Rutgers Forestry and Wildlife Management Graduate Selected to Lead National Park in Alaska Region

Forestry and Wildlife Management graduate Ben Bobowski to headWrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska region.

Rutgers forestry and wildlife management graduate Ben Bobowski.

Rutgers graduate Ben Bobowski (CC ’91), who earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife management, has been selected as the new superintendent of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, part of the National Park Service (NPS), in south central Alaska.

Bobowski, who will soon begin his tenure in Alaska, is currently the Acting Superintendent for Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado, where he’s been the chief of resource stewardship since October 2007. He was previously the chief of resource management at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site from 2002-2007 and a range ecologist at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area from 1998-2002. [Read more…]

Revolutionary for 250 Years: Waksman, Schatz and the Discovery of Streptomycin

Albert Schatz and Selman Waksman

Albert Schatz and Selman Waksman

Martin Hall on the George H. Cook campus was the site of the discovery of streptomycin – the first effective treatment for tuberculosis – by  Rutgers revolutionary Selman Waksman and his graduate student Albert Schatz. In 1952, Waksman received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his “ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes” involved in that discovery. Read more at Rutgers Today.

G. Joseph Pennucci (CC’84) Appointed Chief Probation Officer of Lynn District Court in Massachusetts

G. Joseph Pennucci.

G. Joseph Pennucci.

G. Joseph Pennucci, a 1984 graduate of Cook College, was appointed the Chief Probation Officer at Lynn District Court by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation Edward J. Dolan. Pennucci assumed his new role on February 8.

Pennucci, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Rutgers, is one of six newly appointed chief probation officers across the state. As a Chief Probation Officer at Lynn District Court, Pennucci will manage the operations of the district’s Probation Department and a staff of 24, including two assistant chief probation officers, 14 probation officers as well as support staff.

“I am proud and honored to serve as the new Chief Probation Officer at Lynn District Court. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff who assist court-involved individuals and maintain public safety in the community,” said Pennucci. [Read more…]

Alumni Story: David Earl (CC’76) – True to His School

David Earl, second from left, is partying at the 2014 Cook Community Alumni Association Fish Fry. With him are Russ Chapman (CC’82), left, Pat Provost Zafian (CC’80, GSNB’83) and Perry Pawlyk (CC’80, GSNB’83).

David Earl, second from left, is partying at the 2014 Cook Community Alumni Association Fish Fry. With him are Russ Chapman (CC’82), left, Pat Provost Zafian (CC’80, GSNB’83) and Perry Pawlyk (CC’80, GSNB’83).

Many alumni support their alma mater with time, talent, and treasure. But few are as true to their school as David Earl, who started giving back to Rutgers shortly after his graduation in 1976 and has continued to this day.

David is a section chief in the Office of Landscape Architecture of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, where he has worked for more than 36 years. “I was one of the lucky ones,” he says, “I got my job because of my education at Rutgers, and I have been there ever since.”

Three years after David graduated, he dedicated his first small gift to the Department of Horticulture, home in those days of the landscape architecture program. His reason was simple: “I was grateful to have been prepared so well for a career I love,” he says.

In the mid-1980s he began directing his donations to a memorial scholarship set up by the family of classmate Kevin Dorko. David says that although he didn’t know Kevin well, he admired his zest for life. “Kevin loved active sports, like motocross. He liked to fly airplanes. When I heard that he died in a plane crash in ’83 and found out that his family created the Kevin Dorko Memorial Scholarship, I decided to donate to that,” David recalls. [Read more…]

Beyond Words: Carl Safina, GSNB’82,’87

This wolf, known as 755 and the object of study in Yellowstone National Park, was shattered when humans killed his brother and mate. His new mate was then killed by his jealous daughters, who attracted hostile males that he couldn’t handle. Once a proud alpha male, he was desolate. Photo credit: Alan Oliver

This wolf, known as 755 and the object of study in Yellowstone National Park, was shattered when humans killed his brother and mate. His new mate was then killed by his jealous daughters, who attracted hostile males that he couldn’t handle. Once a proud alpha male, he was desolate.
Photo credit: Alan Oliver

Note: This article first appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Rutgers Magazine.

Years of studying animals at sea and on land convinced scientist Carl Safina that many creatures in nature think, express emotion and communicate. In his new book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry Holt and Company, 2015), Safina GSNB ’82, ’87 couples personal observations of wildlife with the best field research available to create a thought-provoking portrait of the distinct and complex lives of animals.

For the project, Safina, who earned a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers, visited elephant herds at Amboseli National Park in Kenya, wolf packs at Yellowstone National Park, and orca pods in the Pacific Northwest. A clear pattern emerged. These animals know who they are, he says. “We have the same imperatives: take care of our babies, find food, try to stay alive.” [Read more…]