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    Rutgers History and Inside Persectives

    Because my "What does the R on the Rutgers' helmet stand for" thread is getting serious about Rutgers history rather than just being funny, I thought I would start a new thread. Frankly, I find Rutgers to be a fascinating institution. Perhaps we can use this thread to help Iowans be more informed about the real Rutgers. Hopefully, some Rutgers fans will give us some inside perspective on the school. For instance, how is it viewed by alumni of other institutions, such as Princeton? I thought I caught an NYU joke somewhere on the board, but don't know much about that school or its perspective, other than being amazed at how many NYU students were on the street at 3am on a Friday morning after I went to Terra Blues.

    So, what is unique about Rutgers? How do Rutgers fans compare the school to other nearby schools?



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    Here is something posted on the other thread (on another forum) that was really cool:



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    A little about us:

    November 10, 1766 - Our birthday and America's 8th oldest college. Rutgers was founded as Queen's College (along with a preparatory school). The school was actually defunct when a former Revolutionary War fighter, Henry Rutgers, donated a $5,000 bond to re-activate the school in 1825. By December of that year, they changed the name to Rutgers College. We became Rutgers University in 1924 and Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey after WWII. We're the only one of the 50 state universities to be known by a name other than its home state and the only one that has been a colonial, land grant and state university.

    November 6, 1869 - 25 Princeton players took the train to New Brunswick and played an equal number of Rutgers players (both sides also had subs) in America's first intercollegiate football game using a hybrid of rules from the two main codes of playing football at the time - The Association football code and the Rugby football code. Rutgers kicked 6 one-point goals from the field of play to 4 for Princeton to win the first game. The next Saturday, Rutgers lost at Princeton 8-0. The third game to decide the series was stopped by faculty from both school who thought the sport was interfering with studies. The following year Rutgers challenged Columbia College in New York and also played at Princeton. Yale, Stevens Inst. of Hoboken, CCNY, Harvard, Tufts jumped in during the 1870s. If everything in American Football history were dominoes lined up to 2011, if you reverse the flow of that line, you come back to November 6, 1869 Princeton at Rutgers. There are other dominoes earlier in time, but none that ignited the American Football experience.

    Rutgers has actually been a small school for most of its life. For that first football game, Princeton drew its team from a student body of about 300. Rutgers had only 140. So 20% of the school participated in America's first intercollegiate football game! We didn't reach 1,000 student body until the 1920s and the influx of WWII soldiers coming to Rutgers on the GI Bill boosted the population to a "whopping" 3,000-4,000. By the end of the 1960s they were up to 6,000-10,000 and didn't have its first pure football athletic scholarship until 1966. But the 57,000 Rutgers of today (New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses) really got its start in the 1970s - the same time Rutgers would push for top division football play. Up to then, Rutgers emulated the Ivy League (meaning no post season appearances or spring football, etc.) We never got into the Ivy League in 1956 but RU played those schools often. In history, Rutgers was considered "quasi" Ivy League. Some still credit the school with that reputation although things have changed with time.

    We still crave our first football title in the Big East - something Rutgers was denied, in part, when they played badly vs. UConn in their final game this season. (I see Iowa State defeated the Huskies 24-20 this year.) There are several football titles from the "old days" in our history. They are:

    1961 University Division Champions of the Middle Atlantic Conference
    1960 University Division Champions of the Middle Atlantic Conference
    1958 University Division Champions of the Middle Atlantic Conference
    1894 Middle States Football League

    Rutgers honored its 1961 team this year (50th anniversary) -- the first football team to go undefeated (9-0, #15 in AP). The other undefeated seasons were the 1976 (11-0) team and the 1876 (1-0) team (not generally counted).

    We also have some quirky stuff on our historical football resume:

    May 17, 1869 - students vote to dump the school colors of orange, white and blue chosen two years earlier and go with scarlet (a color later defined as 65% blood red and 35% cadmium orange for brightness); Rutgers was one of the earliest schools with an athletic color. The students wanted a shade of red no one else had (in the years when you could actually do that).

