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.

RCE Collaborates with Hillsborough Township and Watershed Association to Win $175K DEP Grant

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden in with the RCE Water Resources Program. RCE Water Resources Program.

Volunteers planting a curb-cut rain garden with the RCE Water Resources Program.     Photo: RCE Water Resources Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) continues to expand its efforts in urban extension by securing funding to work directly with municipalities and their residents to address important issues affecting New Jersey’s towns.

In one such effort, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County has partnered with Hillsborough Township and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) to obtain a $175,539 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to address flooding problems that are associated with Royce Brook. [Read more…]

NSF Grant Awarded to Rutgers to Support Research on the Sustainability of Fisheries

Malin Pinsky

Malin Pinsky

Most of us enjoy eating fish and plan to continue eating fish into the future. But which local fish will be available in New Jersey? How will summer flounder and hake populations on the northeast continental shelf change as our climate warms and fisheries practices adapt? We currently do not know the answer to these questions, but we plan to learn more over the next four years thanks to a new grant announced by the NSF.

A Rutgers team, led by Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), will soon begin its research on fisheries and coastal communities in the northeastern United States under a $1.1 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is one of only nine national awards for the year by the Coastal SEES Research Program at NSF. [Read more…]