[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

October 24, 2016 | Vol. 20 | No. 8

In This Issue

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


I. Happening This Week

10/26/16 - Talk by Elizabeth Kolbert.  8 PM. Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction “The Age of Extinction.”  Lecture followed by reception and book signing.  College Ave Student Center. Registration needed, go to http://sebsnjaes250.rutgers.edu/anthropocene/elizabeth-kolbert.htm

10/28/16 - "Taking Chances: The Coast After Hurricane Sandy" An afternoon colloquium free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Friday October 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Livingston Student Center, Livingston Campus. Join a distinguished group of faculty and thought leaders four years after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in our region for an informative dialogue about storms and climate change vulnerability centering on issues raised in this new publication from Rutgers University Press. Sponsored by Rutgers Climate Institute, Department of Human Ecology, and Rutgers University Press. Complete details and registration link at: http://thecoastafterhurricanesandy.weebly.com/.

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.

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


II. Other Upcoming Events

11/4/16 - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour 4:00 7:00 PM   Cook Student Center.
Responsible Drinking Happy Hour is held on the first Friday of each month.  Students, faculty, and staff are all invited.  Come and enjoy an evening of great food, LIVE MUSIC with Kaiga’s A Cut Above Jazz Band, fun and company.  Everything is free except the beer/wine. All welcome; you must be 21 to purchase alcohol, cash only.  Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff, along with your IDs.  Co-sponsored by SEBS International Programs, Fraternity of Alpha Zeta, RU SURE, SEBS Executive Dean, Cook Campus Dean and Cook Associate Dean of Students Offices.  Profs Rob Sherrell (Marine Sci) & Mark Robson (Plant Sci), bartenders.  See you there!

11/9/2016 - ‘You’re the Expert’ NPR radio show/podcast to be taped at Rutgers!  7 PM Join host Chris Duffy and Prof. Oscar Schofield (Marine Science) in this science and comedy special.  George Street Playhouse  9 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.  Register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed7u2c6c718823fb&llr=ikvdmrfab. For more info contact Janice McDonnell at sebs250@sebs.rutgers.edu 

11/12/16 -   ELIJAH’S PROMISE RACE AGAINST HUNGER.  Elijah’s Promise is a very effective local soup kitchen.  9AM registration in Johnson Park, Piscataway.  5K run or 1 mile walk.  Chef chili cookoff!  More info & registration at www.elijahspromise.org

11/17/16 - Industry Connect: Food & Agriculture and Environmental & Natural Resources (Networking Roundtable) 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Location: Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall. The Career Exploration and Networking Event is a great way to meet professionals in your area of interest and learn about what "a day in the life" of the job and industry is like. Meet successful professionals including alumni and recruiters working in the Food & Agriculture and Environmental & Natural Resources industry. Not only does this event present an opportunity for you to explore careers, you will also be able to make personal connections with employers and alumni that could lead to jobs or internships. For additional information: Contact University Career Services at careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu

11/17/2016 - Alternative Careers for Science Majors!  6 PM Students in the sciences that do not want to be a doctor, professor or researcher are not always aware of the wealth of career opportunities for science majors.  This evening event will introduce students to new career opportunities through short introductions followed by roundtable interactions with professionals who will discuss alternative paths for those interested in/majoring in science, but not necessarily planning on becoming a doctor, professor or researcher. Pizza will be served.  Sponsored by Cook Campus Dean and Dept of Human Ecology.  IFNH Room 101.

11/18/16 - Rutgers Climate Symposium 2016. Climate Change, Ecology, and Health. Registration and poster set up 8:15 am. Program commences at 9 am. Livingston Student Center. This one-day symposium is intended to stimulate interaction and collaboration among the community of natural and social science researchers and university students interested in climate change who are from institutions in the greater NJ, NY and Philadelphia region. Posters are not restricted to the symposium theme, they can be on any scholarly climate change work. Featured Speakers: Ben Beard, CDC; Dina Fonseca, Rutgers; Sonya Sachdevya, US Forest Service; Rick Stepp, University of Florida; Rachael Winfree, Rutgers. Poster abstract deadline: November 7, 2016. Registration deadline: November 14, 2016. The symposium is free but registration is required. Complete details and registration link at: http://ruclimatesymposium2016.weebly.com/.

