Robson Receives New Jersey Public Health Award

Robson receiving the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Mr. Peter Tabbot, health officer and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA president.

Mark Robson poses with the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Peter Tabbot, health officer, and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA President.

Mark Robson, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, received the Sullivan Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA). The highest award by NJPHA, the Sullivan award is presented  to an individual for dedicated and outstanding public service and contributing to the cause of public health in New It was established in 1976 and named after Dennis J. Sullivan, a health officer who dedicated his life to improving the public health of New Jersey. Robson received the award at the annual New Jersey Public Health Association meeting held on October 17 on the Rutgers Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ.

From the Ground Up: SEBS Staff Get Lesson in Organic Land Care

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members.

As part of the SEBS Administrative Staff Community Initiative, which offers staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the school community and campus and get to know other staff members through a variety of activities during lunch hour sessions, an intro to Organic Land Care (OLC) was offered on October 21. Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties Amy Rowe (GSNB 2006) conducted the session, based on an extensive course that she and fellow Rutgers Cooperative Extension agricultural and environmental resource management agents Michele Bakacs, Jan Zientek, Bill Hlubik and extension specialists Joe Heckman and Jim Murphy have developed for professional landscapers as well as workshops for homeowners. [Read more...]

Study Suggests Harsh Winters Connected With Sea Ice Decline

A team of scientists have recently published a paper which discusses the link between extreme weather and the decline of Arctic Ice. In light of the human emissions-slash-global warming discussion, this study is very important. It has confirmed that cold winters throughout Europe and Asia are twice as common these days because of a decline in sea ice in a specific region of the Atlantic Ocean…"This is a very solid paper that supports the mechanism identified in other recent papers linking sea-ice loss in the area of the Arctic Ocean north of Scandinavia to persistently cold winter conditions in central Asia," stated Jennifer Francis, researcher at Rutgers University.

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Here’s why GMO labeling initiatives might fail – again

Yesterday, the Oregonian released a new poll it had commissioned showing that Measure 92, a ballot initiative to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients in the state, was trailing 48 to 42 percent among likely voters. Yet back in July, another poll conducted for Earthfix of Oregon, an environmentally focused branch of Oregon Public Broadcasting, put support for the initiative at a very impressive 77 percent…One 2013 survey conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found that 54 percent of Americans say they know "very little or nothing at all" about genetically modified foods, and 25 percent have never even heard of them. .."It’s really clear that people don’t know very much about the subject," says Rutgers’ William Hallman, lead researcher on the poll. "And when people don’t know much abut a subject, how you ask them a question about it largely determines the answer you get back."

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Climate Change Caused by Ocean Currents, New Research Shows

Greenhouse gasses may not be the sole culprit behind climate change. According to a new study, ocean currents also play a huge part in regulating our climate. reports that Rutgers University research shows major cooling of the Earth and ice buildup that happened 2.7 million years ago took place alongside a shift in the circulation of ocean currents, which pull in heat and CO2 from the Atlantic and move them through the deep ocean in a north to south direction before releasing the water into the Pacific…"We argue that it was the establishment of modern deep ocean circulation – the ocean conveyor – about 2.7 million years ago, and not a major change in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere that triggered an expansion of the ice sheets in the northern hemisphere," says Stella Woodard, lead author of the study and post-doctoral researcher at Rutgers Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

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