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aielloProfessor John R. Aiello's research focuses upon the regulation and control of social interaction (including the role of nonverbal components of interaction).  His research interests include: leadership, stress, social facilitation, distraction, electronic performance monitoring, telecommuting, feedback, goal-setting, 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, computermonitoring and others. The research team provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the day-to-day operations of research in social and organizational psychology. Students will participate in the excitement of discovery: they will learn how research is generated and hypotheses are formulated, how investigations are conducted, and how data are organized, analyzed, and interpreted. There are many opportunities to participate in the training for and the execution of research, both in the field and in the lab. Students are able to learn how to effectively research the literature on topics related to social and organizational psychology. Working as a team is a central part of our research, and students have a great opportunity to learn how best to work together. Students also will have an opportunity to acquire skills that are invaluable in graduate school and in the workforce. These skills include literature searches, using SPSS to organize and analyze data, detecting and correcting problems that arise in the lab, and brainstorming ideas for future studies with the research team. The more initiative students take, the more opportunities they will have to acquire these skills.

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allenderDistinguished 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.


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Barr MaureenProfessor Maureen Barr fell in love with Genetics as a Rutgers undergraduate way back when (B.A. 1990).  She pursued her interests in genetics and trained at Columbia (Ph.D.) and the California Institute of Technology (postdoc).  Prof. Barr first received tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 2007, she happily returned to her alma mater and joined the Rutgers Department of Genetics.  Her lab studies human genetic diseases using the tiny worm C. elegans as a model system (http://barrlab.rutgers.edu/).  Undergrads in the Barr lab have won numerous awards (including two Goldwater scholars), published papers, presented research at scientific conferences, and gone onto graduate, medical, and dental schools. Prof. Barr is also the proud mother of three sons, the oldest is currently a Rutgers student.

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bathoryProfessor 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 previous graduate director and chair of the Political Science Department, and Director of the Lloyd C. Gardner Fellowship Program.  He was an undergraduate at Oberlin College and received his Ph.D. at Harvard.



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Professor Michael Beals 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 the underlying properties of math that elementary and middle school teachers need to understand to the most advanced analysis courses for students interested in pursuing a math PhD.  He is also the chair of the Mathematics Undergraduate Honors Committee, and works with all students interested in pursuing honors in mathematics.  In addition, Professor Beals served as Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences for many years.


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Professor Paul Blaney wears a variety of hats. His main vocation is as a fiction writer, but he also works as a freelance journalist, a teacher, editor, and publisher.  Born and raised in London, he has lived and worked in Lisbon, Hong Kong, and Eugene, Oregon, and now lives in Easton, PA. Recent publications include Handover, a novella set in Hong Kong, and The Anchoress, another novella whose main protagonist locks herself in her walk-in closet and won't come out. In 2015 Paul's first novel, Mister Spoonface, was published. The book explores what it means to be a father in an era of artificial reproduction. As well as teaching in New Brunswick, in both SAS Honors and the English Department, Paul has developed courses that include study abroad programs in England and Ireland.


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Boros Endre2 2111bProfessor Endre Boros is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, and Director of the Operations Research Center (RUTCOR). He studied mathematics at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, and received his doctorate there in 1985. His research interests include graph theory, combinatorics, combinatorial optimization, the theory of Boolean functions, game theory, machine learning, data mining, and applications involving these areas. He published over 180 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, edited 18 volumes, and authored a book chapter on Horn functions and their applications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two major journals of this area, the Annals of Operations Research and Discrete Applied Mathematics; serves as an Associate Editor for the Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence and for Discrete Optimization, and member of the editorial boards of numerous other international journals. He served as an invited visiting professor at various universities, including Kyoto University in Japan, University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Italy, UPMC Sorbonne, Paris, University of Grenoble in France, and Tokyo University in Japan.

