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More than 200 students gathered on Busch Campus Center for HackHers, a 24-hour hackathon aimed at increasing female participation in technology on Feb. 7 and 8.Julie Duncan, a student organizer and president of Women in Computer Science (WICS), hoped this event would address the lack of women in technology and provide a welcoming atmosphere for them to become a part of the community.
A record-setting total of more than 91,000 students, faculty and community members alike gathered at Rutgers–New Brunswick to celebrate Rutgers Day, a collection of more than 500 academic organizations, social activities and community programs.Rutgers Day 2015 was a one-day experience showcasing the University’s historic colonial roots as well as its more contemporary offerings by connecting visitors, students and alumni, according to the official Rutgers Day program.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick ranked ninth on the list of top 25 colleges that are the best for earning a business degree, according to Fortune Magazine.The ranking was based on expected return after estimating the price of tuition and the average income earned from business school students after they graduate.
Earlier this month, Brittney Cooper expressed her thoughts on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act through an article published in Salon, where she writes a weekly column concerning race, gender and politics.Cooper, a professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the Department of Africana Studies, hoped her article titled "The Right’s Made-up God: How Bigots Invented A White Supremacist Jesus," would shed light on the political and cultural repercussions of the new law.The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence toward the end of March this year, would "prohibit a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s religious beliefs."According to NBC News, the law could give Indiana businesses the right to refuse service to gay people."(With Salon), I offer an additional intellectual perspective based on my work as a scholar in women, race and gender (studies), so when I saw Indiana's Religious Restoration Act, I was deeply concerned because we've had a long history in this country of legalized discrimination against minority groups," Cooper said.Tia Kolbaba, assistant professor and acting chair of the Department of Religion, said the idea of businesses in Indiana refusing service to those who do not share the same religious views is "based on a really false premise."Citizens of a certain kind in America have become convinced they are being persecuted when other people exercise their rights, Kolbaba said.
Rutgers announced a partnership with Benefunder on March 19 after Christian Braemer, CEO and co-founder, met with University officials and discovered a mutual interest for the company and University.After meeting with Christopher Molloy, senior vice president for Research and Economic Development, Braemer said Rutgers would be a good partner with Benefunder.“Christopher was giving a presentation about his vision for Rutgers going forward, which inspired me and after talking, we came to the conclusion that Rutgers would be a great fit with Benefunder,” Braemer said.Founded more than one year ago, the Benefunder works to facilitate relationships between wealthy investors and researchers in need of funding, he said.“We noticed that there’s about $240 billion in individual philanthropy in the United States and only about 3 percent of those funds are actually going to research,” Braemer said.The organization works as a community foundation with a national reach, Braemer said.
“I think in a lot of ways, when you work in chemistry you become pigeonholed and think you have to put on a lab coat and an pour chemicals in a lab,” said Kevin Theisen, Rutgers alum and founder of iChemlabs, a developer of applications and educational tools for students and professionals.
According to a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Higher Education Research Institute, incoming college first-year students are spending less time socializing with peers and more time immersed in online activities.In a survey of more than 153,000 first-years students at 227 universities across the U.S., researchers have found almost 80 percent of students spend five hours or less per week with friends, opting to devote more time to online social networking.
Fifteen years into the new millennium, the traditional lecture-hall model of college classes is still widely popular at Rutgers. Educators across the country are now challenging the status quo by encouraging students to learn with games.The Gamification and Simulation Symposium attracted more than 150 educators from across the United States to the Livingston Student Center Wednesday morning, to explore means of promoting learning and fostering critical thinking skills by incorporating games into the classroom.
Founded on the ideology of teaching a man to fish rather than giving him one, a new international organization on campus is seeking to create long-term solutions to community issues through the leadership of driven undergraduate students.The Rutgers chapter was created to fulfill an entrepreneurial, service-based void, David Shah, co-founder and president of "Enactus," said.
On Saturday, February fifth over two hundred students and mentors alike gathered at the Busch Campus Center to kickoff HackHers, Rutgers first hackathon geared towards women.HackHers, a twenty-four hour overnight hackathon comprised of coding workshops, tech talks and snack breaks attempted to reach beyond the typical hackathon crowd and cater to a smaller demographic.
Fourth-year medical students, Christine Mau and Chris Ojeda, along
with surgical resident and researcher Amy Gore, traveled to Haiti this
year to raise awareness for global health and promote surgical care. With
aid from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School associate professor of
surgery and guiding mentor Ziad Sifri, and several other accomplished
surgeons, the three students were able to perform 47 surgeries over the
course of five days.
A recent study at Oregon State University found that almost 40 percent of American colleges currently have a required physical education class, necessary to complete for graduation.