[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

February 19, 2018 | Vol. 21 | No. 22

In This Issue

  1. Happening This Week
  2. Other Upcoming Events
  3. Important Announcements


I. Happening This Week

2/20/18 - Tuesday - Button Making Event - The Chang Science Library is hosting its First Button Making Event on Tuesday, February 20, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Have questions? Contact Judit H. Ward, Science Librarian at judit.ward@rutgers.edu. The event link https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/events/button-making-chang-science-library

2/20/18 - Tuesday - Undergraduate Research Mixer 5:30-7:30 p. m. The Spring Undergraduate Research Mixer provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to be introduced to research programs by SEBS Faculty and staff. Some of these programs require research assistants and are sometimes paid positions. Undergraduates can be recruited for independent research projects or honors projects for the spring or fall semesters. Faculty and department staff will provide information about their projects and meet individually with students. The Research Mixer also includes groups outside Cook Campus that are interested in recruiting research assistants. Pizza will be served. Cook Student Center multipurpose room.

2/21/18 - Wednesday - Bakari Sellers, CNN analyst and Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party will be giving a James Dickson Carr Lecture as part of the 5th Annual Access Week Celebration. 6:30pm-9:00pm in the College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room.

2/22/18 - SEBS Study Abroad Info-Session. 6-7:30pm. As the deadline for study abroad and scholarship applications approaches, come learn about study abroad programs and related financial support specifically for SEBS students. Meet with former study abroad students to learn about their experiences, get to know the faculty of some of our SEBS faculty-led programs, and enjoy some free pizza! This event will be held in the Cook Student Center, G.H. Cook Room. Please remember that study abroad applications and SEBS Study Abroad Scholarship applications are due by March 1! For more information on applications, see the SEBS Office of International Programs' website: https://sebs.rutgers.edu/international/

2/23/18 - Friday - 2018 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival. Approx 80 min. http://www.njfilmfest.com/. Voorhees Hall #105, College Ave. Campus. Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick providing free food prior to all the New Jersey Film Festival Screenings!

2/24/18 - Saturday - 2018 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival. Approx 80 min. http://www.njfilmfest.com/. Voorhees Hall #105, College Ave. Campus. Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick providing free food prior to all the New Jersey Film Festival Screenings!

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


II. Other Upcoming Events

2/27/18 - Tuesday - Science Café. 10 AM. Talk about science in a relaxed social setting. Oscar Schofield from the Dept. of Marine & Coastal Sciences will lead a discussion on ‘Exploring Extremes On Our Planet: Spanning Frozen Polar Systems, the Deep Sea, and Hurricanes.’ Coffee and tea provided. IFNH Atrium (61 Dudley Rd).

2/28/18 - Wednesday - Clean Energy for a Better Future - 7pm, Cook Student Center MPR. Food and Water Watch and the Andrew Goodman Foundation will be hosting a panel discussion on climate change and potential policy solutions for NJ. At the event, students and the public will learn more about specific energy developments being proposed in their communities, including oil and gas pipelines and the renewed threat of drilling off the Jersey shore. Participants will have the opportunity to register to vote and get involved in grassroots organizing and advocacy on important environmental issues. RSVP here: https://go.offfossilfuels.org/event/action_attend/559

3/2/18 - Friday - Field Trip: TerraCycle (Campus-to-Careers) Friday, March 2, 2018 • 11:30 AM - 5:15 PM Location: Honors College Building. Explore the possibilities through the Campus-to-Careers Student Field Trip Series coordinated by University Career Services! During this trip, you will learn about various opportunities and network with professionals at TerraCycle. WEBSITE: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/ WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Students exploring careers in environmental science, environmental business economics, environmental policy, institutions, and behavior, engineering, business, supply chain/logistics, and marketing. Field Trips are for Rutgers-New Brunswick students only. REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Visit http://rutgers-csm.symplicity.com/events/TerraCycleSP2018 to register. A valid RUID number is required. Registration is not guaranteed. For additional information: Contact University Career Services at careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu

3/2/18 - Friday - Eating Disorders Symposium sponsored by the Nutrition Club. 2:00—5:00pm. This year's theme is Binge Eating Disorders. Refreshments from 1:30pm. Three noted speakers and much more. For more info and to register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eating-disorder-awareness-symposium-tickets-42773734391

3/2/18 - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour (RDHH) - 4:00 7:00 p. m. Cook Student Center. Students, faculty and staff can interact in a relaxing atmosphere. Come meet old friends and make new ones, and enjoy an evening of great food, live music with the Cook College Ramblers, fun and company. Everything is free except the beer/wine ($1-2/$3). Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff, along with your IDs. Co-sponsored by Cook Campus Dean and Cook Associate Dean of Students Offices, and the SEBS Governing Council. Bartending this month are Profs. Judy Storch & Mark Robson. See you there! Also at RDHH: Support Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH)! Bring a donation, &/or canned or boxed food item (no glass!) to the RAH table at Happy Hour--Learn how you can help in the fight to end food insecurity!

3/2/18 - Friday - New Jersey Film Festival. 7 PM. Free screening of Temptress Moon, film by Chen Kaige, 132 min. http://www.njfilmfest.com/. Voorhees Hall #105, College Ave. Campus. Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick providing free food prior to all the New Jersey Film Festival Screenings!

