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Albert Ayeni grew up in Nigeria, where a meal seemed incomplete if it did not include a hot pepper. Now he is working to make Rutgers the go-to center for hot pepper research to appeal to New Jersey’s growing ethnic communities and remind them of home.

An operating room on a jet might sound like something straight out of a movie, but it’s actually how Rudolph Wagner, a clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, travels the world to fight preventable blindness.