State-of-the-Art Radon Training Facility Built at Rutgers

State-of-the-art radon training slab at Rutgers.

State-of-the-art radon training lab at Rutgers.

Rutgers recently redesigned and constructed a cutting-edge radon training lab for hands-on learning.

For over 25 years, the Eastern Regional Radon Training Center (ERRTC) at Rutgers University has been providing professionals throughout the country with training in radon measurement and mitigation. To offer students an even better learning experience, the ERRTC opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art training facility on Cook Campus in July 2015.

“Watching the new radon training facility being built from the ground up has been really interesting,” said Program Coordinator Pamela Springard-Mayer. The new facility was used for the first time by students attending a Radon Mitigation class this summer.

In the past, the hands-on portions of the Rutgers three-day Radon Mitigation Proficiency Course were taught at Rutgers’ Environmental Health and Safety Building in Piscataway, affectionately known as the “slab.” For many years, the mock crawl space and attic at the slab did a great job of mimicking the conditions of real-world vapor intrusion situations; however, the building was getting dingy and dusty with age. Regardless of its interesting military history, the slab needed a face-lift. [Read more…]

Extension Agent Jenny Carleo Wins Distinguished Service Award

Jenny Carleo, agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized recently with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents… The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to the cooperative extension program, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director… Through Annie’s Project New Jersey, Carleo’s leadership enabled the project team to offer farm business management programming to more than 278 women farmers and business owners in the state as well as reaching another 470 participants through nationally broadcast webinars.

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Cumberland County Rutgers Master Gardener for 2015 Announced

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County have honored Sam Pace of Millville with the Rutgers Master Gardener of the Year Award for 2015 in Cumberland County. Pace will be recognized for the outstanding work he has done in Cumberland County on Oct. 3 at the Master Gardeners’ Conference in New Brunswick… In 1985, Pace attended the Rutgers Greenhouse Growing Conference. This led to his building a small greenhouse on his property where he grew a variety of bedding plants, hanging baskets and flower bags. Today, he is in the process of completing another greenhouse. Due to an accident that has left him handicapped, Sam now specializes in container gardening and table gardening, the two types of plantings which make gardening for the handicapped accessible and rewarding… Pace graduated in the 2014 Rutgers Master Gardeners Program. He has been an instructor in the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at the Veteran’s Home in Vineland and the Master Gardeners’ native plant and vegetable propagation program.

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Jenny Carleo, ARMA Agent for Cape May County, Earns Distinguished Service Award

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Jenny Carleo (CC ’99, GSNB ’03), agricultural and resource management agent for Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to Cooperative Extension, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director.

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4-H Science Ambassador Program Helps Rahway Students Gain Knowledge Through Research

Children at the Rahway Public Library got a fun introduction to the principles of the scientific method this summer from a group of volunteer Union County 4-H Science Ambassadors. The projects included blowing bubbles and a simple "ski slope" demonstration… 4-H is a national youth development program. In Union County, 4-H is supported by the Freeholder Board, Rutgers University’s Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture… To prepare for their Rahway Library presentation in July, they attended the 4-H Summer Science Program at Rutgers University earlier in the month. They lived on campus at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences during the one-week program, learning about scientific investigation as it relates to current issues and challenges.

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