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CollegeofScienceandMathematicsAsweenteroursecondyearasaresearchuniversityourCollegecontinuestodemonstrateitsexcel-lencethroughincreasedresearchactivitiesandgrantsinadditiontooutstandingfacultyaccomplishments.IamhappytoreportthatanumberofCSMfacultymembersreceivedtenureandpromotionsthisyear.AcquiringtenureisTomDinzeoPsychologyandSubashJonnalagaddaandLeiYuChem-istryBiochemistry.TomandSubashalongwithTriciaYurakPsychologyhavealsobeenpromotedtoAssociateProfessorroles.EarningrankofFullProfessorareMarlenaHermanMath-ematicsDavidKlassenandMichaelLimPhysicsAstronomy.Myheartfeltcongratulationstoawell-deservedgroupoftalentedanddedicatedindividualswhomIamproudtoworkwith.TheNewYearalsobringschangeswithintheDeansOfficeeffectiveJanu-ary1.Dr.TriciaYurakwillbecometheFall2013NewsletterGoogleComputerScienceBringRobotstoaWorldwideAudienceCSMDepartmentListingBiologicalSciencesChemistryandBiochemistryComputerScienceMathematicsNursingPhysicsandAstronomyPsychologyForthethirdstraightyearGoogleInc.andProfessorJenniferKayofComputerScienceatRowanareworkingtogethertoexposeprimaryandsecondaryeduca-torstothewondrousworldofcomputerprogramming.The34000grantgraciouslyfundedbyGoogleseducationaldivisionComputerScienceforHighSchoolsCS4HShasgivenKaytheopportunitytooutreachnotonlylocalareateachersbutalsotheentireworld.BycreatingwhatscalledaMOOCMassivelyOpenOnlineCourseKayelevatesRowantoahandfulofonlineCS4HSprovidersthatalsoincludeColoradoStateUniversitytheCollegeofSt.ScholasticaandHarvardUniversity.ForthepasttwoyearswithfundingfromGoogleIveheldprogramshereatRowaninwhichItaught20-25teacherstheexcitementbehindcomputerprogram-ming-wefoundthatthe2011teachersreachedabout200studentsthefollowingacademicyearsaidKay.Imaginehowmanystudentswillbereachedinacoursethatspansacrosstheentirecountry.ThusfarKayhasover1000individualssigneduptotakethecourse.Inthesummersofboth2011and2012RowanreceivedgrantstofundprogramsinwhichKayaimedtogetteachersusingrobotsinstudentsmathandscienceclassesandevencreatingroboticsclubs.ThereislittlecomputersciencetaughtinschoolstodayKaypointedoutkidsaretaughthowtousetoolstogetbyonadailybasisbutthatsnotdeepenough.Studentsshouldknowwhatisbehindtheseappsandprogramsandhowtheywork.continuedonpage8continuedonpage4MessagefromtheDeanComputerScienceProessorJennierKaysfrstMOOCcoursesponsoredbyGoogleInc.signedupmorethan1000individualsPhotousedbypermissionoPhiladelphiaInquirerCopyright2014 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 33AnAppaDayKeepsSmokingatBayTheCollegeofScienceandMathematicsmadeanadditiontoitsalreadycom-mendablestaffbywelcomingDr.BethanyRaifftothePsy-chologyDepart-mentin2012.JustoneyearlaterDr.Raiffsimpactinherdepart-mentisbeingfeltthroughouttheentireUniversity.ToreceivegrantsandawardsfromtheNa-tionalInstitutesofHealthNIHisahugeaccomplishmentsaysEddieGuerraAssistantDeanofResearchandGrants.ShesbeenanamazingadditiontotheCol-legeandisproducingfantasticresultsforjustoneyear.Raiffiscurrentlyworkingonthreeproj-ectsfundedbyNIHalldealingwithsmok-ingcessationwithoneexaminingsubstanceabusemoregenerally.SmokingisthenumberonecauseofpreventablemorbidityandmortalityintheUnitedStatesandmostpeoplewhoquitenduprelapsingexplainsRaiffabouthercom-mitmenttosmokingcessation.Wewanttousedifferentformsofinterventionsandsetupcontingencyplansthatpeoplewhoarehavingtroublequittingwillbemorelikelyandwillingtousethanexistingtreat-ments.TwooftheprojectsGame-BasedSmokingCes-sationandTechnologicalInnovationsintheBehavioralTreatmentofSmokingexamineaformofinterventionthatiseasilyacces-siblebyanyoneinthecountry.TheGame-BasedSmokingCessationprojectusestheInternettoimplementanevidence-basedcontingencymanagementinterventionwhichoffersonlineincentivesviavideogamesfornotsmoking.Usingaweb-cameraandcarbonmonoxidemonitorsresearcherswillbeabletodeterminewhetherornottheparticipanthasbeensmokingoverthepreviouseighthoursanddeliverincen-tiveswhenabstinencehasbeenconfirmed.Therewardswillinvolveunlockingnewlevelsgettingaccesstoresourcesandreceivingsocialsupportfromothersmok-erswhoarealsoplayingthevideogameandtryingtoquitsmoking.ThegameisbeingdevelopedbyRedHillStudiosandEntertainmentScienceandwillbesimilartoFacebookgamesFarmvilleandCityville.Theonlydifferencebetweenthetwosmok-ingcessationprojectsisthattheTechno-logicalInnovationintheBehavioralTreat-mentofSmokingexaminestheeffectsofrewardingparticipantswithsmallamountsofmoneythattheypreviouslydepositedfortheprogramaswellasadditionalmonetaryincentives.OutsidetheUniversityDr.Raiffcontin-uestoexcelaboveallstandardsassheiscollaboratingwithanumberofinstitutionsincludingtheUniversityofFloridaonanumberofprojectsrelatedtosmokingces-sationanddiabetesmanagement.Dr.HanChangPrincipalScientistintheBioinformaticsgroupatBristol-MyersSquibbwastheinauguralspeakerforthenewinterdisciplinaryspeakerseriesthatencompassesthreedisciplinesBiochemistryBioin-formaticsandBiophysicstheB3SpeakerSeries.Changdiscussedtheimportanceofbioinformaticsasamethodtointerpretdatacomputedbyprogressingbiologicaltechnologyandhowunderstandingthehumangenomewillassistinfuturediseaseprevention.Raifdemonstrateshercarbonmonoxidemonitororthosetakingpartingame-basedsmokingcessationprojectScienceatPrincetonUniversity.Inastorythatinvolvedgrandad-ventureex-KGBmembersandbearsSteinhardtcaptivatedhisaudienceinBoydRecitalHallwithhisfairy-talelikejourneythroughthemountainrangesofChukotkalocatedinFarEastRussiainsearchoftheoncemythicalquasi-crystals.StudentsandfacultywerecaptivatedbySteinhardtsdemonstrationsinvolvingthestructuresofcrystalsandtheirappli-cationtodailylifeandwereleftchuck-lingattheserendipityofSteinhardtsgoodfortunealonghisadventure.Inanefforttoexposestudentstotheprominencethatcanbefoundinmulti-disciplinaryfieldsofexpertisetheDeansDistinguishedSpeakerSeriesenlightensallaudiencesabouttheworldtheylivein.B3SeriesDebut 