In The News

NJ Governor's Council for the Medical Research and Treatments of Autism awards grant to RuCCS

The grant is awarded to use RuCCS' technology at Schools to teach children how to be social using virtual environments. It is in partnership with Silas solutions, an award-winning, NSF and Microsoft funded local company catering solutions for social-emotional learning to over 45 schools across NJ, and many others in other states. Our research brings new methods, especially for social distancing times. 


RuCCS Affiliate contributes to Daily Beast article regarding COVID-19

Victoria Abraira, RuCCS affiliate and professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, lends
her expertise for a story in the Daily Beast that explores the impact of the coronavirus on our sense of touch. Read this intriguing piece and learn why Abraira says that "touch should be studied in the same rigorous way as the other senses."

Abraira was featured on CBC Radio earlier this year and is also a recipient of several awards including
NIH KO1 and Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences in 2019.

View more of her work at


Rutgers Professor of Philosophy Awarded Jean Nicod Prize

Congratulations to Frances Egan, professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and the 2020 recipient
of the Jean Nicod Prize! This prize is awarded annually in Paris to "a leading philosopher of mind or
philosophically oriented cognitive scientist." As the Jean Nicod Lecturer, Professor Egan will begin giving
her lectures in Paris, France in 2021. Egan is the fourth member of Rutgers University to receive this esteemed award, alongside Jerry Fodor, the first winner in 1993, Zenon Pylyshyn in 2004, and Stephen
Stich in 2007.



Rutgers Professor of Philosophy and CogSci Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations to Susanna Schellenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Cog Sci at RU, who has recently been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship! This prestigious grant is awarded annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those "who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Currently, Schellenberg is working on a book on the neural basis of perception along with a project regarding biased algorithms in AI.




Pooja Kansagra, the new Cognitive Science Club President for 2020-2021!

Pooja shares some words on her new position as the Cognitive Science Club President: "I’m super excited
for the Cognitive Science Club this year - our incoming executive board members are extremely brilliant
and passionate about making this club grow even more. During quarantine, we’ve had online guest-speaker meetings and we have plans to continue to be active in the summer, something we’ve never done before! This school year, we have plans to not only have guest-speaker events, but also to host more pre-professional events with career/interview advice, free headshots, corporate trips, and resume critiquing!
We are so thrilled to plan our club’s future events and we welcome all students from any major."