Faculty Mentor Program
Aiello, John
Unit: Department of Psychology

Professor John R. Aiello is interested in research that includes regulation and control of social interaction, role of nonverbal components of interaction (e.g., spatial behavior, eye contact) and upon the consequences the environmental stress (particularly crowding stress and work stress) exerts on this regulatory process.  He has published more than 50 articles and has given more than 200 addresses at professional meetings and business organizations. His research interests include: leadership, stress, social facilitation, electronic performance monitoring, telecommuting, feedback, privacy, supervisory communication style, social justice and others. His research team has been involved in doing literature searches and meta-analysis coding as well. Topics of literature search include privacy legislation, performance feedback, social facilitation, computer monitoring and others.

E  jraiello@rci.rutgers.edu
W psych.rutgers.edu/people/aiello.html

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Allender, Eric
Unit: Department of Computer Science

Professor Eric Allender's research involves trying to show that some tasks are essentially impossible to compute.  For example, we know that there are some transformations on moderately-small inputs (say, a few hundred bits in length) that cannot be computed by any circuit that will fit in the galaxy; such functions are certainly ``hard'' to compute.  The field of computational complexity theory tries to give us more examples of ``hard'' functions.  This is important, since secure on-line commerce relies on unproven assumptions about functions that are ``hard'' in this sense.  Allender is a former chair of the computer science department, was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa, and is a Fellow of the ACM.  When he's not proving theorems, he and his wife love to dance.

E allender@cs.rutgers.edu
W cs.rutgers.edu/~allender

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Altshuler, Rosanne
Unit: Department of Economics

Professor Rosanne Altshuler holds a B.A. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Rosanne has published numerous articles on the economics of taxation in scholarly journals and books. Her work has also appeared in Tax Notes and Tax Notes International. Rosanne recently served as Senior Economist to the President’s Advisory Panel of Federal Tax Reform. Prior to joining the Tax Reform Panel, she was acting as a Special Advisor to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Rosanne has served on the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association and has edited the National Tax Journal since 2001. She has taught at many universities including Columbia University, Princeton University, and New York University’s School of Law.

E altshule@econ.rutgers.edu
W econweb.rutgers.edu/altshule/

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Bathory, Dennis
Unit: Department of Political Science

Professor Dennis Bathory teaches political theory from Plato and Aristotle to Tocqueville, Freud and Weber.  His books include Leadership in America: Consensus, Corruption and Charisma and Political Theory as Public Confession - The Social and Political Thought of St. Augustine.  His work on the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville continues with a book length manuscript on Tocqueville on the foundations of democratic politics in the planning stages.  He is the director of the new Loyd Gardner Fellowship Program in Leadership and Social Policy.  Previous graduate director and chair of the Political Science Department, he was an undergraduate at Oberlin College and received his Ph.D. at Harvard.

W polisci.rutgers.edu/faculty-navmenu-132/87-bathory-peter-dennis

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Beals, Michael
Unit: Department of Mathematics

Professor Michael Beals is Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences.  He is interested in the mathematics of wave phenomena, which technically is called the study of hyperbolic partial differential equations.  But really he is interested in all of mathematics, and teaches everything from Calculus and more advanced analysis courses to Linear Algebra and more advanced algebra courses to a special "Topics in Math for the Liberal Arts" designed for potential elementary teachers.  He also serves as dean for Educational Initiatives and helps us find departmental honors courses each semester!

E beals@sas.rutgers.edu
W http://math.rutgers.edu/people/index.php?type=faculty&id=17

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Bell, Rudolph
Unit: Department of History

Professor Rudolph Bell joined the faculty as an instructor in 1968.  In his forty years at RU he has always been active in undergraduate education, beginning as History vice-chair for undergraduates; continuing as a study abroad director in Italy, England and Ireland; holding the post of department chair for five years; teaching many times in the Honors Program; and most recently as a faculty union leader involved in addressing the balance of teaching and scholarly publication.  His research interests focus on Italy, from the Middle Ages to the present, with special concern for women, popular piety, and the history of the book. His publications include Holy Anorexia, which is about thin thaumaturgies, and How to do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians.  He is currently exploring remarriage decision-making among 16th-century Sicilian widows.

W history.rutgers.edu

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Bhanot, Gyan
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Department of Physics

bhanot_gyanProfessor Gyan Bhanot is a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and in the Department of Physics.  He is also a member of the BioMaPS Institute and of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  His research interests are in the area of translational medicine and population genetics.  Trained as a physicist (PhD from Cornell University in 1979), after working on problems in particle and statistical physics and computer science, his research interests switched to Biology when he read his daughter's AP bio textbook.  He is currently working on viral pandemics and trying to find novel targets and risk markers in breast, ovarian and kidney cancer using the analysis of sequencing data.  He enjoys talking to young people about science and mathematics.

E gyanbhanot@gmail.com
W http://bhanot.biomaps.rutgers.edu/wiki/index.php/Bhanot_Lab

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Brooks, Ethel
Unit: Depts of Women's & Gender Studies and Sociology

altProfessor Ethel Brooks has a joint appointment with the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and is the Undergraduate Director of Women's and Gender Studies.  She is the author of Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women’s Work (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) which received the award for Outstanding Book for 2010 from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the co-editor of the special issue of WSQ on "Activisms." She has contributed articles to a number of academic journals.  She is currently working on two book projects: Disrupting the Nation: Land Tenure, Productivity and the Possibilities of a Romani Post-Coloniality, and (Mis)Recognitions and (Un)Acknowledgements: Visualities, Productivities and the Contours of Romani Feminism, both of which focus on political economy and cultural production and the increasing violence against Romani (Gypsy) citizens worldwide.  Her op-eds on the expulsion of Romani people in various European countries have recently appeared on “The Guardian”. She is also writing an article on “Missing Pakistanis: Gender, Citizenship and the Muslim Everyday,” on the limits and possibilities of writing about Pakistanis in the wake of the war on terror.  In 2011 Prof.  Brooks was awarded a prestigious Fulbright-University of the Arts London Distinguished Chair Award and she spent the academic year 2011/2012 at TrAIN, the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation. Part of the award supported Prof. Brooks' delivery of a lecture series in conjunction with the Tate Gallery, London.

W http://womens-studies.rutgers.edu/faculty/core-faculty/116-ethel-brooks

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Bruning, Adrian
Unit: SAS Office of Academic Services

Dean Adrian Bruning had previously worked as a researcher and subsequently as the Director of Advising within the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers-New Brunswick.  Currently he is one of the SAS Seniors Deans.  In all capacities he has interacted with many Rutgers students, and spent many happy hours advising & helping as best he can.  Dr. Bruning was born and educated in South Africa, and also spent time as a pre and post doctoral student in Europe and at Rutgers.  All this has instilled in him an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the student population at Rutgers plus an inherent drive to better the student experience, and assist in the realization of student aspirations at Rutgers.

E   abruning@sas.rutgers.edu

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Brzustowicz, Linda
Unit: Department of Genetics

Professor Linda Brzustowicz is a psychiatrist and molecular geneticist.  Her research focuses on identifying and understanding genetic factors that increase an individual’s risk for developing psychiatric illness.  Her laboratory currently studies schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism.  Work by her group spans a range of activities including recruitment and assessment of human subjects, development of definitions of illness for genetic studies, DNA sequence analysis for linkage and association studies, comparative genomic analysis, and gene expression studies.

E brzustowicz@biology.rutgers.edu
W http://genetics.rutgers.edu/?page=faculty/faculty_details&id=3

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Cai, Qian
Unit: Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

altProfessor Qian Cai is interested in molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating the autophagy-lysosomal pathway, and its impact on neuronal development, function, and degeneration.  Autophagy-lysosomal function is now considered as indispensable for the homeostasis of cells.  Neurons appear particularly vulnerable to autophagy-lysosomal dysfunction and toxin accumulation.  Defects within this pathway have been directly linked to several major neurodegenerative diseases.  Her lab has focused on addressing how retrograde transport of late endocytic organelles regulates autophagy-lysosomal function, thereby contributing to the maintenance of axonal homeostasis.  Using genetic mouse models and cell biological approaches combined with time-lapse imaging and gene rescue experiments in live neurons, the Cai lab will determine how the mitochondrial quality is properly controlled through neuronal mitophagy, and how the defects within this system contribute to neurodegeneration.  These studies will advance our understanding of pathogenesis of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases characterized by damaged mitochondria or a dysfunctional autophagy-lysosomal system.