    November 6, 1869 First Intercollegiate Football Game in America (vs. Princeton)
    November 2, 1872 First Intercollegiate Football Game in New York (vs. Columbia)
    November 13, 1880 Second Intercollegiate Football Game at the original Polo Grounds (vs. Columbia, there were 4 Polo Grounds in history); Rutgers is the only school to play in all four incarnations of the Polo Grounds
    November 6, 1883 First Intercollegiate Football Game in Brooklyn (vs. Yale)
    November 24, 1917 First College Team to play at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn (vs. Newport Second District Naval reserves)

    1926-1948 Rutgers plays NYU at Yankee Stadium (NYU's home field) and go 1-7-1... their only victory being the last one November 13, 1948. They returned to Yankee Stadium (II) on November 12, 2011 and defeated Army 27-12.
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    1873 - Rutgers at Yale; 35 cents admission and programs available, firsts for Rutgers. How'd they get there? Train to Jersey City; overnight sail by boat to New Haven; picked up by stage coach and given a tour of Yale (including Skull & Bones); taken to Hamilton Park by stagecoach for game; given half the proceeds to return home by train

    January 19, 1889 - played the University of Pennsylvania indoors, at night and under lights in a football game at the original Madison Square Garden (there have been 4)... it was part of that day's athletic events sponsored by the year old Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

    1899 - band reported on the field for Rutgers home opener; 1905 Rutgers and Stevens hire bands to perform at the season opener

    September 26, 1914 - took automobiles to a football game for the first time (vs. Princeton)

    November 7, 1922 - Rutgers 25 LSU 0 at Polo Grounds; play by play results phoned or telegraphed to WJZ radio studios in Newark, NJ and described to a radio audience

    November 8, 1924 - Although unofficially known as the Scarlet (and later the Queensmen after their original name Queen's College), Rutgers unveiled its first mascot and nickname - the Chanticleer. .. a magnificent rooster from the story of "Reynard The Fox" and the name of a new student humor publication. By student vote in May of 1955, the nickname was changed to the Scarlet Knights after beating out: Queensmen, Red Lions, Scarlet, Raritangs, Redmen and Flying Dutchman.

    September 28, 1946 - first Rutgers game on TV from Baker Field in New York vs. Columbia. Long time Yankees announcer Mel Allen is the play by play man in Allen's football debut on television (he did Alabama football on the radio in the 1930s)

    October 9, 1954 - first travel by air to Utica, NY for game vs. Colgate

    December 30, 2011 - Rutgers plays Iowa State at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the 156th opponent in the history of Rutgers Football (1869-2011).

    Much, much more but I figured most of you have gone to sleep reading through this already! So let me just welcome all the fans of the Iowa State Cyclones. Great holidays to you all! Hope we combine to make this a fun celebration of college football!



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    Re: Rutgers History and Inside Persectives

    If you want to get to know Rutgers fans at their best, go to ScarletNation.com and read the threads in memory of CalRU66 and the party by AreYouNUTS. These seem like some great folks.



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    Whoops, sorry about continuing that trend on your other thread Cycsk, but you were right, R should stand for research! haha

    The poster "Source" is a walking RU History book, knowing all that he knows about RU would probably make my head explode, hopefully he finds this thread over here and decides to contribute some more.

    On another note, bet you guys didn't know that this guy is one of our most famous "alumni"?
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyadR1j6H8Q&list=FLE5-26zm2ykyRGsvfSIKopw&index=138&feature=plpp_video]magoos goal post - YouTube[/ame]

    In addition, here is a video that was shown on ESPN prior to our 2006 game against Louisville. Sadly, Mr. Seward has since passed away.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Jv2uGOweQ&list=FLE5-26zm2ykyRGsvfSIKopw&index=102&feature=plpp_video]Oldest Rutgers Fan - YouTube[/ame]



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    Re: Rutgers History and Inside Persectives

    What is the flagship majors (or schools) for Rutgers?

    ISU is known as most an agriculture center with the largest seed science lab in the world, USDA research labs, leading plant pathology program (In Iowa, we live in fear of Soybean Rust, so don't even mention it to a farmer), as well as thousands of engineering students and a great Vet school. Our new president is a plant pathologist! Of course, we are not just an agriculture school. We also have a fine design school, business school, virtual reality lab, and more.

    And don't mistake ISU's agriculture emphasis as equivalent to Iowa farming. Iowa State faculty are farmer-types who don't like to do research without getting their fingers dirty! And Iowa farmers think that ISU faculty think they know much less than they think they do because they don't spend enough time in the field.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    What is the flagship majors (or schools) for Rutgers?

