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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Rutgers Research Highlights Ocean Days

Rutgers University research took center stage in the science curriculum of students this past week through the Rutgers Ocean Days program. Ocean Days gives students a firsthand look into current marine research being performed at Rutgers University. The intent of the program is to "Get current ocean research into classrooms that hits on state (curriculum) standards," said Kristin Hunter-Thompson of the education and outreach branch of the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

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Army Vet Finds Rutgers’ Agricultural Programs and a Future in Growing Things

When Matthew Smith got out of the army in 2010, he was sure of two things: His insides hurt and he wanted to help people…Smith is now one of about 50 agriculture and food systems (formerly agricultural science) majors in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers. Under Mark Robson, dean of agricultural and urban programs, the curriculum has been modernized and expanded. Twenty new courses have been added, including one in agroecology, in which students learn to farm with a minimum of external inputs, like pesticides and a greater reliance on natural processes.

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20 Ways to Go Green in 2013

If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013…Buy fresh, local food this summer at Giamarese Farm, the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market or the Rutgers Community Farmers Market. Have your kids make their friends birthday cards and bring gifts in decorated paper bags or a cool reusable bag. Kids love getting a handmade card – as do adults.

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Rutgers Apiculture Club Maintains Bee Colonies

Rutgers University is abuzz with a new student organization. Hive, The Apiculture Society at Rutgers, convened in April, and since that time has started and nurtured four beehives, the sweet and sticky spoils of which were recently harvested. Founder Chris Farina, 20, of Watchung, said he and a friend came up with the idea for the club after taking an apiculture class at Rutgers.

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