June 24, 2015

Outstanding Work of Student Employees

Celebrating Outstanding Work of Student Employees

Four students and the Rutgers organization Student Life were recently honored with annual awards as the Rutgers Student Employment Office celebrated the outstanding work ethic of its most successful young employees. 

Student award winners include: Kwame Phillips, a Student Life employee, honored as 2015 Student Employee of the Year; Alexis White, graduate assistant for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, recipient of the Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award; Sabrina Del Piano, Special Recognition Award recipient for her exceptional organizational skills working with the Department of English’s writing program, the Plangere Writing Center, and Writer’s House; and Brian Snyder, the Nadia Schuman Above and Beyond Award winner for his efforts in the Student Employment Office.

Student Life, which employs more than 400 students, was honored as Employer of the Year. Michael Gradin was honored as Supervisor of the Year. Read more here.

June 17, 2015

Henryk Iwaniec

Henryk Iwaniec Honored with Shaw Prize

Henryk Iwaniec, New Jersey Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded a prestigious Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences.

Iwaniec (left) is widely recognized as an expert in analytic number theory, using techniques from any branch of mathematics—instead of solely algebraic techniques—to solve arithmetic problems. He shares the 2015 prize in mathematical sciences with Gerd Faltings, managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany, for their work in the introduction and development of fundamental tools in number theory.

A native of Poland who earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Warsaw, Iwaniec joined the Rutgers faculty in 1987. In 2006, he received one of the highest honors an American scientist or engineer can achieve when he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He also won the American Mathematical Society’s Cole Prize in 2001. Iwaniec has held visiting professorships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Michigan, and the University of Colorado.

June 10, 2015

Raritan Bay

Raritan Bay's Future

The Raritan Bay complex—including the waters and shorelines from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to New Brunswick to Sandy Hook—provides important wildlife habitat, fishery, and shellfish resources and recreational benefits to the region. However, the bay faces ongoing water quality issues, development and pollution pressures on fragile habitat and open space, and mounting threats of climate change and coastal flooding. It also has not received the kind of coordinated attention afforded other bays and river systems in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary due to conflicting policy and management constraints across state boundaries.

To address these issues, the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program host the Sustainable Raritan River Conference, “Two States, One Bay: A Bi-State Conversation About the Future of the Raritan Bay,” at the Douglass Student Center on June 12. Panels and workshops will seek to align Raritan Bay water quality, habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and fishery and shellfish management with public access goals, objectives, and priority actions for New York and New Jersey stakeholders.

The event brings together more than 200 municipal and county officials, state and federal representatives, environmental commissioners, nonprofit advocates, business leaders, civic-minded residents, and scientists, engineering and design professionals of the Raritan River Basin and Bay communities. Learn more and register here.

June 3, 2015

New Jersey International Film Festival

New Jersey International Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty-five films will have their New Jersey premiere screenings at the 20th Annual New Jersey International Film Festival, now through June 14 at Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, showcases the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, filmmaking workshops, and special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, casts, and crews.

This year’s screenings include Nocturne (pictured), an eerily beautiful Canadian feature film about an insomniac who falls in love with a sleepwalker; Tick Tock, an animated film from Turkey; The Cat’s Cradle and Natural Insemination, short films about couples trying to become pregnant; and Inside the Frame: Portrait of Photographer Linda Troeller, a compelling portrait of the renowned New Jersey–based photographer that features a Q&A session with her.

Learn more about the festival here.

May 27, 2015

Rutgers Glee Club

Rutgers Glee Club Commemorates Relationship with Utrecht University in Performance in the Netherlands

When the Rutgers University Glee Club completes its tour of Europe with a performance May 31 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, it will also commemorate 250 years of collaboration and a shared vision.

The Glee Club’s performance in Utrecht is a prelude to Rutgers' 250th anniversary and will include a work sung jointly with a Utrecht student group. On that same day, an official Rutgers delegation will present a plaque to Utrecht University’s president Marjan J. Oudeman, reaffirming the two universities’ “common bonds and shared values.”

