Students, Prospective Health and Wellness Professionals, Participate in Intergenerational Project for Older Adults

SEBS student Linda Dragun, at left, and colleagues Saige Gomez and Morris Kim play a game of modified pong with the senior citizens.

SEBS student Linda Dragun, second from left, and fellow Rutgers students Saige Gomez (center) and Morris Kim (second from right) play a game of ‘modified pong’ with the seniors.

Students from Rutgers, including four from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences who are pursuing careers as physical therapists, doctors, occupational therapists and nurse practitioners specializing in the aging community, hosted an intergenerational event for Springpoint Senior Living residents at the Loree Gymnasium on the Douglass Campus on April 13.

Susan Kaplowitz, professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, along with 25 of her students, welcomed 30 residents from Monroe Village and Meadow Lakes, both Springpoint Senior Living continuing care retirement communities, for a fun-filled afternoon of physical, mental and creative exercises.

The seniors participated in activities designed by the students, including interactive stations with fitness testing, creative arts, balancing activities, memory games, sport games: Wii bowling, water pong and corn-hole. Tactile exercises using everyday household items included towels, chairs, sand-filled water bottles and rubber bands to stretch and strengthen hand muscles. [Read more…]

All Senior IFNH Student Ambassadors Successfully Matched for Dietetic Internships

From the left: Bill Cornelius, Taylor Palm, Cortney Flynn, and Rebecca Tonnessen

L-R: Bill Cornelius, Taylor Palm, Cortney Flynn and Rebecca Tonnessen

April 3 was the highly anticipated “Match Day” for senior dietetic students to find out whether they get matched for a dietetic internship, a requirement to become a registered dietitian. The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) Student Ambassadors work diligently over the course of their undergraduate careers to achieve their dreams of becoming dietitians. All the hard work has paid off for the 2016 class of IFNH Student Ambassadors, all four of whom received a match on “Match Day.”

Congratulations to Taylor Palm, who was matched to Sodexo-Allentown Dietetic Internship, and to Bill Cornelius, Cortney Flynn and Rebecca Tonnessen, all three of whom were matched to the Rutgers University Dietetic Internship.

These programs are highly selective and receiving a match is a major accomplishment for dietetic undergraduates who wish to become dietitians. The process is competitive, with the national match rate to a dietetics program at only 52 percent.

Statewide Efforts of Family and Community Health Sciences Gain Recognition

FCHS Chair Kathleen Morgan accepted the Culture of Health Award on behalf of the department. Photo: Jeff Heckman.

FCHS Chair Kathleen Morgan accepted the Culture of Health Award on behalf of the department. Photo: Jeff Heckman.

The work of the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) was recognized by the YMCA Alliance, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with a Culture of Health Award.

The award, presented at the Culture of Health Conference in New Jersey, “honors individuals and communities that are creating partnerships and deep commitments to drive local change, ensuring all residents have an opportunity to make healthy choices in their schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.”

According to Kathleen Morgan, chair of FCHS, who accepted the award on behalf of the department, these “Culture of Health” communities have worked through the development of deliberate policies, programmatic, environmental and systems changes designed to help each community sustain these changes over time, with the overall goal of improving health. [Read more…]

Rutgers Revolutionary: Cracking the Genetic Code of Plants

Joachim Messing at his investiture as Chair of Molecular Genetics at Rutgers.

Joachim Messing at his investiture as Chair of Molecular Genetics at Rutgers.

Prof. Joachim Messing, among the world’s top experts in molecular genetics, became famous for developing a genetic engineering technique used in laboratories to create plants that have produced disease-resistant crops considered vital to feeding the world’s population. Instead of cashing in on his discovery, he gave this scientific blueprint away for free to his fellow scientists around the world. Read more on this Rutgers Revolutionary at Rutgers Today.

Prof. Benjamin Horton Wins European Geosciences Union Award

Prof. Ben Horton teaching a Byrne Seminar, a one-credit course designed to introduce first-year students at Rutgers-New Brunswick to academic life.

Prof. Ben Horton teaching a Byrne Seminar, a one-credit course designed to introduce first-year students at Rutgers-New Brunswick to academic life.

Benjamin Horton, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, was named the winner of the Plinius Medal by the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The award, which honors scientists for their important contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences, will be presented at the EGU 2016 General Assembly to be held in Vienna in April.

Horton’s research concerns sea-level change. He aims to understand and integrate the external and internal mechanisms that have determined sea-level changes in the past, and which will shape such changes in the future.

“It’s such a big moment for me,” said Horton. “As an American scientist, to be recognized by the European Geosciences Union is a great honor.” [Read more…]

Rutgers EcoComplex Awarded USDA Grant to Study Feasibility of Renewable Energy from Food and Animal Waste

L-R: Howard Henderson, USDA; Dave Specca, Rutgers EcoComplex; Douglas Fisher, NJ Secretary of Agriculture; and Rob Fulper III, Fulper Family Farm.

L-R: Howard Henderson, USDA; Dave Specca, Rutgers EcoComplex; Douglas Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture; and Rob Fulper III, Fulper Family Farm. Photo: Cynthia O’Grady.

 

The Rutgers EcoComplex was awarded a Rural Business Development Grant of $19,000 by the USDA Rural Development Office to perform a technical and economic feasibility study of co-digestion of food waste and dairy manure at Fulper Family Farms, located in West Amwell Township.

Announcing the grant was Howard Henderson, the state director of USDA Rural Development Office, who was joined by New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher at Fulper Farm on Nov. 23 to also award a $250,000 USDA grant to Fulper Family Farms to expand its dairy product line.

While the ultimate goal is to spur rural development and job creation in Hunterdon County, the grant to the EcoComplex, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), will study the feasibility of mixing food waste and animal manure in an anaerobic digester to produce renewable energy in the form of biomethane, explained Dave Specca, assistant director of the EcoComplex, who accepted the grant on behalf of Rutgers. [Read more…]

Award-Winning Journalist Andrew Revkin Launches SEBS 250th Anniversary Focusing on 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…]

Rutgers Dedicates NJ Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health: Addressing Real-World Problems Associated with Food and Health

L-R: Rutgers President Robert Barchi; Robin Mockenhaupt, chief of staff, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno; Chancellor Richard L. Edwards, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Executive Dean Robert Goodman, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Peter Gillies, institute founding director; and Antonio Calcado, vice president, University Facilities and Capital Planning. Photo credit: Jeff Heckman

L-R: Rutgers President Robert Barchi; Robin Mockenhaupt, chief of staff, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno; Chancellor Richard L. Edwards, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Executive Dean Robert Goodman, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Peter Gillies, institute founding director; and Antonio Calcado, vice president, University Facilities and Capital Planning. Photo credit: Jeff Heckman.

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.

Mark Robson Named Distinguished Service Professor by Rutgers Board of Governors

Mark Robson. Photo: Matt Rainey.

Mark Robson. Photo: Matt Rainey.

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…]

Rutgers Scientist Michael Kennish is Editor of International “Encyclopedia of Estuaries”

Mike Kennish.

Mike Kennish.

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…]