Student Attendance Soars at Community Day Video

The idea of devoting a day for students to get to know their community is not full of hot air. The video below is Rutgers Today’s take on Community Day.

Video: Community Day Brings Rutgers Students Together

 

A Great Day for Mingling: Cook/Douglass Community Day 2014 Video

The students came in droves to the Cook/Douglass campus on September 17. Community Day gave students a chance to get to know what Rutgers has to offer and how to become a part of the university community.

Video: Cook/Douglass Community Day 2014 at Rutgers University

Bangkok, Thailand: Knowledge and Perspective to Last a Lifetime by Veronica Walentowicz (SEBS 2015)

As part of the ISL course the class met with Public Health Faculty from Chulalongkorn University and the medical staff at the Rural Health Clinic in Rangsit, Thailand.

As part of the ISL course began by Prof. Mark Robson (front row, left), the Rutgers students met with Public Health Faculty from Chulalongkorn University and the medical staff at the Rural Health Clinic in Rangsit, Thailand.

Mark Robson, professor of plant biology and pathology, has been working in Thailand for 20 years. His activities have included being a Fulbright Senior Scientist, teaching risk assessment under a program funded by the Asian Development Bank and training young environmental health scientists under the NIH-funded Fogarty Center. Because of his deep association with Thailand, Robson was motivated to develop a new International Service Learning Course (ISL), a month-long course in July that was offered for the first time in the summer of 2014 in Bangkok. The class included a service component in local schools for underprivileged children in Bangkok along with cultural and educational activities. One day-long field trip involved a visit to a rural farming location where Robson conducts research on the effects of pesticides on children living in the rice-growing area known as Rangsit. As part of that trip the students visited the original Thai capital, Ayutthaya.

Public Health major Veronica Walentowicz (SEBS 2015) shares her thoughts and experiences on this ISL course in her own words below. [Read more...]

Bangkok, Thailand: Bringing the Outside World to Students With Special Needs by Alexandra Shishkova (SEBS 2015)

Robson and his class high atop the original Wat Phra Ram built in 1369 in Ayutthaya.

Robson and his class high atop the original Wat Phra Ram built in Ayutthaya, in 1369.

Mark Robson, professor of plant biology and pathology, has been working in Thailand for 20 years. His activities have included being a Fulbright Senior Scientist, teaching risk assessment under a program funded by the Asian Development Bank and training young environmental health scientists under the NIH-funded Fogarty Center. Because of his deep association with Thailand, Robson was motivated to develop a new International Service Learning Course (ISL), a month-long course in July that was offered for the first time in the summer of 2014 in Bangkok. The class included a service component in local schools for underprivileged children in Bangkok, along with cultural and educational activities. One day-long field trip involved a visit to rural farming location where Robson conducts research on the effects of pesticides on children living in the rice-growing area known as Rangsit.

Here Ecology major Alexandra Shishkova, who participated in the ISL course, shares her thoughts and experiences on Thailand, in her own words, below. [Read more...]

SEBS Animal Sciences Department Mourns the Loss of Student Caitlyn Kovacs

SEBS logo largeThe School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Department of Animal Sciences mourn the untimely passing of one of our students, Caitlyn Kovacs. She became an Animal Sciences major at Rutgers because of her passion for animals, especially companion animals, and her interest in animal welfare.

Daniela Sharma, who served last year as Caitlyn’s first-year advisor and Animal Sciences undergraduate program director, remembers Caitlyn very fondly. She writes, “It was such a pleasure for me, as a freshman advisor and instructor in 142 [the introductory Animal Science course] to be able to enjoy her enthusiasm for her studies, and her interest in behavior and welfare, which is something close to my heart as well. She was so excited to study something that interested her as a young kid, and we enjoyed trading stories and ideas, once the business of academic advising was over.”

Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences Wendie Cohick says, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this incredibly tragic and sad time.”

NJ.com published a recent article based on an interview with Caitlyn’s former employer.