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November 2017   
Professor is Working to Ensure Your Nutella Supply

For all Nutella fans - relax. In spite of worries about a Nutella shortage, supplies of your Tom Molnar tasty treat are likely safe, thanks to the work of Tom Molnar CC'00, GSNB'06, a professor in the Department of Plant Biology.

Molnar and his team of researchers have developed a hazelnut tree that can thrive in New Jersey and the Northeast. Hazelnuts, as you fans know, are the key ingredient in the Nutella spread. They are grown commercially -- and in limited supply -- in the mild climates of eastern Turkey and a valley in Oregon. Molnar's hazelnuts can survive harsher conditions and are a potentially lucrative crop for farmers in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions in addition to a possible source of hazelnuts for the Nutella brand. Read more about this breeding program at Rutgers Today.
Look for Your Fall Edition of Explorations Magazine

Explorations cover
On the cover: Justen Beneduce Hiles SEBS'08, John Cifelli SEBS'09, Rich Heritage SEBS'08, and Scott Quarella SEBS'13. Photograph by John O'Boyle.
Sometime after your Thanksgiving feast and Black Friday shopping, plan to relax with the new Explorations, the School's magazine for alumni, donors, and friends.  
This issue will feature several alumni, including graduates who are making a name for themselves in the wine business and three young alumni on the "fast track" in their respective jobs. Also highlighted are six members of the new Class of 2021, four new faculty, current research updates, a new donor-supported agribusiness scholars program, and a mouth-watering look at the new dining hall options for students. Located at the center of the magazine is a two-page view of the new Lester R. Brown AG'55 Reading Room, a gift to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.  
Explorations should arrive in your mailbox on about the first of December and will be posted on the Discovery website at that time. Happy reading and happy Thanksgiving!
See Kathleen Turner on Campus at George Street Playhouse

Stage and screen celebrity Kathleen Turner will be starring in " An Act of God" at the Kathleen Turner former New Jersey Ag Museum, 103 College Farm Road in New Brunswick, now the temporary home of the George Street Playhouse.

This comedy ("deliriously funny," says the New York Times) will run from November 28 to December 23. A block of tickets for alumni and friends has been reserved for the show on Friday, December 15, 2017; the 8 p.m. performance will be preceded by a special tour and talk arranged by the theater and the School's Division of Advancement.

Tickets are $85 and must be purchased by December 1, 2017, by calling the Box Office at (732) 246-7717. Please mention that you are part of the alumni group.
Bob Goodman to Host Retired Faculty on December 7

Poinsettia on sale Executive Dean Bob Goodman will welcome guests at the annual Retired Faculty Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, 2017, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Rectangular Room of Neilson Dining Hall on the G.H. Cook campus. An autumn-themed buffet menu is planned, and guests will receive a traditional holiday poinsettia fresh from the School's greenhouses.
The event is free for retired faculty and spouse/guest. Please RSVP by calling Yolanda Carden at 848-932-3572 or emailing
Upcoming Events
November 18, 2017 -- Rutgers football vs. Indiana University  at Bloomington, IN

November 25, 2017 -- Rutgers football vs. Michigan State University, 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium

November 28, 2017 -- "Act of God" begins its run at the George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick (see story above)

December 1, 2017 -- Winter Farmers Market begins at Rutgers Gardens, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday through December 22

December 7, 2017 -- Retired Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rectangular Room, Neilson Dining Hall (see story above)
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The Discovery Newsletter is brought to you by the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement, a unit of the Division of Advancement of the Office of the Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Please visit our website at Contact the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement at 848-932-4215 or
Diana M. Orban Brown, Director