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Three students from Rutgers took home a collective $30,000 after winning the Hearthstone National Championships on Sunday. The e-sports competition took place in Santa Ana, California.
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3 Rutgers students each take home $10K in prize money from national e-sports competition

Three Rutgers students beat out hundreds of teams to win first place at the Hearthstone National Championship this past Sunday, with each player receiving $10,000 in scholarship as their prize. Rutgers students Matthew Koutsoutis, a School of Engineering sophomore, Julio Clemente, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and Michael Causing, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, created their own team of three to enter the tournament, known as the Scarlet Crusaders. The students won the finals event in Santa Ana, California that took place on April 22 to 23, taking on an engineering school from Quebec, Canada in the final round. As part of the Tespa Competitive Series, this competition spanned a seven-week regular season.

The Rutgers Chapter of the national organization Big Hearts to Little Hearts helps to raise awareness of congenital heart disorders through a combination of community outreach and fundraising.  
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Big Hearts to Little Hearts Foundation raises money for congenital heart disease research at Rutgers

The first collegiate chapter of the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Foundation at Rutgers has been tirelessly working to raise awareness and funds for congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease is the number one birth defect-related killer, and each year more children die from congenital heart defects than all forms of pediatric cancer combined, according to the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Website. The main goal of the organization is to spread awareness for the disease as well as accumulate donations for hospitals conducting research.

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Rutgers brings back its 'Mini-MBA' program on healthcare management

Following the success of last year’s program, the Rutgers Business School Executive Education (RBSEE) will once again offer its mini-MBA in Strategic Healthcare Management for Practices. Beginning May 10, this program is designed to provide health care providers and administrators with the knowledge needed to effectively practice management in the workplace.

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Rutgers study finds long-wait times for children in need of pediatric evaluations

A new Rutgers study found evidence confirming that extended wait times for pediatric evaluations could be severely detrimental to the diagnosis and early intervention strategies needed for treatment. Published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the study found that the average wait time nationally for development pediatric evaluations falls between five to six months.  When comparing appointments made in Spanish, about one-third of the programs contacted did not provide language accommodations, said Manuel Jimenez, an assistant professor of pediatrics, family medicine and community health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The study specifically focused on diagnostic evaluation delays for pediatricians who specialize in autism, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder and cerebral palsy.  There are only 1,000 pediatricians nationally who are specially trained to treat these disorders, which is likely one of the reasons why there are such lengthy wait times, according to the study’s press release in Rutgers Today. “Relative to the number of children who would benefit from seeing a developmental pediatrician, the number of specialized physicians in the field is relatively few.

Two Rutgers students created a video intended to spread positivity around campus. Since it was posted last month, the video has been viewed more than 15 million times.
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Students earn more than 15M views after filming 'Making Strangers Smile' at Rutgers

A viral video created by two Rutgers undergraduate students entitled “Making Strangers Smile” is now attracting worldwide attention after accumulating over 15 million views online. Mustafa Hussain and Ahmad Atieh, both School of Engineering juniors, created the video which features various Rutgers students' reactions after receiving a chocolate bar with a simple note attached saying, “Smile.

Three University students and one alumna entered their idea for refugee transportation into the prestigious Hult Prize Competition and became the first Rutgers team to win the regional competition.
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Rutgers team becomes 1st to win regional Hult Prize Competition

A team of three Rutgers Business School students and one alumni have made history when they became the first winning regional champions from Rutgers University in the Hult Prize competition. The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization encouraging college students to create and present their own unique and innovative business ideas to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

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Sun, rain or snow, stay at your best with these health tips

It’s difficult enough to try to match your wardrobe to the ever-changing forecast — sunny and 72 degrees one day, snow and 30 below the next — and on top of that, fluctuating weather patterns can take quite the toll on your immune system. In drastic temperature changes and such fickle weather, it’s important to make sure you are doing everything in your power to fuel and protect your body.

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State Theatre transforms time with show 'Postmodern Jukebox'

After touring four continents and headlining their own show at Radio City Music Hall, the music group Postmodern Jukebox performed at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick Wednesday night for their debut Hub City performance. Started by Scott Bradlee, a New Jersey native, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) provides audience members with a musical journey back in time by reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres. The set list ranged from renditions of Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom” to Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” with each song delivering an unbelievable performance.

Photo Illustration | More and more students are using Venmo and similar mobile payment applications as an alternative to carrying around cash or paying for items through traditional methods.
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Rutgers students, professor talk mobile payment uses

Millennials account for more than 50 percent of people who use mobile payment transactions, according to Payments Journal, with a large number of these transactions now occurring through the app Venmo. Venmo is a mobile app that provides a social way for people to pay or request money from their friends when cash is not an option, according to the Venmo website. The moment a person makes the transaction through the app, money is withdrawn from their bank account and sent to the recipient’s Venmo balance, according to the website.

LinkedIn | Michael Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of New Brunswick, was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list for his work with Visikol, a chemical which makes it easier for researchers to look at three-dimensional tissue samples.
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Rutgers graduate student named to Forbes '30 Under 30' list

A Rutgers University graduate student was recently named in the science category of the Forbes "30 Under 30” list after creating his own biotech company, which aids in the diagnosis of diseases. Michael Johnson, a student at the Graduate School—New Brunswick, said he created his company, Visikol Inc., to allow scientists to view tissues in three dimensions rather than the traditional two-dimensional slide approach, along with co-founders and peers Tom Villani and Nick Crider.  “So, for instance, breast cancer or prostate cancer, types of cancer today that are quite highly misdiagnosed, our tool would allow researchers and clinicians to get more data from those same tissues and improve the process of characterization.

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