Students - 2011
Home | Objectives | Syllabus | Activities | Coordinators | Students

Coordinators of the Program

Jeff Buechner, Ph.D. - Lecturer in Philosophy - Director, Rutgers-Merck Bioethics Institute
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, Godel, Putnam, and Functionalism, on the philosophical foundations of cognitive science was published in 2008 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 was published in October, 2006, by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Robert E. Nahory, Ph.D. - Digital Library Applications Developer, Rutgers University Libraries
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 (Freeman Publishing) 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.

Other Organizers, Lecturers & Discussion Leaders

  • Dr. Mohammed Alsiadi, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Rutgers University
  • Mr. Carlos Astacio, Debating Team, Rutgers University—Newark
  • Dr. Anne Barnhill, Johns Hopkins University; Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Mr. Kamaal Bennett, Director, New Jersey Educational Consortium
  • Ms Dana Bochna, Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School
  • Yvette Bravo-Weber, Assistant Dean, Minority Student Programs and Externships, Rutgers School of Law, Newark
  • Ms Marcia W. Brown, Vice Chancellor, Rutgers UniversityŚNewark
  • Mr. Darnell Davis, Teacher, Newark Public Schools, Office of Special Programs
  • Mr. Kevin Davis, Rutgers University-Newark Pre-College Program
  • Ms Margaret Della, Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School
  • Mr. Wayne Gilman, Professional radio broadcast journalist, the Voice of Air America for 30 years
  • Dr. Linda McDonald Glenn, Alden March Center for Bioethics, SUNY at Albany and The University of Vermont Bioethics Institute
  • Ms April Grier, Reference Coordinator, Institute f Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Ms Diane Hill, Executive Director, Office of Campus and Community Relations at Rutgers University-Newark
  • Mr. Ralph Jenkins, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers UniversityŚNewark
  • Mr. Michael Maccarone, Teacher, Department of Physics, Technology High School, Newark
  • Dr. Trip McCrossin, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University–Newark
  • Dr. Alex Morgan, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Dr. Anastasia Pease, Department of English, Union College
  • Dr. David Perlman, University of Pennsylvania and Eclipse Educational Technologies
  • Dr. Ken Richman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Mr. Elijah Smith, Debating Team, Rutgers University—Newark
  • Ms. Frances Teabout, Rutgers University-Newark Pre-College Program
  • Ms Debbie Warner (Newark Public High School System)
  • Ms Ann Watkins , Librarian, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark
  • Ms Monique Whittaker, Department of Philosophy, CUNY, The Graduate Center
  • Ms Judy Young, Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School



  • - Lisbeth Almonte

  • - Charles Awe

  • - Phylisha Bankston

  • - Akshaar Brambhatt

  • - Linda Corrin

  • - Michael Curl

  • - Sharon Edmundsen

  • - Edeline Elicin

  • - Jessica Galdamez

  • - Vonetta Hunter

  • - Amisha Johnson

  • - Brandon Rogers

  • Interns

  • - Defaye Bruster

  • - Atiya Gilmore

  • - Shanice Thomas

  • back to top

    This site maintained by bioethics webmaster
    © 2011 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. All Rights Reserved.