RuCCS Executive Director Sara Pixley Awarded SAS Staff Excellence Award

The first annual Arts and Sciences Staff Excellence Awards for Distinguished Service recipients were honored by Peter March, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and JoAnne Williams, Vice Dean of Administration, for their distinguished record in service excellence and dedication to the School of Arts and Sciences and our students and constituents at a reception at Winants Hall on February 22.

RuCCS' own Sara Pixley was one of the twelve staff members who received the prestigious award. Click here to read the whole story.

Research Co-Authored by Dr. Silverstein has found that heavy smoking can damage vision

Recent study conducted by researchers from the Perception, Neuroscience and Behavior Laboratory in Brazil with Dr. Steve Silverstein as consultant, have discovered that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision. 

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Celebrating the Legacy of Jerry Fodor, a Pioneering Rutgers Philosopher

Written by John Chadwick | SAS Senior Writer

Jerry Fodor launched a golden age at philosophy department

Three world-renowned scholars from Harvard and Tufts universities came together earlier this month to honor the Rutgers University philosopher who inspired, challenged, and confounded them: Jerry Fodor.

Fodor, who died in 2017, was a pioneering scholar in the field of cognitive science. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and later at Rutgers—where he ushered in a golden age in the university’s philosophy department—Fodor helped develop the theories that view the human mind as an information processing system with modules for functions such as language, music, or math.

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For obituaries, remembrances and other publications following Jerry Fodor's passing, click here.


Dr. Michmizos wins the BHI Grant Award for the proposal entitled "Computational Astrocyence."

michmizosDr. Konstantinos Michmizos wins the BHI Grant Award for the proposal entitled "Computational Astrocyence."

This Award is in collaboration with leaders in experimental neuroscience: Cheryl Dreyfus, Zhiping Pang (Rutgers Medical School), and Bonnie Firestein (SAS Cell Biology and Neuroscience.)

The Award will allow Konstantinos to further expand his Lab's research on Neural - Astrocytic Networks by combining his computational modeling with experimental studies, giving an unparalleled opportunity for a push-pull dynamic between the two aspects.

The anticipated new knowledge on astrocyte-neuron interaction will advance, if not transform, both computational and brain studies, including studies on brain treatments.

The $40,000/year Grant aligns with ComBra Lab's ongoing efforts to shake the "neurocomputing" dogma, where "brain = neurons", and introduce algorithms employing an abundant yet long-neglected brain cell, astrocytes, with unique computational capabilities.

NJTV Interviews Elizabeth Torres, Director of The New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence

While autism affects 1 in 59 children in the United States, the spectrum disorder affects 1 in 34 children in New Jersey. Now a new program’s been created to connect people with autism spectrum disorder to the research, resources and services they need. The New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence is state-funded and led by a team from Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Childrens Specialized Hospital. Among them, director Elizabeth Torres who sat down with NJTV Correspondent Briana Vannozzi.

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