24CollegeofScienceandMathematicsMessagefromtheDeannewAssociateDeanfortheCollege.Dr.CourtneyRichmondwillbejoiningtheteamasAssistantDeanforUndergradu-ateandGraduateStudentsservingpart-timeinthisroleandremainingafacultymemberintheDepartmentofBiology.ThissemesterourCollegeintroduced13newfull-timetenure-trackfaculty-analltimehighfigureattheCollegelevel.NewfacultyincludeMatthewBealorandMaraRobuBiologicalSciencesGustavoMoura-LettsBehroozNazerChunWuandMichaelTolockaChem-istryBiochemistryNasrineBendjilaliBethanyGummoandIkJaeLeeMath-ematicsAnthonyAngelowandDawnSpechtNursingKellyTrevinoandEveSledjeskiPsychology.Takingthewell-earnedroadtoretire-mentinAugustwasJanetCahillPsy-chology.JoiningCahillin2014willbeLoisStraussPsychologyJoelCrichlowComputerScienceandClarenceHoweMathematics.IwishthemallgoodhealthandhappinessintheirnewventuresandthankthemfortheirmanyyearsofservicetotheUniversity.continuedfrompage1RowanUniversityhostedtheSeventhAnnualFIRSTLEGOLeagueFLLCompetitiononSaturdayDecember7.Stu-dentsfromthroughoutNewJerseybuiltLEGO-basedrobotstotacklerealengineeringchallenges.SponsoredbyFLLForInspirationandRecognitionofScienceandTechnologytheeventteachescriticalthink-ingpresentationandmathandscienceskills.Co-chairedbyJenniferKayComputerScienceprofessorandHongZhangassociateprofessorofMechanicalEngineeringthispopulareventallowsstudentstoexploreengineeringandtech-nologyandencouragesindividualstoconsiderstudyingandpursuingcareersinthosefields.LearningBootedUpUsingRobotsInsummerandfallof2013ourCol-legehasbeenawardedover1.1Mingrantsfrombothgovernmentagenciesandindustry.Withmanyproposalssub-mittedandpendingthisfigurewillonlyexpandfurtherandshowcaseourCollegeasamajorcontributortoresearchatRowan.Ourcurriculumisexpandingtosup-portthenewpublichealthandhealthsciencesinitiativesrecentlymandatedbytheState.WearecurrentlyintheprocessofdevelopingaPh.D.programinClini-calPsychologywithaspecializationinHealthPsychologyandaconcentrationinNeuroscienceaswellasspecializa-tionsinCyberSecurityandMobileComputing.ThenewM.S.inHealthDataAnalyticsprogramwillbesubmit-tedtotheBoardofTrusteesforapprovalinMarch.AB.S.inBiophysicsrecentlywasapprovedbytheBoardofTrusteesandisnowpendingapprovalbytheStateofNewJersey.WearealsoworkingoninnovativecollaborativeprogramswithRowanUniveritySchoolofOsteopathicMedicinesGraduateSchoolofBiomedi-calSciencesRowanSOMGSBSwithtwoaccelerateddegreesof3.5yearsatRowanand1.5yearsatGSBS.OneprogramisaB.S.inBiochemistryMSinMolecularBiologyandtheotherisaB.S.inBiochemistryMSinMolecularPathologyandImmunology.Alsogoingthroughthecurriculumprocessisthepost-baccalaureateinpre-healthstudiesaconcentrationinpre-medstudiesandaconcentrationinpre-healthstudies.AlloftheseremarkableendeavorsaretheresultoftheimmenseeffortsfromourexceptionalfacultyandstaffforwhichIexpressmydeepappreciationfortheirdedicationhardworkandaccom-plishmentsParvizAnsariPh.D.DeanCollegeofScienceandMathematics 3Whilesomemightenjoywatchingthesunsetobservingthestarsorcatch-inguponmissedshowsduringthehumidsummernightsDr.MarkHickmanAs-sistantProfessorofBiologicalSciencesandChemistryBiochemistryattheCollegeofScienceandMathematicsspenthisnightsalittledifferently.Iwouldjustlieinbedwithmylap-topexplainsHickmanwritingcomputerprogramstoprocessmillionsandmillionsofDNAsequencesattemptingtofindDNAmutations.ItwasquitethefeatthatendedwithapublicationinNatureoneofthemostreknownedscientificjournalsintheworld.ThesequencesthatHickmanobservedwerepartofayear-longyeastexperimentconductedatfourinstitutionsPrincetonHarvardWashingtonandRowanUniversi-ties.Theexperimentsobjectivewastoob-servetheDNAsequencesof40populationsover1000generationsofgrowthdocument-ingthechangesinDNApatternsandhowthesechangesaffectedthetotalpopulation.ThemainportionoftheexperimentwasexecutedatPrincetonUniversitywheretheyeastcellswereculturedandsamplesoftheseunicellularorganismsweretakenatvariousintervals.Yeastcellsreproduceevery90minutesgivingustheopportunitytolookat1000generationsinlessthansixmonths.AftertheDNAfromthesesampleswereextractedandsequencedHickmanplayedanimportantroleinsequencebioin-formaticsexaminingthebillionsofDNAbasesthatweresequenced.Wehadtera-bytesandterabytesofDNAtocombthroughlaughedHickmanbuthisfind-ingslefthimwithasenseofconfirma-tionratherthangiggles.ItallmadesenseemphasizedHickman.Theresultsoftheex-perimentprovidedinvaluableinsightintothegeneticchangesthatoccurduringevolution.AccordingtoHickmantheresultsrevealedthisatcompletelyrandomtimesandinanycelladrivermutationoccurs.Adrivermutationisachangeinthegeneticcodeofacellthatresultsinhavingaposi-tiveeffectoncellgrowthgivingacellanadvantageoverothercells.Thesecellsduetoenhancedgrowthtakeovertheentirecellpopulationbydividingfasterthanallothercellsinthepopulation.Inadditiontodrivermutationsothermutationsoccurthathavenoeffectoncellgrowth.Thesemutationsiftheyaroseinthesamecellbeforethedrivermutationwerecarriedalongwiththedrivermutationasthecellreplicated.Thustheseothermutationsarereferredtoasgenetichitchhikers.AfterreviewingterabytesofDNAsequenceswenowknowthatthereisntjustonemutationthatcandriveevolutionbutthatmanymutationsaccumu-latetogetherandhavetheabilitytoinfluencethefitnessofanorganismHickmanreiterated.Inthebroadareaofbiologi-calresearchthisisextremelyimpor-tantasitprovidesanewperspectivetomolecularevolution.ThiswasthefirstmajorphaseHickmanstatedandwecanbuildupontheinformationwefoundandexaminedifferentkindsofgeneticchangeslikechangesingenecopynum-berorgenomicrearrangements.AnotherplatformforwhichHickmansresearchisinvaluableiscancerresearch.YeastisusedalottoemulatecancercellsbecauseoftheirrapiddivisionsaidHick-man.ByexaminingthenatureofDNAmutationsinquicklyevolvingyeastpopu-lationsscientistscanbegintounderstandhowcancercellsevolvefromnormalcellsbyaccumulatingseveralmutations.Dr.MarkHickmanDiscoveriesinNatureMarkHickmanreviewedmillionsofDNAsequencesthispastsummerwhichledtoasuccessfulpublicationinNatureJournalForthepastyearStevenGennaouiagraduatefromthemastersprogramincomputerscicncehasbeenworkingwithBoeinginRidleyParkPennsylvaniaaspartoftheV-22OspreySoftwaredesignteamusedinthecockpitoftheV-22aircraft.Gennaouiassistedinthecreationandupdatingprocessthataimedtocombattheobsolescenceissuewithinthecraft.HavinggraduatedjustayearagoGennaouihasworkedwithGoogleInc.intheirAndroidsectorandhasmovedtotheWestCoasttocontinuehiscareerwithAmazon.comInc.YoungAlumAchievementsInMay2011EricGreenhousegraduatedfromRowanwithaBSincomputersciencealongsidefourcon-centrationsincludingprogramminglanguagesandcompilerssoftwareengineeringartificialintelligenceanddatastructuresandalgorithms.SincethenGreenhousehasworkedforEOIRTechnologiesaDepartmentofDefensecontractorandissettinguphisfutureinCulverCityCaliforniaasasoftwareengineerforSymantecCorporation.HisprojectisworkingwithCandObjectiveCinordertodevelopanewproductcalledNor-tonIdentitySafe.GreenhouseisapartoftheMACiOSteamdevelopingtheirversionoftheproduct.5RecentalumStevenGennaoui 210CollegeofScienceandMathematics26CollegeofScienceandMathematicsSeparatedbyanoceanseveralcountriesandtwodistinctfieldsofscientificre-searchonewouldthinkthatthechanceoftwoindividualscomingincontactwithoneanotherwouldbeprettymuchimpossiblehoweverthebeautyofserendipityisthatitmakessucheventspossible.AtaconferenceinNewDelhiIndiasuchkismetoccurredwhenCollegeofSci-enceandMathematicschemistryprofessorKandalamRamanujacharyDr.CharyandtheInstituteofChemicalTechnologysDr.SutapaGhoshunexpectedlyinitiatedadiscussionthatwouldleadtotheircollabo-rationhereatRowanUniversity.Thedirectorofmygroupnotifiedmethatthereweresomeindividualswork-ingwithgrapheneNanoparticlesandquantumdotsandwantedtoknowifIdbeinterestedinworkingwiththemexplainedCharywhose35yearsworthofexperienceandpublishedpapersregardingNanotechnologylefthimdelightedattheopportunity.WebeganadiscussionaboutherexpertiseandmineandIcouldnthavebeenmoreexcitedfortheopportunityCharysaid.InIndiaIworkedonisolatinggra-phenefromgraphiteandhereatRowanImtryingtomeasurethequantumdotsofgraphenebycreatingmolecularmodelsofthedotexplainedGhosh.OncewefindthedotDr.Charysexpertiseinmetaloxideswillallowustoidentifyandcontrolgraphenesbandwidthsoitcanlaterbeappliedtosupercapacitors.Capacitorshaveasynonymousfunctiontolithiumbatteriesbutsuchbatteriesareinefficientatholdingchargesaswellasdispersingenergy.CapacitorsaremorepowerfulandmoreefficientthanbatteriessaidCharyhowevertheyaremadefromatoxicmetalthatisntbountifulintheEarthcadmium.Ifwecanfigureouthowtomakecapacitorswithcarbonwhichissaferandmoreplentifulitwillbemonumentalinthefutureofcapaci-tors.WhileRowanUniversityisprovidingthefacilitiesforthecollaborationallofthefundingforGhoshandCharysre-searchisderivedfromahighlycompeti-tivegrantprogramfundedbytheRamanResearchFellowship.Dr.GhoshappliedtoaprogramthattakesthousandsofapplicationsandonlyaroundfourorfiveareacceptedayearmentionedChary.ThetwohavebeencollaboratingsincelateOctoberandaremakingbigstrides.ThelabsherearefantasticandareallowingmetomakegreatprogressonmyresearchsaidGhosh.IthasbeenveryfunworkingwiththestudentsandDr.Chary.WhiletheprogramistemporaryCharyisexcitedforwhatwillcomenext.Dr.GhoshwillgobacktoIndiatocontinuedevelopingherresearchandwewillhopefullypublishseveralpapersCharysaid.Thisresearchisthefirststeptowardsthefutureofcapacitors.Chancefavorspreparedminds...TheEdelmanPlanetariumrecentlyconcludedasuccessfulrunofthefull-domedigitalmovieAstronautanditspopulartraditionalholidayfavoriteSeasonofLight.NarratedbyNoahAdamsSeasonprovided3Dvisualizationsex-plainingthewintersolsticeChristmasHanukkahSantaClaustheStarofBethlehemamongotherwinterytopics.ThisspringlookfortwopublicshowingsToSpaceandBackamovieaboutspaceexplorationandhowithasshapedoureverydaylivesbegin-ningJanuary12throughMarch9andtheEx-plodingUniversedealswithbigcelestialbangsandhowtheyveinfluencedtheformationofoursolarsystemandus.ThisshowbeginsMarch16.Formoreinformationaboutplanetariumshowsvisitwww.rowan.eduplanetarium.PlanetariumhasitsownBlockbusterHitsGhoshsexpertiseliesinthehighlyconductivelayerofcarbonknownasgraphene. 