Spotlight: Events

Summit Features Autism Research

Photo of professors having a discussion.This fall, the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJ ACE) Coordinating Center at Montclair State hosted the first-ever statewide summit on autism research billed as "The Unfolding Story of Autism Research in New Jersey: From Cells to Society."

Parents and families, educators, care providers, researchers and policymakers attended the historic daylong event that featured 16 of the NJ ACE clinical research programs funded by the Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism within the Department of Health. It also promoted collaboration and communication among researchers, while generating interest in and support for future research programs.

"Autism is not a disorder of behavior, but a difference in structure, functioning and processing of the human brain," says Gerard Costa, director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State and principal investigator of the NJ ACE Coordinating Center.

Institute Studies Art of Film

Logo for The Film Institute at Montclair StateSince its inception in 2014, the Film Institute at Montclair State has pursued the preservation, growth and enrichment of the art of film through research, education, professional development and community programming.

This fall, the Film Institute, based in the College of the Arts, kicked off its Films and Filmmakers Series, providing the University community and the general public with weekly screenings and discussions featuring some of today's most innovative directors, producers and writers along with respected film scholars from Montclair State.

The Film Institute leverages the University's rich resources in filmmaking and film scholarship with an array of film industry assets and opportunities in New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles. It offers opportunities for hands-on experience, such as writer/director Sean Baker's workshop on shooting a feature film with an iPhone 5s. Its annual "Behind the Screen" program — a day of free workshops and panels led by industry professionals — gives students and film enthusiasts a behind-thescenes look at the making of their favorite films and TV shows.

Learning Lessons From the Dutch

Logo for Rising Tide seriesThe University marked the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with "Rising Tide: What We Can Learn from the Dutch and their Relationship with Water," a sixweek series of free events — films, lectures, research discussions, an art exhibit and a musical performance — that explored what New Jersey can learn from the ways the Netherlands copes with the ever-present challenges posed by rising sea levels and flooding.

Funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, "Rising Tide" explored the uneasy historic relationship the Dutch have forged with water, the Dutch legacy in New York and New Jersey and perspectives on the sea and natural maritime disasters.

"The Dutch relationship with water has evolved over time from one of defying and restraining water to one of coexisting with water," says Steven Shapiro, electronic resources librarian at Montclair State, who helped to organize the program. "Our events offered an opportunity for the exchange of ideas about how best to live with water, a discussion of different approaches to solving problems and an exposure to foreign culture and environmental education."