[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

February 23, 2015 | Vol. 18 | No. 21
http://ccwn.rutgers.edu/
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In This Issue

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Announcements
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I. Upcoming Events

Want your club/organization events listed here? Anyone can submit information for publication through the online submission form located at: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~acampbel/ccwn.htm or by submitting items directly with an email to studentmail@aesop.rutgers.edu..

Follow the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences on Facebook  http://facebook.com/RutgersSEBS & on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RutgersSEBS.

Every Tuesday - Drop-In Hours & Resume Critique with Larry Jacobs, Career Development Specialist, TUESDAYS, 1 – 4 pm, Martin Hall, Room 210, Cook Campus, Starting February 10, Tuesday, Larry Jacobs, University Career Services, Email:  best2u@rutgers.edu, Bring a draft of your resume.

2/23/15 - SEBS Governing Council Meeting - Everyone is welcome to join our meeting at 8pm CCC room 202 on every other Monday to express your opinions of SEBS.

2/26/15 - RU Salsa is having a Mardi Gras Dance Social Thursday, February 26th 2015, at the College Ave Gym Lower Studio from 8-11 pm!  DJ Kelez will be playing all types of Latin dance music and refreshments will be sold! Come join us for a night full of dance and fun! Entry Price: RU Salsa Member-$1, RU Non Member Affiliates(students/faculty/staff)-$5. See you all there!

2/27/15 - Speakers:   Yao Zhao, Associate Professor, Det. Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences, Rutgers Business School, Title: Breaking the Vicious Cycle – A Supply Chain Management Perspective on Pakistan’s Energy Crises, Date:  Feb. 27, 2015, Time: 10:30AM, Location:  Marine and Coastal Science Building, Alampi Room, Email contact:  bea@marine.rutgers.edu, More information on the series can found at: http://rei.rutgers.edu/

3/2/15 - The GREEN Program: the experiential education program for future renewable energy and sustainability leaders. Join us on Monday, March 2nd at 7pm in ENR 223 to hear from RU program alumni about their experiences in Iceland! http://thegreenprogram.com/

3/6/15 – Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
You’re welcome to join us!  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour creates opportunities for faculty and staff to interact in a relaxing atmosphere. Responsible Drinking Happy Hour seeks to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom as well as build a foundation for the learning community.   It also seeks to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. Please join us and enjoy an evening of delicious food, assorted beverages, good music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and/or make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer. Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff member along and your IDs.  Hope to see U there!

3/6/15 – SEBS MOVIE NIGHT – Immediately following the March 6th Happy Hour, SEBS will host its first Movie Night at 7 p.m., at the Cook Student Center, Multi Purpose Room, featuring “Big Hero 6.”  This is a fun, free evening sponsored by the Celebrations & Traditions Committee of the SEBS Student Ambassadors Program.  We hope you can join us!

3/7/15 - First-year students are invited to apply for the Aresty Summer Science program. This intensive, full-time research experience is highly competitive. $3000 stipend and housing provided. Deadline to apply is March 7. Projects and application info can be found at https://aresty.rutgers.edu/our-programs/summer-science-program

3/28/2015 - Experience greatness with TEDxRutgers at our annual conference to celebrate the innovation and creativity of our community. Applications for the event are now live. Tickets are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. 1) Visit www.tedxrutgers.com 2) Click "Apply to Attend" on the menu 3) Share with us why you should be able to attend TEDxRutgersU" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbQa5KUmDUk

4/3/15 – Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
You’re welcome to join us!  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour creates opportunities for faculty and staff to interact in a relaxing atmosphere. Responsible Drinking Happy Hour seeks to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom as well as build a foundation for the learning community.   It also seeks to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. Please join us and enjoy an evening of delicious food, assorted beverages, good music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and/or make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer. Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff member along and your IDs.  Hope to see U there!

4/10/2015 - A symposium on Global Climate Change and Inequality: Local to Global Perspectives
Friday, April 10, at the Rutgers College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room. This symposium will explore the state-of-the-art thinking and research on the problem of inequality linked to expected global climate change and related environmental disasters that occur in different locations and cultures. Join us for a day of exploring who is likely to be affected by a changing climate and related disasters, in what ways they will be most vulnerable, and how might those vulnerabilities be addressed through various social actions, including policies and planning. For more information and to RSVP, please visit http://climateinequality.weebly.com. This event is free and open to the public.

4/25/15 - Rutgers Day will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Visit the Rutgers Day website, http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu/, to submit a program for your club or organization.  The program submission period will remain open until February 15, 2015.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss programming ideas, please contact Patty Kastner at rutgersday@ucm.rutgers.edu or 848-932-0592.

5/1/15 - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
Yes, it’s the last one for the semester! Join us as we celebrate with our graduates.  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour creates opportunities for faculty and staff to interact in a relaxing atmosphere.  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour seeks to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom as well as build a foundation for the learning community.   It also seeks to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere.  Hope it did that for you. Feel free to join us and enjoy an evening of delicious food, assorted beverages, good music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and/or make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer. Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff member along and your IDs.  Hope to see U there!

