Got Moths? Celebrate National Moth Week and Global Citizen Science

Spot any underwings lately? These popular moths, known for revealing their true, vibrant colors when their wings are fully spread, will be spotlighted this summer as National Moth Week marks its fifth consecutive year across the U.S and around the world. This year National Moth Week is being held July 23 through July 31… Dr. David Moskowitz and Liti Haramaty are the co-founders of National Moth Week. David holds a PhD in entomology from Rutgers University for his research on the tiger spiketail dragonfly and is a senior vice president with EcolSciences, Inc. in Rockaway, New Jersey. Liti holds a master’s degree in ecology for her work on morphology and ecological adaption in corals. She has worked at SUNY Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Lab, and since 1999 has been employed at the Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

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Rutgers Turfgrasses Prized at Baltusrol Golf Club, Host of 98th PGA Championship

When the world’s top male golfers gather at the legendary Baltusrol Golf Club this week, they will be playing on numerous turfgrasses developed by Rutgers University… Rutgers has a decades-long record of breeding and cultivating top-performing turfgrasses, according to Bruce B. Clarke, extension specialist in turfgrass pathology and director of Rutgers’ Center for Turfgrass Science, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary… To date, Rutgers has developed more than 400 varieties of turfgrasses and licensed them to more than 20 companies, according William A. Meyer, professor and director of turfgrass breeding at Rutgers… "Anywhere cool-season grasses are being grown in a sports stadium, there’s a very good possibility that it’s a Rutgers grass, maybe not the entire stadium, but part of it," said James A. Murphy, Rutgers’ extension specialist in turfgrass management. "It’s sold all over the world."

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Heat wave blamed for 6 deaths nationwide, including boy, 12, in Arizona

Dozens of states continue to deal with an unrelenting heat wave that is being blamed for the deaths of six people, including a boy hiking in Arizona, reports say… "It’s fair to say that the vast majority of the nation has been experiencing above normal temperatures for the past week," David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University, tells CBS News.

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Rutgers Equine Science Center kicks off 15 years of excellence

Close to 100 people attended the 2016 Rutgers Equine Science Center summer showcase in the kickoff celebration of the center’s 15-year anniversary… Welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Karyn Malinowski, director of the Equine Science Center, Dr. Wendie Cohick, chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, and Dr. Brad Hillman, senior associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and director of research. The event continued with the presentation of a Congressional Certificate from U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) by Sharon Ortepio, chair of the Equine Advisory Board, a part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The center was honored with a ceremonial proclamation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, sponsored by Lillian Burry.

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NYC May Be in the Middle of Longest Heat Wave Since 2002

New York City is on track for the longest heat wave since 2002, according to the National Weather Service. The city is in the middle of an eight-day heat streak that began last Thursday and isn’t expected to let up until Friday… "There has been no break for the air conditioners," said David Robinson, a climatologist at Rutgers University. While it’s not unusual for the mercury to spike this time of year, he said temperatures for the past week have been about five degrees hotter than normal. "It’s like adding insult to injury," he said.

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Sip slowly, NJ: Half the state’s under a drought watch Read More: Sip slowly, NJ: Half the state’s under a drought watch |

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought watch for the northern half of the state… Dave Robinson, New Jersey’s state climatologist at Rutgers University, said the declaration makes sense. "This is a prudent step given that we have had a very hot spell and of late have not had rainfall," he said. "We dodged this action about three weeks ago when we had significant rains sweep through the state, but now we’re seeing the reservoir levels starting to fall again and things dry out. It is prudent to give people a heads up that things are dry and we really do need to conserve water."

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Dangerous heat wave gripping parts of the U.S.

Americans in 26 states are struggling with heat warnings and advisories as near triple-digit temperatures smother states from New York to California… "It’s fair to say that the vast majority of the nation has been experiencing above normal temperatures for the past week," said David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University.

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The heat is on across N.J. Will records be set?

If you’re drenched with sweat when you’re walking or working outside on Friday, just remember how bad it was exactly five years ago. That’s when New Jersey was sweltering through a brutal summer heat wave, and the mercury on July 22 climbed to a record-shattering 108 degrees at Newark Liberty International Airport… That was, and still is, the hottest temperature on record in Newark and just two degrees shy of the highest temperature ever recorded anywhere in the Garden State – 110 degrees, according to New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson at Rutgers University.

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Americans support GMO food labels, don’t know much about safety

Americans widely support the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, which is required in a bill approved by Congress on July 14 and sent to the White House to await President Obama’s signature… William Hallman, a 2016-17 visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and professor of the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University, noted that while nearly 60 percent of Americans reported having only a fair or poor understanding of GMOs, the new labeling law might ultimately change this if consumers are willing to use QR codes to find out more about the products they buy.

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New peach and nectarine varieties help Eastern growers compete

Peach growers and shippers in the Northeast who market to large retailers are seeing increasing competition from shippers in California, Georgia, South Carolina and even countries in the Southern Hemisphere… Traditionally, the market has hung its hat on yellow-fleshed peaches, said Jerry Frecon, a Rutgers University emeritus professor  ‘said there are plenty of new peaches and nectarines being developed. Many in the Mid-Atlantic states are coming from Rutgers University’s Tree Fruit Breeding Program, under the direction of plant biology and pathology professor Joseph Goffreda, at Cream Ridge, New Jersey.

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