Gov. Stevenson A. Joseph, Pohnpei State, Micronesia (center) pictured with Rutgers delegates Dena Seidel (2nd from left), Ramu Govindasamy (3rd from left) and James Simon (3rd from right) during a January 2024 visit to Micronesia.

Rutgers University Scientists in Micronesia to Advance Food Security Initiatives


Rutgers University scientists James Simon, RCEI Affiliate and Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Biology, and Ramu Govindasamy, professor and chair, Department of Agricultural and Food Resource Economics, and Dena Seidel, RCEI Affiliate and science communication researcher, paid a courtesy call on Governor Stevenson A. Joseph, Pohnpei State, Micronesia. The Rutgers delegation was joined on the visit by Micronesian officials Hubert …

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NJ Offshore Wind Industry Threatened by Economic Uncertainty, 2024 Presidential Election


Renewable energy companies in New Jersey face higher costs and legal challenges, making 2024 challenging for the offshore wind industry. Concerns about a potential change in the White House further threaten progress. Some developers have paused projects, while Rutgers University plans to deploy autonomous underwater robots to study the ocean’s impact on wind farms. Regarding Rutgers’ project, RCEI Affiliate, Josh …

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RCEI Affiliate Awarded Grant to Expand the Impact of Newark Community Food Systems


RCEI Affiliate Jeana Wirtenberg has received a research grant from Rutgers Equity Alliance for Community Health. Teaming up with Newark Science and Sustainability Inc., their project, Expanding the Impact of Newark Community Food Systems, targets health equity by addressing food access and security in economically challenged Newark, NJ communities.

Screenshot from the Offshore Winds Video.

Rutgers University Researchers to Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines


NJ Spotlight News covered a new Rutgers Project discussed by RCEI Affiliate Josh Kohut. The project consists of new offshore wind technology. At an offshore wind symposium Friday, Rutgers revealed goals to develop floating offshore wind turbines, as well as the Net-Zero Wind Energy Test Center, a warehouse-sized lab facility at the Jersey Shore.

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RUCOOL Awarded Gift to Enhance Global Exploration in the Caribbean Sea


Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) received a $250,000 gift from the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation to support climate, weather, and ecosystem research in the Caribbean Sea. “The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation has been an invaluable supporter of Rutgers and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS) in the development of glider technology to conduct long range …

A rendering of the interior of the proposed WET Center, where scholars from a variety of academic fields will explore the science and technology underpinning next-generation wind energy production. The S/L/A/M Collaborative

With Global Ambitions, Rutgers Engineers and Scientists Launch Wind Energy Research Center


Multidisciplinary collaboration involving three schools and multiple departments will combine efforts of environmental and marine scientists as well as engineers. A Rutgers research project focused on offshore wind energy is poised to make New Jersey a global leader in the field in a little more than a decade. The effort being launched by Rutgers researchers includes two key components: The …

Marine scientist Nicole Waite of the Rutgers Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL) explains to high school students from the Rutgers 4-H STEM Ambassadors program how ocean waters yield insights into climate change. The program connects students with Waite and other working researchers. Jennie Thomas/4-H Youth Development

Rutgers Is Making STEM Breakthroughs, One Student at a Time


A 4-H youth development program changes perceptions, making students insiders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Role models, often parents or other close family members, serve as crucial sources of inspiration for students engaged in making career choices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to research studies. A big part of what RCEI Affiliate Janice McDonnell is doing …