New Jersey 4-Hers Boost Leadership and Civic Skills in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and three adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 6-12. [Read more...]

Rutgers Plant Biologist Jim Simon Recognized by International Agriculture Association

L-R: Mike McGirr, AIARD President, Jim Simon and Albert Ayeni, AIARD Awards Committee Chair. Photo: Susan Schram.

L-R: Mike McGirr, AIARD President, Jim Simon and Albert Ayeni, AIARD Awards Committee Chair. Photo: Susan Schram.

Rutgers Professor James (Jim) Simon, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, has won the 2014 AIARD Special Service Award in recognition of his collaborative research in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere for over 20 years and his ability to use innovative and transformative approaches that lift people out of poverty. This recognition was bestowed upon him at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development in Washington, D.C. on June 2.

Simon is internationally known as a leading global researcher for his work in horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants in which he specializes in plant natural products and new crops. [Read more...]

Lisa Calvo Named Marine Educator of the Year by Statewide Organization

L-R: Lisa Calvo, Diana Burich, K-12 Program Coordinator of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Steve Evert of Stockton College and current president of NJMEA.

L-R: Lisa Calvo, Diana Burich, K-12 Program Coordinator of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Steve Evert of Stockton College and current president of NJMEA.

Lisa Calvo, aquaculture agent jointly affiliated with Rutgers NJAES and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, was presented the Outstanding Marine Educator of the Year Award by the New Jersey Marine Education Association (NJMEA) on May 20 during its annual professional development workshop, Teach at the Beach 2014, at Stockton College. [Read more...]

Graduate Student is Third Place North American Young Scientist Winner

Jessica Verpeut with her award-winning poster.

Jessica Verpeut with her award-winning poster.

Jessica Verpeut, Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences, was the North America 3rd Place Graduate winner in the 2014 Alltech Young Scientist competition. Her award-winning paper, titled “Effects of ketogenic diet on neurobehavioral outcomes in Engrailed 2 null mice,” highlights the dissertation research she has been conducting in the laboratory of Nick Bello, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences.

When asked for her reaction to being named one of the top winners among the graduate students from North America who competed this year, Verpeut said “it feels great to have a global leader like Alltech recognize my work as critical and unique.” [Read more...]

Somerset County RCE Commemorates Centennial with Proclamation and Tree Planting

L-R: Ed Seidel, President, Somerset County Board of Agriculture; Nick Polanin, RCE Ag Agent; Annette Smutko, Vice President, Somerset County 4-H Association; Mellissa Smutko, Somerset County 4-H member; Carol Ward, RCE 4-H Agent; and Patrick Scaglione, Freeholder Director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Photo credit: Linda Van Zandt, Public Information Officer, Somerset County.

L-R: Ed Seidel, President, Somerset County Board of Agriculture; Nick Polanin, RCE Ag Agent; Annette Smutko, Vice President, Somerset County 4-H Association; Mellissa Smutko, Somerset County 4-H member; Carol Ward, RCE 4-H Agent; and Patrick Scaglione, Freeholder Director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Photo credit: Linda Van Zandt, Public Information Officer, Somerset County.

On May 13, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County was presented with a proclamation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in recognition of the centennial anniversary of Cooperative Extension. The proclamation also recognized the various milestones of RCE faculty and staff dating to 1918 when RCE of Somerset County was established.

This recognition was followed on Wednesday, May 14, with the official planting of a Rutgers dogwood variety Hyperion®, in collaboration with the Building and Grounds Committee of the Somerset County 4-H Association. [Read more...]