The delegation includes Joanna Regulska, Rutgers’ vice president for international and global affairs; Glee Club’s conductor Patrick Gardner; Robert Mortensen, a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees; Barbara Lee, incoming senior vice president for academic affairs; Marie Logue, a retired assistant vice president for academic engagement and programming; and Peter Gillett, associate professor at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick and faculty adviser to the Glee Club.

Learn more here.


May 20, 2015


24/7 Help for Mothers of Children with Special Needs

Since 2010, Mom2Mom—the 24/7 peer-support helpline for mothers of children with special needs directed by University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences—has helped moms care for their own mental health.

The helpline is unique in that calls are answered by mothers of special needs children who have been trained as peer counselors, based on a reciprocal peer support model. Through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, peer counselors provide various resources, host support groups throughout the state, or just lend an empathetic ear.

Mom2Mom also helps caregivers who have fewer opportunities for assistance, such as those with adult children with disabilities who have “aged out” of the system and members of the Spanish-speaking community.

This month, the peer support helpline announced that it will begin expanding its services nationwide over the coming year. 

The Mom2Mom helpline is 877-914-6662. Go behind the scenes at Mom2Mom here.


May 13, 2015

Faculty Awards

Faculty Awards Presented

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 with awards in the following categories:

The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded to faculty members in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students; Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, honoring faculty members who have made distinguished research contributions to their discipline or society; the Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award to faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in research and teaching; the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence to faculty members (pictured at left) who have recently been promoted with tenure; and the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to newly tenured faculty members for outstanding teaching and scholarly work.

In addition, the Office of Faculty Diversity Initiatives celebrates and honors a select number of faculty who have been leaders in promoting diversity at Rutgers, either through their own research and teaching or in other venues. The Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award honors members of the faculty, student body, or staff for volunteer service to government, professional and scholarly organizations, or the public.

View the award recipients here.

May 6, 2015

Joachim Messing

Joachim Messing Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Joachim Messing, director of Rutgers' Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors an American scientist or engineer can achieve.

Messing, considered one of the world’s top experts in molecular genetics, was among 84 new members elected and recognized this year for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. He is the Selman A. Waksman Chair in Molecular Genetics.

A professor of molecular biology, Messing developed the shotgun sequencing approach that was used in the Human Genome Project and has been instrumental in deciphering the genetic code of crop plants. His work today focuses on providing more sustainable, healthy, and productive sources of food for the world’s population and extracting biofuels for energy from plants that grow either on water or marginal land and do not compete with land use or food production.

Among his many other honors, Messing is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the oldest continuously existing scientific association in the world. Learn more about Messing here.

April 29, 2015

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market Returns: May 1, New Brunswick

The seasonal Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, featuring locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday, returns May 1 at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The farmers market is operated through a partnership of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Its location, at the entrance to Rutgers Gardens, provides easy access to students, faculty, and staff as well as to local restaurants seeking products from a diverse group of farms and vendors.

If you wish to become part of the farmers market venture, which began in 2008, contact Mary Ann Schrum at Learn more here.  

April 22, 2015


Raising Money for RULGBTQA Student Emergency Fund

Every semester, a few students in the LGBTQA community are in a financial bind. Some lose financial support for school from families when they identify as a member of the LGBTQA community. Others come from families who accept their identities but are experiencing economic difficulties.

That’s why the Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center, Rutgers University–Newark, are working with the Office of the Deans of Students and the Rutgers University Foundation to raise money for an RULGBTQA Student Emergency Fund. The aim is to raise $19,920 in honor of the center’s founding year, 1992. The campaign will end following the May 6 Rainbow Graduation ceremony for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) graduates, the culmination of GAYpril events planned this spring.

The idea for the special fund arose as more students approached the center with financial needs and applied for assistance through the Office of the Deans of Students. The Deans of Students work with struggling students on multiple fronts, including connecting them to various networks of support and resources to aid in pursuit of a successful academic career. Click here to donate. Learn more here.