Edible Jersey Profiles the ‘Rutgers Scarlet’ Strawberry: The Jersey Berry

Bill Hlubik, Middlesex County agricultural agent

Bill Hlubik, Middlesex County agricultural agent

If Bill Hlubik has his way, there will be strawberry fields forever— or at least a little longer each year— in the Garden State. Hlubik and his team at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station hope to someday introduce new varieties that will extend the growing season beyond the traditional four weeks for June-bearing strawberries. For now, however, it’s all about the flavor. Read more at Edible Jersey.


SEBS Prof. Participates in Research Study Mapping Availability of Female Condom in Philadelphia Area

David Tulloch.

David Tulloch.

Collaborating with researchers at Rutgers University-Camden, David Tulloch , professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and associate director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, where he leads the Geohealth Lab research group, synthesized data about HIV/AIDS and interventions in the Philadelphia/Camden area into an informative and powerful map. The map, along with other results, were published in the journal, AIDS and Behavior, showing that one percent of the 1228 service providers contacted sold/provided the female condom and 77% sold/provided the male condom. Juxtaposed against a map of HIV prevalence, the limited availability of female condoms has serious health and policy implications for communities throughout the city. Read more on the study.

The National Science Foundation Has Awarded $11.8 Million to Rutgers

OOI-Station-Map_Cabled_Array_2015-01-12World’s Richest Source of New In-Water Oceanographic Data Now Operational at Rutgers

The National Science Foundation has awarded $11.8 million to Rutgers to launch and operate the Oceans Observatories Initiative’s data system.

The data center for the pioneering Ocean Observatories Initiative, which collects and shares data from more than 800 sophisticated instruments and a transmission network across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is now operating at Rutgers University. Read more at Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development.

The New Jersey Dietetic Association awards Barbara Tangel its Highest Honor

Barbara Tangel with NJDA President Chesney Blue.

Barbara Tangel with NJDA President Chesney Blue.

Barbara Tangel, director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, received the Carolyn Sebastianelli Distinguished Member Award at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Dietetic Association (NJDA). The award, the highest given by the NJDA, honors a member who has been a role model, demonstrating commitment to the nutritional needs of the community, leadership, mentoring, service to others, and professionalism and high ethical standards in practice.

As Tangel received her award, a ballroom-full of attendees responded with standing ovations. She delivered a touching acceptance speech that highlighted and praised the successes of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Rutgers and its hundreds of graduates, including Chris Gunning, Sara Elnakib Family and Community Health Sciences Educator from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County, Danielle Data, and Taylor Palm.

The New Jersey Dietetic Association empowers members to be New Jersey’s food and nutrition leaders and is driven to optimize New Jersey’s health through food and nutrition through customer focus, advocacy, integrity, innovation, social responsibility and collaboration.


Meatballs made in a lab: Ick or slick?

Scientists and businesses working full steam to produce lab-created meat claim it will be healthier than conventional meat and more environmentally friendly… "Maillard reactions are very important," says Paul Breslin, a nutritional sciences professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "They are the flavour of cooking and give baked cookies, fresh-baked bread and grilled ribs their characteristic flavours, which we obviously love."

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Recalling the Life of Karl Maramorosch: 1915-2016

Karl MaramososchKarl Maramorosch, professor emeritus and renowned scholar, died on May 9, 2016, at the age of 101. Well known to the Rutgers community and active in teaching and research up until recently, he was known throughout the world as an eminent virologist, entomologist, and plant pathologist. His Rutgers “home” for the past several years was the Department of Entomology. He’s won multiple awards and accolades but his proudest moment came in 1980 when he was awarded the Wolf Prize, widely considered agriculture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, “for his pioneering and wide-ranging studies on interactions between insects and disease agents in plants.” His fascinating life was profiled here on the eve of the celebration last year of his 100th birthday.

Below is a tribute and obituary prepared by his colleague and friend Randy Gaugler, distinguished professor in the Department of Entomology.

Professor emeritus and renowned scholar Karl Maramorosch was born January 16, 1915, and died of natural causes on May 9, 2016, at the age of 101 while visiting friends in Poland. He was born in Vienna where his family had fled at the outbreak of World War I to evade the advancing Tsarist Army. After the war the family returned to their farm in eastern Poland where Karl attended primary and secondary schools, graduating from the Moniuszko Conservatory of Music in 1934. He considered becoming a concert pianist but followed his father’s footsteps in agriculture and entered Warsaw University, graduating magna cum laude in agricultural engineering in 1938. The same year he married his college sweetheart, Irene Ludwinowska, who was his steadfast companion for the next 70 years until her death. His childhood dream of becoming a virologist was interrupted the following year when the Nazis, and subsequently the Soviets, invaded Poland. Karl and his young bride escaped across a heavily guarded bridge into Romania disguised as a Polish officer and his wife. In Romania, they were interred in refugee camps for the remainder of the war and where Karl became a skilled shoemaker. His parents, brother and 127 close relatives perished in the Holocaust.

