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Blueberries could help treat type 2 diabetes, said Ilya Raskin,
a University professor of plant biology and pathology. Blueberries
contain chemical compounds called bioflavonoids, which lower blood
glucose levels in mice and humans, he said yesterday at a
Department of Nutritional Sciences lecture on Douglass campus.
Bioflavonoids are part of a larger group of plant chemicals called
phytochemicals—known for their disease-preventative
properties—which Raskin studies.
Gov. Chris Christie announced plans to restructure higher
education in New Jersey that would greatly impact the University.
He said in a press conference Wednesday that he accepted an
advisory committee’s plan to integrate Rutgers-Camden into Rowan
University for an expanded South Jersey research university.
Christie also said a new medical campus made up of University of
Medicine and Dentistry schools like the New Jersey Medical School
would be established in Newark.
As the number of nurses in Haiti decline and the lack of nursing
programs in the country persists, the Rutgers College of Nursing
established a program abroad to lend a helping hand.
Elise Lev, associate professor at the College of Nursing, said
she thought of the idea to bring a nursing program to Haiti after
learning many nurses there came to the United States for further
education and did not return home.
Some faculty from several departments in the
School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Environmental and
Biological Sciences are taking steps to reform funding for the
University’s intercollegiate athletic program. Through a
resolution, the faculty are demanding an increase in transparency
in the Athletic Department’s budget, a reduction of the University
subsidy of the intercollegiate athletic program and call for the
portion of student fees for athletics to a be put on a student
referendum, said Mark Killingsworth, a professor in the Department
of Economics, who presented the resolution to his department.
University neuroscientists mapped the first projection of the
female genital system onto the sensory cortex and published the
results in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Barry Komisaruk, a
professor in the psychology department at Rutgers-Newark, and his
colleagues conducted the sensory maps to focus on the female orgasm
as opposed to the male orgasm, which has traditionally received
more attention, said Nan Wise, a Ph.D student and sex therapist in
A new student group oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) held its first meeting Thursday night
in an effort to attract members of the LGBTQ community in the
science field who may be looking for support.
Shereen Dahab, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was able to
combine her passion for volunteering with her interest in
biological sciences while spending her Tuesday afternoons at Saint
Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick. While Dahab was a
senior in high school, her grandmother suffered a stroke and spent
her recovery period at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J.
During this period, Dahab said her grandmother’s living conditions
at the hospital were disappointing.
The School of Biological and Environmental Sciences Governing
Council supported a proposal to bring in the U.S. Department of
Justice to investigate the conduct of the New Brunswick Police
Department. The council unanimously passed a resolution to endorse
a letter penned on Friday by community activist Walter Hudson and
student leaders asking the U.S. Department of Justice to
investigate the recent events surrounding the shooting of Barry
Deloatch and other police misconduct.
The University’s Master of Science in the mathematical finance
program is among the top-20 mathematical graduate programs in the
country, according to a U.S. News & World Report.The program started in 2006 due to a demand for a finance program
at the University that was tailored to current market needs, said
Paul Feehan, director of the mathematical finance program.
A new partnership between the University and the Tata Institute
of Social Sciences in India aims to help more people in India gain
access to higher education. The India Center for Sustainable Growth
and Talent seeks to increase the availability of higher education
in India to 20 percent of its population by 2020, said David
Finegold, senior vice president for Lifelong Learning and Strategic
Growth — the University counterpart of the joint initiative.
After a biological viral experiment went wrong, University
students became cannibalistic, feeding on others during the second
annual “Haunting of Lipman House: The Feeding,” sponsored by the
Oceanography Club.“We take pride in providing a fun and stress-relieving quality
haunted event around Halloween,” said Dave Kaminsky, head of the
event. “This is our biggest annual fundraising event and it’s a
great time for the Rutgers student body to come together for a fun
night with their friends.”
Joining two existing programs on campus, the Naval Reserve
Officers Training Corps will make its debut on campus starting fall
of 2012. The University’s Board of Governors approved the creation
of an academic Department of Naval Science last Wednesday to
provide a four-year program of naval science.