Rutgers Turfgrass Program Raises $400,000 for Henry Indyk (AG ’50) Graduate Education Fellowship

Henry Indyk

Henry Indyk

The Rutgers Turfgrass Program has raised a total of $400,000 to support the Henry Indyk Endowed Graduate Fellowship at the university. Thanks to a $61,000 donation from the New Jersey Turfgrass Association (NJTA) and the New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation (NJTF) in March, the seven-year capital campaign has met its goal of continuing support of graduate education at the university.

According to Bruce Clarke, chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and director of the Center for Turfgrass Science, this fundraising effort was initiated in 2007 to provide an ongoing source of funding for graduate students in turfgrass science at Rutgers. Clarke expressed appreciation “to the NJTA and NJTF for their tremendous support of the Henry Indyk Endowed Graduate Fellowship, to the tune of more than $150,000 in funding since we started our campaign.” [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...]

Into the Maelstrom

When 40 climate experts huddled in a small conference room near Washington, D.C., last September, all eyes were on an atmospheric scientist named Jennifer Francis. Three years ago, Francis proposed that the warming Arctic is changing weather patterns in temperate latitudes by altering the behavior of the northern polar jet stream, the high, fast-moving river of air that snakes around the top of the world. The idea neatly linked climate change to weather, and it has resonated with the press, the public, and powerful policymakers. But that day, Francis knew that many of her colleagues—including some in that room—were deeply skeptical of the idea, and irritated by its high profile.

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Tackling Money Matters at New York Public Library

In the New York Public Library (NYPL) system, reference staff members are equipped to guide patrons through a diverse array of resources on topics ranging from literature and science to music, technology, and much more. Yet, when it came to financial topics, many library employees didn’t feel comfortable answering questions about such personal topics….NYPL used the IMLS funding to hire Rutgers University faculty [Barbara O’Neill, extension specialist in financial resource management at Rutgers Cooperative Extension] to develop and then deliver core curriculum courses and follow-up elective workshops.

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Sneeze, wheeze, allergies: Valley’s drought making it worse

The drought is drying up Valley farms — but not noses. The dry, warm spring has kicked allergy season into overdrive. Pollen counts began spiking early, in February instead of their typical arrival this month, and except for a storm or two in March there hasn’t been rain to wash the pollen away. In addition to starting earlier, the pollen season could last longer, said Dr. Leonard Bielory, a professor at Rutgers University Center for Environmental Prediction in New Jersey.

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Hamilton residents tap their own rain barrels

They’re made of plastic and sealed with plumber’s tape and caulk, but they get the job done, and they promote conservation, township officials say. On Tuesday, the township hosted its fifth rain barrel workshop…The workshop, held in the Hamilton Township Library basement, was hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Water Resources Program, which has been working with the township since 2010 to help conserve water and mitigate flooding

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