[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

May 5, 2014 | Vol. 17 | No. 31

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.

Students living at Helyar House of College Farm Road want to see nicer landscaping around the building so they got together with a LA class to come up with concept drawings for a landscape makeover.

SEBS Class of 2013 Valedictorian took a gap year to work on campus, but now will be off to new pastures to pursue a DVM/Ph.D. Read Nora Jean Nealon’s story.

Congressman Rush Holt is the speaker at the SEBS Convocation on May 19. He’s no stranger to SEBS and the George H. Cook Campus as many of you may remember his 2011 visit in which he shared his experiences of being a scientist–and only one of a handful of physicists– in Congress. Look back at this signature event initiated by Cook Campus Dean Barbara Turpin. Learn more about what your fellow SEBS students are up to at the SEBS & NJAES Newsroom.

5/6/14 - Rutgers Energy Institute - Ninth Annual Energy Symposium on May 6, 2014 - The annual energy symposia by the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) provide faculty, students, staff, government officials, and community members with the opportunity to learn about the new methods, processes, and initiatives being developed by energy thinkers at Rutgers, in New Jersey, and across the country. The symposium will also include awards to the winners of this year's student Energy Innovation Contest, sponsored by the REI, to develop the best plans to reduce student energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the Rutgers, New Brunswick Campus. Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Time: 8:30 am (registration and refreshments) - 2:00 pm, Location: Fiber Optics Auditorium, Busch Campus, Rutgers University.

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. The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (RUDOTS) is conducting its annual transportation survey in order to gain feedback on the Rutgers transportation system. Take the brief survey here: https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_czG5W98TQPdF4mF.

  2. New undergraduate course on Science, Environment, & Media will be offered this fall

    04:567:474 / Contemporary Issues in Media Studies IV
    Prof. Lauren Feldman
    Fall 2014 Mon/Wed 4:30pm-5:50pm
     This course will consider the intersections of science, media, and society. With a focus on both theory and practice, we will explore the media’s role in how we understand and communicate about the most critical science and environmental issues of our day. Course topics include: representations of science and environmental issues in news, documentary, and popular culture; the media’s influence on public opinion, knowledge, and behavior in the context of science and the environment; the strategic uses of media to communicate about science and the environment; media and the politics of science. Special emphasis will be given to understanding the media’s relationship with controversial science and environmental issues, such as climate change, fracking, nuclear energy, genetic engineering and food biotechnology, and childhood vaccination.  

  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. 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