Science shines at Rutgers Day on the Cook Campus

Rutgers marked its 250th anniversary on Saturday with huge celebrations on all of the campuses, and an estimated 100,000 individuals, many as couples or families, took advantage of the day to see what the various schools at Rutgers offer, from sports to music to food science to agriculture, the arts, and more… On the Cook Campus in New Brunswick, the broad focus was on science, ranging from horticulture to animal science, food science and even firefighting. Rutgers Gardens had a very large plant sale. There was an inflatable tunnel that mimicked the root system of a tree. The annual dog show for the Seeing Eye attracted dog lovers from around the state. The Rutgers Habitat for Humanity club was displaying a barrier-free garage that members had built for the Johnson family of Plainfield.

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Saba Tabasoom (SEBS ’16): Gaining Strength and Support on Her Rutgers Journey

Saba Tabasoom

Saba Tabasoom

By Samuel Ludescher (SAS ’17)

Graduating with a degree from Rutgers is an invitation into lofty intellectual circles. It is also evidence that the recipient of a diploma has braved the course load of his or her respective major. Saba Tabasoom, however, has braved much more over her ten-year college career. She graduated in January 2016 from Rutgers as a pre-med student with a degree in biology—and a letter of congratulations from assistant dean of academic programs Penny Carlson— the culmination of a journey that began at the Dhaka National Medical College in 2006, in Bangladesh.

Saba was in her first year of college and preparing to become a doctor, when a young man took interest in her. The man approached Saba’s parents to ask for her hand in marriage, which is common etiquette in Bangladesh. Yet, he quickly was discerned as a threat to Saba’s well-being. Seeing this, Saba’s mother heeded her daughter’s pleas and denied the man’s request to wed. The refusal frustrated him and his family also took it as disrespect. He began to stalk Saba and threaten her, often telling her he would throw acid on her. [Read more…]

Alex Thesing (SEBS’16): Pursuing His Passion for Theme Parks

Alex Thesing SEBS'16 standing in front of Blake Hall, the home of the Department of Landscape Architecture on the George H . Cook Campus.

Alex Thesing SEBS’16 stands in front of Blake Hall, the home of the Department of Landscape Architecture on the George H . Cook Campus.

Meet Alex Thesing (SEBS’16), a double major in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Design. He has been identified by Rutgers Division of Student Affairs as one of the university’s 250 most involved and accomplished students, and is featured in the commemorative series, “250 for 250,” on the division’s I Am Rutgers website.

“For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for theme parks. I guess it all started because I grew up close to Six Flags, and the very first time I went, I fell in love with it. My dream, which I am determined to make a reality, is to work in the theme park industry and one day manage my own park.”

Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers Hosts Rutgers Research Tour

Jim Simon (far left) gave the Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers and guests a tour of his greenhouse research.

Prof. Jim Simon (far left) gave the Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers and guests a tour of his campus greenhouse.

The Board of Managers (BOM), an advisory group to the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), is made up of representatives from New Jersey’s county boards of agriculture. The BOM also serves as advocate for the experiment station and provides input to NJAES’ directors on matters concerning the state’s agricultural enterprise. In addition to quarterly board meetings where members listen to faculty talk about their programs, the BOM hosts an annual tour of NJAES research facilities to get an in-depth perspective of the agricultural research conducted by Rutgers faculty. The BOM representatives invite fellow county board of ag members as well as county legislators and state ag officials to attend the tour. The 2016 tour took place on March 24 and encompassed research conducted on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick and at the Snyder Research Farm in Pittstown, NJ. The county representatives were joined by Al Murray, assistant secretary of agriculture, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, and Peter Furey, executive director, New Jersey Farm Bureau. [Read more…]

All Senior IFNH Student Ambassadors Successfully Matched for Dietetic Internships

From the left: Bill Cornelius, Taylor Palm, Cortney Flynn, and Rebecca Tonnessen

L-R: Bill Cornelius, Taylor Palm, Cortney Flynn and Rebecca Tonnessen

April 3 was the highly anticipated “Match Day” for senior dietetic students to find out whether they get matched for a dietetic internship, a requirement to become a registered dietitian. The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) Student Ambassadors work diligently over the course of their undergraduate careers to achieve their dreams of becoming dietitians. All the hard work has paid off for the 2016 class of IFNH Student Ambassadors, all four of whom received a match on “Match Day.”

Congratulations to Taylor Palm, who was matched to Sodexo-Allentown Dietetic Internship, and to Bill Cornelius, Cortney Flynn and Rebecca Tonnessen, all three of whom were matched to the Rutgers University Dietetic Internship.

These programs are highly selective and receiving a match is a major accomplishment for dietetic undergraduates who wish to become dietitians. The process is competitive, with the national match rate to a dietetics program at only 52 percent.