Beware- Toxic Pesticides Used at Vacation Spots

It was a vacation nightmare. A Wilmington family of four staying in a Virgin Islands condo, with idyllic views of Cruz Bay on St. John, suddenly became seriously ill. So ill that they were airlifted home and hospitalized, the father and two teenage boys in critical condition… The likely scenario that has emerged is that they were poisoned after methyl bromide was sprayed in the condo underneath the one where the family was staying. The pesticide is banned in many countries and is not authorized for use in residences in the U.S… "In many developing counties where there is a protracted man vs. insect battle, lots of misapplications take place," said Mark Robson, a professor in Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Plant Sciences. He also edits the Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. "One should be cautious, avoid the applications when possible, and assume they will occur in developing countries."… Robson said he has been sprayed as he sat by the pool at a resort in Africa, in airplanes, and even one time in a sauna in Poland. "Many places have unqualified people making these applications, typically in long white coats and wearing gloves and goggles, while you sit there by the pool in only a bathing suit."

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Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School Graduate Receives Industry Honor

Kristian Summerfield

Kristian Summerfield

Kristian Summerfield, a UK native living and working in the Netherlands, crossed “the pond” to attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School: Three-Week Preparatory Short Course in January 2013 to advance his skills. In December 2014, his skills and efforts were recognized when Summerfield was presented with the 2015 Greenkeeper of the Year award for his work at Golfclub De Scherpenpergh. Read more from Office of Continuing Professional Education.

Animal Sciences Professor Tapped for New Top-Tier International Advisory Board

Professor Kenneth McKeever.

Professor Kenneth McKeever.

Kenneth H. McKeever, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University and associate director for research at the Rutgers Equine Science Center, was recently appointed to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s (RCI) new Scientific Advisory Board. The RCI is the preeminent international body of regulators, scientists, and others involved in the oversight of equine and canine racing. Its mission is to advise national and international regulatory bodies so as to achieve consensus on policy issues including those focused on improving the integrity of the industry. The newly formed board is charged with developing recommendations for the anti-doping programs conducted in the international racing community.

The formation of this top-tier advisory board was prompted by numerous factors, including functional concerns about the current scientific advisory process, transparency, non-participation of key experts, and the recent withdrawal of the United States Trotting Association from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. [Read more…]

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…]