31137FacultyandStaffAchievementsDr.PhyllisBlumbergfromtheUniversityoftheSciencesinPhiladelphiajoinedCSMthispastsemestertodiscusslearning-centeredteachingapproaches.Conceptsshediscussedincludedempha-sizingtheimportanceofstudentdevelopmentandmasteryofmeta-cognitiveskillsassistingstudentsinunderstandingcoursecontentandassistingstudentsTeachingAlternateApproacheswithmakingtheirownuniqueassocia-tionswithcoursecontent.Alsonotedinherpresentationwasherencouragementtowardsprofessorsintheirinstillingadesireoflifelonglearningandinformationliteracyskillsintheirstudentsandusingauthenticassessmentsanalogoustothoseintheprofessionalworld.FacultyfromallofCSMdepartmentsattendedasdidfacultyfromothercolleges.Thepresenta-tionwaswellreceivedandprovidedanopportunitytoconsidernewapproachestoteachingcourses.HonoringFrancesR.LaxAwardeesInhonorofFrancesR.Laxawell-knownSouthernNewJerseyphilanthropistandcommunityleadereightjuniorfacultyrecipientsreceived1000towardsconferenceregistrationsacademictravelsstu-dentresearchassistantsandacademicmaterials.ThisyearCSMisproudtohavetwoofourfacultyawardedstipendsforSpring2014.TheCollegewouldliketocongratulateXiaoHuofthephysicsdepartmentandBethanyRaiffofthepsychologydepartmentontheirout-standingachievement.Whilemostchemicalreactionsaredoneinalabset-tingcyberspaceisprovidingadifferentplatforminwhichthesereactionscantakeplace.Eventhemostcomplicatedbiochemicalreactionscanbeobservedinmagnificentdetailusingonlyacomputerprogram.YangYangAssistantprofessorofChemistryandBiochemistryconductssuchmolecularsimulationsinordertounravelthemechanicsfordifferentchemicalandphysicalpro-cessesinvariouscondensed-phasesystems.Usinghisexpertiseincompu-tationalandtheoreticalchemistryYangwasabletoco-authoraresearchpaperwithoneofhispastprofessorsQiangCuifromhistimeinthedepartmentofChem-istryandTheoreticalChemistryattheUniversityofWisconsin.ThepaperentitledDoesWaterReallyPlayanImportantRoleinPhosphorylTransferReactionInsightsfromaTheoreticalStudyofAModelReactioninWaterandtert-Butanolwasnotonlyapub-licationintheJournalofPhysicalChemistrybutwasalsoincludedin2013sNobelLaureateinChemis-tryProfessorAriehWarsheloftheUniversityofSouthernCaliforniaaspartofhissixInsightfulDiscus-sions.SethBergmannAssociateProfes-sorofComputerSciencerepresent-edtheCollegethispastSeptemberataninternationalconferenceinRegensburgGermany.Commentat-ingontheconferencesdiscussiontopicofbooksandpublishingBergmannpresentedhispaperentitledOpenSourceTextbooks.HepresentedthebenefitsofOpenSourceanewsoftwarethatallowsmultipleindividualstopublishaca-demicinformationononewebsiteandexplainedhowthesoftwarecanhelpinvokethespreadofinforma-tionandideas.KeithJohnsonbothTreasurerandMembershipChairoftheMid-AtlanticPlanetariumSocietywasnamedaMAPFellowforhissix-yeartenurewithintheorganiza-tionaswellashostingaconfer-enceathishometurf--EdelmanPlanetarium.ThesecondawardcameintheformoftheMAPAwardforExceptionalServiceforJohnsonsvolunteerworkasMembershipChairandTreasurer.Dr.XiaoHuDr.BethanyRaif 28CollegeofScienceandMathematicsCrumrinetagsaturtlefoundoncampusaspartofa30-in-stitutionstudytodeterminetheimpactofurbanizationonfreshwaterturtles.CampusTurtleSpeciesDiverseasUsWhiletheconventionalwaytostartthesemestermayhavebeenwithtextbooksinclassroomssuchwasnotthecaseforaprofessorandsomeofhisstudents.BiologicalSciencesProfessorPatrickCrumrinechoseamoreearthlyclassroomthroughwhichtoeducatehisstudents.SpendingthreedaysaweekthroughthemonthsofSeptemberandOctoberCrum-rinesstudentswadedthroughwaterandbrushnotinsearchoftheirgradesbutaquaticturtlestakinguprefugeonRowansGlassborocampus.LiketheUniversityitselftheyfoundthattheturtlecommunityoncampuswasratherdiversediscoveringsixdistinctturtlespecieswithin800acresoflandincludingred-earedslidersyellow-belliedslidersEasternpaintedmusksnappingandred-belliedturtles.AquaticturtlesaresomewhatindicatorsofwaterqualityandenvironmentalhealthsaidCrumrineanaquaticecologist.Itsnotahugegroupoforganismsbutwevefoundagoodbitofdiversityamongtheturtlesoncampus.Theturtlecensusispartofalarger30-institutionstudybyundergraduatestudentsledbyDr.DaveBownefromElizabethtownCollegeinPennsylvania.TheNa-tionalScienceFoundation-fundedstudyisresearchingtheimpactofurbanizationonfreshwaterturtles.WrightandAmbacherwillpres-enttheirfindingsontheturtlesattheSTEMStudentResearchSymposiumonApril25.KaysMOOCentitledEducationalRoboticsforAbsoluteBeginnersisafive-weekcourseinwhicheachweekcontains10lessonsandeachlessonismadeupoffivetoten-minutevideosexplainingconceptsalongwithself-testquestionstoassessunderstanding.BeingabeginnerscoursetheprojectswillinvolvetheprogrammingofaLEGONXTrobot.Theclassisnotonlyintendedforteachersbutforanyoneinterestedingainingknowl-edgeabouthowcomputerprogrammingandeducationalroboticsworks.Thefirstweekdoesnotrequiretheuseofarobotbutfromthereafterparticipantswillneedtohavearobotinordertocompletetheprojectsandassignments.Teacherswillneedacolleagueorprincipaltoevaluatetheirendprojectofasuccessfulprograminordertoreceiveacer-tificateofcompletion.Thecourseisabsolutelyfreehoweverteacherswillneedtoconsultwiththeirschoolsaboutprovidingarobottocompletethecourse.CoreprinciplesthatKayhopesthepartici-pantswilllearninvolvecomputationalthinkingskills.Theseskillsdonotonlyapplytocom-puterprogrammingbutalsoapplytodailylifeactivities.AccordingtoGoogleseducationalpageoncomputationalthinkingtheskillsthatmakeupsuchmethodsinvolvehowtoanalyzeasituationthinklogicallyaboutstep-by-stepprocessestosolveaproblemandhowdoseveralsolutionssolvethesameproblem.ThesecoursesareimportantbecauseessentiallyallkidswhetherornottheyreinterestedincomputerswillspendtherestoftheirlivescommunicatingwithcomputersandpeoplewhodoworkwithcomputersexplainedKay.WhensomeonesaysthecomputercantdothatIwantkidstohavetheconfidencetosaywhynotThisself-pacedcourseisfreeandopentoallwhoareinterested.Togetstartedvisithttpcs4hsrobots.appspot.com.GoogleCScontinuedfrompage1Post-itnoteshighlighterscomputersandcoffeecontainerswerestrewnacrosstheScienceHallatriumsandhall-waysasstudentslosttheirmindspreparingfortheirfinalexams.StudyMadnessco-sponsoredbytheOfficeofHealthProfessionsthePre-HealthSocietyPre-AlliedHealthSocietyandtheBiologyClubencour-agedstudentstocometogetherinordertodemonstratetheimportanceofstudying.OnFridayDec.13StudyMadnessturnedthepageonitsthirdstraightsemesteroforganizedstudysessionsprofessorreviewsessionsaswellasprovidingsomestudyfuelintheformofcoffeeanddonuts.ThereisntastudydayoncampussaysTomasVarelaHealthProfessionsAdvisor.Wewantedtoreinforcestudentscomingoutoftheirdormsandworkingtogetherinacommunitythatvaluesstudying.StudentsGoMadOverFinals 39PsychProfessorReceives400KGranttoStudyAustismTreatmentSharingthevisionOneMouseataTimeWhilemostareusedtohookingupasinglemonitorortelevisionscreentoacom-puterCSMcomputersciencedepartmentisrethinkingthewayweinteractwithcomputersinthepresenceofagroup.UsinganovelapproachdevisedbyprofessorsGaneshBaligaandVasilHnatyshinwiththehelpofseveralundergraduateandgraduatestudentstheteamisworkingtorisetoadifficulttechnicalchallengehowcannumerousscientistsuseinrealtimeasharedmonitorwithmiceattachedtotheirownrespectivecomputersTheConcurrentMulti-cursorProjectledbyCSmajorsScottStevensonincoordinationwithKennethJamesLouisSzgalskyandWinstonCheongisacompletedsoftwarewhichallowsindividualcomputeruserstheirowncursoronalargerdisplay.Individualscannowmanagetheirownwindowswithouthavingtoswitchbackandforthbetweenthem.TheMulti-cursorprojectallowsformultiplecursorsormultipleuserstointeractononescreenbringingeveryonetogethertowardsacommongoal.Inacollaborativesettingofthisnatureindividualwindowownershipallowsuserstointeractwiththeirowndataandprotectitfromalterations.Thebenefitsofthesoftwarealsoallowindividualstocollaborateintimesofcriticalenvironmentssuchasnucleartestingfacilities.Thealleviationofmovingfromonestationtoanotherensuresthatoperatorscanmakequickerandmoreaccuratedecisionswhererapidanalysisisrequired.CSMPitchesNewHomeonCollegeRowHomecominghasbeenamainstayoncampusformanyyearsbutthisyearintroducedCollegeRowtoalumniandstudentswitheachcollegedisplayingtentsfulloffuninformationandniftygive-a-ways.MakingitsfirstappearancethisyeartheCollegeofScienceandMathematicshostedavarietyofscienceexperimentsthatintroducedkidstothefascinatingworldofscience.BiologymajorNicholasAlbertsonvolunteeredtoentertainalumniandtheirfamiliesbyconductingcrowd-pleasinginteractiveexperimentsthatusedvegetableoilwaterbottlesfoodcoloringandAlkaSeltzertablestomakecolorfullavalamps.ThroughoutthecrispfalldayalumniandfriendsstoppedbythetenttoconversewiththeDeanandlearnaboutthenewCollege.AtelescopedonatedbytheEdel-manPlanetariumwasraffledofftoluckyalumwinnerAmyJordanCarpinelli91aGeoscienceAstronomyInstructorforWashingtonTownshipPublicSchoolsandTeacheroftheYearSemi-Finalistin2009.MakesuretostopbyouttentnextOctobertoseewhatfunandexcitementourCollegehasplannedforyourfamily.Dr.MaryLouiseKerwinprofessorandchairoftheDepartmentofPsychologywasrecentlyawardeda2-year394000pilotgrantfromtheNewJerseyGovernorsCouncilforMedicalResearchandTreatmentofAutismandtheNewJerseyDepartmentofHealthtostudyparent-imple-mentedinterventionsforautism.AutismSpectrumDisorderASDiscurrentlythemostprevalentpediatricdevelopmentaldisorderintheUnitedStates.SymptomsofASDaregenerallyobservedbe-foreage3andincludedifficultiesinsocialinteractiondeficitsinverbalcommunicationandincreasedrepetitivebehavior.Earlyinterventionwithintensiveempiricallysupportedbehaviortherapieshasbeenshowntoimproveprognosis.Thehighprevalenceratesoftheautismandintensivetimerequirementsforinterventionhaveresultedinaneedforthedevelopmentofinnovativeservicedeliverymodels.KerwinsresearchteamincludingfellowpsychologyfacultymemberDr.MichelleSorethseveralexpertconsultantsandover20graduateandundergraduatestudentsisintheprocessofevaluatingtheeffectivenessofseveralpopularinterventionsspecificallydesignedforimplementationbyparents.TheresultsofthepilotstudymayprovidetherequiredpreliminarydataforasuccessfulgrantapplicationtotheNationalInstituteofHealthwhichwouldallowtheteamtoexpandresearchinautismtreatmentatRowanandofferfamiliesaffectedbyautismopportunitiestoaccesshigh-qualitysupplementaltreatmentservicesandtrainingsatnocost.IncidenceratesofASDhaveskyrocketedoverthelastdecade.NewJerseycurrentlyhasthesecondhighestrateofautisminthenationwithprevalenceestimatesashighas1in49childreninthestateidentifiedwiththedisorder.TheelevatedratesinthestatearelikelyduetoincreasedawarenessofthedisorderandtreatmentresourcesthatdrawfamiliesaffectedbyASDintoNewJersey.TheNJGovernorsCouncilforAutismwasestablishedtoencouragehighqualitybiomedicalandclinicalautismresearchinthestateandtheinitiativesofthecouncilarefundedbyaonedollarsurchargefrommotorvehicleviolationsandfinesatotalofapproximately4milliondedicatedtoautismresearchtreatmentandeducationeachyear.KerwinsprojectisthefirstGovernorsCouncilforAutismgrantawardedtoRowanUniversityandallowsforRowansCenterforBehaviorAnalysisPsychologyDe-partmentandbehavioranalyticfacultytocontinuetoreceiveregionalstateandnationalattentionforautismtreatmentandthetrainingoffuturebehavioranalysts.Tolearnmoreorhaveachildwhoyoususpectmayhaveaustismorcouldbenefitfromthisprojectvisitwww.rowan.eduabacenter. 210CollegeofScienceandMathematicsTheCollegeofScienceandMathematicsisdevelopingnewpipelinesforamorediversepopulationofstudentstoincreasetheiraccesstotheeducationprovidedbytheCollegeandpropelthemintothescienceandtechnologyworkforce.TwopartnersinthiseffortareUnionCountyCollegeUCCandPassaicCountyCommunityCollegePCCCbothdesignatedHispanic-servinginstitutionsbytheUSDepartmentofEduca-tion.SupportedbyagranttoUCCfromtheDepartmentofEducationtwoUCCstudentsparticipat-edinasix-weeksummerprogramatRowanUniversityhostedbyourCollege.InMayandJune2013twostudentsworkedinthebiochemistrychemistryresearchlaboratoriesofDr.TimothyVadenandDr.LarkPerezrespectively.ThesummerprogramincludedtoursofcampusfacilitiesresearchtalksvisitstobothofRowansmedicalschoolsandafieldtriptotheChambersWorksfacilityofDuPont.AsaresultofthisexposureonestudenttransferredfromUCCtoRowanandasoffall2013isabiochemistrymajorintheDepartmentofChemistryandBiochemistry.AspartofagrowingrelationshipwithPCCCagroupof16oftheirstudentsvisitedRowansScienceHallinNovember.Thisgroupofstudentsattendedpresentationsfromdepartmentrepre-sentativesdescribingdegreeoptionsandopportunitiesinCSMresearchtalksbyseveralfacultyatouroffacilitiesandashowintheEdelmanPlanetarium.ThePCCCvisitandtheprogramwithUCCarepartofagrowingeffortbyCSMtorecruitamorediversepopulationofstudentsfromcountycollegesandhighschoolsintheregion.CSMLatinoInitiativeEngagesCountyCollegesInthewordsofTabbethaDobbinsassistantprofessorofPhysicsandAstronomytheRowanUniversitySci-enceHallwillbegettinganewwatercoolerthatshehopesallmajorswillbeabletocongregatearound.Thankstoagrantof280000fromtheNationalScienceFoundationNSFRowanUniversitywillbeabletopurchaseaCombinationRamanandFTIRSpectrometer.Notexactlyawatercoolerbutprettycoolanyhow.InFebruaryof2013DobbinsprincipalinvestigatorofthegrantandherinterdisiplinaryteamconsistingofphysicsprofessorsMichaelLimSamuelLoflandandXiaoHuandbiochemistryandchemistryprofessorTimothyVadensubmittedaproposaltoNSFrequestingfundstoreplacethecurrent20-year-oldspectrometer.StartingSeptember2013NSFgrantedRowan280000fortwoyearstowardsanewmachine.OurcurrentspectrometerstillgivesusinformationbutitisntsoeasytooperatesaidDobbins.Spectrometersprimarilyusealaserinordertoproducedata.Compoundsareplacedbeneathamicroscopewhereanexternallasershinesuponit.Theoutgo-inglaserbeamthencarriesinformationaboutthesampleintoaspectrometerchamber.Dataisthensenttotheuserwhousesittodeterminethebehaviorofthebondstypesofbondvibrationsbyanalyzingthechangesinlightpatterns.SomeofthepartsareoldandwhenweadjustthemitthrowsofftheentirecalibrationandaffectstheexperimentsaidDobbins.Thenewspectrometerfeaturessomethingthatthecurrentonedoesnotinthatallthelasersareconcealedwithinthemachineleavingnoexternallasermirrorsandlensestoadjust.ThismakesthemachinesomucheasiertouseandnowcanencompassalldifferentmajorssaidDobbins.Sheenvisionsmorepeoplecollaboratingonprojectsaswelldifferentschoolstointeractwiththemachine.AccordingtotheproposalsenttoNSFforthegrant24undergraduates16graduatesand216otherstudentsperyearwillbeaffectedbythenewspectrometerincoursesofferedincludingphysicschemistrybiologyfo-rensicscienceandelectricalandcomputerengineering.Thefacultydoesnotplanondis-posingoftheothermachinejustyetbuthasanotheroptioninmind.Becausethelasersareexternalontheoldspectrometerwecandoexper-imentswithitatwavelengthsnotavailableonthenewinstrumentsaidDobbins.Shealsobelievesthatthespectrometerwillopendoorstonewexperiences.Previouslywithnewequipmentsev-eralofourstudentshavebecomefluentinNewSpectrometerUseExpandstoDepartmentsSchoolsthetechnologyresultinginotheruniversi-tiesrequestingassistanceinoperatingandexperimentingtheirownmachinessaidDobbins.Amachinelikethisgiveshun-dredsofstudentstheopportunitytolearnsomethingnewandtakeitwiththemintotheirfutures.DobbinsspentlastJulyataconferencenearPisaItaly.TheGordonResearchConferenceonHydro-genStoragematerialsinvitedhertobeadiscussionleaderfortheconferencesproceedings. 