[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

April 20, 2015 | Vol. 18 | No. 28

In This Issue

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Announcements

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, 2 – 4 pm, Martin Hall, Room 210, Cook Campus, Tuesday, Larry Jacobs, University Career Services, Email:  best2u@rutgers.edu, Bring a draft of your resume.

04/19/15 - 04/24/15 - Starting on April 20th, Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA) is sponsoring a week-long series of events that aim to educate the student body about environmental issues. SEA is partnering with the Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign to establish the Rutgers University Earth Week Film Festival, the university’s first environmental film festival. In addition to screening films, S.E.A. will join in the Oceanography Club’s biannual passion puddle clean-up, sponsor a recycling drive for plastic bags and old shoes, and aim to spread the word about its two campaigns, Rutgers Ban the Bag and Stop SFI Greenwashing. Food Patriots is a documentary that explores the American food industry and looks at the ways people can change their habits to eat food that is fresher, healthier, and more sustainable. The filmmakers, a married couple, call people who are trying to change the American food industry food patriots. Their film chronicles the family’s own efforts to follow the food patriots’ example after their son gets sick from eating chicken contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant “super-bug.” Trashed, a documentary film narrated by Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons, shows the environmental destructive caused by everything that we throw away. Including shot after shot of once beautiful natural landscapers ruined by landfills, Trashed aims to make people remember where their trash really goes to.  For more information go to: http://rutgersuniversityearthweekfilmfestival.weebly.com/

4/21/15 - The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series presents The Hans Fisher Lectureship, "Perturbing the Early Life Microbiome and Its Consequences" on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The guest speaker will be Martin J. Blaser, M.D., from New York University Langone Medical Center and will begin at 10:45 AM.  Refreshments will be available at 10:30 AM. Registration is not required.

4/21/15 - Are you interested in good food, becoming a business owner, or perhaps even both? Come and hear a talk by Marvin Baum, the creator of the Chocolate World Expo, a show in the NY metro area with over 70 vendors per show, offering food and chocolate tastings and sales. Today, The Chocolate Expo has become the largest chocolate expo in the northeastern United States. He will be giving a talk on food entrepeurneruship and event production - the good, the bad, and the ugly! Accompanied with Marvin Baum will be celebrity Chef Larry Rosenberg of Bacon Bites, an extensive chef, local food celebrity, food inventor, and author (helped with Martha Stewart's "Wedding Book" to talk about his experiences in the industry). Dinner will be served at this event. Food Science Building Reading Room at 7:30pm on April 21

4/23/15 - Please come celebrate Earth Day at Rutgers with us!  We will be showing Shored Up on Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm at the Institute of Coastal and Marine Sciences (IMCS) followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and pizza/ice cream afterparty (bring your own bowl, spoon, cup!) Shored Up - Produced and directed by Ben Kalina - Film website with trailer. Funding for this event has been provided by Rutgers University Undergraduate Academic Affairs Educational Enrichment, Cook Campus Deans, and the Environmental Education Fund Event organized by the students in Limnology

4/24/15 - Speaker:   Tim Lenton, Chair, Climate Change and Earth Systems Science,  University of Exeter 
Title: “Anticipating and Avoiding Climate Tipping Points”
Date:  April 24, 2015
Time: 10:30AM
Location: Cook Campus, Rutgers University, Marine and Coastal Science , Alampi Room
Event cosponsored by the Rutgers Energy Institute and Institute of Earth, Ocean, an Atmospheric Sciences
Email contact:  bea@marine.rutgers.edu
More information on the series can found at: http://rei.rutgers.edu/

4/24/15 - The Aresty Research Center presents the 11th annual, university-wide, Undergraduate Research Symposium. A celebration of scholarship and creative activity, the Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present their research to an audience of faculty, friends, and family. All are invited! Friday, April, 24th 10:30am-2pm at the Livingston Student Center.

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.

4/29/15 - Do you like playing dodgeball? If you do, then come on out to the Exercise Science and Spot Management Club's 2nd Annual Dodgeball Tournament! It will be held on April 29th in the College Ave Gym at 7:30 p.m. Each team will consist of 8 people and must pay a fee of $40. That's only $5 per person! The winners will receive a cash prize! Come on out to relieve the stress of finals! See you there!

