Prof. Mukund Karwe to Lead SEBS Office of International Programs

Announcement from Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mukund Karwe as our next dean of international programs. He will transition to this new role over the next month, during which time an acting chair of the Department of Food Science will be sought and appointed. Effective immediately, Megan Francis in the international programs office will report to Dr. Karwe.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Dr. Karwe is Professor of Food Engineering in the Department of Food Science in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He served as the Undergraduate Program Director for eight years and subsequently as the Department Chair for seven years. He led the establishment of a 2+2 program in Food Science with South China University of Technology.

His research areas include food extrusion, microwave and hybrid baking, fortification of foods with omega-3 fatty acids, high pressure food processing, effects of processing on nutraceuticals in foods, cold plasma processing, and mathematical modeling of flow of food in human GI tract. He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters as well as a co-edited book. He has given research seminars and keynote addresses in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Greece, India, Italy, Kuwait, S. Korea, Turkey, and the UK. He has hosted visiting scientists and students to his laboratory from Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, India, and the Ivory Coast.

Dr. Karwe is a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and a recipient of several teaching excellence awards, including Rutgers’ Warren Susman award and IFT’s William Cruess Award. He is an avid mountaineer having climbed in the Himalayas. He takes his students hiking annually in the Catskills. He plays tennis, and enjoys yoga and classical music.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Karwe on this appointment as he continues the excellent work begun by Professor of Environmental Sciences Lily Young, who led the Office of International Programs as dean since 2008.

Dr. Young, along with Program Coordinator Megan Francis, succeeded in building a robust and ambitious international program for the School and its students. One of thesingular and strategic contributions Dr. Young made as dean of Internationa Programs was to initiate the first Rutgers 2+2 programs with leading universities in China. She was appointed Provost of Rutgers-New Brunswick, effective October 1.

Alan Robock Wins Prestigious American Meteorological Society Award

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and director of the Meteorology Undergraduate Program, is the winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in recognition of “highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.” The award, which is in the form of a medallion, will be presented at the AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix on January 7.

His citation reads, “For fundamental contributions toward understanding the climatic effects of stratospheric aerosols from volcanoes and other potential sources, and the role of soil moisture in climate.”

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Global warming – you must be joking! How melting Arctic ice is driving harsh winters

"Historic" snowfalls have the US northeast this week, with Buffalo, New York under an astonishing 2.4m (8ft) of snow – enough to cause some roofs to cave in under the pressure…Scientists now have evidence that these persistent extreme weather patterns are increasing in their frequency, due to the rapid heating up of the Arctic that is changing the behaviour of the jet stream, and in turn, the polar vortex. And Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, one of the leading US scientists studying the relationship between Arctic warming and changes in the jet stream, believes that it’s thanks to ‘global warming’ that northern hemisphere weather is becoming more extreme – and it’s not about to get any better.

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Annie’s Project NJ Receives 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Team Award

(L-R) Larry Katz awards Annie's Project team members Meredith Melendez, Nick Polanin, Robin Brumfield, Jenny Carleo and Jeff Heckman.

(L-R) Larry Katz awards Annie’s Project team members Meredith Melendez, Nick Polanin, Robin Brumfield, Jenny Carleo and Jeff Heckman.

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20. [Read more…]

2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist of the Year Awarded to Peter Oudemans

Peter Oudemans

Peter Oudemans

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

The Specialist of the Year Award is presented to an Extension Specialist who is being recognized by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension departments of 4-H Youth Development, Family and Community Health Sciences, and Agricultural and Resource Management Agents for their accomplishments and support to the agent departments. This year the Specialist of the Year was awarded to Peter Oudemans, extension specialist in blueberry/cranberry pathology.

Oudemans is considered a consummate professional. He is equally at home performing world class scholarship in fruit pathology as well as instructing agents and agricultural professionals, doing spray schedule with growers and designing applied investigations in cooperation with others. He is collaborative and cooperative. He displays leadership when needed. He is an excellent researcher and Extension speaker. Rutgers Cooperative Extension recognizes Oudemans as the best example of how research and Extension should work together.