Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

A day of fun for everyone! The 11th annual Monster Mash took place on October 24 at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center Gymnasium. The Halloween Monster Mash is a collaborative community service event sponsored by Rutgers University Residence Life on the Cook/Douglass Campus and provides an alternative trick-or-treat experience for elementary school children in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Various student organizations at Rutgers set up activity tables for the young visitors and reward their efforts with treats. While intended as entertainment for the kids, the Rutgers student volunteers always have a spook-tacular time.

Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

Robson Receives New Jersey Public Health Award

Robson receiving the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Mr. Peter Tabbot, health officer and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA president.

Mark Robson poses with the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Peter Tabbot, health officer, and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA President.

Mark Robson, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, received the Sullivan Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA). The highest award by NJPHA, the Sullivan award is presented  to an individual for dedicated and outstanding public service and contributing to the cause of public health in New It was established in 1976 and named after Dennis J. Sullivan, a health officer who dedicated his life to improving the public health of New Jersey. Robson received the award at the annual New Jersey Public Health Association meeting held on October 17 on the Rutgers Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ.

From the Ground Up: SEBS Staff Get Lesson in Organic Land Care

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

As part of the SEBS Administrative Staff Community Initiative, which offers staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the school community and campus and get to know other staff members through a variety of activities during lunch hour sessions, an intro to Organic Land Care (OLC) was offered on October 21. Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties Amy Rowe (GSNB 2006) conducted the session, based on an extensive course that she and fellow Rutgers Cooperative Extension agricultural and environmental resource management agents Michele Bakacs, Jan Zientek, Bill Hlubik and extension specialists Joe Heckman and Jim Murphy have developed for professional landscapers as well as workshops for homeowners. [Read more...]

New Leopard Frog Found in New York City

There’s a newly discovered vocalist in the Big Apple with a sound unlike any other in the city. In 2008, Jeremy Feinberg, a graduate student at Rutgers University, was wading around in a wetland on Staten Island when he heard something strange. In a swampy patch less than 10 miles from the Statue of Liberty, he picked up on a peculiar chirp-chirp call that was distinct from the croaks of the known leopard frogs on the island. Investigating that song ultimately led Feinberg and his colleagues to a new species of leopard frog – the first amphibian discovered in New York since 1854, and the first found in the U.S. in three decades.

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Big City, Big Surprise: New York City’s Newest Species Is a Frog

Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City. Only the second new frog species found in the continental United States in the past 30 years, it remained hidden in plain sight in a city of 8.4 million people. "It’s a pretty unique event," said Rutgers University ecologist Jeremy Feinberg, part of a group of researchers who made the discovery.

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