2018 was a big year for the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark. Our most read stories of the past year included our first MacArthur Genius Fellow, a tribute to Dean Jan Ellen Lewis, a breakthrough in testing for Alzheimer's, incredible students and alumni, innovative programs and research into our own history, and not one, but two debut novels from our faculty.
|John Keene wins MacArthur Genius Grant for Challenging and Expanding Our Views on American History In October, John Keene became the first person to become a fellow while part of the faculty at RU-N. Keene was awarded the grant for his work exploring the impact of historical narratives on contemporary lives and re-imagining the history of the Americas from the perspective of suppressed voices.|
|Beloved Dean and Nationally Renowned Historian, Jan Ellen Lewis, Dies at 69 On August 28, Dean Jan Ellen Lewis passed away, leaving behind her a long legacy of commitment to RU-N and its students, to public scholarship, and to engaging with and being a part of the greater community of Newark.|
|Neuroscientist Devises Test to Catch Alzheimer's Symptoms Early Neuroscientist Mark Gluck may be onto a fast, inexpensive and noninvasive way to identify whether people are likely to contract Alzheimer's long before significant symptoms emerge, adding to medical science’s ability to intervene early in the disease.|
|Alumni Spotlight: Hanna Siblings Are Three of a Kind The sibling trio of Nancy, Niveen and Maged Hanna all received degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences-Newark after emigrating with their parents from Cairo, Egypt, and growing up in Jersey City, NJ, moving on to successful careers in medicine and law.|
|Summer STEM Programs Provide Learning and Research Opportunities to Area Students In this two-part series, we highlighted five summer programs at RU-N that brought nearly 130 Newark-area students to campus for dynamic academic enrichment in STEM and design.|
|Newark Rhythms Shines a Light on RU-N’s History and Role in Its Home City After discovering a dearth of material on RU-N’s history and role in the Newark community, Eva Giloi decided that a deeper version of the story needed to be told. She started with an exhibit titled, “Making a Place: Rutgers University–Newark as a Microcosm of 1960s America," and then used the exhibit to launch Newark Rhythms, a three-year research, exhibition and music/visual arts performance cycle based on RU-N’s legacy in the Newark community.|
|Frances Bartkowski's Debut Novel a Story About Love Amid Trauma and Dislocation This fall Bartkowski published her first novel, An Afterlife, the story of a young couple who first meet in a displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II, both lone survivors of their families, then travel to America to forge a future together. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, they face challenges individually and as a couple as they struggle to adapt in a new culture.|
Accomplished Scholar Sadia Abbas Set to Publish First Novel Abbas' second book and first novel, The Empty Room is set in 1970s Karachi in the decade leading up to and overlapping with the Zia dictatorship, and tells the story of a talented female artist struggling to find agency in a stifling arranged marriage as loved ones are caught up in the country’s cynically repressive regime.
|Seniors 2018: Dayana Arrue Makes the Most of Her Short Time at RU-N Arrue came to the U.S. at 6 and grew up in Newark, graduating from Science Park High School before heading to Essex County Community College (ECC), where she received an associate’s degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine. At ECC, she fell in love with the sciences, doing research with RU-N Professor Ashaki Rouff, before transferring to RU-N to study geoscience engineering.|
|Seniors 2018: Dyllan Brown-Bramble Pays It Forward When Dyllan Brown-Bramble first transferred to RU-N, he drove from home to campus in the morning, attended classes, then drove straight home in the afternoon. He felt unconnected to his new school. Then he enrolled in a workshop designed to help students with their career-readiness and leadership skills and connect them to opportunities in Newark that changed his life. He has since gone on to pay it forward.|