Rutgers Cooperative Extension FCHS Members Awarded at National Conference

Rutgers Cooperative Extension NEAFCS NJ Affiliate 2015 award winners at the NEAFCS Annual Session in West Virginia: (l-r) Michelle Brill, Barbara O’Neill, Karen Ensle, Alexandra Grenci, Sherri Cirignano, Daryl Minch, and Kathleen Morgan. (Not pictured: Joanne Kinsey)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension NEAFCS NJ Affiliate 2015 award winners at the NEAFCS Annual Session in West Virginia: (l-r) Michelle Brill, Barbara O’Neill, Karen Ensle, Alexandra Grenci, Sherri Cirignano, Daryl Minch, and Kathleen Morgan. (Not pictured: Joanne Kinsey)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) Department members, along with other team members, won national and regional recognition at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Session in West Virginia in November. (FCHS department members are listed in bold)

  • Karen Ensle, Michelle Brill, Alexandra Grenci & Kathleen Morgan. 1st Place National. Newsletter for Visions
  • Daryl Minch, Michelle Brill, Sherri Cirignano, Alexandra Grenci, Luanne Hughes, Kathleen Morgan, Karen Ensle, Carly Fisher-Maltese, Melissa Helfrich, Joanne Kinsey, Sharese Porter, Lynn Reid, Marilou Rochford, LeeAnne Savoca, Jennifer Shukaitis, Rachel Tansey & Corey Wu-Jung . 1st Place Eastern Region. School Wellness for Grow Healthy – Team Nutrition
  • Daryl Minch & Kristen Mullane – 2nd Place Eastern Region. Educational Publication for the RCE fact sheet Let’s Eat! Healthier Snacks and Parties: A Guide for Families, Schools and Organizations

All of the above were also NEAFCS NJ Affiliate winners. In addition, the following team won at the Affiliate level:

  • Michelle Brill, Sherri Cirignano, Daryl Minch, Alexandra Grenci, Luanne Hughes & Kathleen Morgan. Early Childhood Child Care Training Award for Grow Healthy Team Nutrition Early Care Training Program: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Reach Busy Professionals

 

Monster Mash 2015 [PHOTO GALLERY]

More than 80 Rutgers student groups participated in this year’s Monster Mash – an alternative Halloween event at Rutgers, and welcomed more than 2,500 local elementary school children and their families on the Cook/Douglass campus on Oct. 30

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Jacques Cousteau Research Reserve Watershed Coordinator Lisa Auermuller Receives Floodplain Management Leadership Award

(L-R) Jim Galantino, Floodplain Manager, City of Margate; Laura Tessieri P.E., CFM – NJAFM Awards and Scholarship Chair; Lisa Auermuller; Craig Wenger, NJAFM Chair; John Miller, Princeton Hydro

(L-R) Jim Galantino, Floodplain Manager, City of Margate; Laura Tessieri, NJAFM Awards and Scholarship Chair; Lisa Auermuller; Craig Wenger, NJAFM Chair; and John Miller of Princeton Hydro.

Lisa Auermuller, watershed coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR), was presented the Floodplain Management Leadership Award at the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) annual conference on October 22 in Atlantic City. The award recognizes individuals who have achieved success in a significant aspect of floodplain management, including efforts in education, government, policy, research, litigation, outreach, or implementation, which demonstrate the advancement of flood loss reduction.

Auermuller has been the watershed coordinator for JCNERR in Tuckerton, NJ, since 2002. Her role includes assessing the needs of coastal decision makers and assembling training opportunities through JCNERR’s Coastal Training Program. These efforts are designed to better inform decision makers through the use of science-based applied research, visualization tools and best practices. [Read more…]

New Jersey Educator Donates Historic U.S. Soils Collection to National Agriculture Library

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service formally transfers the 1916 U.S. soil collection and publication, “Important Soils of the United States” to the USDA National Agricultural Library for safekeeping and archival purposes in Beltsville, MD on Aug. 19, 2015. USDA photo by Anson Eaglin.

On Aug. 19, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service formally transferred the 1916 U.S. soil collection and publication, “Important Soils of the United States,” to the USDA National Agricultural Library for safekeeping and archival purposes in Beltsville, MD.

On Aug. 19, fifty people including staff from the University of Maryland, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Agriculture Library (NAL), members of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Soil Scientists, Rutgers University, and the Firman E. Bear Soil and Water Conservation Society gathered at the NAL for a ceremony to convey a historic 1916 U.S. soils collection. The donor, Jill Guenther, a Vineland, NJ educator, donated a historic collection of U.S. soils to the Library where the collection will be archived for safekeeping, included in Library exhibits, and available upon request for onsite inspection. [Read more…]

Spiders in N.J.: Entomological Consultant at Rutgers Explains Arachnids

Curious about those eight-legged, eight-eyed wonders quietly living in nooks and crannies of your home or weaving expansive webs outdoors?… The Daily Record met with Eugene Fuzy, entomological consultant for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, to learn more about the spiders most prevalent in New Jersey, the ones considered most dangerous based on their venomous bite, and superstitions and misperceptions about these magical and beneficial creatures… "I’ve been fascinated with spiders since I was three years old. I was asthmatic as a kid and couldn’t have furry pets, so a Colorado potato beetle was my first pet and then I moved on to spiders. As a naturalist, I love spiders because they’re so unique, visually active and create such amazing webs," said Fuzy.

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