Rutgers Launches Genetic Testing Service for New Coronavirus
Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics has launched a test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and is using its automation experience and infrastructure to test as many as tens of thousands of samples daily.
Simi Kedia, the Albert R. Gamper Jr. Endowed Chair in Business
Simi Kedia’s highly regarded research on corporate governance and fraud has been widely disseminated in both academic journals and popular media. Her work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, CNBC, and NPR’s Marketplace.
What it Takes to Beat a Worldwide Pandemic
COVID-19 is a rapidly growing threat to communities around the world. It is powerful and relentless—but it is not unbeatable. To confront and combat this microbial enemy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has established the Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CCRP2). Designed to be an institutional hub for COVID-19 research activities and public outreach, the center brings the best Rutgers has to offer—world-class clinical and technological infrastructure, cutting-edge research programs, and respected scientists—to help conquer the defining crisis of our time.
Rutgers Creates COVID-19 Center to Fight Pandemic
Rutgers has created a new center to coordinate the university’s myriad research and public health and outreach efforts to combat COVID-19.
New Device Quickly Detects Harmful Bacteria in Blood
Engineers have created a tiny device that can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood, allowing health care professionals to pinpoint the cause of potentially deadly infections and fight them with drugs.
How the Building Blocks of Life Got Built
Rutgers researchers have discovered the origins of the protein structures responsible for metabolism: simple molecules that powered early life on Earth and serve as chemical signals that NASA could use to search for life on other planets.
Manus Midlarsky, the Moses and Annuta Back Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution
In an era of increasing national and international discord, Manus Midlarsky’s work is especially relevant. Midlarksy is the Moses and Annuta Back Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
Message to Alumni and Donors Regarding COVID-19 Response
Rutgers University Foundation president, Nevin Kessler, addresses the alumni community regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Supporting students during the COVID-19 outbreak
Many of you have asked how you can help students during this difficult time. Thank you so much for your concern and for showing the world the true meaning of Scarlet Forever. Learn how you can support students.
M. Maral Mouradian, the William Dow Lovett Endowed Professor of Neurology
M. Maral Mouradian is a professor of neurology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), the founding director of the RWJMS Institute for Neurological Therapeutics, and vice chancellor for faculty development at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She is also chief of the Division of Translational Neuroscience and director of research in the Department of Neurology at RWJMS.
Rutgers Recognized as a Leader in Supporting Low-Income Students
Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a national leader among universities committed to improving the enrollment, retention and graduation of low-income students, according to the latest report by the American Talent Initiative (ATI).
Brian Leftow, the William P. Alston Chair for the Philosophy of Religion
Brian Leftow is the inaugural holder of the William P. Alston Chair for the Philosophy of Religion in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
Growing Peppers—and Resiliency—in Puerto Rico
Richard Alomar, an associate professor of landscape architecture in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and a core faculty member of Rutgers Global Health Institute, recently traveled to Puerto Rico’s Las Carolinas community as part of a collaborative effort to build resilience following the devastation brought by hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.
Peter D. Cole, the Embrace Kids Foundation Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Renowned pediatric oncologist Peter D. Cole is the inaugural Embrace Kids Foundation Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, established with a gift from the foundation and an anonymous donor. Cole is also the chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, leading the institutions’ efforts to provide state-of-the-art care for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders.
Rutgers Leads $1.5 Million Project for Ocean Acidification Monitoring on the U.S. Northeast Shelf
Grace Saba, assistant professor, is the lead principal investigator, and John Wilkin, professor, in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, is co-principal investigator, of a $1,499,895 million project observing ocean acidification on the U.S. Northeast Shelf, from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf of Maine.
Marco Zarbin, the Alfonse A. Cinotti/Lions Eye Research Chair of Ophthalmology
As the inaugural holder of the Alfonse A. Cinotti/Lions Eye Research Chair of Ophthalmology, Marco Zarbin is helping patients with retina-related vision loss.
Surgeon who Separated Conjoined Twins Mentors Rutgers Undergraduates
A Rutgers graduate, Stylianos led the teams that separated conjoined twins in 1993, 1995, and 2000. Yet he still manages to find time every week to mentor undergraduates.
