Better Process Control School at Rutgers: A Tip for Making Processed Foods Safer

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) offers a series of courses for food manufacturing and R&D professionals in food science, product development and food safety. In this video, Professor Don Schaffner offers a tip on preventing microbial contamination that is offered in the Better Process Control School. See a listing of OCPE’s upcoming food safety courses.

Video: Better Process Control School at Rutgers: A Tip for Making Processed Foods Safer

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…]

Harsh Winter Outlook Made a Bit More Dire by Early Snow

Remember how evidence was mounting last month that early snowfall was accumulating across Siberia? And remember how there’s a theory that says this snowfall signals a cold winter? So in the two and half weeks since, the news for the winter-haters has, unfortunately, only gotten worse. About 14.1 million square kilometers of snow blanketed Siberia at the end of October, the second most in records going back to 1967, according to Rutgers University’s Global Snow Lab. The record was in 1976, which broke a streak of mild winters in the eastern U.S. In addition, the speed at which snow has covered the region is the fastest since at least 1998.

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Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

A day of fun for everyone! The 11th annual Monster Mash took place on October 24 at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center Gymnasium. The Halloween Monster Mash is a collaborative community service event sponsored by Rutgers University Residence Life on the Cook/Douglass Campus and provides an alternative trick-or-treat experience for elementary school children in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Various student organizations at Rutgers set up activity tables for the young visitors and reward their efforts with treats. While intended as entertainment for the kids, the Rutgers student volunteers always have a spook-tacular time.

Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

New Brunswick Community Farmers Market Hosts Día de los Muertos Marigold Sales, Oct. 25 – 27

A monarch butterfly makes a stop on the marigolds growing in the Jones Avenue hoop house.

A monarch butterfly makes a stop on the marigolds growing in the Jones Avenue hoop house.

The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed. It’s also a time when bright orange marigolds, or cempzuchilt, an Aztec term, are in high demand for the annual holiday. New Brunswick has a growing community of migrants from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, a largely indigenous state in southern Mexico. Although Día de los Muertos is recognized all over Mexico, Oaxaca is known for its colorful celebrations honoring the return of deceased loved ones on November 1st and 2nd. [Read more…]