Wendell Pierce to Deliver 2016 RU-Newark Commencement
Rutgers University-Newark will recognize two outstanding individuals with honorary degrees at its May 18 commencement ceremony at the Prudential Center.  Renowned actor, radio personality, author, and humanitarian Wendell Pierce (pictured left), a star of HBO's The Wire, to receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the ceremony, while human rights activist Radhika Coomaraswamy (pictured right) will be given an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Read more here.
NJ's Attorney General Joins Rutgers As General Counsel
John J. Hoffman, currently the acting attorney general for the state of New Jersey, has been named Rutgers University's new senior vice president and general counsel, effective March 14. Hoffman, 50, has been the state's acting attorney general since June 2013. Before that, he was executive assistant attorney general.  Hoffman also served as director of the Division of Investigations for the State Comptroller's Office.  A Burlington County resident, Hoffman also has extensive experience in federal government: seven years as a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and from 2004 to 2010 as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey. Read more here.
Deep Rutgers Ties to Movie Depicting Rise of Women on Wall Street

When Candace Straight landed at Bankers Trust Company on Wall Street in 1969, the finance industry was rife with gender discrimination:"They didn't allow women in the credit training program because they didn't want to subject us to the hazards of traveling," said Straight, who was appointed to Rutgers' Board of Governors in 2011. "I went in the investment department instead because men and women were treated equally." Equity, an independent film that depicts similar struggles written by Amy Fox and directed by Meera Menon, celebrated its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and purchase by Sony Classic in January. Straight is the movie's executive producer. Read more here.
RU-Camden Researcher Warns Against Online Echo Chambers
As the presidential races heat up, chances are you might find that online rhetoric is also heating up. Perhaps this scenario sounds familiar: You click - or even hover over - a campaign ad. Suddenly, on any webpage you visit, you are inundated with similar, reappearing ads. Later, you log onto Facebook, where several of your so-called "friends" are once again railing against your candidate of choice. Enough is enough, you say, but unfriending these antagonists seems too extreme - so you promptly mute them. RU-Camden Asst. Professor Jim Brown describes the phenomenon in a new book. Read more here.