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BRENNAN CoreyProfessor Corey Brennan is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman history and literature.  He served as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the American Academy in Rome from 2009-2012. Professor Brennan has taught at Bryn Mawr College (1990-2000) and Rutgers University (2000 to present). In the Honors Program he has offered three seminars: Roman Empresses, Papal Rome and its People, and Mussolini’s Rome. he frequently has appeared on television documentaries that concern the ancient world, most recently for Netflix (“Roman Empire” Seasons 1-3). Among current projects is his direction of a Rutgers-funded effort—now complete in its essentials—to digitize a recently-discovered private archive in Rome, of the family of Popes Gregory XIII ([1572-1585] and Gregory XV [1621-1623] (villaludovisi.org). He is the author of The Praetorship in the Roman Republic (2000) and Sabina Augusta: An Imperial Journey (2018); a third book, The Fasces: A Global History of Rome’s Most Potent Political Symbol, is slated to appear in 2022.

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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.


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Dr. Linda Brzustowicz, a psychiatrist and molecular geneticist, is also a member of Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences. 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.

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Sharon Bzostek Professor Sharon Bzostek, an associate professor of sociology, received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009. She is a social demographer and particularly interested in recent changes in family demography and their consequences for child and family well-being, as well as social disparities in health and health care. Prior to joining Rutgers University, Professor Bzostek was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at Harvard University. She is currently working on projects related to mothers’ re-partnering after a non-marital birth, better understanding survey respondents’ self-rated health, comparing parent and child reports about children's lives, and the effects of mixed health insurance coverage within families on children’s health care access and utilization. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Demography, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, and Health Affairs.

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Professor 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.

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Casillas JosephProfessor Joseph Casillas, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics main interests are in phonetics, laboratory phonology, and second language acquisition. A principle aim of his research is to better understand the relationship between language use and sound representation in the mind, as well as the structure of sound systems in human languages. Most of Professor Casillas' research is conducted on bilinguals of varying proficiency and linguistic experience. Some of his recent projects have focused on native phonetic experience and its influence on L2 speech production, perception and lexical processing. Though his main passions are centered on coding, statistical analysis, data visualization, and reproducible research, he also enjoys playing music, Casio watches and anything related to el andalú.

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Professor Ed Castner, of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is a physical chemist interested in a broad range of problems involving intermolecular interactions and dynamics in the condensed phase.  Specific projects of interest in his group focus on room-temperature ionic liquids and polymer aggregates. Instrumentation in our laboratories includes femtosecond lasers to measuring the molecular motions on the time scale of molecular collisions, vibrations, and rotations. Recent research collaborations have touched on flexibility in DNA hairpin loops, energy-transfer in semiconductor nanoparticles, local environments in polymeric drug nanocarriers and green fluorescent proteins.  Before coming to Rutgers, Prof. Castner was a staff scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His academic training includes a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from the U. of Rochester, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry at the U. of Chicago, and NSF and NATO postdoctoral fellowships at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen at the Netherlands. He serves as an Associate Editor for The Journal of Chemical Physics. When not on campus, he might be enjoying cooking, skiing, sea-kayaking, world travel, or organizing international research symposia.

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AnaPaulaCenteno a9412Professor Ana Paula Centeno has been teaching computer science undergraduates since 2015. She wants to inspire her students to be inquisitive and ingenious professionals by helping them understand and appreciate the impressive discoveries computer scientists have made. As an academic advisor she helps students during their Computer Science studies to choose classes, ease anxieties and stay focused on their degree. Her research lies mostly on the practical aspects of computer science, specifically in management of power, energy and temperature on data centers. More recently she has been working on optimization and computer science education. 


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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.