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A Celebration of Excellence 2016

2016 Excellence Award winners. Back row, l-r: Rick Ludescher, Weilin Huang, Christopher Obropta, Marci Meixler, Jennifer Francis. Front row: Dalynn Knigge, Jennifer Todd, Meredith Melendez, Wesley Kline, and Jenice Sabb.

2016 Excellence Award winners. Back row, l-r: Rick Ludescher, Weilin Huang, Christopher Obropta, Marci Meixler, Jennifer Francis. Front row: Dalynn Knigge, Jennifer Todd, Meredith Melendez, Wesley Kline, and Jenice Sabb. Photo by Jeff Heckman.

On April 21, faculty, staff, and students attended the 23rd annual Celebration of Excellence for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station held at Neilson Dining Hall.

According to executive dean Bob Goodman, this signature event acknowledges contributions that meet carefully-considered criteria, including creativity, original work and ideas, innovation, effectiveness, integrity, leadership, impact, community engagement, and excellence.

The awards were presented by dean of academic programs, Rick Ludescher. SEBS students Sarah Waxman and Nicole Tallman also presented the Alpha Zeta Honor Society Awards at the event. [Read more…]

Investigation: CDC labs repeatedly faced secret sanctions for mishandling bioterror germs

A laboratory operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is among the handful of facilities that have secretly had their permits suspended in recent years for serious safety violations while working with bioterror pathogens, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY after winning a Freedom of Information Act appeal… "There is no security rationale for withholding the identities of the suspended labs," Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert at Rutgers University in New Jersey who has testified before Congress.

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Exclusive: Patient safety issues prompt leadership shake-up at NIH hospital

The National Institutes of Health is overhauling the leadership of its flagship hospital after an independent review concluded that patient safety had become "subservient to research demands" on the agency’s sprawling Bethesda campus… "This is a black eye for the NIH," said Richard Ebright, a professor of chemical biology at Rutgers University who conducts biosafety research. "The NIH is the crown jewel of science and technology. The NIH needs to have a safety record, a compliance record, transparency and leadership befitting a crown-jewel organization."

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John and Anne Gerwig Director’s Fund Award – John Gerwig’s Remarks

John Gerwig speaking at the first John and Anne Gerwid Directors Fund awards

John Gerwig speaking at the first John and Anne Gerwig Directors Fund awards

Dr. John L. Gerwig, Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension 1962 – 1992, gave the following remarks on May 4, 2016 at the first awards presented to Cooperative Extension Faculty from the John and Anne Gerwig Director’s Fund.

“I learned long ago that if you make short comments that they can’t be all wrong.  First I would like to congratulate all of the recipients of the awards here today.  We never do enough to recognize outstanding work.  As you know we are celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Rutgers.  Some think that I am so old that I was here when it was founded.  I have been associated with Rutgers for 64 years.  That is 25% of the time that Rutgers has existed.

“When I first came to the Rutgers campus in 1952, I was lucky enough to know some of the early Faculty members that made an outstanding contribution toward the betterment of mankind.  My office was in Lipman Hall and Dr. Selman Waksman, who discovered antibiotics that wiped out T.B., was housed in that building as well. It was a soil sample taken from the area where the dairy barn is located that contained the antibiotic that became known as Streptomycin.  Lipman Hall was named for Dr. Jacob Lipman who was one of the early deans of the College of Agriculture, the forerunner of the present school.  Another famous member of the faculty was Dr. Schermerhorn who selected the famous Rutgers tomato which has now been resurrected and will be grown on farms and gardens throughout the world.  The Rutgers tomato has probably done more to put Rutgers on the map than any other contribution.  The Rutgers tomato was grown in our garden where I grew up and was what I knew about Rutgers until I came here to teach in 1952.  There was Dr. Blake who made New Jersey famous for the peach varieties that still make up a large part of the peach acreage in Eastern U.S.  There was Enos Perry that introduced artificial breeding in the country.  This was a major factor in raising the milk production in the U.S.  It also decreased the injury among dairymen because dealing with dairy bulls was a major contribution to the injury of dairymen on the farm.  These pioneers and others like them established the basis of our heritage. [Read more…]