Better Tasting Strawberry Developed at Rutgers Makes Its Debut

99-204-01 Snyder trial May 31 2013_-9It’s been ten years in the making, but the team that has launched the Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry (RSS) knows they have a winner. Coming from retired plant biology professor Gojko Jelenkovic’s 20 years of testing hundreds of varieties to develop a better tasting strawberry, the RSS is the first of several new varieties that are coming to market after several years of field trials on New Jersey farms conducted by Agricultural Agents Pete Nitzsche and Bill Hlubik. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Growing New Jobs in Newark for Veterans [Video]

"There wasn’t a lot of jobs in Newark asking for someone to survey or make maps," Rutgers graduate Rodney Spencer said. After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Spencer couldn’t find a way to put his skills to use at home. Now he’s a graduate of Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology Solutions program – an effort to put unemployed vets in the Newark area back to work. "It’s just nice being here, seeing the community connect with a really valuable resource – the returning veterans," Senior Program Coordinator Jan Zientek said.

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Sneak Peak at OCPE’s Intro to Food Science Short Course: “Why Use Food Color?”

Video: Food Science Short Course - Why Use Food Color?

Every August, over 60 food industry professionals from all over the U.S. and abroad converge on the Cook campus with a common goal: to attend the Introduction to Food Science short course offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) where they learn both the fundamentals and emerging technologies of food science. In a jam-packed five days – starting with a networking dinner and culminating with a tour of the Rutgers Sensory Evaluation lab – participants experience topics like food chemistry, nutrition, microbiology, color, sensory evaluation, and food engineering, all presented by top researchers, faculty and industry experts. It is one of six food industry training courses offered each year by OCPE. Learn more about the Introduction to Food Science class.

4-H Public Presentation Night is Full of Surprises

The annual 4-H Public Presentation Night is always full of surprises, and this year the rich imagination of Union County youth was on full display. The topics, all hand-picked by 4-H members in first-grade through high school, ran the gamut from fish tanks and manga to optical illusions, dog rescue, penguins, and the Founding Fathers… In its present form, 4-H covers a range of contemporary topics while helping students develop important community and life skills represented by the four H’s- Head, Heart, Hands and Health… Union County 4-H is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, supported in part by the Freeholder Board. Union County 4-H clubs are open to students in grades 1-12 and cover many popular subjects including archery, Lego robotics, pet care and more.

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Barbara O’Neill Wins Two Personal Finance Awards and is Honored During Teacher Appreciation Week May 4–8

Barbara O'Neill

Barbara O’Neill

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4–8) and National Teacher Day (May 5), Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management, was featured by Next Gen Personal Finance, an educational non-profit striving to improve financial literacy.

O’Neill recently won two awards in Next Gen Personal Finance’s First Annual Financial Literacy Month Contest. She was one of five winners in the “Best Personal Finance Resource” College category where she had her students analyze the popular TV series Shark Tank as a tool to teach them about entrepreneurship.

She also won in the “Best Personal Finance Activity” category, which featured original activities that were creative, taught key personal finance skills and provided supporting resources for educators to easily implement the activities in the classroom.