    ISU is known as most an agriculture center with the largest seed science lab in the world, USDA research labs, leading plant pathology program (In Iowa, we live in fear of Soybean Rust, so don't even mention it to a farmer), as well as thousands of engineering students and a great Vet school. Our new president is a plant pathologist! Of course, we are not just an agriculture school. We also have a fine design school, business school, virtual reality lab, and more.

    And don't mistake ISU's agriculture emphasis as equivalent to Iowa farming. Iowa State faculty are farmer-types who don't like to do research without getting their fingers dirty! And Iowa farmers think that ISU faculty think they know much less than they think they do because they don't spend enough time in the field.
    Rutgers Facts & Figures
    How many students attend Rutgers? What percentage of students receive financial aid? Rutgers is such a diverse and multinational place, where do all those students come from? Answers to these and countless other intriguing questions can be found among a variety of resources.

    2011–2012 Undergraduate Tuition
    In-State: $10,104
    Out-of-State: $22,766


    OUR STUDENTS
    More than 58,000 students from all 50 states and more than 125 countries
    43,380 undergraduates and 14,800 graduate students

    83.8% of all students are New Jersey residents and 16.2% are from out of state

    Full-time students: 48.6% men and 51.4% women

    Rutgers is diverse. The students of Rutgers–Newark have made that campus the nation’s “most diverse” for 15 years running in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of America’s Best Colleges

    More than half the members of the incoming class identify themselves as non-Caucasian

    Among peer institutions (public universities in the Association of American Universities), Rutgers ranks 1st in the percentage of degrees earned by African Americans, 5th for women, 7th for Asians, and 11th for Latinos

    More than 40 percent of entering undergraduates rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class

    Mean SAT (Math/Verbal/Writing): 1786

    86% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid

    Average annual undergraduate financial aid award is $13,508

    12,500+ Rutgers students received degrees in May 2010

    OUR FACULTY AND STAFF
    7,021 full- and part-time faculty across all campuses

    6,862 full- and part-time staff members across all campuses

    99% of faculty hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree

    Among peer public institutions (public universities in the Association of American Universities), Rutgers is 5th in the nation for full-time female faculty, 7th in the nation for full-time African-American faculty, and 11th in the nation for full-time total minority faculty

    Faculty include Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellows, Pulitzer Prize winners, National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology recipients, a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master,” and many more

    50 Rutgers faculty are in the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Rutgers has one of the top three philosophy faculties in the English-speaking world, along with NYU and Oxford

    OUR ALUMNI
    About 400,000 alumni live in all 50 states and on six continents

    More than 200,000 alumni live in New Jersey

    Rutgers alumni make a difference every day and lead in every field imaginable. Some notable alumni include Smith College President Carol Tecla ******, best-selling novelist Janet Evanovich, Ford Motor Company president for the Americas Mark Fields, actor James Gandolfini, and NBA commissioner David Stern.

    Rutgers ranks 6th in the nation for value delivered to graduates based on median salaries three years and 15 years after graduation in SmartMoney’s survey of college costs versus salaries earned by alumni of 50 public and private institutions.

    OUR ACADEMICS
    3 campuses: New Brunswick, Newark, Camden

    28 schools and colleges, including New Jersey’s only pharmacy school

    More than 100 undergraduate majors

    More than 180 graduate programs

    Rutgers is in the top 6% of American universities awarding the most doctorates annually

    1-to-14 faculty-to-student ratio

    On average, only 13% of classes have more than 50 students

    Rutgers students earned fellowships, grants, and awards from these and other prestigious academic organizations:
    American Association of University Women • American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon • American Meteorological Society • British Research Council • Fulbright • Gates Cambridge • Goldwater • Japanese Education Ministry • Leakey Foundation • Lindau Meeting of Nobelists • Metropolitan Museum of Art • NASA • National Institutes of Health • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration • National Science Foundation • New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research • New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research • Smithsonian Institution • U.S. Department of Defense • U.S. Department of Energy • U.S. Department of State • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    OUR RESEARCH
    Only public New Jersey university in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group comprising North America’s 61 leading research universities. Rutgers and Princeton are New Jersey’s only AAU members.