3/7/18 - Wednesday - Ice Age Late Night at the Rutgers Geology Museum: Wednesday, March 7th, 4-8pm. Come chill with us and learn about mastodons, saber tooth cats, and the many other creatures that roamed this planet during the Ice Age. Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of Ice Age themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages! Website: http://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/late-nights  

3/8/18 & 3/19/18 - Thursday & Friday - Paving the Way for STEM Women Entrepreneurs - March 8th and 9th Do you know how to protect your intellectual property? Do you want to learn more about the path from discovery to commercialization? Are you curious about the opportunities for funding and training to improve entrepreneurship skills? To find out join the WE STEM event in the afternoon of Thursday March 8th and the morning of Friday March 9th. Register early! Seating is limited. We expect to have a waiting list. Here is the link for event details and registration: https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_885MdVQCngPjpkh

4/4/18 - Wednesday - Darwin Late Night at the Rutgers Geology Museum: Wednesday, April 4th, 4-8pm. Join us as we explore the evolution of our ancestors and discover how species change over time! Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of evolution-themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages!  Website: http://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/late-nights 

4/28/18 - Saturday - Rutgers Day

5/2/18 - Wednesday - Ocean Exploration Late Night at the Rutgers Geology Museum: Wednesday, May 2nd, 4-8pm. Learn all about how scientists discover the secrets held beneath the ocean’s surface! Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of ocean-themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages! Website: http://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/late-nights 

III. Announcements


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


Green Print

Interested in joining the Green Print staff? Follow us on Facebook for meeting times, and to check out our latest edition!



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 are introduced. Participants are encouraged to find their preferred method. No previous experience required. Sponsored by CAPS (Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatry Services).

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


Rutgers Day Programs Due on Friday/Job Opportunities

Be sure to submit your Rutgers Day programs by Friday. If you have questions, contact the Rutgers Day staff at 848-445-1921 or rutgersday@rutgers.edu Rutgers Day is also seeking students to work during the event. Hourly rate is $11. Positions include sign distribution and collection, performance stage staff, R Garden staff, and load-in helper. Interested students should contact the Rutgers Day staff by March 2.


Resume Critique


Start Date is February 6, 2018, Tuesday. Any questions, call Career Services 848-932-7997.


Upcoming Science Café’s (all at 10AM in the IFNH Atrium):

Tuesday 2/27/18 Oscar Schofield, Marine Science, Antarctica and Climate Change

Tuesday 3/27/18 Joe Heckman, Plant Biology, Raw Milk


REI Summer Internships

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: REI website – http://rei.rutgers.edu/education-outreach-mainmenu-37/rei-summer-internship March 9, 2018 deadline


Call for Submissions: Energy Innovation Contest

Register Now The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) announces the Energy Innovation Contest inviting undergraduates to help reduce energy consumption at Rutgers. Awards will go to students who develop the best innovative plans to reduce energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the New Brunswick Campus. 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. 23, 2018, subject line: "Energy Innovation Contest." Details, application form and full rules, are available on the REI website >Outreach> Energy Contest (http://www.rei.rutgers.edu/). Proposals due March 27, 2018. Date: Register by sending an email of intent by Feb. 23rd. Proposals should be submitted on or before March 27, 2018


George Street Playhouse on Cook Campus

The world renowned theater company is now located at the Ag Museum on College Farm Road. Opening on January 30, American Hero: Christopher Demos-Brown’s gripping military drama American Hero asks challenging questions about the American ideal of heroism. The play runs from January 30 through February 25. Starting on March 13, Trying, a comic and touching play about communication across generations. Student tickets $15 at all times. For tickets & more info go to https://georgestreetplayhouse.org/?gclid=CKn3h-Wr19YCFdOFswodKq0OtA


International Research Experience for Undergraduates – Philippine PIRE Project

A unique summer research experience opportunity is available for undergraduate students with interests in marine biology and molecular ecology. This is a 9 week summer position beginning in June, 2018. REU program participants will join an NSF-funded PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) Project to examine genetic and species-level changes in marine biodiversity over a century of intense fisheries exploitation and habitat degradation in the Philippines. Based in Dumaguete, Philippines, the REU students will be introduced to cutting-edge molecular techniques and applications for improving our understanding of changes in marine fish biodiversity in time and space. Positions are open to rising full-time sophomore, junior or senior U.S. citizens or permanent residents attending Old Dominion University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, or Arizona State University. Competitive applicants will have a background in biological sciences (marine biology, genetics, statistics, or related) and a desire to conduct research among an international group of expert and early career scientists. Swimming proficiency is preferred and snorkeling experience is desired. Underrepresented minorities in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information please see websites for the Philippine PIRE Project REU Program and participating faculty departments listed below.

Applicants should send a brief email stating your interest in the position to Kristene Parsons (kparsons@odu.edu) and attach 1) an Application form, and 2) a copy of your college transcript. Two letters of academic reference should be requested by the applicant using the Reference Letter form. Applicants must ensure that reference letters are received by the deadline. Complete applications will be accepted until February 23, 2018. Selected students will be notified by early March. Please contact Kristene Parsons with any questions. Application and Reference Letter forms: https://sites.wp.odu.edu/PIRE/reu/



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

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 $11.00/hr), and mileage is reimbursed ($0.38/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, Somerset and southern Warren Counties
1 Full time:  Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and northern Burlington Counties

South Jersey:
1 Part time (20-25 hrs/week):  Salem and Cumberland Counties
1 Part time:  Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic and southern Burlington Counties
To receive an application or to set up an interview contact:

For North Jersey Positions:
Kris Holmstrom, Research Project Coordinator II
For South Jersey Positions:
Joseph Ingerson-Mahar, Senior Project Coordinator

To phone, or visit:
Pest Management Office
Thompson Hall, Room 104
96 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
(848) 932-9802
(732) 932-9751 fax