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March 2011  

The "Discovery Initiative" of the Office of Community Engagement invites you to join fellow alumni, current and retired faculty and staff, students, and the public for any or all of the "Discovery" events and programs offered by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.  Click on the links below to read more about our upcoming events.  Please check our website often for updates to our event calendar.

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If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming events, please take a moment to complete our interest survey, which will place you on our master invitation list.  See upcoming events below.

"Back to the Future: How George H. Cook Influenced My Life" featuring Luke Visconti, CC '82

March 7, 2011, 6 p.m.
Cook Campus Center

Luke Visconit You are invited to hear Luke Visconti, Cook College Class of 1982, member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and CEO of DiversityInc, talk about his experience as an undergraduate student on the Cook Campus, how it influenced his successes, and how today's student can parlay their college relationships into a career.

Luke is a highly sought speaker on the business benefits of diversity to corporations, business groups, and nonprofit organizations.  His column, "Ask the White Guy," is a top draw on

He appears regularly on television and radio, including FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, and NPR.

Refreshments and door prizes will follow the presentation.

Register here  


Discovery Tour: Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens
March 16, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RCE Office of Monmouth County

Rain Barrel

Rain barrels and rain gardens are great tools for promoting water conservation, reducing stormwater runoff, and minimizing mosquito breeding conditions. The Water Resources staff at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office in Monmouth County will conduct a training session on how to build rain barrels and rain gardens.  


If you choose to build your own rain barrel, rest assured that the finished product fits on the backseat of most passenger cars.

Decorated Rain Barrell
Decorated Rain

The cost to attend the event is $15, which includes lunch and snacks. For those participants who want to build a rain barrel, there is an additional cost of $45 for materials.


Register here


For more information, visit our website, or contact the Office of Community Engagement at 732-932-2000, ext. 4205, or  

Screening of "Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission" Documentary

April 4, 2011, 4 p.m.
Cook Campus Center 

Visionary oceanographer Scott Glenn leads a team of world-renowned ocean scientists and students from the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences on a race against time to launch the first transatlantic autonomous underwater robot. Destined for Spain, the 8-foot underwater glider named RU27, or "Scarlet," is launched off the coast of New Jersey into the immense Atlantic Ocean. Engulfed by the powerful ocean, Scarlet faces extreme weather conditions, ship traffic and aggressive sea life that can terminate her mission at any moment.

This feature-length film, which has won numerous awards, takes viewers inside the world of the scientists and follows them through the daily preparations for the launch and the tense 221-day voyage across the ocean to Baiona, Spain, where Christopher Columbus landed in the Pinta.


Scarlet is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.


So, grab your popcorn (yes, there will be popcorn during the movie as well as other refreshments) and join us for this dramatic and exciting experience on the open seas.


Contact the Office of Community Engagement if you have any questions or need further information at 732-932-2000, ext. 4211. The screening is a free, public event.


Register here


Discovery Tour: Grapevines and Fine Wines
May 25, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center

GrapevineDon your gardening gloves and learn the art of vertical shoot positioning at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Farm in Bridgeton, NJ.  Vertical shoot positioning allows for uniform sun exposure to the grape cluster, which leads to superior flavor development. Each participant will get hands-on experience pruning and positioning vines for the best results. Your farm experience will also include an educational wagon tour of the farm. During lunch, a representative from Bellview Winery will join us for a tasting of four varieties of his finest wines and an introduction to the New Jersey wine industry.  Each participant will receive a souvenir wine glass.

The registration fee, which includes lunch, wine tasting, and a souvenir glass, is $30 per person.

Register here

For more information, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at 732-932-2000, ext. 4205, or
What's Happening...

A World of Change: Climate Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Executive Dean's Distinguished Lecture
featuring Susan Solomon     


Susan Solomon Lecture 

Climate change is real and primarily due to carbon dioxide emissions, according to Susan Solomon, senior scientist at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and expert in the field. Solomon shared her views on climate change and global warming with a standing-room only audience during the Executive Dean's spring distinguished lecture in the Cook Campus Center on Thursday, February 10, 2011.


Read more about this fascinating presentation here.
In the News...
Two Professors from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Named Fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

ScarletSix Rutgers Professors are among 503 scholars that the AAAS has elevated to the rank of fellow.  The national scientific organization selects fellows based on their efforts in advancing science or fostering applications considered socially or scientifically distinguished.

Barbara TurpinJoining four other Rutgers professors, two inductees are faculty at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences--Karl F. Nordstrom, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and Barbara Turpin, Department of Environmental Sciences. 

Read the entire story here.   
Other events in the works for 2011...
April 27, 2011 - Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception

April 30, 2011 - Ag Field Day at Rutgers Day

May 14, 2011 - Rutgers Rising Memorial Service

May 14, 2011 - Rutgers Alumni Reunion Dean's Tour and Reception
Office of Community Engagement
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