Lauren Weidner, graduate student in entomology, has not a revulsion, but an appreciation for maggots, also known as blow flies, and the role they play in decomposition. This role, when it comes to dead bodies, is a telling one. Read more about Weidner’s research.
Recognizing the growing need to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University recently launched “Exercising HorsePower”, a new computer game based on equine exercise physiology laboratory practices. The game is available from the Center’s youth web portal. [Read more...]
A study by IMCS scientists published in Science shows catch limits can help restore overfished species. Read more about the work.
In a longstanding exchange with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil, five undergraduate students presented their research at the George H. Cook Honors Symposium on April 12. Prior to the visit of the USP students, Rutgers sent five of its undergraduate students to Brazil last October to participate in a similar forum, the USP undergraduate research symposium. [Read more...]
The IR-4 Project, a federal-state agricultural research collaboration headquartered at Rutgers, celebrated a milestone by hosting its 50th anniversary reception at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ, on April 16. The IR-4 Project was established by the USDA and the State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors in 1963 to provide state-of-the-art pest management tools for specialty crops.
IR-4 began as a two-person operation at Rutgers funded by the USDA with $25,000 and has grown to a national program with 125 employees with direct funding of $18 million annually. Including the valuable resources of dedicated research plots, analytical laboratories, and office space, IR-4 estimates its in-kind support from land-grant universities, EPA, Canada and industry to be equal to the direct support of $18 million, making its annual operating budget over $36 million. [Read more...]