[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

February 19, 2019 | Vol. 22 | No. 19

In This Issue

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


I. Happening This Week

2/19/2019 - Tuesday 9:30 AM - Science Café. Talk about science in a relaxed social setting. Jean Marie Hartman will lead a discussion on Water + land = watershed: connecting ecosystems in the Raritan watershed. Coffee and tea provided. IFNH Rm 101 (61 Dudley Rd).

2/19/19 - Tuesday - 5:30 7:30 PM - Undergraduate Research Mixer - The Spring Undergraduate Research Mixer provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to be introduced to research programs by SEBS Faculty and staff. Undergraduates can be recruited for independent research projects or honors programs for the spring or fall semesters. Faculty and department staff provide information about potential projects and then meet individually with students. The Research Mixer also welcomes groups outside Cook Campus that are interested in recruiting research assistants. Pizza & soft drinks will be served. Cook Student Center multipurpose room.

2/24/19 - Sunday - 6th Annual Life After College Networking Event - Stuck on what to do next with your future? The Cook Community Alumni Association invites all SEBS students to register for the 6th Annual Life After College Networking Event. Sunday February 24th, 12-3 PM in the Cook Student Center MPRs. Free food provided. Come meet alumni in your field! Get a chance to talk about internships and career prospects, and ask questions about your field. Students Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W6YOFq2i9LqgmGUk1 Questions? Email dangclark@gmail.com Are you a Cook College/SEBS/CAES Alumnus, or know someone who is? They can register here: https://goo.gl/forms/luLTEuSxkXHFUvo83

Want your club/organization events listed here? Please email studentmail@sebs.rutgers.edu with details of your event/information, including contact information - plain text only please, attachments and images will not be included. If you have any questions please email studentmail@sebs.rutgers.edu.

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


II. Other Upcoming Events

3/1/19 - Friday - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour! - 4:00 7:00 p. m. Cook Student Center is held on the first Fridays of the month. Come and enjoy an evening of free food and soft drinks, music, and friends! Beer/wine for sale with ID. LIVE MUSIC with the COOK COLLEGE RAMBLERS! Co-sponsored by Cook Campus Dean and Cook Associate Dean of Students Offices, and SEBS Governing Council. Hope to see you there! Also at RDHH: Support Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), and help in the fight to end food insecurity. Bring $ or canned or boxed food items (no glass) to the RAH table at Happy Hour.

3/5/2019 - Tuesday—5:00 – 6:00 PM - Advancing Science-informed Policy in Today’s Political Climate. Congressman Rush Holt, now the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will be speaking at the Bloustein School, 33 Livingston Ave. Free. For more info and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advancing-science-informed-policy-in-todays-political-climate-tickets-53863610509

3/6/19 - Wednesday - Extinctions Late Night - 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Join us on Wednesday, March 6th, for an evolution-themed night and learn about the “Big Five” Extinctions and how they caused Earth’s ecosystems to change through time! Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. We encourage all ages to come participate and learn something new!https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/late-nights/63-museum-events/late-nights/232-extinctions-late-night

4/3/19 - Wednesday - Geologic Time Late Night - 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Join us on Wednesday, April 3rd, and take a step back into “deep time” and discover some of the awesome events that have occurred during Earth’s 4.5 billion year history! Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. We encourage all ages to come participate and learn something new!https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/late-nights/63-museum-events/late-nights/233-geologic-time-late-night

5/1/19 - Wednesday - Environmental Technology Late Night - 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Join us on Wednesday, May 1st, and learn how scientists use new and exciting technologies to study and solve important environmental issues! Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. We encourage all ages to come participate and learn something new!https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/late-nights/63-museum-events/late-nights/234-environmental-technology-late-night

III. Announcements


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


Green Print

Interested in joining the Green Print staff? Contact sebsgreenprint@gmail.com, visit rugreenprint.com, or follow on Facebook for meeting times, and to check out our latest edition!


Are you planning to study abroad this summer? Then apply for the 2019 SEBS Summer Study Abroad Scholarship!  All SEBS students are eligible to apply for our scholarship. 

Apply for the 2019 SEBS Summer Study Abroad Scholarship here:


Summer scholarships will be provided to help defray the cost of the program fee for an international program up to a maximum of $5,000. Individual awards will depend on specific program costs. The deadline for the summer scholarship is March 3 by midnight. 

For more information about our scholarship:


Check out SEBS-approved programs here:


Please contact Megan Francis (megan.francis@rutgers.edu) if you have any questions! 



Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! This is a survey created by one of your fellow students, Ms. Megan Yuen, for her George H. Cook Honors Thesis. She would greatly appreciate if you complete the survey (see link below). The objective of her study is to determine Rutgers students’ understanding of the nutritional supplement spirulina and to gauge their personal interest in purchasing food products enriched with spirulina.

Here's the link to the survey; please answer the questions to the best of your ability: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9H3aCg9FmY3xVhr.

