[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

September 26, 2016 | Vol. 20 | No. 4

In This Issue

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

I. Happening This Week

9/29/16 - The New Brunswick Community Farmers' Market meets every Thursday on Cook Campus from 11-3pm. We'll be located right on Nichol Ave near the Douglass Post Office through the end of October. Stop by for fresh produce, hot food, crafts, and more!

9/30/16 - Inaugural Biotech BBQ. Friday Sept. 30, 3-6 pm. Skelley Field, Cook Campus (near the rec center and parking lot in front of Food Science). Meet your professors, fellow Biotechnology majors and new students interested in Biotechnology. Food, music, games...... (and of course information about Biotechnology).

10/1/16 - Undergraduate Research Fellowship - We invite undergraduate students from all schools who are conducting advanced independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor to apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to help defray the costs of their research project. Awardees become Undergraduate Research Fellows for the duration of their award and fulfill associated fellowship requirements, including completion of various workshops and presenting the research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2016. http://aresty.rutgers.edu/funding

10/1/16 - Scarlet Day of Service.  Scarlet Day of is the largest service event of the year at Rutgers University planned by the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and Rutgers Student Affairs. On this day, students come together as part of the State University of New Jersey to volunteer at different community organizations throughout the state. This event will provide 1,000 students the opportunity to serve New Jersey by cleaning up communities, revitalizing outdoor spaces, working with youth and senior citizens, and more. Transportation, lunch, and a T-shirt will be provided to all students.  Students must register prior to the event to participate.  http://rupa.rutgers.edu/scarletdayofservice/

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.

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


II. Other Upcoming Events

10/6/2016 - The Rutgers Center for Resilient Landscapes (CRL) will host a symposium to showcase the post-doctoral and graduate fellowship research projects sponsored by the CRL this year. All are welcome to attend! For more information please visit our website: http://crl.rutgers.edu/

10/7/16 - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour - 4:00 7:00 p. m.   Cook Student Center.
Responsible Drinking Happy Hour is held on the first Friday of each month.  The event 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.  Come and enjoy an evening of great food, music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer/wine. 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.  Hope to see you there!  

10/10/16 - Talk by Donna Brazile, CNN ‘talking head’ and current chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.  7 PM College Ave Gym (130 College Ave).  Doors open at 6:00 pm.  Free but register for a ticket at:  http://uaaspeaks.eventbrite.com.  Sponsored by Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

10/18/16 - Undergraduate Research Mixer - 5:30 7:30 p. m.
The Fall 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 senior honors program for the spring or fall semesters.  RESEARCH ON OUR CAMPUS INCLUDES LAB-BASED, DATA-BASED, AND SOCIAL SCIENCE PROJECTS.  During this event, faculty and department staff provide information about their projects and then meet individually with students.  The Research Mixer also welcomes groups outside Cook Campus that are interested in recruiting research assistants.  Pizza will be served.  Please RSVP to joan.bjones@rutgers.edu by Friday, October 14 so that we can plan the refreshments.  Cook Student Center multipurpose room.

10/26/16 - Talk by Elizabeth Kolbert - 8:00pm.  Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction “The Age of Extinction.”  Lecture followed by reception and book signing.  College Ave Student Center.

11/9/2016 - ‘You’re the Expert’ NPR radio show/podcast to be taped at Rutgers!  Join host Chris Duffy and Prof. Oscar Schofield (Marine Science) in this science and comedy special.  George Street Playhouse.  Stay tuned for more info and registration link.

III. Announcements

JERSEY FRESH FARMER'S MARKET ON COOK CAMPUSTHURSDAYS. Every Thursday in September and October (11 am - 3 pm) on Nichol Ave behind the Post Office on Cook Campus. (No parking. Be green bring a bag.) Brought to you by SEBS Governing Council, New Brunswick Farmer's Market, Rutgers Against Hunger, Slow Food Rutgers and the Cook Campus Dean.


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


The Rutgers School of Public Health is hosting an Open House on October 1, 2016 from 11:00am-2:00pm in Piscataway (683 Hoes Lane West Piscataway, New Jersey 08854). Prospective students can learn more about public health certificates, degrees, and careers as well as meet with faculty and current students. We also have information posted on our website:



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 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.


Interested in climate change? Learn about climate change related events on campus, in the area, news, webinars, and educational and professional opportunities by joining the Rutgers Climate Institute mailing list via our website to get our weekly event digest and follow us on facebook and twitter.


Don’t miss your chance to play Intramural Sports! Leagues exist in Outdoor Soccer, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball and Volleyball. Grab your friends, roommates, classmates and form your team now at imleagues.com/rutgers. Leagues are popular and fill up fast. Play to have fun, compete, meet new people and for your chance at championship glory! Questions can be directed to Paul.Fischbach@rutgers.edu or by calling 848-445-0466. Life is a team sport…play Intramurals!


Come join Students for Environmental Awareness! If you're interested, our meetings are every Monday in the Merle V. Adams room of the Cook Student Center at 9:15pm. We do a variety of activities promoting environmentalism and sustainability on campus through various campaigns, film screening, and community service. We do some fun activities such as hiking trips, trail restoration, beach clean ups, etc. as well. Feel free to join at any time and contact us through email at rutgers.sea@gmail.com or on Facebook.


The Rutgers Journal of Bioethics is now accepting submissions for its 8th annual issue! The journal welcomes all unsolicited original essays, research papers, book reviews, and opinion editorials that fall under the category of bioethics. If you are interested in submitting your work, email it as a Microsoft Word Document (.doc/.docx) in double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font with citations following APA guidelines to rubioethics.journ@gmail.com. Check out our website for more information on submission details: http://eden.rutgers.edu/~bioeth/index.html


Rutgers University Libraries is administering the Open and Affordable Textbook Project described in the press release below. This is part of a national trend to address textbook affordability for college students by encouraging the adoption low-cost or no-cost materials by faculty. Student PIRG has been at the forefront of this issue and estimates that students spend an average of $1200.00 on textbooks each year (and higher at Rutgers!)—money that is frequently being covered by student financial aid. They also discovered that many students simply skip purchasing required textbooks, a gamble that impacts educational outcomes.

Additional links that may be of use:

1.) Student PIRG report “Covering the Cost” http://www.studentpirgs.org/reports/sp/covering-cost
2.) Report and Resolution by Rutgers University Senate’s Student Affairs Committee: http://senate.rutgers.edu/SAConS1402CostOfTextbooksAsAdoptedMarch2015.pdf
3.) Response from President Barchi: http://senate.rutgers.edu/RLBAckS1402onCostOfTextbooks.pdf