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Seminar …

Clarissa Kroll, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, will deliver a seminar on Friday, October 7, 2022, 2:30 pm. Seminar will be in the ENR building, room 223 or this Remote Live option. The seminar title is The impact of volcanic aerosol heating on stratospheric water vapour and convection. Here is the abstract. Come join us for this event!


Faculty Cluster Hire!

The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions within a new faculty cluster: Advancing STEM Diversity in Environmental Engineering - Urban Environments, Health, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice (https://academicaffairs.rutgers.edu/strategic-diversity-cluster-hires). The goal is to hire six Assistant Professors as part of the cluster who will increase the diversity of the Rutgers University STEM Faculty. The cluster is supported by the Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative from the Office of the President.

Here is the full announcement


Alan Robock Receives the 2022 Future of Life Award

Alan Robock Receives the 2022 Future of Life Award - photo by Edwina Hay Distinguished Professor Alan Robock, Department of Environmental Sciences, received the 2022 Future of Life Award from the Future of Life Institute on August 6 "for reducing the risk of nuclear war by developing and popularizing the science of nuclear winter." He shares the award with fellow nuclear winter pioneers John Birks, Paul Crutzen, Jeannie Peterson, Carl Sagan, Georgiy Stenchikov, Brian Toon, and Richard Turco. Each awardee received a plaque and a $50,000 prize. The Future of Life Institute is a nonprofit seeking to reduce extreme, large-scale risks from transformative technologies. It also aims for the future development and use of these technologies to be beneficial to all life.

Read the full story at the SEBS Newsroom


Sunlight dissolved rocks on the early Earth

Professor Nathan Yee published a study in Science Advances showing that ultraviolet light from the Sun can dissolve the mineral pyrite. The new findings suggest that chemical elements released by this photochemical reaction was an important source of nutrients to the early biosphere. See the research article here: Anoxic photochemical weathering of pyrite on Archean continents


Student lands coveted internship

Jeremy Lewan Jeremy Lewan graduates this spring following a coveted internship with NBC News working daily with Al Roker. Lewan, who often worked from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m., also produced the maps Roker used during his forecast and researched and wrote weather stories for the network’s website. "Jeremy was one of the best, if not the best, interns I’ve ever worked with just because of his willingness to learn," says Kathryn Prociv, senior meteorologist and producer in the NBC News Climate Unit. Read More in Rutgers Today


Senior Profile in the news

Morgan Mark Donna Fennell, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences, saw firsthand the passionate wildlife enthusiast Morgan Mark, Rutgers Honors College graduate with a dual degree in Bioenvironmental Engineering from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) and School of Engineering. Read the full story at the SEBS Newsroom


SEED wins AWWA filter contest

SEED Team Members 2022 Congratulations to Students for Environmental and Energy Development (SEED) who won first prize at the 7th Annual New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association Student Filter Building Competition. Team members (pictured) included Anna Kostoreva, Justin Jaje, Shreya Patil, Allison Nevulis, Lakshmi Viswanathan, and Amulya Nagella.


Alumni in the news

Alumna_Toyosi_Dickson Alumna Toyosi Dickson (SEBS’20) Reflects on her Journey to Environmental Justice. Since being at the University of Michigan SEAS (School for Environment and Sustainability)' Toyosi worked with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Environmental Fellows Program. As a research assistant for the Energy Equity Project, Toyosi designs and facilitates collaborations between stakeholder groups of the energy sector, community groups, and federal regulators to help build an equity framework to guide the clean energy transition. Read More Here


Position announcement: Assistant Professor in environmental engineering

The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in environmental engineering working at the interface of atmospheric science, air quality, and sustainability, with a focus on local and regional air quality issues related to atmospheric conditions and climate change.

Here is the full announcement.


Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University has recently been awarded four Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN).

We are currently recruiting applicants that are US citizens or permanent residents that wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree in all areas of Environmental Sciences including the Environmental Engineering and Exposure Science options. All are encouraged to apply, with particular emphasis on students from underrepresented groups (including minorities and women).

Fellowships will start in the Fall Semester 2022 and will cover up to three years of stipend (up to $34,000/year), tuition, and fees. Subject to satisfactory academic performance, students will be supported until they receive their Ph.D. For more information on this opportunity, visit our website and/or contact Professor Lisa Rodenburg at lisa.rodenburg@rutgers.edu


Rutgers Receives NOAA Honored Institution Awards for 125 Years of Service

NOAA’s National Weather Service has selected Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as a recipient of the 2021 Honored Institution Awards for 125-Years’ Service for 125 years of distinguished service to the Nation through the Cooperative Observer Program (COOP program). Read more at the SEBS/NJAES Newsroom


Mercury in Tuna as a Global Pollution Index

Professor John Reinfelder is an author on a study published in PNAS showing that mercury accumulation rates in bluefin tuna may be used as a global pollution index that can reveal patterns of mercury pollution and bioavailability in the oceans, natural and human caused emissions and regional environmental features." See the story here: Bluefin Tuna Reveal Global Ocean Patterns of Mercury Pollution


Rutgers Climate Institute on Hurricane Ida's Historic Flooding

Professor Anthony Broccoli, co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute was recently interviewed by NJN News and discussed Hurricane Ida's historic flooding, climate change and more. See the interview here: Devastating Storms are Happening More Often. Why?


4+1: Get your B.S. and M.S. degrees together in only five years!

Find out about 4+1 programs:
Meteorology/Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Bioenvironmental Engineering


The Department of Environmental Sciences is Awarded a 2020 Governor’s 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 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 Governor's Environmental 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!


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 3-credit course taught by Steve Decker. The "Severe Weather Field Trip" was featured on Rutgers Focus. The "storm chasers" could predict, observe, and analyze storms understanding the dynamics and thermodynamics leading to some of the most beautiful yet complex atmospheric circulations on Earth.