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Professor Gabriella D’Arcangelo graduated summa cum laude in Biological Sciences from the Universita’ degli Studi di Bari, Italy, and received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Behavior from the University of New York at Stony Brook and her postdoctoral research training in developmental neurobiology at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, NJ and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She started her independent scientific career in Houston, TX as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a Principal Investigator in the Gordon and Mary Cain Pediatric Neurology Research Foundation at Texas Children’s Hospital. Her work focused on brain development and childhood epilepsy. She joined the Rutgers faculty in 2007 as an Associate Professor in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She is currently also affiliated with the Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences and Neuroscience, and the Human Genome Institute of New Jersey. Professor D’Arcangelo’s current research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern mammalian brain development and recovery from traumatic brain injury, and abnormalities in developmental or regenerative processes such as neurogenesis, neuronal migration, differentiation and synaptic connectivity, and cognitive dysfunction in developmental brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, autism or childhood epilepsy. Her research resulted in numerous scientific publications and federal and state grants along with and grants from numerous private foundations. She is also actively involved in teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in cell biology and neuroscience, and offers research training to several undergraduate and graduate students.

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DeLosSantos G II 5ec1bProfessor Jenevieve DeLosSantos, is the Associate Director of the Rutgers Early College Humanities Program (REaCH) and Director of Special Projects for the School of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Education. She is an art historian and former museum educator. Her research interests include 19th century American art, race and visual culture, Orientalism, and early film. She has previously worked as a museum educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Zimmerli Art Museum, here on campus. Currently, her work involves teaching college-level humanities courses in select New Jersey high schools as part of the REaCH program. In addition to REaCH she enjoys working with the SAS Honors Program as a colloquium facilitator and has taught both Byrne Seminars and courses with the department of Art History on campus. As a first-generation college student, a New Jersey native, and a Rutgers alumna (Ph.D. 2015) she is dedicated to the Rutgers campus community and committed to mentoring and advising undergraduate students across all fields of study.

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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. 

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Professor Andrew Egan has taught courses in philosophy of language, ethics, metaethics, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. He is especially interested in issues in the philosophy of language on the fuzzy border between philosophy and linguistics, and in the relation between language and thought. He grew up in Wisconsin, and got his degrees from the University of Wisconsin, University of Colorado, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Rutgers he held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Michigan.




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Professor Christopher Ellison received his BA in Biology from Lewis & Clark College and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Berkeley. The research in his lab combines functional and population genomic approaches in a variety of species of Drosophila to better understand how gene regulatory networks evolve at the molecular level. By using computational approaches to generate evolutionary hypotheses that can be tested via the genetic engineering of model species the work bridges the disciplines of evolutionary biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. He has a daughter and two cats, and when he is not hanging out with them he enjoys birding and cycling.

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Evans BradProfessor Brad Evans is a specialist in 19th and 20th century American literature and culture and the history of anthropology. He is the author of two books on the subject, Before Cultures: The Ethnographic Imagination in American Literature (2005) and Ephemeral Bibelots: How an International Fad Buried American Modernism (2019). He also co-produced the restoration of a silent feature film that premiered in 1914, In the Land of the Head Hunters, which was directed by the photographer Edward Curtis and starred an all-indigenous cast from the Kwakwaka’wakw community of British Columbia, Canada. The film is now listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Each of these projects has been quite different from the other, covering a broad range of media, but they were inspired by something the anthropologist Franz Boas wrote in 1911. In a major study of American Indian languages, Boas demonstrated that race, language and culture circulate independently and at remarkably different rates. Evans’s research has focused on historical episodes of uneven circulation—episodes that generated new thinking about the concepts of race and culture, the relation of art and anthropology, and the dynamics of artistic movements.

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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.

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Gao FengProfessor Feng Gao joined Rutgers Business School in 2015. Previously, she served as an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Gao received her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2010 from the University of Rochester, and her Ph.D. in Economics in 2003 and M.S. in Mathematics in 2002 from University of Iowa. Professor Gao’s research focuses on capital markets and economic incentives of market participants, for example how SEC regulations change reporting incentives of public firms, and how engagement in corporate social responsibility changes the insider trading behavior of executives in public firms. Her research has been published in premier academic journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Professor Gao teaches Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II in Rutgers Business School. Her prior teaching experience includes managerial accounting and cost accounting.

