FoodCorps NJ Member Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to Plant White House Garden

Alexis Sangalang (fourth from right) with fellow FoodCorps members.

Alexis Sangalang (in foreground, fourth from right) with fellow FoodCorps members at the White House.

FoodCorps New Jersey service member Alexis Sangalang joined First Lady Michelle Obama and five other FoodCorps leaders to plant the sixth season of the White House Kitchen Garden with DC students on April 2.

Sangalang serves with the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids in Camden, NJ. She works closely with Campbell’s Healthy Communities to serve six schools and community partners in Camden. [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...]

National Volunteer Week April 6-13: Rutgers 4-H Salutes NJ Volunteers

4-H picEach year, thousands of volunteers in New Jersey donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, 2014.

One group that relies heavily on volunteers is the New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program. There are nearly 2,400 adult volunteers who have served as club leaders, project leaders, resource leaders and judges throughout New Jersey over the past year. [Read more...]

Commence the firestorms

Since Rutgers chemistry professor Robert Boikess successfully urged faculty last month to oppose Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker for her role in the Iraq war, he has been called "racist," "liberal" – and worse. The selection of the former secretary of state has set off nothing short of a firestorm on campus with Boikess and his colleagues planning a "teach-in," launching a website to build opposition, and filing a flurry of public records requests aimed at uncovering how Rice was invited…"It’s a polarizing, divisive issue," said Ann Gould, a professor in the plant biology and pathology department. She chairs the university senate, which has commissioned a study in the wake of the controversy on how Rutgers selects its speaker.

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Spring’s Here and so is Tree Pollen

NR12SEBSSpringSt0781Allergy sufferers in New Jersey and in the Northeast are already put on notice as their eyes start to tear and itch, and their symptoms are only expected to increase as tree pollen levels begin to soar.

Leonard Bielory, M.D., a specialist in allergy and immunology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and at the Rutgers Center of Environmental Prediction at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, thinks that the increased snowfall this past winter promises a very robust allergy season. [Read more...]