Unearthing a Buried Treasure, Part II: Student’s Vision for Trail Renovation Enabled by Fellow Students

Eliot Nagele by one of two man-made ponds that are part of the trail.

Eliot Nagele (SEBS 2015) stands by one of two man-made ponds that are part of the trail.

The Arbor Trail is located behind the University Inn and Conference Center on the Douglass Campus. Rutgers purchased the property in 1965. The Inn is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the trail will have its grand re-opening on Rutgers Day 2015 on April 25, as part of the Inn’s anniversary celebration. Student volunteers will give tours of the trail and there will be giveaways of wildflower seed mix.

In 1908, armed with a degree in mechanical engineering, young Sydney Bleecker Carpender began his business career with the Brunswick Refrigerating Company, a manufacturer of refrigerating and ice-making machinery. Carpender became the company’s vice-president and general manager in 1911, at age 27. That same year he had a manor built on his family’s property in New Brunswick for him and his wife, the former Louise Johnson, daughter of one of the founding brothers of Johnson & Johnson. A horticultural enthusiast, Carpender created a unique man-made landscape on the estate complete with rolling meadows, ponds and a wooded trail established with select landscape plantings and trees. [Read more…]

Legislators Bemoan 20-Year Delay in Adopting Water-Supply Master Plan

It has been nearly 20 years since the state updated its water supply master plan, a delay that legislators and conservationists said could jeopardize the ability to deliver safe and adequate drinking water to residents in the future… In those two decades, population has grown, water use has increased, and potential problems with providing potable water to consumers have multiplied. These include depletion of groundwater supplies, increased pollution, and uncertainty about where the supplies to meet tomorrow’s needs will come from… "In most cases, it comes down to ratepayers," said Daniel Van Abs, an associate professor at Rutgers University and a former project manager at the state Department of Environmental Protection, which developed the state’s last water supply master plan in 1996.

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Billions of Dollars in Debt

U.S. millennials have more than $1 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. In New Jersey, total student loan debt hovers around $30.8 billion, which is just shy of the amount that’s needed to run the state of New Jersey in 2015… The skyrocketing cost of education and the Great Recession forced many students to finance their education with loans. Officials say as they graduate into the real world with significant debt and, in many cases take low paying jobs they’re overqualified for, economic activity isn’t as significant as it’s been when past generations were coming into adulthood…"There are a whole lot of people out there living postponed lives," said Barbara O’Neill, a personal finance professor at Rutgers University New Brunswick. "It’s got a dampening effect for people of all ages- not just the young people themselves. It ripples."… Debt prevents millennials from forming households, which means they’re not renting apartments or buying homes. With 80 million nationwide, they could be boosting the economy, O’Neill said. But they’re not — and it’s because of their debt.

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Parking Lot Weed Research from Prof. Struwe’s Lab Featured on “Plants are Cool, Too” Series

Dr. Chris Martine, the David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics and Research at Bucknell University, and his film team have been producing the video series, “Plants are Cool, Too,” which is co-sponsored by the Botanical Society of America. The goal is to highlight that plant research is indeed cool, fascinating and important. The episode, “Extreme Weeds of Parking Lots,” features the extreme plant life of the asphalt jungle and the research of Associate Professor Lena Struwe’s lab. It was sponsored by the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, was filmed in the Cook Campus parking lots in October.

Video: Extreme Weeds of Parking Lots : Plants Are Cool, Too! Episode 6

Buzz Off! Rough Winter Delayed Insect Onslaught

Just as the fierce winter in the eastern and central USA delayed the allergy season, it’s also stalled the start of the bug season. But it won’t be long before warmer temperatures spur on the usual parade of mosquitoes, termites, ants, ticks and stink bugs… Though weather affects when bugs emerge, it doesn’t necessarily affect the severity of the season. "Most people think that the cold winter we had last year and again this year would have a big impact on insect populations," said entomologist George Hamilton of Rutgers University. Though it may have killed some of the bugs, "overall, it probably isn’t going to have much of an effect," he said… Warmth and dryness in the West may impact insects that need water to survive, such as mosquitoes, Hamilton said. "Without water, mosquito larvae can’t survive, and that could reduce populations in some areas, at least this spring," he said.

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