[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

January 26, 2015 | Vol. 18 | No. 17
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.

1/28/15 - SEBS Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Society
OPEN TO ALL SCHOOLS. The SEBS Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Society is a group dedicated to providing resources and advice to those students pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry and more!  Some resources include shadowing, volunteering, and research opportunities; Kaplan MCAT and DAT discounts, course information, practice tests; guest speakers from medical and dental schools and much more! Come out and meet the members at our first meeting on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28TH at 8:30pm in the George H. Cook room in the Cook Student Center! Hope to see you there!  Join us on Facebook for updates.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/495461897219617/.

2/2/15 - Universities as Anchor Institutions: Understanding our "Place"  -  5:30 pm  Monday, February 2 
Cook Student Center MPR  -  pizza will be provided. Chancellor Cantor will discuss her town-gown engagement initiatives, such as the Connective Corridor and the Near West Side Initiative at Syracuse, her thoughts on how such engagement efforts might work in New Jersey, and more generally on the role of universities as “anchor institutions” in their communities. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University - Newark, is known for her work on the role of universities as anchor institutions in their communities.  Before coming to Rutgers, she spearheaded investments in Syracuse neighborhoods, sustainable urban development, and interdisciplinary scholarship that created connections between Syracuse University and the city of Syracuse.  She has lectured and written extensively on this topic. Recognition includes the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award and American Council on Education's Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award.  Sponsored by Dept. of Landscape Architecture, SEBS Executive Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Cook Campus Dean.

2/3/2015 - Carbon Shock: How Climate Change is Reshaping Geo-Politics and Changing the Cost of Everything. A public lecture and book signing by award winning investigative reporter, Mark Schapiro at the Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, at 7 pm on February 3, 2015. Registration strongly encouraged. Complete details and a link to registration is available here [link the word "here" to this site: http://climatechange.rutgers.edu/events/all-climate-events/icalrepeat.detail/2015/02/03/1335/-/carbon-shock-how-climate-change-is-reshaping-geo-politics-and-changing-the-cost-of-everything] SponsorsRutgers Climate Institute, Office of the Cook Campus Dean,Rutgers Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Oceanography Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Students for Environmental Awareness

2/6/15 – 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!

2/9/15 - Aresty Peer Instructors serve as a resource and program guide for participants in the Aresty Research Assistant Program. In this capacity, Peer Instructors help recruit and advise Aresty Research Assistants, share information about academic and other campus resources, serve as a liaison between student researchers and faculty mentors, and plan programs for and facilitate seminars for their peer group. Pay: $1000 for the academic year. Deadline to apply is February 9. https://aresty.rutgers.edu/peer-instructor-application-page

2/10/15 – Major Minor Mentor Mixer - Attention SEBS First-Year Students:  Do you need help declaring your major?  Do you want to learn more about your prospective major?  SEBS will host its first Major Minor Mentor Mixer on February 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Cook Student Center Multipurpose Room for the sole purpose of helping you sort out what you want to major in. First-year students will have an opportunity to learn more about their major from advisors, current students and faculty before declaring in mid-February.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the SEBS Office of Academic Programs and the SEBS Student Ambassador Program.

2/17/15 - Undergraduate Research Mixer - 5:30 - 7:30 pm  Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, Cook Student Center MPRs
Rutgers undergraduates find research opportunities in their field here at Rutgers or elsewhere.  Faculty  representing the various disciplines on campus will give very short presentations about research opportunities, and students can then talk informally one-on-one.  Pizza & drinks, too! RSVP to joan.bjones@rutgers.edu by February 12th to be included in the pizza count.  Sponsored by Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Cook Campus Dean’s Office.

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!

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!

4/25/15 - 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. Rutgers Global Brigades will be leading a Medical/Dental Brigade to Panama May 16-22, right after the Spring 2015 semester ends. Everyone is encouraged to apply! It is a great learning and volunteering experience with many shadowing opportunities, as well as a chance to make an impact. To find out more about it, please visit the link http://www.empowered.org/Rutgers-University-Medical-Dental-Brigade-May-2015-Panama
    Please apply by February 2, 2015 at http://goo.gl/forms/jvqb20k8gO 

  2. It's time to get to the business of playing intramural sports again! Our scheduled leagues are now posted at imleagues.com/rutgers and as always we have opportunities available on all campuses. Signups start Jan 21 and end Tues Jan 27 at 11pm.  Please note leagues are popular and will fill up quickly. Get your teams ready, if you are a free agent, plan on coming to the respective league meeting. Find your league and "Get Into the Game".