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Professor Eric Gawiser studied Physics and Public Policy as an undergraduate, received his 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. His discovery of distant galaxies that are the ancestors of galaxies like our own Milky Way was covered by USA Today, BBC, and newspapers from as far away as Thailand, India, Turkey and Kazakhstan.  Prof. Gawiser enjoys advising students and has supervised the research of eight Rutgers undergraduates.  He teaches undergraduate Astrophysics for both science majors and non-majors and gives frequent lectures for the general public on Astrophysics research.                                   

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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.  



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Professor Barth D. Grant, of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 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.

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Grumet Martin 3d229Professor Martin Grumet has worked on nervous system development and spinal cord injury using stem cell transplants. Dr. Grumet’s lab is now focusing on the ability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) to modulate inflammation after spinal cord injury. Because MSC disappear rapidly after intravenous injection, his lab has developed techniques to encapsulate the cells in alginate microspheres and inject then into the CNS. The alginate is inert and allows nutrients and waste to pass across its semi-permeable barrier, which allows cells in the capsules to survive for long periods after transplantation. The alginate also allows passage of cytokines, which is particularly important because MSC respond to inflammation by secreting anti-inflammatory cytokines. We have shown that encapsulated MSC suppress inflammation acutely after spinal cord injury. In recent studies we found that encapsulated MSC reduce inflammatory cytokines in animal models for sepsis.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Jacobs Larry croppedLarry Jacobs, TED Talks featured speaker, Career Services counselor, Professor of Psychology adjunct at several colleges, and former H.R. Director, holds ED.S and M.S. in Counseling Psychology. He is proud to be part of the SAS Honors Faculty Mentor Program, to help you get your career on track and find your calling. He educates and inspires students on career & life planning, secrets to winning interviews, resume writing with your Wow factor, choosing your major, set goals with an action plan, and he teaches Psychology. He serves as a liaison to SEBS and STEM students at RU. He encourages you to secure internships and volunteer work which bring you results for job offers. He is the founder of Kidstreet, the largest playground in NJ, carried the US Olympic Torch, founded Dare2Dream motivational program and presented to over 400,000 people. Born deaf, yet lives life to the fullest, he encourages you to plan for your dreams, to be the problem solver, and to be the very best you can be. Are you ready to find your passion? Make things happen….Now! 

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Professor Jennifer Jones, began teaching at Rutgers in 1991 after studying at Grinnell College as an undergraduate and pursuing her Ph.D. in European history at Princeton. She regularly teaches Development of Europe I and II, which over the course of a year permits her to travel from the Parthenon of Athens in the 5th century BCE to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  She specializes in 18th-century France and women’s history and teaches courses on both topics.  She teaches seminars on the history of fashion, the history of girls, and the history of the French Revolution, among other topics.  Her first book is Sexing la Mode: Gender, Fashion and Commercial Culture in Old Regime France.  She is currently writing a book on Thérèse Levasseur, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s mistress, and is researching children’s experience during the French Revolution. Future plans include a foray into Irish history with a study of Archibald Hamilton Rowan (1751-1834), a late eighteenth-century Irish revolutionary and founding member of the Society of United Irishmen. Professor Jones was the previous Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

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Professor Marc H. Kalan has been teaching Marketing at Rutgers since 2007 on both Newark and Livingston/NB campuses. Kalan’s background includes executive positions in both Marketing and Sales Management. Upon an extensive industry career he began teaching at the college/ graduate level in 2003. Kalan now serves full time on the faculty of RBS, Department of Marketing, teaching Marketing courses as well as teaching in the Rutgers International Executive MBA program in Beijing. In January 2013 he authored a 3 part series published in the online edition of The Journal of Sales and Marketing Management entitled, "Tips to Enhance Personal Presentation Skills in the Digital Age” since reprinted on the RBS website. In spring 2013 the students voted him “The Thomas H. Mott Jr., Award for Excellence in Teaching”. Kalan is also a HQT certified teacher of Social Studies and Language Arts, and Elementary education. The Case Centre published his first case study in May, 2015: Warner-Lambert New Products/Product Innovation Case Study. In the 2015 J&J Case Competition he coached finalist teams from each campus and the National winning team. For the second year he will serve as the Faculty Trustee of The Daily Targum. He will also continue his term as a University Senator. He will continue as Faculty Advisor to both Rutgers Association of Marketing and Strategy; and Rutgers Management Consulting Organization: New Brunswick. Prof. Kalan has accepted a request to be Faculty Advisor to a new Case Competition Club.