E qian.caiqc@rutgers.edu
W http://cbn.rutgers.edu/faculty/faculty.php?f=cai

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Connolly, Serena
Unit: Department of History

Professor Serena Connolly studies the social history of the Roman Empire. She is particularly interested in the lives of poorly-attested groups such as non-elites, women and slaves, and in ordinary Romans’ relationships with their family, friends, community, and state institutions. She is currently writing a book on the Distichs of Cato, a Roman wisdom text that is similar to our modern self-help manuals. Her regular undergraduate courses include offerings in Roman history and culture, as well as the Latin language and its literature. She would be delighted to mentor students who intend to major in the Humanities and are considering graduate work.


W classics.rutgers.edu/Connolly.html

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Driscoll, Monica
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Professor Monica Driscoll is interested in developmental neurogenetics, molecular genetics of neuronal cell death, mechanosensory transduction in touch and feeling, molecular mechanisms of aging.  One of the looming mysteries in signal transduction is the question of how mechanical signals such as pressure or force delivered to a cell are interpreted to direct biological responses.  A long-standing problem in the mechanotransduction field has been that genes encoding mechanically-gated channels eluded cloning efforts resulting in a large gap in our understanding of their function.  A new family of ion channels (the degenerin channels) are hypothesized to function as the central mediators of touch transduction and proprioception (how the body maintains coordinated movement) in C. elegans.  Her lab combines genetic molecular and electrophysiological approaches to determine and compare the composition/regulation of mechanosensitive complexes in an effort to contribute to the understanding of the function of this newly discovered channel class. 

W lifesci.rutgers.edu/%7Emolbiosci/faculty/driscoll.html

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Eliassi-Rad, Tina
Unit: Department of Computer Science

eliassi-radProfessor Tina Eliassi-Rad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science.  Until September 2010, Professor Eliassi-Rad was a Member of Technical Staff and Principal Investigator at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (with a minor in Mathematical Statistics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001.  Professor Eliassi-Rad's research interests include data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.  Her work has been applied to the World-Wide Web, text corpora, large-scale scientific simulation data, complex networks, and cyber situational awareness.  Currently, her primary research involves the study of large-scale complex networks (such as technological, informational, and social networks) in order to build predictive models of such systems.  Professor Eliassi-Rad is an action editor for the Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Journal.  In 2010, she received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the US DOE Office of Science and a Directorate Gold Award from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for work on cyber situational awareness.

E tina@eliassi.org
W http://eliassi.org/

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Ellis, Kate
Unit: Department of English

Professor Kate Ellis focuses on two areas: creative non-fiction and women writers in the Restoration and eighteenth century, bringing to both an emphasis on narrative: how we write it, read it, connect to it and analyze it.  In all her creative writing classes, but especially those in creative non-fiction, she emphasize that we are learning to master a set of skills needed to shape disorderly materials into compelling narratives.  In her women writers classes, she sees the eighteenth century as the time when the modern world that students take for granted was put in place, displacing very slowly a pre-modern set of beliefs and practices that we can still find in much of the non-European world.  She believes that distinguishing modernity from pre-and-post-modernity helps students to understand not only the past but the present.

E ekatellis@yahoo.com
W http://english.rutgers.edu/faculty/facultyprofiles/270-kellis.html

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Evans, Brad
Unit: Department of English

evans_bradProfessor Brad Evans is a specialist in nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature. His research explores the complicated intellectual history of conceptualizing art objects (like novels) as belonging to national and cultural traditions. His interest in this topic has led him to write about fraught instances of cultural circulation, as suggested by two new projects nearing completion. In the first, he has co-produced the reconstruction of an important 1914 silent feature film by Edward S. Curtis, In the Land of the Head Hunters, the first of its kind to feature an entirely indigenous cast drawn from the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) of British Columbia. The goal of the project was to provide a scholarly recovery of the melodramatic genre of the film and to present unique Kwakwaka’wakw perspectives on their role in its production and conservation. His other new project is a book about an international vogue for proto-modernist periodicals known as "ephemeral bibelots," which appeared throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States for a brief moment in the 1890s. He uses the bibelot vogue to rework the literary history of the period and ask fundamental questions about how art moves. He is the recent recipient of a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for work on the bibelot project.

 E brad.evans@rutgers.edu
W http://english.rutgers.edu/faculty/facultyprofiles/271-bevans.html

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Fiorini, Eugene R.
Unit: DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science)


fiorini_geneProfessor Eugene R. Fiorini is a Research Professor and the Associate Director of DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) at Rutgers University since 2008.  He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from University of Delaware and his M.S. in Statistics in 2003 from Temple University.  He is the co-principal investigator and project director of DIMACS/DIMATIA, US/Czech International Research Experiences for Undergraduate Program, funded by the National Science Foundation since 2010.  He is also the organizing committee member of Integrating Mathematics and Biology, funded by the National Science Foundation since 2010, and has been involved in ABI Innovation: Scalable Baysean Methods for Analyzing Copy Number Variantsin Population, submitted to the National Science Foundation since 2011.  His recent research involves Medical Informatics, to be submitted to the National Science Foundation.


E gfiorini@dimacs.rutgers.edu
W http://www.dimacs.rutgers.edu/People/Staff/fiorini.html

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Firestein, Bonnie
Unit: Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Professor Bonnie Firestein  works in the field of neurobiology, and is interested in mentoring students who intend to pursue a Ph.D., going on to graduate school for research (this does not include pre-med students).  In order for neurons to communicate, distinct proteins must be targeted to distinct sites.  Since the neuron is a highly polarized cell, it is a model system in which to study protein targeting.  Dr. Firestein's laboratory studies the targeting of PSD-95, a protein that localizes solely to sites on dendrites termed the post-synaptic density (PSD).  It is at these sites that interneuronal communication takes place.  Understanding how proteins are targeted to the PSD will help us to understand events underlying synaptic plasticity and long-term potentiation.  Dr. Firestein would like to work with student mentees who are interested in research or scientific writing.

E firestein@biology.rutgers.edu
W http://firesteinlab.cbn.rutgers.edu

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Fishbein, Leslie
Unit: Department of American Studies

Professor Leslie Fishbein received her BA in History from Hunter College in the Bronx and her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. She has served as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa in Israel. Her book Rebels in Bohemia: The Radicals of The Masses, 1911-1917, a study of radicals and bohemians in Greenwich Village, won The New York State Historical Association Manuscript Award. Her research interests include film and history, American radicalism, documentary expression, the history of female deviance, and Jewish-American literature and culture. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Rutgers New Jersey Jewish Film Series and likes to use film as a means of teaching visual literacy. She currently is at work on a book on the self-representation of American prostitutes and madams entitled Memoirs of the Sex Trade: A Cultural History of Prostitution and on a book on Jewish-American women’s memoirs entitled Memoir and Memory: Jewish-American Women: Contested Lives.

E fishbei@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://amerstudies.rutgers.edu/people-menu/core-faculty/leslie-fishbein

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Foglesong, David
Unit: Department of History

Professor David Foglesong born and educated mainly in California, is a historian of U.S. foreign relations.  His research interests include American-Russian relations, intelligence, covert action, religion, and "nation building."  In America's Secret War Against Bolshevism, he examined the covert as well as overt forms of U.S. intervention in the Russian Civil War.  He has just completed The American Mission and the "Evil Empire," which focuses on the recurring American drives to liberate Russia and the accompanying demonization of despotic Russian governments since the 1880s.  He teaches courses on the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy, Russian history, and U.S. experiences with "nation building" from the Philippines at the start of the twentieth century to Iraq in the early twenty-first century.  His seminars have given rise to his current research project, which centers on the U.S. occupations of countries such as Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Japan, Germany, and Vietnam. 

