Romaine Responsible for E. Coli Outbreak

By Colleen Dabrowski Nineteen states have been affected by an outbreak of Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli, that Center for Disease Control (CDC) officials link to romaine lettuce harvested in Yuma, Arizona. Ingestion of a food item contaminated with E. coli often leads to illness within two to eight days after consumption, with symptoms ranging from diarrhea to stomach cramps to vomiting. According … Continue reading Romaine Responsible for E. Coli Outbreak

Forest Findings: Crocus

by Colleen Dabrowski Crocuses, or Crocus sativus, are flowering plants in the iris family. Comprising of over 90 species of perennials, crocuses can bloom in fall, winter and spring. Native to southern Europe, North Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, crocuses thrive in a variety of climates. A fall-blooming species of crocus is where the spice saffron comes from; the word crocus comes from … Continue reading Forest Findings: Crocus

Forest Findings: Daffodil

by Colleen Dabrowski With the start of Spring, plant life all across campus should start to bloom. The first sign of the seasons turning has been the early sprouting of daffodils. Daffodils are a hardy flower and one of the few species that can grow through snow. Narcissus is a genus of plants from the Amaryllidaceae family, commonly known as daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus or jonquil. … Continue reading Forest Findings: Daffodil

Forest Findings: Spruce Tree

Colleen Dabrowski Spruce trees are of the genus Picea, which is made up of over 35 species of coniferous evergreen trees from the family Pinaceae. Evergreen is a term to describe plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year. Coniferous refers to plants that bear their seeds in cones or as yews, a specialized seed that is carried in a berry-like fruit called an … Continue reading Forest Findings: Spruce Tree

Don’t Premed-splain to Me

By Colleen Dabrowski I am inherently skeptical about the medical field. It is built upon a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic foundation and continues those trends through today. Studies show that only those who have physician parents, family members or close family friends pursue medical degrees. I’m sure that your mom is a good doctor, but that doesn’t change the fact that the medical system is … Continue reading Don’t Premed-splain to Me

Forest Findings: Aerial Nest

by Colleen Dabrowski In North America, there are twenty two species of paper-making wasps. In New Jersey, there are two well-known paper nest makers: paper wasps and bald-faced hornets. Polisties, or paper wasps, are some of the best known aerial nest makers in the Hymenoptera order, which also includes bees and ants. The term aerial nest refers to nests built 10 feet to 20 feet … Continue reading Forest Findings: Aerial Nest

Forest Findings: Groundhog

by Colleen Dabrowski Groundhogs, called Marmota monax, are often also known as woodchucks. Groundhogs are large rodents known for their burrowing behaviors and destructive tendencies. They are about 20 inches long with a six- to seven-inch tail. Groundhogs weigh, on average, six to twelve pounds, according to Havahart. Groundhogs are native to central and eastern United States, as well as parts of Alaska and Canada. … Continue reading Forest Findings: Groundhog

Forest Findings: Red-tailed Hawk

Photo credits: National Audubon Society By: Colleen Dabrowski The Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, is the most common hawk in North America. They can be found all over, including in the West Indies. In fact, Jamaica was where the hawk was first studied, according to National Geographic. The habitat of the Red-tailed Hawk is varied; they can be found anywhere that provides high perches and large … Continue reading Forest Findings: Red-tailed Hawk

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Leadership Struggle

By Colleen Dabrowski The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is in the middle of a leadership battle that has politicians getting heated on both sides. The CFPB is an independent bureau funded by the Federal Reserve whose central mission, according to their website, is to “make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole […] protect consumers from unfair, … Continue reading Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Leadership Struggle