Alumni Story: Roy DeBoer (GSNB’59) – His Presence Lives On

Roy H. DeBoer

Roy H. DeBoer

What is a legacy?

It can be a bequest, as in a will. It can be a tradition that survives the test of time. It can be a body of work or set of values or an achievement that lives on after one retires or dies.

In the case of the late Professor Roy H. DeBoer, it is all of these.

Roy founded Rutgers’ landscape architecture (LA) program, and was a professor of LA from 1955 to his retirement more than 50 years later. He chaired the department for 25 years, and he designed the Evergreen Garden in Rutgers Gardens and the “Heron Rising” patio adjacent to the Cook Student Center, the setting for the moving Rutgers Rising memorial service each year. And his influence is felt far and wide. [Read more…]

Thinning Ice Leads to Winter Warming in the Arctic

Even when the Arctic goes dark and cold, thinning ice could keep the North Pole from cooling off… The loss of insulating ice between the ocean and atmosphere increases the amount of heat-trapping water vapor and clouds in the Arctic air. That extra moisture keeps air temperatures relatively warm during fall and winter and melts even more ice, new climate simulations suggest. This self-reinforcing cycle could partially explain why Arctic warming has outpaced the global average over recent decades, researchers report online November 11 in the Journal of Climate… The work "demonstrates that it’s really the Arctic that’s causing the Arctic to warm so fast," says atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. "There’s a lot more going on up there than just this [summer sea ice melting] that we’ve been hearing about for so long."

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Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences Presents Richard Lutz with NOGI Award

Richard Lutz

Richard Lutz

Professor of marine and coastal sciences Richard Lutz was presented the NOGI Award by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences on Nov. 5 in recognition of his lifelong contributions to ocean sciences, and for making those sciences accessible to the public. Lutz is known for deep-sea research and is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. The NOGI recognizes ocean-related leaders in the Sciences, Arts, Sports/Education, and Environment. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Bracing for the Next Deluge

"I see a screw-up coming." John Pomeroy shook his head in disbelief as the rainfall warnings arrived at his research station in southwestern Alberta. Environment Canada had predicted 100 millimetres of rain or more might fall in the Canadian Rockies. And now they were issuing a "high flow advisory, instead of the flood warning" that he fully expected. Where were the clanging alarm bells?… A compelling explanation comes from Jennifer Francis, a research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. Because the Arctic regions are heating up faster than any place on earth, she explains, the temperature difference between north and more temperate regions is shrinking… "Theory tells us that a decrease in the west-east flow tends to slow the eastward progression of waves in the jet stream," she says. "Because these waves control the formation and movement of storms, slower wave progression means that weather conditions will be more persistent. In other words, they will seem more "stuck."

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Award-Winning Journalist Andrew Revkin Launches SEBS 250th Anniversary Celebration of the Anthropocene

Journalist and SEBS Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary speaker Andrew Revkin picks up on Executive Dean Goodman’s question: will Rutgers be here in 250 years?

Journalist and SEBS Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Lecture speaker Andrew Revkin picks up on Executive Dean Goodman’s question: will Rutgers be here in 250 years?

As we celebrate Rutgers 250th anniversary, will Rutgers see its 500th anniversary? This was one of the questions Executive Dean Bob Goodman challenged the audience to consider as the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences launched its 250th Anniversary celebration events under the theme, “Exploring the Anthropocene: The Age of Us,” on November 12.

Tony Broccoli, co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute and professor in the Depatment of Environmental Sciences, introduced the speaker, Andrew Revkin, adding that Revkin “did his homework.” Broccoli went on to say that Revkin has played a very important role in reporting science topics and climate science to the public since the mid-1980s.

Andrew Revkin, an award-winning science journalist, New York Times blogger @dotearth, and senior fellow at Pace University, delighted the audience in Trayes Hall during the first Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Public Lecture Series. At times conversational and reflective, and at other times more serious but never confrontational, it was clear that Revkin had a message to share. [Read more…]