Bioinformaticist Yana Bromberg Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Yana Bromberg

Yana Bromberg

Yana Bromberg, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the NSF. Bromberg is the principal investigator of the project, “Molecular functional diversity of microbes and microbiomes,” which is being supported by $1,091.177 in NSF funding.

Microbes dominate life on Earth and evolutionary pressure exerted on microbial communities by environmental stressors such as climate change and pollution has global impact. Understanding the environment-specific microbial molecular functions is, therefore, a critical challenge. [Read more…]

The Jersey Shore and rising environmental threats

The effects of Superstorm Sandy still reverberate to this day. The storm highlighted the need to better prepare for major weather events, as well as the need to implement more effective rebuilding strategies so that residents and vacationers alike won’t relive the treacherousness of four years ago. Today on Radio Times, we discuss how the governments and the residents of the Shore are preparing for another potential disaster, and the likelihood of that taking place. We discuss all of this with College of New Jersey professor of sociology DIANE C. BATES. We’ll also be joined by Rutgers University’s DAVID ROBINSON who is the state climatologist for New Jersey, and by reporter MARYANN SPOTO who covers Monmouth and Ocean Counties for The Star-Ledger.

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E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83) Honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects

E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83).

E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83).

Rutgers alumnus E. Timothy Marshall (CC’83), co-chair of the Landscape Architecture alumni advisory committee, has been elevated to the Council of Fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Marshall, who has maintained close ties to Rutgers, is a longtime supporter of the Roy H. DeBoer Travel Prize in Landscape Architecture and more recently the Roy H. DeBoer Endowed Scholarship at the university.

Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members. This award recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large over a sustained period of time as demonstrated by their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. Individuals must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA, or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows. Marshall received his nomination, in Leadership/Management from the New Jersey Chapter of the ASLA.

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Perth Amboy partners with Rutgers in hopes to enhance park

Richard Alomar has a vision for Rudyk Park: Flee markets, barbecues, exercise stations… The 54-year-old Rutgers assistant professor in landscape architecture has been working on-and-off for three months with two others in the hopes of not only making the municipality’s northeast side park bigger, but also making it more accessible. “This would be a great way to expand the park,” Alomar said, pointing to diagrams of the proposed expansion of the area, which currently consists of a playground, a baseball and soccer field and basketball courts.

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Rutgers Awarded Three of Seven Grants Totaling $5 Million to Study Climate Impacts on Commercial and Recreational Fisheries

Grace Saba, assistant professor, Center for Ocean Observing leadership, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

Grace Saba, assistant professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office and its Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program—in partnership with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Science and Technology—competitively awarded seven grants projects last year that focused on increasing the understanding of climate-related impacts on fish stocks and fisheries. Three of the seven grants totaling roughly $5 million were awarded to Rutgers faculty members, Grace Saba, assistant professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Enrique Curchitser, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources.

Both commercial and recreational fisheries provide an important source of jobs, food, recreation and economic activity for the nation and it is vital that these fisheries remain sustainable and resilient. Climate-related impacts have negatively affected marine life and the people, businesses, communities and economies that depend on them. In order to better prepare and respond to these changes, key decision makers from the groups affected need more information.

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Plant invaders threaten North Jersey landscape

As peak gardening season lures North Jersey homeowners to landscape supply centers, they buy and cart home many shrubs and trees that – just over the state line in New York – are prohibited in suburban yards… Steven Handel, an ecology professor at Rutgers University, is a member of the state’s Invasive Species Council, which was created in 2004 and issued a report listing steps the state should take to reduce invasives. "To stop selling these invasives would be a big step forward," Handel said. "And there are some beautiful native plants that are low maintenance and protect our preserved natural areas. "Our job as educators is to let the public know there are better plants to use in their yards than the ones that have traditionally been used," he said. "A yard can look green and lush – but still be dangerous."

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Alumni Story: William Sansalone (Ag’53, GSNB’61) – Farm Boy at Heart

William Sansalone (Ag’53, GSNB’61).

William Sansalone (Ag’53, GSNB’61).

“After a 46-year career in urban medical centers, I remain a farm boy at heart,” wrote Bill Sansalone, Ph.D., in a thank-you note he sent after receiving a packet of the Rutgers 250 tomato seeds as a gift.

Enormously appreciative of his roots in south Jersey agriculture, Bill has gone to great lengths to stay in touch with his heritage and to celebrate it. One of his proudest accomplishments this past year was the creation of a 24-page brochure, “The Grindstone at Betty Bajewicz Historical Center,” which chronicles the discovery and restoration of his parents’ grindstone from their former homestead in Malaga, New Jersey, and the remarkable significance of a seemingly ordinary piece of equipment to farm life.

Because farming in the nation’s early history consisted of heavy hand labor using tools that required regular sharpening and honing, the grindstone played an important role in agriculture. Bill Sansalone became engrossed in the subject in 2006 after a visit to his boyhood home on Dutch Mill Road in Malaga. There he found an abandoned grindstone that his parents relied on for working the farm, and he felt its connection to them – “What I saw was a priceless piece of family history that had to be rescued.”

Rescue it he did with the help of two nephews, Fred and Mike Schiavone, who acquired and rebuilt it for display at the Betty Bajewicz Historical Center in Franklinville, New Jersey.

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CMC 4-H member to attend national 4-H leadership program

Cape May County 4-H member Samantha Downes has been selected to represent New Jersey at the 3rd annual 4-H Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) Conference. This leadership conference will be held July 18-22 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md… Samantha is a member of the Needles & Thread 4-H Club. She is in the 8th grade and lives in North Cape May. “The conference will provide an opportunity for 4-H youth like Samantha to become better leaders as they experience our nation’s capital in a unique and educational way,” said Linda Horner, Cape May County 4-H Program Coordinator.

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Enabling garden growing, one stone at a time

Last October, RVCC, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Branchburg, broke ground on an enabling garden, or accessible, barrier-free garden at the college’s Branchburg Campus… The enabling garden vision and mission was launched in 2011 as part of a partnership between Rotary International District 7510 (Central New Jersey) and Rutgers University and its entities, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension. Known as the "Rotary and Rutgers: Growing Lives One Seed at a Time" initiative, it features barrier-free, accessible gardens, and/or activities, provided with modifications to be enjoyed by people with disabilities.

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Resources available for finding rural senior care

Liz Butterbaugh knows it can be a challenge to find senior assisted living facilities in rural areas… Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers University Extension finance specialist, presents helpful questions in an Extension news release to guide retirement housing decisions.

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