Rutgers Launches Citizen-Led Project to Combat Tick-Borne Diseases

The only female Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum, collected in NJ. Photo James Occi.

The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, launched New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens they find to help track tick populations and help prevent tick-borne illness. “The purpose of the effort is to better understand who …

Addressing Food Insecurity in New Jersey

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By Carol Peters Rutgers University Faculty members and students have contributed to two recent reports that provide recommendations to help to help state and local governments, schools, childcare providers, community-based and faith-based organizations, emergency food providers, and others, to help mitigate hunger across the state. More must be done to alleviate food insecurity in New Jersey, argues a new report, Hunger …

Rutgers “Earth Day Every Day!” Spring 2022 Begins April 25

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s “Earth Day, Every Day” educational webinar series is back this spring in a different format. Open to the public, these free sessions focus on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to make our homes more sustainable, from controlling invasive pests to collecting environmental data to protecting the local watershed. …

Rutgers Geology Museum Celebrates 150 Years

Former Geology Museum Curator William Valiant (early 1900s) and current Geology Museum Director Dr. Lauren Adamo (2018) pose in front of 'Manny the Mastodon' on display at the museum..

By Carol Peters, EOAS Communications Team As the first and oldest museum in America dedicated to geology, the Rutgers Geology Museum plays a vital role in the education of Rutgers University and local K-12 students and New Jersey residents. From exhibits featuring rare New Jersey minerals dating back to the early-1800s, to the legendary Ice Age Mastodon skeleton that was …

Diversifying the Geosciences

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A new grant will launch a project that aims to break down barriers keeping underrepresented students from pursuing careers in earth sciences. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to Rutgers to increase the number of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students earning degrees in the geosciences. The geosciences—which include the study of Earth and its bodies of water, natural …

JCNERR and Rutgers Aid in Collaborative Research Consortium Project to Manage the Barnegat and Great Bays

Aerial shot of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR). Photo credit: Rob Auermuller, Life on the Edge Drones.

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) and several partners were awarded a grant to implement the newly-established New Jersey Consortium for Resilient Communities. JCNERR is managed by Rutgers NJAES, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project, “Barnegat Bay and Great Bays Resilience Observing Network: Tracking the Changing Environment to Inform the Management of Estuarine …

Rutgers Interdisciplinary Pilot Project Connects High School Youth to University Science

Rutgers Plant Biology PhD student Kirsten Allen is interviewed by high school students Susana Mejia and Jaydy Ordonez. Photo credit Dena Seidel.

A unique, cross-school collaborative pilot project, funded by Rutgers Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE) in the New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition and Health, provides high school youth from diaspora communities the opportunity to co-create original science-based video stories with Rutgers researchers. The project, titled FAME (Food, Agriculture and Marine Ecosystems) is based on an innovative informal STEM learning model connecting …

Rutgers Among Global Organizations Awarded Funding to Advance Data-Driven Climate Solutions

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Rutgers New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center and the NJAES Office of Research Analytics are among 10 global climate action organizations named by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation to its 2022 Accelerator Grant Program to advance their use of data and AI for impact, as part of the foundation’s $4.5 million commitment to climate action. Rutgers works to help New Jersey adapt to climate change …

Science Storytelling as Community Engagement: Rutgers Releases “Fields of Devotion” Short Film Trailer

Fields of Devotion: Vannini Farms, Vineland, NJ

The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Departments of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Plant Biology, along with the Rutgers Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)—a part of the New Jersey Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health—are launching a unique “Science Storytelling as Community Engagement” initiative. The intent is to increase understanding and dialogue between Rutgers scientists and the broader community. Distinguished professor Oscar Schofield, chair of Marine and Coastal Sciences noted, “it is imperative for scientists to find innovative ways to engage the public in science learning. …