Students - 2011
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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

  • Mr. Kamaal Bennett, Director, New Jersey Educational Consortium
  • Ms Linda Corrin
  • Mr. Darnell Davis, Teacher, Newark Public Schools, Office of Special Programs
  • Ms Trondell Dupree, Orange Board of Education
  • Ms Bonnie Fong, Librarian, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Dr. Lion Gardiner, Department of Biology, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Ms Diane Hill, Associate Chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark
  • Dr. Steven Kang, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Ms Noreen M. Lenart, Senior Ethics Associate, Merck and Company, Inc.
  • Dr. Mahjeda Ali, Research and Enrollment Information Services, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • Prof. Trip McCrossin, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Dr. Hassan Muhammad, Department of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Anastasia Pease, Department of English, Union College
  • Dr. Elena Ragusa, Research and Enrollment Information Services, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • Mr. Cosim Assad Sayid, Department of Philosophy, CUNY, The Graduate Center
  • Ms Roberta Tipton, Librarian, Rutgers University, Newark


Counselors: Full time - 24/7

  • - Shanice Thomas, Head Counselor

  • - Da Quan Beshir

  • - Jarrod Edwards

  • - Ijeome Egekeze

  • - Allison Fernandez


    Reading-Writing Specialists

  • -Trandell DuPree

  • - Ijeoma Egezeke

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