Too Cool for School
Oceanographer Scott Glenn, a professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, worked with students to navigate the first unmanned underwater glider, RU-27, through the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. The 7-foot craft glided from Tuckerton, New Jersey, to Spain in 221 days, gathering data as part of a research project at the Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL).


Waksman and SchatzA Key Collaboration
Faculty mentors and graduate students have long benefited from their partnerships at Rutgers. In 1943, doctoral student Albert Schatz AG’42,’45, left, and Selman Waksman RC’15,’16*, a professor in the Department of Soil Microbiology, discovered the soil microorganism that produces streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective in combating tuberculosis. Royalties from the subsequent patent helped finance the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. Waksman received a Nobel Prize in 1952. See video.


brainWired for Sound
April Benasich, director of the
Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Science at Rutgers–Newark, investigates how the infant brain develops and processes sounds so that techniques can be created to correct language and learning problems. She and her graduate students were among the first to discover that how effectively a baby processes differences between rapidly occurring sounds can predict future language and cognitive problems.


Jay TischfieldA Valuable Deposit
RUCDR Infinite Biologics at Rutgers–New Brunswick is the world’s largest university-based repository of cell, RNA, and DNA biospecimens, providing a range of customized bioprocessing and analysis services. Founding director and CEO Jay A. Tischfield oversees the scientific direction, funding, and mission of RUCDR, which was established in 1998. 

*A member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni