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Could social factors shape our trust in mainstream news sources?
Katherine 'Katya' Ognyanova, Assistant Professor of Communication
The answer is yes, especially in times of political polarization. According to a study from  Katherine 'Katya' Ognyanova from the School of Communication and Information published in the Journal of Communication , negative voices  in the online world are more influential and could erode trust in the news media. 

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An innovative consortium between Rutgers University, Princeton University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology  will attract and train new researchers to the state, use machine learning and precision medicine to diagnose and treat diseases, and will expand access to clinical trials for New Jersey residents

The consortium, the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science, thought leaders from academia, healthcare, government and the pharmaceutical industry discussed recently the future of scientific and clinical trial innovation in the state. These new innovations will result from a $33 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
"We aim to shorten the time it takes to get innovative drugs in the market, train the next generation of translational scientists, engage patients and communities, integrate special and underserved populations, advance the use of big data information and increase the quality and efficiency in translational research," said Reynold Panettieri, vice chancellor for translational medicine and science, and director of Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science at a recent event called  "The Evolution of a Revolution in Health."

Thomas Leustek, professor at School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Teresa Wood, professor at New Jersey Medical School

Two Rutgers professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this year, an honor awarded to AAAS members by their peers. They join 441 other AAAS members named new fellows for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The fellows will be presented an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on February 15 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

(L to R) HINJ Board Chair Alex Kelly, Dr. Jay Tischfield, Chancellor Christopher Molloy, and HINJ President Dean Paranicas 

Distinguished Professor  Jay Tischfield was recently honored by the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) for his  innovative and creative leadership in genetics research, scholarship and commercial collaborations. Tischfield, who is CEO, founder and scientific director of RUCDR Infinite Biologics and the Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics at Rutgers, received the 2019 HINJ Research Recognition Award.

TechAdvance Takes Home NJ Tech Council's 2019 Collaborator of the Year Award

A big round of applause for our TechAdvance Fund on the well-deserved 2019 Collaborator of the Year Award from the New Jersey Tech Council for continuing to achieve the goal of providing Rutgers researchers with funding to advance their technologies toward commercialization.  The TechAdvance Fund is a catalyst for a better, innovative future and helps to create partnerships with investors willing to step in to commercialize our researchers' technologies. 

Rutgers Increases Collaborative Prospects with Peer Universities at SuperComputing 2019 Conference

The  Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) recently participated in the annual SuperComputing 2019 Conference as a Research Exhibitor, joining peer research and Big Ten universities. OARC hosted a booth to meet and talk with the world's leading experts in high-performance computing (HPC), networking, storage, and analysis. In addition to highlighting Rutgers research enabled by HPC, OARC featured a live demo of the Eastern Regional Network federation on the booth floor. The conference drew 13,000+ participants including researchers, scientists, application developers, computing center staff and management, agency program managers, journalists, and congressional staffers.
The training schedule for the Research Administration and Proposal Submission System (RAPSS) is now available online. Training sessions, which are offered online and in class,  are designed to cover the various aspects of the RAPSS system to include submission processes and workflow.  To register, visit the HR course registration system and select the relevant courses under the "Business and Research Administration" heading. 

The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey supports organizations that make the state healthier, and has awarded 1,500 grants and more than $56 million. Funding decisions for grants are made four times annually. The two categories for projects are:  c aring or health awareness and disease prevention and c onnecting  or access to health care, from $10,000 to $50,000.  The 2020 application deadlines for the first half of the year are  January 22  for consideration on March 30 and  April 15  for consideration on June 22.  Proposals are limited to one per Rutgers each calendar year through the Foundation, and pre-proposals must be submitted through the Rutgers   Limited Submission process. The internal application deadline is 30 days before each external deadline: December 22, 2019 and March 15, 2020

The  American Honda Foundation Grant  supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Proposals are limited to one per Rutgers and pre-proposals must be submitted through the Rutgers  Limited Submission process. Internal Application Deadline: January 1, 2020  

The National Geographic Society and Microsoft's AI for Earth program have established a partnership to support the exploration of how AI can help discover, identify, and classify new species. The grants will support the creation and deployment of open source trained models, algorithms, and data sets. To strengthen your application, consider aligning with a research group to address a biodiversity question. For example, pair an expert capable of creating and deploying an open source trained model or algorithm with a research specialist using this model or algorithm to address a pressing biodiversity question. Proposals for work in any biome are encouraged. Proposals may request $5,000 to $100,000. Deadline:  January 15, 2020

The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Deadline: January 31, 2020

Facebook is soliciting proposals on a wide range of topics related to efficient on-device AI systems, including, but not limited to the following:
  • Extending on-device capabilities for vision, audio, speech, and natural language processing;
  • Distributing AI capabilities across the whole system stack from data capture at the edge to the cloud instead of performing all the compute in the cloud;
  • Machine learning techniques to optimize system tasks such as compression, scheduling, and caching;
  • On-device privacy-preserving learning;
  • Efficient machine learning models for edge devices;
  • Dynamic neural networks, such as mixture-of-expert networks;
  • Platform-aware model optimization;
  • Efficient hardware accelerator design;
  • Tools for architecture modeling, design space exploration, and algorithm mapping;
  • Efficient model execution on edge devices such as scheduling and tiling;
  • Emerging technologies such as near-sensor, near-memory, and near-storage computing.
A total of up to eight awards are available, up to $75,000 each, depending on the specific requirements. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as an unrestricted gift. Deadline:  February 3, 2020
to the following researchers for their recently-awarded grants: 

Maria Chiara Manzini - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
David Dubnau & Matthew Neiditch - New Jersey Medical School
Victoria AbrairaSchool of Arts and Sciences
Nicholas Bello - School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
Santosh Nagarakatte - School of Arts and Sciences

Learn about their research under Grant Announcements .
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