2014: A Year in Review at Rutgers
As we look forward to 2015, Rutgers Today takes a look back at the milestones, achievements and big stories of 2014. The following stories and videos are not intended to be comprehensive and all-inclusive but to bring back memories and remind all of us that Rutgers is a vibrant and diverse place to live, work and study.
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Find out where Rutgers ranks among the world’s top 1,000 universities in a new report by the Center for World University Rankings.
Ella Watson-Stryker was selected to exemplify the frontline workers who are risking their lives to save others and help contain the epidemic.
The two-year gift will support precision medicine approach involving clinical practice, research and teaching; clinical trials will benefit patients with rare and resistant cancers.
Rutgers football wins its sixth bowl game, defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in its inaugural Big Ten season.
Students in New Brunswick have an opportunity to be part of the national effort to eliminate sexual assault at colleges and universities. Read President Barchi's USA Today op-ed.
The new chair will focus on the creative and complex ways information technology and new media are changing society by reshaping culture and power relationships.
The series takes readers inside the classroom to explore the innovative ways the university prepares the next generation of leaders and thinkers.
UNIVERSITY EXPANSION and ENHANCEMENT
Work is underway on the residential honors college, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015 and a new academic building and a 500-bed student apartment complex, both of which are scheduled for completion in 2016 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the founding of the university.
The four-story, 145,000 square-foot facility will enable Rutgers to expand and accelerate its innovative research in drug design, alternative energy, biomaterials and nanotechnology.
The institute – through Rutgers' resources and public-private partnerships – aims to thwart terrorism, prevent large-scale accidents and protect people and property in the event of attacks and disasters.
A classic Newark structure will soon be turned into student housing and the Rutgers University-Newark chancellor’s residence.
Read about several new services that will benefit library patrons as a result of Rutgers’ membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, including priority borrowing from libraries across the Big Ten.
The award, named for the late Senator Paul Simon, recognizes the university’s significant strides in providing a global education to its students, tackling global challenges through research and working with diverse communities at home and abroad.
The new center in Camden supports projects made possible by the convergence of digital technologies with the humanities, and the natural and social sciences.
Rutgers architect Elizabeth Reeves Lindh is helping the university get ready to celebrate its 250th anniversary by overseeing the restoration of some of Rutgers’ oldest buildings.
Thanks to zebrafish, scientists at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are working to create treatments tailored to individual patients.
Rutgers researchers say exposure to DDT may increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer’s disease in some people, particularly those over the age of 60.
Donated organs must be transplanted into recipients during a very small timeframe, but that window could be extended by increasing ATP levels while the organ is on ice.
Joseph Marcotrigiano describes an outer region of hepatitis C that enables the virus to evade the body’s natural immune system response, causing persistent, chronic infection.
David Alland is working to develop a test that could quickly diagnose patients in remote locations where the spread of Ebola has been rampant.
A Rutgers researcher and team of scientists have proven that a new frog species is living in wetlands from Connecticut to North Carolina.
Discover what a Rutgers study found out about the link between a wife’s happiness in a long-term marriage and the happiness of her husband. Hint: Keep your wife happy.
When babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds “might” be language.
James M. Tepper hopes to use a $3.4 million NIH grant to help speed the cure for Parkinson’s, which affects more than 6 million worldwide.
A Rutgers study found that users of social media are reluctant to discuss political issues on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Dave Robinson and his team at the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist compiled 83 years worth of game day data on BigGameWeather.com.
Former Gov. Tom Kean and football player Eric LeGrand encouraged thousands of Rutgers graduates to work together to change the world. Check out our Storify and read our story for the speakers' inspiring words.
One played a lead role in a hit Broadway musical. Another competes internationally in freestyle skiing. Yet a third has had an article published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Kristine Baffo is the first African American, the first woman and the first Douglass Residential College student to serve as president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly.
Senior David Kolchmeyer is one of 14 American students awarded a full ride for graduate study in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
Fewer than 3 percent of foster kids nationally go on to college. Despite those odds, Gina Pearson, a senior social work major, has excelled at Rutgers, her first real home.
Katherine Lau led a team that created a prosthesis for a 4-year-old girl thanks to the Douglass Residential College’s STEM summer stipend program.
Thomas Golden’s interest in promoting public health was sparked by his great-grandmother’s grim recollections of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic in Ireland.
Senior social work major Cierra Kaler-Jones overcame developmental hip dysplasia and wowed judges with her dance performance.
A Rutgers graduate student spent a month at the Vatican Observatory working alongside notable astronomers in a life-changing trip that was capped off by an audience with the pope.
What began as a class project is now among five student-produced stories to receive the Big Ten Network’s first LiveBIG Student Solutions Journalism Award. Learn about the students' project.
Three Rutgers students earned the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, awarded for excellence in mathematics, science and engineering. Find out about their research in galaxy evolution, nerve cell reshaping and protein modeling.
Senior Benjamin Chin knows firsthand the power of peer support to help young people overcome addiction. Chin is Rutgers’ second Luce Scholar, a fellowship program that blends professional experience with cultural immersion in Asia.
Senior Kwame Otuo-Achampong started a nonprofit to provide dental tools and the know-how to use them to the millions living without both as part of the Changemaker Challenge.
Senior Brian Robles applied to be part of the first colony on Mars, undeterred by the fact that he would never be able to return to Earth.
Rutgers students are taking to the stage in an effort to prevent sexual violence on campus and use improv to show the impact of a sexual assault on those involved.
Read about the experience of a group of students who spent four weeks studying health and wellness in Cuba as part of a new service-learning course at Rutgers.
