Professor of marine and coastal sciences Richard Lutz was presented the NOGI Award by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences on Nov. 5 in recognition of his lifelong contributions to ocean sciences, and for making those sciences accessible to the public. Lutz is known for deep-sea research and is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. The NOGI recognizes ocean-related leaders in the Sciences, Arts, Sports/Education, and Environment. Read more at Rutgers Today.
Award-Winning Journalist Andrew Revkin Launches SEBS 250th Anniversary Celebration of the Anthropocene
As we celebrate Rutgers 250th anniversary, will Rutgers see its 500th anniversary? This was one of the questions Executive Dean Bob Goodman challenged the audience to consider as the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences launched its 250th Anniversary celebration events under the theme, “Exploring the Anthropocene: The Age of Us,” on November 12.
Tony Broccoli, co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute and professor in the Depatment of Environmental Sciences, introduced the speaker, Andrew Revkin, adding that Revkin “did his homework.” Broccoli went on to say that Revkin has played a very important role in reporting science topics and climate science to the public since the mid-1980s.
Andrew Revkin, an award-winning science journalist, New York Times blogger @dotearth, and senior fellow at Pace University, delighted the audience in Trayes Hall during the first Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Public Lecture Series. At times conversational and reflective, and at other times more serious but never confrontational, it was clear that Revkin had a message to share. [Read more…]
Student Ambassadors at the New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition and Health (IFNH), Bill Cornelius and Taylor Palm (SEBS ’16), attended the 2015 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Nashville, TN in October. As Nutritional Science undergrads-Dietetics option, these IFNH ambassadors had the honor of presenting a research poster at the conference. Their research project, The Phrase that Plays, determined the most effective phrase to entice college-aged students to interact with their monthly nutritional education booths. A baseline of no intervention and three phrases (“would you like to win a prize,” “would you like to play a nutrition game,” and “would you like to learn about nutrition”) were used on 1,477 students. The results indicated a prize-focused phrase to be the most successful in getting students to participate in a nutrition education booth. The students’ poster can be viewed here.
The 2015 Harvest Your Own Pepper (HYOP) event took place on October 26 at Rutgers Horticultural Research Farm III on Cook Campus in New Brunswick where the Rutgers community is invited to pick their own hot peppers left over from research variety trials. Over sixty faculty, staff and alumni visited the research plots to pick many types of peppers, ranging from heat-free/sweet mini bells to >250,000 Scoville heat unit-habaneros. The pepper spectrum covers African birdeye/Thai hot, African poblano (“Tatashe”), baccatum, cayenne and jalapenos.
This is a continuation of the exotic pepper research project at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Albert Ayeni, ethnic crop specialist, Tom Orton, extension specialist in vegetable breeding and colleagues, are conducting the hot pepper trials for selecting varieties that grow well in New Jersey. In addition, they are investigating the peppers’ potential use as ornamental plants and medicinal foods. From the selections of peppers in the research trials, several will eventually be released to New Jersey growers to expand the state’s ethnic food basket.
The additions to the 2015 HYOP event included access of guest pickers to the African eggplant (garden eggs) plot adjacent to the pepper plots and evaluation of habanero selections based on appearance.
The positive feedback from the guest pickers has enabled HYOP to become a growing annual event since it started in 2012. A HYOP guest who participated for the first time commented, “This was my first time participating in HYOP. What a nice tradition!”
Ayeni stated, “We are encouraged by the interest of our community in HYOP (33 participated in 2013, 45 in 2014 and 62 in 2015). We plan to continue the “tradition” of adding some spice to life throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons that follow the harvest. “A soul that eats no hot pepper, is a weak soul” —- an African adage! We look forward to 2016 HYOP and hope you can join us!”
Fueling the Next Generation: 2015 Recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund for EcoEntrepreneuring
Jerome Goldstein (1931-2012) was the founding editor and publisher of BioCycle and founder of The JG Press, Inc. Goldstein, considered an ecopioneer for his work in supporting the composting and organics recycling industries, was a 1952 graduate of Rutgers University. Upon his passing in 2012, his family established the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund for EcoEntrepreneuring to support student researchers at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, NJ. The EcoComplex integrates composting, anaerobic digestion, compost utilization, agricultural production, renewable energy and enterprise development.
This year marks the second round of students funded by the scholarship. Five undergraduate and graduate student interns, researched and explored their topic of choice for nine weeks this summer at the EcoComplex. Rutgers faculty and EcoComplex incubator companies helped and supported the interns. Each intern made a presentation and wrote a research paper. On August 31, they presented their research and shared their analysis of their topics with professors, mentors, family, friends and members of the Goldstein family. [Read more…]