State Climatologist at Rutgers University Awarded Nearly $50,000 in Emergency Management Subgrants

The Office of the State Climatologist at Rutgers University received an Emergency Management Open Initiative (EMOI) subgrant for nearly $50,000, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) announced on Monday…The State Climatologist at Rutgers received $49,998 to maintain New Jersey Weather Net Station it operates. The grant money is dedicated to helping ensure hardware and software stability; improve data accuracy; improve a weather ready web portal; conduct training; and the ability to provide continued support during adverse weather conditions, according to NJOEM.

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Rutgers Professor Honored as a 2013 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

A Rutgers University professor has been selected a 2013 AGU Fellow. A Rutgers University professor has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the University announced on Monday. Barbara Turpin is a distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Campus Dean for Undergraduate Education for the George H. Cook Campus. She and 61 colleagues who are also members of the union are being recognized for “exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space science,” according to the University.

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Rutgers Dining Services Switching to Cage-Free Eggs

Following a three-year campaign and a petition drive that collected over 3,000 signatures, the Rutgers University dining program will no longer purchase eggs from hens raised in battery cage confinement systems, Rutgers United for the Welfare of Animals (RUWA) announced this week…"Thanks to the organized effort and hard work of our students, especially Rutgers United for the Welfare of Animals (RUWA), Rutgers University Dining Services is happy to join a growing list of universities that have made the move to serve 100 percent cage free eggs," Joe Charette (Cook College class of ’77), Executive Director of Dining Services at Rutgers, said.

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Buzz Off! Rutgers Doc Offers Tips on Bug Bites and Stings

Stinging insects are as much a part of summer as pool parties and picnics. But beware, stings from insects, including honey bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants, send more than half a million people each year to hospitals and cause at least 50 deaths, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). To stay safe, be aware of the signs of an allergic reaction and take steps to prevent stings. Leonard Bielory, M.D., an allergy specialist with the Rutgers Center of Environmental Prediction at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and attending physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma.

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New Brunswick 4-H Recognizes Volunteers, Community Partners

The New Brunswick 4-H Club showed its thanks on Monday to its network of volunteers and community partners that help make the club’s programs a daily reality. The club held a volunteer appreciation lunch at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, recognizing its supporters from organizations like Lazos America Unida, The Citizens Campaign, Elijah’s Promise, the Greater Brunswick Charter School, the New Brunswick Free Public Library, and the Middlesex County 4H program.

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