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In the news ...

Amy Hsieh, who is now a senior in Environmental Science, has been chosen to receive this year's Undergraduate Student Scholarship by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals ("NJSWEP"). The $2000 award is to be presented at NJSWEP's Annual Gala, to be held on June 13, 2017, at The Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey.

Three students from Environmental Science were presented Scholarship Awards on May 10 at the NJ Water Environment Association Conference Plenary Session.

  • Graduating senior Chelsea Abegg, winner of the Henry van der Vliet Award ($3000), is pictured (center) with Student Program Committee Chair Steve Yergeau (top), Scholarship Committee Chair Peter Strom (left), and Association President Tom Grenci.
  • Ph.D. student Haider Al Mnehlawi, who won the Kenneth S. Stoller Award ($3000), is pictured below (left) with the award's namesake.
  • Ph.D. student Yuwei (Cindy) Wang was co-winner ($1500) of the John J. (Jack) Lagrosa Award, and is also pictured below (right) with the award's namesake.
Congratulations to all 3 outstanding students!

Rutgers Day 2017!

Faculty and students from the Department of Environmental Sciences demonstrated the importance of protecting the environment at Rutgers Day. Our event "Ecstatic About the Environment" was great fun for all ages!

In The News ...

Alexandra Ramos, Graduate Associate in the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Alexandra is a student in the Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science working with Enrique Curchitser and admitted to the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research for the coming summer.

  • Alexandra was awarded one of only four nation-wide awards in the category of "Physical and Dynamical Meteorology".
  • NSF selected only 2000 out of the 13000 applications, which is a 15% success rate
Congratulations to Alexandra Ramos!

In The News ...

Dr. Jeffra Schaefer, Assistant Research Professor, was featured in a recent Rutgers Today story about her research on possible increases in methylmercury in the marine food web. Link to story

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.

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.

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 ...

Steve Decker, associate teaching professor in the Meteorology Undergraduate Program in the Department of Environmental Sciences, led his students on a two-week field trip to the Midwest as part of the summer session course, Severe Weather Forecasting. Here is more information and photos of the most recent trip. 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.

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