Edible Jersey Profiles the ‘Rutgers Scarlet’ Strawberry: The Jersey Berry

Bill Hlubik, Middlesex County agricultural agent

Bill Hlubik, Middlesex County agricultural agent

If Bill Hlubik has his way, there will be strawberry fields forever— or at least a little longer each year— in the Garden State. Hlubik and his team at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station hope to someday introduce new varieties that will extend the growing season beyond the traditional four weeks for June-bearing strawberries. For now, however, it’s all about the flavor. Read more at Edible Jersey.


Record-Breaking Heat Grips India Amid Rash of Farmer Suicides

Temperatures in India reached a record-breaking 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit Friday, according to the Associated Press, suffocating parts of the country, and drawing further attention to a tragic rash of suicide deaths among the nation’s impoverished farmers, who are battling drought and other environmental conditions that stifle agricultural production… "The heat wave in India is another example that our climate is changing," said Ben Horton, a scientist at the University of Rutgers who focuses on climate change. "We are now experiencing climate extremes that include droughts, wildfires, flood, storms, and tropical cyclones as well."

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Canada wildfires in ‘bullseye’ of warming trends

Experts say climate change is contributing to the wildfires raging across Canada, and the increasing frequency of such fires may overwhelm one of Earth’s most important ecosystems, the boreal forest… "There is almost certainly a connection between the exceedingly warm Arctic, especially so this past winter, and the early fire season in high-latitude land areas, which includes much of Canada," said Jennifer Francis, research professor at Rutgers University.

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Are microwave ovens safe & nutritious? Or just convenient?

Over the last several decades, microwave ovens have become a standard kitchen appliance in many American homes. But for some, doubts remain about their safety and impact on the nutritional value of food cooked in them… This week on "Take Care," food scientist Don Schaffner takes us behind the microwave door to explain how microwave ovens work, and the ways this kind of cooking technology interacts with food. Schaffner is an extension specialist in food science and distinguished professor at Rutgers University. He is a world-renowned expert on food safety and protection and is the co-host of a podcast on microbial food safety.

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Eliminate the TB Scourge

It’s 1 a.m. A young mother approaches me during my hospital shift. She asks if her 2-year-old son will survive the night. He has been given a diagnosis of severe tuberculous meningitis, months after her husband was found to have drug-resistant TB… In terms of curing the disease, in the 1940s the microbiologist Selman Waksman, working with a graduate student, Albert Schatz, at Rutgers University, helped begin the anti-TB drug revolution. Waksman received a Nobel Prize for the discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective in treating TB.

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SEBS Prof. Participates in Research Study Mapping Availability of Female Condom in Philadelphia Area

David Tulloch.

David Tulloch.

Collaborating with researchers at Rutgers University-Camden, David Tulloch , professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and associate director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, where he leads the Geohealth Lab research group, synthesized data about HIV/AIDS and interventions in the Philadelphia/Camden area into an informative and powerful map. The map, along with other results, were published in the journal, AIDS and Behavior, showing that one percent of the 1228 service providers contacted sold/provided the female condom and 77% sold/provided the male condom. Juxtaposed against a map of HIV prevalence, the limited availability of female condoms has serious health and policy implications for communities throughout the city. Read more on the study.

How do you like them tomatoes? Morristown’s Macculloch Hall, Rutgers explore juicy history

This is a story about tomatoes… Peter Nitzsche, who is head agricultural and resource management agent for the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension in Morris County and an associate Rutgers professor, joined with his colleagues Dr. Thomas Orton, a tomato breeder and a professor in the Rutgers Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, and Jack Rabin, associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Rutgers research arm, a decade ago to find a tomato that brings back the flavor — with improvements.

Read the entire article at MorristownGreen.com »

Stuck on Hot: Earth Breaks 12th Straight Monthly Heat Record

Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by half a degree, according to federal scientists… And more heat meant record low snow for the Northern Hemisphere in April, according to NOAA and the Rutgers Global Snow Lab.

Read the entire article at The New York Times »

The National Science Foundation Has Awarded $11.8 Million to Rutgers

OOI-Station-Map_Cabled_Array_2015-01-12World’s Richest Source of New In-Water Oceanographic Data Now Operational at Rutgers

The National Science Foundation has awarded $11.8 million to Rutgers to launch and operate the Oceans Observatories Initiative’s data system.

The data center for the pioneering Ocean Observatories Initiative, which collects and shares data from more than 800 sophisticated instruments and a transmission network across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is now operating at Rutgers University. Read more at Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development.

The New Jersey Dietetic Association awards Barbara Tangel its Highest Honor

Barbara Tangel with NJDA President Chesney Blue.

Barbara Tangel with NJDA President Chesney Blue.

Barbara Tangel, director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, received the Carolyn Sebastianelli Distinguished Member Award at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Dietetic Association (NJDA). The award, the highest given by the NJDA, honors a member who has been a role model, demonstrating commitment to the nutritional needs of the community, leadership, mentoring, service to others, and professionalism and high ethical standards in practice.

As Tangel received her award, a ballroom-full of attendees responded with standing ovations. She delivered a touching acceptance speech that highlighted and praised the successes of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Rutgers and its hundreds of graduates, including Chris Gunning, Sara Elnakib Family and Community Health Sciences Educator from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County, Danielle Data, and Taylor Palm.

The New Jersey Dietetic Association empowers members to be New Jersey’s food and nutrition leaders and is driven to optimize New Jersey’s health through food and nutrition through customer focus, advocacy, integrity, innovation, social responsibility and collaboration.