[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

April 14, 2014 | Vol. 17 | 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..

Become a fan of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences on Facebook  http://facebook.com/RutgersSEBS.

SEBS junior Nicole Scott, double major in food science and nutritional science, made a splash around campus when she was named American Athletic Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Find out what’s happening around campus on the SEBS/NJAES Newsroom.

4/14/2014 - Interest in meeting new people over a home cooked meal?  Visit our tumblr http:;;www.tumblr.com/blog/rumealshare for more information.  We are implementing a community service project specifically for Rutgers students who want a change in the dietary habits.  The meal share program is based on a time-banking system, give a little to get alot!  In a nutshell, we will begin by offering a location that will have a home-cooked meal that will be posted on our tumblr, you can chose to attend whichever meets your food criteria.  We hope that this will eventually become a self-running program, people can begin to find food circles and make new acquaintances based solely on food preparation!  We are extending this program to all Rutgers Students, especially freshman who may be interested in implementing the program and seeing it along for the remainder of their time here.  We are all Seniors and have gone through many food experiences and the changes that come along with  starting college, being away from mom's home cooking isn't easy!  We are bombarded with food choices that do not promote health.  At this point in our lives we need to be at the most optimal health in order to perform the the best of our abilities.  This is an informal meeting, if you are interested please e-mail tquiroz@eden.rutgers.edu

4/15/14 - Would you like to be more involved at SEBS? Consider joining the SEBS Governing Council. An Informational session will take place Tuesday, April 15 from 8-9 p.m in the Cook Campus Center in the Merle V. Adams Room. Email: council@sgc.rutgers.edu with any questions.

4/17/14 - Meet your Meat at R.U.W.A.'s annual Meat-out, a factory farming education event with guest speakers Lisa Drapkin and Gail Mayer of Vegan Outreach and catering from Mao's falafel. Cosponsored by R.I.P.E. (Rutgers Initiative for Permaculture Education). Thursday April 17th 4-6pm, CCC Multi-purpose room A

4/21/14 - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SEBS Governing Council General Meeting, CCC 202 ABC: The SEBS Governing Council (SGC) serves the student body of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). By reaching out to both the community and the faculty/administration, the SGC works to amplify the student voice and represent the needs and concerns of the student body. The council also allocates budgets for student groups affiliated with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Please come out and let your voice be heard!

4/23/14 - Speaker:   David W. Titley, Rear Admiral USN (ret.), Prof. of Practice in Meteorology, Founding Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Penn State Department of Meteorology Title: “ Climate Change and National Security: People, Not Polar Bears, Date:  April 23, 2014, Time: 12Noon, Location: Institute of Marine and Coastal Science (IMCS), Alampi Room, Cook Campus, Email contact:  bea@marine.rutgers.edu, More information on the series can found at: http://rei.rutgers.edu/

4/24/14 - Would you like to be more involved at SEBS? Consider joining the SEBS Governing Council. An Information session will take place on Thursday, April 24 from 6-7 p.m in the Cook Campus Center Room 202! Email: council@sgc.rutgers.edu with any questions.

4/25/14 - Please join us for the 10th Annual Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25 at Livingston Student Center. This year it will include over 500 student researchers representing more than 70 departments, institutes, and centers across campus. All are welcome, free to the public. More info here: https://aresty.rutgers.edu/our-programs/research-symposium

5/2/14 -  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
Rutgers faculty, staff, students and Alumni are invited to share, eat and talk with us from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center.  Free food for all ages and up to one beer per hour may be purchased by those over 21.  Cook Campus Center Cafe.  Sponsored by the Cook Campus Dean and Cook Dean of Students.

5/5/14 - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SEBS Governing Council General Meeting, CCC 202 ABC: The SEBS Governing Council (SGC) serves the student body of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). By reaching out to both the community and the faculty/administration, the SGC works to amplify the student voice and represent the needs and concerns of the student body. The council also allocates budgets for student groups affiliated with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Please come out and let your voice be heard!

5/16/14 - SEBS CLASS OF 2014 BACCALAUREATE EVENT- 6:00 p.m., at the Cook Campus Center, Multi Purpose Room. Attention all SEBS seniors! You are invited to the 2014 Senior Baccalaureate, the first of three graduation events and a celebration of our class and our time at SEBS. Conclude your undergraduate career with your fellow classmates with a memorable night of student talents, guest speakers, a champagne toast and lit walk around Passion Puddle, as well as many other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your family and friends and have a great time! Rsvp and send pictures for the slideshow to SEBSBaccalaureate@gmail.com.

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


II. Announcements

  1. April Study Abroad Info Sessions – Rutgers Center for Global Education

    The Center for Global Education will be hosting Study Abroad 101 Info Sessions throughout the month of April.  There will be a session on Cook/Douglass on Thursday, April 17th from 8-9 at the Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall. If students cannot attend this one, there are others scheduled on the various campuses (see other dates below). Although the current application cycle is over, we encourage interested students to start planning early by attending one of our sessions.  

    Topics Covered in the Info Session: The general application process, how to select the right study abroad program for their major, how the credits work, and scholarship/funding opportunities.

    Study Abroad Info Sessions Dates:
    Thursday, April 17, 8-9pm: Cook/Douglass | Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall
    Thursday, April 24, 8-9pm: Livingston | Beck 253
    Thursday, May 1, 8-9pm: Busch | SERC 210

    For general advising, we accept walk-ins Monday – Friday from 12pm-4pm. Please contact our office for additional questions at 848-932-7787 or ru_abroad@gaiacenters.rutgers.edu

  2. Rutgers University Libraries Need Your Input

    You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by the Rutgers University Libraries. The purpose of the study is to evaluate perceptions of the Rutgers University Libraries librarians and staff, facilities, technology, collections, and services. Your opinion is important and will shape future communications with the Rutgers community.

