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 …

RU COOL Awarded $2.5 Million Funding for New Jersey Offshore Wind Studies

Grace Saba prepares to deploy an autonomous underwater glider equipped with sensors to monitor for ocean acidification on the New Jersey coastal shelf. Photo credit: Eric Niiler, WIRED.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently announced the award of funding for studies to provide enhanced scientific information on the impacts of offshore wind energy development off New Jersey’s coastline as well as the state’s entry into a regional offshore-wind science collaborative. The development of New Jersey’s offshore wind resources is …

Rutgers Oyster History Preserved!

The houseboat Cynthia on Barnegat Bay, NJ circa 1915.

After longtime Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) associate Walt Canzonier passed away in June 2021, a box containing historic data was returned to the lab. Canzonier had designed and overseen much of the construction of the current lab in Bivalve, NJ, according to professor David Bushek, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and director of HSRL.  The box contained old weather and tide information …

NOAA Launches New Marine Species Mapping Tool Developed in Collaboration with Rutgers

Scientists conduct a trawl survey off the coast of New England. (NOAA)

NOAA Fisheries has launched the Distribution Mapping and Analysis Portal, a new tool developed in collaboration with the Global Change Ecology and Evolution Lab at Rutgers University, to better track the location and movement of marine fish in U.S. waters. An interactive website, this tool reveals that the ranges of many marine species are shifting, expanding and contracting in response to changing ocean …

How You Can Help Mobilize Rutgers for Climate Action

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Registration is open for the May 4 event Mobilizing the University for Climate Transformation As Rutgers advances a climate action plan, which includes a university commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, President Jonathan Holloway and the Office of Climate Action are inviting the university community to help develop and advance equitable climate solutions and to contribute to the decarbonization of Rutgers, New …

New Jersey’s Temperatures Rise by 4 Degrees Fahrenheit, Twice the Global Average Since 1900

Boyd Park, submerged under flood water from the Raritan River in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida.

Heavy rainfall, flooding, increasing heat waves and heat-related illness are likely to become more common in New Jersey by 2100, according to a report by researchers from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist and the University of Delaware. State of the Climate: New Jersey 2021 is an annual overview for state and local decision-makers, hazard planning …

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 …

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 …