Prof. Mukund Karwe to Lead SEBS Office of International Programs

Announcement from Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mukund Karwe as our next dean of international programs. He will transition to this new role over the next month, during which time an acting chair of the Department of Food Science will be sought and appointed. Effective immediately, Megan Francis in the international programs office will report to Dr. Karwe.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Dr. Karwe is Professor of Food Engineering in the Department of Food Science in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He served as the Undergraduate Program Director for eight years and subsequently as the Department Chair for seven years. He led the establishment of a 2+2 program in Food Science with South China University of Technology.

His research areas include food extrusion, microwave and hybrid baking, fortification of foods with omega-3 fatty acids, high pressure food processing, effects of processing on nutraceuticals in foods, cold plasma processing, and mathematical modeling of flow of food in human GI tract. He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters as well as a co-edited book. He has given research seminars and keynote addresses in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Greece, India, Italy, Kuwait, S. Korea, Turkey, and the UK. He has hosted visiting scientists and students to his laboratory from Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, India, and the Ivory Coast.

Dr. Karwe is a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and a recipient of several teaching excellence awards, including Rutgers’ Warren Susman award and IFT’s William Cruess Award. He is an avid mountaineer having climbed in the Himalayas. He takes his students hiking annually in the Catskills. He plays tennis, and enjoys yoga and classical music.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Karwe on this appointment as he continues the excellent work begun by Professor of Environmental Sciences Lily Young, who led the Office of International Programs as dean since 2008.

Dr. Young, along with Program Coordinator Megan Francis, succeeded in building a robust and ambitious international program for the School and its students. One of thesingular and strategic contributions Dr. Young made as dean of Internationa Programs was to initiate the first Rutgers 2+2 programs with leading universities in China. She was appointed Provost of Rutgers-New Brunswick, effective October 1.

Annie’s Project Retail Marketing Conference Helps New Jersey Farm Women

Robin Brumfield, RCE extension specialist in farm management, conducted a “Market-to-Market" workbook session that led to a the draft marketing plan for the farm women.

Robin Brumfield, RCE extension specialist in farm management, conducted a “Market-to-Market” workbook session that led to a draft marketing plan by the farm women.

Farm women were exposed to a full day of learning and networking at the Annie’s Project New Jersey: Retail Marketing Conference for Farm Women last month at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center, in Bridgeton, NJ. Annie’s Project is a nationally acclaimed farm business educational program for farm women.

The 17 farm women who attended the daylong conference were exposed to a variety of topics designed to give them a comprehensive understanding of the marketplace that would help them develop a business strategy to ensure the success of their operations. Relevant topics included agritourism, social media, marketing strategies, value-added enterprises, financial goals, marketing plan and crop insurance offered by a series of presenters drawn from Rutgers, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Delaware Department of Agriculture, University of Maryland Extension and the NJ Farmers Direct Marketing Association.

Stephanie Cash, owner of Dias Creek Oyster Company, a commercial oyster business that she operates with her husband in Cape May Court House, NJ, found the conference very useful. “In many respects, the day helped me see what next steps I must take. Even more important, it helped me see what I must do to free up the time to get the necessary things done. It was a most refreshing way to review priorities.” [Read more…]

Alan Robock Wins Prestigious American Meteorological Society Award

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and director of the Meteorology Undergraduate Program, is the winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in recognition of “highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.” The award, which is in the form of a medallion, will be presented at the AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix on January 7.

His citation reads, “For fundamental contributions toward understanding the climatic effects of stratospheric aerosols from volcanoes and other potential sources, and the role of soil moisture in climate.”

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Collaborative Workshop Promotes Science-Based Approach to Manage Shellfish Diseases

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) joined with scientific colleagues, shellfish farmers, and government officials in October to explore options for improving management of oyster and clam diseases along the East Coast of the U.S., in light of the region’s rapidly growing aquaculture industry.

VIMS' Ryan Carnegie address workshop participants.

VIMS’ Ryan Carnegie addresses workshop participants.

The partners met at VIMS’ Gloucester Point campus for a two-day workshop whose goal, says VIMS Research Associate Professor Ryan Carnegie, was to “identify strategies for a regional, science-based approach to shellfish management, one that facilitates interstate commerce while minimizing health risks to cultured and wild populations.” Carnegie directs the Shellfish Pathology Lab at VIMS, which performs dozens of health evaluations for industry each year.

Health risks to shellfish include oyster diseases such as MSX, SSO, and Dermo; as well as the clam disease QPX. These diseases don’t affect humans, but they do threaten the health of infected shellfish (both farmed and wild), and the operations and profitability of shellfish growers.

Carnegie co-hosted the event with David Bushek, director of HSRL, VIMS colleague Karen Hudson, Rutgers New Jersey Sea Grant Aquaculture Progam Coordinator Lisa Calvo, and USDA’s Lori Gustafson and Lynn Creekmore of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (APHIS VS). [Read more…]

Lily Young Appointed Provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Announcement from Richard L. Edwards, Chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

To the Rutgers-New Brunswick Community:

I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Dr. Lily Young, professor of environmental microbiology and dean of international programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), as Provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, effective October 1, 2014.

Lily Young speaks at the 2013 SEBS Induction Ceremony.

Lily Young speaks at the 2013 SEBS Induction Ceremony.

As Provost, Dr. Young’s primary responsibility will be to work with my office and with New Brunswick deans and directors to strategically recruit, promote, and develop New Brunswick faculty. Among other duties, Provost Young will establish and oversee a new program for faculty excellence that will centralize and enhance faculty supports at every stage of a faculty member’s career at Rutgers.

Dr. Young brings remarkable talent and deep academic and administrative experience to this important new position. Highly accomplished in her scientific field and extremely well regarded throughout the Rutgers community, she is also knowledgeable about all facets of faculty work across New Brunswick through her many years of service on the University’s Promotion Review Committee (PRC). [Read more…]