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News & Events

Seminar ...

James R. Fleming, Colby College, will deliver a seminar on Friday, September 26, 2014, 2:30PM in the ENRS building, room 223. The seminar title is: History of Atmospheric Research 1900-1960 . Come join us for this event!


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.


Faculty News ...

Dave Robinson receives the Rutgers College Class of '62 Presidential Public Service Award. This award, sponsored by the Rutgers College Class of 1962, recognizes distinguished service that reaches beyond the university community.


Faculty News ...

Dr. Lisa Rodenburg's work is highlighted in a recent issue of Scientific American. Dr. Rodenburg has been measuring banned PCBs in pigments that are used in all kinds of printing. Use of the printed materials, including paper and clothing, could lead to human exposure to PCBs. Little is known about the toxicity of PCB 11, the PCB congener most closely associated with pigments and printing.


Alumni News ...

As part of Dr. Lily Young's Graduate Seminar in Environmental Sciences class, Dr. Peter Strom arranged for four alumni to return and provide guidance in non-academic careers for current graduate students. From left to right (Rutgers degrees in parentheses; all Environmental Science unless noted): John Czapor (B.S. and M.S.; M.B.A.); Dr. Amita Oka (Ph.D.); Dr. Jorge Berkowitz (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.); John Smith (B.S. and M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering).


Alumni Profile ...

Alumni Jorge Berkowitz (CAES '68, GSNB-Env. Sci. '74 & '78), mentioned above, is profiled here. Jorge is a vice president of a major environmental consulting firm and a highly regarded expert in environmental and public health. He arrived at Rutgers in 1964 at a time when environmental science was just beginning to emerge as a field.


Student News ...

During finals week students from Professor Donna Fennell's Elements of Water and Wastewater Treatment course spent a cold, snowy morning at the Somerset Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority (SRVSA). The wastewater treatment professionals at SRVSA provided a tour and talked about careers in the wastewater treatment field.


Professors Lioy and Uchrin Listed as Top Authors in Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering. Microsoft Academic Search has listed Dr. Paul Lioy in the top 0.07% of Environmental Health authors in the world (41 out of 61, 339) and Dr. Christopher Uchrin as in the top 0.3 % of worldwide Environmental Engineering authors (58 out of 21,969). Dr. Uchrin was also rated in the top 0.7% of worldwide Environmental Health authors. Drs. Lioy and Uchrin were the co-founders of the joint UMDNJ/RWJMS-Rutgers University Ph.D. Program in Exposure Assessment, the first of its kind in the world. Dr. Lioy is currently the Deputy Director for Government Relations, EOHSI, and Dr. Uchrin is the Director of the Bioenvironmental Engineering Program, jointly administered by the Department of Environmental Sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the School of Engineering at Rutgers.


Student research opportunities ...

Laura Motta, a Rutgers chemistry major working with Environmental Sciences professor John Reinfelder, was one of a group of students participating in four-day scientific research symposium held in Brazil this past October. The 20th annual Simpósio Internacional de Iniciação Científica was presented by the University of São Paulo (USP). The Rutgers students joined over 3,600 USP students in presenting posters on their research at this four-day undergraduate scientific research symposium. Read More


Center officially recognized ...

The Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences (SEBS) is officially recognizing the Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES), a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Landscape Architecture. Initiated in 2006, CUES has engaged with New Jersey's environmental community, public agencies, and elected officials to provide scientific, engineering, and design support for urban/suburban initiatives that will increase the state's preservation and improvement of its environmental infrastructure. The diverse range of CUES projects can be seen at www.cues.rutgers.edu. CUES also provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research and Internships. Interested students should contact Dr. Ravit or Dr. Hoefer directly to discuss these opportunities.

Ravit web interview regarding oyster restoration and potential benefits for the New York/New Jersey Harbor

Ravit: NY/NJ Baykeeper "Running With Scissors Award" for CUES oyster research


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.


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