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2CollegeofScienceandMathematics2InNovemberof2012thepublicvotedtoapprovetheNewJerseyMedicalandHealthSciencesEducationalRestruc-turingActitsintentwastoprovideinvaluableopportunitiesfornotonlystudentsfromtheGardenStatebutfromthetri-stateareaandbeyond.AsofJuly12013thebillthatChrisChristiesignedintolawischangingthelandscapeofhighereducationfornotonlytheStatebutforRowanUniversitythepinnacleofhighereducationinSouthJersey.WiththeacquisitionoftheRowanSchoolofOsteopathicMedicinetheUniversityhasofficiallybeendesignatedasastatecomprehensiveresearchuniversitybutthepushformoreresearchopportunitiesgoesfurtherbackthanthat.In2009theCollegeofScienceMathematicsthentheCollegeofLiberalArtsandSciencesDeanParvizAnsarilaunchedacampaigntoincreaseundergraduateresearchopportunities.HereatRowanourfocusisonourundergraduatesAnsarisaid.InmycampaignIwantedtopushfornotonlymoreresearchprogramsbutforstrategicresearchprograms.Insodoingwestartedhavingpost-docsinmycollegeandthissemesterwehadfivepost-docsworkingwithourfacultyandstudentsinundergraduatedepartmentsAnsarisaid.TimothyVadenAssistantProfessorofChemistryandBiochemistrybelievesthathavingpost-docsworkingongrantprojectsadsanewdynamicthatisessentialtothegrowthofaresearchinstitution.WhileweareprimarilyanundergraduateresearchinstitutionsaidVadenstudentsdohavecommitmentsoutsidethelabandarenotalwaysavailabletodevotealltheirtimetoresearchapost-docsroleaddsstabilitytothelabbecausetheyarealwaysoverseeingtheprojectsandpushingthemforward.TypicallyaprofessorgoestoanundergraduateinstitutionforhisorherBachelorofScienceandthencontinuesontograduateschool.Inordertogainmoreexperienceinhisorherdisciplinesbeforeapplyingtocompaniesortobecomeamemberofahighereducationfacultyheorsheappliestoinstitutionforpost-doctorateresearchopportunities.SubashJonnalagaddaAssociateProfessorofChemistryandBiochemistrysaidthatexperienceasapost-docprovidesindividualswiththetoolstheyllneedtocontinuetheircareers.SomeonecannotjusthaveaPhDandexpecttogetintoanindustryorintoacademicsJonnalagaddasaidbecomingapost-docisessentialbecauseitbroadenssomeonesexperiencesinthelabandalsoteachesthemnewmethodsofteachingandlearning.WhilethepushtowardsbecomingpartoftheechelonofresearchinstitutionsrequirespostdocsthemainfocusofRowanandCSMstillremainsonundergraduateresearch.TheamountofstudentsIhaveassistingmeinresearchhasactuallygoneupsincethepost-docsaidVaden.post-docscreatearesearchorientedenvironmentbyincreasingtheamountofprojectsavailabletoundergradsithelpscreatecamaraderieinthelabandmakeseverythingmoreinteresting.DeanAnsarifeelsthattheprogressthatCSMismakingisexceptional.Post-docsareanessentialpartofourexpansionbecausetheyestablishauniqueacademicenvironmentforourstudentsAnsarisaid.Howeverwestillhavemoreworktodoaswetrytocreatemorecollaborativeresearchprogramsforfacultyandstudentsandincreaseourgrantfundedactivities.CSMEmbracesIncreasedResearchOpportunitiesTheDeansDistinguishedSpeakerSeriesculminateditsthirdseasonthisfallsemesterwithtwohighlyaccreditedspeakers.BeginningthefallshowcaseDr.SarahTishkoffprofessorattheUniversityofPennsylvaniaSchoolofMedicineandtheSchoolofArtsandSciencespresentedherworkentitledAfricanEvolutionaryGe-nomicsImplicationsforHumanOriginsandDisease.Infrontofapackedaudienceoffac-ultyandstudentsinBoydRecitalHallTishkoffhighlightedtheundiscoveredandrichgenomicandphenotypicvariationsthatexistinanethnicallydiverseAfrica.GainingmanyinsightsintohumanmolecularevolutionhumandiseaseandresistancetodiseasetheaudiencelearnedthatAfricacontainsaverygeneticallydiversepopulationthatishighlyvaluableinunderstandinghu-mangeneticsandevolution.TishkoffhaswonnumerousawardsforherresearchincludingtheNIHPioneerAwardaDavidandLucilePackardCareerAwardandisaPennIntegratesKnowledgePIKendowedchair.ClosingofftheshowcasewasPaulSteinhardtAlbertEinsteinProfessorinDeansDistinguishedSpeakerSeries