Executive Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Celebrates 150 Years as Land-Grant by Saluting George Hammell Cook

George H. Cook, the star of the Distinguished Lecture celebrating the 150th anniversary of the school, is flanked, from the left, by Executive Dean Bob Goodman, University Archivist Thomas Frusciano, and Thomas Farris, dean of the School of Engineering.

George H. Cook, the star of the Distinguished Lecture celebrating the 150th anniversary of the school, is flanked, from the left, by Executive Dean Bob Goodman, University Archivist Thomas Frusciano, and Thomas Farris, dean of the School of Engineering.

“In the early 1860s Rutgers College was in the doldrums,” writes biographer Jean Wilson Sidar. “An ailing and aging president, apathetic alumni, and a lack of support … made the college an unlikely place for a dynamic change of direction and growth.” Due to the Civil War, the entire institution was reduced in size from 164 students in 1861 to 64 in 1864. For George Cook, perhaps the college’s most prominent and industrious faculty member, “the situation was one of great concern,” Sidar writes with great understatement.

However, the scene was set for a remarkable reinvigoration of Rutgers, led by George Hammell Cook and colleague David Murray as they secured for Rutgers the designation of New Jersey’s land-grant institution. The story of how this came about and the indefatigable commitment of Cook was the subject of a 150th anniversary celebration at the Executive Dean’s Distinguished Lecture last month presented with scores of historic illustrations by Thomas Frusciano, University archivist. The video of the lecture is available for viewing below. See how Cook “brought new vitality and a new commitment to the college.”

Video: Executive Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Rutgers Hero, George Hammell Cook

Prof. Mukund Karwe to Lead SEBS Office of International Programs

Announcement from Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mukund Karwe as our next dean of international programs. He will transition to this new role over the next month, during which time an acting chair of the Department of Food Science will be sought and appointed. Effective immediately, Megan Francis in the international programs office will report to Dr. Karwe.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Mukund Karwe pictured on the Cook Campus during 2013 Ag Field Day.

Dr. Karwe is Professor of Food Engineering in the Department of Food Science in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He served as the Undergraduate Program Director for eight years and subsequently as the Department Chair for seven years. He led the establishment of a 2+2 program in Food Science with South China University of Technology.

His research areas include food extrusion, microwave and hybrid baking, fortification of foods with omega-3 fatty acids, high pressure food processing, effects of processing on nutraceuticals in foods, cold plasma processing, and mathematical modeling of flow of food in human GI tract. He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters as well as a co-edited book. He has given research seminars and keynote addresses in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Greece, India, Italy, Kuwait, S. Korea, Turkey, and the UK. He has hosted visiting scientists and students to his laboratory from Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, India, and the Ivory Coast.

Dr. Karwe is a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and a recipient of several teaching excellence awards, including Rutgers’ Warren Susman award and IFT’s William Cruess Award. He is an avid mountaineer having climbed in the Himalayas. He takes his students hiking annually in the Catskills. He plays tennis, and enjoys yoga and classical music.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Karwe on this appointment as he continues the excellent work begun by Professor of Environmental Sciences Lily Young, who led the Office of International Programs as dean since 2008.

Dr. Young, along with Program Coordinator Megan Francis, succeeded in building a robust and ambitious international program for the School and its students. One of thesingular and strategic contributions Dr. Young made as dean of Internationa Programs was to initiate the first Rutgers 2+2 programs with leading universities in China. She was appointed Provost of Rutgers-New Brunswick, effective October 1.

Nor’easter: 12 inches of snow possible in North Jersey

A nor’easter may dump 4 to 12 inches of snow in most of northern and central New Jersey Wednesday and trigger major East Coast travel woes, according to forecasters. "It’s just going to be nasty traveling Wednesday, Wednesday night," said David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist. "Even if it’s rain, it’s going to be a wind-swept rain, and where it snows, it’s going to obviously make for even worse travel…" Robinson, a geography professor at Rutgers University, said "the forecast warrants some the real careful attention." The storm "definitely has (the) potential of having the most impact on New Jersey of any storm thus far" this season, he said.

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Alan Robock Wins Prestigious American Meteorological Society Award

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and director of the Meteorology Undergraduate Program, is the winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in recognition of “highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.” The award, which is in the form of a medallion, will be presented at the AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix on January 7.

His citation reads, “For fundamental contributions toward understanding the climatic effects of stratospheric aerosols from volcanoes and other potential sources, and the role of soil moisture in climate.”

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Global warming – you must be joking! How melting Arctic ice is driving harsh winters

"Historic" snowfalls have the US northeast this week, with Buffalo, New York under an astonishing 2.4m (8ft) of snow – enough to cause some roofs to cave in under the pressure…Scientists now have evidence that these persistent extreme weather patterns are increasing in their frequency, due to the rapid heating up of the Arctic that is changing the behaviour of the jet stream, and in turn, the polar vortex. And Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, one of the leading US scientists studying the relationship between Arctic warming and changes in the jet stream, believes that it’s thanks to ‘global warming’ that northern hemisphere weather is becoming more extreme – and it’s not about to get any better.

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