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kannan Sudarsun 8691cProfessor Sudarsun Kannan is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University's Computer Science Department with a research focus on Operating Systems. More specifically, he works on problems relating to heterogeneous resource (memory, storage, and compute) management challenges and understanding their impact on large-scale applications. Before joining Rutgers, Professor Kannan was a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Computer Science Department and graduated from the College of Computing, Georgia Tech. His thesis explored methods to support hardware heterogeneity in Operating Systems. He deeply cares about teaching and mentoring students.


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Professor Charles (Chuck) Keeton, is the Academic Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and a Professor of Physics & Astronomy. After growing up in   Kentucky, Dean Keeton earned a B.A. in physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. He held research positions at the University of Arizona and University of Chicago before joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004. As an astrophysicist, Dean Keeton studies "gravitational lensing" that occurs when gravity bends light; he uses observations with the Hubble Space Telescope and telescopes around the world to map the mysterious dark matter that surrounds galaxies and pervades the universe. He has published three books and more than a hundred research papers in astrophysics. Dean Keeton has received awards for both research and teaching from Rutgers, and in 2010 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama.

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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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kwan kelvinProfessor Kelvin Y. Kwan, was an undergraduate at Caltech and a graduate student at Harvard University where he studied molecular biology and biochemistry. It was not until his post-doctoral career at Harvard Medical School when he ventured into the field of neuroscience and honed in on studying the sensory hair cells of the inner ear. He joins a well-established group of auditory neuroscientists to continue his research at Rutgers. Although Dr. Kwan’s research focuses on the development of cultured stem cells for the auditory system, he has also been heavily engaged with the nascent consortium of Rutgers scientists who use human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to probe mental health disorders. The ability to interact with colleagues in his field as well as reach out and benefit from cross disciplinary studies was a major draw for his arrival at Rutgers.


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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.



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Professor Alan Leslie was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh and received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford (where it is called a D.Phil.) in 1979/80. He was a Medical Research Council Senior Scientist at the University of London before moving to Rutgers in 1993. He is interested in the design of the cognitive system early in development; he's struck by the fact that certain very abstract ideas (cause and effect, enduring object, one, two, three, social agent, believing, pretending, desiring, purpose, and moral transgression) emerge early in life before formal schooling; and he is trying to understand what kinds of neurocognitive mechanisms make it possible for us to think about these abstract entities and relations. This leads him to be interested in domain-specialized learning. His lab runs experiments with babies to measure looking times and with preschool children where they use other kinds of tests. They also run related studies with children who have an autistic spectrum disorder. He was a member of the team in London who, some twenty years ago, discovered the ‘theory of mind’ impairment in autism. His work continues today trying to understand how normal development works and how it goes wrong in autism.

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Levine MichaelIIProfessor Michael Levine is an Associate Professor in the German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literature Department at Rutgers. He earned his Doctorate degree from the John Hopkins University and his research interests are 19th and 20th century German literature, literary theory, and intellectual history. His research focuses on four major areas: intersections among literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic discourses; Holocaust Studies and the poetics of witnessing; the changing structure of the literary, philosophical, and operatic work in the German nineteenth century; and the legal and political legacies of Nuremberg. His awards include Camargo Foundation Fellowship in 2011, and he was received the 2010 SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching.

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Professor Alice Y. Liu, of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, 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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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 video-recording of families engaged in a variety of different naturally-occurring activities. 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.


