Indoor Tanning Rates among New Jersey Teens Remain Stable Following State Enactment of Under Age 17 Ban


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Associate professor of medicine and population studies Elliot Coups
“Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health shows no significant decline in indoor tanning rates among children under age 17 following a ban on such use in New Jersey enacted in 2013. The authors say it’s a finding that underscores a need for continued surveillance of this population and ongoing monitoring of indoor tanning facilities.”

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Along the Great Divide: A Q&A with Political Expert Shauna Shames


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presidential-election-democrats-republicans_1000x512Shames, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University–Camden, and an expert on American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics, offers her perspectives on the historical significance of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, gender and generational voting tendencies, and the key issues that could ultimately decide who becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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The art and science of negative campaign ads


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campaign_rd-20160722090901497 posted an interesting article about the effects of negative advertising on voter turnout.

‘And one of the most heavily cited meta-analyses about negative advertising, conducted by researchers from Rutgers and George Washington University, didn’t find “any reliable evidence that negative campaigning depresses voter turnout.” Most of the 57 studies it looked at found only very small changes in voter turnout. Some were negative, but in aggregate, more of them were actually positive. “If anything, negative campaigning more frequently appears to have a slight mobilizing effect,” the analysis said.’

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From Rutgers: “The Opiate Epidemic: Rutgers Program Plays Role Fighting Escalating Health Crisis” — Science Springs


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Rutgers University July 25, 2016 Carla Cantor Noelle Jensen, senior coordinator of the Summer School of Addiction Studies, with Pam Nickisher, who has participated in the program for the last nine years. Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University Pam Nickisher started using heroin and opiates as a teenager, cycling between periods of being drug free and relapsing […]

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Rutgers Turfgrasses Prized at Baltusrol Golf Club, Host of 98th PGA Championship


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Mark D. Kuhns, the club’s director of grounds since 1999, said there’s a reason why Rutgers grasses play prominent roles at Baltusrol, a National Historic Landmark. They perform well for golfers, and Rutgers strives to develop grasses that resist disease, insects, heat and drought stress, he said.

“They’re always looking for better varieties, so they have a program that’s very aggressive in that regard and probably the finest research team in the country,” said Kuhns, a golf course superintendent for 40 years and former president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

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Worldview: Rutgers team’s antiterror ideas travel far


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The Philadelphia Inquirer covered a story about a Rutgers antiterrorism project in Brussels. The project aims to pay attention to the communities in the area, and build trust within them. The project includes business, religious, and community leaders in hopes that local citizens will be willing to share information with police, to potentially prevent future attacks.

Read the full story here.

4 area colleges rank in top 50 worldwide for patents


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cropped-cropped-cropped-cropped-ru_sig_hz_cmyk_s.gif covered the story on how Rutgers and several other local universities places on the NAI’s Top100 patent list. Here is an excerpt:

Rutgers University, with $677 million in research dollars, was “among the top 20 public universities” funded in fiscal 2015, said David Kimball, associate vice president of research commercialization.

Its 65 patents included two for developing antibacterial drugs in a collaboration with Merck & Co.

Rutgers also has a patent to regulate flowering and sugar metabolism in plants to make them “by modifying their biochemistry.”

Rutgers’ patent for a “thin film” biosensor is meant for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Rutgers engineering school is developing a software sensor for detecting cellphone use while driving. A software microprocessor, or sensor, would be installed in a mobile phone. “It will automatically turn the phone off when your 15-year-old is learning to drive, for example,” Kimball said. “It could be pretty important.”

Read the whole story here.

Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap


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19 Rutgers students, as a part of their capstone course for the information technology and informatics major, created this briefcase (pictured above). It is designed for younger girls to learn programming and technology skills, in an attempt to lessen the gender gaps in the related technology fields. The kit uses storytelling to engage the user, where the user is depicted as the heroine.

“Each month, the latest kit delivers a story along with parts, instructions and links to Slingshot’s website videos and community forum. All are aimed to equip girls to develop skills in problem solving, analysis, critical thinking, technology and programming.”

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