Rutgers Equine Science Center kicks off “15 Years of Excellence” Celebration

The 2016 Rutgers Equine Science Center Summer Showcase was deemed a huge success by organizers. Close to 100 people participated in the kickoff celebration of the Center’s 15-year anniversary… Welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Equine Science Center… The event continued with the presentation of a Congressional Certificate from U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and presented by Ms. Sharon Ortepio, Chair of the Equine Advisory Board, a part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

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Rutgers science-based summer program engage, enrich teens

A group of high school students head out to the Raritan River in Piscataway on Wednesday afternoon to learn about marine life on the river as part of Rutgers University 4-H Summer Science Program… Kristin Hunter-Thomson, Rutgers University’s Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Program Coordinator has been a part of the program for five years. The program is interdisciplinary so it exposes students to a wide range of science. Students have the opportunity to live on Cook campus in New Brunswick for a week. They are exposed to different kinds of scientists. "Our program shows kids there is much more than just medicine in science." The students spend a week with Rutgers scientists, talking about their work, touring their labs and learning about their research.

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Waters at Jersey Shore take on tropical hue, thanks to plankton

For all its charms, the Jersey Shore is not known for crystalline waters, with the ocean off the Garden State almost always colored a murky, opaque green.But swimmers off parts of Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May counties have enjoyed an unusual treat since early July: turquoise seas reminiscent of the Caribbean that permit beach-goers to see straight to the bottom, even out past the breakers… "These upwellings occur every summer, and fuel large phytoplankton blooms," Oscar Schofield, a Rutgers marine scientist, said in an interview published by NASA.

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This South Jersey farm experiments to improve crops

Each farm prides itself on the production of healthy crops, but a 300-acre Cumberland County farm has taken an experimental approach to agriculture. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) in Upper Deerfield Township has acres of research plots that stretch into Salem County, solely focusing on insect control, vegetable breeding and pathology – vegetable diseases… "Our purpose is to generate information for those in this region, provide leadership to the growers in the region and industry. We generate new info, research and deliver it," sad Director Daniel Ward, an extension specialist.

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Rutgers Equine Science Center’s Summer Showcase is 7/13

The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is hosting its annual "Summer Showcase" from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 13 at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory on College Farm Road, George H. Cook Campus, New Brunswick. The Summer Showcase, similar to an open house, is a free event that is open to the public and perfect for any and all equine enthusiasts, ages 8 and up… Dr. Karyn Malinowski, director of the Equine Science Center, will welcome guests and explain why horses are an excellent animal model to study, the type of research being conducted at the Center and its application to human medicine.

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Newark loses record it probably never wanted anyway

It’s now official: The monster blizzard of January 2016 will not go down in the record books as the biggest snowstorm in Newark history… The "snow measurement team" that conducted the review – meteorologists from the weather service’s New York regional office and climate experts from the office of New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson at Rutgers University – determined the actual amount of snow that fell at the airport during the blizzard was 24.5 inches.

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Learn how rain gardens cut costs and reduce runoff on tour of sites in Summit, Springfield, Clark, Rahway and Mountainside

Members of the public have a unique opportunity to see the benefits of rain gardens, porous pavements and other examples of green infrastructure, by joining a half-day bus tour of sustainable landscaping at five sites in Summit, Springfield, Clark, Rahway and Mountainside… The green infrastructure tour will take place on Tuesday July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., conducted by experts from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and the Rahway River Watershed Association.

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Perth Amboy partners with Rutgers in hopes to enhance park

Richard Alomar has a vision for Rudyk Park: Flee markets, barbecues, exercise stations… The 54-year-old Rutgers assistant professor in landscape architecture has been working on-and-off for three months with two others in the hopes of not only making the municipality’s northeast side park bigger, but also making it more accessible. “This would be a great way to expand the park,” Alomar said, pointing to diagrams of the proposed expansion of the area, which currently consists of a playground, a baseball and soccer field and basketball courts.

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4-H Youth Leadership Institute to be held at Rutgers University, June 29-30

Twenty-four (24) 4-H members representing 10 counties will be participating in the New Jersey 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute on June 29-30, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick… "Citizenship is one of the 4-H Mission Mandates so community service is an integral part of every 4-H member’s experience. The goLEAD curriculum will enhance 4-H members knowledge about how to go about planning and conducting service projects in their own communities, as well as reflect on the impact they are having on their community." says Jeannette Rea Keywood, 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development.

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N.J. therapy program leaves ‘Hoof Prints on the Heart’

Those who have been around horses for years know that they leave hoof prints on the heart, but now individuals working through personal and emotional challenges will learn what horses can do for people therapeutically through the Hoof Prints on the Heart program… Hoof Prints on the Heart’s program is designed for veterans, and adults and children experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation, according to executive director Jenni Tevlin. Tevlin also developed and teaches a ‘Animal-Assisted Therapy’ class as a part-time lecturer in the Rutgers University undergraduate animal sciences department.

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