Rutgers Global Change Challenge and Resource Fair (A Peace Corps Week Event)

Friday, March 2nd
6:30 pm
College Avenue Student Center | 7:30–10:00 p.m. In recognition of this year's Peace Corps Week, Rutger Global and GlobeCo (Rutgers Global Coalition of Students for Social Change) are proud to present the Rutgers Global Change Challenge and Resource Fair. Rutgers Global Change Challenge The Rutgers Global Change Challenge is a "pitch competition" during which student organizations propose ideas that address, engage with, and/or propose solutions to significant global issues. All pitches must clearly demonstrate relevance to one or more of the six sectors of the Peace Corps: agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth in development.Resource Fair Attendees at the Resource Fair will learn about various student organizations with a global focus, as well as interact with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) about their experiences serving abroad.

Mapping New Directions in International Research: Second Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Wednesday, March 28th
1:00 pm
Livingston Student Center In this five-hour event, graduate students will share their international research projects with faculty, university administrators, other students, and members of the public. Rutgers Global is seeking proposals for flash presentations, posters, and other formats. All Rutgers students enrolled in graduate programs in New Brunswick, Camden, Newark, and RBHS who are conducting international research in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field are eligible to submit proposals to participate in the symposium. Proposals must be sent to sperez@global.rutgers.edu by March 2, 2018, to be considered. Download Proposal Form >  


Rutgers Welcomes Delegation from University of Ghana

Friday, February 16th
Rutgers Global welcomed delegates Francis Dodoo, pro-vice chancellor of research and development, and Ama de-Graft Aikins, dean of international programs, from the University of Ghana, on Friday, February 16, 2018. Dodoo—a former Penn State professor and director of study abroad programs to Ghana—and Aikins—a social psychologist who has led international research projects and mentored psychology, social policy, and public health graduate students across the globe—met with faculty and staff from across Rutgers to discuss areas for collaboration, student and scholarly exchange, and other potential exchange projects. In addition to Rutgers Global staff, faculty and administrators from the Center for African Studies, Douglass Residential College, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Professions, the School of Graduate Studies, New Jersey Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and University Hospital, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Sciences joined in meetings with the delegates throughout the day. Throughout the day, Rutgers Global led the delegation on tours of notable Rutgers–New Brunswick facilities, including the Center of Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL), the world’s most advanced coastal ocean observatory and advanced materials characterization facilities on Busch Campus.

Rutgers Well Represented at 9th Annual African Materials Research Society Conference in Botswana

Tuesday, February 6th
Five Rutgers representatives attended the 9th Annual African Materials Research Society Conference in Gabarone, Botswana, from December 11–14, 2017. Ric Marlink, director of the Rutgers Global Health Institute, Laura Fabris, associate professor at the School of Engineering; Johanna Bernstein, assistant dean of international programs in the chemistry department; and Francis Barchi, assistant professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy attended the conference. Rick Garfunkel, Rutgers vice president for global affairs and a distinguished professor of chemistry and physics, served as the lead international co-organizer for the event. Along with many other attendees, the Rutgers joined international leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs, and administrators from 65 countries to discuss ways in which science, technology, and innovation—with emphasis on materials science—could help in the larger cause of development in Africa. According to allafrica.com, keynote speaker, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, said that the "conference accord[s] us an opportunity to reflect on our progress as part of the global community, which embraces scientific advances and technological changes as key drivers of economic performance in pursuit of prosperity, wealth, and happiness." The Botswana government recently launched Vision 2036, a national proposal that aims to achieve prosperity for all through four pillars: sustainable economic development; human and social development; sustainable environment; and governance, peace, and security. According to allafrica.com, Masisi said materials science plays an important role in achieving the goals outlined in the proposal. In his welcome address, Alfred Madigele, Botswana's minister of tertiary education, research, science, and technology, stressed using forums like the conference to find ways to progress material science research and address gaps in these endeavors globally. Other speakers included Ying-Wei Yang of Jilin University, Mohamed Henini of the University of Nottingham, and Neerish Revaprasadu of Unizulu. Marlink and Barchi have worked with Botswanan teams for several decades and used the visit as an opportunity to further develop activities with partners such as those in the Botswanan Ministry of Health and at the University of Botswana Medical School. For more information on the 2017 African Materials Research Society Conference, visit https://amrsbotswana.org/  



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