    Rutgers is a research-intensive university, with 180 research centers and institutes

    Home to New Jersey’s most extensive and diversified network of research laboratories

    Rutgers was awarded a record $391 million in new research grants and contracts in FY 2009

    To date, Rutgers has received $62 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to support a range of research, from preventing colon cancer to better understanding sediment in coastal estuaries
    60 percent of Rutgers undergraduates engage in original research

    In 2008, Rutgers placed among the top 10 universities in the nation for the licensing and optioning of inventions

    Rutgers has nearly 500 active U.S. patents and was granted 26 patents in 2010 alone

    OUR CAMPUSES
    New Brunswick Campus: 31,268 undergraduates; 8,682 graduate students; 2,681 acres; 647 buildings

    Newark Campus: 7,465 undergraduates; 4,339 graduate students; 38 acres; 33 buildings

    Camden Campus: 4,653 undergraduates; 1,775 graduate students; 31 acres; 37 buildings

    16,483 residence hall beds universitywide

    25 dining facilities universitywide

    More than 4.5 million meals served annually universitywide


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    Re: Rutgers History and Inside Persectives

    Now, how about something less formal? Doctors, lawyers, and artists (like the moron who wrote the horrible article in the recent Atlantic) come from the U of Iowa (aka Eastern Iowa University). Teachers come from the U of Northern Iowa. Farmers, USDA resarchers (such as those who deal with the Ames anthrax strain, Mad Cow disease, Bird flu, etc.), and veteranarians come from Iowa State.

    What are the stereotypes, particularly the more accurate ones, for Rutgers grads?



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    And what about your football players? As I looked at your roster, I was amazed at how many come from New Jersey itself. Are you a magnet for the best athletes in the state, like Ohio State is for Ohio athletes?

    Most of your players come from the eastern seaboard. There were only a single handful of exceptions, including one guy from Iowa (how did that happen?). U of Iowa gets NJ wrestlers! I would have expected you to draw more from other parts of the country, especially given the enormous quantity and wide distribution of your alumni.



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    Recent National Rankings Include:

    The Wall Street Journal's SmartMoney magazine, January 2009
    # 6 in the nation for the value delivered to the university's graduates based on college costs versus median salaries three years and 15 years after graduation

    U.S. News & World Report: Best Graduate Schools
    # 1 in the nation, School Library Services/Media; Women's History
    # 4 in the nation, Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics; Library Services for Children and Youth; African-American History
    # 5 in the nation, Gender and Literature
    # 6 in the nation, Library and Information Services; Printmaking; Diversity of School of Law-Newark
    # 7 in the nation, Criminology
    # 8 in the nation, Digital Librarianship
    # 9 in the nation, Public Affairs Information and Technology Management; Library Information Systems; Cultural History; Logic
    # 10 in the nation, Public Management Administration

    U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
    # 1 in the nation (15th consecutive year), Most Diverse National University (Rutgers–Newark)

    U.S. News & World Report: Ten Law Degrees With Most Financial Value at Graduation
    # 3 in the nation, Rutgers School of Law–Camden

    Forbes: America's Most Diverse Colleges
    # 1 in the nation (Rutgers–Newark)

    Military Times Edge: Best for Vets
    # 3 in the nation

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Academic Ranking of World Universities
    # 59 in the world
    # 39 in the nation

    Scopus: High-Impact Universities
    # 23 in the nation for research impact among U.S. public institutions
    # 13 in the nation for research impact in the pure, natural, and mathematical sciences among U.S. public institutions
    # 14 in the nation for research impact in engineering, computing, and technological sciences among U.S. public institutions

    Philosophical Gourmet Report: Quality and Reputation of Philosophy Faculty
    # 2 in the United States overall
    # 3 in the English-speaking world overall
    # 1 in the English-speaking world, Philosophy of Language
    # 1 in the English-speaking world, Philosophy of Cognitive Science

    Planetizen: Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs
    # 3 in the nation, Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

    Times Higher Education (London)
    # 4 in the world among oceanographic institutions, Rutgers' Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

    Wall Street Journal
    # 21 in the nation, corporate recruiter pick for best graduates
    # 3 among nation's undergraduate business programs, corporate recruiter pick for best graduates
    # 8 in the nation, Executive MBA, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, Return on Investment
    # 20 in the world, Executive MBA, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, World's Best Executive MBA Programs

    Prelaw Magazine
    # 3 in the nation, commitment to public service, Rutgers School of Law–Newark

    NCAA
    # 2 in the nation, Academic Progress Rate for football players

    Her Campus online magazine
    # 7 in the nation, Girl Power Colleges

    Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships
    # 23 in the nation, Best Neighbor Schools (Rutgers–Newark)

    Washington Monthly
    # 18 in the nation among national universities, contribution to the public good (Rutgers–Newark)

    DiversityInc.: Top Colleges and Universities
    Among the top five colleges and universities in the nation for diversity management

    Eastern Public Ivies
    Pennsylvania State University (University Park)
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
    State University of New York at Binghamton
    University of Connecticut (Storrs)
    University of Delaware (Newark)
    University of Maryland (College Park)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    What is the flagship majors (or schools) for Rutgers?

