One quarter of all New Jersey residents are facing a health problem so severe, it’s been deemed an epidemic — obesity. It seems it’s not just the population that’s growing in the Garden State, but our waist size too. A new report, called The State of Obesity issued by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows some improvement in our national rates, but they continue to climb.
Produced by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, this video provides a comprehensive overview about impacts of a changing climate to people, places and valuable assets throughout the Garden State. Rutgers Professor of Environmental Sciences Tony Broccoli, Distinguished Professor at Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Michael Greenberg, Executive Director of Voorhees Transportation Center Jon Carnegie and other noted representatives from New Jersey address these issues. Support for this video has been provided by the Kresge Foundation and Rutgers University. For more information go to njadapt.rutgers.edu and www.njadapt.org.
Radon professionals know radon is a silent, invisible killer, but many homeowners don’t think it could be a serious problem in their homes. The Eastern Regional Radon Training Center (ERRTC), a part of Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education, provides training for professionals to become certified as radon measurement or mitigation service providers. ERRTC is one of four Regional Radon Training Centers established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Urban ecologist Mariellé Anzelone (CC ’93, GSNB ’00) leads “Plants are Cool, Too!” video series host Chris Martine through Inwood Hill Park, NYC’s primeval urban forest on the northern end of Manhattan. Martine is the David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics and Research at Bucknell University, and the video series highlights intriguing plant research. This episode was partially sponsored by the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources. Also watch the episode shot on Cook Campus where Martine investigates Prof. Lena Struwe’s research on parking lots weeds.
Every August, over 60 food industry professionals from all over the U.S. and abroad converge on the Cook campus with a common goal: to attend the Introduction to Food Science short course offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) where they learn both the fundamentals and emerging technologies of food science. In a jam-packed five days – starting with a networking dinner and culminating with a tour of the Rutgers Sensory Evaluation lab – participants experience topics like food chemistry, nutrition, microbiology, color, sensory evaluation, and food engineering, all presented by top researchers, faculty and industry experts. It is one of six food industry training courses offered each year by OCPE. Learn more about the Introduction to Food Science class.
Our Rutgers, Our Future, the university’s seven-and-a-half-year campaign came to a formal close on December 31, 2014, raising a record-setting $1,037,056,700. In announcing the availability of the campaign’s final report, Rutgers President Robert Barchi said, “These funds will enable Rutgers to act on the vision developed by faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends and expressed in our University Strategic Plan for what Rutgers can become: one of the nation’s finest public research universities—preeminent in research, excellent in teaching, and committed to community.”
SEBS faculty members Peter Gillies, founding director of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Larry Katz, director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and Karyn Malinowski (CC’75, GSNB’80, ’86), director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center are featured saying “Thank You” to the donors who believed in and supported this historic Rutgers campaign. View the Thank You video above.
Unique partnership among a university, a church and companies makes a difference for unemployed veterans in Newark
It was a proud moment at the Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark, NJ, on March 3, where 12 local veterans graduated as the inaugural class of the Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions (VETS) program.
Each of the veterans had stories to share of struggle after returning from service, with limited opportunities to earn a living. When some entered the program last May, they were unemployed and had nowhere else to turn. [Read more…]
March is National Nutrition Month® and is a particularly good time to pause before making your daily food choices. In this featured video, Peggy Policastro, an instructor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, discusses a Byrne Seminar she co-teaches called “The Hunger Frames,” which explores how redesigning the dining environment can promote healthier eating.
Policastro also weighs in on a federal nutrition advisory panel’s new recommendation to lower the amount of sugar we consume. Read more at Rutgers Today.