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Discovery Newsletter
May 2017   
Look for Spring Explorations to be Posted Online  

The Spring 2017 issue of Explorations, the School's magazine for alumni, donors and friends, will be posted in the Publications section of the Discovery website on May Explorations cover 15. The issue also has been mailed to alumni and will arrive during this month.

The cover story focuses on the new Stormtracker 4 weather radar that was installed on the George H. Cook Campus by NBC 4 New York (see the March 2017 Discovery Newsletter) to enhance its coverage of the tri-state area and to open up learning opportunities for our students. Other features include profiles of graduating seniors who overcame tough obstacles to "walk" this month at graduation; two professors -- Pal Maliga and Henry John-Alder -- who are the newest Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; several faculty who are in the forefront of research; and our world-renowned work in aquaculture.

The alumni section of the magazine introduces a new feature called "Fast Track," a breezy question-and-answer session with four recent alumni whose careers are, well, on the fast track. Interviewed are William Christopher Alston CC'10, a member of the risk management group at Mars, Incorporated; John Cambridge GSNB'16, entrepreneur and CEO of Plan A, Inc.; Megan Linkin CC'04, who works for global reinsurer Swiss Re; and Marc Valitutto CC'02, a zoo/wildlife veterinarian with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute/National Zoo. Read all about their careers and how Rutgers helped get them to where they are today. And as a special bonus, look for the lovely centerfold image of Passion Puddle in the spring, which  you can download and frame.

George Wants You to Take Our Explorations Survey

GH Cook image With several issues of Explorations in the archive, the School -- as well as the magazine editors -- want to know what you think about the publication. Please take our short, four-question survey and tell us what you like, what you would change, and any suggestions you have for content or design. You can visit the archive at this link, or go directly to the survey.

Alumni are Honored with Cook and Fenton Awards

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, alumni, friends, and family gathered to honor six graduates selected by the Cook Community Alumni Association (CCAA) for their career accomplishments, community service, and leadership.

Undergraduate alumni receiving the George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Hlubik, Pflugh, Kollar Award were Michael Hlubik CAES'70, a retired teacher of agriculture at Northern Burlington High School and a Chesterfield Township Committee member for 15 years, including six as deputy mayor and four as mayor; Kerry Kirk Pflugh CC'80, who serves with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as liaison for environmental affairs for all 565 New Jersey mayors and 21 county administrators; and Marc Kollar CC'95, freelance media and communications consultant and current president of the CCAA.

Carlton, DiLalo Honored with the Dennis M. Fenton Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award were Ann Marie Grover Carlton ENG'95,GSNB '99, '06, associate professor at the University of California-Irvine and former associate professor with the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Gregory DiLalo CC'77, GSNB '79, director of information technology with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and a member of the Rutgers University CIO Leadership Council; and Apostolos Pappas GSNB '99 (not pictured), research manager and fellow with Johnson & Johnson. Congratulations to all!

Another Great Season at Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Mark every Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on your calendar for the next seven months Farmers Market to visit the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market at 112 Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Fresh vegetables and fruits, herbs, plants, prepared foods, and other delicacies abound at this weekly event that attracts high quality produce from local farmers and food vendors from May 5, the start of the summer season, to November 17, the last Friday before Thanksgiving. And while you're at it, peruse the Rutgers Gardens website for events and to sign up for the Gardens newsletter. For example, Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 2017, is the annual Spring Flower Fair, one of the biggest events of the year. And each week brings a new series of classes and programs for all ages and interests. 
Upcoming Events

May 5, 2017 -- Opening day of the summer season for the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ

May 6, 2017 -- Hall of Distinguished Alumni gala, starting at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick (see details)

May 12-14, 2017 -- Rutgers Gardens Spring Flower Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p...m.

May 14, 2017 -- Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Commencement, 10 a.m., High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway

May 15, 2017 -- School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Convocation, 10 a.m., Passion Puddle

Every Friday through November 17, 2017 - Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rutgers Gardens

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This Newsletter is brought to you by the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement, a unit of the Division of Advancement of the Office of the Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Please visit our Discovery website at Contact the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement at 848-932-4215 or

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