Rutgers remembers naturalist who documented fisher’s re-emergence in N.J.

Rutgers University will dedicate a kiosk at the entrance to a network of nature trails on its Livingston campus Sunday in memory of naturalist and former student Charlie Kontos, who died suddenly in 2010 at the age of 33. Kontos, who was an adjunct professor and PhD candidate at Rutgers, is widely credited with discovering the re-emergence of the fisher in New Jersey when he captured a photograph of one of the small carnivorous mammals in 2006. Before his discovery, the fisher was thought to have left the Garden State long ago.

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Rutgers Students Pioneer Role as On-Campus Nutrition Ambassadors

The Healthy Dining Team

The Healthy Dining Team

Once college students are immersed in a university dining environment with what seems like endless food options, they may not come up with the best selections. The Rutgers Healthy Dining Team are student ambassadors for the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) that encourage healthy eating in their peers. Read more from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has provided funding for IFNH.

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Awards Outstanding Student for 2014

L-R: Larry Katz, John Cambridge and George Hamilton

L-R: Larry Katz, director of RCE, John Cambridge and George Hamilton.

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

The Wilbur M. Runk Award provides monetary support to a graduate student enrolled in a graduate program at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and mentored by any faculty member with an Extension Specialist appointment. This year’s recipient is John Cambridge, doctoral student in the Department of Entomology, whose mentor is George C. Hamilton, extension specialist in entomology. [Read more…]

Rutgers Environmental Science Students Volunteer at Local “Freecycle” Event

Rutgers student volunteers from Craig Phelps' Intro to Environmental Science class. Phelps is in the back row, center. Photo by Liti Haramaty

Rutgers student volunteers from Craig Phelps’ “Intro to Environmental Science” class. Phelps is in the back row, center. Photo by Liti Haramaty

Freecycling is a grassroots effort by people who are giving and getting used items for free and keeping usable stuff out of local landfills. The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends EBEC), a nonprofit citizens group dedicated to local environmental education and conservation, has sponsored several Freecycling events for the past few years, with the most recent event on October 26 in the parking lot of Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center in East Brunswick, NJ.

An essential element to a successful Freecycling event is having a number of volunteers on hand to keep the flow of traffic and contributed items organized, from drop off to take away. At each Friends EBEC event, a group of volunteers, often well represented by East Brunswick High School students, has effectively maintained the distribution of goods from removing from car trunks to dispersal in the display/pick up area. Rutgers students have joined the ranks of volunteers that enable this flow so that local residents can easily partake in the event. [Read more…]

Entrepreneurship Agriculture Day 2014 — Another Success!

EA Day interns and faculty team members (l-r): Serpil Guran and Dave Specca from EcoComplex; Roslyn Dvorin; Ian R. MacCloud; Tatiana Gladney; Kasturi Pryanka Shanker;  Donna Schaffner, Food Innovation Center - South; Sabedo Argueta; Albert Ayeni; Christopher Satch; Xenia Morin, Office of Grants Facilitation; Tung Ching Lee, Department of Food Science; Bill Sciarappa

EA Day interns and faculty team members (l-r): Serpil Guran and Dave Specca from Rutgers EcoComplex; Roslyn Dvorin; Ian R. MacCloud; Tatiana Gladney; Kasturi Pryanka Shanker; Donna Schaffner, Rutgers Food Innovation Center – South; Sabedo Argueta; Albert Ayeni; Christopher Satch; Xenia Morin, SEBS Office of Grants Facilitation; Tung Ching Lee, Department of Food Science; and Bill Sciarappa

On October 18, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) celebrated its second Entrepreneurship Agriculture (EA) Day on Cook Campus. This event was part of the Entrepreneurship Ag Program initiated at SEBS in Spring 2013 and comprised the teaching of a Jr/Sr Colloquium on Entrepreneurial Agriculture, a competitive student internship on Entrepreneurship Agriculture and the forming of a student club with the mission of promoting entrepreneurship in agriculture and food at SEBS. Forty-seven people were in attendance, including individuals from outside of Rutgers.

The key events included poster and oral presentations by EA interns Sabedo Argueta (Environmental and Business Economics 2014), Roslyn Dvorin (Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources 2015), Tatiana Gladney (Agriculture and Food Systems 2016), Ian R. MacCloud (Plant Science 2015), Christopher Satch (Grad Student, Plant Pathology) and Kasturi Pryanka Shanker (Biotechnology  2014); and a keynote speech by Theresa Viggiano and Patrick Leger, founders and chief executives, First-Field, Inc. [Read more…]