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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, Professor 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.  Professor Marcone is eager to mentor students interested in literary studies and/or film studies in any language and especially in world literature and film.

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Professor Trip McCrossin teaches classes in the history and legacy of the Enlightenment, in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy, and in contemporary ethical and political issues and popular culture. He strives to organize them to be as thoroughly conversational and exploratory as possible, and to relate philosophy as often as possible to the cultures we live in, and in this spirit, contributes periodically to essay collections published in several "popular culture and philosophy" series. He studied at the University of Michigan and Stanford and Yale Universities, and before coming to Rutgers in 2003, worked for some years in the labor movement.

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Professor Kim S. McKim's 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. He is a member of the Department of Genetics and Waksman Institute. The goal of the research in his lab is to understand the regulation and assembly of the mitotic and meiotic spindle and chromosome segregation.


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McLean PaulProfessor Paul McLean is interested in the ways culture and social networks intersect.  His recent book, Culture in Networks (Polity Press, 2017) provides an overview of the culture-networks link across a variety of interfaces, including diffusion, social movement mobilization, clientage structures, topic modelling, the formation of tastes, and social media usage.  His own research has focused on political patronage and economic networks in Renaissance Florence--for example, in his book, The Art of the Network (Duke UP, 2007), and in recent articles in the Journal of Modern History and the European Journal of Sociology.  He is currently writing articles on cloth consumption in the Renaissance and on Florentine perceptions of chance, as well as gathering data for a book on the network structure of the Florentine economy over time.  Other research interests include the political organization of Poland in the eighteenth century, the social theory of Adam Smith, networking dynamics and career trajectories in academia, and the organization of videogame play.  He regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology and courses in social theory for Sociology majors, and in Spring 2020 will be teaching an Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar on Liberalism, Populism, and Democracy in the 21st Century.

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Miller Lisa 2Professor Lisa L. Miller is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. Professor Miller’s research interests are in violent crime and criminal justice, racial inequality, democratic accountability, constitutions, and social policy. Her most recent book, The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016), explores the politics of crime and punishment cross-nationally. Her work has been published in Law and Society Review, Punishment and Society, Perspectives on Politics, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, British Journal of Criminology, among others. Her previous books include: The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty and the Politics of Crime Control (OUP, 2008) and the Politics of Community Crime Prevention (Dartmouth/Ashgate, 2001). Miller has served as a Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University.  She has written for Lawyers, Guns, and Money, Balkinization, the New York Times, and The Guardian. She is currently working on two new book projects, one on constitutions and political accountability, and the other one the political roots of lethal violence.

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Nagarakatte SantoshProfessor Santosh Nagarakatte is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. His research interests are in Hardware-Software Interfaces spanning Programming Languages, Compilers, Software Engineering, and Computer Architecture. His papers have been selected as IEEE MICRO TOP Picks papers of computer architecture conferences in 2010 and 2013. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2015, ACM SIGPLAN PLDI 2015 Distinguished Paper Award, and ACM SIGSOFT ICSE 2016 Distinguished Paper Award for his research on LLVM compiler verification. His papers have also been selected as the 2016 SIGPLAN Research Highlights Paper and 2018 Communication of the ACM Research Highlights Paper. His PhD student David Menendez's dissertation was awarded the John C Reynolds ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2018.

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Nath Badri 2Professor Badri Nath does research in mobile and wireless computing. His research work is addressing the gathering of data from all sources and using it for decision making.  Some of the projects include pollution sensing from smartphones, messaging architecture for the web, software defined networks,  and the use of  physical data  analytics in decision making.  In particular, he is interested in gathering data from smartphones efficiently to influence decision making at all levels: individually, socially and globally. He is the winner of two test of time best paper awards (VLDB 2002 and Infocom 2015).



