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Discovery Workshop: "Food for Thought"
Become a Volunteer Climatologist
Discover Your State University
Academic Year in Review
Richard Ludescher Named Dean of Academic Programs
In Memoriam: Joan Ehrenfeld
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July 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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Discovery Twilight Workshop: "Food for Thought: What Science Tells Us About Some Favorite Foods"

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 6 p.m.

The media calls them "superfoods." They are fruits, herbs and vegetables -- easily grown in your own garden -- that provide exceptionally healthful components and benefits.

Research faculty use the Clifford E. and Melda C. Snyder Research and Extension Farm in Hunterdon County as a living laboratory, developing the most flavorful and healthful varieties of tomatoes, basils, peppers, exotic vegetables, apples, peaches, wine grapes and much more to assist both commercial growers and home gardeners in producing these popular "functional foods."

The Discovery Initiative Twilight Seminar on September 7 will introduce you to several of Rutgers renowned research scientists in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station's Cooperative Extension.

Among the evening's highlights:

We will start with tomatoes. Our seminar will take place one week after Snyder Farm's annual Great Tomato Tasting.  But never fear, there will be plenty of varieties still available for viewing and tasting, with Morris County Extension Agricultural Agent Peter Nitzche leading the discussion and sampling.

Dr. James Simon, professor and director of the New Use Agricultural and Natural Plant Products Program, will talk about his work with basils, peppers, culinary herbs, ethnic vegetables and new medicinal plants and their potential as new crop opportunities and new applications of bioactive and nutritious plant compounds.  His talk will culminate with a taste of his famous tomato, basil, and mozzarella combination.

Hunterdon County Extension Agricultural Agent Winfred Cowgill, our tree fruit specialist, will offer Apples and Peaches 101, including a look at creating a home orchard and tasting of delicious varieties of apples and peaches.

More details and a link to register for this event will be available soon on the Office of Community Engagement website


Become a community climatologist and get your weather on the map!
NJ map Have you ever dreamed of becoming a weatherman and reporting the daily weather?  Well, now you can through a program called CoCoRaHS-- the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network-- coordinated by the New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University.

Volunteer climatologists are asked to read their rain gauge and report any precipitation (rain, snow, hail) each day to the CoCoRaHS website.  Volunteers' observations from around the nation are compiled and used by scientists to supplement the automated weather network.  As David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist notes, "The wealth of observations provides a much more detailed picture of rain and snowfall patterns than previously possible." (Read the latest story about Dr. Robinson here.)

Registering to become a volunteer is easy.  Visit the CoCoRaHS website and complete the registration form.  Training is provided for observers through online training modules or in group sessions held throughout New Jersey.

For more information, contact the New Jersey CoCoRaHS coordinators at
Discover Your State University
Save the dates for events this fall and in 2012.  Details will be available soon.

August 31 - The Great Tomato Tasting Event

September 7 - Discovery Twilight Workshop: "Food for Thought: What Science Tells Us About Some of Our Favorite Foods"

September 14 - Community Day

September 16 - New Jersey Vineyards Bus Tour and Wine Tastings

October 20 - Double Feature Documentary Screening - "Engineers Without Borders" and "Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission"

October 26 - Discovery Tour: The Gleaning at Giamarese Farm

October 27 - Executive Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring David Castle

October 28 - EPA Region II Conference

December 5 - Retired Faculty Luncheon

Mark your calendars for these traditional favorites...

April 25, 2012 - Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony

April 28, 2012 - Ag Field Day @ Rutgers Day

May 12, 2012 - Rutgers Rising Memorial Service

May 12, 2012 - Alumni Reunion Tour and Reception

May 13, 2012 - University Commencement

Visit our website for more information about our upcoming events.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Diana, Patty, or Diane.  We would be delighted to hear from you. 


The Academic Year in Review
Girl with pig Welcome to the inaugural "Year in Review" publication for the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. 


With programs spanning the spectrum from molecules and organisms to ecosystems and social systems, our students benefit from the intellectual energy of a globally engaged faculty and an exciting curriculum!

Click here to read the entire publication, which was created by the very talented staff of the Office of Communications.
What's happening on the G. H. Cook Campus...
Richard Ludescher named Dean of Academic Programs

LudescherA respected member of the Food Science faculty and the first Campus Dean for Undergraduate Education on the George H. Cook Campus, Rick will assume the responsibilities for the undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences effective immediately.


Rick becomes the leader of the office of Academic Programs at a time of exciting academic innovation initiated by his predecessor, Dean Jerry Kukor.  Rick will be responsible for managing the growth of the School toward a target of 4,000 undergraduates. Among his many tasks will be maintaining and enhancing existing admission standards, expanding the physical and social infrastructure for support and delivery of education for the School, developing novel educational collaborations with other units across Rutgers-New Brunswick such as the Douglass Residential College, encouraging international experiences for undergraduates, and seamlessly integrating the Raritan River Initiative, the Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, and the New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition and Health into the undergraduate curriculum.


Read more about Dean Ludescher's appointment here.


In Memoriam: Farewell to Joan Ehrenfeld
Joan and DavidJoan Ehrenfeld, long-time and beloved faculty member of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources (EENR), passed away on June 25, after a courageous battle with acute leukemia. She leaves behind a devoted husband and faculty colleague David Ehrenfeld (EENR), four children, and three grandchildren. On our campus and across Rutgers, she is mourned by countless faculty and staff colleagues, post-docs, students, and friends.

We mourn the loss of an important member of our tight-knit campus community, but we also celebrate Joan's life and her fighting spirit. Read a snapshot of Joan's extraordinary work and life here.
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