Vorsa Named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his Pioneering Work with Cranberries

Nick Vorsa.

Nick Vorsa.

Nicholi Vorsa, research professor and developer of high-yielding cranberry varieties with enhanced fruit chemistry attributes, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Vorsa is also the director of Rutgers’ Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center.

The academy, which was founded four years ago, announced its 2014 fellows on December 16. Included among all of the NAI Fellows are 61 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes, as well as 21 Nobel Laureates.

“Because his work has helped New Jersey’s cranberry growers for years, in a profound way, Professor Vorsa has made valuable contributions to a vital part of our state’s economy,” said Christopher J. Molloy, senior vice president for research and economic development at Rutgers. “We are pleased that he is receiving such prestigious national recognition for his accomplishments as an inventor.” [Read more…]

RCE Personal Health and Finance Quiz Can Guide Your New Year’s Resolutions

Barbara O'Neill.

Barbara O’Neill.

Each year, almost half of Americans develop New Year’s resolutions to improve different aspects of their lives. Often these resolutions involve health and personal finances. Specific examples include saving money, reducing debt, losing weight, quitting smoking and increased physical activity.

According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the top five New Year’s resolutions for 2014 were: 1. lose weight, 2. get organized, 3. spend less, save more, 4. enjoy life to the fullest and 5. stay fit and healthy. Three of these top five resolutions (#1, #3, and #5) directly involve health and personal finances while the other two (#2 and #4) are indirectly related (e.g., organized people are likely to keep their finances on track and healthy and financially secure people are able to live life to the fullest). [Read more…]

Emeritus Prof. Karl Maramorosch Receives Honorary Doctorate from Warsaw University

Emeritus Prof. Karl Maramorosch receives honorary docturate from his alma mater, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

Emeritus Prof. Karl Maramorosch receives honorary docturate from his alma mater, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

Karl Maramorosch, emeritus member of the Department of Entomology, was awarded the Honoris Causa Doctorate by his alma mater, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, at a ceremony in Warsaw in October.

Over the course of a long and distinguished career spanning over six decades, Maramorosch has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Wolf Prize in agriculture for his pioneering and wide-ranging studies on interactions between insects and disease agents in plants in 1980. [Read more…]

Undergraduate Wins American Fisheries Society’s Best Poster Award

Collin Dobson and his award-winning poster.

Collin Dobson and his award-winning poster.

SEBS student Collin Dobson (Marine Sciences ’15), an intern at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, won the Best Poster award at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting in Lewes, DE, on Nov. 8.

Dobson’s poster, titled “Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: Biology of Commercial Catch and Population Distribution,” described research he conducted this past summer in Bivalve, NJ, as part of the Research Internships in Ocean Sciences program in the Department of Marine Science. [Read more…]

Student Interns Tackle Oyster Disease Ecology at Haskin Lab

L-R: William Shroer, Lauren Huey and Joseph Looney at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.

L-R: William Shroer, Lauren Huey and Joseph Looney at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.

Ecologically diverse communities are resilient communities. But can this diversity also help prevent the spread of disease? This question was at the heart of research conducted during experiments conducted by student interns at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory in Bivalve, New Jersey. As part of a collaborative project with Old Dominion University, that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Rutgers undergraduate students Joseph Looney, William Schroer and Lauren Huey ran experiments that examined how oysters get sick. [Read more…]