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Rutgers Receives $15 Million Mellon Foundation Grant for Global Racial Justice

The Dean of Humanities Michelle Stephens, who submitted for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant on behalf of the university, will serve as the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers. The institute will be overseen by the university’s executive vice president for Academic Affairs, Prabhas Moghe

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New Rutgers Saliva Test for Coronavirus Gets FDA Approval

Andrew Brooks, a professor in the Department of Genetics, talks about the FDA approval for the new saliva collection method, which RUCDR devloped in partnership with Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostic Labs (ADL).

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Why Dorms Matter

Carla Yanni, a professor in the Department of Art History, talks about how dorms are important for shaping students’ experience and why having a roommate can improve your social life in college. Hear from the author of Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory in this video produced for Rutgers Magazine.

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Artificial Intelligence Controls Robotic Arm to Pack Boxes and Cut Costs

Rutgers computer scientists used artificial intelligence to control a robotic arm that provides a more efficient way to pack boxes, saving businesses time and money. “We can achieve low-cost, automated solutions that are easily deployable. The key is to make minimal but effective hardware choices and focus on robust algorithms and software,” said the study’s senior author Kostas Bekris, professor in the Department of Computer Science.



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Studying Diverse Populations Can Boost Genetic Discovery, Curb Health Disparities

Studying diverse, multi-ethnic populations can increase genetic discoveries and reduce health disparities, according to one of the largest genetic studies of Hispanics and Latinos, African-Americans, Asians and other minorities. "The promise of precision medicine that improves health will not be achieved with studies based solely on people of primarily European ancestry,” said Tara Matise, a senior author and professor who chairs the Department of Genetics.



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Columbia Tropical Forest Fires Spike After 2016 Peace Accords

Laura C. Schneider, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, coauthored a study on the increase of deforestation and tropical forest fires in areas previously controlled by FARC guerillas. The study revealed the unforeseen effects of guerilla group demobilization on deforestattion rates.



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Rutgers Physicists Create New Class of 2D Artificial Materials

A Rutgers-led international team of scientists has verified that ferroelectric metals could conduct electricity despite not existing in nature. Jak Chakhalian, Claud Lovelace Endowed Chair in Experimental Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a team leader of the study. 



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Rutgers Professor Connects Celebrities with African-American History on TV Series

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Charles and Mary Beard Professor in the Rutgers Department of History, helps celebrities learn about their ancestors through her work on the TLC series Who Do You Think You Are? An award-winning author, Dunbar also joined Michelle Obama in a roundtable discussion.



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The Human Sense of Smell: It’s Stronger Than We Think

Rutgers researcher John McGann, Department of Psychology, debunks 19th-century myth that animals are better at sniffing out scents, saying "Humans can discriminate maybe one trillion different odors."



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A Research Institute Plays Key Role Nurturing Rutgers Scholars

Julie Livingston, Department of History, presented her work exploring the treatment of chronically ill patients in Botswana at the Institute for Research on Women's Distinguished Lecture Series focused around the theme of Decolonizing Gender/Gendering Decolonization. 



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Discovering Global Timbuktu in New Jersey

Rutgers University symposium organized by the Center for African Studies examines the legacies of Timbuktu, by examining the imagined connections of two communities in America with Africa and seeking out their connections to the freedom struggles of African Americans.




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Damaged Genes Considered High Risk for Developing Tourette Syndrome Identified

Rutgers scientists Jay Tischfield and Gary Heiman, Department of Genetics, identify four damaged genes that disrupt the normal development of the brain in those with Tourette syndrome – a neurological condition characterized by vocal and physical tics.