From 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…]
Farm Credit East, the Northeast’s largest agricultural lending cooperative, recently awarded $48,000 in college scholarships to 32 student recipients. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship to apply towards his or her higher education… The recipient from the Bridgeton office territory is Kyle Clement, of Pedricktown. Kyle’s interest in precision agriculture is driving his career aspirations. He currently attends Rutgers University where he majors in agriculture and food systems as he works toward a career as a farm manager. His goal is to develop soil-preserving agricultural practices that are environmentally friendly and profitable.
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The Columbia High School Scholarship Fund granted $165,000 worth of scholarships to 107 graduating seniors and alumni at its award ceremony in the CHS Library on June 11… Samantha Fagundez, who recently received her second $1,500 scholarship from the fund, knows well the benefits of the fund’s money. Having just finished her first year at Rutgers University, where she is majoring in ecology with a specialization in wetland ecology, Fagundez said the money is essential in helping her pay for classes… Fagundez expressed gratitude to CHS for offering a fund for its students, pointing out that it should not be taken for granted… "Here you always hear about the CHS Scholarship Fund, and it’s a big thing in our community," Fagundez told the News-Record. "But when I tell people at school that I got a scholarship through my high school, they’re so impressed with that because it’s not a common thing for high schools to have that. And the fact that we do shows just how much Columbia is trying to put forward its students."
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Nowadays residents of North Hudson can hardly toss a tomato without hitting a farmers market. New markets have cropped up in Union City and North Bergen, joining existing ones in neighboring communities, and many people are taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown produce and other edibles… The WPA is also responsible for the new farmers market at Ellsworth Park in Union City… "Its takes place on the street at 24th and Palisade Avenue, not exactly in the park," said Breanna Robles, who manages both markets for the WPA. "The shoppers walk on the sidewalk and shop."… "When you look at the West Coast and New York City they usually have food trucks," said Robles, who is studying city planning at Rutgers University. "They’re becoming more integrated in the movement toward fresh food and produce."
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Passaic County teachers learned not only what a watershed is, but how to protect it using "green" solutions on Monday… "It’s really just all the land that drains to a water body," said Christopher Obropta, an associate professor at Rutgers University… Storm water runoff into drains can cause overflow in subterranean drainage pipes. Rosana DaSilva, Rutgers graduate student, noted two major ways to reduce runoff: reduce impervious surfaces, which rainwater cannot penetrate, and by harvesting rainwater… Of total groundcover in New Jersey, 12 percent is considered "impervious," said Obropta. Examples of impervious groundcover include sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, and building roofs. Water cannot penetrate these surfaces and run into storm drains, which in the case of heavy rainfall can cause flooding.
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