[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

October 20, 2014 | Vol. 18 | No. 8

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..

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

Just what is PARK(ing) Day, you ask? Every third Friday in September, metered parking spaces in cities across the U.S. and globally are transformed into temporary parks or “parklets” as a way to spark discussion about the use of public spaces, especially in urban settings. SEBS landscape architecture majors and Bloustein students joined forces with the City of New Brunswick to transform Bayard Street. See the amazing transformation in the video and story here. Read more about this story and other student news at SEBS & NJAES Newsroom.

Fresh Produce on Cook Campus - 11 am to 3 pm Thursdays in October on Nichol Ave near Suydam (behind our now closed bookstore) Please walk (no parking).  Be green - bring a bag. The New Brunswick Community Farmer's Market is moving to Cook Campus. Support the SEBS Governing Council and their collaboration with the NJAES to bring fresh produce to campus. Sponsored by New Brunswick Community Farmer's Market, SEBS Governing Council, Rutgers Against Hunger, Slow Food Rutgers and the Cook Campus Dean.10/20/2014 - SEBS Governing Council Meeting - Everyone is welcome to join our meeting at 8pm CCC room 202 on every other monday to express your opinions of SEBS. Feel free to email us if you have any question regarding SGC council@sgc.rutgers.edu

10/22/14 - "Dr. Ruth" Westheimer gives the Richard D. Heffner Open Mind Lecture - 7 pm Wed. Oct 22
Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center. Dr. Ruth is a writer, teacher, media celebrity and American sex therapist.  Free and open to the public.

10/23/14 - "The Annual Russell Nutrition Symposium:  Nutrition, Body Composition and Health Across the Lifespan” Neilson Rectangular Room, Cook Campus – 9:00am – 4:00pm. The annual Russell Nutrition Symposium is a highlight of the academic year for the Rutgers-New Brunswick Department of Nutritional Sciences. The purpose of the Symposium is to provide state-of-the-field presentations on key issues relating nutrition to health throughout the lifespan.  This year's focus is on nutrition and body composition, and features presentations by leading experts on body mass index in children, bone loss after bariatric surgery, and sarcopenia in older adults.  The Symposium also features presentations by Rutgers Nutritional Sciences faculty on how dietary protein and individual amino acids affect bone, lean body mass, and adiposity, and how growth retardation in children affects body composition and risk of chronic disease. Registration Fees: $45 Academics, Professionals & Others, $30 Rutgers Alumni, $10 Non-Rutgers Students, Current Rutgers Faculty & Students are free of charge. Continental breakfast and lunch are included - Registration Deadline: 10/17/2014. Please send registration and payment to: Kevin McCarthy, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, Davison Hall, 26 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882. For further questions regarding this event please contact Kevin McCarthy at 848-932-0975 or (kevin.mccarthy@rutgers.edu)

10/24/14 - Speaker:   David R. Morrow,Visiting Fellow, Institute of Philosophy & Public Policy, George Mason University
Title:  " Climate engineering and the future of energy policy"
Date:  Oct. 24, 2014
Time: 10:30AM
Location: Alampi Room, IMCS, Cook Campus,
Email contact:  bea@marine.rutgers.edu
More information on the series can found at: http://rei.rutgers.edu/

10/25/14 - Have an old bike cluttering your garage?
St. Joseph High School’s Falcon Robotics Team (F.I.R.S.T. Team #1626) is hosting a bike drive on behalf of the New Brunswick Bike Exchange (NBBE). On Saturday, October 25, 1 – 3 p.m. you can drop bikes off at St. Joseph High School, 145 Plainfield Road, Metuchen. No bike will be turned away! Spare parts are welcome, too. Receipts provided for tax deduction purposes.

10/26/14 - Scarlet Harvest - 1-5 pm Sunday Oct 26
Log Cabin Pavilion, Rutgers Gardens, Preregister by Oct 20. Rutgers Alumni event.  Fun-filled activities for families.  Register at:

10/29/14 - Energy Café – a conversation with the Rutgers Energy Institute(REI) on Rutgers Internships in Energy
presentations on “Food Waste to Energy Potential in NJ” (EcoComplex Intern Selen Altiok) and
“Advances in Artificial Photosynthesis” (REI Intern Kinan Tadmori)
The REI is pleased to be sponsoring a morning Café Hour for conversation on a broad range of energy related topics. Students, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines will be attending and are welcome to join in. No reservation is required…just come to learn and share ideas.
Date: Oct. 29
Time: 8:45AM to 9:45AM (breakfast meet & greet starts 8:30)
Location: The COVE at the Busch Campus Center

