In The News

Congratulating Professor Elizabeth Torres, Honored by Act of the NJ Legislature

Dr. Elizabeth Torres, Professor in the Psychology Department and RuCCS, has been personally honored by a Joint Resolution of the
New Jersey Senate and General Assembly saluting the excellence of
her "groundbreaking research" at Rutgers that has been "essential
in shaping initiatives that transform autism medical research and treatments throughout our State.
" The language of the resolution is remarkable, not only praising Torres' scientific contributions and service as the Director of the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence but
also her personal qualities saying that "within all spheres of her life
and work" she is a role model who sets "standard of excellence toward
which others might strive."

Dr. Torres hopes that science will continue to positively affect the Public Service sector and lead to more beneficial legislature to help people. On behalf of the RuCCS staff, faculty, and students, congratulations Elizabeth!


In Memoriam: Dr. Jerome Williams

Dr. Jerome Williams was a RuCCS Affiliate and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. He will be remembered by colleagues for his combination of intelligence, leadership and kindness. You can read more about his impact as a scholar and
a champion for inclusion here

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni may post condolences here.



Keynote Conversation on AI and Ethics with Meredith Whittaker

Meredith Whittaker, is the Co-founder and co-director of the AI Now Institute, Minderoo Research Professor at NYU, and Founder of Google's Open Research Group. The talk is taking place via Zoom on February 12 at 12:00 PM. Click here for the registration link and check here for further information regarding Meredith's talk, as well as future talks. 


Rutgers Wellness Study: Participate and earn $120

A study on the ways digital behavior can be used to predict changes in a person's mental health is done by the researches at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information (Rutgers SC&I), Rutgers School of Public Health (Rutgers SPH), and Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). The participants will be required to download their Google account data through Google Takeout, a feature that will allow it to be encrypted and shared with the research team. Then over the course of 10 weeks, each participant will fill out some surveys. The users will receive a total compensation of $120 (in Amazon gift cards) upon completion of the study. To sign up for the wellness study, email here at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Check here for more information regarding the project. 


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders awards RuCCS EC member Kasia Bieszczad a $1.7M grant

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Kasia Bieszczad, Rutgers Center of Cognitive Science - New Brunswick, (RuCCS) EC member and Assistant Professor of Psychology awarded a $1.7M grant by the NIDCD for her project "Molecular Epigenetic Mechanisms that Transform the Auditory System for Learning and Memory." The aim of this project is to investigate epigenetic neural mechanisms which can ensure meaningful sounds are faithfully and adaptively represented in the adult auditory brain. Bieszczad's proposal was scored in the 4th percentile by the NIDCD.