    Any questions, pls let me know

    Paul Fischbach, Director of Rutgers Intramural Sports, fischbach@aesop.rutgers.edu

  3. 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.

  4. 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 

  5. 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

  6. APPLY TO TEACH A FIGS COURSE
     
    Are you passionate about your major and interested in teaching first-year students?  Do you enjoy mentoring?  Are you looking for a leadership experience that will allow you to build new skills and will stand out as a unique and prestigious experience to future employers and graduate school selection committees? 
     
    If you answered yes, then we invite you to apply to become a FIGS Peer Instructor! 
     
    Peer Instructors (PIs) are instructors and mentors for First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS).  FIGS are topical-based, one-credit seminar courses that meet for 10 weeks in the fall semester.  PIs receive training that prepares them to plan, develop, and implement their curriculum.  The Peer Instructor position is open to all eligible Rutgers undergraduates who will be Juniors or Seniors in Fall 2015 with a 3.0 GPA and are interested in encouraging the success of first-year students.  The Rutgers University FIGS Program is one of the few in the nation that allow undergraduates to teach their own course and only 1 in 200 upper-class students at Rutgers have this opportunity.  
     
    For a detailed overview of the position and selection process, please visit http://figs.rutgers.edu/content/peer-instructors-1.  The online application is available at the same link and due by Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  
     
    Learn more by attending one of our information sessions (these are not mandatory):
    Friday, January 30, 4:00 PM (Tillet Hall, Room 103C)
     
    We hope you consider applying for this unique and rewarding leadership opportunity!  Feel free to contact us at figs@echo.rutgers.edu or 848-932-7442 with questions.

  7. Paid Summer Internships - National Park Service Climate Change Response Program - Applications Due Late January

    The National Park Service Climate Change Response Program and the University of Washington are pleased to announce paid summer internship positions related to climate change in national parks. Eligible students are highly accomplished graduate students and upper-level undergraduates (juniors and seniors). Interns must be US citizens or nationals, and be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program. Twelve positions are offered in parks and program offices around the country for the summer of 2015. Applications will be accepted until late January. For further information, list of available positions, and application directions please see the attached announcement and visit the program.
    website:parksclimateinterns.org

  8. The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County invite you to take part in the “Great Backyard Bird Count.”

    This free event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ (rain date Sunday, Feb. 15).

    Beginning birders and experts are encouraged to attend. The start time is not formal. Rather, the Master Gardeners encourage people to use the park’s nearly 400 acres of wooded trails and fields for their count. 

    The event will be held simultaneously with the Audubon Society and Cornell University Lab’s “Great Backyard Bird Count.” Please bring your own binoculars and field guides and dress appropriately for outdoor hiking. A tour guide can be provided, or you can strike off on your own. Please let the organizer know you are interested in attending by e-mailing evans@aesop.rutgers.edu.
      
    “I encourage residents to attend this wonderful and informative event in beautiful Davidson Mill Pond Park,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Help make this the biggest GBBC ever!  Davidson Mill Pond Park has recorded 100 bird species to date!  Be a part of helping scientists record migration patterns.”

    “The more people who participate, the more scientists will know about bird populations’ growth or decline over time due to habitat loss, disease or other factors,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. 

    Master Gardeners will offer hot coffee for participants from noon to 2:30 p.m. within the park at the EARTH Center, home to Middlesex County’s Extension office.

    For more detailed information visit: http://birds.audubon.org/great-backyard-bird-count

    If you are not familiar with your local Extension office, it is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by: the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

    For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County’s Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260.

  9. The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) is conducting its annual What's on Your Mind Month Survey. This is your opportunity to let the student government know any issues you may have. Do you wait too long for the buses or have suggestions for dining halls?

    Voice your opinions and be heard! The first 1000 respondents of the survey will get a $2 voucher which can be used at any Campus Center food vendor of their choice excluding Barnes and Noble and convenience stores."