Jennifer Hunt, the James Cullen Endowed Chair in Economics
Hunt was a professor of economics at Rutgers from 2011 to 2013, when she became chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. There she briefed officials on statistics and wage trends and contributed to the debate on policy issues ranging from the minimum wage to new labor regulations to the Social Security Trust Fund.
John Kuo Wei (Jack) Tchen, the Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities
Jack Tchen is the inaugural holder of the Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities at Rutgers University–Newark, established with a $2 million gift from the Mellon Foundation in honor of Clement A. Price, a professor of U.S. history and African-American studies at Rutgers–Newark who died in 2014. The Mellon gift was supplemented by additional funds from corporations, foundations, Rutgers alumni, and friends of the School of Arts and Sciences–Newark.
Morris Davis, the Paul V. Profeta Chair in Real Estate
The gift to create the Profeta chair was inspired by the three elements that have guided Paul Profeta throughout his career—business, education, and philanthropy. He has been a lecturer at his alma mater, Harvard Business School, and an associate adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Business. He has also lectured at the Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Business and Rutgers Business School.
Extraordinary Expertise in Neurosurgery
Nanda came to Rutgers after serving as the chair of neurosurgery at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. Nanda is director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and has led several prestigious organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the American Heart Association Caddo Bossier Division, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society, and the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.
Donor Profiles, Impact Stories
Alumna Launches Medical School Scholarship
When Shobana Sood learned that she’d been awarded the George F. Smith Endowed Scholarship—a merit-based scholarship that allowed her to attend Robert Wood Johnson Medical School tuition-free—she told her mother that, when she could, she would endow a scholarship of her own.
Jonathan Holloway Named 21st President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Holloway will begin serving as president on July 1, 2020, succeeding President Robert Barchi, who began his tenure in September 2012.
Combatting Toxins in the Body
Macrophages are large white blood cells that are an important part of the body’s immune system. But Debra Laskin, an internationally recognized authority on immunotoxicology and holder of the Roy A. Bowers Chair at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has found that when exposed to toxins, macrophages can actually promote tissue damage and disease development. Laskin, who […]
Nancy Shuman Establishes Childhood Studies Endowment at Rutgers-Camden
“I hope that my gift provides increased momentum for the Department of Childhood Studies and related programs at Rutgers–Camden to help make a difference in the lives of children in the Camden community, the Greater Delaware Valley region, and beyond.”
Frank and Pat Kabela Open Doors With Gift to the Rutgers Future Scholars Program
By recently pledging a seven-figure gift to the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, they are ensuring that other students will benefit from a Rutgers education as they have.
Protein Data Bank at Rutgers Awarded $34.5 Million Grant
Nearly 2 million molecular structure data files are downloaded every day by researchers, educators, students, citizens, medical professionals, patients, patient advocates and biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Eagleton Fellows Apply Science to Public Policy
The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship works by giving scientists the opportunity to serve one year appointments as science aides in state government,” said Anna Dulencin, senior program coordinator for the Eagleton Science and Politics Initiative.
Business professor aims to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in everyone
Previously the founding director of the Entrepreneurship Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management, Baker focuses his research on identifying the skills and behaviors that allow entrepreneurs to overcome obstacles and achieve success.
A Passion for Policy
With a generous endowment from Adams RC’65 and his wife, Lizbeth, as well as guidance from founding director Bathory and current director Lisa L. Miller, also a professor of political science, the program brings together approximately 15 rising juniors each year to study public policy and the forces that shape it.
Benedetto Piccoli, the Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair in Mathematics in Memory of Professor Leonard Bidwell
As an undergraduate at the University of Padua in Italy, Piccoli developed an interest in “modern math,” which is linked not only to numbers but more generally to theoretical ideas. Today, his research focuses on applying advanced mathematical methods to a wide range of issues in science, engineering, and health.
Kappa Phi Brothers Raise Money for SASN Endowed Scholarship to Honor Fraternity’s 50th Anniversary
"I’ve said to many of the guys that we’re in a season of life when it’s time to give back, and I feel very proud in the way that so many have stepped up."
$2.3 Million in American Cancer Society Grants Awarded to Rutgers Cancer Institute Researchers
More than $2.3 million in Research Scholar Grants from the American Cancer Society have been awarded to three Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey researchers to examine cell metabolism and tumor formation in forms of breast cancer, lung cancer and leukemia.
