December 9, 2015

Physical Therapy

Free Physical Therapy Clinic

Every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m., the Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic (CPPTC) offers free physical therapy services and education on wellness and health to the university and local Newark communities. The walk-in clinic, located in Newark’s Stanley S. Bergen Building, is supervised by a licensed physical therapist and student volunteers from the entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy at the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

CPPTC is a model for students for creating a patient-centered physical therapy practice. It serves people with underlying diagnoses such as chronic stroke, osteoarthritic complications, diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. After a visit, patients are given home exercise programs and a referral to other health care professionals for continued follow-up care. Synergy, a group-exercise program for stroke survivors, is offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact Sue Paparella-Pitzel at 973-972-8511 or to learn more.

December 2, 2015

Zimmerli’s HereNow

Contribute Photographs to Zimmerli’s HereNow: Rutgers 250

The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and visitors to contribute photographs to HereNow: Rutgers 250 through July 10, 2016. The project commemorates the university’s milestone with a dynamic digital gallery, exhibition, and book documenting the daily lives of individuals within the global Rutgers community.   

Contributed photos must have been taken during 2015 and 2016 and can represent Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers–Newark, as well as university-related activities at locations across New Jersey and globally. 

All images in the digital gallery will be printed and hung in the Zimmerli’s major exhibition gallery, with the 250 most compelling images included in a book to be published by November 10, 2016, the university’s 250th anniversary. Learn more here.

November 25, 2015

Rutgers Giving Day

#GivingTuesday: December 1

December 1, 2015, marks the first-ever Rutgers Giving Day, an online fundraising event that joins an international movement, #GivingTuesday, started a few years ago to raise awareness about the importance of giving back. For 24 hours, students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends are encouraged to make an impact with tax deductible contributions to schools, units, and programs of their choice across Rutgers.

Contributions can help your school or unit win some of the $100,000 in available challenge funds. Schools and units will compete for percentages of one of the four pools in challenge funds totaling $80,000—an allocation of $20,000 each to Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. An additional $20,000 will be available through social media challenges. Learn more at

November 18, 2015

Donate a Photo

Donate a Photo, and Another, and Another . . .

As a gift marking the yearlong celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary, Rutgers’ longtime neighbor and partner Johnson & Johnson has announced a photo-taking initiative to provide scholarship support for students universitywide who are pursuing degrees in health-related professions.

To participate, take a few minutes to download the app and create an account, and then less than a minute a day to donate to a nonprofit of choice from a rotating list of selected Johnson & Johnson nonprofit partners. Participants can submit one photo a day, every day. For each photo submitted each day, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Rutgers for student scholarships. Each nonprofit has a start date and end date to receive a donation through the app. Rutgers is a featured nonprofit from now until January 30, 2016. Learn more here.

November 11, 2015

Camden Israeli Art Exhibit

Camden Israeli Art Exhibit Presents Range of Perspectives and Views

The Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts is showcasing the works of 36 contemporary Israeli artists in a major exhibit, Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art, through December 17 in the Stedman Gallery in the campus’s Fine Arts Building

In explaining motivation for the exhibit, cocurator Martin Rosenberg, professor of art history at Rutgers–Camden, noted Israel’s significance as a country with thousands of years of history; a focal point for three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a geopolitical focus in the 21st century; and a vibrant, diverse democracy in the midst of the Middle East turmoil. “Yet many in the United States know relatively little about Israel beyond what they read in the media,” Rosenberg said. “They especially aren’t aware of its vibrant contemporary expressions of art and culture, because relatively little Israeli art makes it to the U.S.” Learn more here.


November 4, 2015

Get Revolutionary

Join the Celebration. Get Revolutionary!

The university community is invited to the Old Queens lawn at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on November 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the kickoff of Rutgers’ 250th anniversary year.

Colonial bell ringers, a fife-and-drum corps, a bell choir, musicians from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the unwrapping of a university birthday gift, and culinary treats are among the elements of the festivities, officially launching a yearlong series of academic and commemorative events culminating on November 10, 2016—precisely 250 years after the establishment of Rutgers’ predecessor institution, Queen’s College. There also will be a screening of the film, Our Revolutionary Spirit, highlighting some of Rutgers' most revolutionary leaders.