E dsfoglesong@gmail.com
W http://history.rutgers.edu/faculty-directory/155-foglesong-david

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Gawiser, Eric
Unit: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Eric Gawiser studied Physics and Public Policy as an undergraduate, got a Ph.D. in Physics for research in theoretical cosmology, and joined the Rutgers faculty in 2007 to study distant galaxies using the world's largest telescopes. He recently reported the first discovery of distant galaxies that are the ancestors of galaxies like our own Milky Way, which was covered by USA Today, BBC, and newspapers from as far away as Thailand, India, Turkey and Kazakhstan.  He enjoys advising undergraduate students and recently supervised the research of two Rutgers seniors.  As an Associate at the Hayden Planetarium, Professor Gawiser gives lectures for the general public on Astrophysics research.  He enjoys teaching undergraduate Astrophysics for both science majors and non-majors .

W physics.rutgers.edu/~gawiser

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Gillespie, Angus Kress
Unit: Department of American Studies

Professor Angus Kress Gillespie covers a wide variety of topics including folk culture, Jerseyana, maritime studies, regionalism, the American South, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, film studies, U.S.-Philippine relations, as well as America’s relations with the Middle East.  Each class is carefully crafted to give students a thorough historical and cultural explanation of a topic, as well as rigorous critique of subject and method.  His teaching is all about listening, questioning, and being responsive, as well as remembering that each student contributes differently.   He works hard to elicit responses from even the quietest student, and he pushes all his students to excel. Alongside his teaching portfolio, Gillespie works closely with students every year to produce the New Jersey Folk Festival (NJFF), a major contribution to the University and the State. The NJFF is the largest student-run multi-arts folk festival in North America.

E agillespie@amst.rutgers.edu

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Glass, Arnold
Unit: Department of Psychology

Professor Arnold Glass studies language and memory. He is especially interested in creating a computer program that understands language and is eager to meet students who share this interest.  He also runs experiments that investigate how people understand language and how well they remember things they have seen and heard.  Arnold is a life-long comic book collector and movie fan.  At one time he consulted with the various movie companies on selecting movie titles.  He is an avid Rutgers sports fan who attends all Rutgers Football games.  He enjoys talking with students about these topics and about all kinds of things.  

W rci.rutgers.edu/~aglass/GlassLab.html

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Grant, Barth
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Professor Barth D. Grant is interested in molecular membrane biology, especially the mechanisms controlling the uptake of proteins and lipids at the surface of cells, a process called endocytosis. The cells of our bodies are surrounded by a lipid bilayer that separates the molecules inside the cell from those on the outside.  This membrane barrier provides cellular identity, and is essential for life as we know it, but it also represents a problem.  How are large molecules that the cell needs to survive internalized?  Likewise, how can the composition of the membrane be controlled to optimize the interaction of the cell with its environment?  These fundamental issues of cellular function are solved in part by membrane traffic, the regulated movement of regions of membrane and their associated macromolecules using small carriers called vesicles. To gain new insight into the mechanisms that drive this pathway, the Grant lab takes advantage of the unique experimental features of the microscopic nematode C. elegans that have made it a leading model organism in nearly all areas of modern biological research. Chief among these features are highly advanced genetics and transgenic technology, very simple methods for gene knockdown (RNAi) and knockout, coupled with a transparent body that allows visualization of fluorescently tagged molecules in living animals.

W lifesci.rutgers.edu/grantlab 

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Gu, Guoping
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

gu_guopingProfessor Guoping (Sam) Gu is interested in molecular mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance. A growing body of evidence indicates that non-DNA sequence information (i.e., epigenetic information) acquired in ancestral generations can be heritable and have a phenotypic effect in descendants. The ability of transmitting epigenetic information through cell cycle and generational boundaries is an essential component of gene regulation and developmental control, yet the molecular mechanisms remain elusive. Professor Gu focuses on one mechanism that leads to a heritable epigenetic effect: RNA-induced chromatin modification that can last for multiple generations after the initial RNA exposure in C. elegans.  Combining genetics, molecular biology and computational approaches, he studies how RNA triggers an epigenetic memory and how RNA-induced epigenetic signals are transmitted through generational boundaries.

E ggu@dls.rutgers.edu
W http://lifesci.rutgers.edu/~molbiosci/faculty/gu.html

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Gunderson, Sam
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Professor Sam Gunderson does RNA-based research focusing on the regulation of gene expression at the level of processing of precursor mRNA in mammalian cells.  His lab seeks to understand how a single gene can produce 10's to 100's of unique mRNAs some of which can lead to unique proteins.  Biochemical methods are used to reconstitute regulatory pathways so as to gain mechanistic insight into the inner workings of gene expression regulatory complexes.  Professor Gunderson’s research is focused on developing new technologies to detect all the alternatively spliced and polyadenylated mRNAs in a given cell type, something current gene microarrays fail to do.  A recent development is a new gene silencing technology, which uses a completely different mechanism than RNA interference.   He is looking for novel polymers and delivery systems to introduce U1in gene silencing molecules into cells and animals with the goal of developing genomic-wide high throughput methods for functional genomics.  http://otc.rutgers.edu/pdf/Gunderson-07-060.pdf

W http://www.igert.rutgers.edu/faculty.php?FacultyID=36

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Haviland, Martha
Unit: Department of Genetics

Professor Martha Haviland received her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan.  Her research focused on the genetics of quantitative traits associated with cardiovascular disease.  She currently teaches genetics and serves as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Instruction, Division of Life Sciences.  She is passionate about undergraduate education in the life sciences and getting others involved in and excited about science, because she feels that science (particularly genetics) affects all of us, and to have meaningful discussions concerning the application of scientific discoveries, medical and scientific ethics, and allocation of resources in science, she believes individuals in our society must be better educated.

E haviland@biology.rutgers.edu

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Helfer, Martha
Unit: Department of Germanic, Russian, and Eastern European Languages

Professor Martha Helfer teaches German literature and philosophy, with emphasis on 18th and 19th century thought.  She is particularly interested in analyzing how texts construct meaning in non-obvious ways.  She is currently working on two book projects.  The first examines gender in German Romanticism; the second investigates subtle forms of literary anti-Semitism.  Professor Helfer enjoys working with students from all disciplines, and especially likes teaching non-humanities types to love literature.  An avid lap swimmer, she spends her free time submerged in a swimming pool.  She is the Chair of the Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages, and an affiliate faculty member of Comparative Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and Jewish Studies.

E mhelfer@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://german.rutgers.edu/faculty/profiles/helfer.htm

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Heumann, Milt
Unit: Department of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor

Professor Milt Heumann teaches courses on civil liberties and civil rights, the politics of criminal justice, and judicial decision-making. Professor Heumann received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in l968, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University  (1971,1976). His publications include Plea Bargaining, Speedy Disposition, Hate Speech on Campus, Good Cop, Bad Cop:Profiling, Race and Competing Visions of Justice. Professor Heumann has taught at the University of Michigan, Rutgers-Camden School of Law and Yale Law School (where he also was a Guggenheim Fellow).  His current research interests include the consequences of felony convictions (for voting, for professional licensing), as well as an examination of jury nullification in light of recent sentencing reforms.  He also plans to write a screen play based on a brilliant, albeit cantankerous, 88 year old attorney/friend, who working with only a few other local residents, challenged the decision making structure of a large closed community in New Jersey. 

E heumann@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://polisci.rutgers.edu/faculty/96-heumann-milton

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Hsu, Shu-Chan
Unit: Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Professor Shu-Chan Hsu studies the precise yet dynamic networking among nerve cells, which is the cellular basis of many if not all brain functions. To establish and maintain this neuronal network, neurons adopt a highly specialized yet flexible morphology; the formation and modulation of this specialization requires precisely targeted membrane addition to designated sites of the plasma membrane. Dr. Hsu's lab is trying to define the molecular events underlying this process, using molecular biological, biochemical, immunochemical and cell biological approaches.  Their goal is to elucidate the biochemical events underlying secretory vesicle trafficking and to study how this process is regulated by cellular signaling pathways during neuronal growth, differentiation and regeneration.

