National Moth Week Now Entry in Wikipedia

104px-Wikipedia-logo-v2-en_SVG.svgFrom a local home grown effort to an international phenomenon, National Moth Week has become an “overnight” sensation among citizen scientists. The effort, which was started by School of Environmental and Biological Sciences researcher Liti Haramaty in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and doctoral student in entomology David Moskowitz, takes place in July with nighttime events around the globe to seek out the lepidopterans that inhabit the night. As a testament to its significance, National Moth Week is now an entry in the free encyclopedia Wikipedia, and includes a link to the Rutgers University entry. [Read more…]

Congratulations to SEBS Class of 2015

Class of 2015 graduates at SEBS Convocation.

Members of the Class of 2015 at the SEBS Convocation on May 18.

On a chilly, blustery May 18, the mist that blew across Passion Puddle did not dampen the spirits of the graduating seniors attending the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences 2015 Convocation. Dean of Academic Programs Rick Ludescher led the ceremony while Executive Dean Bob Goodman addressed the Class of 2015, which totaled 725 graduates.

The Dr. Barbara Munson Goff Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Tim Casey of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources. Biological Sciences major Ariel Booth presented the class remarks.

In an annual tradition that began in 1982, members of the Cook alumni association presented the graduates with red oak seedlings to take a living part of the George H. Cook campus with them as they embark on their next journey. View images of 2015 Convocation on the SEBS Facebook album.

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Unveils New Website Redesign

redesign-launch-screenshotThe School of Environmental and Biological Sciences has launched its newly redesigned website.

The website is more responsive so that it can be viewed easily on mobile devices. A particularly prominent feature is the enhanced social media feeds in the middle of the homepage to better connect the school to its various audiences. The website is more visually appealing and dedicates more space to telling stories about the teaching, research and service activities of students and faculty.

Executive Dean Bob Goodman called the website a “gateway to our school for current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and the various communities we serve.” The website offers a wide cross-section of information, including majors, course offerings, academic services, faculty research, international study options, student research opportunities, and campus life.

Opinion: FEMA Raises the Bar on Climate Change Hazard Mitigation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is raising the bar in the fight against climate change. According to InsideClimate News, "Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change."… While this policy change will not affect disaster relief, it will affect millions of dollars that are available to address the medium- and long-term problems of hazard mitigation. More important, while these funds are certainly desirable, of greater significance is that we are not planning for the inevitable… There are people today who insist that climate change isn’t real. In Florida, state environmental officials have said they were ordered not to use the terms "climate change" or "global warming." Similarly, environmental officials in Pennsylvania under former Gov. Corbett and officials in North Carolina have been pressured to avoid using "climate change" in public discussions. Wisconsin’s officials appear to be under similar pressure… This article was written by Barry Chalofsky, P.P., an environmental, land-use planning and management consultant and an adjunct instructor of environmental planning at Rutgers University.

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SEBS & NJAES Faculty and Staff Receive 2015 Celebration of Excellence Awards

2015 Rutgers SEBS Celebration of Excellence AwardsThe 22nd annual “Celebration of Excellence” Awards Luncheon of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) was held on April 23 at the Neilson Dining Hall on the Cook/Douglass Campus. Rick Ludescher, dean of academic programs at the school, served as Master of Ceremonies while Executive Dean Bob Goodman addressed the luncheon attendees and presented certificates or plaques to the winners.

Each year, the leadership at the school and NJAES recognizes the outstanding contributions of those in our community who have brought distinction to themselves and their programs. Congratulations to all whose outstanding creativity, original work and ideas, innovation, effectiveness, integrity, leadership, impact, community engagement and overall excellence were so honored. [Read more…]