Two SEBS Faculty Receive Fulbright Scholar Grants

Fulbright-logo_1Two professors from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences have received Fulbright Scholar grants for research and teaching abroad next year at institutions in Brazil. Eric Lam in plant biology and pathology will continue his work on improving biofuel production by enhancing plant sources. Daniel Hoffman in nutritional sciences will lead seminars and teach courses that promote an interdisciplinary approach to global health research and education, bridging nutrition and public health with economics, engineering, women’s studies and urban planning. Read more about all seven Rutgers Fulbright Scholars at Rutgers Today.

Prof. Mukund Karwe to Lead SEBS Office of International Programs

Announcement from Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mukund Karwe as our next dean of international programs. He will transition to this new role over the next month, during which time an acting chair of the Department of Food Science will be sought and appointed. Effective immediately, Megan Francis in the international programs office will report to Dr. Karwe.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Dr. Karwe is Professor of Food Engineering in the Department of Food Science in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He served as the Undergraduate Program Director for eight years and subsequently as the Department Chair for seven years. He led the establishment of a 2+2 program in Food Science with South China University of Technology.

His research areas include food extrusion, microwave and hybrid baking, fortification of foods with omega-3 fatty acids, high pressure food processing, effects of processing on nutraceuticals in foods, cold plasma processing, and mathematical modeling of flow of food in human GI tract. He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters as well as a co-edited book. He has given research seminars and keynote addresses in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Greece, India, Italy, Kuwait, S. Korea, Turkey, and the UK. He has hosted visiting scientists and students to his laboratory from Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, India, and the Ivory Coast. [Read more…]

Lily Young Appointed Provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Announcement from Richard L. Edwards, Chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

To the Rutgers-New Brunswick Community:

I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Dr. Lily Young, professor of environmental microbiology and dean of international programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), as Provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, effective October 1, 2014.

Lily Young speaks at the 2013 SEBS Induction Ceremony.

Lily Young speaks at the 2013 SEBS Induction Ceremony.

As Provost, Dr. Young’s primary responsibility will be to work with my office and with New Brunswick deans and directors to strategically recruit, promote, and develop New Brunswick faculty. Among other duties, Provost Young will establish and oversee a new program for faculty excellence that will centralize and enhance faculty supports at every stage of a faculty member’s career at Rutgers.

Dr. Young brings remarkable talent and deep academic and administrative experience to this important new position. Highly accomplished in her scientific field and extremely well regarded throughout the Rutgers community, she is also knowledgeable about all facets of faculty work across New Brunswick through her many years of service on the University’s Promotion Review Committee (PRC). [Read more…]

The Hot Pepper Potential: Rutgers Ag Research Aims for Alternative Markets in New Jersey and the Region

Habaneros are among the exotic hot peppers with growing market potential.

Habaneros are among the exotic hot peppers with growing market potential.

It’s hard to be neutral about hot peppers. People often run, pardon the pun, hot or cold when it comes to these spicy meal additions. Those with “seasoned” taste buds may ply their dishes with daring degrees of spiciness, while others who fear the burn decline to indulge. But hot peppers offer more than a spicy bite to meals and present some other uses that can turn up the heat on its market potential. [Read more…]

Bangkok, Thailand: Knowledge and Perspective to Last a Lifetime by Veronica Walentowicz (SEBS 2015)

As part of the ISL course the class met with Public Health Faculty from Chulalongkorn University and the medical staff at the Rural Health Clinic in Rangsit, Thailand.

As part of the ISL course began by Prof. Mark Robson (front row, left), the Rutgers students met with Public Health Faculty from Chulalongkorn University and the medical staff at the Rural Health Clinic in Rangsit, Thailand.

Mark Robson, professor of plant biology and pathology, has been working in Thailand for 20 years. His activities have included being a Fulbright Senior Scientist, teaching risk assessment under a program funded by the Asian Development Bank and training young environmental health scientists under the NIH-funded Fogarty Center. Because of his deep association with Thailand, Robson was motivated to develop a new International Service Learning Course (ISL), a month-long course in July that was offered for the first time in the summer of 2014 in Bangkok. The class included a service component in local schools for underprivileged children in Bangkok along with cultural and educational activities. One day-long field trip involved a visit to a rural farming location where Robson conducts research on the effects of pesticides on children living in the rice-growing area known as Rangsit. As part of that trip the students visited the original Thai capital, Ayutthaya.

Public Health major Veronica Walentowicz (SEBS 2015) shares her thoughts and experiences on this ISL course in her own words below. [Read more…]