Rutgers Scientist Honored With Prestigious Lasker Award
In 1944, before anyone knew what DNA looked like, a young graduate student sought to learn more about genetic mutations by irradiating 50,000 bacteria with ultraviolet light. Most of the cells in Evelyn M. Witkin's petri dishes died in the process. But four were somehow resistant, and her subsequent insights would prove fundamental in helping the world understand how living things protect themselves from radiation and DNA damage. On Tuesday, Witkin, 94, was honored with a prestigious Lasker award for her long career, the last decades of which took place at Rutgers University. The Princeton resident will be honored at a Sept. 18 ceremony in New York, along with two other recipients of Lasker awards, including the group Doctors Without Borders. Read more here

RU-Newark Professor, Poet Turns Documentary Film Maker
Words have always been important to the professional and personal life of poet, author and Rutgers University-Newark English Professor Rachel Hadas. She writes books of poetry and essays, and she writes about poetry and literature, including Greek literature - with a passion. Since 1981 Hadas also has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at RU-N, with equal passion. Now this Rutgers Board of Governors English professor has found a new passion: digital film-making. Discover the subject of her new project.

RU-Camden Will Study Genomic Changes Through NSF Grant

A Rutgers University-Camden professor has been awarded a grant that will fund the development of an algorithm that could better identify large-scale genomic changes, such as those related to evolution or disease-causing mutations. The three-year award from the National Science Foundation allows Andrey Grigoriev, a professor of biology at Rutgers-Camden, along with a research team of students, to build on an algorithm that was developed in his lab and has so far proven to be successful. Learn more here.