    ISU is known as most an agriculture center with the largest seed science lab in the world, USDA research labs, leading plant pathology program (In Iowa, we live in fear of Soybean Rust, so don't even mention it to a farmer), as well as thousands of engineering students and a great Vet school. Our new president is a plant pathologist! Of course, we are not just an agriculture school. We also have a fine design school, business school, virtual reality lab, and more.

    And don't mistake ISU's agriculture emphasis as equivalent to Iowa farming. Iowa State faculty are farmer-types who don't like to do research without getting their fingers dirty! And Iowa farmers think that ISU faculty think they know much less than they think they do because they don't spend enough time in the field.
    I'm sure that someone else will be able to answer this question better then I, but I'll take a stab:

    Couldn't tell you our highest ranked majors, other then the fact that we have the 2nd ranked Philosophy department in the world.

    The colleges that make up Rutgers were reorganized in 2007 and now include:
    School of Arts and Sciences (formerly Rutgers, Livingston, and Douglass College's)
    School of Enviromental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College)
    School of Social Work
    School of Management and Labor Relations
    School of Engineering
    School of Communication and Information
    Rutgers Business School
    Mason Gross School of the Arts
    Graduate School of Education
    Graduate school of Psychology
    Ernest Mario school of Pharmacy
    Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
    College of Nursing

    In addition to philosophy, we also have highly rated majors in: Food Science, Library Science, Geology, Drama, Mathematics, English, History, Physics, and Materials Engineering. This goes without even mentioning all the other great majors at Rutgers. Pretty much, if you can think of an area of study, Rutgers probably has a department for it.

    Also, something you guys might be interested in, New Jerseyans are very proud of our nickname of "The Garden State". Our state is one of the top producers of Blueberries, Cranberries, and Eggplants (besides having the largest oil containment area outside of the Middle East ) but we are especially proud of our "Jersey Corn" and "Jersey 'Maters", which are signs you will often see on the side of the road in rural parts of the state. Did you know that our university even invented its own tomato?

    Rutgers Tomato

    EDIT:Whoops, looks like there has already been a whole discussion while I was (slowly) typing this. Haven't read the posts yet, but hope I contributed something additional to the discussion



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    And what about your football players? As I looked at your roster, I was amazed at how many come from New Jersey itself. Are you a magnet for the best athletes in the state, like Ohio State is for Ohio athletes?

    Most of your players come from the eastern seaboard. There were only a single handful of exceptions, including one guy from Iowa (how did that happen?). U of Iowa gets NJ wrestlers! I would have expected you to draw more from other parts of the country, especially given the enormous quantity and wide distribution of your alumni.
    The best football players of the state have for years spurned Rutgers, leaving for places such as PSU, Nebraska, Syracuse, etc. When Schiano came in 2001, we started recruting the "State of Rutgers" which includes NJ, the NYC Metro Area, eastern PA, and South Florida (Schiano was the DC at Miami prior to coming to RU). Since then I would not say we have become a "magnet" but we are most definitely getting more of the top talent in NJ (which is second only to the likes of CA, TX, and FL) to stay home. Dallas Hendrickson (who I really look forward to anchoring our OL at C the next two years) came to us from St.Ansgar, by way of Iowa Western CC.

    Also, under Coach Goodale our wrestling program is in the middle of a major turnaround, and hopefully starting to keep the top wrestling talent in the state away from the likes of Iowa and ISU



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    What is the flagship majors (or schools) for Rutgers?
    New Brunswick Campus [Flagship] (Central NJ)
    SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
    SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
    EDWARD J. BLOUSTEIN SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND PUBLIC POLICY
    ERNEST MARIO SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
    MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (Performing Arts)
    RUTGERS BUSINESS SCHOOL–NEWARK AND NEW BRUNSWICK
    SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION
    SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
    SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND LABOR RELATIONS
    SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
    COLLEGE OF NURSING
    GRADUATE SCHOOL OF APPLIED AND PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Newark Campus (Northern NJ)
    NEWARK COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
    COLLEGE OF NURSING
    RUTGERS BUSINESS SCHOOL–NEWARK AND NEW BRUNSWICK
    SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    SCHOOL OF LAW–NEWARK
    SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATION

