State Climatologist at Rutgers University Awarded Nearly $50,000 in Emergency Management Subgrants

The Office of the State Climatologist at Rutgers University received an Emergency Management Open Initiative (EMOI) subgrant for nearly $50,000, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) announced on Monday…The State Climatologist at Rutgers received $49,998 to maintain New Jersey Weather Net Station it operates. The grant money is dedicated to helping ensure hardware and software stability; improve data accuracy; improve a weather ready web portal; conduct training; and the ability to provide continued support during adverse weather conditions, according to NJOEM.

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The Heat is On: Climate Change and New Jersey

The New Jersey Climate Adaption Alliance has received $400,000 from the Kresge Foundation to help New Jersey adapt to climate change. Read what’s in store for New Jersey as we face rising seas and temperatures.

Antarctic Science Documentary Includes Students’ Energy and Perspectives

An unusual Rutgers University program that involves undergraduates in making documentary films about science has released a three-minute trailer for a project that was filmed in the ice and beneath the frigid waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. The film project was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The Rutgers Film Bureau, the university’s professional documentary office within the university’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, recently released the trailer for the planned feature-length, non-fiction narrative.

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Rutgers Leads Multi-Million USDA Grant to Fight Stink Bugs

Anne Nielsen (Photo courtesy of Jeff Heckman)

The brown marmorated stink bug is a highly invasive pest that has caused significant agricultural losses in the Mid-Atlantic states and is spreading to Southern and Mid-Western states as well, since its discovery in the U.S. in the mid-1990s. Native to Japan, China, and Korea, this pest has caused significant damage in its adopted homeland in a diverse range of crops such as tomatoes, peaches, apples, pears and soybeans. It’s been known to feed and reproduce on several other crops, including wheat, eggplant and melons, adding to the list of agricultural commodities potentially affected by this pest.

The stink bug is highly mobile and feeds on diverse crops, which makes it especially challenging for organic farmers, requiring whole-farm management to implement effective organic controls.

To this end, Anne Nielsen, assistant extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers, has been awarded $2,672,327 by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support a multi-regional and transdisciplinary effort to develop and disseminate whole-farm organic management of this pest.

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Professor Sarah Ralston Receives Fulbright to Teach and Conduct Research in Brazil

Sarah Ralston

Sarah Ralston, associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers, has been selected for a 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant.

A member of the Animal Sciences faculty at Rutgers since 1989, Ralston plans to travel to Brazil next spring to offer a course in “Equine Nutrition” to veterinary and zootechnology students at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ralston, whose research primarily focuses on the nutritional and behavioral management of young horses, has lectured at this university and many others in Brazil before. [Read more...]