Advocates for improving New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure released their latest plan for fixing it on Wednesday, urging public and private utilities to fix leaks, stop sewage overflows, and prevent flooding during storms — and offering them advice on how to do it…. Dan Van Abs, a Rutgers University professor who sits on the group’s steering committee, said some utilities are already making the necessary changes, and that Jersey Water Works is aiming to facilitate that process.

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Tropical plant called moringa shows promise in health, anti-aging products

lya Raskin is seeking cures and treatments for ailments afflicting hundreds of millions of people. And he’s trying to find them – along with anti-aging and other beneficial compounds – in myriad plants in 20 countries on four continents. Raskin’s laboratory at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences studies the health benefits of crops and medicinal plants.

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Saba Tabasoom (SEBS ’16): Gaining Strength and Support on Her Rutgers Journey

Saba Tabasoom

Saba Tabasoom

By Samuel Ludescher (SAS ’17)

Graduating with a degree from Rutgers is an invitation into lofty intellectual circles. It is also evidence that the recipient of a diploma has braved the course load of his or her respective major. Saba Tabasoom, however, has braved much more over her ten-year college career. She graduated in January 2016 from Rutgers as a pre-med student with a degree in biology—and a letter of congratulations from assistant dean of academic programs Penny Carlson— the culmination of a journey that began at the Dhaka National Medical College in 2006, in Bangladesh.

Saba was in her first year of college and preparing to become a doctor, when a young man took interest in her. The man approached Saba’s parents to ask for her hand in marriage, which is common etiquette in Bangladesh. Yet, he quickly was discerned as a threat to Saba’s well-being. Seeing this, Saba’s mother heeded her daughter’s pleas and denied the man’s request to wed. The refusal frustrated him and his family also took it as disrespect. He began to stalk Saba and threaten her, often telling her he would throw acid on her. [Read more…]

Plant sale on tap at Rutgers Day

Excitement is building as we approach the 250th anniversary celebration of Rutgers University this Saturday, April 30. Since 1906, "Ag Field Day" on G.H Cook Campus in New Brunswick has been celebrating the spirit and accomplishments of Rutgers among the School of Environmental and Biological Science students, staff, alumni, volunteers, and residents… Bill Hlubik is a Rutgers University professor and Middlesex County Agricultural Agent; Gillian Armstrong is a research assistant for  Rutgers Cooperative Extension, NJAES, Rutgers University.

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Alex Thesing (SEBS’16): Pursuing His Passion for Theme Parks

Alex Thesing SEBS'16 standing in front of Blake Hall, the home of the Department of Landscape Architecture on the George H . Cook Campus.

Alex Thesing SEBS’16 stands in front of Blake Hall, the home of the Department of Landscape Architecture on the George H . Cook Campus.

Meet Alex Thesing (SEBS’16), a double major in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Design. He has been identified by Rutgers Division of Student Affairs as one of the university’s 250 most involved and accomplished students, and is featured in the commemorative series, “250 for 250,” on the division’s I Am Rutgers website.

“For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for theme parks. I guess it all started because I grew up close to Six Flags, and the very first time I went, I fell in love with it. My dream, which I am determined to make a reality, is to work in the theme park industry and one day manage my own park.”