Alan Robock Wins Prestigious American Meteorological Society Award

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and director of the Meteorology Undergraduate Program, is the winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in recognition of “highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.” The award, which is in the form of a medallion, will be presented at the AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix on January 7.

His citation reads, “For fundamental contributions toward understanding the climatic effects of stratospheric aerosols from volcanoes and other potential sources, and the role of soil moisture in climate.”

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Collaborative Workshop Promotes Science-Based Approach to Manage Shellfish Diseases

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) joined with scientific colleagues, shellfish farmers, and government officials in October to explore options for improving management of oyster and clam diseases along the East Coast of the U.S., in light of the region’s rapidly growing aquaculture industry.

VIMS' Ryan Carnegie address workshop participants.

VIMS’ Ryan Carnegie addresses workshop participants.

The partners met at VIMS’ Gloucester Point campus for a two-day workshop whose goal, says VIMS Research Associate Professor Ryan Carnegie, was to “identify strategies for a regional, science-based approach to shellfish management, one that facilitates interstate commerce while minimizing health risks to cultured and wild populations.” Carnegie directs the Shellfish Pathology Lab at VIMS, which performs dozens of health evaluations for industry each year.

Health risks to shellfish include oyster diseases such as MSX, SSO, and Dermo; as well as the clam disease QPX. These diseases don’t affect humans, but they do threaten the health of infected shellfish (both farmed and wild), and the operations and profitability of shellfish growers.

Carnegie co-hosted the event with David Bushek, director of HSRL, VIMS colleague Karen Hudson, Rutgers New Jersey Sea Grant Aquaculture Progam Coordinator Lisa Calvo, and USDA’s Lori Gustafson and Lynn Creekmore of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (APHIS VS). [Read more…]

Tom Rudel Wins Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from Society for Human Ecology

Tom Rudel, at right with a plaque honoring him with the 2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award from the Society of Human Ecology. With him is University of Oklahoma colleague Thomas Burns. Courtesy of Tom Rudel.

Tom Rudel, at right, with a plaque honoring him with the 2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award from the Society of Human Ecology. With him is University of Oklahoma colleague Thomas Burns. Courtesy of Tom Rudel.

Tom Rudel, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Ecology, won the 2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award from the Society of Human Ecology for his scholarly work, Defensive Environmentalists and Dynamics of Global Reform, which was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press.

At the time of its publication, Rudel said, “This book first began to take shape forty years ago when I was a young graduate student taking courses and attending talks on subjects, such as ecology, about which I knew next to nothing.” His interest was sparked after reading an article in Science by Eugene Odum (1969) that was ostensibly about changes in plant communities, but he regarded it to be a good explanation for historical patterns in some human communities. [Read more…]

New NJAES Office of Research Analytics Holds Open House

L-R: Lucas Marxen, Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Brian Schilling and Kevin Sullivan

L-R: The ORA team of Lucas Marxen, Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Brian Schilling and Kevin Sullivan. Photo: Penny Carlson.

The newly formed Office of Research Analytics (ORA) of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) held an Open House last month at its location in Room 003 in Martin Hall, across from the Waksman Room. ORA, a unit of the NJAES Office of Cooperative Research, was initiated by Senior Associate Director Brad Hillman, with the aim of bringing cutting-edge, cost-effective analytical, economic and technological research tools and techniques to bear on research, teaching and extension efforts. [Read more…]

Rutgers Hosts 7th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop

Dipak Sarkar makes opening remarks at the workshop. Photo: Kathy Manger.

Dipak Sarkar makes opening remarks at the workshop. Photo: Kathy Manger.

“Hormones and Cancer” was the theme of the 7th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop held last month at the Busch Campus Center. This annual daylong workshop was sponsored by the Rutgers Endocrine Program; Department of Animal Sciences at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS); Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension; and Rutgers-RWJMS Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition. Almost 100 students, postdocs, faculty, and staff attended the event, which comprised morning presentations and an afternoon poster session.

Director of the Rutgers Endocrine Program Dipak Sarkar, distinguished professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS Executive Dean Robert Goodman, and Rutgers Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development Christopher Molloy, distinguished professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology, welcomed the participants and gave opening remarks.

Louis Amorosa, professor of Medicine and chief, RWJMS Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition, introduced the first invited speaker, Suzanne A.W. Fuqua, professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine’s Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center. Her talk was titled “Rediscovery of Estrogen Receptor (ESR1) Mutations in Breast Cancer.” A question-and-answer session following this talk was led by Carol Bagnell, professor of Animal Sciences. [Read more…]