RCE Collaborates with Hillsborough Township and Watershed Association to Win $175K DEP Grant

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden in with the RCE Water Resources Program. RCE Water Resources Program.

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden with the RCE Water Resources Program.     Photo: RCE Water Resources Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) continues to expand its efforts in urban extension by securing funding to work directly with municipalities and their residents to address important issues affecting New Jersey’s towns.

In one such effort, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County has partnered with Hillsborough Township and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) to obtain a $175,539 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to address flooding problems that are associated with Royce Brook. [Read more...]

Rutgers Hosts 7th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop

Dipak Sarkar makes opening remarks at the workshop. Photo: Kathy Manger.

Dipak Sarkar makes opening remarks at the workshop. Photo: Kathy Manger.

“Hormones and Cancer” was the theme of the 7th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop held last month at the Busch Campus Center. This annual daylong workshop was sponsored by the Rutgers Endocrine Program; Department of Animal Sciences at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS); Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension; and Rutgers-RWJMS Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition. Almost 100 students, postdocs, faculty, and staff attended the event, which comprised morning presentations and an afternoon poster session.

Director of the Rutgers Endocrine Program Dipak Sarkar, distinguished professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS Executive Dean Robert Goodman, and Rutgers Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development Christopher Molloy, distinguished professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology, welcomed the participants and gave opening remarks.

Louis Amorosa, professor of Medicine and chief, RWJMS Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition, introduced the first invited speaker, Suzanne A.W. Fuqua, professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine’s Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center. Her talk was titled “Rediscovery of Estrogen Receptor (ESR1) Mutations in Breast Cancer.” A question-and-answer session following this talk was led by Carol Bagnell, professor of Animal Sciences. [Read more...]

European Expert George Marshall Discusses Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

George Marhsall during his presentation at the Cook Campus Center.

George Marhsall during his presentation at the Cook Campus Center.

On September 23, George Marshall, one of Europe’s leading experts on climate change communication, gave an engaging talk to a gathering of 200 Rutgers students, faculty, staff and members of the public at Rutgers Cook Campus Center about his latest book, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

Marshall, a British citizen, has been on a quest to discover why people are inclined to ignore climate change even when presented with scientific facts. His research involved discussions with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. One of his conclusions is that climate change is difficult to accept and that humans therefore construct a narrative that enables us to ignore it, reject it or shape it in our own image. [Read more...]

Rutgers Students Help Transform Part of Downtown New Brunswick in PARK(ing) Day 2014 Celebration

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On September 19, members of the Rutgers Student Chapter of the New Jersey American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA), working with its parent organization, helped in the design and installation of PARK(ing) Day 2014 in downtown New Brunswick. This annual event, which takes place on the third Friday in September, temporarily transforms metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces, i.e. temporary public places to enjoy a variety of activities.

This year, officials with Middlesex County Planning and the City of New Brunswick, Rutgers students from the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, along with several citywide civic organizations and businesses worked together to transform four parking spaces between 40-55 Bayard Street into public parklets.

Holly Nelson, instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and a practicing landscape architect, guided the students in rendering a park design for the Bayard Street parking spaces. “Events like PARK(ing) Day not only offer our undergraduates a unique opportunity for civic engagement; they also provide a serious design opportunity that reinforces our curriculum focus on urban and public spaces.”

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NSF Grant Awarded to Rutgers to Support Research on the Sustainability of Fisheries

Malin Pinsky

Malin Pinsky

Most of us enjoy eating fish and plan to continue eating fish into the future. But which local fish will be available in New Jersey? How will summer flounder and hake populations on the northeast continental shelf change as our climate warms and fisheries practices adapt? We currently do not know the answer to these questions, but we plan to learn more over the next four years thanks to a new grant announced by the NSF.

A Rutgers team, led by Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), will soon begin its research on fisheries and coastal communities in the northeastern United States under a $1.1 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is one of only nine national awards for the year by the Coastal SEES Research Program at NSF. [Read more...]