W cbn.rutgers.edu/faculty/faculty.php?f=hsu

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Hughes, John
Unit: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor John P. Hughes  while growing up in New York City (mostly oblivious to popular culture) just couldn't get enough of astronomy.  So you can imagine how thrilled he was to be involved in building satellites for NASA on the way to a degree in astrophysics from Columbia University.  These days Dr. Hughes has traded in his 2-inch diameter backyard telescope for the 10-meter diameter Southern African Large Telescope (funded in part by Rutgers) north of Cape Town.  One of his current research projects is a large-area, multiwavelength sky survey aiming for an accurate census of massive clusters of galaxies to measure the rate of structure growth in the Universe and thereby answer questions about the nature of dark matter and dark energy that control its evolution.  He also studies the aftermaths of supernova explosions, including both the superdense crushed interiors of massive stars and the exploded outer parts that fly off at speeds of thousands of kilometers per second.  A strong advocate for undergraduate research, Dr. Hughes also teaches High Energy Astrophysics, Stars and Star Formation, Astronomy and Cosmology, the Physics of Sound, as well as an honors seminar on the Science and Life of Albert Einstein.  Dr. Hughes enjoys travel, biking, skiing, opera, and now pays close attention to US domestic and international policy issues.

W physics.rutgers.edu/~jackph/

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Jacobs, Lawrence E.
Unit: Career Services

Professor Larry Jacobs Assistant Director of Career Services, holds an ED.S. and Masters in Counseling Psychology and Student Affairs.  One of his goals in academia is to show that the fields of psychology and education, and understanding behavior and teaching others are fun and exciting.  As the founder of Dare2Dream, a motivational and interactive program on the power of your attitude and productiveness, he designed the program to inspire, support, and educate, and he has presented it to over 80,000 people. Born deaf, yet living life to the fullest, Larry has been a mentor for individuals to live their dreams.  He always finds time to talk with students about setting goals and objectives, experiencing cultural diversity and disability awareness, and finding your passion for life.  Some of his volunteer activities include the founding and building of Kidstreet, the largest playground in the state of NJ; carrying the US Olympic Torch for the 1996 Olympic Games, and a USA Trials track runner.

E best2u@echo.rutgers.edu
W http://careerservices.rutgers.edu

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Keeton, Chuck
Unit: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Chuck Keeton studies the mysterious "dark matter" that surrounds galaxies and pervades the universe.  Each galaxy's gravity acts as a gravitational lens to distort our view of objects in the background.  Professor Keeton observes gravitational lensing with the Hubble Space Telescope and various telescopes on the ground, and analyzes the observations to map the invisible dark matter in distant galaxies.  Professor Keeton also serves as the Faculty Director for the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates http://aresty.rutgers.edu .  In 2010 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama for his innovative work in the integration of research and education.  In his free time Professor Keeton enjoys singing choral music.  He has performed with the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and he now sings early music with the Rutgers Collegium Musicum.

E keeton@physics.rutgers.edu
W http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/people/pips/KeetonC.html & http://aresty.rutgers.edu

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Kenfield, John
Unit: Department of Art History

Professor John F. Kenfield has been teaching ancient Greek and Roman art and culture in the Department of Art History since 1971.  In 1994, the Rutgers College Parents Association named Professor Kenfield “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” for his continuing work in the Introduction to Art History I (01:082:105), and in 1998 The Rutgers Students Unofficial Guide to College (p. 21) named Professor Kenfield one of the ten best teachers in the School of Arts and Sciences.

E john.kenfield@gmail.com
W http://arthistory.rutgers.edu/faculty/bios/kenfield/

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Knapp, Spencer
Unit: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Professor Spencer Knapp was born in Baytown, TX, and raised in Tallmadge, OH.  As a Fellow of the Ford Foundation, he received degrees in 1972 and 1975 from Cornell. Following an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard, he came to Rutgers.  His research interests include the synthesis of natural products, enzyme inhibitors, and complex ligands, and the development of new synthetic methods.  He developed GlcNAc-thiazoline inhibitors, which serve as powerful tools for understanding the human enzymes O-GlcNAcase and N-acetylhexosaminidases (the latter associated with Tay-Sachs and Sandoff’s diseases). He developed iodolactamization and the carbonimidothioate and N-benzoylcarbamate cyclizations; and natural products synthesized include griseolic acid, siastatin B, and capuramycin. He has collaborated with over 40 Rutgers undergraduates and has 21 publications with undergraduates as coauthors.  Many of these have gone on to top graduate schools, and now hold positions in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Courses taught include Organic Chemistry and the Honors Seminar “Science in the News."

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Konsolaki, Mary
Unit: Department of Genetics

konsolaki_maryProfessor Mary Konsolaki has training in Genetics and Molecular Biology and for the past fourteen years has worked on Alzheimer’s, trying to understand the biochemical pathways that lead to the onset and progression of the disease.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative condition and poses a significant burden in our medical system.  Although the basic pathology that characterizes Alzheimer’s disease is linked to the presence of beta-amyloid peptides, the mechanisms that cause the onset and progression of the disease are less well understood.  Dr. Konsolaki’s work has focused on the role that regulated copper transport plays in the toxicity associated with beta-amyloid peptides, as well as on trying to elucidate what regulates the production of the beta amyloid peptides.  For this, she has generated Drosophila models that mimic the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease.  

E konsolaki@dls.rutgers.edu
W http://lifesci.rutgers.edu/~molbiosci/faculty/konsolaki.html

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Krenos, John
Unit: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Professor John Krenos has research interests in chemistry education and chemical dynamics, principally the experimental study of electronic energy transfer collisions by molecular beam and spectroscopic techniques.  He teaches Honors General Chemistry, and served as the Vice Chair for the Undergraduate Program in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from 2000-2009.  He coauthored a Study Guide accompanying a major honors chemistry textbook (Fifth Edition in press), and participated in an NSF supported project on establishing an Undergraduate Research Center for Chemistry and Closely Allied Fields at Rutgers. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Education for the New Brunswick Public Schools chairing its Curriculum Committee.  Prof. Krenos has recently served on an evaluation committee composed of 60 university chemistry faculty nationwide for the new College Board AP high school curriculum in chemistry to be introduced in 2012.

E krenos@rutgers.edu
W (research) chem.rutgers.edu/krenos_john
W (teaching) http://chem.rutgers.edu/~krenos/chem163_f12/index.html

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Kusnecov, Alex
Unit: Department of Psychology

Professor Alex Kusnecov received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. This was followed by a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical School in New York State, where he continued his training in psychoneuroimmunology. His research focuses on the functional relationship between brain and behavior, the endocrine system, and the immune system. Using mouse models, he seeks to understand how central and peripheral events related to infection and activation of the immune system influence the cognitive and emotional state of animals, and through what molecular mechanisms this might occur. In addition to animal behavioral neuroscience research, Dr. Kusnecov is also conducting human studies of the startle reflex response, and how this is modulated by genetic and cognitive and emotional processes. His involvement in the Mind-Body Center at Rutgers also allows for collaborations on the relationship between psychosocial variables, aging and the immune response.  Currently he is serving as the undergraduate Vice-Chair of Psychology Department.

E kusnecov@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://psych.rutgers.edu/people/kusnecov.html

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Landon-Lane, John
Unit: Department of Economics

landon-lane_johnProfessor John Landon-Lane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. He holds a B. Sc(Hons) and a M.Comm(Hons) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research includes work in econometric theory, applied macro-econometrics, growth and development, and economic and financial history. He has published widely in internationally recognized economic journals. His current research includes models of growth and development that include the informal sector and applications of Bayesian methods to the estimation of these models.

E john.landonlane@rutgers.edu
W http://econweb.rutgers.edu/lane/

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Lee, KiBum
Unit: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

lee_kibum2Professor KiBum Lee is an associate professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University, where he has been a faculty since 2008. The primary research interest of Dr. Lee’s group is to develop and integrate nanotechnologies and chemical functional genomics to modulate signaling pathways in cells (e.g. stem cells and cancer cells) towards specific cell lineages or behaviors. In particular, his group is exploring critical problems in cancer/stem cell biology pertaining to the cell-microenvironmental interactions, and how to control these interactions at the subcellular and single cell level using chemical biology and nanotechnology. More specifically, our research focuses on identifying and thereafter utilizing the identified microenvironmental cues for neuro-differentiation of stem cells and apoptosis of brain tumor cells.  In addition, his developed methods and approaches combining nanotechnology with chemical biology to study the function of stem cell microenvironments would be beneficial to advance effective cancer therapies and molecular imaging techniques. In summary, his group has pursued a multifaceted strategy to address the challenges faced by stem cell-based regenerative medicine and cancer therapies and has published many excellent papers and patents.

