7 shout-outs to Jersey in Obama’s Rutgers speech

President Barack Obama has never lived in New Jersey, but his speech to Rutgers University’s graduating class Sunday showed someone clued him in on some of the state’s quirks and cultural touchstones… Obama gave shout-outs to several Rutgers graduates, including Yasmin Ramadan, a School of Arts and Sciences graduate, who is an anti-bullying advocate and heads the Muslim Public Relations Council, and Madison Little, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences graduate who has done work to confront the AIDS epidemic.

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N.J. faces a pollen explosion in the coming weeks

Might be time to grab some tissues. And some eye drops. And some over-the-counter allergy pills. If you’re allergic to pollen and you haven’t felt any symptoms yet, you will be feeling them soon, according to Leonard Bielory, an allergist who teaches at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and also at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

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Cold temperatures are hurting N.J. fruit crop, experts say

Temperatures dipped to 23 degrees Monday night at the Snyder Research Farm, said Rutgers Professor Emeritus Win Cowgill, leading to fears that the cold will damage this year’s fruit tree crops around the state.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County celebrates new graduating class

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County added 19 new members in a graduation ceremony at the NJAES Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Rutgers Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to Somerset County residents.

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Union County experts offer programs for healthy living, gardening, community volunteering and more

Schools, businesses and nonprofit agencies are invited to contact the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County to book informational programs on nutrition and other health topics for students and adults. The programs are offered as part of the Extension’s spring programming schedule, County Visions Spring 2016. "The Extension offers a full slate of programming and expert guidance for household and community health, whether you are interested in growing a successful garden, improving your family’s nutrition, volunteering in the community or helping to create a healthier environment in our neighborhoods," said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

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Union County Extension honored with community health awards

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County has a mission of fostering community health and nutrition by sharing science-based information with the public, and its efforts have been recognized with two recent awards. The Union County Extension is headed by Karen M. Ensle, EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS, a nutrition expert and member of the Family and Community Health Sciences faculty at Rutgers University.

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4-H youth from 13 N.J. counties learn about leadership

A group of 41 4-H members from 13 counties will be participating in the Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference being held Saturday on the George H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in Middlesex County. The conference provides an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops and hands-on activities, according to Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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Rutgers study reveals why many hurricanes weaken before landfall

In late August 2011, New Jersey was under a state of emergency and residents were evacuating towns along the Shore as Hurricane Irene was barreling up the Atlantic coast packing sustained winds as high as 85 mph… The research team, led by Scott Glenn, a professor in Rutgers’ Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, discovered a high-energy process that rapidly cools the shallow stretch of ocean waters near the coastline and can knock down the strength of powerful hurricanes and tropical storms… "Satellite imagery from before and after (Hurricane Irene) revealed that the ocean surface cooled up to 11 degrees Celsius, or 20 degrees Fahrenheit," said study co-author Oscar Schofield. With such a dramatic cooling, the researchers found, the hurricane quickly weakened before it would make landfall in southern New Jersey.

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Where does our warm winter rank in N.J. history?

Propelled by the warmest December ever recorded and a warmer-than-usual February, the winter of 2015-2016 ended up being the fifth mildest winter in New Jersey in more than 120 years, according to weather data compiled by State Climatologist David Robinson at Rutgers University.

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Global sea levels rising at alarming rate, RU researchers find

Sea levels around the world rose faster during the 20th century than they did during the previous 2,700 years, according to researchers at Rutgers University, who say warmer temperatures likely contributed to the recent rise in sea levels… Also involved in the study was Benjamin P. Horton, a professor of sea level research in Rutgers’ Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Both are members of the Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Rutgers.

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