Vanishing sea ice creates a whole new Arctic

Last month, Arctic sea ice covered 630,000 square kilometres less ocean than the 30-year average. Sea ice extent is shrinking about five per cent a decade… Weather systems may be changing, too — and not just in the North. Jennifer Francis at Rutgers University caused a stir last year with her paper suggesting that disappearing sea ice exerts an indirect but powerful influence on what kind of day southerners experience when they walk out the door.

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Study: Climate change affecting fish movement

According to a study being conducted by Rutgers University, climate change seems to be pushing several species of fish and crustaceans northward along the east and west coasts of North America. The movement could have serious effects on birds, marine mammals and those who depend on fishing for food and income. "As temperatures have warmed in the waters off our coasts, animals with a low tolerance for that warming have just picked up and shifted," says Malin Pinsky, a marine biologist at Rutgers who is leading a team researching these shifts.

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RCE Personal Health and Finance Quiz Can Guide Your New Year’s Resolutions

Barbara O'Neill.

Barbara O’Neill.

Each year, almost half of Americans develop New Year’s resolutions to improve different aspects of their lives. Often these resolutions involve health and personal finances. Specific examples include saving money, reducing debt, losing weight, quitting smoking and increased physical activity.

According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the top five New Year’s resolutions for 2014 were: 1. lose weight, 2. get organized, 3. spend less, save more, 4. enjoy life to the fullest and 5. stay fit and healthy. Three of these top five resolutions (#1, #3, and #5) directly involve health and personal finances while the other two (#2 and #4) are indirectly related (e.g., organized people are likely to keep their finances on track and healthy and financially secure people are able to live life to the fullest). [Read more…]

Adapting to Shifts in Marine Species Due to Climate Change Research Available on New Website

Malin Pinsky

Malin Pinsky

During the past 18 months, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution Malin Pinsky has published two papers documenting and exploring the implications of the trend of marine species shifting to cooler waters as a result of climate change. He and his team have found that the shift northward is happening at different rates among the species not because of their biological differences but due to the rate and direction of climate change in their waters. A new website has been created with the data behind this research available to explain how the ecology, business and economics of sport and commercial fishing are connected to the effects of global warming and the difficulty in adapting to the resulting changes. Read more at Rutgers Today.

IFNH Student Ambassadors Reflect on Research Presentations at National Food and Health Conference

Tomato on a ForkStudent ambassadors are an integral component of the New Jersey Institution for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) mission of collective success, interdisciplinary and community responsibility. Students selected as ambassadors are undergraduates in the Nutritional Sciences Department who demonstrate professionalism and dedication to the fields of food, nutrition, and health. These students have the opportunity to represent the IFNH at various meetings and events, as well as communicate and market the IFNH to students, stakeholders at Rutgers, and to the New Jersey community at large.

In October, the student ambassadors received funding from the Institute to attend and present their research at the 2014 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA. The research presented by the students included: Comparison of Risky Eating Behaviors Between College-Age Males and Females” presented by Mary Tursi, The Influence of Specific Labels on College-Aged Students Food Choices and Taste Preferences” presented by Rebecca Tonnessen and Jesse Tannehill, and The Fry Spy: The Accuracy of Served Portion Sizes Compared to the Advertised Size” presented by Alexa Essenfeld and Miranda Schlitt.

Each of the student ambassadors took a few moments to reflect and share about their experience at the conference. [Read more…]