E kblee@chem.rutgers.edu
W http://chem.rutgers.edu/lee_kibum

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Liu, Alice Y.-C.
Unit: Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Professor Alice Y. Liu is a proud faculty of this great research University of the State of New Jersey.  She is interested in understanding why the ability to withstand stress is diminished in aging in general and in neurons in particular.   She studies the regulation of a stress induced genetic mechanism – induction of the heat shock response (HSR); the increased expression of HSP chaperones serves to facilitate protein folding to confer stress resistance.   Her current research is focused on the identification and elucidating the mechanism of action of drugs/small molecules that can enhance the HSR to “protect” cells under stress for possible therapeutics development.  Dr. Liu teaches the course Molecular Biology (146:478).  She firmly believes in the importance of research based learning and has mentored a good number of undergraduate students over the years.    She enjoys working and interacting with students in the classroom and at the lab bench.   In her capacity as a teacher, she tries to inspire and challenge ALL of her students to strive for their very best.    

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Mandelbaum, Jenny
Unit: Department of Communication

Professor Jenny Mandelbaum received her BA in French and Philosophy from Oxford University in England, and an MA and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas.  Her research examines the organization of everyday interaction, using video and audio tapes as a resource for describing, for instance, how we tell stories in conversation and what we "do" through the stories we tell.  Her findings include accounts of how we "construct" relationships and identity in and through interaction.  Currently she and her students are working on a large database of videotaped Thanksgiving dinners.  She looks forward to the continued participation of Honors students in these projects.  She teaches classes at all levels (including Intro. to Communication -- Comm 101), and enjoys the challenges of introducing technology into the classroom.

W http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~jennym/

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Marcone, Jorge
Unit: Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literature

Professor Jorge Marcone currently serves as Undergraduate Director in Comparative Literature, and previously has served as the Undergraduate Director in Spanish and Portuguese.  He has directed the Summer Study Abroad Programs in Spain and Cuzco and is the departmental advisor for students attending study abroad programs in Spanish-speaking countries.  In recent years Prof. Marcone has taught Honors sections of “Literature Across Borders” (Comp. Lit.), “Latin America: An Introduction,” and “Introduction to Hispanic Literature.”  His research and teaching interests focus on “ecocriticism,” the umbrella name for a diversity of ecologically oriented interdisciplinary approaches in literary and cultural studies.  Professor Marcone specializes on the history of environmentalism and ecological thinking in Hispanic literatures and cultures, and on the representation of Amazonia in literature, film, and other visual arts. At Rutgers University since 1991, Prof. Marcone holds a B.A. in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics from the Universidad Católica del Perú, and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.  rofessor Marcone is eager to mentor students interested in literary studies and/or film studies in any language and especially in world lit and film.

E jmarcone@spanport.rutgers.edu
W http://span-port.rutgers.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=144

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Matsuda, Matt
Unit: Department of History

Professor Matt Matsuda  Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program as well as College Avenue Campus Dean, teaches and researches Modern European (particularly French) and Asia and Pacific comparative questions in the History Department.  He has written books about memory and historical thinking, empire and emotions, and is working on a general study of civilizations and encounters in the ocean-world of the Pacific.  He is a recipient of undergraduate teaching awards, and, as College Avenue Campus Dean, works regularly with social action, global rights, and environmental and activist groups. He is also developing teaching in social entrepreneurship: the crossover of business and social justice initiatives. A guitarist and performer on the Los Angeles scene during the post-punk, indie, New Wave era, he is happy to discuss all of the creative, fun, and unusual ways we can learn together. 

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McHam, Sarah B.
Unit: Department of Art History

altProfessor Sarah Blake McHam is a Distinguished Professor of Art History at Rutgers University specializing in Italian Renaissance art.  Her articles have focused on Italian fifteenth- and sixteenth-century painting, sculpture, and manuscripts, and dealt with artists like Donatello, Giovanni Bellini, Tullio Lombardo, Titian, and Giambologna.  Her interests center on patronage and the political and religious contexts in which works of art were produced. Her books include The Chapel of St. Anthony at the Santo in Padua and Venetian Renaissance Sculpture and Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture, both published by Cambridge University Press. She is also interested in the effects of Greco-Roman literature and art in the Renaissance and has recently completed a book about the Roman Pliny the Elder’s influence on art and theory entitled Pliny and the Artistic Culture of the Italian Renaissance: The Legacy of the Natural History published by Yale University Press in Feb. 2013.  Professor McHam’s areas of expertise include Italian 13th- 16th-century painting and sculpture; classical heritage in the Italian Renaissance.  She is a passionate fan of baseball and an avid tennis player. She also enjoys playing with her six grandchildren.

E mcham@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://arthistory.rutgers.edu/faculty/bios/mcham


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McKim, Kim
Unit: Department of Genetics

Professor Kim S. McKim focus and research interests include understanding the mechanisms of Genetics and Heredity.  Since this includes studying DNA repair and how the chromosomes replicated and segregated during cell division, this research has important implications for reproductive biology and cancer.  Dr. McKim teaches courses in both basic and advanced Genetic analysis in addition to supervising the research projects of several undergraduates each year. 

E mckim@rci.rutgers.edu
W genetics.rutgers.edu/?page=faculty/faculty_details&id=10

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McLean, Paul
Unit: Department of Sociology

mclean_paulProfessor Paul McLean studies elite social networks in historical contexts, specifically Renaissance Florence and early modern Poland.  This involves gathering pretty large datasets from archival sources to get something approaching a comprehensive view of the relational structure of such networks.  How such networks are patterned and how they evolve has important consequences for the trajectory of political and economic development and the emergence of various kinds of institutional innovations in those societies.  Besides mapping the structure of such networks, he is interested in the art of networking (even if he is not very good at it himself!), the sentiment of honor, and various themes (e.g., chance and game-playing) in the sociology of culture.  He teaches courses in political and economic sociology, the sociology of culture, social network analysis, and classical social theory.  He also enjoys hiking and is a singer of art songs and Renaissance polyphony in his spare time.

E pmclean@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://sociology.rutgers.edu/FACULTY/mclean.html

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Montelione, Gaetano T
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Professor Gaetano T. Montelione holds the Jacob & Lorraine Aresty Chair in Cancer Biology Research, endowed to support a faculty member whose research is making strides in cancer research and who is mentoring young scientists in biological fields that advance cancer research. Goals of the Montelione lab include developing high-throughput technologies suitable for determining the three-dimensional structures of many proteins discovered by the human genome project using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and X-ray crystallography, and applying protein structure analysis to problems in cancer biology, systems biology, and microbiology.  This work is done largely with support from the Protein Structure Initiative (PSI) of the National Institute of General Medical Science. A key focus of the research is to develop NMR spectroscopy as a tool for protein engineering and structural bioinformatics. The lab applies these techniques to various proteins of biological, pharmaceutical and medical interest.

W www-nmr.cabm.rutgers.edu

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Padgett, Richard
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

altProfessor Richard Padgett is a resident member of the Waksman Institute with an academic appointment in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.  He is also a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Child Health Institute.  He studies TGFβ signal transduction using both C. elegans and Drosophila as model organisms to dissect this signaling pathway.  TGFβ pathways are highly conserved in humans and are involved in many developmental events.  Mutations in the pathway are associated with numerous diseases and cancers.  Understanding how this pathway functions and is regulated will be important for developing better therapeutics.  Dr. Padgett’s lab has always had undergraduate research students, who eventually entered medical or research fields after graduation.  His interest in teaching and mentoring is evidenced from his Directorship of the Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Program since 1999.  In 2011, he became Co-Director of the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program, which is an umbrella program for five interdisciplinary graduate programs shared by Rutgers University and the graduate school at RWJ Medical School.  In his spare time you may see Dr. Padgett attending local soccer games or antique car shows, which New Jersey is famous for.


