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September 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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See Our Students in Action in this Double-Feature

October 20, 2011, 7 p.m.

Busch Campus Center


"Thailand Untapped" follows three Rutgers engineering students from the volunteer organization Engineers Without Borders as they travel to a province in northern Thailand to bring clean, potable water to the rural village Nong Bua.  Experience the challenges and obstacles that these students faced during their journey.


"Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission" captures the unfolding of one of the greatest marine scientific adventures in recent memory -- the fabled crossing of RU27 (the "Scarlet Knight") from Tuckerton, NJ, to Baiona, Spain. This award-winning documentary follows the unmanned underwater glider as it journeyed 200 days and surmounted numerous hazards and obstacles on its spectacular, successful mission.


These two exciting documentaries, produced by Rutgers' Dena Seidel, are part of Rutgers' 2011-2013 biennial lecture series theme, Technologies Without Borders: Technologies Across Borders.  The theme will focus on how rapid advancement of technologies across the world has offered benefits, but also presented threats to humankind.  How technologies fundamentally altered the way in which humans live their everyday lives; communicate; spread knowledge; and claim discoveries; but also how racial class or gender formations mark access and use of technologies. 


Register here.

What's happening on the G. H. Cook Campus...
Discovery Seminar: Food for Thought 

Tastings No sooner was the September 7 Discovery Workshop "Food for Thought" over then press reports surfaced, informing us that eating an apple a day can prevent strokes. Apples were on the agenda at the workshop, held at the Clifford E. and Melda C. Snyder Research and Extension Farm in Pittstown, with a presentation by Extension agent Win Cowgill on the attributes of popular varieties of apples grown in New Jersey. 


Cowgill joined Extension agent Peter Nitzsche, professor Jim Simon, Snyder Farm director John Grande and the staff of the Office of Community Engagement at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station for informative and lively presentations and tastings of some of our favorite foods - tomatoes, apples, basil and peppers. 


Read more here

President McCormick Delivers Final Annual Address
President McCormick
University President Richard McCormick delivered his ninth and final address to the university community on Friday, September 16. 

President McCormick expressed optimism and appeared enthusiastic about the proposed merger of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Public Health with Rutgers University.  "To gain an outstanding medical school would raise the academic profile and expand the reach of Rutgers more swiftly and permanently that any other change we could make" he said.  "Most important, it would help our state."

During his address, he highlighted six other specific improvements that would elevate the status of New Jersey's premier research institution.  Read more here.
As a continuing feature in our newsletter, we will be highlighting the research and activities of each of the departments within the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.  This month's featured department is Plant Biology and Pathology. 
The Explorers

From Tanzania to Uzbekistan, from Ecuador to Bhutan, Professor Ilya Raskin and graduate students from his lab are fanning out across the globe in a decidedly 21st-century mix of exploration, science, and world citizenship.


Through the Rutgers-based Global Institute for BioExploration (GIBEX), Raskin and his colleagues are seeking to help countries around the world--in particular, those with developing economies--learn how to harness the power of plants for human health.  Rather than just grabbing samples for research and drug development back in the United States, Raskin and a team of graduate students work with traditional healers, academic researchers, and scientists in far-off lands to collect, document, extract, and uncover the health-improving properties of everything from nut oils to wild berries.


Read more here.

Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Plant Pathology at Rutgers
October 14, 2011
Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick 


Join us on Friday, October 14, for a gala event -- the Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Plant Pathology at Rutgers University.


This is a great opportunity to see old friends, meet current faculty, students, and staff, and rekindle friendships from your days at Rutgers. This special event is being hosted in association with the 71st Annual meeting of the Northeastern Division of APS, which will also be held at the Heldrich Hotel that week.


Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Save the date for these upcoming events...

October 24, 2011 - "A Son of a Kulák" book lecture featuring Julius Fábos

October 26, 2011 - Gleaning at Giamarese Farms

October 28, 2011 - "Greening New Jersey Communities from the Ground Up" A day-long conference sponsored by the EPA Region II and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

November 10, 2011 - 
"Power of Genomics" - Executive Dean's Distinguished Lecture featuring Debashish Bhattacharya

December 5, 2011 - Retired Faculty Luncheon

April 25, 2012 - Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception

April 28, 2012 - Ag Field Day at Rutgers Day

May 12, 2012 - Rutgers Rising Memorial Service

May 12, 2012 - Rutgers Alumni Reunion Dean's Tour and Reception

Visit our website for more information about these and other events. 

Office of Community Engagement
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Phone: 848-932-2000   

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