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"King Corn" Screening
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November 2011  
The "Discovery Initiative" of the Office of Community Engagement invites you to 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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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

If you know a lot about genomics, raise your hand. If you don't know a lot about genomics, raise your hand. OK, all of us with hands raised: come to the "Power of Genomics" presentation on November 10.
Single cell genomics 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, he 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.

"King Corn"
 Documentary Screening
 Monday, November 14, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
 Cook Campus Center


In "King Corn," Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the East Coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But, when they try to follow their corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat--and how we farm.


Producer Aaron Woolf will be available for questions.

The screening will be followed by a reception. 

"International Governance for a Changing Arctic" featuring Ambassador David Balton
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 4 - 5 p.m.
Alampi Room, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Cook Campus

David Balton


Ambassador David Balton is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries at the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Ambassador Balton is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues. He also oversees U.S. foreign policy relating to the Arctic and Antarctica. The United States has important and diverse interests in the oceans and polar regions, both involving national security and the free flow of commercial navigation.


David Balton has functioned as the lead U.S. negotiator on a wide range of agreements in the field of oceans and fisheries and has chaired numerous international meetings. With an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, he has served the State Department in a variety of capacities since 1985, specializing in marine conservation and "law of the sea" since the late 1990s.

Refreshments will follow the lecture. Please register here.


What's happening on the G. H. Cook Campus...
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 Animal Sciences. 
Observe Farm Animals in their Home Environment


Students with Piglets 

The Department of Animal Sciences and the NJAES Animal Care Program have developed a Farm Tour Program aimed at guiding small groups (25 or so) of children and/or adults around the cattle, goat, horse, pig, and sheep facilities on Sheepfold Lane. This site is located off Route 1 on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. To learn more about these tours and who to contact to arrange one for your group, please visit our Animal Care website.


Save the date...

December 5, 2011 - Retired Faculty Luncheon

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

Office of Community Engagement
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New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
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57 U.S. Highway 1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8554
Phone: 848-932-2000   

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