IFNH Launches Innovative Partnership with ChopChop Kids, Award Winning Children’s Anti-Obesity Organization

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers has joined forces with ChopChop Kids, an innovative children’s media organization, to educate young people about health and nutrition in a new partnership that will build on the strengths of both organizations.

Chop Chop magazine logo.

ChopChop Kids magazine logo.

The partnership encompasses quarterly custom editions of ChopChop Magazine, a health communications fellowship program and video communications. ChopChop Magazine features plenty of child friendly recipes, proper cooking practices, fitness instruction and exciting food choices for children to explore. Additional opportunities for symposia, research and collaboration with the institute’s new Center for Childhood Nutrition Education & Research, which is dedicated to educating children about nutrition, are envisioned.

“We are delighted to work with our partners at IFNH,” said Sally Sampson, president and founder of ChopChop Kids. “The alignment in our missions, plus our experience in communities across the U.S. in addressing childhood obesity, can have tremendous impact as the institute focuses on ways to stem the epidemic of obesity and rise in obesity-related disorders such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.”

Peter Gillies, founding director of the IFNH, said “ChopChop brings a fresh and direct approach to educating children and families about health and nutrition through the pages of its magazine and its connection to cooking. We believe distribution of the magazine along with other communications efforts will help us reach out to the community.”

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Rutgers Welcomes the First STRIDE Scholars From the Philippines

L-R: STRIDE scholars Richard Licayan, Arlan Rodeo, Micaela Perlada and  Peter Tenido with Prof. Mark Robson.

L-R: STRIDE scholars Richard Licayan, Arlan Rodeo, Micaela Perlada and Peter Tenido with Prof. Mark Robson.

This week Rutgers welcomes the first three STRIDE scholars from the Philippines. These three students, Micaela Cristina Perlada, Arlan James Rodeo and Peter Immanuel Tenido are part of the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program here at Rutgers. The university in a partner in a five year, $32 million project though a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant. The grant, USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE), focuses on economic development, science and technology investment and training of young scientists in the Philippines.

The Rutgers component is lead by Mark Robson, professor of plant biology and pathology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) and dean of agricultural and urban programs. According to Robson, the Rutgers portion includes the development of 10 Professional Science Master’s program in the Philippines as well as assist in training 55 young Filipino scientists who will come to the U.S. for the Master’s in Business and Science (MBS) degree. [Read more...]

Newsroom: The Online Portal for All Things SEBS & NJAES

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Q: What is the SEBS/NJAES Newsroom?

A: The Newsroom is a website launched by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station that serves as a gateway for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the various communities we serve to connect to our research, our faculty, staff, and student achievements, the multitude of events we host, and the work we do locally, nationally, and internationally. The writers on our staff contribute stories to the Newsroom, as well as stories from external news sources all over the world that cite an affiliate of SEBS/NJAES.

Q. What prompted the Office of the Executive Dean and Office of Communications to create the Newsroom?

A: We wanted to create a comprehensive resource that is designed to help everyone with their communication needs. The content already exists for you to use when communicating with your stakeholders, we just created the portal to make access to this information easier. It was also important for us to be able to archive and distribute the content we create to the appropriate stakeholder group, and the Newsroom allows us to easily manage that. [Read more...]

Challenger Glider Mission Completes its South Atlantic Crossing

On May 18, scientists and engineers from the Rutgers Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (COOL) recovered RU 29 off the coast of Ubatuba, Brazil. The Slocum Electric Glider, which is part of Rutgers’ fleet of oceanographic research instruments, spent 189 days at sea traveling from Ascension Island, an isolated volcanic island located in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, to Brazil.  This recent leg of RU 29’s voyage began in November 2013.

At left, Marcelo Dottori, professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, helps to retrieve RU 29 off the coast of Brazil, following its South Atlantic crossing.

At left, Marcelo Dottori, professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, helps to retrieve RU 29 off the coast of Brazil, following its South Atlantic crossing.

A previous leg lasted 290 days and took RU 29 on a journey from Cape Town, South Africa, to Ascension Island throughout most of 2013. These two legs combined to help RU 29 complete the 10,387 km (6,454 mile) mission across the South Atlantic. Undergraduate students served as the main pilots of this mission, giving direction to RU 29 every few hours as it surfaced.

RU 29’s South Atlantic crossing is part of the Challenger Glider Mission, a two-year initiative to simultaneously pilot 16 ocean-fairing robots around the world’s ocean basins led by members of Rutgers COOL. The goal of this global effort, which includes government, industry and academic partners, is to collect data while spreading ocean literacy and educating the general population about our changing planet. Rutgers COOL is still seeking donors to help purchase additional gliders for this mission. [Read more...]

The Rutgers Club: A University Gem for More Than 50 Years

The Rutgers Club at 199 College Avenue.

The Rutgers Club at 199 College Avenue.

When Joe Charette (Cook ’77) came back to Rutgers in 1989 as an associate director with Rutgers Dining Services, one of his responsibilities was the charming white house at 199 College Avenue – the Rutgers Club, a gem of a gathering place for more than 50 years.

Now executive director of Dining Services since 2011, Joe readily admits that the Rutgers Club is “near and dear to his heart.” In fact, every Mother’s Day he takes his wife Debbie and his mother Marion to the Rutgers Club for its legendary buffet. “I travel a considerable distance to get to the Rutgers Club, where I could just eat locally. But Debbie and my mother insist on the club because it offers two seatings, so there is no waiting in line, and the food is great,” he says. [Read more...]