11/18/16 - Field Trip: Visit New Jersey Resources (Campus-to-Careers) 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM , Location: Busch Student Center, The Cove. Explore careers in Food & Agriculture and Environmental & Natural Resources by going on an employer site visit to New Jersey Resources. The field trip includes lunch, transportation, information on positions that New Jersey Resources is hiring for, and a tour of the employer site. This field trip is specifically geared toward Engineering (Civil, Mechanical), Business, Economics, and Mathematics majors who have an interest in working in the natural gas industry. "Guided by our team of talented employees, we are a lifeline service provider dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers, day and night, no matter what challenges we face. For our customers, that means delivering natural gas to heat their homes and run their businesses. For our shareowners, it means providing consistent results. For the communities we serve, it means being a reliable corporate partner. And for the next generation, it demands that we act as a responsible steward of our environment. Our customers count on us to meet their energy needs and more. They count on us to maintain their quality of life, today, tomorrow and for generations to come. Fulfilling that trust is not only our mission; it is what New Jersey Resources is all about." For more information about New Jersey Resources, visit: http://www.njresources.com/. Schedule: Check In: 11:30am Bus Departs: 12:00pm On-Site: 1:00pm Bus Departs: 4:00pm Bus Arrives at Rutgers University: 5:00pm. RSVP through CareerKnight under the "Major Events, Fairs & Contests" tab. For additional information: Contact University Career Services at careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu

12/7/16 - SPEED NETWORKING! 6-9 PM. Come and network with RU Alumni.  Every 3 minutes students move to a different alumni mentor for another round of networking.  Each alum is an important potential resource for you.  College Ave Student Center.  Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edbulonod1620f66&oseq=&c=&ch=


III. Announcements

JERSEY FRESH FARMER'S MARKET ON COOK CAMPUSTHURSDAYS. Every Thursday in October (11 am - 3 pm) on Nichol Ave behind the Post Office on Cook Campus. (No parking. Be green bring a bag.) Brought to you by SEBS Governing Council, New Brunswick Farmer's Market, Rutgers Against Hunger, Slow Food Rutgers and the Cook Campus Dean.


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


Drop-in Resume Critique Hours
Cook Campus - Martin Hall, Room 221
Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm

Get resume help from Larry Jacobs, Career Development Specialist. Please bring draft of your resume.



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 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.


Interested in climate change? Learn about climate change related events on campus, in the area, news, webinars, and educational and professional opportunities by joining the Rutgers Climate Institute mailing list via our website to get our weekly event digest and follow us on facebook and twitter.


Come join Students for Environmental Awareness! If you're interested, our meetings are every Monday in the Merle V. Adams room of the Cook Student Center at 9:15pm. We do a variety of activities promoting environmentalism and sustainability on campus through various campaigns, film screening, and community service. We do some fun activities such as hiking trips, trail restoration, beach clean ups, etc. as well. Feel free to join at any time and contact us through email at rutgers.sea@gmail.com or on Facebook.


The Rutgers Journal of Bioethics is now accepting submissions for its 8th annual issue! The journal welcomes all unsolicited original essays, research papers, book reviews, and opinion editorials that fall under the category of bioethics. If you are interested in submitting your work, email it as a Microsoft Word Document (.doc/.docx) in double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font with citations following APA guidelines to rubioethics.journ@gmail.com. Check out our website for more information on submission details: http://eden.rutgers.edu/~bioeth/index.html


Rutgers University Libraries is administering the Open and Affordable Textbook Project described in the press release below. This is part of a national trend to address textbook affordability for college students by encouraging the adoption low-cost or no-cost materials by faculty. Student PIRG has been at the forefront of this issue and estimates that students spend an average of $1200.00 on textbooks each year (and higher at Rutgers!)—money that is frequently being covered by student financial aid. They also discovered that many students simply skip purchasing required textbooks, a gamble that impacts educational outcomes.

