April 24, 2019

Celebrate Rutgers Day!
Rutgers Day

Join the Rutgers community in welcoming thousands of visitors on Rutgers Day on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a remarkable array of more than 600 free programs, including performances, hands-on activities, games, and interactive demonstrations. Since the day coincides with Alumni Weekend, it’s also the perfect time to celebrate your scarlet pride.

Highlights include:

  • Rutgers Day and Alumni Parade: At 10:30 a.m., alumni join the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, cheerleaders and dance team, and the Scarlet Knight mascot in a parade down College Avenue
  • Science and Technology: See drone demonstrations, chemical experiments, and 3D printing in action, as well as learn about surgery and get a mini health checkup.
  • Arts and Humanities: Join a marathon reading of The Princess Bride, learn about Paul Robeson’s life and legacy, and visit the Global Pavilion.
  • Performances: Performance stages on each campus include music, dance, and martial arts demonstrations.
  • Ag Field Day: Buy plants, see animal shows and insect races, and take greenhouse tours.
  • New Jersey Folk Festival: The festival celebrates 45 years with music, food, and crafts.

View more events and plan your day on the Rutgers Day website.

April 10, 2019

Rutgers Gives Hope for Ex-Offenders Navigating Recovery and Life Beyond Bars
Joseph Hughes

Nobody wants to return to prison except people like Joseph Hughes, who spent 13 years locked up. Hughes (pictured above), who has been drug-free for eight years, is one of 30 former inmates and addicts who now work as peer health navigators in the Intensive Recovery Treatment Support (IRTS) program at University Behavioral Health Care. In their new roles, they help society to fight the opioid epidemic, reduce crime and recidivism, improve public health, and save tax dollars.

The IRTS program was launched at Rutgers in January 2018 in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The program pairs peer health navigators with current inmates who have a history of opioid abuse. Six months before the prisoners’ release, they form a bond and develop a plan to help them reenter society and stay clean and sober.

Watch and read more about how UBHC’s peer health navigators, such as Hughes, are giving inmates in recovery a fresh start upon their release.

March 27, 2019

Support Rutgers Giving Day
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Today is Rutgers Giving Day, a time when faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends across New Jersey and beyond come together to "Think Bigger." Help celebrate this daylong event by making gifts to areas of the university that are most meaningful to you, including life-changing scholarships and world-changing research.

No matter the amount, every gift shapes the university’s bright future. On Rutgers Giving Day, you can:

  • Make a gift to your favorite Rutgers area at givingday.rutgers.edu. You can also create a matching gift to inspire others to give.
  • Spread the word on social media with the hashtag #RUGivingDay and participate in challenges throughout the day to help your favorite Rutgers areas earn additional support.
  • Attend on-campus events in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark.

This is the fourth year the university has held a daylong effort to encourage the worldwide Rutgers community to make an impact and share their scarlet pride. Last year, more than 6,500 donors made the day a success. Their combined generosity is providing scholarships to students, fueling breakthroughs in research, enhancing the student experience, and so much more. Learn more about Rutgers Giving Day.

March 13, 2019

RBHS Establishes Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance
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Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences has launched the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (RBHS VPVA) to provide support services to victims of dating and sexual violence. The office supports all members of the RBHS community. Faculty and staff are encouraged to alert students to the free, confidential services:

  • individual counseling;
  • advocacy, including assistance with navigating health and reporting processes;
  • information regarding interpersonal violence, resources, and referrals; and
  • education and prevention programming.

RBHS VPVA is based in the Stanley S. Bergen Jr. building in Newark and provides educational programs and support services at sites throughout New Jersey.

Faculty and staff can call 973-972-4636 or email Kerry Camerer, VPVA clinical counselor, to refer students for services and to find out more about how they can support students who may be experiencing violence.

For information on education and training programs, email Matthew Marino, education and prevention coordinator. For questions about Title IX at RBHS, email Susan Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and Title IX Coordinator Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. RBHS VPVA is in addition to the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

February 27, 2019

An Artistic Celebration of the Many Accomplishments of Paul Robeson
collage of Paul Robeson paintings

Paul Robeson, who graduated from Rutgers College in 1919, was known as a scholar, athlete, actor, singer, and global activist. As part of Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s yearlong centennial celebration, the Zimmerli Art Museum is featuring six portraits of Robeson that highlight the different facets of his identity.

On display through April 14, the exhibit was commissioned as part of a joint project between the university’s Robeson Centennial Celebration Committee, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and the museum.

