[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

February 20, 2017 | Vol. 20 | No. 21

In This Issue

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


I. Happening This Week

2/21/17 - 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 senior honors program for the spring or fall semesters. RESEARCH ON OUR CAMPUS INCLUDES LAB-BASED, DATA-BASED, AND SOCIAL SCIENCE PROJECTS. At the Mixer, faculty and department staff provide information about their projects and then meet individually with students. The Research Mixer also welcomes groups outside Cook Campus that are interested in recruiting research assistants. Pizza will be served. Cook Student Center multipurpose room.

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



3/2/17 - Thursday - 6-7:30PM - Lonnie Thompson, from Ohio State University, will speak about “Past, Present, and Future of Glacier Archives from the World’s Highest Mountain.” Interesting and lots of great visuals. Cook Student Center multipurpose room. To register, please visit https://eoas.rutgers.edu/. Light refreshments before the talk.

3/3/17 - Friday - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour - 4:00 7:00 p. m.   Cook Student Center.
RDHH is held on the first Friday of each month. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited. Come and enjoy an evening of great food, fun and company. Everything is free except the beer/wine. This month we’ll have live Irish and other music from the all-professor Cook College Ramblers! 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 Governing Council, RU SURE, SEBS Executive Dean, Cook Campus Dean and Cook Associate Dean of Students Offices. Profs Judy Storch (Campus Dean/Nutr Sci) and Mark Robson (Plant Biology), bartenders. Hope to see you there!

3/7/16 - Tuesday - 10AM - Science Café.  First Tuesday of every month. Talk about science in a relaxed social setting. On 3/7 Larry Katz, Dept. of Animal Science & Director, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, will lead a discussion: Did humans domesticate animals or did animals domesticate humans?  Coffee and snacks provided.  IFNH Atrium.  

4/5/2017 - Wednesday - Sci Fi Writer Kim Stanley Robinson will speak about his book, New York 2140 Science and Fiction: Envisioning our Region's Future Under Extreme Sea Level Rise. Time & place TBA. Stay tuned for more information & registration.

III. Announcements


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


Audition for Student Speaker at SEBS Convocation!

If you are a graduating SEBS senior, a skilled, dynamic speaker, and have the desire to give the Convocation address on behalf of your fellow students, now is the time to act! Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 8:00 pm in the Douglass Student Center (DSC), Meeting Room E

Please write the opening two to three paragraphs of your proposed speech and present it to the Deans that evening. The final speech that will be given to the faculty, guests, and graduates at Convocation, will run five to six minutes in length.

Sign up for the audition with the SEBS Convocation Coordinator, Latisha Crubaugh, crubaugh@sebs.rutgers.edu by Monday, February 27.


Drop-In Resume Critique Hours

Cook Campus, Martin Hall, Room 221
Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
University Career Services
Larry Jacobs, Career Development Specialist
Please bring a draft of your resume for critique


Get Real World Training Required For Entry-Level Environmental Consulting Jobs

Do you want to get into environmental consulting after you graduate?

Then you need to understand how field samples and data are gathered and used to make management decisions by consulting firms.

You can learn this entry-level skill in just 4 hours this April!

In the EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD SAMPLING AND DATA COLLECTION training course, you'll sit shoulder-to-shoulder with professionals working in environmental consulting while you learn:
- how to accurately collect samples
- procedures to control quality
- how to document your findings using field notes in log books and standard data sheets
- the importance of laboratory chains of custodies

You'll leave this professional training program with valuable job skills required by most firms and show hiring employers that you have the initiative and ambition they seek. You'll also have the chance to network with professionals in your chosen field!


WHO: SEBS juniors & seniors who want to get into environmental consulting
WHAT: Effective Environmental Field Sampling and Data Collection training class
WHEN: April 28, 2016, 8:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Cook Student Center
WHY: Learn an entry-level skill you need and impress hiring professionals – before you apply for that job!
FEE: $92.50 - half off the regular fee! Continental breakfast included.
HOW: Register Online, http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0518ca.html

Contact Program Coordinator, Pamela Mayer


Students for Environmental Aweness

Every Monday at 9:15pm - Interested in learning about global environmental issues? Or even working towards a campus sustainable initiative? 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. Feel free to join at any time and contact us through email at rutgers.sea@gmail.com or on Facebook.