Additional links that may be of use:

1.) Student PIRG report “Covering the Cost” http://www.studentpirgs.org/reports/sp/covering-cost
2.) Report and Resolution by Rutgers University Senate’s Student Affairs Committee: http://senate.rutgers.edu/SAConS1402CostOfTextbooksAsAdoptedMarch2015.pdf
3.) Response from President Barchi: http://senate.rutgers.edu/RLBAckS1402onCostOfTextbooks.pdf


ENERGY INNOVATION CONTEST!  The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) announces the Energy Innovation Contest inviting undergraduates to help reduce energy consumption at Rutgers.  Awards will go to students who develop the best innovative plans to make our campus more carbon neutral, reduce energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the New Brunswick Campus. Three prizes ($2,500, $1,500, $1,000) will be awarded.  Open to all New Brunswick Undergraduates. Register by sending an email indicating intent to submit an entry to Beatrice Birrer at bea@marine.rutgers.edu no later than Feb. 24, 2017, subject line: "Energy Innovation Contest." Details, application form and full rules, are available on the REI website (http://www.rei.rutgers.edu/). Proposals due March 27, 2017.


The Rutgers Student Food Pantry is dedicated to helping students in need. Its primary mission is to provide necessary food and personal care products to members of the Rutgers community. Donations are accepted at The Office of Off-Campus Living & Community Partnerships, located at 39 Union Street anytime between the hours of 8:30AM-5:00PM. Donation pick-up can be arranged as well. For more information contact (848) 932–5500  or ruoffcampus@echo.rutgers.edu


Hey Rutgers Students! Got 30 minutes?
You could win 1 of 5 $25 prizes.
To learn more, go to tinyurl.com/RutgersFoodStudy
Got questions? Email foodstudy@aesop.rutgers.edu


Futurology Club

If history studies our past and social sciences study our present, what is the study of our future? Futurology is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to study and hypothesize the possible, probable, preferable, or the alternative future(s).

Future practitioners utilize a wide range of historical trends to offer evidence-based predictions employing numerous models and methods, many of which come from other academic disciplines, including economics, sociology, philosophy, geography, history, engineering, mathematics, psychology, technology, physics, biology, and astronomy.

If this interests you at all, the Futurology Club at Rutgers University meets at the Cook Student Center Merle V. Adams Room every Tuesday at 9 pm.


Rutgers Health University Dental Associates

You don't have to leave campus to go to the dentist. Rutgers Health University Dental Associates has opened a new faculty practice in New Brunswick, blocks from the Old Queens campus, at 135 Somerset Street. Staff, faculty, and students are welcome. In a state-of-the-art, private-practice setting, dentists and specialists who teach at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine treat patients directly, rather than overseeing students. For an appointment, call 732-235-5050. Learn more about Rutgers Health University Dental Associates at www.rutgersdentists.org


Green Print

Every other Thursday - Check out the Cook Campus Newsletter at www.rugreenprint.com!

Wanna be a writer? Contact sebsgreenprint@gmail.com for more info


Rutgers Recreation Spa Services

Did you know that Rutgers Recreation offers SPA SERVICES at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center? Come and relax in our aromatherapy filled spa room. Our licensed massage therapists will help you unwind and rebalance from your busy week.

Threading is available every Wednesday from 3-8PM/cost $5.00. No appointment necessary.

Massages are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

30 minute massage $25. students rate / 60 minutes $45 student rate.

SPA TREATS ARE OFFERED EVERY FRIDAY - 30 MINUTE MASSAGES ARE ONLY $20.00 (cannot be combined for 60 minutes)

Please call to schedule your appointment!

Cook/Douglass Recreation Center 848-932-8600

Check our website at: rec.rutgers.edu