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Janice McDonnell and the ENIGMA (Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors) project led by Rutgers scientists, launched another interactive K-8 Family Science Night entitled “Exploring Life on Other Planets”, at the McKinley School in downtown New Brunswick, NJ. The Family Science Night event centered on a relatable curriculum for the whole family through five different astrobiology-themed stations. Scientists from the ENIGMA project shared their experiences with this exciting and cutting-edge research in the hopes of inspiring young scientists in research.

Students learn about researching life on other planets
BY Briana Vannozzi, Correspondent | May 14, 2019, 4PM EST

Kids from the McKinley Community School in New Brunswick were back in class after hours getting into existential topics — like where did life on Earth begin, and could it possibly exist elsewhere? Rutgers scientists with the NASA-funded Enigma Project were at the school to share scientific discoveries and research with students. ENIGMA stands for Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors, which is a really long name to describe how researchers are studying life in the universe. As part of the project, researchers perform science outreach for Kindergarten through eighth graders to hopefully inspire the next round of scientists.

National Oceanography Center and Rutgers University representatives visit CIM


On December 5, representatives from Rutgers University of New Brunswick (USA) and the National Oceanography Center of Southampton (UK) visited the facilities of the Maritime Instrumentation Center at the Seixal Watershed.
This visit aimed to explore the conditions existing at the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute for a partnership in the construction and operation of a glider laboratory.


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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


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.