Rutgers drops cafeteria trays to reduce waste

Lindsay Yoakam used to load her tray in the dining halls at Rutgers with three or four plates: usually soup, salad, dinner and a dessert that she may, or may not, eat… "I was probably throwing out a good amount,” said Yoakam, a senior nutritional sciences major from Mount Laurel… With the cost of food rising 8 to 10 percent a year, dining services eliminated trays this semester at the Neilson, Busch and Livingston dining halls… In addition to saving money and reducing food waste, some students found that eliminating trays led to healthier eating.

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Big Ten Network Spotlights Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club

The four legged students attending Rutgers earn a special degree. Watch the Big Ten Network “LiveBIG” YouTube feature of the Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club.

Video: 2014-15 LiveBIG: Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club

IFNH Student Ambassadors Reflect on Research Presentations at National Food and Health Conference

Tomato on a ForkStudent ambassadors are an integral component of the New Jersey Institution for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) mission of collective success, interdisciplinary and community responsibility. Students selected as ambassadors are undergraduates in the Nutritional Sciences Department who demonstrate professionalism and dedication to the fields of food, nutrition, and health. These students have the opportunity to represent the IFNH at various meetings and events, as well as communicate and market the IFNH to students, stakeholders at Rutgers, and to the New Jersey community at large.

In October, the student ambassadors received funding from the Institute to attend and present their research at the 2014 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA. The research presented by the students included: Comparison of Risky Eating Behaviors Between College-Age Males and Females” presented by Mary Tursi, The Influence of Specific Labels on College-Aged Students Food Choices and Taste Preferences” presented by Rebecca Tonnessen and Jesse Tannehill, and The Fry Spy: The Accuracy of Served Portion Sizes Compared to the Advertised Size” presented by Alexa Essenfeld and Miranda Schlitt.

Each of the student ambassadors took a few moments to reflect and share about their experience at the conference. [Read more…]

Undergraduate Wins American Fisheries Society’s Best Poster Award

Collin Dobson and his award-winning poster.

Collin Dobson and his award-winning poster.

SEBS student Collin Dobson (Marine Sciences ’15), an intern at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, won the Best Poster award at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting in Lewes, DE, on Nov. 8.

Dobson’s poster, titled “Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: Biology of Commercial Catch and Population Distribution,” described research he conducted this past summer in Bivalve, NJ, as part of the Research Internships in Ocean Sciences program in the Department of Marine Science. [Read more…]

Student Interns Tackle Oyster Disease Ecology at Haskin Lab

L-R: William Shroer, Lauren Huey and Joseph Looney at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.

L-R: William Shroer, Lauren Huey and Joseph Looney at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.

Ecologically diverse communities are resilient communities. But can this diversity also help prevent the spread of disease? This question was at the heart of research conducted during experiments conducted by student interns at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory in Bivalve, New Jersey. As part of a collaborative project with Old Dominion University, that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Rutgers undergraduate students Joseph Looney, William Schroer and Lauren Huey ran experiments that examined how oysters get sick. [Read more…]