Looking for More Events on Campus and at Rutgers?
SEBS Calendar | G. H. Cook Campus Calendar | Rutgers Calendar

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II. Announcements


  1. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

    Mindfulness is the art of becoming a compassionate observer of your own experience. Meditation practice helps us to achieve mindfulness and reduce stress. All are welcome, whether you are a beginner or have been practicing meditation for years.  Several techniques will be introduced. Participants are encouraged to find their preferred method. No previous experience required. Sponsored by CAPS  (Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatry Services).

    No registration necessary
    OPEN to students, staff and faculty.
    Every Thurs 12.00-1.00
    Douglass Campus Center Room C.

  2. The City of New Brunswick has a free app, MyWaste, to keep residents up to date on garbage and recycling schedules, set reminders, get alerts on schedule changes, etc.: http://ow.ly/BfMkQ 

  3. Call for Submissions: Energy Innovation Contest
    The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) announces an Energy Innovation Contest inviting undergraduates to help reduce the energy consumption at Rutgers to make the university carbon neutral by 2030. Three prizes ($2,500, $1,500, $1,000) will be awarded. REI asks faculty to identify students who may be interested in this opportunity. Open to all New Brunswick Undergraduates. Register by sending an email indicating intent to submit an entry to Beatrice Birrer at bea@marine.rutgers.edu no later than Feb. 27, 2015, subject line: "Energy Innovation Contest." Details, application form and full rules, are available on the REI website (http://www.rei.rutgers.edu/). Proposals due March 23, 2015.
    Date: Register by sending an email of intent by Feb. 27h.  Proposals should be submitted on or before March 23, 2015
    Location: Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus
    Email Contact: bea@marine.rutgers.edu

  4. SEBS students! Apply for your Internship Excellence Award, March 11: Application deadline. See below for the information.

    Click on this link:     https://careers.rutgers.edu/page.cfm?page_id=441

    Rutgers Internship Excellence Awards

    The Rutgers Internship Excellence Award, sponsored by University Career Services was created to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions Rutgers undergraduate students have made at their internships.  Winners of the universitywide awards will be chosen by an awards committee and will receive $200, will be featured on the UCS website and in other media, and will be highlighted to employers at the New Jersey Statewide Career and Internship Fair on May 1, 2015. 

    Top candidates will be part of a community vote to compete for the ultimate award of Rutgers Top Intern.

    Winners of the Rutgers Internship Excellence awards will be chosen by an award committee consisting of staff and faculty at Rutgers who value the importance internships play in helping students gain critical skills and experience to help them achieve their post-graduation goals. 

    PROGRAM TIMELINE
    November 7: Application cycle opens
    March 11: Application deadline
    April 3: Winners notified and receive $200 award and schedule to participate in video/interview/photo shoot at UCS
    April 3-22: Voting for the Rutgers Top Intern Award
    April 24: Rutgers Top Intern Award announced

    Award Categories

    University Career Services will confer seven $200 awards for the following categories:

    • RICP Internship
    • RICP Internship, non-profit
    • Business & Communication Career Cluster
    • Education & Public & Human Service Career Cluster
    • Food, Environmental, Natural Resources & Agriculture Career Cluster
    • Health, General Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Math Career Cluster
    • Arts & Entertainment Career Cluster

    UCS and the Rutgers Internship Excellence Award Committee will assign a category to each application.  Applicants can win one award.  Top candidates will be part of a community vote to compete for the ultimate award of Rutgers Top Intern.

    Eligibility Criteria

    The Internship Excellence Awards are open to all candidates that meet the criteria below. 

    • Applicant must be a Rutgers University-New Brunswick, undergraduate student currently enrolled in a degree program
    • Applicant must have participated in an internship during the spring 2014, summer 2014, or fall 2014 semesters. 
    • Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.
    • Applicant must be graduating May 2015 or later
    • Applicant must have completed an internship of at least 8 weeks and at least 120 hours
    • Applicant must apply by March 11, 2015
    • Applicant must have a CareerKnight account

    How to Apply
    To apply, log into your CareerKnight account and go to the “Events, Workshops & Contests” tab and select “Fairs, Major Events & Contests.”  Select “RU Internships Excellence Awards 2014” from the “Fairs, Major Events & Contests” list.  You will need to complete the online form in one session.  The system will not allow you to save answers and return to the form.  In order to complete the online form you will need to provide information about your internship site and answer questions about your internship experiences.
    Internship site information required:

    • Internship site name, web site and address
    • Internship supervisor name and contact information
    • Internship start & end dates and total internship hours completed 

    Questions to be answered in the online form about your internship experience are below.  You can cut and paste your answers from MS word into the online form.

    • Write a brief description about your internship organization.
    • What projects and assignments did you complete?
    • What is your proudest accomplishment from your internship?
    • What new skills and abilities have you developed from your internship?
    • How did you stand out as an intern?
    • What knowledge or skills from your course work were helpful on the internship?
    • How have your career development and goals been affected as a result of your internship?
    • Why should you be awarded the Rutgers Internship Excellence Award?