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nguyen thuProfessor Thu D. Nguyen, is Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. His research interests include sustainable computing, distributed and parallel computer systems, operating systems, information retrieval, and computer science education. Several years ago, he collaborated with Professor Bianchini to build the Rutgers Parasol green datacenter, which is partially powered by solar energy. Much of his recent research has been studying methods for managing green datacenters (similar to Parasol) to reduce their power/energy consumption and their emission footprints.  He is also currently studying how to ease the management of personal data that is widely distributed across multiple cloud services and personal devices. His industry experience includes working as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Director of Web Crawling at Ask.com.



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Professor Dámaris M. Otero-Torres specializes in Spanish Golden Age literature; cultural and gender studies theory.  She has published numerous articles on the construction of gendered subjectivities and national identities in the Spanish comedia.  Her articles have appeared in prestigious national and international journals.  She is currently working on a book manuscript dealing with issues of authority, authorship and power in Golden Age women writers, primarily on the work of sixteenth-century Spanish philosopher Oliva Sabuco de Nantes.  Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Professor Otero-Torres received degrees in Public Relations and Spanish Literature and Culture from Syracuse University and the University of California, San Diego.  Her studies in spirituality and mysticism inspired her to attend The New Seminary in New York.  She was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2002. 

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pairet vinas anaProfessor Ana Pairet’s main areas of  inquiry include the languages and literatures of the late Middle Ages and Early Modern period in France and the Iberian Peninsula; Ovidian poetry; mythography; textual and generic transformation; history of the book; and translation. Her book on fictions of metamorphosis in medieval France (Honoré Champion, 2002), traced the evolution of narratives of bodily change in vernacular literature from the 12th to the 15th centuries. By studying the poetics of mutacion in distinct generic contexts (Ovidian poetry, courtly literature, mythography and historiography), she showed how the Middle Ages turned this polysemic figure into a literary artefac. Chief among her research interest has been the versified Ovide moralisé (ca. 1328), identified as one of the main Ovidian sources for 14th-century poets such as Machaut, Froissart, and Christine de Pizan. Her current book project bears on the translation of French courtly romances into European vernaculars during the early decades of print.

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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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powerProfessor 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.




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prusa tomProfessor Tom Prusa is currently the chair of the Department of Economics.  He teaches Introduction to Microeconomics, International Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Game Theory. He has received numerous undergraduate teaching awards including the Rutgers University Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. His research focuses on the trade effects 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.

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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.

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rennie nicholasProfessor 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.

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rigdon maryProfessor Mary Rigdon, is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). Her research focuses on decision making using methods in behavioral and experimental economics. She is the Director of the Decision and Economic Sciences Laboratory. She also serves as the Undergraduate and Graduate Director in RuCCS. She received her Ph.D. in Economics and Mechanism Design from the University of Arizona in 2001. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, Rasmuson Foundation, Interdisciplinary Committee for Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan and the Research Council at Rutgers University.

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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 as a cultural attache was published by the University of Valencia and in 2012, published in English in the United States. In 2014, another memoir of his bizarre service in the U.S. Navy, "Navy Crazy," was published. Finally, he has also done considerable work in television production and filmmaking and studied at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State.

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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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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.  Professor Salur will be teaching an Honors Seminar “Three Minutes After the Big Bang" next Fall. . 

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Sanchez Diana 460pxProfessor Diana Sanchez received her PhD in social psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 2005. She is currently a Full Professor in the Psychology Department; the Director of the Social Psychology PhD program; and an Associate of the Health Institute at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on stigma, identity, and close relationships from a social-health psychology perspective. Her research on stigma and identity examines discrimination experiences and coping styles with the broader goal of identifying ways to cultivate diversity and inclusion. Her research on close relationships focuses on the influence of gender identity and roles in sexual relationships with the aim of promoting equity and satisfaction for romantic partners.

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scott robertProfessor 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.

