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DES Centennial Celebration

As part of the Centennial Celebration of the Department of Environmental Sciences (1920-2020), we are convening a virtual symposium Environmental Research: The Next 100 Years. This symposium will be held on six Fridays from Oct 2-Nov 13, 2020 and will culminate with a virtual panel discussion, Past, Present and Future Trends in Environmental Issues on November 18th, 2020 at 7pm.


Seminar ...

Christine Chiu, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, will deliver a seminar on Friday, October 23, 2020, 2:30 pm. Here is the Remote Live Centennial Symposium Link. The seminar title is Exploring cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions through a journey of photons. Topic: radiative properties of clouds and aerosols.
Here is the abstract. Come join us for this event!


In the news ...

Nirmala THomas Myers

Dr. Nirmala Thomas Myers is a recipient of the 2020 Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Achievement and Merit award in the category "Excellence in Leadership and Teaching". She graduated from Rutgers with her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences – Exposure Science in May 2020. During her time as a student, she has done exceptionally well academically, earning a 3.987 GPA. Her research work has likewise been outstanding with papers published in prestigious journals.

Dr. Myers was extraordinarily active and successful as a student leader. She has been vice-president of our Environmental Sciences (ES) Graduate Student Association (GSA). Due to increased interest in Exposure Science, Dr. Myers and colleagues co-founded the Rutgers Exposure Science Student Association (RESSA), for which she has been Vice President and President.

As an ESGSA officer, she developed a poster competition for Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students cosponsored by the Northern & Central New Jersey Section of the Air & Waste Management Association; now in its third year, the program she started has expanded to include NJIT and Stevens as well. She also spent the 2018-19 academic year as a formal Graduate Mentor Fellow for the Rutgers Honors College. Additionally, she spent two years as Vice President of the Rutgers chapter of Seeding Labs, an NGO supporting researchers in developing countries. She is also the current Treasurer and Board Member and former Vice President of Who is My Neighbor? Inc., an NGO enriching social and educational programs for members of the broader Rutgers and surrounding community.


Announcing New Environmental Sciences Department Chair: Donna Fennell

Dr. Donna Fennell has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences. Donna Fennell has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; and an MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She joined the department in 2002 after Postdoctoral and Research Associate appointments at Cornell and Rutgers.

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Senior Story: Scarlet Knight Spirit – Erica Weber (SEBS '20)

Erica Weber was interviewed about her experiences concerning the wide array of topics that is Environmental Sciences. Climate change, soils, water, air, hazardous and solid waste, and even toxicology are representative of the variety of the Environmental Science major.

During her interview with Newsroom staff, Erica said how much happier she was being an Environmental Science major here at SEBS, and her future plans. Read more!


Rutgers astrobiology course explores possibility of alien microbes on other planets and moons

People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools to find out. One of them is Nathan Yee, a Rutgers University — New Brunswick professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry and a co-investigator at Rutgers ENIGMA, a NASA-funded research team focused on discovering how proteins evolved to become the catalysts of life on Earth. Read More!


LED Lighting in Greenhouses Helps But Standards are Needed

Rutgers research reveals information gaps on LED lighting for indoor crops. Read more here.


"Legacy" Mercury Pollution Still a Problem in New Jersey Meadowlands Waters

Rutgers-led study shows the impact of decades-old upstream contamination. Read more here.


Read this article about accelerating changes in the climate and growing concerns. Scientists at the Rutgers Climate Institute are evaluating the peril on many fronts.


Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors Bestows Award of Excellence on NJAES Team Led by DES Professor. Leading the team was A.J. Both, extension specialist in the Department of Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with Robin Brumfield, extension specialist in the Department of Agriculture Food and Resources Economics. Read More.


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 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.