The dedication of the nearly 80,000-square-foot New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health facility on the George H. Cook campus took place on October 27. The facility offers nearly 40,000 square feet of research space and approximately 30,000 square feet of community space to facilitate communication and cooperation among scholars who pursue interdisciplinary research; policymakers who apply research to real-world problems associated with food and health; and parents, their children and students whose lives can benefit from wellness programs and health and education activities. The institute will serve as a university-wide hub for interdisciplinary research whose mission is to make New Jersey the “Healthy State” and a model for the nation. Read more at Rutgers Today.
Rutgers Dedicates NJ Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health: Addressing Real-World Problems Associated with Food and Health
Mark Robson, professor and chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, has been named a Distinguished Service Professor by the Rutgers Board of Governors (BOG). Robson, who was presented with a resolution at the board meeting on Oct. 14 by BOG chair Greg Brown, was recognized for “sustained and exceptional service to the University, to the academic profession, to the state or nation, or to the broader community by a faculty member at the full professorial rank.” Executive Dean Bob Goodman introduced Robson at the meeting.
“I am so proud to be a professor at Rutgers and it is an honor to provide service to our students and the university, but especially serve the community beyond the university,” said Robson, upon getting the award.
Robson thanked Bonnie McCay, distinguished professor emerita of the Department of Human Ecology, for nominating him for this special recognition in a letter to Dean Goodman. “In addition to his university, state, and national service, Mark’s service also includes an impressive global component. He has made significant impacts globally with his NIH and USAID projects,” wrote McCay.
In expressing his gratitude to the BOG and to Dean Goodman for the honor, Robson underscored his strong roots and support at Rutgers that have enabled him to reach into and serve the community, both here and abroad.
“Rutgers has been the path for all my adult life, first teaching me what it is to be a good servant and then allowing me to take that knowledge and share it with places like Aceh, Indonesia, or Rangsit, Thailand or Cuttington, Liberia.” [Read more…]
Michael Kennish, research professor in the Rutgers Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, is the editor and a contributing author of the Encyclopedia of Estuaries, an international volume of the most comprehensive and multidisciplinary research knowledge and advances in estuarine science, to date.
Newly published by Springer (Dordrecht, The Netherlands), it contains nearly 270 articles and short contributions on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of estuaries. It also features an impressive collection of about 200 color illustrations.
“There are more than 225 contributing authors from around the world, including a number from Rutgers,” said Kennish, who was particularly pleased at the exposure of the university’s estuarine and coastal research to a worldwide audience.
In addition to Kennish, contributing authors from Rutgers included Ken Able, distinguished professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and director of Rutgers University Marine Field Station; Joanna Burger, Rutgers Division of Life Sciences behavioral ecologist affiliated with the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; and Judy Weis, estuarine ecologist and emeritus professor of biological sciences at the Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences. [Read more…]
Joan W. Bennett, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, received the 2015 SIMB Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award, funded by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) in Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 2-6. This SIMB award is named for Nobel Laureate Selman Waksman, who was an outstanding teacher of microbiology at Rutgers and the co-discoverer of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis.
Bennett was the recent Associate Vice President of the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Rutgers, charged with promoting the welfare of women in science, engineering, mathematics and the health professions across the three campuses of Rutgers University at Camden, New Brunswick and Newark.
She was nominated for the SIMB Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award by her students and post-docs, who were guided in the process by former professor Douglas Eveleigh, the first recipient of the SIMB Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award, which was instituted in 1989. Eveleigh retired in 2014 as the Fenton Chair in Applied Microbiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology. [Read more…]
Lena Struwe, associate professor in the departments of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and Plant Biology and Pathology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, was awarded the 2015 Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize for “novel and innovative resources for teaching plant systematics” by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
Struwe is also the director of the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers, the last internationally recognized collection of preserved plant specimens still in existence in New Jersey. She is known for her tireless energy for research and outreach, and for an inspirational teaching style that makes her a strong advocate for the fields of botany and plant systematics. In addition, she’s been deeply involved in curriculum building in ecology and evolution, general biology, as well as agriculture and plant biology at the school. [Read more…]