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Professor Premal Shah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. His lab is focused on understanding the dynamics and evolution of how proteins are produced within cells. His lab uses high-throughput genomic methods, single-molecule microscopy, computer simulations, and quantitative modeling to understand fundamental processes taking place inside cells. Prior to joining Rutgers, he received his undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from Anna University in India, and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, advised by Dr. Michael Gilchrist. During this time, he built models to understand the evolution of codon usage patterns. He later did a postdoc with Dr. Joshua Plotkin at University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on whole-cell models of protein translation, the role of epistasis in protein evolution, built codon substitution models, and developed methods for identifying rate variation in phylogenetic trees.

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Ronald ShapiroProfessor Ronald Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Finance & Economics Department at Rutgers Business School. He teaches real estate finance, investments and financial management courses on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses. Prior to Rutgers, Ron was Senior Vice President with ConnectOne Bank. He also served in executive management positions at Prudential Financial, Wells Fargo and Spencer Savings Bank. Professor Shapiro received his MBA degree in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree in Economics from SUNY at Stony Brook. He is a CPA and former Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University’s Kislak Real Estate Institute and New York University’s School of Continuing Education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Edison Affordable Housing Corporation. He serves as a Community Advisory Board member of Two River Community Bank. He is a columnist for Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at various real estate industry conferences and is a Regional Planning Committee Member of the NJ Mortgage Bankers Association.

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Professor Neil Sheflin's research focuses on 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.




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Shumyatsky Gleb 6aef6Professor Gleb Shumyatsky received his Ph.D. in the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology (USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) and his postdoctoral training was at Columbia University with Eric Kandel, who received a Nobel Prize for identifying the molecular and synaptic mechanisms of memory storage in 2000. His lab is studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory as well as modeling in mice mental states such as autism and depression, using behavioral, molecular and genetic approaches. He welcomes undergraduate students who are passionate about science and in particular are curious about how the brain works.




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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.


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Professor Andrew (Andy) Singson is a Full Professor in the Department of Genetics and a member of Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosiences as well as the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. He teaches Honors courses in the Department of Genetics. Professor Singson received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis, and his Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego. He has had numerous grants from National Institutes of Health. Professor 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 multi-cellular organisms. In his free time, Dr. Singson is also the faculty advisor for the Rutgers University Cycling Team.

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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.

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Toncre ErichProfessor Erich Toncre has been a member of RBS since 2010. He completed his MBA in Marketing and his M.S. in Technology Management at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He received his B.A. in Journalism and Business from Indiana University. His expertise includes Supply Chain Management, Total Quality Management, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Technology Management and International Business, the relationship between Green Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility Marketing, and Social Media Marketing.




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Drew Vershon, Professor and Undergraduate Director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 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.

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White Eileen IIProfessor Eileen White received a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. She was a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Stillman at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She is currently the Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Science at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Rutgers University. Dr. White has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute and the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research. She has received a MERIT Award from the NCI, an Investigatorship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Red Smith Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

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James Winder Professor James Winder has been a member of RBS since 2008. He earned his M.S., and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University and his A.B. in Economics from Rutgers University. He teaches in both the MBA and undergraduate programs, and he is an advisor to students seeking the CFA designation. He  also taught finance and economics at the College of New Jersey.  Professor Winder spent 27 years in the financial industry before joining RBS.  Most of this time was spent in the research department at Merrill Lynch.





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xie pingProfessor Ping Xie, of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, 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.

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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.  


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Yu Jingjin 31da3 Professor Jingjin Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT CSAIL. Previously, he had embraced many academic and industrial endeavors, having worked full time at AT&T and AQR capital management, and holding degrees in Material Science (BS, USTC), Chemistry (MS, U. Chicago), Mathematics (MS, UIC), Computer Science (MS, U. Illinois), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD, U. Illinois). He is broadly interested in the research domain of robotics and control, focusing on issues related to computational complexity and the design of efficient algorithms with provable guarantees. A current focus of his research group is the tackling of difficult combinatorial perspectives of multi-robot and multi-body systems, e.g., the optimal coordination of the simultaneous motion of hundreds of robots.


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