From Youths to Sleuths: 4-H Rutgerscience Saturday Introduces STEM Concepts Using Spy Technology

sciencesat_spy3On March 29, the Rutgers 4-H Youth Development Program sponsored a Rutgerscience Saturday event for 51 youths across New Jersey, from grades 5-9. Participants practiced listening like a spy using laser technology, embedding messages in images and learning how to use surveillance technology.

Rutgers University graduate student Swapnil Mhaske showed a group of “spies-in-training” how to eavesdrop using a laser beam. Mhaske, whose research interests are in the area of wireless communications and information theory, spent over a month preparing to teach the students about his field of information technology. [Read more...]

Brevoort Conover, retired Warren County 4-H Agent, dies at 83

Brevoort C. Conover, a former Warren County 4-H Agent and New Jersey State 4-H Youth Development department chair, died peacefully at his home in Bethlehem, Pa on April 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 83. Conover proudly served as faculty of the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension for 30 years, attaining the rank of professor 1. He served as the Warren County 4-H agent for 19 years before being elected state department chair in 1978.He served in that position for nine years, and then served an additional two years as the Extension 4-H Specialist. He was a life member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, serving various offices, including national president in 1974. He retired in 1989 as a professor emeritus. He was a member of the Rutgers Retired Faculty Association and a member of the Henry Rutgers Society. In 2010, he was recognized for his years of distinguished service with induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

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Kenilworth Library celebrates Arbor Day

An Arbor Day Celebration was recently presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H of Union County agent Jim Nichnadowicz at the Kenilworth Public Library. J. Sterling Morton organized the first Arbor Day in 1872 in Nebraska where more than one million trees were planted across the state.

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Mercer 4-H Member Speaks at USDA Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell, Mercer County 4-H member, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the 2014 Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell, Mercer County 4-H member, was invited by the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture to be one of a handful of youth to speak at the USDA symposium commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the birth of plant biologist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for a lifetime of work to feed a hungry world. [Read more...]

NJ Students Dive into Ocean Exploration at Rutgers Ocean Days Event April 8-9 & 11

More than 300 New Jersey school students, grades 3-12, Rutgers faculty, staff and students. Rutgers University scientists, graduate and undergraduate students will guide the students as they learn about exploring the ocean deep, Antarctic krill and penguins, ocean acidification, and much more. [Read more...]