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Seminar ...

Weimin Sun, Rutgers University and Guangdong Institute of Eco-Environmental Science & Technology, China, will deliver a seminar on Friday, January 27, 2017, 2:30 pm in the ENRS building, room 223. The seminar title is: Soil communities affected by high levels of antimony and arsenic Here is the abstract. Come join us for this event!

In The News ...

Meteorology senior Alyssa Stansfield was recently profiled by the SEBS Newsroom as an example of collegiate excellence in the field. While a student at Rutgers, Alyssa has participated in a leadership workshop at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as well as an internship at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton. Read the entire profile.

Alumna and former Part-time Lecturer Dr. Lisa Zussman-Huguenin played an important role in the recent passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. See the short video, which includes her introduction of the President of the United States at the bill-signing ceremony!

Professor Christopher Uchrin has been elected to Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members. A link to the ASCE press release can be found here.

2016 Excellence Awards ...

The 2016 Excellence Award winners include Christopher Obropta (Outreach Excellence Award), and Weilin Huang (International Excellence Award). Congratulations! A Celebration of Excellence Luncheon will be held 12 noon - 1:30 pm, Thursday, April 21, 2016, Rectangle Room, Neilson Dining Hall. Please register for the luncheon here.

Alan Robock received from AGU the 2015 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for the journal Eos. Congratulations!


Annmarie Carlton has been selected to receive a 2015-2016 Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence award from Rutgers University.

John Reinfelder has been selected to receive a 2015-2016 Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award from Rutgers University.

Annmarie and John will formally receive the awards at a ceremony in early May. Congratulations!


Position Announcement ...

Rutgers University — New Brunswick seeks an accomplished scientist to serve as the Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiomes and Health. The successful candidate will conduct innovative research into how microbiomes function and how they impact human, animal, plant and/or environmental health. A fundamental understanding of how microorganisms assemble to form biomes and how their combined activities affect human and environmental health is pivotal to meeting many of the challenges that face humanity and Earth — from human health, to agriculture, to the overall health of the biosphere.

Here is the full announcement.

In the news ...

Congratulations to PhD candidates Arielle Catalano (Atmospheric Science), Michael Johnson, Allyson Salisbury and Sarah Wolfson (Environmental Sciences) for being selected to travel to China for the Rutgers University-Jilin University graduate student forum! Activities will take place in Jilin and Beijing and will provide an unique opportunity to promote the research conducted in the Department of Environmental Sciences.

Sarah Janssen, a PhD student in the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, received the 2016 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry given by the American Chemical Society (Environmental Chemistry Division). Congratulations to Sarah for this important achievement!

Please join us in congratulating Gedi Mainelis, the latest recipient of the Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award from the Air & Waste Management Association. The award, which was established in 1980, is given for distinguished achievement as an educator in some field of air pollution control. Gedi is the third recipient of this award who has been a member of the faculty of the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, following the late Raymond Manganelli (1983; the first recipient) and Joseph Soporowski (1989). More information on the award can be found here. Congratulations, Gedi!

Rutgers Trains the Next Generation of Meteorologists ...

Meteorologists can predict the future but do you know how they come up with their forecasts? Watch our video to find out how and learn about a one-of-a-kind program at Rutgers that helps students get their foot in the door of television broadcasting. Click here to learn more about the WeatherWatcher program at Rutgers. Also, check out the meteorology program website.

In the news ...

As part of an NSF grant, Annmarie Carlton makes a short documentary about the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) field study. Check it out here!

Also, Ann Marie Carlton is appointmented to a newly established ad hoc National Research Council committee on the future of atmospheric chemistry. This committee is tasked with identifying priorities and strategic steps forward for atmospheric chemistry research for the next decade.

Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) formally established ...

During the last 7 years, CUES has developed a unique interdisciplinary partnership between the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Landscape Architecture. CUES has supported students and faculty to engage in design, research and outreach that improves New Jersey's urban environment. On October 9, 2014, Executive Dean Bob Goodman announced that CUES is now officially recognized as a Center within the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

CUES partners with public and non-profit organizations to provide scientific, design, and engineering expertise to address urban environmental questions. The CUES mission is to bring the knowledge available through Rutgers University out into the communities of New Jersey.

CUES welcomes active participation and partnership by interested students and faculty. Please visit for project and contact information.

New Graduate Program ...

The Department of Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce that the Rutgers University Board of Governors, at its December 2013 meeting, approved our proposal for a new M.S. program titled Bioenvironmental Engineering! This exciting new program will provide a pathway for engineering graduates to further specialize in environmental engineering and represents a logical extension of the Department of Environmental Sciences' ABET accredited Undergraduate Program in Bioenvironmental Engineering.

A Rutgers University Graduate Catalog entry will be appearing in the upcoming revised edition. A website presence on the Department of Environmental Science's webpage is also under construction.

For further information, please contact Prof. Christopher Uchrin, Ph.D., P.E., who has been appointed Graduate Program Director of the new program.

Storm Chasers ...

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.

Ph.D. Fellowships in Environmental Science and Engineering ...

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program. The Environmental Sciences Graduate Program has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will support five new graduate fellowships for Ph.D. students. The GAANN Fellowships will support studies in the areas of Environmental Physics, Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering; all broadly defined. Click Here for More Information.

Assistant Research Professor Position Announcement ...

Non-tenure track, Assistant Research Professor - Calendar Year position, dependent on grant funds. Ph.D. in Bioenvironmental Engineering with expertise in biological processes required. The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability to conduct research in a university setting, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and mentor students.

Expertise is required in the area of bioremediation, bioaerosols and anaerobic digestion. The successful applicant will conduct research on the molecular analysis of airborne environmental microorganisms and in situ biodegradation processes and should be skilled in designing and executing experiments and maintaining and operating bioreactors. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate lab and classroom courses in bioenvironmental engineering and mentor students.

Requirements for the position - a minimum of four years research experience and post-doctoral degree required, plus laboratory and/or classroom teaching experience. Professional Engineer's license preferred.

To apply, please send a cover letter, C.V., and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Donna Fennell,

Review of applicants will close on April 1, 2016.

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