    Camden Campus (Southern NJ)
    CAMDEN COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
    SCHOOL OF BUSINESS–CAMDEN
    SCHOOL OF LAW–CAMDEN
    SCHOOL OF NURSING–CAMDEN


    *Note Rutgers-New Brunswick will soon be re-adding Rutgers Medical School and the Cancer Institute of NJ (the former was stripped away from the university by the state in the 1970s or 80s because doctors and nurses went on strike)...


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    Re: Rutgers History and Inside Persectives

    Also, something you guys might be interested in, New Jerseyans are very proud of our nickname of "The Garden State". Our state is one of the top producers of Blueberries, Cranberries, and Eggplants (besides having the largest oil containment area outside of the Middle East ) but we are especially proud of our "Jersey Corn" and "Jersey 'Maters", which are signs you will often see on the side of the road in rural parts of the state. Did you know that our university even invented its own tomato?




    Wow. This is enough to make an Iowa farmer jealous!

    We grow mostly corn and soybeans. And we have more pigs (13 million) than people (3 million).



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    "Rutgers’ first alumnus to win the Nobel Prize, Professor Selman A. Waksman, Rutgers College 1915, and his graduate students Albert Schatz and Elizabeth Bugie are credited with the discovery at Rutgers of streptomycin, the antibiotic that virtually ended the scourge of tuberculosis in the 20th century.

    Once known as consumption, the disease became widely feared during the 19th century, when it was responsible for almost a quarter of all deaths in North America. For his groundbreaking work in microbiology, Waksman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1952. Waksman founded the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers, which continues to pioneer innovations in the field."

    "Rutgers is home to the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, also known as RUCCS. Researchers in psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, electrical engineering, and anthropology combine resources to advance the study of the mind at this state of the art institution.

    It was at Rutgers that Selman Waksman (1888–1973) discovered several antibiotics, including actinomycin, clavacin, streptothricin, grisein, neomycin, fradicin, candicidin, candidin, and others. Waksman, along with graduate student Albert Schatz (1920–2005), discovered streptomycin—a versatile antibiotic that was to be the first applied to cure tuberculosis. For this discovery, Waksman received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1952.

    Rutgers developed water-soluble sustained release polymers, tetraploids, robotic hands, artificial bovine insemination, and the ceramic tiles for the heat shield on the Space Shuttle. In health related field, Rutgers has the Environmental & Occupational Health Science Institute (EOHSI).

    Rutgers is also home to the RCSB Protein Data bank,[59] 'an information portal to Biological Macromolecular Structures' cohosted with the San Diego Supercomputer Center. This database is the authoritative research tool for bioinformaticists using protein primary, secondary and tertiary structures world wide.'

    Rutgers is home to the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension office, which is run by the Agricultural and Experiment Station with the support of local government. The institution provides research & education to the local farming and agro industrial community in 19 of the 21 counties of the state and educational outreach programs offered through the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Office of Continuing Professional Education.

    Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR) is the largest university based repository in the world and has received awards worth more than $57.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One will fund genetic studies of mental disorders and the other will support investigations into the causes of digestive, liver and kidney diseases, and diabetes.[60] RUCDR activities will enable gene discovery leading to diagnoses, treatments and, eventually, cures for these diseases. RUCDR assists researchers throughout the world by providing the highest quality biomaterials, technical consultation, and logistical support.

    Rutgers-Camden is home to the nation's PhD granting Department of Childhood Studies. This department, in conjunction with the Center for Children and Childhood Studies, also on the Camden campus, conducts interdisciplinary research which combines methodologies and research practices of sociology, psychology, literature, anthropology and other disciplines into the study of childhoods internationally."


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    Re: Rutgers History and Inside Persectives

    Quote Originally Posted by blitz8ru View Post
    "For his groundbreaking work in microbiology, Waksman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1952. Waksman founded the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers, which continues to pioneer innovations in the field."
    And I am very proud of being able to say that when Dr. Waksman was awarded his Nobel Prize, he was a resident of my tiny town of Highland Park, NJ



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