FACULTY and TEACHING
This newly endowed faculty position honors the memory of a revered professor and dean and will enhance the school’s recruiting power.
Awarded by the Academy of American Poets since 1994, this award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. Unpeopled Eden also won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.
Donald L. McCabe believes academic integrity is important beyond the classroom. Learn about an award created in his honor as he prepares to retire.
Rutgers' membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation is opening up opportunities for students to take courses in less commonly taught languages and cultures.
Rutgers faculty members who earned degrees from Big Ten universities say their educational experience left them with everlasting memories. Read their stories.
Rutgers professors are among 401 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science who have been elevated to the rank of fellow in the pre-eminent organization.
How do you give personal attention in a lecture class with 400 students? Find out how the Rutgers chemistry professor does it.
Read about a diverse group of faculty working to develop an integrated, universitywide program in ethics education, research and practice in the health sciences.
Professor and holocaust survivor Joel L. Lebowitz traveled to Paris to accept the prestigious "Grande Médaille" from the French Academy of Science.
Named a MacArthur Fellow in 1987, theoretical physics expert Daniel Friedan has been elected to membership in one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.
Former President Richard L. McCormick discusses his lifelong connection to Rutgers and his time leading the university at a reading of his new memoir.
GOVERNANCE and ADMINISTRATION
The plan outlines ambitious aspirations for Rutgers’ future – from faculty excellence and the student experience to infrastructure improvements and more aggressive alumni fundraising. Read about the strategic plans for Rutgers University-Camden and Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Phoebe Haddon increased student scholarships, recruited and retained nationally known faculty and increased the diversity of student enrollment as dean of the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law.
Rutgers’ College of Nursing and School of Nursing officially combined on July 1. The consolidation is expected to enhance collaboration and research opportunities.
Greg Brown, a public governor whose term expires in 2017, had been vice chair of the Board of Governors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers’ Livingston College in 1982.
Peter March is an eminent mathematician with 16 years of experience as an academic administrator. March previously taught at The Ohio State University and served as divisional dean of natural and mathematical sciences.
Wanda J. Blanchett is a veteran administrator known for building bridges between universities and their host communities. She previously served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
John Cohen, who served as one of the federal government’s leading counterterrorism experts, joined Rutgers to teach and serve as a senior adviser to the university’s new Institute for Emergency Preparedness.
Gary Aston-Jones is considered one of the world’s top neuroscientists. He has conducted seminal studies into brain systems that contribute to disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, addiction, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Lei Lei is a longtime Rutgers professor and internationally recognized expert in supply chain management. Her contributions to the university include serving as founding director of the Center for Supply Chain Management and founding chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences.
Internationally renowned criminologist Shadd Maruna was director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Morris Davis, a real estate and urban land economics professor from Wisconsin Business School, was chosen to help build Rutgers into a leading center for real estate studies and research.
PARTNERSHIPS and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The pledge from the Embrace Kids Foundation supports the recruitment of an academic leader and research in pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
The new faculty position will be used to recruit a top philosopher for the highly ranked department. The Mellon Foundation has provided support over the past five years, allowing the philosophy department to enroll progressively stronger graduate classes, and enabled those students to complete important research.
Give Kids a Smile often marks a youngster’s first dental visit, sometimes several years after their first birthday, something the organizers would like to see change.
Rutgers President Robert Barchi, joined by chancellors Richard Edwards, Nancy Cantor, Phoebe Haddon,and Brian Strom, accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge to raise awareness for medical research. Take a look.
Four siblings in the Velez family were accepted into the program that helps low-income students get ready for college and then covers tuition and fees – if they are admitted to Rutgers.
Between 50 and 70 youth spend five weeks not only increasing their proficiency in the arts, but also their cultural understanding and critical thinking skills through team-building, workshops and discussions.
The one-on-one program trains people with disabilities to use trains, buses and light rail in seven North Jersey counties: Essex, Union, Morris, Somerset, Bergen, Passaic and Hudson.
The annual Winter Classic Hockey Game pits Rutgers medical students againsts dental students in support of medical-related charities.
The leadership academy the North Brunswick native helped create at Rutgers will provide teens with skills to handle daily challenges.
Learn about a partnership between the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden and Cooper University Health Care to encourage health-care paraprofessionals from underrepresented populations to pursue nursing careers.
Under a new crosstown agreement among the Navy, Rutgers and Princeton, active duty Navy and Marine Corps instructors will teach Princeton NROTC midshipmen on the campuses of both universities, providing students an opportunity to earn a commission in the U.S. naval service.
Rutgers instructor Karen Kowalski teaches piano as a form of therapy for children with special needs.
Five notable graduates were inducted during the 27th annual awards gala in May. Among them are a Tony award-winning playwright and lyricist and a NASA-recognized mechanical engineer.
Matt Rothenberg has fulfilled his dream of making it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Find out what he does in Cooperstown.
Vivian Salama oversees the coverage of the escalating Middle East tensions as Baghdad bureau chief for The Associated Press.
Working at a Renaissance era estate in Italy led Ari Novy to a doctoral program at Rutgers and a career path in plant science.
Chief J. Scott Thomson credited for a nearly 30-percent drop in crime in Camden, a city long considered one of the most dangerous in the country.
Natalie Jesionka uses film to fight human trafficking. Mike Alvarez employs communications to raise awareness about mental illness.
Price, a nationally recognized historian, author and scholar, taught undergraduate and graduate courses that spanned U.S. history.
Rovee-Collier's groundbreaking work led to a new understanding of the capacity of babies to learn.
Rona served as a science director of Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, an IMAX film that took viewers down to deep-sea vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.