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Coordinators of the Program

Jeff Buechner, Ph.D. Lecturer in Philosophy
Interested in the intersection between molecular biology and formal logic, especially in finding the right formal characterization of the “reasoning” that underlies the process of copying DNA to produce an RNA transcript. Few, if any, people have previously thought of attempting to apply the rules of formal logic to molecular biology. He attended the 2005 Summer Faculty Institute on the Human Genome Project at Dartmouth. He teaches biologically-oriented philosophy courses at Rutgers-Newark including: Logic for Computational Biology, Philosophy of Molecular Biology, and Bioethics. His book on the philosophical foundations of cognitive science will be published in the fall of 2006 by The MIT Press.

Barry Komisaruk, Ph.D. Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology
Has published over 140 research papers in behavioral neuroscience, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, was Director of Rutgers-Newark campus’s large NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Grant for 17 years, was leader of the MBRS program at NIH for three years while on leave from Rutgers; has run several summer science institutes for inner city school students. His research has been featured on various Discovery Channel programs. His new book on reproductive biology will be published in October, 2006, by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Robert Nahory, Ph.D. Digital Library Applications Developer, Dana Library
Has worked as research scientist in solid-state physics at Bell Labs and Bellcore where he published over 150 papers in scientific journals on lasers and materials science; has coauthored a book in the Scientific American Library Series titled Lasers: Harnessing the Atom’s Light; has taught physics at Rutgers - Newark and developed undergraduate student research programs. Current interests have evolved toward digital library development, building digital applications for learning with focus on streaming video / multimedia; also currently working in the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers to create a digital collection of jazz artifacts, photos, video and audio.

Yolanda Gullette, Prudential Business Ethics Center, Rutgers - Newark
Has worked with the Center for almost five years overseeing the daily administrative activities. She works closely with Directors and Professors to coordinate the bioethics program and to see that it continues to thrive. Her hopes and aspirations are to give the students of the Merck Summer Institute on Bioethics firm direction before entering into Colleges/Universities so that they can roadmap their destiny and achieve their goals. The goal is that the students will see that they can be anything that they desire if they work hard at it and believe in themselves.

Other Organizers, Lecturers & Discussion Leaders

  • Kamaal Bennett, Director, New Jersey Educational Consortium

  • Dr. Valentine Burroughs, chief of surgery at North General Hospital in Manhattan

  • Darnell Davis, Teacher, Newark Public Schools, Office of Special Programs

  • Dr. Kathrann Duncan, assistant professor of Family Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ

  • Dr. Peter R. Gillett, Academic Director of the Prudential Business Ethics Center at Rutgers

  • Diane Hill, Executive Director, Office of Campus and Community Relations at Rutgers University-Newark

  • Dr. Mark S. Johnson, MD/MPH, chair and professor of Family Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ), and director of the University Center for Family Medicine

  • Mill Jonakait, professor of biology in the Federated Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

  • Dr. J. Liu, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ)

  • Linda MacDonald Glenn, Senior Fellow, Institute for Ethics, American Medical Association

  • Kenneth A. Richman, Ph.D., associate professor, chair of the Institutional Review Board and chair of the Medical Humanities Interest Group at the School of Arts and Sciences at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Care

  • Patricia Soteropoulos, director of the Center for Applied Genomics, Public Health Research Institute



  • Linda Corrin

  • Eleni Frangos

  • Deana Haggag

  • Vonetta J. Hunter

  • Janeth Murrieta

  • Neil Shah

  • Khalif Sharrieff

  • Ediomi Utuk

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