E padgett@waksman.rutgers.edu
W http://lifesci.rutgers.edu/~molbiosci/faculty/padgett.html

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Palmon, Oded
Unit: RBS - Finance & Economics

Professor Oded Palmon conducts his research in the area of Corporate Finance in the School of Business.  He concentrates on Corporate Governance, and in particular on Executive Compensation.  Before joining Rutgers University (in 1988) Professor Palmon has been a faculty member at The University of Houston and The University of Haifa.  He got his undergraduate degree at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. at The University of Chicago.

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Paradiso, Kenneth G.
Unit: Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

paradiso picProfessor Kenneth G. Paradiso studies electrical activity in neurons. He is particularly interested in presynaptic physiology and the mechanisms of neurotransmitter release. To study this, he uses the calyx of Held synapse, which is located in the central nervous system and is involved in sound localization. The calyx nerve terminal is large enough to permit patch clamp recordings to measure electrical activity. He recently used this system to demonstrate that small changes in electrical activity in the nerve terminal can affect synaptic activity. This finding indicates that nerve terminals do not simply receive action potentials, but can also send electrical signals back toward the cell body to affect action potential generation. This synapse is now being applied to study presynaptic neuropathology. In addition, he has recently started studying electrical activity in human neurons derived from neuronal stem cells, with the goal of examining various pathologies. He would be delighted to mentor students who are interested in neuroscience research

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Piehl, Anne Morrison
Unit: Department of Economics and Criminal Justice Program

piehl_anneProfessor Anne Morrison Piehl is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Program in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  She conducts research on the economics of crime and criminal justice. Current work analyzes the causes and consequences of the prison population boom, determinants of criminal sentencing outcomes, and the connections between immigration and crime, both historically and currently.  Dr. Piehl recently testified before the United States Sentencing Commission and the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Immigration and served on the New Jersey Commission on Government Efficiency and Reform (GEAR) Corrections/Sentencing Task Force.  Before joining Rutgers in 2005, she was on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.  Professor Piehl will be on leave spring of 2014.

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Pollack, Arnold
Unit: RBS - Supply Chain Management & Marketing Science

altProfessor Arnold Pollack graduated with distinction from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He has taught marketing classes at Rutgers Business School and St. Peter's College, both at undergraduate and graduate levels.  Over the course of his business career, he was Vice President of Management Information Systems and Inventory Control at Macy's.  He was President of his own firm for management consulting and executive search.  He teaches Business to Business Marketing; Business to Business; Marketing Strategy; Consumer Behavior.


E apollack611@aol.com
W http://business.rutgers.edu/faculty-research/directory/pollack-arnold


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Power, Timothy
Unit: Department of Classics

Professor Timothy Power studies the culture and politics of Greece from the sixth to the fourth century BCE, primarily Athens, with a special focus on the private and public performance of music and poetry there. He has published work on the Epinician poets Bacchylides and Pindar, dithyrambic choral poetry in Athens, the elegiac poet Ion of Chios, and the intensely politicized culture of competitive musicians in Greece and Rome. Currently he is beginning a book on the cultural acoustics of Classical Athens, how voice, sound, and listening shaped the sociocultural experience of the city's inhabitants. When not researching or teaching, he enjoys cooking, walking, playing music, and reading detective novels.

E tcpower@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://classics.rutgers.edu/Power.html

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Prusa, Tom
Unit: Department of Economics

Professor Tom Prusa teaches Introduction to Microeconomics, International Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Game Theory.  He is currently the Undergraduate Advisor in the Economics department.  He has received numerous undergraduate teaching awards including the Faculty of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. His research focuses on the impact of administered protection such antidumping and safeguard actions and also the duration of trade between countries.  He is a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

E prusa@econ.rutgers.edu
W http://economics.rutgers.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=223&Itemid=175

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Quincy, Ronald
Unit: School of Social Work

quincy_ronProfessor Ronald Quincy earned his Ph.D. from the College of Social Sciences at Michigan State University.  He served as a member of the Governor of Michigan's Cabinet, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and Director of the Michigan State Office of Human Resources Policy and Special Projects.  His other previous positions include the following: Associate Vice President, Assistant to the President, of Harvard University; Chief Operating Officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; Executive Director/President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; President of the White House Fellows Association and Chairman, White House Fellows Foundation; Senior Management Consultant, Towers Perrin (the world's 11th largest management consulting firm); and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. State Department, Africa Bureau.  Dr. Quincy is the Director of Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance, and his research interests include nonprofit, nongovernmental, and civil society leadership development, diversity, mentorships, succession planning, and executive coaching, nonprofit organizational accountability and performance.

E rquincy@ssw.rutgers.edu
W http://socialwork.rutgers.edu/Faculty/RonaldQuincy.aspx

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Reinert, Stephen
Unit: Department of History

Professor Stephen Reinert is an Associate Professor of History.  His research focus is comparative Byzantine, Balkan, and Turkic history and culture, primarily in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. He is currently writing monographs on the last great medieval Crusade ("The Crusade of Nicopolies"), the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaiologos (1391-1425), and Byzantine polemics against Islam.  He is also polishing a translation and commentary of the mid-fifteenth century Chagatay poet, Gada'i. 

E sreinert@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://history.rutgers.edu/faculty-directory/reinert-stephen

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Rennie, Nicholas
Unit: Department of Germn,Russ&E Euro Lang&Lit


Professor Nicholas Rennie has taught courses on German and European intellectual history, German drama, literature of the Age of Goethe, the Frankfurt School, contemporary literary theory, and theories of the visual. He studied at Princeton, the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), and Yale, where he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. He has received numerous awards, including a School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship supporting his work at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (2002-2003) and the Free University Berlin (2007-2008). He is the author of Speculating on the Moment: The Poetics of Time and Recurrence in Goethe, Leopardi, and Nietzsche (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2005), and has written articles on Lessing, Goethe, Leopardi, Nietzsche, and Benjamin. He recently published a piece on theater performance as a theme of Goethe’s Faust, as well as a comparative analysis of this play and Molière’s Dom Juan; and he is currently working on a book project entitled Forbidding Images: Writing and the Visual in German Theory 1766/1939. In addition to his research and teaching, Prof. Rennie has a special interest in Study Abroad and in Rutgers University’s summer, semester and year programs in Berlin.

E nrennie@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://german.rutgers.edu/faculty/profiles/rennie.htm

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Rigdon, Mary
Unit: Center for Cognitive Sciences

rigdon_maryProfessor Mary Rigdon is the Undergraduate Program Director in the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers (RuCCS). She is responsible for the Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Major and Minor. Her research interests are in the cognitive and decision sciences, using methods in behavioral and experimental economics as well as neuroscience. Dr. Rigdon has a research lab group, Decision and Economic Sciences Lab, where we conduct experiments to better understand how and why people make decisions in a wide-variety of environments.

E mrigdon@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~mrigdon

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Rockland, Michael
Unit: Department of American Studies

Professor Michael Aaron Rockland served in the U.S. Diplomatic Service as a cultural attaché in Latin America and Spain.  He has also held Fulbright lectureships in Norway, Argentina, Uruguay, and Peru, and still lectures widely overseas under the auspices of the State Department.  He is interested in ethnicity (particularly the American Jewish experience) and mobility: see his books Homes on Wheels, Looking For America on the New Jersey Turnpike and Snowshoeing Through Sewers.  His novel, A Bliss Case, was a New York Times "Notable Book."  He has written extensively for magazines such as Philadelphia, Adventure Travel, Explorer's Journal, and New Jersey Monthly, where he has long been Contributing Editor.  A recent book (2008) was 'The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel.'  A new novel titled 'Stones,' came out in 2009.  In 2010, a memoir of his years with the American Embassy in Madrid will be published by the University of Valencia.  Finally, he has also done considerable work in television production and filmmaking and studied at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State.

E rockland@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://amerstudies.rutgers.edu/people-menu/core-faculty/michael-a-rockland

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Rubin, Jeff
Unit: Department of Economics

Professor Jeff Rubinhas served as the director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics.  His main research interest is in health economics with a special focus on the financing of Medicare. His prior research includes studies of the effects of mental health law on the allocation of mental health resources and the effect of health insurance on the use of medical care.  He also studied housing markets and evaluated efforts to expand the availability of affordable housing.  Professor Rubin serves as the faculty adviser for the College Fed Challenge team at Rutgers.   He will be teaching an honors seminar on entitlement reform in the fall 2012 term.

