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College of Science & Mathematics

Change of Minds

As students venture to campus with rejuvenating minds, so too will bright new minds be in the Dean's office this academic year. As of July 1, 2013, Dr. Greg Caputo, Assistant Dean of Research and Grants, made his return home as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Assuming his former role will be Dr. Eddie Guerra, who will also maintain his current position as Assistant Dean for the School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Guerra believes his experience as the Assistant Dean for the School of Biomedical Sciences, will serve him well in his new position. Working directly with all three Rowan campuses, developing new programs such as the Translational Biomedical Sciences, due to accept its first students in fall of 2014, and his multidisciplinary background, he believes, will suit him well in the face of new challenges and tasks. "I'm excited," exclaimed Guerra, "with Rowan's acceptance to Research Institution status, the expectations for our research projects and grants are extremely high."

Beginning January 1, 2014, Dr. Ieva Zake will return to her roots at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, after serving as the Associate Dean since 2011. Throughout her tenure, Dr. Zake worked with the founding Dean to create the College of Science and Mathematics, while working to establish the interdisciplinary Hollybush Institute, dedicated to research and teaching on the intersection of science, technology, history, and politics. Additionally, Dr. Zake oversaw the development of a comprehensive framework and process for program evaluation. "I thank Dr. Zake for her dedicated commitment to the College and her outstanding accomplishments as Associate Dean," emphasized Dean Ansari.

Tricia Yurak, the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate-Graduate Students for CSM, will become the new Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics beginning the first of the New Year.