    Here is the link for the survey: http://studentvoice.com/nbrutgers/rusawhatsonyourmind

  10. SEBS-related Study Abroad Opportunities for Summer and Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

    The Rutgers Center for Global Education is currently accepting study abroad applications for Fall/AY/Summer 2015 (application deadline for most programs is March 1st) and Spring 2016 (application deadline for most programs is October 1st).  Listed below are a few programs that may be of particular interest to SEBS students.  This list isn’t comprehensive so please feel free to contact the Center for Global Education to discuss other programs.  In addition to meeting with an advisor in the Center for Global Education students also need to meet with their major/minor advisor to discuss course equivalencies.

    The Center for Global Education Scholarships are now awarded on a first-completed basis.  For more information about the Center for Global Education Scholarships and additional opportunities please visit the Scholarships section of their website http://tinyurl.com/lehtf6x

    Students should also take a look at the SEBS summer scholarship http://sebs.rutgers.edu/international/.  SEBS scholarships are for programs specific to the SEBS majors/sciences. Please contact Megan Francis at sebsglobal@aesop.rutgers.edu for more information or questions.

    Summer Programs
    Cayman Islands http://tinyurl.com/mbaf2mk
    France Microbiology http://tinyurl.com/3m7w784
    France Purpan Food Science and Agriculture http://tinyurl.com/n2wq5th
    Kenya Primatology http://tinyurl.com/kz49gdm
    Mexico Community Health http://tinyurl.com/kdnrmn6
    Spain Landscape Architecture http://tinyurl.com/mddszog
    Thailand Global Health http://tinyurl.com/muoymy2
    Turkey Agriculture and Community http://tinyurl.com/mxk7d8x

    A listing of all of the Center for Global Education summer programs can be found at http://tinyurl.com/kmp9nu5.

    To learn more about 2015 summer offerings, come speak to faculty members and representatives at the Summer Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, January 28th from 6-8pm at the SAC Lounge on College Avenue. Students can enter to win one of two $500 Summer Study Abroad scholarships (for use on Center for Global Education summer programs).  More information about this and other Center for Global Education events can be found at http://tinyurl.com/kzoasnb

    Semester Program Options
    Australia/New Zealand Various Universities http://tinyurl.com/kutp3tu
    Barbados University of West Indies http://tinyurl.com/lghmwqw
    Hong Kong HKU http://tinyurl.com/mvhnjsx
    Hong Kong HKUST http://tinyurl.com/kxqec9r
    Ireland University College Cork http://tinyurl.com/oj4no77  
    Ireland University College Dublin http://tinyurl.com/lpg6zpt
    Italy Palazzo http://tinyurl.com/n8zzmdw
    Israel Ben-Gurion http://tinyurl.com/mmrvnva
    Norway Oslo http://tinyurl.com/3t7239u
    South Africa Stellenbosch http://tinyurl.com/nnrwr9p
    Sweden KTH http://tinyurl.com/q4lfhoy
    United Kingdom Bristol http://tinyurl.com/cz4p535
    United Kingdom Cardiff http://tinyurl.com/7vqs8nd
    United Kingdom Exeter http://tinyurl.com/7epbevu
    United Kingdom Manchester http://tinyurl.com/k3vswj7
    United Kingdom Reading http://tinyurl.com/kyh7nnh

    Rutgers Programs Offering Coursework in French and Spanish
    France MICEFA http://tinyurl.com/3n89do3
    Spain Valencia http://tinyurl.com/3rremnv

    A listing of all of the Center for Global Education semester programs can be found at http://tinyurl.com/mxt3owo
    3:30-6:30pm

  11. New REI Graduate Student and Post-doctoral positions

    • The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) at Rutgers University offers support for Graduate Students and  Postdoctoral Associates in the broad area of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy.
    • The REI will support third year graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows working on multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects that address critical aspects of energy research. The research must clearly be related to the REI goals and show further prospects of funding.
    • Each fellowship appointment will be one year and comes with one year of direct cost support. Prospective candidates are expected to pursue creative research avenues within existing research programs and faculty expertise. Applications can be submitted by faculty for consideration on an ongoing basis. However, new openings are available as early as Spring 2015.
      • Applications should include:  a 1-2 page project description written by Rutgers faculty, curriculum vitae of proposed fellow, and a statement on long term  relevance of research and possible future funding agencies. They should be emailed to Dr. Paul Falkowski (Director, Rutgers Energy Institute):falko@marine.rutgers.edu (please include "Grad Student" or  “Postdoc” in the subject line).