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


II. Announcements


    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. Pop-Up DOTS
    Have transportation feedback? Rutgers Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) will be “popping up” throughout the month of April to hear from you! Stop by the Administration & Public Safety tent to ask questions, provide your feedback, and receive information about our many programs and services.
    Upcoming Dates and Locations:
    Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Biel Road Transit Stop, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
    Wednesday, April 29, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Hill Center Transit Stop, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
    For more information, e-mail us at BikeRU@aps.rutgers.edu or find our event on Facebook!

  4. The Jensen Lab is looking for volunteers for another season of our Shad & River Herring Tagging Project. This project involves using a large seine net to catch fish in the Raritan River, identifying and measuring the fish caught, as well as tagging the shad and river herring. We use PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags to record the movement of fish through a fish ladder at a local weir (similar to a dam) where we have installed a set of antennas.

    We will be sampling several times a week along the Raritan River, and this presents a great opportunity for students to get involved in an active research project. Our lab needs volunteers to assist with pulling the seine, counting and identifying fish, recording data, and tagging fish. If you are interested in getting involved with this project (or would like to continue volunteering) please reply to Mario, our volunteer coordinator (mario.hndz05@gmail.com) with your contact information (name, email address, and cell phone number). Once we receive this contact information, we will forward you a link to sign up for sampling days.

    Sampling will occur late through late May/ early June. We will supply waders and lifejackets for all involved, as well as familiarize everyone with the equipment and procedures involved. We appreciate your help; this wouldn’t be possible without you!

  5. Rutgers University Libraries are eager to learn more about how we serve you. Do you use our spaces for individual study or collaborative group projects? How do you access and use our resources, both digital and analog? How do the staff and librarians at Rutgers help you complete your work and achieve your goals? We want to know!

    All members of the Rutgers community are invited to participate in the #myRUL Instagram Contest. Sharing your story is easy and fun. To enter, simply: post a photo of a library space, resource, or service on Instagram, include a descriptive caption, and tag your photo using #myRUL.

    Then, access the #myRUL web portal to view other submissions and vote on the best entries.

    The Rutgers student whose photo receives the most votes will win an iPad Mini. Additional prizes will be awarded to four student runners up. Be creative, have fun, and post as many pictures as you’d like!

    The contest begins today and will run through Thursday, April 30. Winners will be notified via Instagram on Friday, May 1.

    For full rules and guidelines, visit the contest portal.  With questions or for more information, contact Art Librarian Megan Lotts.
    Megan Lotts, MFA, M.L.I.S Art Librarian Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (848)932-7189 megan.lotts@rutgers.eduwww.meganlotts.com
    link to work in RUcore http://soar.libraries.rutgers.edu/bib/Megan_Lotts/like the Rutgers Art Library facebook page at www.facebook.com/rutgersartlibrary

  6. Nutrition lab at Rutgers University
    Seeks Indian men and women who are South Asian Indian
    Ages 18-29 years, BMI
    To study how diet and other factors influence development of heart diseases and diabetes.  
    What is included?

    ü Free analyses of blood cholesterol, glucose and fitness level. 
    üCompensation $15. 
     üAfter completion, optional healthy diet information. 

