[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

April 21, 2014 | Vol. 17 | No. 29
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..

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

How cool is it to be able to use tools you learn in class to help the cause of social justice? Well, some LA undergraduates were able to help provide designs for HomeFront, a major non-profit organization that serves the homeless in Central Jersey. Read more about the students’ efforts, and see what else your fellow SEBS students are up to at the SEBS & NJAES Newsroom.

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!

4/22/14 – Earth Day - You’re invited to join us for 3 exciting events as we celebrate our planet, learn how to protect her and save our future.  These events will spread awareness about environmental issues and empower YOU to advocate for change.  Spread the word! Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570793919812321). 1) Rally for Climate Justice: Brower Steps, 12:30-2:30 PM
Climate change is a social justice issue! Come listen to speakers, poets and performers as they speak out about the moral implications of climate change, denounce the injustices perpetrated by fossil fuel companies, and call on Rutgers to divest. Featuring notable speakers on climate change, Rutgers Slam Poetry, local bands and more!  2) Engineering and Climate Change: Busch Campus Center 120ABC 4:00-6:00 PM Learn about how engineering can enable us to mitigate and possibly solve climate change from a panel of RU engineering and science professors, followed by Q&A. 3) Earth Day Film Festival: 7:00-11:00 PM Trayes Hall B, DCC
--In Organic We Trust-- An eye-opening food documentary that looks beyond organic for practical solutions for me and you. Local farmer's markets, school gardens, and urban farms are revolutionizing the way we eat. Change is happening from the soil up. --Sand Wars--
Is sand an infinite resource? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and neighboring people? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush. Make a difference! Stand up to protect our environment! All are welcome!  Hope to see you there! *Presented by Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment, Students for Environmental Awareness, Douglass College and the Sustainability Affairs Committee of Engineering Governing Council.

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 - Speaker:   Robert B. Noland,  Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Ctr. Title:  Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Transportation Sector,  Date:  April 25, 2014, Time: 10:30AM (refreshments at 10:00AM), 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/

4/25/14 - 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!

5/6/14 - 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

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II. Announcements


  1. 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:
    https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0xsyRJcksqqLGaF

    Sincerely,
    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
    christine.wolff@rutgers.edu
    (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
    848-932-6058
    email: pinkdawn@rulmail.rutgers.edu

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. The first exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus devoted to artists from Ukraine, “Odessa's Second Avant-Garde: City and Myth” captures the city’s independent spirit, focusing on nonconformist artists who worked in this fabled seaport on the Black Sea from the 1960s through the late 1980s. The Rutgers community and general public are invited to the opening reception on April 30. The event begins with a tour led by Olena Martynyuk, a Dodge Fellow at the museum and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History, who organized the exhibition, featuring more than 50 works – many on view for the first time in the United States – from the Zimmerli’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. At 6pm, Myroslava Mudrak, Professor Emeritus from Ohio State University, presents the lecture “From Lucidity to Freedom: On Color and Light in the Intrepid Art of Modernist Odessa.” The tour begins at 4:30pm, followed by a reception; the lecture begins at 6pm. Free. Visit the museum’s website for details.

  5. 4/22 – Earth Day

    You’re invited to join us for 3 exciting events as we celebrate our planet, learn how to protect her and save our future.  These events will spread awareness about environmental issues and empower YOU to advocate for change.  Spread the word! Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570793919812321)

    1) Rally for Climate Justice: Brower Steps, 12:30-2:30 PM
    Climate change is a social justice issue! Come listen to speakers, poets and performers as they speak out about the moral implications of climate change, denounce the injustices perpetrated by fossil fuel companies, and call on Rutgers to divest. Featuring notable speakers on climate change, Rutgers Slam Poetry, local bands and more! 

    2) Engineering and Climate Change: Busch Campus Center 120ABC 4:00-6:00 PM 
    Learn about how engineering can enable us to mitigate and possibly solve climate change from a panel of RU engineering and science professors, followed by Q&A
    3) Earth Day Film Festival: 7:00-11:00 PM Trayes Hall B, DCC
    --In Organic We Trust--
    An eye-opening food documentary that looks beyond organic for practical solutions for me and you. Local farmer's markets, school gardens, and urban farms are revolutionizing the way we eat. Change is happening from the soil up.
    --Sand Wars--
    Is sand an infinite resource? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and neighboring people? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush.
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    Make a difference! Stand up to protect our environment! All are welcome!  Hope to see you there!

    *Presented by Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment, Students for Environmental Awareness, Douglass College and the Sustainability Affairs Committee of Engineering Governing Council.