Tobiah Horton – Department of Landscape Architecture
David Robinson – New Jersey State Climatologist
Joel Flagler – Department of Plant Pathology; Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Donald Kobayashi – Department of Plant Pathology
Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County
Robert Goodman – School of Environment and Biological Sciences, Dean’s Office
Anthony Broccoli – Department of Environmental Sciences
Dylan Dreyer – Alumnus
Tom Molnar – Department of Plant Biology
Michael Johnson – doctoral student
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.
Last October, RVCC, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Branchburg, broke ground on an enabling garden, or accessible, barrier-free garden at the college’s Branchburg Campus… The enabling garden vision and mission was launched in 2011 as part of a partnership between Rotary International District 7510 (Central New Jersey) and Rutgers University and its entities, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension. Known as the “Rotary and Rutgers: Growing Lives One Seed at a Time” initiative, it features barrier-free, accessible gardens, and/or activities, provided with modifications to be enjoyed by people with disabilities.
The National Science Foundation awarded $11.8 million to Rutgers to launch and operate the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s data system. The data center for the pioneering Ocean Observatories Initiative, which collects and shares data from more than 800 sophisticated instruments and a transmission network across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is now operating at Rutgers University… “Rutgers is now the hub for the world’s richest source of new in-water oceanographic data, and we are extremely proud to have been chosen for this important work,” says Christopher J. Molloy, Rutgers’ senior vice president for research and economic development.