Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Jeffra Shaefer, co-authored a research paper predicting the ways coastal estuaries will be altered by global warming. She said changes in the food web will contribute to increases in methylmercury in ecosystems.
2/22/2017 9:11am

Rutgers professor researches effects of climate change on mercury accumulation

Jeffra Schaefer, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, has taken part in important research regarding the effects of climate change. She recently helped co-author a research paper investigating the effects of climate change on the bioaccumulation of methylmercury in coastal estuaries. Mercury is toxic in all forms but it is the methylmercury found in marine life that poses the greatest risk to humanity, Schaefer said.

The Makerspace, located on Livingston campus provides students with the facilities, tools and training necessary to create projects. They provide tools ranging from 3D printers to laser cutters and accommodate people of all skill levels.
2/20/2017 11:19pm

Rutgers Makerspace provides students with skills, platform to bring their projects to life

A unit within the Division of Continuing Studies, Rutgers Makerspace, employs an inclusive environment for students and community members to make their projects a reality.  Recently, a club was created to utilize the Makerspace facility and expand its outreach. “We’ve had over 500 students in this building just this semester,” said Lee Pagenkopf, program coordinator at the Rutgers Center of for Innovation Education.  It is only a few weeks into the semester and the group already has more attendance than during the fall semester, he said.The Makerspace student club meets every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

During the summit, participants shared their experiences and networked with leaders from a variety of backgrounds and majors. The goal of the conference was to create connections while also tackling social issues and gaining leadership experience.
2/13/2017 10:15pm

Sorority hosts weekend-long leadership retreat for women

Last weekend, the Omega Phi Chi sorority held a retreat for female leaders, which aimed to support Rutgers women and promote solutions to prominent social issues. Mason Gross School of the Arts junior Asia Dockery ran the event and said that the goal was to empower women and provide them with tools to be better leaders.  Dockery has been in the Omega Phi Chi sorority since the Spring 2016 semester and she is currently the public relations chair. Omega Phi Chi was founded in 1988 at Rutgers to represent females from diverse backgrounds. According to the site for the national organization, the overall purpose of the sorority is to promote unity among all women. The idea for the summit was first proposed by a member of the group in December to provide a platform for speakers to address Rutgers women, Dockery said. While Omega Phi Chi organized the event, the Asian-American sorority Alpha Kappa Delta Phi also helped, acting as the event’s co-sponsor and co-marketer. All of the students at the conference were considered campus leaders, Dockery said.  One of those speakers, School of Arts and Sciences senior Chelsie Riche, shared her experiences studying abroad in South Africa, emphasizing differences she saw in education based on class and race as well as the need to make lasting change.  “For the overall Rutgers community there are limitations.

More than 1,900 students are currently using KnightTRAK, an anonymous text system that encourages students to keep track of their alcohol consumption. Users set limits, and aim to follow them with the help of reminders and check ins.
2/13/2017 1:08am

Anonymous text message system helps student monitor their alcohol intake

KnightTRAK, an anonymous text-message system, aims to help students safely plan their drinking habits. The system encourages students to monitor their alcohol consumption and to reduce high-risk consumption, said Tanisha Riley, a Rutgers health education specialist. KnightTRAK is a 12-week program that works by sending students text messages on Thursdays asking if they intend to drink over the weekend, Riley said.

File Photo | The Rutgers Red Cross works with local groups, including Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, by providing donations to help these locations.
2/3/2017 1:14am

Rutgers Red Cross Club reaches out, gives back to local community

The Red Cross Club is an organization dedicated to promoting the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross and hopes to act as an important service tool in the Rutgers community.  The Rutgers organization aims to be an extension of the national organization, said Anna Chen, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and the club’s president. The American Red Cross is a national organization dedicated to helping communities across the globe.

2/8/2017 8:08pm

RUAIR gives students unique opportunities to engage with foreign affairs

The Rutgers Model United Nations (RUMUN) team has become an increasingly prominent student organization on campus, which attracts participants from a range of majors.  The organization is currently in its 27th year of operation at Rutgers, said Sandeep Patankar, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and director of communications for the Rutgers University Association of International Relations (RUAIR). The team meets once or twice a week, typically on Tuesday nights.

The Mason Gross Student Governing Association works to bridge the gap between students and administrators by organizing events and ensuring the representation of Mason Gross students.
2/1/2017 1:20am

Mason Gross Student Governing Association makes student's voices heard

The Mason Gross Student Governing Association (MGSGA) fights for Mason Gross students in every way imaginable, from creating school-wide programs to increasing their visibility. The governing association's primary goal is to represent students by serving as their voice when they communicate with Rutgers faculty, said Brianna Tagliaferro, a Mason Gross School of the Arts senior and the current president of the organization. The organization is divided into five departments, each of which represents a specific major or majors in the school.

Matthew Menchaca completed all of his courses at Rutgers, but was unable to receive his diploma because he was an estimated $3,600 short of paying his tuition. Donations from 75 people allowed him to reach his goal and attain the funds necessary to graduate.
1/30/2017 3:03am

Rutgers community supports GoFundMe campaign to help student graduate

When a Rutgers graduate student found himself at a financial standstill in his educational career, he turned to crowdsourcing for help. School of Arts and Sciences senior Matthew Menchaca registered, attended and completed all of his classes, but he was unable to graduate because he could not pay his tuition, according to his GoFundMe page.  With the help of various donors, Matthew Menchaca was able to pay his tuition for the semester. “It helped a lot, it really helped allow me to graduate,” Matthew Menchaca said.

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