    Best wishes! Contact University Career Services or Larry Jacobs with any questions.

  5. The Jerome Goldstein Scholarship for EcoEntrepreneurs will support student research interns at the EcoComplex - Rutgers University’s Clean Energy Innovation and Environmental Research & Extension Center, during Summer 2015.

    The Goldstein Scholarship was established to support student interns working on projects that integrate “Sustainability”, “Innovative Clean Energy Systems”, “Waste Management Technologies”, “Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)”, “Energy-Water-Food Nexus” concepts and/or Environmentally-Based Enterprise development.

    Scholarships will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students based on academic merit.  The full-time internships will run from June through August 2015, and be based at the EcoComplex in Bordentown, NJ.  The internships will be designed such that the students will gain valuable scientific, technical and entrepreneurial experience in one or more of the areas mentioned above.

    Interested students must apply by March 20, 2015.  Applications for the Scholarship are available on the EcoComplex website: http://ecocomplex.rutgers.edu or by contacting Dr. Serpil Guran, Director, EcoComplex, at guran@aesop.rutgers.edu or 609-499-3600 x4225.

  6. Beekeeping Workshop at the EARTH Center

    The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a free introductory workshop about beekeeping. Introduction to Beekeeping is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.  Come learn the basics about establishing a hive on your own property.

    With the pressures leading up to the recent “Colony Collapse disorder” outbreak, it has been said that hobbyist beekeepers have made a positive impact on the Honeybee population. The EARTH Center would like to help spark any resident’s interest in this age old environmental stewardship practice.
    “This is another standout course from the EARTH Center,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I hope the focus on the environmental benefits of beekeeping will lead to improvements throughout the County.”
    “This class should generate a lot of interest in beekeeping, and allow those who have never thought about this practice to understand its purpose and importance,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

    A supply of catalogues will be on hand to demonstrate the materials necessary. Also to be discussed will be garden plants that can serve as pollen sources when naturally occurring sources are not easy to find in our area. Weather permitting, the lecture will be followed by a brief walk outside.

    There are plenty of gardening topics and areas that benefit from off-season research, so feel free to call the Master Gardener Helpline even in the fall and winter at 732-398-5220 for assistance in Middlesex County. Residents of other counties can find their Rutgers Cooperative Extension office and helpline at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/mastergardeners/helplines.asp .
    Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required at 732-398-5262 by March 4. No “walk-ins” are permitted. The size of these classes is limited, so register early to ensure a space.
    For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

  7. The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) offers summer internships to a select group of motivated undergraduate students. They are intended to help students understand the breadth of the energy challenge, from the environmental impacts that motivate the transition, to the technological innovation needed to create a viable new system and the socio-economic, policy and energy system frameworks necessary to enable wide-spread deployment. To that end, REI will support students working on research projects that address more than one of these elements: for example, examining novel solar photovoltaic technologies and how they might be integrated into the grid, or the geological potential of carbon sequestration and political barriers to its deployment.

    Eligibility: You may apply if you are currently an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior at any school in Rutgers University. No previous research experience is necessary, and you do not need to be a science or engineering major to apply. Students are expected to work full-time (40 hours/week) for the duration of the program, so participation is not compatible with attending summer school. 
    Application Submission Guidelines: go to REI website - http://rei.rutgers.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=168&Itemid=42
    March 13, 2015 deadline

  8. SUMMER JOBS AVAILABLE

    The Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension
    Vegetable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program has:

    FIELD TECHNICIAN
    Positions available statewide

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Field Technicians are trained and supervised by Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension IPM personnel to monitor vegetable crop pest and disease levels on farms.  Technicians work directly with vegetable growers, enabling growers to develop management strategies for crop pests. 
    Additionally, technicians participate in research projects designed to further environmentally sound pest management strategies.  Field technicians will gain excellent field experience for careers in agriculture, entomology, plant pathology, environmental science, and other science related disciplines.  Hours may be full or part time, wages are based on education and relevant experience (starting at $10.00/hr), and mileage is reimbursed ($0.575/mi).  Use of your own vehicle is required.  Rutgers students and others may be eligible for college credit for this work experience through the Cooperative Education Program or related program at their college.  A biology, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, or agriculture background is highly desirable but not essential.  This job requires physical activity in all kinds of weather conditions.  Current positions are available in the following areas:

    North Jersey:
    1 full time:  Hunterdon, Mercer and Somerset Counties
    1 full time:  Sussex, Warren and Morris Counties
    To receive an application or to set up an interview contact:

     

    For North Jersey Positions:
    Kris Holmstrom, Research Project Coordinator II
    Holmstrom@aesop.rutgers.edu
     
    To phone, or visit:
    Pest Management Office
    Blake Hall, Room 243
    93 Lipman Drive
    New Brunswick, NJ  08901-8524
    (848) 932-9802
    (732) 932-9751 fax