E rubin@economics.rutgers.edu
W http://economics.rutgers.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=211&Itemid=175

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Sahota, Amrik
Unit: Department of Genetics

Professor Amrik Sahota is involved in three major activities: (i) kidney stone disease; (ii) large-scale genetic studies; and (iii) molecular diagnostics.  His lab focuses on the molecular pathology of kidney stone disease, studying the disease process in animal models, in cultured cells and, in collaboration with clinical colleagues, in human renal biopsies.  This combined approach has provided, and continues to provide, fundamental insights into the molecular bases of pathological changes, including inflammation, fibrosis, tissue calcification, and cell death.  His lab establishes and maintains cell, DNA, and database repositories for complex human diseases and collaborates with other investigators in the identification of genes for these diseases.   They continually develop and implement into clinical practice molecular diagnostic assays based on advances in molecular biology and genetics. 

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Salur, Sevil
Unit: Department of Physics & Astronomy

salurProfessor Sevil Salur joined Rutgers in 2011.  Before coming to Rutgers, she was a researcher at UC Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Yale University.  She studies experimental high-energy nuclear physics and investigates the properties of strongly interacting, hot and dense matter produced at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY.  This dense matter, a soup of quarks and gluons, was present 0.000001 seconds after the Big Bang.  It is re-created by collisions of nuclei at nearly the speed of light through a phase transition similar to the way that ice cubes melt to form liquid water.  Professor Salur and her research group are working to determine the quantitative properties of this quark-gluon matter.  Prof Salur will be teaching the Honors Intro to Physics next year. 


E salur@physics.rutgers.edu
W http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~salur/

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Sanbonmatsu, Kira
Unit: Department of Political Science

Professor Kira Sanbonmatsu is a Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before joining Rutgers, she taught at The Ohio State University. She studies gender, race/ethnicity, parties, public opinion, and state politics. She is the author of Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States and Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women's Place. Her articles have appeared in such journals as American Journal of Political Science, Politics & Gender, and Party Politics. Her current research concerns attitudes toward women’s descriptive representation; gender stereotypes; women’s recruitment to elective office; and the relationship between party representation and women’s representation.

E sanbon@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://polisci.rutgers.edu/faculty/115-sanbonmatsu-kira

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Schindler, Karen
Unit: Department of Genetics

schindler_karenProfessor Karen Schindler's research focuses on understanding how gametes (eggs and sperm) are made.  In particular, her laboratory studies how meiosis, the cell cycle process that makes gametes, is controlled, how it is different from mitosis and why it is inherently error-prone in females.  From the human health perspective, understanding how errors in meiosis arise is critical because these errors are the leading cause for infertility and developmental disorders like Down Syndrome.  When Professor Schindler isn’t in the lab, she can be found running and cycling around Busch campus training for triathlons.

E: schindler@biology.rutgers.edu
W: http://genetics.rutgers.edu/?page=faculty/faculty_details&id=43

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Schwander, Martin
Unit: Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

schwanderProfessor Martin Schwander research is in the field of auditory perception and hearing loss.  Deafness is the most common form of sensory impairment in humans and is frequently progressive in nature, but little is known about the molecular pathogenesis of the disease.  A recent ENU mutagenesis screen has revealed that mutations in members of the gasdermin gene family cause progressive hearing loss in mice and humans.  Professor Schwander’s research will extend various studies to further define the in vivo function of gasdermins in the development and physiology of the inner ear. In addition, the laboratory will examine whether different gasdermin proteins act in a similar molecular pathway that is important in both auditory hair cells and neurons using novel proteomics approaches. Understanding the molecular function of gasdermins will ultimately aid the design of new therapeutics that target these signaling pathways and that will be effective in preventing or treating hearing loss.

E   schwander@biology.rutgers.edu

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Scott, Robert S.
Unit: Department of Anthropology

altProfessor Robert Scott grew up in Hamilton, Montana and received his Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. His research is united by an interest in environmental influences on hominid evolution.  His interests span dietary adaptations and change.  Professor Scott has done paleontological and paleoanthropological fieldwork in Indonesia, Turkey, Hungary, China, and Montana.  He is the co-developer of a new repeatable method for quantifying primate and hominin dental microwear in three dimensions. This method has provided new insights into the diet of South African early hominins suggesting the importance of fallback food exploitation and was published in the journal Nature.  Professor Scott’s most recent research effort explores hominin diet in another way: He is conducting comparative experiments on the digestion of cooked and raw meat.  Professor Scott teaches the course “Extinction”, part of the pioneering SAS Signature course initiative. He also teaches “Human Osteology,” “Quantitative Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology” and “Evolution of Human Diet.”  Most, recently Prof. Scott has co-developed a new Rutgers certificate program in Evolutionary Medicine.  His hobbies include hiking and camping, gardening, and poker.

E robertsc@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://anthro.rutgers.edu/fac/department-undergrad-a-grad-faculty/robert-scott

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Shaw, Mary
Unit: Department of French

Professor Mary Shaw focuses most of her research on 19th- and 20th-Century French poetry, particularly Mallarmé, but her work explores poetry's relations with other genres (theater and various types of fictional and non-fictional prose) and with disparate art forms (music, dance, and the visual arts). She often works across centuries as well. Much of her teaching has revolved around the Zimmerli Art Museum's fin-de-siècle illustrated book and journal collection. In recent years, she has also published two poetry and a bilingual children's books. You will also find her teaching some of the beginning French literature courses.

E maryshaw@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://www.french.rutgers.edu/faculty-members/124-mary-shaw

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Sheflin, Neil
Unit: Department of Economics

Professor Neil Sheflin studies applied macroeconomics and instructional technology.  His work has included research on the economics of trade unions, the development of inflation cycles for the Center for International Business Cycle Research, cost-benefit analyses of NASA remote satellite sensing systems, telecommunications demand modeling, financial sector modeling of large scale econometric models of the United States, Economic Loss Analysis for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, and the development of statistical sentencing guidelines for the Administrative Office of the Courts of New Jersey.  Dr. Sheflin is faculty advisor to the Economics Honor Society (ODE). His outside interests include sailing, sports cars, history, and jazz.


W http://economics.rutgers.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=229&Itemid=175

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Singer, Eric
Unit: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

singer_ericDr. Eric A. Singer is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Urologic Oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  He joined the faculty of CINJ in 2012 after completing a clinical and research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute where he also served as an adjunct faculty member in the National Institutes of Health’s Department of Bioethics.  Dr. Singer received his medical degree with Honors in Research from Georgetown University along with a master’s degree in bioethics.  He then performed his general surgery and urologic surgery training at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he also did a fellowship in clinical ethics.  Dr. Singer’s academic interests include urologic oncology, robotic surgery, clinical trials, and bioethics.  He has authored or co-authored more than three-dozen publications and has been invited to present his work at national and international meetings.  Dr. Singer is also a member of the ethics committees for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the American College of Surgeons.

E singerea@cinj.rutgers.edu
W http://cinj.org/eric-singer-md-ma

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Singson, Andy
Unit: Department of Genetics

Professor Andy Singson has research interests in the molecular mechanism of fertilization (sperm-egg interactions). The long-term goal of research in his lab is to understand the molecular events that mediate gamete recognition, adhesion, signaling and fusion. The genetic and molecular dissection of these events will also provide insights relevant to other important cell-cell interactions during the development of multicellular organisms.  In his free time, Dr. Singson is also the faculty advisor for the Rutgers University Cycling Team.

E singson@waksman.rutgers.edu
W http://genetics.rutgers.edu/?page=faculty/faculty_details&id=17

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Steward, Ruth
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Professor Ruth Steward has research interests in the Toll-Dorsal (NF-kB/Rel) pathway functioning in establishing dorsal-ventral polarity in the early Drosophila embryo, in the humoral and cellular immune response, and in hematopoiesis.  The pathway is conserved in flies and vertebrates. In mammals it controls the immune and inflammatory responses and is critical for cell growth and survival. A large number of mammalian tumors are associated with mis-regulation of the NF-kB/Rel proteins.  She is also working on histone methylation and its effect on chromatin organization in Drosophila.