Study Abroad

The Center for Global Education (CGE) at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) is currently accepting study abroad applications for summer, fall, and academic year 2017.

We have more than a few study abroad programs with a specific academic focus. Listed below is a sampling of our credit-bearing opportunities designed with SEBS students in mind. This list isn’t comprehensive, so please reach out to CGE to discuss these and other programs. Before applying for a study abroad program, students should speak to their major or minor advisers to discuss course equivalencies and our study abroad advisers to help identify scholarship and financing options. Students should also take a look at the SEBS scholarship page. SEBS scholarships are for programs specific to the SEBS majors/sciences. Please contact Megan Francis at sebsglobal@aesop.rutgers.edu for more information or questions.

Semester Program Options
Australia/New Zealand Various Universities
Barbados University of West Indies
Hong Kong UHK
Hong Kong HKUST
Ireland University College Cork
Ireland University College Dublin
Italy Palazzo Rucellai
Israel Ben-Gurion
Norway Oslo
Sweden KTH
United Kingdom Bristol
United Kingdom Cardiff
United Kingdom Exeter
United Kingdom Manchester
United Kingdom Reading

Rutgers Programs Offering Coursework in French and Spanish
Spain Valencia

Summer Programs
Belize CELA
Cayman Islands Coral Reef Internship
France Microbiology of Cheese & Wine
France PURPAN Food Sciences and Agriculture
Kenya Primatology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation in Kenya
Mexico Culture & Community Health in Mexico
Thailand Human Health and the Metropolis



Center for Global Education
Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)



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.


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.


Rutgers Student Food Pantry supports students in need by providing emergency relief of non-perishable items and toiletries for any Rutgers University-New Brunswick student (full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, etc.). LOCATION: Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, 39 Union Street (College Ave Campus) HOURS: 9am-4pm Monday- Friday.  848-932-5500
ruoffcampus@echo.rutgers.edu (Note:  Donations are accepted M-F 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)


Green Print

Wanna hear about campus events or current issues from your fellow classmates? Check out the Cook campus newsletter Green Print at www.rugreenprint.com!!

Want us to address a school-related concern, or advertise your club's event? E-mail us at sebsgreenprint@gmail.com

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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


Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship
DEADLINE: February 27, 2017

Started in 2014, Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship offers grants for Rutgers students to pursue traditional study abroad, career-oriented internships, and other non-traditional credit-bearing study in China. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare Rutgers students to assume significant roles in an increasingly important interdependence between the U.S. and China.
Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. The award can be used to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare. Upon returning to Rutgers, China Study Abroad Scholars are expected to promote study abroad in China through classroom presentations, study abroad fairs, or information sessions.

The scholarship is administered through Rutgers China Office (RCO) of GAIA. Since the funding is generated through external resources, the number and size of scholarships each year will be contingent upon the RCO budget as well as the quality of the applications. For the FY 2016-2017, RCO anticipates awarding scholarships worth $20,000 in total, with each scholarship up to $1,000 for short term program, and up to $2000 for semester long program.

1. Full-time Rutgers student in a degree seeking program
2. Good academic standing

Application and Deadline
All applications should include:
- Cover letter of no more than two pages that explains why the applicant wants to study abroad in China
- Short CV
- Transcript of grades
- Letter of acceptance from the proposed study abroad program
- Recommendation from the applicant’s department at Rutgers

Applications should be submitted to Rutgers China Office no later than February 27, 2017 via mail (Rutgers China Office, Gateway Transit Village Room #734, 106 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901) or email (china_office@rutgers.edu). They will be reviewed by a committee comprised of members from RCO. The scholarship winners will be announced by March 10, 2017.

For any question regarding the scholarship, please contact Wendy Tan, Administrative Coordinator of Rutgers China Office at wendy.tan@rutgers.edu or 848-932-3074.



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 (starting at $10.00/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:  Morris, Warren and Sussex Counties
1 Full time:  Hunterdon, Somerset and southern Warren Counties
1 Full time:  Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and northern Burlington Counties

South Jersey:
1 Part time (20-25 hrs/week):  Salem and Cumberland Counties
1 Part time:  Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic and southern Burlington Counties

To receive an application or to set up an interview contact:

For North Jersey Positions:
Kris Holmstrom, Research Project Coordinator II

For South Jersey Positions:
Joseph Ingerson-Mahar, Senior Project Coordinator