Data collected from this survey will be used in a George H Cook Honors Project. By answering these survey questions, it would greatly help us to conduct our research. The responses to these questions will be used for statistical purposes only to assist in the educational process.

Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw your participation at any time. You are free to not answer any question you choose, but please try to answer every question. The data collection is anonymous (i.e. your responses will remain confidential and we will not associate your name with your replies.)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Megan Yuen via email at mhy21@scarletmail.rutgers.edu.

Thank you for participating!

Have a great spring semester!


Sanjib Bhuyan
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Agric., Food & Res. Econ.



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 (range: $12.00-20.00/hr), and mileage is reimbursed ($0.38/mi). Use of your own vehicle is required. Rutgers 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: Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and northern Burlington Counties

1 Full time: Somerset, Hunterdon and southern Warren Counties

1 Full time: Morris, Sussex and northern Warren Counties

South Jersey:

1 Full time: Salem County

1 Full time: Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic and southern Burlington Counties

If interested in these positions, please apply online at https://jobs.rutgers.edu/ and search for position # 19TM1066



Train to work in the exciting world of environmental & public health and become qualified to earn a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) license! 

As an REHS, you may…

- Be an environmental health “cop” who brings violators to justice.

- Investigate disease outbreaks and protect the public.

- Keep children safe from dangerous toxins.

- Educate businesses on how to keep their food products safe.

- Improve the environment and make the planet a better place for generations to come.

Successfully complete the Rutgers Environment & Public Health (EPH) 12-week summer training program [www.cpe.rutgers.edu/eph] – then you’ll be eligible to take the NJ state REHS licensing exam!

Find out now if you are eligible. Fill out our risk-free application to have your undergraduate transcripts reviewed:


**Hurry – if we determine that you can only enroll in EPH this summer by taking some additional classes this spring, the last day to add is January 30!**


EPH Program Coordinator | eph@njaes.rutgers.edu or rebecca.rathmill@rutgers.edu | 848-932-7138

Office of Continuing Professional Education

Risk-Free EPH Application: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/eph/application.html 
EPH homepage: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/eph
What is an REHS?: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/eph/rehs 
EPH Career Info: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/eph/career



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 are 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.


Hello all, 

Have you considered studying abroad? How about this summer? It's not too late to apply! 

SEBS Office of International Programs is hosting a "Study Abroad Mixer" on Friday, February 22, from 5-7pm in FSNS suite 122.  Come join us to:
  • Enjoy free hor d'oeuvres, desserts, and beverages
  • Be entered to win a $500 scholarship (Students who finish their applications with study abroad advisors at the mixer will be entered in the raffle for a $500 scholarship)
  • Meet the faculty leads  

You can find a list of study abroad programs for SEBS students here:

Also, don't forget to apply for SEBS Study Abroad scholarship!! It's REALLY easy to apply! (Deadline: March 3)



For the Love of Clothing. This February, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is trying to show the community some love by doing a clothing drive for shelters in the area. All clothing must be gently used, and will be donated to shelters with people of all ages! Towels and sheets are also acceptable donations! Please feel free to contact Christina Thomas if you have any questions at cmt210@scarletmail.rutgers.edu. Please consider this opportunity to show love this month to the people who need it most!


New Jersey Film Festival - Fridays-Sundays Through March 1 - Check out the schedule and information about the interesting indie films being screened on our campus. Most films at Voorhees Hall #105, 71 Hamilton St on the College Ave campus. http://www.njfilmfest.com/


George Street Playhouse is on our campus (in the old Ag Museum on College Farm Road)! Their current show is Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical, running through February 24. It is OUTSTANDING (Campus Dean review!). Next show is The Immigrant, running from March 12 through April 7. Students $15 at all times. More information at https://georgestreetplayhouse.org/


Upcoming Career Services Events for SEBS Students

Review and Register for these events on Handshake!


Career Meetup: Strategies for Securing a Great Summer Internship (Food & Agriculture and Environmental & Natural Resources)

February 21, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST

Chang Library, Conference Room


Field Trip: Ingredion (Campus-to-Career)

March 28, 2019 from 11:40 am to 4:00 pm EDT

Explore career possibilities with Ingredion, a leading global ingredients solutions company. Ingredion makes sweeteners, starches, nutrition ingredients and biomaterials that are used by customers in everyday products from foods to beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. Bus trip and lunch provided.


Career Meetup: Secrets and Strategies to Land Your Dream Job (Food & Agriculture and Environmental & Natural Resources)

March 29, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT

Chang Library, Conference Room


Rutgers JCPenney Suit-Up

March 31, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm EDT

JCPenney, 428 Woodbridge Center Dr, Woodbridge, NJ 07095


Resume Critique Drop-in Hours at the Chang Library in Foran Hall on Cook Campus,

Every Tuesday from 2pm-4pm


See you at these events, which will help prepare you for your career plans!

Larry Jacobs
Best2u@rutgers.edu  /  848-932-7997