W waksman.rutgers.edu/Waks/Steward/steward2.html

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Stone, Matthew
Unit: Department of Computer Science

Professor Matthew Stone combines technical contributions to research practice with efforts that aim to create new communities, to contribute intuitive ideas and challenging demonstrations to public debate, and to unleash the unpredictable energy of new technologists who can go on to make the world they want to live in.  Universities offer institutional support to critical practice in the humanities, arts and social sciences, and thereby create a distinctive context of engagement, reflection, and historical perspective to inform all academic work.  Professor Stone works toward computer systems that talk—that mean what they say to you and understand what you say to them.  He contends that computer science has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams. Nowadays, the software we run is just as likely to put all the information of the world at our fingertips, to connect us with our longstanding friends and with like-minded strangers, and to let us express ourselves not just in words and numbers but through sound and sight, through relationships, interaction and design. It is a whole new world!

W www.cs.rutgers.edu/~mdstone/

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Syrett, Kristen
Unit: Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science

syrett_kristenProfessor Kristen Syrett studies first language acquisition, investigating when and how children come to have an adult-like understanding of certain words and sentence interpretations.  In her experimental, psycholinguistic research with children age two to six and undergraduates, she finds creative ways to evaluate the meaning that children and adults assign to words like verbs and adjectives, what kinds of linguistic and contextual information they use to constrain the hypothesis space, what suppresses or facilitates certain interpretations, and how language processing and grammatical mechanisms interact.  She focuses on semantics, syntax, and pragmatics, and the interfaces between these areas.  She is a member of the faculty of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) and directs the Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies, where she has a number of talented and eager research assistants. Outside of research and teaching, she is devoted to raising her two beautiful children, enjoys spinning (indoor cycling), and loves finding new ways to deepen her yoga practice.

E k-syrett@ruccs.rutgers.edu
http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/languagestudies/  &   http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/~k-syrett/ 

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Tuske, Steven
Unit: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

tuske_stevenDr. Steven Tuske is a Research Associate in the laboratory Macromolecular Crystallography headed by Professor Eddy Arnold in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Dr. Tuske's work in Professor Arnold's laboratory is currently focused on understanding the structure and function of the HIV-1 polyprotein precursor (Pol) form of protease (PR), reverse transcriptase (RT) and integrase (IN). These three major enzymes of HIV-1 are synthesized as a single polypeptide, Pol, and processed by HIV-1 protease into their mature forms that are the targets for numerous antiretroviral drugs.  By understanding the structure of the Pol precursor we hope to better understand viral protein processing and maturation--a stage of the viral life cycle that is poorly understood. Dr. Tuske's other research activities include the structural investigation of HIV-1 reverse transcription initiation: where HIV-1 RT uses viral RNA and host Lys,3 tRNA to initiate the synthesis of DNA from RNA and the relationship between the structural dynamics and pharmacodynamics of RTin the presence of drugs and inhibitors. Dr. Tuske has also worked on the HIV-1 RT-DNA complex with the drug tenofovir and structures of the bacterial RNA polymerse.

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Vershon, Drew
Unit: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Professor Drew Vershon is one of our most enthusiastic molecular biologists, and he loves involving undergraduates in research; his lab focuses on the regulation of transcription in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Specifically, he is investigating how different regulatory proteins interact to control gene expression and how these interactions influence the regulatory activity of the proteins.  Professor  Vershon is a Principal Investigator at Waksman Institute, a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Director of the Waksman Student Scholars Program, at Rutgers University.

W lifesci.rutgers.edu/~molbiosci/faculty/vershon.html

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Verzi, Michael
Unit: Department of Genetics

verziProfessor Michael Verzi was helped by his faculty mentor to realize a passion for scientific research, as a Jersey native and state school undergraduate student.  In the intervening years he has pursued studies on how a specific group of proteins called transcription factors can create cellular diversity in our bodies. Now he runs his own lab attempting to understand how transcription factors contribute to colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. His group believes that understanding how the genome is "read" by transcription factors will provide a novel lens through which to develop treatments and, hopefully, cures.  He spends almost all his time as a “lab rat” and going for "dad of the year" to two beautiful girls. He typically uses the remaining few minutes of the day to catch up on current events and agonize over the New York Giants and Yankees.

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W http://genfaculty.rutgers.edu/Verzi

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Walen, Alec
Unit: Department of Philosophy and Criminal Justice Program

altProfessor Alec Walen got his B.A. from University of Maryland, his Ph.D. In Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. from Harvard.  He came to Rutgers in 2010 with an appointment in Law (Camden), Philosophy (New Brunswick) and Criminal Justice (New Brunswick).  His primary interests are in the limits of what is morally permissible, and is working on a theory of rights and a view about the moral relevance of intentions to permissibility.  He also is interested in applying these ideas in the legal realm, focusing in particular on criminal, constitutional, and national security law. He is currently writing a book (under contract with Oxford University Press), the working title of which is "Detention in a Liberal State."


E awalen@philosophy.rutgers.edu
W http://philosophy.rutgers.edu/for-faculty/437-walen-alec

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Walker, Steven
Unit: Department of Asian Language & Cultures

Professor Steven F. Walkergrew up partly in France, majored in Ancient Greek at the University of Wisconsin but read a lot of Jung on the side, got a Ph.D. from Harvard in Comparative Literature (French, Greek, Sanskrit), has been at Rutgers ever since, teaching Comparative Literature , discovered eight years ago that he is, on his mother's side, a direct descendent of Henry Rutgers, and has strong interest in Jungian psychology and in classical and modern progressive Hinduism.  He loves to read about evolution and science, but only for fun; he plays the piano, especially Beethoven and Debussy; and he goes to France almost every summer.  Professor Walker will be on leave in the Spring of 2013.

E sfw@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://complit.rutgers.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=161

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Xie, Ping
Unit: Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

altProfessor Ping Xie is interested in regulation of immune cell homeostasis and functionality which is central to the proper functioning of the immune system in vertebrates.  Aberrant functions of immune cells and dysregulation of immune responses contribute to the pathogenesis of almost all human diseases, including infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, and cancers.  To understand the molecular mechanisms of immune regulation, she starts from a critical regulator of the immune system, a cytoplasmic adaptor protein termed TRAF3.  She is currently investigating the contributions and mechanisms of TRAF3 in B lymphomagenesis.  She is also elucidating the functions and mechanisms of TRAF3 in innate immunity and inflammation by generating myeloid cell-specific TRAF3-/- mice.  Knowledge gathered from these research programs will provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms of immune regulation and cancer pathogenesis, and will lead to the development of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of B lymphoma and chronic inflammation.

E xiep@rci.rutgers.edu
W http://cbn.rutgers.edu/faculty/faculty.php?f=xie

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Yanovitzky, Itzhak
Unit: Department of Communication

Professor Itzhak Yanovitzky  joined Rutgers in 2001 after earning his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. His primary research interests include health communication (particularly the use of communication campaigns to promote healthier behaviors and lifestyles) and the strategic use of communication to support social change. In addition to teaching courses in persuasion and social influence at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) he is also an expert in the area of program evaluation and quantitative methodology. Dr. Yanovitzky regularly mentors undergraduate students both inside and outside the Honors Program and he is the recipient of the 2009 Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates’ Research Mentor of the Year award.  

W scils.rutgers.edu/~iy/

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Zhao, Yao
Unit: RBS - Supply Chain Management & Marketing Science

zhao_yaoProfessor Yao Zhao is a faculty fellow at Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management and the Lerner Center for Pharmaceutical Management Studies at Rutgers. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He was a visiting scholar at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and MIT Operations Research Center.  Dr. Zhao’s current research interests lie in supply chain management with a focus on control, design and integration of stochastic production-inventory systems.  He has published papers in leading journals like Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control, Naval Research Logistics and Production & Operations Management.  In 2008, he received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award on integration of supply chain and project management.  Dr. Zhao designed and taught core operations management and supply chain management courses for undergraduate, MBA, executive certificate and PhD programs at Rutgers Business School. He has collaborated with Estee Launder Companies Inc. and General Motors in the areas of forecasting and inventory control for new product introduction and spare part operations.

E yaozhao@andromeda.rutgers.edu
W http://business.rutgers.edu/faculty-research/directory/zhao-yao

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