Helping Students Continue to be Students
Getting a Rutgers Assistance Grant helped Israel Alford avoid having to take a second job or drop out of school for a semester. “The grant covered the balance that financial aid didn’t cover,” Alford says. “It alleviated that financial burden and I was able to register for classes without having to take out a loan.”
A Mother’s Greatest Nightmare—and Greatest Gift
Marlene Brandt has a vivid memory of the moment her family’s nightmare began. A longtime member of Rutgers University Foundation’s Board of Overseers, Brandt was watching from the stands in the fall of 2014 as her vibrant daughter “Mia,” one of her three children and a senior in college, led her school’s volleyball team to victory.
Philanthropy Matters at RBHS
Timing and passion were everything for Roseanne Monaco Branciforte, PHARM ’84, whose generosity towards the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (EMSOP) will greatly impact pharmacy student health and well-being for years to come.
Donor Profiles, Impact Stories
A Giant Leap for Kids
Leveraging education to escape her own impoverished childhood as the daughter of migrant farmworkers, Santiago has spent the past four decades working to make college access a reality for the children of Camden, New Jersey.
A Young Girl’s Mission to Prevent Addiction Raises $1,300 for a Rutgers Lab
Healing from loss, ten-year-old Anika Gamburg launched a fundraising campaign for addiction research at Rutgers’ Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory. Her efforts helped fund a study on substance abuse education and created the Gamburg Innovation Award, supporting students and early-career scientists working on experiments related to addiction.
Putting the Promise in Scarlet Promise Grants
In an effort to help more students avoid finishing college with burdensome debt, Rutgers’ Board of Trustees has created an endowment that will provide, in perpetuity, more need-based aid.
Growing for the Greater Good
Through the generosity of donors such as Richard Weeks ENG’50, whose $6 million gift helped transform the School of Engineering at Rutgers–New Brunswick, the university’s strategic goals are becoming reality.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation gives Rutgers University–Newark $1.5 million grant for City Verses project
With a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Rutgers University – Newark are drawing upon Newark’s legacies as a jazz capital and poetry incubator to amplify voices too often drowned out and retrain us to listen sympathetically.
David Rockefeller Fund Awards $30,000 to Rutgers-Newark Humanities Action Lab
The David Rockefeller Fund has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Humanities Action Lab (HAL) for one of its newest initiatives, the Rikers Public Memory Project: A Community Truth and Healing Process (RPMP). Housed at Express Newark at Rutgers University–Newark, HAL produces community-curated public humanities projects on urgent social issues.
Foundation News, Impact Stories
Rutgers’ Record-Breaking Fundraising Year Will Improve Lives in New Jersey and Beyond
Rutgers donors committed a record-breaking $250.9 million in 2018-2019 to support a broad array of efforts to improve people’s lives, including the creation of the state’s first inpatient mental health treatment facility for adolescents and young adults and scholarships for students from underserved communities.
Impact Stories, Foundation News, Rutgers Magazine
Rutgers Community Donates Paul Robeson Plaza
Rutgers is in the midst of celebrating 2019 as the centennial year of Paul Robeson’s graduation. Three years ago, the Class of 1971 Campaign Committee began raising funds for a coinciding gift—knowing it would materialize well before their 50th anniversary when classes typically make high-profile donations.
Impact Stories, Donor Profiles, Foundation News
Alumna Marlene Brandt commits $30 million to transform behavioral health care for young people
Spurred by a pressing need for comprehensive mental health services for New Jersey’s young people, Rutgers University alumna Marlene Brandt has committed $30 million to the university, launching an initiative leveraging Rutgers’ deep resources in the field.
Impact Stories, Foundation News
Helping Tomorrow’s Leaders Meet Their Potential
Former Rutgers Assistance Grants get a boost with a new fundraising effort and a new name: Scarlet Promise Grants. Sam Adepoju, receiving a Rutgers Assistance Grant meant the difference between a dream deferred and a dream fulfilled. As a first-year student at Rutgers University-Camden, Adepoju was not sure where the money for tuition would come from.
Bell Ringers: The Kushinka Sisters
Kerry, Candice and Jennifer Kushinka, sisters born to Michael and Joyce Kushinka in that order, have turned their family torch into a wildfire, spreading beyond kin into the Rutgers Athletics community.