Announcements:

Samantha Bova Named One of L’Oreal’s 2019 Women in Science Fellow

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Bova was one of five women in STEM that was awarded $60,000 by the beauty leader to advance important postdoctoral research

L’Oréal USA announced the recipients of the 2019 For Women in Science (FWIS) Fellowship, which annually awards five female postdoctoral scientists grants of $60,000 each to advance their research. This is the 16th year of the program, which to date has recognized 80 postdoctoral female scientists with over $4 million since 2003.

Samantha Bova, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, was honored for her research in paleoceanography which studies past changes to Earth’s climate in order to improve our current knowledge of how Earth will respond to future climate perturbations. The fellowship will provide Bova with funding for laboratory analyses and student lab assistance, allowing her to produce higher-resolution records of climate and icefield variability.

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The Deployment of Two Drifters from Pacific Gyre

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Two drifters from Pacific Gyre were deployed on Friday November 15, 2019.  The drifters were deployed as part of a validation experiment for the surface current products that Rutgers produces.  The drifters made several loops inside Raritan Bay then made landfall due to the northeast winds that struck the area over the weekend.

The data from the drifter will be used to calibrate the MARACOOS High Frequency Radar Network.

 

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Rutgers researchers set out to prove evolution of all life

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Using a computer and a protein synthesizer, Josh Mancini builds proteins that are supposed to resemble those that would have existed 4 billion years ago, before life arose on Earth.

He places millions of the tiny protein molecules, resembling white powder, into an oxygen-free chamber that mimics the conditions of the primordial Earth. He adds nickel – an element these pre-life proteins might have bonded with for catalysis to occur. And he tests to see if a similar reaction takes place in his chamber at Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of Marine Science and at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine Building.

If it does, that will mean Rutgers’ NASA-funded ENIGMA team has taken a step closer to understanding how life arose on earth, and the likelihood of its happening elsewhere.

ENIGMA is part of NASA’s focus on astrobiology – the study of whether extraterrestrial life exists, and whether we can find it. The Rutgers program focuses on a key astrobiological question: How did proteins emerge from the chemistry of the early Earth, and then evolve to become the basis of life itself?...

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