Sweeney, Smith Tour New Facilities at Rutgers

Senators Steven Sweeney and Bob Smith toured new facilities at Rutgers and met with Honors College students. The experience left both impressed with the direction of higher education in the state… Sweeney and Smith joined Rutgers University President Robert Barchi on an exclusive tour Thursday of some of the new, state-of-the-art facilities at Rutgers, including the school’s soon-to-be-opened New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health and the Rutgers Honors College… The senators first visited Rutgers’ new New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition and Health on Cook Campus. The $55 million dollar project was financed by a $35 million dollar grant from the Building Our Future Bond Act and a $10 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It will officially open Oct. 27.

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Fast-Growing Fish Risk Dramatic Fall in Population

In a counterintuitive discovery, scientists have found that ocean fish species that grow quickly and reproduce frequently are more likely to experience dramatic plunges in population than larger, slower growing fish such as sharks or tuna… "Rabbits are doing pretty well compared to rhinos. Mice thrive while lions, tigers and elephants are endangered," said Malin Pinsky, assistant professor of ecology and evolution in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in US… After studying population changes in 154 species of fish worldwide over 60 years, Pinsky was surprised to see marine equivalents of rabbits and mice collapsing to low levels – still shy of extinction but serious enough to disrupt ocean food chains or fishing-based societies… In his research, Pinsky found that in nearly all of the cases, overfishing was the culprit.

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Will declining funding stunt scientific discovery in the U.S.?

As federal funding for biomedical research has been declining in real dollars over the past 13 years, getting a grant for many scientists who depend on government money has become more difficult. Now, many say this hypercompetitive atmosphere may stunt not only the careers of promising scientists but also America’s preeminent role in global science research. Features Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science, Loredana Quadro and Co-director of the Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences, Judith Storch.

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Warren County Celebrates ‘National Nutrition Month’ and Recent Grant Award

March is National Nutrition Month and the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued an official proclamation in support of its designation, while highlighting the recent Shaping NJ Healthy Community Grant awarded to the Warren County Community Health Improvement Coalition (WC CHIC)… Sarah Shoemaker, Public Health Planner at the Warren County Health Department, and Sherri Cirignano, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator/Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County, accepted the proclamation and expressed excitement about the upcoming programs… The recent grant, awarded to a community partnership between the county Health Department and Rutgers Cooperative Extension, will fund nutrition and physical activity programs throughout the county. Grant activities will also involve the collaboration and support of the Warren County Planning Department, the Warren County Health and Recreation Partnership, NORWESCAP, the Hackettstown BID, and municipal leaders.

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Rutgers’ New Nursery Specialist Wins Grant Award From Horticultural Research Institute

Raul Cabrera

Raul Cabrera

The New England Nursery Association (NENA), in cooperation with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), announced that Associate Extension Specialist in Nursery Production and Management Raul Cabrera is the first recipient of the association’s Industry Growth Fund grant award. After a review of 60+ grant applications, NENA selected Cabrera’s research project, “Use of Alternative Irrigation Water Sources for Urban Landscapes and Nursery Crops,” as its top recommendation for funding. Read more from New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association.