The Rutgers 250 organizers have created a broad, unifying theme—Revolution—to allow many stories about the university’s rich history to be told in a variety of ways. As the year unfolds, track Rutgers 250 events and activities here, get involved, and follow the excitement on social media using #rutgers250.

October 28, 2015

Melitta Schachner

Melitta Schachner Receiving Rare Honor

Melitta Schachner, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and a distinguished professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been selected to receive a prestigious honorary doctorate degree from the University of Heidelberg—the first such honor for extraordinary achievement in the life sciences that the institution has awarded in 50 years.

In 1976, Schachner became the first chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Heidelberg, where she also led the development of the Center for Neuroscience. She later established a Center for the Study of Neurobiology at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

A member of the German Academy of Sciences, Schachner has focused her research and written prolifically on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie development, maintenance, and modifications of the adult central nervous system. She has authored more than 800 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 1965, as a summer student at the California Institute of Technology, she studied with Max Delbrück, the last person to receive the honor that Schachner will receive in Heidelberg in November. 

October 21, 2015

Jewish Film Festival

Jewish Film Festival Starts October 28

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the 16th annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, which screens diverse, critically acclaimed, international productions and presents discussions with film directors and scholars, from October 28 to November 8. Except for opening night at Nicholas Music Center, all screenings are at Regal Cinemas Commerce Center, North Brunswick.

Opening night marks the New Jersey premiere of East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, documenting acclaimed Israeli musician David Broza (pictured) as he journeys to East Jerusalem to record his latest album with Israeli, Palestinian, and American musicians, including Steve Earle and Wyclef Jean. Broza hopes that bridging cultures through music can be one small step toward peaceful coexistence. The 7:30 p.m. screening is followed by a Q&A and live music by Broza.

Other festival highlights include award-winning Israeli films Apples from the Desert and The Farewell Party, which features a talk by Highland Park critical care specialist Daniel Rosenblatt, and the documentary Rosenwald, about Sears Roebuck founder Julius Rosenwald, who built more than 5,000 southern schools for African-American children. Learn more and purchase tickets here or call the Bildner Center at 848-932-4166. 


October 14, 2015

Fall Arts Festival

New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival

In the medical and health professions, which demand attention to minute details, you find many artists. Since 1999, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) ARTS has given the surrounding communities opportunities to see another side of health care providers and staff with three four-month art shows throughout the year.

Now through January 7, the school is hosting the Fall Arts Festival, showcasing 180 amateur and professional artworks created by members of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences community and residents of the Greater Newark area it serves—creations ranging from paintings and photographs to sculpture, jewelry, and textiles—exhibited on NJMS walls and in common areas.

NJMS ARTS also sponsors the National Arts Program (January to April), part of a national initiative to feature employee and community art in the workplace, and the Collaborative Art Exhibition (May to August), which displays works from four arts organizations serving the disabled community. Meet the artists at a reception on October 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. on B-Level of the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Learn more here

At left, an acrylic by Jersey City's Jaime Botero.


October 7, 2015

Moralities, Laws, Histories

Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories

Why do some topics generate enormous ethical scrutiny and debate, while others don't? How do stories and images mobilize feelings and political and human resources that stimulate action? By what means do we, as individuals and as a society, lay claim to being ethical?

Such questions form the foundation for the 2015–2017 multidisciplinary Sawyer Seminar, Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories, supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. Seth Koven, professor of history, and Judith Surkis, associate professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the project directors, with several SAS and Rutgers Law School faculty members affiliated with the project.

Koven and Surkis also seek to collaborate with several Rutgers research centers and scholars from the region. Participating in the seminar, hosted by the Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty fellows. Koven and Surkis invite nonparticipants to attend the free plenary lectures, symposia, and public conversations. Learn more here.

At left, image by Jean Denis-Malclès illustrating Antigone defying Creon by claiming ethical obligations surpassing those of the law and the state.