Published October 5, 2021

Photo of Jordan Casteel by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A prominent Rutgers art professor receives one of the nation’s most prestigious awards. Incremental changes in law enforcement come under fire. And an important partnership forms among world-class research universities.

Jordan Casteel, a celebrated painter and assistant professor in the School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “genius grant.” In an announcement of the $625,000 award, Artforum notes that Casteel is “known for her deeply empathetic and engaging portraits of people of color, whom she depicts in everyday surroundings, her subjects and their settings frequently made strange by her use of vivid and unexpected hues.” A separate grant was awarded to Nicole Fleetwood, who taught in the department of American studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers–New Brunswick from 2019 to 2021.

Artforum | Jordan Casteel, Nicole Fleetwood, and Daniel Lind Ramos win MacArthur fellowships

David Love, an instructor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information, writes in an opinion piece for CNN that the federal government must go beyond what states and cities are doing to reform the nation’s policing. “…state and local measures are commendable. But if police reform continues to be a piecemeal approach in the absence of federal action, Black and brown communities around the country are more likely to be disproportionately victimized by unchecked police misconduct,” he writes.

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You might be tempted to put off getting a flu shot until later in the fall, but David Cennimo NJMS’01, an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, says October is the perfect time to get the shot. Many hospitals are already strained by COVID-19 patients, and adding flu patients could “complicate the provision of medical care, including influenza treatment. We want to prevent every flu infection possible to keep patients out of hospitals,” Cennimo tells CNN.

CNN | What experts say about the best time to get a flu shot this year

MarketWatch reports that the National Organization on Disability (NOD) will partner with the Rutgers Program for Disability Research in the School of Management and Labor Relations, as well as counterpart units from Syracuse and Harvard, to help boost employment among people with disabilities. “Working with these top universities will allow us to take that research to an entirely new level,” says NOD president Carol Glazer, “by providing a robust basis for understanding…the relationship between disability practices and employment outcomes for people with disabilities.”

MarketWatch | National Organization On Disability selected to partner with Rutgers, Syracuse And Harvard Universities on major disability employment research initiative

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