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Congratulations to Katherine Dawson, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences who was awarded a Rutgers Research Council Individual Fulcrum Award, which is tailored to individual researchers and those in the creative arts who are testing out new ideas to accelerate their scientific inquiry, program of research and scholarship or creative production. Dawson was awarded under this program for her project titled, "Development of a transition metal carbide film for methane tracking in environmental sediments, soils, and waters." Congratulations!

In Fall 2020 semester, Rutgers Honor College shared stories of their students’ resilience and accomplishments during COVID-19 to acknowledge their contributions to their communities and to Rutgers. SEBS Honors College student Gavin Wagner shared finding solace in nature, which led to a volunteer opportunity. Full story here

The Department of Environmental Sciences is Awarded a 2020 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

2020 Governors Environmental Excellence Award

The Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Education.

The Department of Environmental Sciences is Awarded a 2020 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award In a December 7 email, Marc Rogoff, Lead Education Specialist at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Public Participation and Environmental Education, notified Donna Fennell, professor and chair of the department, of the award.

In an email to the department, Fennell wrote, “Congratulations to all of you and our students and alumni! Thank you to A.J. Both who had the idea of applying for this and to Lisa Rodenburg, Ben Lintner, John Reinfelder and A.J. Both for help with the application. Thank you all for your hard work over the last 100 years!”

As the department is celebrating its centennial in 2020, this is a particularly timely honor in recognition of the many contributions the department has made to students, alumni, and the state of New Jersey during the last century.

The award ceremony was held on Monday, December 14, 2020. Here is the video of the acceptance speech delivered by Dr. Donna Fennell, Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences, for the NJ Govenor's Enrivornmental Excellence Award

DES Centennial Celebration

As part of the Centennial Celebration of the Department of Environmental Sciences (1920-2020), we convened a virtual symposium Environmental Research: The Next 100 Years. This symposium was held on six Fridays from Oct 2-Nov 13, 2020 and culminated with a virtual panel discussion, Past, Present and Future Trends in Environmental Issues on November 18th, 2020 at 7pm.

In conjunction with its centennial, the Department of Environmental Sciences is offering items through All Colors with the new Centennial logo for purchase. Click here for the Centennial Store. Thank you!

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Lisby Santiago was just named as a best poster awardee at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Her poster reflected the work she did at Rutgers this past summer as part of the RISE program under the direction of Professor Lisa Rodenburg in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Lisby is a undergradaute student at the University of Puerto Rico. RISE at Rutgers is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Because of COVID-19, the RISE program this summer was entirely virtual, but it was still a huge success!

Nirmala THomas Myers

Dr. Nirmala Thomas Myers is a recipient of the 2020 Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Achievement and Merit award in the category "Excellence in Leadership and Teaching". She graduated from Rutgers with her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences – Exposure Science in May 2020. During her time as a student, she has done exceptionally well academically, earning a 3.978 GPA. Her research work has likewise been outstanding with papers published in prestigious journals.

Dr. Myers was extraordinarily active and successful as a student leader. She has been vice-president of our Environmental Sciences (ES) Graduate Student Association (GSA). Due to increased interest in Exposure Science, Dr. Myers and colleagues co-founded the Rutgers Exposure Science Student Association (RESSA), for which she has been Vice President and President.

As an ESGSA officer, she developed a poster competition for Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students cosponsored by the Northern & Central New Jersey Section of the Air & Waste Management Association; now in its third year, the program she started has expanded to include NJIT and Stevens as well. She also spent the 2018-19 academic year as a formal Graduate Mentor Fellow for the Rutgers Honors College. Additionally, she spent two years as Vice President of the Rutgers chapter of Seeding Labs, an NGO supporting researchers in developing countries. She is also the current Treasurer and Board Member and former Vice President of Who is My Neighbor? Inc., an NGO enriching social and educational programs for members of the broader Rutgers and surrounding community.

Robock Elected to lead the AGU College of Fellows ...

Professor Alan Robock has been elected Chair-Elect of the College of Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU is the world’s largest professional organization of atmospheric, earth, and ocean scientists. The College of Fellows is has been organized to provide a venue where Fellows can contribute to the AGU and to society through specific activities. Selection as an AGU Fellow is reserved for only 0.1% of the membership each year. Prof. Robock became an AGU Fellow in 2011. He will serve for two years as Chair-Elect, 2021-2022, and then as Chair, 2023-2024, during which he will also be a member of the governing Council of the AGU.

Announcing New Environmental Sciences Department Chair: Donna Fennell

Dr. Donna Fennell has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences. Donna Fennell has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; and an MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She joined the department in 2002 after Postdoctoral and Research Associate appointments at Cornell and Rutgers.

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Senior Story: Scarlet Knight Spirit – Erica Weber (SEBS '20)

Erica Weber was interviewed about her experiences concerning the wide array of topics that is Environmental Sciences. Climate change, soils, water, air, hazardous and solid waste, and even toxicology are representative of the variety of the Environmental Science major.

During her interview with Newsroom staff, Erica said how much happier she was being an Environmental Science major here at SEBS, and her future plans. Read more!

Rutgers astrobiology course explores possibility of alien microbes on other planets and moons

People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools to find out. One of them is Nathan Yee, a Rutgers University — New Brunswick professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry and a co-investigator at Rutgers ENIGMA, a NASA-funded research team focused on discovering how proteins evolved to become the catalysts of life on Earth. Read More!

Weather Radar on Our Campus! ...

Visitors from NBC Universal joined faculty and students from SEBS and the Meteorology Undergraduate Program to celebrate the new weather radar on our campus. This celebration was featured on WNBC as shown here.

Storm Chasers ...

students taking photos of a storm

Students experienced a new 3-credit course taught by Steve Decker. The "Severe Weather Field Trip" was featured on Rutgers Focus. Steve Decker's storm chasing class allowed student to predict, observe, and analyze storms with the goal to understand the dynamics and thermodynamics that lead to some of the most beautiful yet complex atmospheric circulations on Earth.