Email contact:  bea@marine.rutgers.edu
More information: http://rei.rutgers.edu/

11/2/14 - The Rutgers Master Gardeners want to help you sharpen your food growing skills by offering a new gardening workshop called Growing Garlic in Your Garden. This free workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. The workshop will begin with an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor, hands-on planting session. “The 2014 gardening workshops series at the EARTH Center are a great opportunity for those who cannot commit to the weekday sessions of the Master Gardeners classes,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. I hope many people will register for this class; not just gardening enthusiasts, but anyone who wants to learn more about cooking or gardening.” “The Master Gardeners have created another informative and useful program,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “Garlic takes up little space, can be planted in the fall and has many uses in cooking.” Though this is a free workshop pre-registration is required at 732-398-5262 by October 29. No “walk-ins” are permitted. The size of these classes is limited, so register early to ensure a space. For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

11/6/14 - 100 Year Anniversary-Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (DAFRE)-Reception and Dinner 5:30 to 10:00 (Panel Discussion-Agriculture and Resource Economics in the 21st Century, 3:30-5:30, CCC). We invite all alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends to join us to celebrate this milestone. To register, for more information, or to contact us, go to http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/DAFRE100 .

11/7/14 – Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
Please 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. You’re welcome 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!

11/21/14 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Symposium Friday November 21, 2014, Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick
Registration is now open for students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty and staff from area institutions.  The Rutgers Climate Institute hosts this symposium to stimulate interaction and collaboration among the community of natural and social science researchers and university students from institutions in the greater NJ, NY and Philadelphia region interested in climate change. Keynotes, panels and poster sessions.  This year’s theme: Climate Change and the Tropics: Implication and Adaptation.  Poster are not restricted to the theme, they can be on any scholarly research related to climate change.   Participation intended for researchers and university students (undergraduate and graduate) in NJ, NY and Philadelphia region. Important deadlines:  Abstract submissions due November 10.  The event is free but registration required by November 17. A limited number of public registrations are available. Complete details and a link to registration at the website: http://climatechange.rutgers.edu/events/upcoming-events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/11/21/1194/-/mid-atlantic-regional-climate-symposium.

12/5/14 – Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
It’s the last one for the semester! Care to join us? Hope you had the opportunity to interact in a relaxing atmosphere with faculty and staff during the semester.  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


II. Announcements


    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.

  2. Climate Change interest you?   To stay informed about events, internships, job opportunities,resources, and much more, subscribe to the Rutgers Climate Institute email list here and follow us on Facebook

  3. 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 

  4. SEA aims to raise awareness about the environment in a way that is enjoyable and fun for our members and the students we reach out to. With strong support from faculty, students, and Rutgers departments, SEA is a student-run, activist organization that motivates and inspires individuals to help protect, conserve, and clean up the environment. We are committed to creating environmental change in both the Rutgers and New Jersey communities by developing awareness campaigns and going above and beyond for the public and the environment.

    Our meetings will always take place at the Cook Campus Center in the Merle V. Adams room at 9:15pm every other Monday, the dates are: 10/20/14,11/3/14, 11/17/14, and 12/1/14

  5. Passionate about clean energy and entrepreneurship? The MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) is the largest student run energy business plan competition in the US. Every year, teams from around the country compete for over $325K in prices. The CEP helps entrepreneurs jumpstart their companies, catalyze VC investment, draw international media attention, and facilitate commercial partnerships.
    The Clean Energy Prize is looking for a student from Rutgers to serve as a Clean Energy Prize Fellow. Fellows serve as the main liaison between their campus’s energy and entrepreneurship community and the CEP. This is a great way to be involved with the energy entrepreneurship community on a national stage. Fellows will work with the CEP Leadership Team, and top performing fellows receive funded travel and tickets to the CEP Grand Finals Showcase or the MIT Energy Conference. To find out more details on the CEP Fellows program and how to apply email Andres Potes at  apotes@mit.edu.

  6. Interested in environmental issues? Want to help make Rutgers a more sustainable university? Come out to Take Back the Tap meetings and get involved! We are working to increase the number of water fill stations on campus, ban the selling of bottled water, and educate our peers about all the downsides of water privatization. We meet every other Monday at 9:15 in the Cook Student Center in the Merle V. Adams Room. Meetings will be held: 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, & 12/8. If you'd like to get involved with our events and tabling send us an email or find us on Facebook: facebook.com/rutapped