The portraits include:

  • Robeson as Scholar by Valerie Suter, an MFA student and part-time lecturer at Mason Gross School of the Arts;
  • Robeson as Global Activist by Nell Irvin Painter, a Mason Gross alumna and emerita professor of American history at Princeton University;
  • Robeson as Actor by James Hoston, an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology;
  • Robeson as Singer by Layqa Nuna Yawar, a migrant artist, muralist, and educator born in Ecuador and a graduate of Rutgers' visual arts program;
  • Robeson as Global Activist by Esteban del Valle, an artist from Chicago and visual artist fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts; and
  • Robeson as Athlete by Mario Andres Robinson, a New Jersey artist who studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Read more about the exhibition and the artists who created the works.

February 13, 2019

Christopher Molloy Named Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick
Christopher Molloy

Christopher J. Molloy has been appointed chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick after having served since July as interim chancellor.

“Dr. Molloy is a strong and steady leader who brings a deep understanding of the institution to every discussion about its future,” President Robert L. Barchi said. “He has embraced the challenges of the chancellorship and has expressed a forward-looking vision that will, among other things, increase Rutgers–New Brunswick’s public prominence, provide a clear financial plan, and expand internships and related opportunities for students.”

Over the years, Molloy has seen Rutgers from varied perspectives—as a student, faculty member, dean, and administrator—all of which he draws on as chancellor. Molloy is among the few alumni to hold some of the top leadership roles at the university. He is the only one to have served as interim chancellor of both Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. He considers Rutgers to be a place of big ideas, boundless energy, and unlimited potential. In his new role, Molloy is committed to creating more opportunities—for students to grow intellectually and develop career skills, for faculty to conduct innovative research, and for the university to expand its role as a powerhouse for innovation and economic growth. Read more.

January 30, 2019

Discover What a National Cancer Institute–Designated Cancer Center Means to New Jersey
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Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health, will host the Academic Health Symposium What Does an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center Mean to New Jersey? on February 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The symposium will unite diverse perspectives about how current innovations in research and patient care will inform the future of cancer treatment in New Jersey. Featured speakers include:

  • Steven Libutti, director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and senior vice president, oncology services, RWJBarnabas Health;
  • Richard Alexander, chief surgical officer and chief of surgical oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey;
  • Howard Hochster, associate director for clinical research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and director of oncology research, RWJBarnabas Health;
  • Anita Kinney, associate director for cancer health equity and engagement, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and director, Center for Cancer Health Disparities, Rutgers School of Public Health; and
  • Susan Solometo, system vice president for strategy, oncology services, RWJBarnabas Health.

Livestream the symposium.

January 16, 2019

Rutgers Honors Paul Robeson With Yearlong Centennial Celebration
Paul Leroy Robeson Class of 1919 Centennial

Beginning in the Spring 2019 semester, Rutgers will mark the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation from Rutgers College in 1919. In recognition of this milestone, the university will honor his achievements as a scholar, athlete, actor, singer, and global activist in a yearlong celebration featuring lectures, performances, art exhibitions, and more.

The Paul Robeson centennial celebration will kick off on January 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Busch Student Center multipurpose room. The kickoff event, From Robeson to King, coincides with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and features keynote speaker Opal Tometi, a global activist who embodies the legacy of Robeson.

If you wish to propose an event for the Paul Robeson centennial or have a scheduled event that fits within the celebration’s principles, you may apply for funding or have your event included as a Paul Robeson centennial event. Submit an event application. For more information and events visit robeson100.rutgers.edu.

December 19, 2018

Learning Assistant Program Applications Open
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The Learning Assistant Program is now accepting Rutgers–New Brunswick faculty applications for the 2019–2020 academic year.

Since 2011, this innovative program has engaged undergraduate students in classroom teaching and learning while helping them develop their teaching, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Learning assistants work in the classroom in several ways, including facilitating discussions and workshops during lectures, team teaching recitation or laboratory sections with a graduate teaching assistant, or independently leading supplemental study groups or recitations. Apply online.

December 5, 2018

Be a Part of Rutgers Day!
Rutgers Day

Showcase your school, department, or center to thousands of people at Rutgers Day in New Brunswick on April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be a part of the excitement by creating a fun, interactive, and informative program that reflects the teaching, research, or service mission for your unit. The program submission period is open through February 15.

Visit the Rutgers Day website by logging in with your NetID to submit your program, review guidelines and policies, and download marketing materials to promote your activities. Take advantage of this opportunity that delivers 100,000 visitors to campus, combined with Alumni Weekend when alumni reunite with faculty, staff, and friends.

Learn more about Rutgers Day, programming tips, and best practices in our Rutgers Day 101 video.

November 20, 2018

Participate in Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday

Like most educators, you expect your students to come to class prepared, but when they take their seats at your next lecture, consider this: Even those most eager to learn might be showing up on an empty stomach.

