Rutgers Alumnus (GSNB ’12) Named Executive Director of U.S. Botanic Garden

Ari Novy, GSNB '12, is a plant biologist.

Ari Novy, GSNB ’12, is a plant biologist.

The Architect of the Capitol, the unit that administers the United States Botanic Garden, announced last week the appointment of Ari Novy, Ph.D., as executive director of the Garden.

Novy’s connection with Rutgers goes back to 2006 when he began working as a graduate research fellow. He received his doctorate in 2012 from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences’ Department of Plant Biology and Pathology. His dissertation director was Jean Marie Hartman of the Department of Landscape Architecture, where he also served as a teaching assistant.

In his new position, Novy is responsible for leading and planning day-to-day operations and major programs at the U.S. Botanic Gardens. [Read more...]

Rutgers LA Students Help Design New Property for HomeFront Center Serving Central Jersey Homeless

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L-R: NJASLA Rutgers student chapter members Jack Peters, Mark Lacey, Gwen Heerschap, Teddy Aretakis and Chris Perez work diligently on their group concept drawing for the HomeFront property. Students based their concept design on a “wish list” articulated by the organization.

In March, the Rutgers Student Chapter of the New Jersey American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA) held a Design Charette—an intense period of design or planning activity—to come up with conceptual drawings for a new location of a family support center run by HomeFront, a non-profit organization located in Mercer County, whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey.

To facilitate its growing services for Central Jersey residents, HomeFront plans to move its “Family Preservation Center” to a new location in Ewing Township, an 8.24-acre property with several buildings that it purchased from the U.S. Navy.

The Rutgers student chapter of the NJASLA became involved in the design project after HomeFront approached the Executive Committee of the NJASLA, a national organization of landscape architects, for its help in designing the newly acquired property. The NJASLA deployed its Community Assistance Team, which met with representatives of HomeFront to learn of its priorities and plans for the property. [Read more...]

Research Professor Michael Kennish is Lead Editor of Special Supplement to Journal “Estuaries and Coasts”

Estuaries & Coasts Journal coverlargeA special issue of the journal Estuaries and Coasts, published in March 2014 by the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, is a seminal work on coastal ecosystems in the U.S. In this issue, research professor Michael Kennish of the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, serves as the lead editor and a contributing author. Estuaries and Coasts is one of the leading coastal publications in the world.

According to Kennish, this special issue features significant state-of-the-art research by many of the top estuarine and coastal scientists in the U.S. on the natural and man-made drivers of change in shallow coastal systems. [Read more...]

FIC Awarded International Honor as Leading Incubator Business

In November 2013, the National Business Incubation Association has awarded the NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator designation to the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, a business incubator serving New Jersey. Through its Soft Landings program, NBIA recognizes business incubation programs that are especially capable of helping nondomestic companies enter the incubator’s domestic market. The Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, located in Bridgeton, NJ,  was selected for the program because of its slate of business services for nondomestic firms and its demonstrated success at helping these firms enter the U.S. market, said Randy Morris, NBIA director of member services.

Main presentation room at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton, NJ.

Main presentation room at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton, NJ.

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