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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Tips on How to Survive the Pollen Explosion This Spring

This article was written by Leonard Bielory, M.D., an allergy specialist with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers University… The month of May brings with it two things: Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and the official emergence of New Jerseyans from their homes to enjoy the warm spring weather… More people now than ever before suffer from allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about 50 million people in the United States are affected by seasonal allergies. On top of that, allergy-induced asthma affects more than 10 million asthma sufferers, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, below are some tips to make your spring season a little more bearable…

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Betting on Nature to Solve the Bee Crisis

Simpelaar is one of hundreds of farmers turning to wild bees after nearly a decade of federally funded research failed to identify a solution or even a definitive cause for colony collapse, blamed on a variety of causes including pesticides and mites. A study released on May 13 by the government-funded Bee Informed Partnership showed winter losses in commercial bee colonies slowed this year to 23 percent from an average of 29 percent, but a spike in summer deaths pushed losses from April 2014 through this past March to 42 percent, the second-highest on record… With at least $15 billion in U.S. crops dependent on commercially raised honeybees, the government has allocated about $40 million a year to study the insects and other pollinators such as birds and bats, four times the 2006 level. What entomologists have found is that growers of some orchard and vine crops may not need commercial bee services at all. Wild bee species including bumblebees and blue orchard bees nest alone rather than in hives. "We have real good evidence that native bees are more effective for some crops, including apples and squash," says Rachael Winfree, an entomologist at Rutgers University. "But they get no credit. No one raises them. They live on the margins."

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High Pollen Count Plagues Allergy Sufferers as Dry Streak Continues

Tuesday’s forecast does not contain good news for allergy sufferers. Another day of a high humidity and even higher temperatures coupled with high levels of tree pollen- particularly for oak, birch and maple trees- means itchy, watery eyes and irritated noses will be the norm… Dr. Leonard Bielory, with Rutgers University, told the Associated Press said the tree season that started late due to the overbearing winter is expected to release one of the strongest birch and oak pollen seasons in recent memory… He said the spring allergy season, caused primarily by tree pollination, typically begins in late February or early March. But this year, it did not start in earnest until early April. That means even mild sufferers could be affected during the first few weeks of May.

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Dangerous Air Quality Alert Issued for Chicago Area Due to Historic Pollen Count

Brace yourself for misery- it’s officially "pollenpalooza" for Chicago. A dangerous air quality alert was issued for the city after the highest pollen level in more than two decades was recorded Friday morning… Doctor Leonard Bielory, a Rutgers University researcher, explains because of the overbearing winter that never seemed to cease, tree season started late. The spring allergy season, caused primarily by tree pollination, typically begins in late February. By March birch and oak pollen have been building up, which is why now that spring is finally here and the trees are in bloom the over-due release of pollen at such a historic level.

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