Rutgers Pinelands Field Station Provides Unique Ecosystem for Student Research

Ph.D. students from Rutgers University-Camden and Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) in New Brunswick perform a range of scientific experiments to study the unique ecosystems of the Pine Barrens at the Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station. SEBS Ecology and Evolution doctoral students Joni Baumgarten and Natalie Howe discuss how their research on lichens and switchgrass, respectively, is enhanced through access to the field station.

Video: Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station Student Research

Rutgers Food Innovation Center Wins Award from U.S. Small Business Administration

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC), a food business incubation and economic development program of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a winner of its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition.

Natale Grande and The Flying Meatball team inspecting, sorting and packaging gourmet meatballs. Photo credit: The Flying Meatball Company.

Natale Grande and The Flying Meatball team inspecting, sorting and packaging gourmet meatballs at FIC in Bridgeton. Photo credit: The Flying Meatball Company.

The FIC is the only recipient from New Jersey to earn this award and will receive a cash prize of $50,000 to create the infrastructure for developing this new accelerator program. The winners will be honored in Washington, D.C., by the SBA, in partnership with the Global Accelerator Network, at a Fly-In Day in November, which is designated National Entrepreneurship Month.

“We are very excited to be selected by the SBA for this award”, said Lou Cooperhouse, director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. “We have been recognized globally for our economic development impacts and now we will be able to take our Center to an even higher level – by creating linkages between our clients and the funding community.”

“This award is indicative of the commitment by Rutgers in regional economic development”, said Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president of economic development at Rutgers. “The Rutgers Food Innovation Center is a model for university public-private partnerships that generates significant economic impacts for the state. The new Growth Accelerator program that the center will establish with this funding will dramatically increase these impacts and maximize its benefits to the food industry.” [Read more...]

Scholarship Named for EcoPioneer Jerome Goldstein (RC 1952) Fuels Student Research at Rutgers EcoComplex

2014 Recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring (l-r):
 Selen Altiok, Alec Roth and Boni Zhang. Ian MacCloud's (right) research was funded by the Entrepreneurial Agriculture internship program.

2014 Recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring (l-r):
 Selen Altiok, Alec Roth and Boni Zhang. Ian MacCloud’s (right) research was funded by the Entrepreneurial Agriculture internship program.

What does one have to achieve to earn the reputation of “ecopioneer?” In the case of Jerome “Jerry” Goldstein, you could say he moved mountains. Mountains of compost, that is. As the editor and publisher of BioCycle and In Business magazines, and founder of JG Press, Inc., Goldstein’s enterprise and family business served as the foundation to grow the organics recycling industry in the U.S. and abroad. [Read more...]

Joan Bennett Honored for Outstanding Contributions in Microbiology

IUMS Vice President Steven Lerner with Joan Bennett, who received the Stuart Mudd Award for Studies in Basic Microbiology.

IUMS Vice President Steven Lerner with Joan Bennett, who received the Stuart Mudd Award for Studies in Basic Microbiology.

Joan Bennett, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, was awarded the Stuart Mudd Award for Studies in Basic Microbiology by the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), an organization that promotes education research and collaboration in microbiology on an international scale. Bennett is also the Associate Vice President of the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Rutgers, charged with promoting the welfare of women in science, engineering, mathematics and the health professions across the three campuses of Rutgers University at Camden, New Brunswick and Newark.

The Stuart Mudd award, given in recognition of “outstanding, selfless endeavours and contributions in microbiology for the good of society,” consists of a citation, a cash award of $1,000 and paid expenses to attend the IUMS International Congress, which was held in Montreal, Canada, this year. In addition, the awardee automatically becomes a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. As a condition of the award, Bennett delivered a major scientific address at IUMS’ International Congress in Montreal in July.

Bennett was nominated for this award for her scientific research on aflatoxin genetics and biosynthesis with the goal of preventing their entry in agricultural produce, especially in Africa, Asia and other underdeveloped regions of the world where it’s a major problem. Aflatoxins are highly toxic fungal metabolites that contaminate foods and feeds globally.  [Read more...]

Two Big Ten Universities Work to Develop Environmentally Friendly Lawns

In June, New Jersey homeowners looked at and walked on different kinds of grass grown at Rutgers' Horticulture Farm II in New Brunswick.

In June, New Jersey homeowners looked at and walked on different kinds of grass grown at Rutgers’ Horticulture Farm II in New Brunswick.

Maintaining a lush green lawn with less inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides is a promising reality as Rutgers turf breeders Bill Meyer, Stacy Bonos and Austin Grimshaw team up with University of Minnesota researchers in search of the finest of fine fescues. Read more at Rutgers Today.