311CSMStudentAchievementsThispastMarchoutofapproximately150undergraduatestudentswhopresentedtheirresearchprojectsoverthefive-dayAmericanPhysicsSocietyconferenceinBaltimoreMarylandseniorphysicsmajorandmathematicsminorChristopherRotellaspresentationonOptimizingTiCfilmsforCDCapplicationsusingMagnetronSputteringwastherecipientoftheSPSUndergraduatePresentationAwardfromtheAmericanPhysicsSocietyandtheSocietyofPhysicsStudents.UndertheguidanceofDr.JefferyHettingerandDr.SamuelLoflandprofessorsfromtheDepartmentofPhysicsandAstronomywithsomeadditionalhelpfrominstrumentcoordinatorCarlLunkRotellaandtwootherstudentsJustinBuchic-chioandEmmaCorteswereabletosubmittheirprojectabstractbytheNovem-ber2012deadline.TheprojectentailedusingthetechniqueofMagnetronSputteringwhichisaprocessthattakesplaceinanultra-highvacuumchamberthatcanreachap-proximately1000degreesCelsius.WiththeuseofelectricandmagneticfieldsaswellasargongasthestudentsinjectedsmallpiecesoftitaniumontoacarbonsubstrateinordertoorchestrateareactionthatwouldcreateTitaniumCarbideTiCforthepurposeofcreatingaCarbonDerivedCarbideCDC.GearingupforthedigitalageNicholasSilvestrijuniorcomputersciencemajorputhiscyberskillstothetestontheCyberAcesExamatestopentotheentirecountrynotexclusionarytocollegestudents.Silvestriranked317outof3403nationalparticipantsalsoplacing20thoutof377stateparticipants.OutofallcollegetesttakersSilvestriplaced12thoutof141thetop91percentile.SilvestrireceivedtherecognitionofRochelleHendricksSecretaryofHigherEducationinaninvitationforhimtocompeteintheGovernorsCyberAcesNewJerseyChampionshipcompetitiontofindthebesttalentforcareersincybersecurity.SeniorphysicsmajorEmmaZulkerwasawarded2000fromtheNewJerseySpaceGrantNJSGAcademicYearFellowship--anawardinrecognitionofacademicexcellenceandresearch.CooperatingwiththeguidelinesthatrequiretherecipientstoworkonaNASAapprovedprojectZulkerwillbeworkingwithDr.JeffHettingerontheinvestigationofZ-Nfilmsandtheirpropertiesforpotentialuseinbiomedicalandnanotechnologyapplications.ChristopherRotellaseniorphysicsmajoralsoreceivedtheawardandwillberesearchingTheoreticalQuantumPhysicswithDr.HongLing.BothRotellaandZulkerwillpresenttheirresearchatastate-wideNJSGconferenceinofspring2014heldatRutgersUniversity.TheNewJerseySpaceGrantConsortiumwasestab-lishedin1991byagrantfromNASAwiththeobjectivesofdevelop-ingprogramstofurtheraero-spaceandSTEMeducationaswellasfosteringresearchanddevelopmentinNewJersey.SeniorphysicsmajorChrisRotellaStudentJustinBuchicchioreceivinghisawardattheannualbusinessmeetingheldinDecemberattheUniversityofPennsylvania.JustinBuchicchioaseniorphysicsmajorwasawardedthirdplaceintheStudentBestPosterAwardinThermalAnalysisForumatDelawareValley2013AnnualMeeting.AttheUniversityofPennsylvaniaLaboratoryforResearchontheStructureofMatterLSRMJustinandhispartnerJoeForysalsoaseniorphysicsmajorkepttheacademicpacewiththePh.D.graduatesfromtheUniversityofPenn-sylvaniaDrexelUniversityandTempleUniversityinthepostercompetitioninwhichthereweretenentrants.Bothstudentsweretheonlyunder-graduatesinthecompetition. 212CollegeofScienceandMathematicsWilltheflubringthebestofRow-ansGlassborocampusundertheweatherNotiftheCollegeofScienceandMathematicsnursingstudentshaveany-thingtodoaboutit.StudentsfromAssistantProfessorPatriciaPricesCommunityHealthNursingcoursevolunteeredtheirtimethispastOcto-bertoassistwithfluvaccinationsthatwereofferedtoRowanemployeesaspartofthestudentsmandatoryclinicalcomponent.UndertheleadershipofScottWoodsidedirectorofStudentHealthandServicesatRowanUniversityJanellConroyLisaJohnsonStephanieHummelJessicaSag-giomoandThorbjorgThorisdottirwereabletodotheirpartinensuringahealthycampusduringthecomingwintermonths.Thestudentsobtainedinformationfromthecommunityparticipantsaskingthemaboutspecificallergiesandremindedtheparticipantstopracticegoodhygienebywashingtheirhandsfrequentlyusingtis-suesdisposingofthemproperlyandifsicktheyshouldremainathomeinanefforttoavoidofpotentialcontaminationofotherscausingthespreadoftheflu.Theeventwassuccessfulimmuniz-ingover100people.TheWellnessCenterprovidedthenecessarysuppliesandalsoofferedbloodpressurescreeningsthatday.NursingStudentsGiveBacktotheROWANCommunityThisfallRowanUniversityextendedthereachesofitsfamilytoSouthAmerica.ThankstoRowanUniversitysrecentpartnershipwiththeBrazilianScientificMobilityProgramBSMP17BrazilianstudentsofthescienceandtechnologymajorswillreceivethechancetoexperienceAmericanculturefirsthandwhilemakinguseoftheUniversitysexceptionaleducationalresources.IncoordinationbetweenCAPESandCNPqorganizationswithintheMinistryofEducationinBrazildevotedtoboththeexpansionofhighereducationandscienceandtechnologicaladvancementwiththecooperationoftheInstituteofInterna-tionalEducationIIEtheBraziliangov-ernmentwasabletoaward100000fullscholarshipstothebestBraziliancollegestudentstowardstheirexplorationsacrosstheglobe.ThisisanimportantprogramtobeapartofbecauseitallowsstudentstoviewtheworldthroughadifferentculturallenssaysTimothyTorredirectoroftheRowanInternationalProgram.Thisexperiencewillsetthesestudentsapartinanupandcomingglobal-izedworkforce.TheBSMPhasexistedforseveralyearsandisanapplication-basedpro-gram.Rowanappliedlastfallandoneyearlaterhasthe17studentshousedandscheduledforanacademicyearandahalf.WecannotwaittogotoclasschuckleLuisandThiagobothinthesecondyearoftheirfour-yearchemistryprogramandthelabsherelookamaz-ing.Wecantwaittofinallybeabletousethem.LuisandThiagobothheardofthegovernmentsponsoredprogramandap-pliedimmediately.WhenaskedwhytheychoseRowanoutofallotherinstitutionsinthecountrytheyrespondedwecametoRowanbecausewehavesomefriendshereinNewJerseytheyexplainedwhosaidthatRowanwasoneofthefewschoolsinvolvedintheprogramthathadafantasticchemistryprogram.Beginningthespringsemesterthestu