Zika Virus: What New Jersey Residents Should Know

Common Mosquito Pest Aedes vexansRandy Gaugler and Ary Faraji of the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology take an in-depth look at the Zika virus and what New Jersey’s residents need to know about the recent outbreak. Read more at the Center’s blog.

Rutgers Gardens Incorporates Student Farm for Outreach and Learning Opportunities

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

A student run farm that has operated at the Hort Farm since 1993 will re-emerge across the lane at Rutgers Gardens. The Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs will offer a sequence of interdisciplinary courses involving the organic farm. It also will provide the foundation for a broad spectrum of community outreach and programs, student research opportunities and entrepreneurial pursuits. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Harvest: IFNH Brings Healthy Dining Venue to Cook Campus

JH15 IFNH Harvest sign sizedSince opening in fall of 2015, Rutgers New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health’s new dining venture, Harvest, dishes up healthy fare based on the concept of minimally processed food, and from-scratch culinary techniques. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Prof. Barbara O’Neill Named Academic Editor of the Journal of Financial Planning

Barbara O'Neill.

Barbara O’Neill

The Financial Planning Association announced that Barbara O’Neill, distinguished professor and Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s specialist in financial resource management, is the new Journal of Financial Planning Academic Editor, beginning a two-year term Jan. 1, 2016. A prolific writer, she has written over 1,700 consumer newspaper articles and more than 150 articles for academic journals and other professional publications. According to an analysis published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Financial Planning, O’Neill has been among the most prolific authors in the core financial planning journals from 1984 to 2014. The mission of the Journal of Financial Planning is to expand the body of knowledge of the financial planning profession. Read full press release.

Rutgers Clean Energy and Food Innovation Incubators Leading Efforts to Improve Environmental Sustainability within New Jersey Food Industry


Rutgers EcoComplex was awarded a $157,517 grant from the U.S. EPA, Region II Pollution Prevention Program that’s aimed at helping New Jersey’s food processors, storage and distribution facilities to become more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable through upgrading refrigeration systems, using safer chemicals, reducing water and energy use, and increasing employee training.

“This project will require working closely with the existing food processing, cold storage and distribution facilities to evaluate their current practices and provide them with customized technical assistance and training to improve their sustainability,” says Serpil Guran, director of the Rutgers EcoComplex and the project’s principal investigator.

Among the partners in this project, which will target food supply chain facilities in Newark and Jersey City, are the Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Newark Refrigerated Warehouse LLC. [Read more…]