Spring 2015 Stories

A New Galaxy of Stars

A New Galaxy of Stars

Rutgers honors the new members of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The Man With the View

Alumnus David Sloan, of ABC News, is the producer of some of television’s most well-known shows.

Bumper Crop

Thanks to Rutgers, New Jersey farmers are growing produce indigenous to the homelands of the state’s immigrant groups.

On the Banks of the Old Raritan

A Rutgers initiative and a new book provide an education in what it will take to save the Raritan River.


Their interest in journalism was piqued at Rutgers University–Newark. Today, these four alumni are pros at it—applying their craft at ABC News.


Richard N. Weeks, right, is the chair and third-generation leader of Weeks Marine Inc., for which his son Richard S. Weeks, left, serves as CEO and president.
On the Banks 

Crisis Management

Alumnus Richard N. Weeks, the chair of Weeks Marine Inc., marshals his dredging operation to help the United States in its hours of need.

Repeat Performance

Fulbright Grants and Goldwater Scholarships, once again, go to Rutgers students and alumni. 

Seize the Day

Alumna Mary O’Dowd is the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health.

Good Chemistry

“Bill Nye the Science Guy” headlines commencement ceremonies at Rutgers.

Institutional Change

The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University–Newark is renamed after the man who cofounded it: the late Clement Alexander Price.

A Rutgers Legal Precedent

The university merges its two law schools.

Causes for Celebration

Rutgers and the City of New Brunswick host April events that showcase the best of the university and the Hub City.

The Best and the Brightest

President Robert Barchi and Dr. Francis Barchi form the Matthew Leydt Society to recognize exceptional graduating seniors at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Something’s Gotta Give

The pressure to close gaps in funding of state employee pensions may be having a negative impact on support for higher education.

Dick Lloyd, best known for his commentary during radio broadcasts of Rutgers men’s basketball games, has retired. He was photographed in the College Avenue Gymnasium in New Brunswick.
Scarlet Sports 

Alumnus Dick Lloyd

Alumnus Dick Lloyd—coach, fundraiser, alumni relations director, and longtime radio analyst—retires.

Lord of the Rings

Dennis Barth, the head baseball coach at Rutgers University–Camden, sets his sights on a championship.


A Few Good Men

The former Scarlet Knights who play for the  New England Patriots reveal how Rutgers and an NFL championship changed them.

Big Ten, Let’s Do It Again

Rutgers University–New Brunswick completes its first year competing in the new athletic conference.



George Segal takes a break with Miles Forst, whom he cast for his sculpture The Red Scaffold in 1990.
The Arts 

Men at Work

The long relationship between two artists lies behind the photographs of Donald Lokuta—which is the subject of George Segal in Black and White at the Zimmerli Art Museum.


Newest Americans, a documentary series, reveals the global odyssey for many Rutgers University–Newark students.

Dream in Color

After 30 years, R&B singer Regina Belle returns to Rutgers to accept her degree from the School of Arts and Sciences.


Applying the Goop

Alumna Lisa Gersh teams up with Gwyneth Paltrow to lead the actress’s lifestyle company, goop.

Just the Facts, Ma’am

Alumna Mary Norris, a fact-checker at the New Yorker, shares her life at the venerated magazine.

Prized Possession

Alumnus Gregory Pardlo wins the Pulitzer for poetry.


Rachana Tyagi is an assistant professor of surgery and director of the pediatric neurosurgery program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Health Matters 

The Miracle Worker

The rare talent of Rachana Tyagi, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Good Health—at Your Fingertips

SmartenFit, a new app, offers realistic strategies for eating well and getting in shape.

Getting the Word Out

Alumna Sung Poblete works with Ken Burns to produce a PBS series about cancer.


Advances in the biomedical and health sciences.

Role Model

After being paralyzed, alumnus Joseph Cali is now eager to help others like himself.

On the Road

The School of Public Health brings students studying occupational health and safety to industrial job sites.


The latest in new administrative positions for faculty.


New clinical and research collaborations.

Ruth Chang, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Decision Time

Philosophy professor Ruth Chang explains strategies for making hard choices.


Faculty honored for research and teaching achievements.


Recent breakthroughs and findings in faculty research.

Female student holding TAG sign at Rutgers’ first-ever TAG (Teaching Annual Giving) Day.
Alumni Notes 

TAG—You’re It!

TAG Day is a new effort to educate students about what it means to be part of the Rutgers community.

A Dose of Kindness

Dorian J. Wilson, a liver-transplant surgeon, leads the effort to heighten medical professionals’ awareness to show humanity in treating patients.

Is There a Pregnant Doctor in the House?

Lorelei Wakefield, owner of Doc Momma, answers a need in the health care industry: maternity lab coats.

Green Beer Isn’t Just for St. Patty’s Day Anymore

Gene Muller, the founder of Flying Fish Brewing Co., has put green technology to work in brewing his fine line of beers.


Hitting the Sweet Notes

Michael O’Neill, the top executive at Broadcast Music Inc., leads the effort to protect musicians’ rights in the era of free music born of the internet.

Overcoming Grief With Laughter

After a devastating family tragedy, actor Bart Sumner found solace through improvisational theater, and, today, he helps others cope with similar emotional pain.

Travel Tips From the Road

Summer vacation season is upon us! As we make final plans, Susan and Richard Pohli share well-tested advice gleaned from trips to 76 nations.


Robert Barchi

From the President

Thanks a Billion

From the Editor

The Facts of the Matter