Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

A day of fun for everyone! The 11th annual Monster Mash took place on October 24 at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center Gymnasium. The Halloween Monster Mash is a collaborative community service event sponsored by Rutgers University Residence Life on the Cook/Douglass Campus and provides an alternative trick-or-treat experience for elementary school children in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Various student organizations at Rutgers set up activity tables for the young visitors and reward their efforts with treats. While intended as entertainment for the kids, the Rutgers student volunteers always have a spook-tacular time.

Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

Robson Receives New Jersey Public Health Award

Robson receiving the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Mr. Peter Tabbot, health officer and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA president.

Mark Robson poses with the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Peter Tabbot, health officer, and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA President.

Mark Robson, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, received the Sullivan Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA). The highest award by NJPHA, the Sullivan award is presented  to an individual for dedicated and outstanding public service and contributing to the cause of public health in New It was established in 1976 and named after Dennis J. Sullivan, a health officer who dedicated his life to improving the public health of New Jersey. Robson received the award at the annual New Jersey Public Health Association meeting held on October 17 on the Rutgers Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ.

From the Ground Up: SEBS Staff Get Lesson in Organic Land Care

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members.

As part of the SEBS Administrative Staff Community Initiative, which offers staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the school community and campus and get to know other staff members through a variety of activities during lunch hour sessions, an intro to Organic Land Care (OLC) was offered on October 21. Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties Amy Rowe (GSNB 2006) conducted the session, based on an extensive course that she and fellow Rutgers Cooperative Extension agricultural and environmental resource management agents Michele Bakacs, Jan Zientek, Bill Hlubik and extension specialists Joe Heckman and Jim Murphy have developed for professional landscapers as well as workshops for homeowners. [Read more...]

New frog species discovered in New Jersey, New York

As biologists explore ever further into the outer reaches of the planet, sometimes the next new species is on Staten Island. A Rutgers researcher and a team of coauthors have discovered a new species of frog that had been hiding in plain sight along the east coast, according to a new paper published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE…"The discovery of a new frog species from the urban Northeast is truly remarkable," said Jeremy Feinberg, a doctoral candidate in Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, who said the discovery "was really an accident."

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Frogs’ chorus leads to discovery of new species in US

Scientists have confirmed that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species. Jeremy Feinberg, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, who led the study, first reported the discovery when he heard their "very odd" chorusing call. Teaming up with genetics experts to confirm the finding, Mr Feinberg has now published the discovery in the journal Plos One. It is the first new frog species found in the region for nearly 30 years. Mr Feinberg told BBC News he knew he might be on to something when he heard a group of them calling in chorus at a wetland study site on Staten Island.

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