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October 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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"Greening New Jersey Communities from the Ground Up" A day-long conference celebrating 40 years of environmental protection in New Jersey

Friday, October 28, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cook Campus Center


Join us in the celebration of 40 years of Environmental Protection in New Jersey at a day-long conference featuring a roster of distinguished speakers from the environmental community. Panel discussions include "Jobs and the Environment," "Local and Sustainable Agriculture: At the Crossroads of Public Health, Community Revitalization, and Economic Development," and "Reducing Greenhouse Gas Pollution in New Jersey's Communities."


Featured speaker will be journalist Alex Prud'homme, author of the eye-opening book, Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century.  As the climate warms and world population grows, demand for water has surged, but supplies of freshwater are static or dropping, and new threats to water quality appear every day. The Ripple Effect is Prud'homme's vivid and engaging inquiry into the fate of freshwater in the 21st century.  Prud'homme traversed the country, and he takes readers into the heart of the daily dramas that will determine the future of this essential resource--from the alleged murder of a water scientist in a New Jersey purification plant, to the epic confrontation between salmon fishermen and copper miners in Alaska, to the poisoning of Wisconsin wells, to the epidemic of intersex fish in the Chesapeake Bay, to the wars over fracking for natural gas.


There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is requested.  Please note that lunch is not included with your registration.  Attendees have the option of bringing their own lunch or purchasing a buffet lunch at the student dining hall.


Follow the registration link below for additional information and to view the program agenda.


Register here.

It Starts With A Single Cell
"The Power of Genomics" The Executive Dean's Distinguished Lecture featuring Debashish Bhattacharya
Thursday, November 10, 2011, 6 p.m.
Winants Hall, College Avenue Campus

DebashishSingle cell research is one of the most exciting and rapidly advancing areas of science. By extracting, replicating, and analyzing DNA from a single cell, researchers are unlocking many mysteries connected with aging, climate change, cancers, bacterial diseases, viral infections, and a host of other diverse conditions.

One of the world's leading researchers in single cell genomics is Debashish Bhattacharya, a professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

In his lecture, Dr. Bhattacharya will talk about how his fascination with marine biology while training in Atlantic and Pacific Canada led him to begin exploring single cell genomics to answer important questions about biodiversity and the evolution of life forms.

There is no cost to attend the lecture and reception, but registration is requested.

What's happening on the G. H. Cook Campus...
Maintaining a Strong Sense of Community
Community Day 2011 welcomed more than 1500 students, faculty, and staff to the G. H. Cook, Douglass, and Mason Gross campuses on September 14.  In addition to enjoying a delicious barbecue, students had an opportunity to learn more about the hundreds of clubs and organizations available on these campuses, and to enjoy their school community.

Here is what students had to say about life at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Community Day Welcomes Students
Community Day Welcomes Students

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 Entomology. 
Rutgers Professor Enriches the Lives of Students with her "Wine Insights"


Lena BrattstenEvery semester for 20 years, about 200 students have applied to take "Wine Insights," a one-credit course.  About 55 actually get to take the course, "because that's what the room will hold," according to Lena Brattsten, who originated and teaches the course. 


Improbably, the course is in the Department of Entomology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.  "It's  in entomology because Rutgers doesn't have a hotel school," Brattsten said, "it's an orphan course, and it's in entomology because I am in entomology."  Read more here

Did you know...The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum offers fun for the entire family.
Zimmerli Visit the museum on the first Sunday of each month and receive free admission for the entire family.  You'd be surprised by all the wonderful experiences offered at the museum such as guided tours for all ages, exquisite exhibits, bus trips, programs, and performances.

For more information, please visit the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum website
Save the date for these upcoming events...


October 20, 2011 - Double-Feature Screening: Thailand Untapped and Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission 


October 24, 2011 - "Son of a Kulák: How a Hungarian Farm Boy Survived WWII and Escaped Stalinist Oppression for New Life in America" featuring Author 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 Battacharya

December 5, 2011 - Retired Faculty Luncheon

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

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