SEBS Prof. Participates in Research Study Mapping Availability of Female Condom in Philadelphia Area

David Tulloch.

David Tulloch.

Collaborating with researchers at Rutgers University-Camden, David Tulloch , professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and associate director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, where he leads the Geohealth Lab research group, synthesized data about HIV/AIDS and interventions in the Philadelphia/Camden area into an informative and powerful map. The map, along with other results, were published in the journal, AIDS and Behavior, showing that one percent of the 1228 service providers contacted sold/provided the female condom and 77% sold/provided the male condom. Juxtaposed against a map of HIV prevalence, the limited availability of female condoms has serious health and policy implications for communities throughout the city. Read more on the study.

The National Science Foundation Has Awarded $11.8 Million to Rutgers

OOI-Station-Map_Cabled_Array_2015-01-12World’s Richest Source of New In-Water Oceanographic Data Now Operational at Rutgers

The National Science Foundation has awarded $11.8 million to Rutgers to launch and operate the Oceans Observatories Initiative’s data system.

The data center for the pioneering Ocean Observatories Initiative, which collects and shares data from more than 800 sophisticated instruments and a transmission network across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is now operating at Rutgers University. Read more at Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development.

Tropical Plant Called Moringa Shows Promise in Health, Anti-Aging Products

Ilya Raskin is seeking cures and treatments for ailments afflicting hundreds of millions of people… Raskin’s laboratory at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences studies the health benefits of crops and medicinal plants. A major focus is on revealing the molecular effects of chemical compounds in plants, vegetables and fruits on chronic diseases, including inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and gut problems.

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Tropical plant called moringa shows promise in health, anti-aging products

lya Raskin is seeking cures and treatments for ailments afflicting hundreds of millions of people. And he’s trying to find them – along with anti-aging and other beneficial compounds – in myriad plants in 20 countries on four continents. Raskin’s laboratory at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences studies the health benefits of crops and medicinal plants.

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Prof. Pal Maliga Honored for Excellence in Plant Biology Research by National Society

Pal Maliga.

Pal Maliga.

Pal Maliga, distinguished professor in the Waksman Institute of Microbiology and professor of plant biology in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, has won the Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research from the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Maliga received a master’s degree in genetics and microbiology from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, in 1969 and a doctoral degree from the Jozsef Attila University, Szeged, Hungary, in 1972. From 1971 through 1982, Maliga held appointments at the Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary, where his research group pioneered mutant isolation, organelle transfer and genetic recombination in cultured tobacco cells.

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Revolutionary for 250 Years: Waksman, Schatz and the Discovery of Streptomycin

Albert Schatz and Selman Waksman

Albert Schatz and Selman Waksman

Martin Hall on the George H. Cook campus was the site of the discovery of streptomycin – the first effective treatment for tuberculosis – by  Rutgers revolutionary Selman Waksman and his graduate student Albert Schatz. In 1952, Waksman received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his “ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes” involved in that discovery. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Post-Doc Tina Dura Completes Expedition to Study Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Chile

Post-doc Tina Dura explores the coastal sediment layers in northern Chile, one of the sites that have preserved evidence of the 2015 tsunami.

Post-doc Tina Dura explores the coastal sediment layers in northern Chile, one of the sites that have preserved evidence of the 2015 tsunami.

Tina Dura, post-doc in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, recently completed fieldwork documenting the various ways in which the 2015 Illapel earthquake and tsunami along the Chilean coast altered the coastal environment.

Dura, who is part of Prof. Ben Horton’s Sea Level Research Lab, was awarded an $18,000 NSF Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant to conduct this research. She and a team of coastal geologists from the U.S. and Chile visited three coastal wetland sites that have preserved evidence of the 2015 tsunami.

The team mapped the tsunami deposit for thickness, structure, buried vegetation, inland run-up, among other factors,  at the three sites. The scientists also collected samples to characterize the sedimentology and microfossil content of the deposit. This data will shed light on how tsunami deposits are preserved in coastal sedimentary sequences and how they can be better identified in the fossil record. The run-up measurements of the tsunami will also be used to calibrate model simulations of the 2015 event in order to improve prehistoric tsunami model solutions.

The team also found possible paleotsunami evidence in the same coastal wetlands where they mapped the 2015 deposit and discovered up to three additional sand beds interbedded within coastal marsh peats. According to Dura, this is an exciting find in north central Chile where no paleotsunami evidence has ever been described.

Historic Achievement for Rutgers Oceanographers as First Autonomous Underwater Robot Circumnavigates Ocean Basin

Recovery of the Rutgers "Challenger" glider following its historic circumnavigation of the South Atlantic Ocean.

Recovering the Rutgers “Challenger” glider following its historic circumnavigation of the South Atlantic Ocean.

After a historic circumnavigation of an ocean basin by the Rutgers “Challenger” glider, it was recovered on March 31 by an international team anchored by faculty and student oceanographers from Rutgers, and international partners that include the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, University of Sao Paulo, University of Cape Town, and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

The 282-day circumnavigation of the southern Atlantic Ocean basin by an autonomous underwater robot was completed in stages by the Rutgers glider, which was first deployed in January 2013 off of Cape Town, South Africa. It was recovered and redeployed off of Ascension Island in November of the same year, and landed in Brazil. Following its recovery off the coast of Ubatuba, Brazil, in May 2014, the glider began its history-making trek back to South Africa, completing another major achievement in modern oceanography. [Read more…]

You Can Have Bed Bugs And Not Know It—Here’s What To Look Out For

It’s no secret that bed bugs are seriously freaky creatures. After all, they like to live in your bed and feed on your blood while you’re sleeping. Now, scientists at Rutgers University are trying to determine where bed bug outbreaks happen, and how to prevent and control them. In a new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, Rutgers researchers examined more than 2,000 low-income apartments in New Jersey for the presence of bed bugs. What they discovered: 12 percent of apartments had bed bug infestations.

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Rutgers 250 – NJAES Breed of the Month: Tomatoes

RUTGERS250_CMYK 3 inThis year, Rutgers University is commemorating its 250-year anniversary. To celebrate, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is selecting a plant bred at Rutgers as a Rutgers 250 Variety of the Month for each month of the year. This month’s variety (April 2016) is the Rutgers 250TM tomato! Rutgers’ tomato breeding program has been selecting for superior traits and improved genetics for generations.

Starting in the 1920s, tomato breeders have been using traditional, non-GMO breeding techniques to develop the best tomatoes for New Jersey’s ever-changing climate. Mainly focusing on red, fresh market and processing tomatoes, Rutgers tomato breeding efforts have also expanded to include smaller grape and pear-type tomatoes in the last decade. However, the main focus is to produce classic, high quality tomatoes that are suitable for the Northeast. [Read more…]