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06
Oct

iTV: Helping Rutgers Communicators Bring Their Visions to Life

Scene from the Honors College video

When Dr. Matt Matsuda decided to create a signature video to showcase the new Honors College-New Brunswick, he wanted the medium to be as distinctive as the message. Since this handpicked community of 500 high-achieving students is known as a place for creative learning and new technology, Matsuda, the Academic Dean of the Honors College, wanted a similarly creative video­­. His vision was less talking heads and more interactive music video, both highly stylized and filled with animation as well as real life imagery.

“As the Uncommon Honors College, we wanted a leading-edge video to capture the spirit of what it actually feels like to be a student here. To be part of this journey of learning and discovery. We wanted it to have a graphic image quality rather than a documentary feel, and to creatively represent the student experience,” he said.

Thu
06
Oct

At the Speed of Light: Fiber Connects Campus to Media World

Rutgers iTV Studio logo

The historic Rutgers 250th anniversary commencement in May 2016 was broadcast around the world, and Rutgers professors regularly go “live” on television—all via a 21st-century invention: optical fiber optic cable.

Peter Troost, assistant director of broadcast operations/production for Rutgers iTV Studio, answered queries about how fiber optic services work at Rutgers:

Q: How did the commencement broadcast get from the stadium to the world?

A: We used an internal university fiber optic line running from High Point Solutions Stadium to the Rutgers iTV Studio on Berrue Circle on Livingston campus. The feed from the production control room at the stadium was transmitted on that line to the studio—and then to AMV Gateway, a video communications company in Carteret, which then retransmitted the feed across the Hudson River to LIVESTREAM, a media streaming service.

Fri
16
Sep

Youngest Summer Scholar Ever, 9-Year-Old Ennyn Chiu, Finds a Perfect Fit at Rutgers

Enna Chiu and Ennyn Chiu at Rutgers Summer Scholars Program 2016

Of the 145 students in Rutgers’ summer scholar classes in New Brunswick, the majority are high school juniors and seniors. Ennyn Chiu, along with her 11-year-old sister Enna, are both enrolled in the same class, making them youthful standouts among the teenagers in the room.

Read the Rutgers Today article here

Tue
13
Sep

Rutgers Hosts Lifelong Learning Day Friday Oct. 14

Tile image Life long learning with tree

National event debuts in Rutgers Student Center in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies will host the university’s first-ever Lifelong Learning Day celebration on campus Friday, October 14, 2016.

The event will feature activities at Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Rutgers students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Atttendees are welcome to write an answer to the question “What’s the greatest thing you ever learned?” on a chalkboard; take and share a “selfie” photo with cutouts of famed learners Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Frederick Douglass; and take part in a video shoot answering “What do you want to learn next?”

Mon
27
Jun

Rutgers' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Taps into a Thirst for Learning that Knows No Age Limit

A senior adult making a mosaic

Social connection among the 50+ community is as important as the intellectual stimulation

For Lynette Birkins, taking a class for older adults was a lifeline out of a depression that settled in after she retired from a 36-year career in education. A friend who knew about her love of writing encouraged her to take a creative writing class offered for the 50+ community. Now, 105 classes later, Birkins actually taught a class of her own last semester.  She credits the friends she made and the nurturing hand of the teachers with her recovery.

Mon
27
Jun

Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Tile image Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Rutgers students create educational game designed to help girls 11-14 learn programming and technology skills in Rutgers Makerspace

The president’s daughter has been kidnapped. “This is where you come in,” read the typewritten, terse instructions. “You are the chosen one. The fate of Sasha’s life is in your hands. If you choose to accept this, open the enclosed briefcase.”

The story is fiction, thankfully – but the briefcase is real. The small metal box unlatches to reveal a miniature computer, display and cables, along with instructions to create a spy camera to help solve the kidnapping.

Read more at Rutgers Today

Mon
27
Jun

Rutgers Inn & Conference Center Thrives on Estate Graced in History and Shrouded in Mystery

An old aerial view of the Inn

Reaching highest-ever occupancy levels in 2015, the inn continues the university's mission

A sweeping estate known as Lindenwood that sits high on a bluff above the Raritan River – along today’s Ryders Lane on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University – at the turn of the 20th century held only the ruins of a farmhouse built by one of the city’s most prominent families. 

Read more at Rutgers Today

Mon
27
Jun

Drones Will Be Focus of Pre-Engineering Summer Academy Certificate

Rutgers website on the Summer Academy

Rutgers professor E. A. Elsayed discusses the history and future of drones

As drones rise in popularity, their use is provoking new thinking on the possibilities. The U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Geological Survey already use drones to monitor wildlife populations without disturbing them. Amazon is testing drones that could deliver packages in as little as half an hour after an online purchase. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has teamed with other agencies on an experiment to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to spy on storms as they evolve.

Read more at Rutgers Today

Tue
24
May

New Jersey Data Book Expands Government Information Database

Image of rutgers continuing studies new jersey data book website screen shot

Rutgers Center for Government Services reports historical voter data in run-up to presidential election primary and general elections

            NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers Center for Government Services, a unit of the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, has expanded its New Jersey Data Book by adding new categories and years of public information about the state – all of it available as an online database free to the general public.

            The New Jersey Data Book (NJDatabook.rutgers.edu), published in print for 40 years, now is the most comprehensive online source of official, current statistics and information about the nation’s 11th-most populous state.

Fri
06
May

Rutgers Makerspace Promotes Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Screenshot of Rutgers Makerspace webpage

Doing Things Your Own Way 

What's going to be your next big invention? Students and faculty are taking their ideas and building them at the Rutgers Makerspace, which has tools like a laser cutter and 3D printer to help you get the job done. Everyone is welcome. Watch and see how it works.

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