Ice Cream: A Food Science Tradition for Over 30 Years!

Anna Molinski, program coordinator for NJAES.

Anna Molinski, program coordinator for NJAES. Photo: Jennifer Simon.

Summer arrived this week and so did a new summer tradition for the staff of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.  On Thursday, June 23 the SEBS Staff Initiative held an ice cream social featuring homemade ice cream from the Department of Food Science. The tradition of ice cream has been part of the Department of Food Science for over 30 years, beginning with dairy science professor Dick H. Kleyn who started it in the 70’s. Back then, Kleyn taught an industrial ice cream course in January over a three week period and students have been making ice cream ever since.

These days, Karen Schaich, associate professor in the Department of Food Science, teaches the course on how to make ice cream. Students are taught the formulations and other aspects of home-based or industry-based ice cream production.

“The undergraduate Food Science Club makes the ice cream completely on its own,” says Schaich. “From deciding what flavors to make to buying the ingredients and making the confection, there is minimal faculty involvement.”

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Don Kobayashi Appointed New Chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology

Don Kobayashi.

Don Kobayashi.

Announcement from Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of the new chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Don Kobayashi, who has been a faculty member of the department since 1990. Don has agreed to accept a 3-year appointment as chair, effective July 1.

Most recently, Don has served the school and department as the plant biology undergraduate program director. He has also been the undergraduate program director for biotechnology and for the agriculture and food systems majors. In addition, he has served on the executive committee of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology for the past four years.

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The oldest white oak tree in the country is dying — and no one knows why

Well before Columbus sailed to the New World and even before Gutenberg invented the printing press, there grew a great oak tree in a land that would one day be called New Jersey… "We had great hopes," said Dennis Jones, the pastor at Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. "All eyes were on the tree to see how it would green." When it didn’t last month, when even more of its upper branches stayed bare, other experts were consulted. They tested the soil, probed the tree’s roots, checked for beetles and disease. Jason Grabosky, an ecologist at Rutgers University, inspected the tree in mid-June and declared it, after more than 600 years, to be "in a spiral of decline."

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What’s your summer reading list?

Rutgers Today wondered what books are on the top of faculty’s and staff’s must-read lists for the next few months. Some of the answers are below… Joan Bennett, professor, Department Plant Biology and Pathology, and senior faculty adviser in the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, New Brunswick:  "A former student sent me a paperback copy of Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis. Although I have read it before, because it is the best novel ever written about a microbiologist, I plan to read it again." Thomas Leustek, associate dean for Academic Administration and Assessment, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick: I am planning to read Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World’s Most Common Man-Made Material, by Robert Courland. Mark Gregory Robson, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and chair of Plant Biology and Pathology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences: I have two books for my global travels. First is Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard Buffett. The second book is The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen. 

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Open Divisions and Exhibits at 4-H Fair Mean Everyone Can Experience the Fun

Not a member of 4-H but still want to show off a project at the Cape May County 4-H Fair? The open division is for you! The youth and adult open divisions at the 4-H Fair offer numerous opportunities for participants who aren’t a member of 4-H to take home a ribbon… Linda Horner, 4-H Program Coordinator said, "Our goal is to increase interest in the fair by showcasing projects created by people in our community that aren’t members of 4-H and at the same time give them an opportunity to be a part of the 4-H Fair."

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Learn how rain gardens cut costs and reduce runoff on tour of sites in Summit, Springfield, Clark, Rahway and Mountainside

Members of the public have a unique opportunity to see the benefits of rain gardens, porous pavements and other examples of green infrastructure, by joining a half-day bus tour of sustainable landscaping at five sites in Summit, Springfield, Clark, Rahway and Mountainside… The green infrastructure tour will take place on Tuesday July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., conducted by experts from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and the Rahway River Watershed Association.

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Bioinformaticist Yana Bromberg Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Yana Bromberg

Yana Bromberg

Yana Bromberg, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the NSF. Bromberg is the principal investigator of the project, “Molecular functional diversity of microbes and microbiomes,” which is being supported by $1,091.177 in NSF funding.

Microbes dominate life on Earth and evolutionary pressure exerted on microbial communities by environmental stressors such as climate change and pollution has global impact. Understanding the environment-specific microbial molecular functions is, therefore, a critical challenge. [Read more…]

The Jersey Shore and rising environmental threats

The effects of Superstorm Sandy still reverberate to this day. The storm highlighted the need to better prepare for major weather events, as well as the need to implement more effective rebuilding strategies so that residents and vacationers alike won’t relive the treacherousness of four years ago. Today on Radio Times, we discuss how the governments and the residents of the Shore are preparing for another potential disaster, and the likelihood of that taking place. We discuss all of this with College of New Jersey professor of sociology DIANE C. BATES. We’ll also be joined by Rutgers University’s DAVID ROBINSON who is the state climatologist for New Jersey, and by reporter MARYANN SPOTO who covers Monmouth and Ocean Counties for NJ.com The Star-Ledger.

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E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83) Honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects

E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83).

E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83).

Rutgers alumnus E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83), co-chair of the Landscape Architecture alumni advisory committee, has been elevated to the Council of Fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Marshall, who has maintained close ties to Rutgers, is a longtime supporter of the Roy H. DeBoer Travel Prize in Landscape Architecture and more recently the Roy H. DeBoer Endowed Scholarship at the university.

Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members. This award recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large over a sustained period of time as demonstrated by their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. Individuals must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA, or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows. Marshall received his nomination, in Leadership/Management from the New Jersey Chapter of the ASLA.

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Perth Amboy partners with Rutgers in hopes to enhance park

Richard Alomar has a vision for Rudyk Park: Flee markets, barbecues, exercise stations… The 54-year-old Rutgers assistant professor in landscape architecture has been working on-and-off for three months with two others in the hopes of not only making the municipality’s northeast side park bigger, but also making it more accessible. “This would be a great way to expand the park,” Alomar said, pointing to diagrams of the proposed expansion of the area, which currently consists of a playground, a baseball and soccer field and basketball courts.

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