Insect infestations around the home can easily get out of control when residents don’t have effective ways to tackle the problem. Rutgers Extension Specialist in Entomology Changlu Wang, with Rutgers Department of Entomology, has been on the forefront of developing innovative ways to detect bedbugs and applying non-toxic treatments. He’s working with the New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority to develop a bedbug management program, which is supported by a Rutgers grant, and is designed to help low-income New Brunswick residents living in public housing. Read the story on Rutgers Today.
On February 24, the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health (IFNH) held the first official meeting of its collective leadership team. The leadership team is made up of institute champions and advocates from three academic departments, three major staff organizations, and three schools within the university, underscoring the institute’s core values of interdisciplinarity, collective success and community responsibility. [Read more...]
As of Tuesday, North America is covered by the third-highest amount of snow this late in the season since records began in 1966, according to NOAA’s U.S. National Ice Center. Only 1969 and 1978 had more snow cover at this point in the year, according to Sean Helfrich of NOAA’s National Ice Center. This data includes both the U.S. and Canada, reported New Jersey state climatologist and Rutgers University geography professor David Robinson. "Given that the vast majority of Canada is snow-covered at this time of the year (except in a very mild early March), the signal is virtually entirely a function of snow extent variations in the lower 48," he said in an e-mail.
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Peter Rona, Rona, professor of marine science and earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers since 1994, was best known for his exploration of hydrothermal vents in the ocean’s Mid-Atlantic Ridge. He also served as a science director for the renowned IMAX film Volcanoes of the Deep. Read more at Rutgers Today.
Rutgers Professor Emeritus of plant biology and pathology Elwin Orton was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Hutchinson Medal of the Chicago Horticultural Society. The award has been presented since 1911 to recognize outstanding leadership or professional accomplishment that has been significant in furthering horticulture, plant science or conservation. As a breeder of woody ornamentals, Orton has earned over 15 patents for new strains of dogwoods and holly that he developed over his almost 50-year career at Rutgers. Read more about the award here.
In addition to the Hutchinson Medal, a newly published monograph on dogwoods authored by Andre Gayraud of France and published by an Italian nurseryman, Fabrizio Tesi, of the Giorgio Tesi Group. The monograph, “All you want to know about Cornus,” includes a chapter on Orton’s dogwood hybridization research and is being published in six languages.
Orton was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012 and was credited with “saving the U.S. dogwood industry” with new strains of hardy, disease- and pest-resistant hybrid dogwoods when diseases and insects threatened the native species of the popular flowering tree.