    This survey should take no more than five (5) minutes to complete.

    Please follow this link to the survey:

    Christine Wolff and Rose Barbalace, Principal Investigators

    Christine Wolff
    Program Coordinator for Planning and Organizational Research
    Rutgers University Libraries
    169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    (848) 932-7505

    Rose Barbalace
    Student Coordinator, Library Supervisor II
    Research and Instructional Services
    Alexander Library
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    169 College Avenue
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    email: pinkdawn@rulmail.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


    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 $10.00/hr), and mileage is reimbursed ($0.31/mi).  Use of your own vehicle is required.  Cook 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: Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Mercer Counties
    To receive an application or to set up an interview contact:


    For North Jersey Positions:
    Kris Holmstrom, Research Project Coordinator II
    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

  5. Parking for Rutgers University Commencement, May 18, 2014

    With more than 40,000 people expected on our Busch, College Avenue, Cook/Douglass, and Livingston campuses to attend Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2014, parking will be limited. Therefore, Commencement parking hangtags will be required for access to the parking zones established for the day. Graduating students will be given priority for parking. However, you are required to register online to obtain up to two free parking hangtags for yourself and your guests. Please note that the parking hangtags issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation for use during the year will not be valid for parking on May 18. 

    Online parking registration begins at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 24. So, please make sure you’ve worked out yourplans with your guests, and register for your hangtags. Once graduating students have registered for their two free hangtags through Sunday, April 20, any remaining hangtags will be available for purchase by students and/or guests for $5 on the parking website.

    More details about parking, getting around, and registration is available in the Parking & Getting Around section of the University Commencement website:  http://commencement.rutgers.edu.

    We look forward to celebrating with you in May!

  6. Are you interested to contribute to a study that aims to collect opinions on romantic relationships, marriage, pre-marital sex, contraception and other topics pertaining to sexuality and women’s health? Want to enter a draw to get a 20 dollar gift card? Then please complete this online survey! link

    Inclusion criteria:  Rutgers student who identifies as a woman (this includes transgender) over the age of 18.  South Asian women are strongly encouraged to participate; however participants do not need to be of that ethnic descent to participate in the study or be entered in the random drawing.

    Students who complete this survey AND meet  the inclusion criteria will be entered into a drawing for a 20 dollar gift card.

    Description of Research:
    To measure the attitudes towards sexuality among the Asian-American (though all ethnicities welcome) community in New Brunswick. Questions will pertain to views on contraception, the HPV vaccine and other topics on sexuality such as sexual orientation and views of romance.
    The goal is to access how attitudes towards sexuality affect the access of reproductive and sexual health care for women.

  7. Rutgers for Primate Conservation is looking for new members! We are a newly established club that holds meetings in the Biological Science Building on the Douglass Campus.

    We are focused on educating the public about ways we can make changes to protect endangered primates, as well as holding events and having Conservation speakers come and share their knowledge about the subject.

    If you are interested in joining, please send an email to:


  8. April is “Connecting the DOTS” month at Rutgers!

    The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (RUDOTS) has partnered with the Rutgers Student Life as well as several other university and community groups to bring this transportation-themed month of events and activities to the Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses.

    Join us in “Connecting the DOTS!”

    We want your feedback


    • Come to our Pop-Up DOTS events throughout April, where we will be “popping up” across the Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses to answer your transportation-related questions.

     Do you BikeRU?

    • Enjoy a full week of BikeRU events to support bicycling around campus, from April 7-12, including Bike the B-Route, a Bicycle Resource Fair and a Bike-In Movie!


    Be Social

    • Follow RUDOTS or BikeRU on Facebook, Twitter @JustBikeRU, Instagram @bike_RU for event dates, locations, and other great updates.


    For more info on Connecting the DOTS, please visit rudots.rutgers.edu/connectingthedots.shtml or e-mail us at BikeRU@aps.rutgers.edu.

  9. Fall 2014 Semester Internships Available!!!
    Raritan Scholars

    11:374:481, 4 Credits
    Fall 2014, Wednesday, 3:55 to 4:55 PM, Blake 131
    Meets SEBS Requirements for Experiential Education
    Registration through special permission only

    There will be 10-15 internship opportunities available for qualified students. Minimum of 125 hours of internship activity, plus one class hour per week. Provide resume and area of interest to Dr. Daniel Van Abs (vanabs@sebs.rutgers.edu) at the Department of Human Ecology.

    Internship opportunities will be provided to students accepted for the course. Recent students have been involved with a wide range of internships, including:

    • Conservation easement assessment
    • Municipal sustainability planning and outreach
    • Lower Raritan Greenway/Blue way Program
    • Developing a community-based water quality monitoring program
    • Stream assessments for physical and biological impairments
    • Oyster bed restoration
    • Watershed assessment and evaluation for web sites
    • Brownfield restoration public education
    • Water quality monitoring to identify sources of bacterial pollution
    • Educational materials on kayaking in the Raritan estuary
    • Dam removal project planning
    • Flood reduction through watershed management
    • Stormwater management education and outreach
    • County Natural Resource Inventory, preparing text and GIS mapping
    • Planning and promotion of public access to the Raritan estuary
    • GIS mapping and evaluation of exempt development in the Highlands