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Rutgers Business School Team Wins $1 Million Hult Prize; Former President Clinton Presents ‘Nobel Prize for Students’

Former President Bill Clinton presents 2017 Hult Prize to Rutgers team

New Brunswick, NJ, September 21, 2017 — Susan Todd reports that a team representing Rutgers Business School won the $1 million Hult Prize for social entrepreneurship on September 16.

The award, which was announced by former President Bill Clinton, capped off 11 months of entrepreneurial effort with a polished, convincing pitch about the ability of its rickshaw transportation business to improve the lives of refugees overseas.

Student Gia Farooqi, new graduates Hasan Usmani and Moneeb Mian, and alumna Hanaa Lakhani created the Roshni Rides startup as a way of answering the 2017 Hult Prize Challenge of developing a business capable of restoring the dignity of one million refugees by 2022. Continue reading

Rutgers NJ Medical School Research: Memory Decline After Head Injury May be Prevented by Slowing Brain Cell Growth

New Brunswick, NJ, September 20, 2017 — Robin Lally reports on Rutgers Today that the excessive burst of new brain cells after a traumatic head injury that scientists have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline, according to a new Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study.

In the September issue of Stem Cell Reports, Viji Santhakumar, Ph.D., associate professor in Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, and her colleagues, challenge the prevailing assumption by scientists in the field that excessive neurogenesis (the birth of new brain cells) after injury is advantageous. Continue reading

Rutgers’ 10 Big Construction Projects Are Changing the Face of All Campuses

A rendering of Rutgers’ new Life Sciences Center in Newark

New Brunswick, NJ, September 19, 2017 — Len Melisurgo reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that the campus landscape at Rutgers University keeps transforming, with a slew of construction projects that were recently completed or are going through their final touches.

Students returning for classes this semester will notice a new look to College Avenue in New Brunswick, as well as a brand new nursing and science building in Camden and a massive chemistry complex that’s towering over the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

Here’s a look at those projects and other major construction work that’s adding amenities and lending a new appearance to the various Rutgers campuses across the state. Continue reading

Rutgers Research: Cloning Thousands of Genes for Massive Protein Libraries

New Brunswick, NJ, September 18, 2017 — Discovering the function of a gene requires cloning a DNA sequence and expressing it.  Until now, this was performed on a one-gene-at-a-time basis, causing a bottleneck.

Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School have invented a technology to clone thousands of genes simultaneously and create massive libraries of proteins from DNA samples, potentially ushering in a new era of functional genomics. Continue reading

Event: HINJ and Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Development Center Kick Off Forum Series with ‘Innovations in 3-D Printing’ on September 19

Piscataway, NJ, September 18, 2017 — Please join the Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Development Center and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) for “Innovations in 3-D Printing: The Latest Technology in Industry” on Tuesday, September 19 at Rutgers’ Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ.

The free event will be the first in Rutgers and HINJ’s Fall series of educational panels and seminars that focus on the medical device industry.

Attendees will learn the latest about 3-D printing technology and its innovative uses in pre-surgical planning, training and medical device industry applications. Continue reading

U.S. News & World Report Ranks 8 New Jersey Colleges Among Best; Princeton Again No. 1

Newark, NJ, September 15, 2017 — Payton Guion reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that New Jersey has eight colleges ranked among the top schools in the country, according to the 2018 list from U.S. News and World Report, up from seven that made the grade in last year’s rankings.

Rowan University is the newcomer of the N.J. schools that made the list, coming in at 171 after not being ranked last year.

In ranking the top national universities, U.S. News considered 311 institutions. Continue reading

NJ Congressional Delegation Requests Rutgers’ Transportation Center Be Designated as Federal Research Center

Washington, DC, September 14, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger that the entire 14-member New Jersey congressional delegation has lined up behind a request to designate Rutgers University’s transportation center as a federal research center.

The designation would bring as much as $14 million in federal funds over five years for the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and its partners.

The Rutgers center focuses on bridge safety, highway construction and planning, and transportation research and technology. Continue reading

Rutgers Neuroscientist Finds a Way to Track and Measure Female Autism, Asperger’s

Dr. Elizabeth Torres

New Brunswick, NJ, September 13, 2017 — A Rutgers University study found that tracking and measuring the involuntary head movements revealed in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans offers a new, more accurate way to detect autism in girls.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick neuroscientist Elizabeth Torres, Ph.D., said the traditional criteria used to diagnose autism are largely based on the observed behavior of children, and since boys in western society are expected to be active, deviations from that norm are easy to spot.

Girls are socialized to be quieter, so autism is harder to observe. Perhaps partly due to these cultural biases, boys are diagnosed with autism five times as often as girls. “The criteria are male-driven, so we’re measuring females with a male ruler,” she said. Continue reading

Opinion: Rutgers President Robert Barchi Writes ‘Nation Must Honor the Promise of DACA — And the Bridge Act Is a Good Start’

Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.

New Brunswick, NJ, September 11, 2017Rutgers University President Robert Barchi authored the following opinion piece that was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on September 6:

Thousands of Rutgers University students have staged peaceful protests over the last year in anticipation of dramatic changes to immigration policy.

The Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless Congress acts within the next six months wasn’t the dramatic change that we had all feared, but a six-month reprieve is only of minor comfort. Continue reading

Rutgers’ Business Portal Aims to Serve Innovation-Driven Corporate Community

New Brunswick, NJ, September 6, 20117 ― Rutgers University’s Corporate Engagement Team in 2015 launched a completely new version of its Business Portal, a website designed in consultation with industry leaders to serve New Jersey’s corporate community.

Rutgers’ new Business Portal offers users easy access to four key areas — research, technology licensing, professional development and recruiting — and provides two robust internal search functions and clear pathways to Rutgers’ Corporate Engagement Team, Office of Research Commercialization and Rutgers Translational Sciences. Continue reading