Hunger is a problem at colleges nationwide, and unfortunately, Rutgers is no exception. In too many cases, students must choose between paying bills and eating healthy meals. For that reason, food insecurity is the focus of this year’s Giving Tuesday. On November 27, donate to a Rutgers food pantry to help students get the sustenance they need. Any dollar amount you give will benefit students facing some form of hunger. All gifts will be matched by an anonymous alumni donor up to $10,000.

November 7, 2018

Nominations Are Open for the 2020 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients
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Who would you like to address Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences graduates at the May 2020 ceremony? Let us know!

Rutgers is now accepting commencement speaker and honorary degree nominations for people who reflect our cultural diversity and international character. All members of the Rutgers community and the public are invited to nominate candidates for consideration. Speaker nominees should be people who are engaging, interesting, and have a broad appeal to a diverse audience. Because speakers also will be awarded an honorary degree, nominations for the university commencement speaker should also follow the guidelines for honorary degree candidates.

Nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2018. Learn more and submit your nomination.

October 24, 2018

Fall Arts Festival: See Rutgers’ Creativity in Action
Priyaharshany Sandanapitchai with her watercolor Peace from Within

It’s possible that your colleagues and students are accomplished artists in their spare time. Curious? If you work somewhere other than Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark, it’s time for a road trip.

The New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival features 102 artworks by 60 faculty, staff, and students from Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Rutgers–New Brunswick as well as some pieces created by patients.

Since 1999, the arts initiative curated by Noreen Gomez, facilities program specialist at New Jersey Medical School, has been showcasing art from university talents throughout B-level of the Medical Science Building in Newark. The results have spoken volumes about how many talented artists are camouflaged as students, health care providers, academicians, and business and professional staffers. (Shown: Priyaharshany Sandanapitchai, research associate at the School of Nursing, with her watercolor “Peace from Within.”) The exhibition is on display until January 2, 2019.

October 10, 2018

Rutgers Big Ideas Initiative
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Start thinking BIG!

The Rutgers Big Ideas Initiative seeks forward-thinking, innovative projects around which to build and leverage philanthropic support for Rutgers, and to create momentum for the university’s next comprehensive campaign. This initiative, which is chancellor-led and supported by Rutgers University Foundation, aims to create lasting, transformational impact by leveraging areas where Rutgers is already uniquely positioned to lead.

Big Ideas are cross-discipline, unified-concept projects that dramatically advance Rutgers’ strengths, mission, and strategic plan. In order to harness the breadth of knowledge of Rutgers’ faculty, staff, and students, interdisciplinary collaboration is key. As you develop your Big Ideas, consider what will advance the “state-of-the-art” across disciplines. What will change lives in our local communities, throughout our state, across the nation, or around the world? What will inspire our students to forge futures of meaning and consequence? This is your opportunity to be part of something truly extraordinary.

Submit your big idea by January 31, 2019. For more information or examples to guide your submission, click on your affiliation: Rutgers–New Brunswick or Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

September 26, 2018

Flu Vaccines Available
Brian Strom receiving flu shot

Free flu shots for Rutgers and RBHS faculty and staff will be available starting next week. View dates and locations.

“Flu vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent flu, lessen its symptoms and cut down on its spread. It takes about two weeks for this immunity to kick in, so it is best to receive a vaccination sooner than later," said Brian Strom, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (shown above receiving a flu vaccine administered by Monica Ferguson, Occupational Medicine Service, New Jersey Medical School). "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinforces that the flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. As an epidemiologist, teacher, clinician, and former professor of public health and preventive medicine, I strongly encourage you to get the flu vaccine.”

During last year’s flu season, thousands of people were hospitalized and 180 children—80 percent of whom were not vaccinated—died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recently recommended that people receive flu vaccinations by late October, at the beginning of the season before the virus starts spreading. Infectious disease experts David Cennimo at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Tanaya Bhowmick at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School discuss this year’s flu season, the efficacy of the vaccine, and how you can protect yourself.

September 12, 2018

Meet Christopher Molloy, Interim Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick
New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher Molloy

Over the years, Christopher Molloy has seen Rutgers from varied perspectives—as a student, faculty member, dean, and administrator—all of which he draws on as the new interim chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Molloy is among the few alumni to hold some of the top leadership roles at the university. He is the only one to have served as interim chancellor of both Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. He considers Rutgers to be a place of big ideas, boundless energy, and unlimited potential. In his new role, he is committed to creating more opportunities—for students to grow intellectually and develop career skills, for faculty to conduct innovative research, and for the university to expand its role as a powerhouse for innovation and economic growth. Read the Q&A where Molloy talks about his new role, how Rutgers has changed since he was a student, and untapped opportunities he will explore.