November 13, 2013

Earlier Autism Detection
The national average age for the detection of autism is over 4 years, yet new research suggests that autism can be detected by 8 months. Michael Lewis, Distinguished Professor and director of the Autism Center at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Tara Matthews, developmental behavioral pediatric fellow at the Institute for the Study of Child Development at RWJMS, and WebTeam Corporation have developed a screening application called Autism N Developmental Disorder Screening (ANDDS). This screening tool is designed to help parents and pediatricians identify early indications of autism in children from 8 to 36 months of age, which leads to earlier treatment. Learn more about Professor Lewis here.

November 6, 2013

Rutgers Students and Alumni Receive 26 Fulbright Grants, a University Record
Rutgers University students and alumni received 26 Fulbright Grants this year, a record number for the university. The prestigious grants offer students and young professionals the opportunity to do graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching in more than 140 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which administers the grants, reported that Rutgers is tied for third place among research universities nationwide for the number of students and alumni receiving grants. Rutgers is joined in the top 10 by two other Big Ten universities – Michigan and Northwestern – along with other prestigious schools such as Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Read the entire story at Rutgers Today.

October 30, 2013

Interprofessional Practice and Education: Catalyst for Improving Health Care
On October 17, the Stuart D. Cook, M.D., Master Educators' Guild of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) hosted a seminar by Barbara Brandt, a national and international authority known for her work in health professional and interprofessional education. The seminar was attended by the faculties in all RBHS schools where interprofessional programs already exist or are being developed, and was also simultaneously broadcasted to a number of sites on the RBHS campuses. Brandt’s presentation may be accessed here.

(From left to right) Dr. Asha Samant (president), Dr. Sandra Kaplan (secretary), Dr. Barbara Brandt, Dr. Nicholas M. Ponzio (president-elect), and Dr. Deborah Josko (VP for finance).

October 23, 2013

Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) are the central universitywide office for strategic international efforts. The GAIA Centers are dedicated to increasing the international profile and reputation of Rutgers through expansion of international scholarly opportunities for faculty, establishment of strategic partnerships, and enhancement of international experiences for students. The GAIA Centers’ offices include Global Education, Global Programs, Global Relations, Global Services, RBHS International Services, and the Rutgers China Office.

This fall, GAIA Centers launched the Global Health! Biennial Theme, which brings together the university’s global health strengths in social sciences, humanities, and other fields with the clinical strengths of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Approximately 90 events will be held this year by schools, departments, and other units. Learn more about upcoming events here.

October 16, 2013

Rutgers University Physical Master Plan
The Rutgers University physical master planning process is under way with an interactive “mapping” tool called the MyCampus Survey. The master plan studies whether the Rutgers physical environment and facilities serve its academic goals and also identifies opportunities for future improvements. 

This initial survey will be followed by a second faculty-only survey called the Adjacency Tool, which poses a series of questions about how faculty members collaborate across departments and campuses. These surveys will be followed by planning forums in the spring, which will be an opportunity to mark the progress made in the planning process and to receive feedback from the university community.

Take the MyCampus Survey here, and visit the Physical Master Plan Website for future updates regarding the Adjacency Tool and planning forums.

October 9, 2013

We Need Your Stories to Tell the Rutgers Story...
The Rutgers 250th Anniversary planning committee announces the upcoming publishing of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, a beautifully illustrated coffee-table book authored by several of Rutgers very own distinguished faculty. This book will relive the university's colorful history, its remarkable roster of distinguished faculty and students, and its memorable milestones.

But the story cannot be told without your help.

So, share your stories and memories of your time at Rutgers. A history of Rutgers would not be complete without them.

Learn more about how to submit your stories here.
Updated information for the 250th Anniversary may be accessed here.

October 2, 2013

Zimmerli Art Museum
Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue Campus by attending interdisciplinary tours, lectures, and films. Most events are free for Rutgers students, faculty, and staff. The museum is pleased to partner with: Center for African Studies; Department of Art History; Department of Geography; Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Rutgers Climate Institute; Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences; Institute for Women and Art; Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs; and State Theatre. View the Zimmerli’s online calendar here.

Image from the exhibition Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives
Diane Burko
Paradise Bay 1, January 13, 2013
Archival inkjet print
Courtesy of the Artist

September 25, 2013

Social Media @RutgersU
Want to know more about social media across the university? Visit the Rutgers Social Media Directory to find accounts that interest you and join the conversation about all things Rutgers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other popular sites. Sign up to follow the university's main Facebook and Twitter accounts for news and updates about students, faculty, and staff on all of our campuses.
If you are interested in using social media at Rutgers, check out the Guidelines for Rutgers Social Media Accounts, which provide valuable tips for launching a social media presence and best practices for running a social media campaign. Communicators who want to build their social media skills should also consider signing up for the Communicator Certificate Program, which includes a social media course.

September 18, 2013

Tyler Clementi Center
The Tyler Clementi Center (TCC), a universitywide initiative sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, strives to create and share knowledge about young people making the transition to college and coming of age in the digital era. Independently and in partnership with organizations and units within and beyond Rutgers, the TCC promotes interdisciplinary research, education, and programs that focus on examining and improving the experiences of youth.

The TCC's fall programming features a discussion, "Stonewall's Legacy: LGBTQ Students in Higher Education," on September 30 as part of its Issues in Higher Education working group; film screenings and discussions in October; and the dedication of a Dale Chihuly sculpture, a gift to the Zimmerli Art Museum in memory of Tyler Clementi, on November 3. Learn more about the TCC's many exciting research initiatives and events here.

September 11, 2013

Toxicology, Health, and Environmental Disease (THED) High School Summer Program
The inaugural THED High School Summer Program hosted 46 participants representing 30 different high schools, 25 New Jersey municipalities, and four states. The overall objectives for the program were to provide students the opportunity to learn modern laboratory techniques used in the biomedical and environmental health sciences fields, train students to analyze results and determine real-world applications of data collected, and expose students to different career opportunities within medicine, pharmacy, toxicology, environmental health science, and research.