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April 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.

Would you like to receive announcements?

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.

A Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony

April 27, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

Cook Campus Center  


Award Trophy

We are pleased to announce the new and improved "A Celebration of Excellence" Awards Ceremony for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.  The program has been transformed to better recognize those unique qualities that make our faculty and staff truly exceptional.  For the first time in 2011, we will be honoring a faculty member who has made a substantial impact in the international arena for the inaugural International Excellence Awards.  


The recipients of this year's excellence awards are:


 Team Award

The Great Tomato Tasting Event


Research Excellence Award
Joan G. Ehrenfeld
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resouces


Teaching Excellence Award
Wolfram Hoefer
Department of Landscape Architecture


Outreach Excellence Award
Janice McDonnell
Department of 4-H Youth Development


International Excellence Award
Mark Gregory Robson
Department of Entomology


Staff Excellence Awards
Katherine Goundrey, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Ed Dager, Snyder Research Farm


Barbara Munson Goff Teacher of the Year Award
David Ehrenfeld

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources 


A reception will follow the presentation of awards.


We hope you plan to attend to support your friends and colleagues. 

Register here 


Ag Field Day @ Rutgers Day

April 30, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

George H. Cook Campus

Rutgers Day

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a full day of discovery and lively activities as you experience Ag Field Day @ Rutgers Day.


Stop by the Dean's tent to chat with our friendly deans, complete an interest survey, or just to say hello.  Visit the website for more information. 


We look forward to seeing you there!


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 grapevine pruning to allow 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 a wagon tour of the farm. A representative from Bellview Winery will join us during lunch 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...

"Back to the Future: How George H. Cook Influenced My Life"

featuring Luke Visconti, CC'82    

Luke Visconti Lecture "Never tire of thinking," was once said by Colonel Henry Rutgers.  These are words to live by according to Luke Visconti, Cook College graduate of 1982, who addressed the George H. Cook community on Monday, March 7, 2011.

Luke talked about his days as an undergraduate student at Cook College.  He described how "fun" college was, which did not, in his case, equate to good grades.  But after many "second" chances, he graduated with a degree in biology and went on to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.  After his tour of duty ended, he was assigned to a New Jersey recruiting office where he became the recruiter for minority officers.  He sought guidance from a fellow African American naval officer, who helped him begin to think in terms of "how do we get along with people not like us."  He realized this was his true calling and went on to become the founder and chief executive officer for DiversityInc.  Read more here


As a new feature in our newsletter, we will be highlighting the research and activities of each of the academic departments within the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.  This month's feature department is Environmental Sciences.
In the News...
Seasonal Warming Leads to More Ragweed Allergies.  Study reveals longer season in some parts of the nation.

Leonard Bielory
Leonard Bielory, M.D. 

Ever wonder why your seasonal allergy symptoms seem to last longer during the summer?  Sufferers afflicted by ragweed allergy can take heart that it's not just in their imagination.


A recent study, led by the USDA in collaboration with Rutgers, has confirmed a link between seasonal warming and a longer ragweed season in some parts of central North America.


Leonard Bielory, M.C., a specialist in allergy and immunology with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, participated in the USDA study as part of his federal research funding to examine the impact of "Climate Change on Allergic Airway Disease."  Read more here.  

Water Resources Program Recognized for Outstanding Rain Garden Projects
Water Resources Program AwardThe Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, a unit within the Department of Environmental Sciences, was recently recognized at the New Jersey American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA) award ceremony at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City for two outstanding rain garden projects:
  • "NJASLA Merit Award for Landscape Architecture Communications" for their Rain Garden Manual of New Jersey publication.
  • "Environmental Enhancement Award" for the Holmdel Village Elementary School Rain Garden Program.

Pictured above are Brian Friedlich, Omni Environmental LLC; Amy Boyajian, RCE Water Resources Program; Jeremiah Bergstrom, Water Resources Program; and Erica Sollberger, President, NJASLA.

Other Spring events...

May 14, 2011 - Rutgers Rising Memorial Service

May 14, 2011 - Executive Dean's Alumni Reunion Tour and Reception.
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