     Contact:   (848) 932-9734 or ruwtloss@gmail.com

  7. NJ Pace – Every Building Made Efficient and Powered by Renewable Energy


    Internships and Volunteer-to-Work Positions Available in 2015
    Volunteer-to-Work Positions in 2015
    We have a number of volunteer positions available, some of which may eventually lead to paying work for the organization. While mostly we have focused on recruiting “interns” — typically students looking for work experience in this exciting and emerging field — we are also interested in engaging adult volunteers for a variety of challenges, some of which could become economically-rewarding opportunities later this year. If you think you’d like to explore this option, please contact us through this site, or email vzelin@newjerseypace.org for more information. Internship positions are listed and regularly updated below.
    Internships for Summer 2015
    We’re looking for a number of interns, to help us with a range of challenges from web design and updating, to researching the latest trends in conservation and renewables, to working with energy contractors and property owners, to grant writing, and so on. These are (initially) unpaid internships, with the possibility of future employment — and the certainty of an interesting and useful experience. These positions were filled over summer 2014 by an extremely talented team, and we’re now looking for interns to help us this year.
    (1) Event Planning Interns
    The event planning interns will coordinate with senior staff to create a sports event to benefit the organization. The event will likely be a running race within the northern region of NJ. The Event Planning team will engage in all facets of planning for the event including but not limited to:
    Qualifications: Student in Digital Marketing and/or Public Relations or similar background with an interest in sports and the environment.
    For more information, or to apply, please contact Rafael Melendez at rmelendez@newjerseypace.org  or 908-419-2059 with your qualifications and interests.
    (2) Research and Analysis Interns
    We are interested in having one or more student interns working with us on data gathering, analysis, research, and such specific issues as

    • the market potential for PACE in New Jersey
    • measuring, verifying, and documenting energy improvements,
    • quantifying the costs and benefits of resiliency improvements,
    • measuring the impact of the program on jobs, costs savings, and reduction in carbon emissions

    For more information, or to apply, please contact Jonathan Cloud at jcloud@newjerseypace.org  or 908-581-8418 with your qualifications and interests.
    (3) Public Relations and Marketing Interns
    We’re looking for one or more PR and Marketing interns, to help manage our branding and outreach efforts. Responsibilities may also include web site management and/or development, preparation of collateral materials and press releases, and the planning and implementation of marketing campaigns. The big opportunity in the offing this year is to work with a professional PR firm, as we gear up for our statewide roll-out.
    For more information, or to apply, please contact Victoria Zelin at vzelin@newjerseypace.org or 908-507-3150 with your qualifications and interests.
    (4) Social Media Interns
    We’re looking for several Social Media interns, to design and execute a social media campaign to support the development of New Jersey PACE. Writing blog posts, Facebook pages, Twitter messages, etc. that help to educate civic officials, contractors, and the general public.
    For more information, or to apply, please contact Victoria Zelin at vzelin@newjerseypace.org or 908-507-3150 with your qualifications and interests.
    (5) Grant-Writing Interns
    We’re looking for one or more Grant-Writing interns, to research foundations, grants, sponsoring organizations, and other sources of nonprofit support, and work with us to submit grant applications.
    For more information, or to apply, please contact Jonathan Cloud at jcloud@newjerseypace.org or 908-581-8418 with your qualifications and interests.
    (6) Finance Interns
    We’re looking for one or more Finance interns, whose responsibilities will include everything from bookkeeping to budgeting, financial planning, and direct assistance to our CFO and Director of Finance.
    For more information, or to apply, please contact Gus Escher at gescher@newjerseypace.org or 609-683-1666 with your qualifications and interests.
    (7) Alliance Membership Interns
    We’re looking for Alliance Membership interns, whose role will include supporting our Alliance members, maintaining and updating Alliance information at our separate Alliance web site, contacting and working with our entire range of stakeholders, including energy contractors, property owners, municipal officials, lenders, and others.
    For more information, or to apply, please contact Jonathan Cloud at jcloud@newjerseypace.org or 908-581-8418 with your qualifications and interests.

  8. The Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences are very proud to invite you to New York City to attend the theatrical release of Antarctic Edge: 70º South at the Quad Cinema. The film opens on April 17 and runs through April 23rd.  The film premiered at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival on March 23 to sold-out crowds. This science adventure film features climate change research in the Western Antarctic Pennisula, the fastest winter warming place on earth. Filmed in the world's most perilous environment, Antarctic Edge brings to us the stunning landscapes and seascapes of Earth's southern polar region, revealing the harsh conditions and substantial challenges that scientists must endure for months at a time. While navigating through 60-foot waves and dangerous icebergs, the film follows them as they voyage south to the rugged, inhospitable Charcot Island, where they plan to study the fragile and rapidly declining Adelie penguin colonies. For Rutgers oceanographer Oscar Schofield and his science team, these birds are the greatest indicator of climate change and a harbinger of what is to come. Website: http://beyondtheice.rutgers.edu (contains the link for the trailer and tickets)