Rowan student’s service project shows soil significance at Aura Elementary

Second-grade students at Aura Elementary School in Elk Township had to roll up their sleeves, as soil was the topic of discussion for student teacher and Rowan University senior Katelyn Micek’s student learning service project. During her March lesson, Micek, of Washington Township, covered a wide range of engaging information about soil for the students, including soil types, texture, the importance of soil to the environment, the ecology of soil, and why clean soil is important…Micek enlisted the help of Brian Quilty, a Rowan graduate and a member of FoodCorps who serves at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County, in Clayton. Quilty promotes gardening and nutrition education throughout Gloucester County. The students were familiar with Quilty because he contributes to the Grow Healthy after-school club, holds classroom lessons and helps tend to the school garden.

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Rutgers Personnel by Day, Moth-ers by Night: Gearing up for Third Annual National Moth Week

National Moth Week 2014 is designated “the year of the silk moth. The Luna moth is a silk moth that can be found in New Jersey. Photo by David Moskowitz

National Moth Week 2014 is designated “the year of the silk moth”. The Luna moth is a silk moth that can be found in New Jersey. Photo by David Moskowitz

As National Moth Week gains in popularity as it enters its third year, its Rutgers roots deepen further. The founders of National Moth Week are all tied to Rutgers: naturalist David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Moskowitz, Haramaty and several others with Rutgers connections are involved with the founding organization East Brunswick Environmental Commission and have turned local Moth Nights into a national spotlight on moths. This year, George Hamilton, chair of the Department of Entomology has joined the Science Advisory Board for National Moth Week. Other board members are from universities across the USA and other countries, as well as representatives from various nature organizations. [Read more...]

Service to agriculture gets honor for agent at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County

Dr. Wesley Kline, agricultural agent at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County, was recognized with the 2014 Distinguished Service to New Jersey Agriculture Award on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the 2014 Agriculture Conventions in Atlantic City. Kline is an expert in food safety, having set up a Food Safety Task Force. Over the years he has trained more than 5,000 farmers on the importance of food safety. As an agriculture agent in Cumberland County, he has conducted years of research on different varieties of vegetables at the Rutgers Agricultural Experimental Station in Upper Deerfield.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension Announces Excellence Awards for 2013

Judith Laganga

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) conducted its annual awards program at the 2013 Annual Joint Department Meeting of Rutgers Cooperative Extension last December 10. The awards acknowledge outstanding performances of students, faculty and staff. For 2013, the RCE Award of Excellence was given to three staff members: Judith Laganga, Michelle Teitsma and Jennifer Matthews. The purpose of this award is to recognize faculty and staff who demonstrate outstanding performance and creativity, and highlight their contributions to RCE and how they have resulted in a positive change or have made a significant impact and enhanced RCE at the local county, state or national levels. [Read more...]

Faculty and Staff Pick a Peck of Hot Peppers

Members of Rutgers faculty and staff participate in the first “Harvest Your Own Pepper” event in the hot pepper research trial plots on Hort Farm 3.

“Hot pepper in the body invigorates the soul” is a popular adage in West Africa. Members of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology have been evaluating peppers from different parts of the world as part of the ethnic crop research initiative started at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in 2001. [Read more...]