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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.

Harvey Feder, Ph.D. Professor II
Published over 140 scientific papers in neuroendocrinology, research was funded 25 consecutive years by National Institutes of Health, held NIH Research Scientist Development and Research Scientist Career Awards for 15 years, Principal Investigator in Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Education Award (1990-1992), former Chairman of Rutgers-Newark Biological Sciences Department (1985-1994), former Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (1994-2006), currently assigned to the Rutgers Business School to develop programs in bioethics.

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.

In addition to the coordinators, other organizers, lecturers and discussion leaders at the institute included:

  • Virgine Airis, bioinformatics specialist, Center for Applied Genomics, Public Health Research Institute;
  • Helen Blank, ethics specialist, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School;
  • Karen Chaffee, lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry, Rutgers-Newark;
  • Darnell Davis, teacher, Newark Public Schools;
  • Karl Drlica, principal investigator, Public Health Research Institute;
  • Saleena Ghanny, senior research associate, Center for Applied Genomics at the Public Health Research Institute;
  • Joseph Graves, dean, Division of University Studies and professor of biology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University;
  • Yolanda Gullette, Business Environment, Rutgers - Newark;

  • William K. Hagmann, distinguished senior investigator, Merck Research Laboratories;

  • Diane Hill, Information & Conference Services, Rutgers-Newark;

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

  • Jeff McMahan, professor of philosophy, Rutgers-New Brunswick;

  • Douglas Morrison, professor of biology in the Federated Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers-Newark and NJIT;
  • Patricia Soteropoulos, director, Center for Applied Genomics, Public Health Research Institute;
  • Olga Tkachenko, research associate, Center for Applied Genomics, Public health Research Institute;
  • Pheroze Wadia, professor emeritus, Dept. of Philosophy, Rutgers - Newark.
  • Tamara Casseus;
  • Janeice Day;
  • Althea George;
  • Eldon Lewis;
  • Ediomi Utuk;
  • Gary Williams.

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