Rutgers Around the World Podcast

The Rutgers Around the World podcast brings you insightful discussions of global goings-on at Rutgers University. In this series, you'll hear directly from the Rutgers faculty, staff, students, scholars, and alumni who are making international strides in research, education, and service in a format that lets you listen any time, anywhere. Click on any episode to listen, or download to your phone.

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Episode 14: Dr. Joachim Sackey - Food Insecurity
Dr. Joachim Sackey, an internationally renowned nutritional epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences at Rutgers, discusses his research in Newark, Botswana, and Senegal, in addition to his experiences working in food insecurity, HIV-related comorbidities associated with poor diet, and racial and sexual minority health. [Transcript]
Release date: March 17, 2023

Episode 13: International Student Panel - Studying in the U.S. During the Pandemic, the Rutgers Experience, and Life After College
International students Mariam Basta (United Arab Emirates), Milly Chu (Singapore), and Shine Macwan (India) share their experiences of attending Rutgers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group also talks about their decision to study in another country, and why specifically Rutgers, as well as plans for life after college. [Transcript]
Release date: January 6, 2023

Episode 12: Alumni Interviews - Study Abroad Career Impact
Former Study Abroad Peer Advisor, Sarah Pomeranz, interviews fellow Study Abroad alumni on their time across the world. Assata Davis (France & Spain), Julian Biller (Israel), Chelsea Wong (Hong Kong), and Kat Slusarczyk (South Korea) discuss how their global experiences positively impacted their career paths.
Release Date: January 22, 2021

Episode 11: Dr. Karen W. Lin - Global Profile
Dr. Karen W. Lin, a family physician in the department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Assistant Dean for Global Health, discusses her journey to and through Rutgers University, from her experiences as a graduate student to a globally-focused physician for Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. In this episode, you will learn about Dr. Lin’s role as a faculty advisor for the medical school and her involvement with the community, both locally and globally. [Transcript]
Release Date: April 30, 2020

Episode 10: Ifrah Akhtar - Muslims Abroad
Ifrah Akhtar, a 2019 graduate of Rutgers University, discusses her study abroad challenges as a Muslim woman, including being abroad during Ramadan in another country. Her experiences studying abroad inspired Ifrah to develop a resource for other Muslim students seeking a global experience, leading to the creation of her guide called, “Muslims Abroad." [Transcript]
Release date: February 14, 2020

Episode 9: Clinical Care & the Global Impact of AIDS
Dr. Richard Marlink, director of the Rutgers Global Health Institute, discusses the global impact of AIDS treatment in Botswana and its connection with New Jersey. The institute started in 2016 and focuses in the areas of advanced collaborative research, education, and service in a global perspective. [Transcript]
Release date: November 8, 2018

Episode 8: Fostering Dialogue about Violence against Refugee Women
Jordan Steiner and Catie Buttner, doctoral candidates at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) in the Rutgers School of Social Work, discuss why gender-based violence against displaced and refugee women is a global concern. The center has organized a series of workshops to generate solutions and bridge the gap between research and practice on the issue. [Transcript]
Release date: March 14, 2018

Episode 7: Love in Any Language
Dr. Helen Fisher, member of the Center for Human Evolution Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, and chief scientific adviser to the dating site,, talks about the science behind falling in love around the world and how millennials, technology, and more women in the workforce are changing dating and relationships. [Transcript]
Release date: February 14, 2018

Episode 6: Breaking Barriers to Use Glass in Healing
On the fifth anniversary of the Rutgers Global Grants, grant recipient and assistant professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Ashutosh Goel describes how the funding has allowed him to collaborate with international partners and dig deeper into ways glass can be used to heal the human body. [Transcript]
Release date: November 1, 2017

Episode 5: Engaging with Humans behind the Headlines
Dr. Elektra Kostopoulou, a lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and faculty director of a new summer study abroad program to Leros, Greece, describes how students enrolled in the program actively engage with people in the Eastern Mediterranean who have been displaced by violence and persecution in their countriesand come up with tangible solutions.
Release date: October 4, 2017

Episode 4: Scaling New Heights at Rutgers and Beyond
Rutgers student Kayla Jackson talks about her new higher education crowdfunding platform PeduL, the recognition she has received for it, and how four years at Rutgers have helped set her on a path to impact the world. [Transcript]
Release date: May 10, 2017

Episode 3: "I Am Going to the Peace Corps"
Rutgers senior Shawn Riley shares her experiences in applying to the Peace Corps, talking to family about the decision, and preparing for her upcoming 27-month volunteer service assignment in Cameroon. [Transcript]
Release date: April 10, 2017

Episode 2: "Study Abroad Helped My Career"
Rutgers student Vanessa Herrera talks about her experiences as a study abroad student to Mexico and how it has directly carved a path for her career development. [Transcript]
Release date: February 28, 2017

Episode 1: Navigating between Religion and Art
Dr. Ayrin Ersoz, a Fulbright scholar to Mason Gross School of the Arts from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, talks about her research that examines the attitudes and perceptions of Muslim women studying dance at Rutgers. [Transcript]
Release date: February 17, 2017