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Seminar Canceled ...

Scott W. Tyler, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada Reno, will deliver a seminar on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, 2:30PM in the ENRS building, room 223. The seminar title is: Antarctic Ice Shelf Stability: Monitoring Ice Shelf and Ocean Dynamics using Fiber-Optic Sensing . Here is the abstract. Come join us for this event!

Fall Meeting Open to All ...

The New Jersey Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (The Theobald Smith Society) presents its Fall Meeting Thursday, November 5, 2015

6:00 pm Refreshments available

  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Nicole Fahrenfeld
    Rutgers University
    "TNT . Watch Me Explode Biodegrade"
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Jennifer Krumins
    Montclair State University
    "The Microbial Community of Liberty State Park"
  • 7:30 pm . 7:45 pm Break
  • 7:45 pm . 8:45 pm
    Alexander Ploss
    Princeton University
    The Outstanding Young Investigator Awardee 2015
    "Deciphering the Host Range of Human Tropic Pathogens"
  • TSS Business Meeting Follows at 9 pm

The meeting will be held at the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, George H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The Meeting is Free and All Are Invited to Attend

Job Announcement ...

The Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability to conduct research in a university setting, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and mentor students. Here is the complete announcement.

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 ...

Students in Department of Environmental Sciences programs were among the winners of New Jersey Water Environment Association Scholarship Awards of $2500 each at the May 14 keynote session during the annual conference in Atlantic City.

From left to right: Anna Maria Penaherrera, Henry van der Vliet Award, B.S. in Environmental Science; Eric Tricocci, Sol Seid Award, B.S. in BioEnvironmental Engineering; Nirmala Mary Thomas and Julia Campbell , co-winners of the Louis Fontenelli Award, both M.S. in Environmental Science.

Wale Adewunmi (second from left), John J. LaGrosa Award, Ph.D. in Environmental Science, pictured with award namesake Jack LaGrosa (second from right), NJWEA President Rick Eustace (right), and Scholarship Committee Chair Professor Peter Strom (left).

Department of Environmental Sciences students won several awards at the recent (May 13) Poster Session (moderated by Professor Uchrin) at the 100th Annual Conference of the New Jersey Water Environment Association. Francis Jordan (advisor: Uta Krogmann) won first place in the Ph.D. level for his poster "Can the Inclusion of User Activities Improve Water Consumption Predictions?" Brenda Allen won second place in the Masters level for her poster "Toxic Compounds in Soil and Groundwater." Nicole Del Monaco and Dillon Swiderski Soto (advisor: Chris Obropta) won first place in the Bachelors level for their Poster "Impervious Cover Assessments: A New Tool for Promoting Climate Resiliency in New Jersey." The Poster Session was part of the Student Session whose Moderators included Professors Strom and Uchrin, County Agent Steve Yergeau, and alumna Jennifer Loudon.

The Aresty Research Center has selected as Best Poster in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) an entry by Daniel Hollerbach. The title of the poster is Genetic Characterization of bamA's Involvement in the Anaerobic Pathway for the Degradation of Natural Aromatics. Advisors: Professors Abigail Porter and Lily Young, Department of Environmental Science. The Aresty Research Center evaluated poster presentations at the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

More details and pictures can be found here.

And, here is the official announcement. Congratulations!

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.

In the news ...

Alan Robock received the Jule G. Charney Award at the American Meteorological Society meeting on Jan. 7, 2015. The citation is "For fundamental contributions toward understanding the climatic effects of stratospheric aerosols from volcanoes and other potential sources, and the role of soil moisture in climate." Congratulations!

Lisa Rodenburg receives the Excellence in Review Award from the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Congratulations!

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.

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 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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