategy for the next five years. The plan, conceived at a singular moment in our nearly 250-year history and the result of more than a year of universitywide discussion and analysis initiated by President Barchi, sets a clear aspiration for Rutgers: to be broadly recognized as among the nation’s leading public universities: preeminent in research, excellent in teaching, and committed to community. All faculty and staff are encouraged to read the plan, which is available online as an ebook and as a PDF download. Building on the universitywide plan, chancellor-led strategic planning is occurring this semester at New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, and Camden.

January 29, 2014

Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory
The Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory at the Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in the dome on the roof of the Serin Physics Building on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The observatory houses a 20-inch optical telescope used to carry out astronomical imaging and spectroscopic observations.

Members of the Rutgers University community and the general public are invited to observe the night sky through the optical telescope at the observatory on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, weather permitting. Children are welcome. Visit at any time during the two-hour session, though the observatory tends be less crowded later. Learn more here.

January 22, 2014

Rutgers NJAES Machine Shop
The Rutgers Machine Shop, administered by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), has been a fixture on the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick, for over 60 years. The shop serves Rutgers faculty, staff, and graduate students’ needs by fabricating, modifying, and repairing research equipment. The shop’s clientele runs the gamut of research departments from biomedical engineering to agricultural engineering. Read the entire story on the NJAES Newsroom website here.

To arrange for work to be done by the NJAES Machine Shop, please call 848-932-3977 or 848-932-9034 or visit the shop’s website.

Pictured: Machinist Mike Applegate makes a replacement rotor for a 4-way valve using the milling machine. Photo: Jack Rabin/NJAES

January 15, 2014

Why Do Ethics Matter Today?
When you come to a crossroad, in which direction does your ethical compass take you? The Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick recently premiered A Journey Through Ethics, an animated video that brings the IEL’s mission and work to life.

The video features field experts and business leaders such as Jacqueline E. Brevard, vice president and chief ethics officer at Merck & Co., Inc., retired; Michael Barnett, vice dean and professor at Rutgers Business School; Timothy J. McClimon, vice president of CSR at American Express; and others who voice the importance and need for ethics and integrity in our world today. Watch the video here.

January 8, 2014

Rutgers Geology Museum
Since its foundation in 1872, the Rutgers Geology Museum has acquired some of New Jersey’s finest mineral samples. In addition to a wide collection of New Jersey specimens, the museum also displays an extensive collection of exotic artifacts from around the world including minerals, stone tools, an actual mastodon skeleton, and a mummy. In recent years, exhibits have been updated and programs have been developed in order to foster a learning environment suitable for children and adults alike.

The museum retains most of its original features, which makes it perfectly suited for its historically evocative Victorian setting on the Old Queen’s Campus. The museum’s 46th Annual Open House and Mineral Sale takes place on January 25, and all are invited!

December 18, 2013

There’s an Asphalt for That
You drive, walk, or bike on asphalt every day, but how much do you know about it? Experts at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation's Pavement Resource Program (PRP) know it inside out.

Asphalt is designed specifically for where and how it will be used. PRP is one of a handful of university labs that’s accredited by AASHTO, which certifies the lab to do testing and design asphalt mixes and binders for industry, the military, and federal agencies. In fact, PRP has been involved in some landmark projects including the pavement in front of the White House and on the George Washington Bridge. Read stories about PRP here and here.

Pictured: Thousands of asphalt test cores taken from roadways and runways all over the country are brought to PRP’s asphalt lab for testing and analysis each year. Photo: A. Thomas/Rutgers CAIT

December 11, 2013

Music at Rutgers and New Brunswick Exhibit at Alexander Library
The fall 2013 exhibition, On the Banks of the Raritan: Music at Rutgers and New Brunswick, examines over a century of New Brunswick's musical landscape. The exhibition features documents, photographs, and artifacts from Special Collections and University Archives and the Performing Arts Library, including the papers of pioneering composer and Rutgers professor of music Robert Moevs.

On the Banks of the Raritan is on display in Gallery '50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery in the Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick, until January 31. The exhibition was curated by Flora Boros, Kathy Fleming, Thomas Izbicki, and Fernanda Perrone. Learn more here.

Pictured: Banjo and Mandolin Club, 1897
Rutgers University Archives

December 4, 2013

Century for the Cure
Thanks to the annual Century for the Cure bike ride, $1.2 million has been raised since 2005 to support the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. This year's September event held in Warren Township raised a final tally of $170,000.

Century for the Cure has more than a hundred riders, dozens of volunteers, and numerous “virtual participants” – those who choose not to make the 100-mile, 80-mile, or 40-mile trek but give their support online. The effort in part supports cutting-edge research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Learn more here.

Pictured: Scott Glickman, Century for the Cure ride founder and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor.

November 27, 2013

Due Process Wins Its 22nd Emmy Award
Due Process has won its 22nd Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award. The weekly TV series on law and justice is produced by the Rutgers School of Law–Newark in association with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Division of Continuing Studies. The 2013 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Interview/Discussion Series was presented to executive producers Sandra King, John Farmer, Ron Chen, and Ray Caprio, and associate producer Tania Ivanova. Due Process airs on NJTV on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. The winning episodes and all 18 seasons of Due Process are available on-demand here.

Pictured: Raymond Brown and Sandra King

November 20, 2013

Honoring Our Heritage
Rutgers won the first collegiate football game ever played, in 1869, beating Princeton 6–4, one milestone among many in Rutgers history that bears repeating. The new Rutgers Football Heritage Collection–T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, hats, and pennants–contains cool retro images from Rutgers football of yore, dating back to the 19th century.

This collection was designed by John VanCleaf (pictured), assistant director in the Office of Creative Services at University Communications and Marketing (UCM), and is the product of a collaboration with the Office of Trademark Licensing at UCM, and Drew Robinson, branding and social media director at Intercollegiate Athletics.

The collection is available in stores and online now through the holidays at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers.