Winter 2015 Stories

Richard L. Edwards

Great Expectations

Richard L. Edwards, chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presides over big changes that are raising the profile of Rutgers.

Urban Legends

Remembering two alumni who gave generously to Rutgers, and to Newark and New Brunswick: Clement A. Price and John J. Heldrich.

My Life as a Human Guinea Pig

Why alumnus Christopher Gussis has taken part in close to 300 clinical trials in the name of advancing medical knowledge. 

Battle Tested

As Baghdad bureau chief for the Associated Press, Vivian Salama oversees the dangerous reporting on the fighting against ISIS in Iraq.

Our Town

How Rutgers University–Camden alumni are coming to the aid of the city.

The Ties That Bind

Writing instructor Akhil Sharma discusses his acclaimed new novel, Family Life.

U.S. Army intelligence officer Patricia Jones Frost
On the Banks 

A Woman for All Seasons

Alumna Patricia Jones Frost, a brigadier general in the U.S. Army, heads up the military services' cyberwarfare effort.

The Last Stop

Where a Rutgers bus goes to rest in peace.

In Her Defense

A Rutgers University–Camden student, in helping people like her sister, provides information about services for the developmentally disabled.

Voting Rights

Rutgers’ two governing boards and the state legislature agree to reduce the voting membership of the Board of Trustees to effect better governance.

My Newark

New app keeps Newark residents abreast of news and developments.




The Silent Treatment

The Huffington Post calls William the Silent one of the most-loved statues on an American campus.

Making It Real

Ever since his election to political office in 1982, state senator Ronald L. Rice has often challenged public policy formulations—and the politics behind them.

What Will They Think of Next?

Industrial engineering students at the School of Engineering and their unusual inventions to make our lives a little easier.

Taken to the Cleaners

New economic index created at Rutgers gauges employment trends by looking at dry cleaning bills.

Illustration of two atheletes cathing butterflies with nets
Scarlet Sports 

Catching Butterflies

How athletes at Rutgers cope with pregame jitters in order to perform their best.

A Race Against the Clock

The busy, busy world of Scarlet Knights star swimmer Greta Leberfinger. 

Opera and Sports: Perfect Together

Student Stephen Saharic brings his baritone to the Boomer & Carton show and makes the case for classical music.

Scarlet Sports Shorts

News and notes about the accomplishments of alumni and student-athletes.

John Singer Sargent’s Madame X, and art historian Susan Sidlauskas
The Arts 

Painting With Surgical Precision

Art historian Susan Sidlauskas researches the influences on painter John Singer Sargent.

Who You Gonna Call?

Alumna Katie Dippold, naturally. The writer cowrote the all-female remake of Ghostbusters.

On Love, Tragedy, and Hope

Book previews of new titles by alumni and faculty.

A Force of Nature

Performance artist Anthony Brown travels the country reliving the remarkable life of alumnus Paul Robeson.

Food As Immigrant Experience

At New York’s Tenement Museum, alumnus Adam Steinberg leads tours of the Lower East Side to reveal culinary roots of immigrants.


Gary Merrill, the author of Our Aging Bodies
Health Matters 

The Fountain of Youth

What it takes to stay forever young, according to professor Gary Merrill.

Crisis in the Hot Zone

Alumna Ella Watson-Stryker is among the Ebola fighters named Time’s Person of the Year for 2014.

A Favorable Outcome

Two Rutgers schools offer a graduate program to assess financial and therapeutic benefits in the health care industry.


New initiatives in the health sciences.

It’s Better Scarlet Red Than Dead

The new Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce has health benefits exceeding blueberries.

Conception After Cancer

Thanks to oncofertility, cancer survivors have a good likelihood of having children.

Dogs’ Best Friend

Petra Ford, a pet physical therapist, rehabs canines.


Advances in the biomedical and health sciences.

Angelique Haugerud

The Impact of Political Humor

Anthropology professor Angelique Haugerud explores the role of this type of comedy in society.


Faculty honored for research and teaching achievements.


New positions for key faculty members.


Recent breakthroughs and findings in faculty research.

Melissa Lee SC&I’11
Alumni Notes 

Seeing Green

Melissa Lee is the cofounder of the Green Program, which introduces students to companies following best practices for sustainability.

Sit, Stay, Heal

Nursing professor Cheryl Krause-Parello researches the healing powers of human-animal relationships to help veterans.

Growing Pains

Food Chains, a documentary by Smriti Keshari, chronicles farmworkers’ fight for economic justice.

Dream Job

How hypnotherapist James Giunta helps clients  make changes in their lives.

Living the Life of Reilly

Alumna Kate Reilly relives her two years in Swaziland working with the Peace Corps.

Robert Barchi

From the President

Increasing opportunities for our highest-achieving students through honors colleges.

From the Editor

A Kernel of an Idea