-dentswillbegintheirstudiesandwillhaveasummerbreakwheretheycanstayinthestatesforacademictrainingandinternships.HereinAmericaschoolisverydifferentsaysThiagoinBrazilwejustgotoschoolandcomehome.HereyouhaveacampusandfunthingstodoandsportsBesidestheirstudiesthestudentshopetobeabletoattendthesportingeventsheldatRowanandgetthechancetoparticipateinfriendlypick-upgamesandintramurals.ThroughthisexperiencetheBSMPhopestoachieveitsmissionstatementgoalsofpromotingscientificresearchincreasinginternationalcooperationwithinthescientificandtechnologicalscopeinvestingandfund-ingforeducationalresourcesallocatedbothwithinBrazilandoutsideofthecountryandinitiatingandengagingstudentsinaglobaldialogue.DeanAnsariPresidentHoushmandTimTorreDirectorRowansInternationalProgramandRichardJonesVPofStudentLifegatherwiththenewinternationalstu-dentsattheirinauguralwelcomeevent.RowanTopChoiceforBrazilianScientifcMobilityProgramStudents 313Roaringtidesrollinghillswindingroadsandbustlingculturalcitiesthatencom-passtheSoutheastAsiancountryofMalaysiawillbenothingnewtoLaurenWederichbothaseasonedtravelerofHawaiiCancunItalyandtheAppalachianTrailandselectionbytheFulbrightEnglishTeachingAssistantshipprogram.Laurenfreshoffastellarsenioryearsportinganearlyperfect3.86GPAispreparingtospendninemonthsbeginningthisfallontheislandnationinthePacificasbothateacherinEnglishandasanAmericanCulturalAmbas-sadorseekingtosubmergehersensesintothepristineculturaltradi-tionsthatflowthroughoutthenation.Laurensthirstforinvolvementandeager-nesstolearnaboutglobalculturesreflectsbacktoherstudyabroadexperienceinFlorenceItaly.LaurentofutureRowangraduatesstatesStudyabroadchangesyou.Ithelpedmefeelindependentandgavemeadrivetokeeptravel-ingtokeepgettingtheseoutside-the-classroomexperiencesshesaysitsonethingtoopenatextbooktolookattheBerlinwallitsawholeotherthingtoactuallybestandingthere.TheFulbrightScholarProgramestablishedin1946underFreshmansenatorJ.WilliamAlbrightwascreatedtoincreasemutualun-derstandingbetweenthepeopleoftheUnitedStatesandthepeopleofothercountries.ItissponsoredbytheBureauofEducationalandCulturalAffairsandawardsapproximately8000grantstostudentsandteachersbothforeignanddomesticperyear.FulbrightScholarLaurenWederichResearchGrantsUpdatesforFall13SinceRowansdesignationasaStateComprehensiveResearchUniversitylastJulytheCollegeofScienceandMathematicshasbeenawardedover1.1MingrantsandcontractsincludingarecentgrantfromtheNewJerseyGovernorsCouncilforMedi-calResearchandTreatmentofAutismforworkdirectedbyMaryLouKerwinprofes-sorandchairofthePsychologyDepartment.KerwinandherteamincludingfellowPsychologyfacultyMichelleSorethareexaminingdifferenttreatmentsforchildrenwithautism.TabbethaDobbinsPrincipalInvestigatorandherteamconsistingoffellowphysicprofessorsMichaelLimSamuelLoflandXiaoHuandTimothyVadenfromtheDepartmentofBiochemistryandChemistrywereawardedagrantfromtheNationalScienceFoundationNSFaMajorResearchInstrumentationMRIprogramfortheacquisitionofaCombinationRamanandFTIRSpectrometer.AlisonKrufkaandhercollaboratorsattheCityCollegeofNewYorkandHobartandWilliamSmithCollegeswereawardedaNSFTUESTypeIIgrant.ThisgrantwillallowthemtointegrateatransformativeparadigmforundergraduateBiologyeducationandtestitseffectivenessateachinstitution.KrufkaassistantprofessorintheDepart-mentofBiologyisalsoco-PrincipalInvestigatorwithcolleaguesfromtheCollegeofEngineeringonanNSFgrantawardentitledEnhancingtheSTEMCurriculumThroughaMultidisciplinaryApproachThatIntegratesBiologyandEngineering.CristinaIftodebiologyprofessorisco-PrincipalInvestigatorwithcolleaguesfromtheCollegeofEngineeringontwoNSFgrantsSelf-assemblingBiomimeticHydrogelswithBioadhesivePropertiesforInterverte-bralDiscRepairandEnhancingtheSTEMCurriculumThroughaMultidisciplinaryApproachThatIntegratesBiologyandEngi-neering.PhysicsprofessorMichaelLimisco-InvestigatorwithcolleaguesfromtheCol-legeofEngineeringonthegrantawardfromUTRCNJDOTtodevelopalasertoolforanalysisofmineralogyofaggregates.SeveralawardssinceJuly1havecomefromindustry.SubashJonnalagaddaleadsateaminclud-ingfacultyfromboththeDepartmentofChemistryBiochemistryandtheRowanUniversitySchoolofOsteopathicMedicinehavesecuredfundingfromNATREONPharmatopreparepharmaceuticalagents.LanixExplorarionhasawardedacontracttoAmosMugweruandfellowChemistryandBiochemistryfacultyKandalamRamanujacharytodetermineelementalcomposi-tionofminerals.MissionSystemsEngineeringMSEhasawardedacontinuationoftheJ2EECloudProjectconductedbyVasilHnatyshinandfellowfacultyfromtheDepartmentofCom-puterScienceGaneshBaligaandJenniferKay.LaurenWederichwillspendnine-monthsinMalaysiateachingEnglishasanAmericanCulturalAmbassadorPhotobyCraigTerry 214CollegeofScienceandMathematicsTourforDiversityinMedicineT4DandtheAetnaFoundationstoppedbyRowanUniversitylastSeptemberinordertoeducateandinspirefuturephysiciansofunderservedcommunities.RowanUniversityOfficeofHealthProfes-sionsintheCollegeofScienceandMath-ematicssponsoredtheeventinwhichmorethan15doctorsdentistsandmedicalschoolstudentsfromacrossthecountrygatheredtoprovideafull-dayhands-onworkshoptoundergradstudentsatnocost.Ourmissionistomakeatangibledifferenceinthelivesofstudentsandthebroadercommunitybyofferingthevisionandreal-worldstrategiestoovercomebarri-erstoaddresstheneedforgreaterdiversityinthemedicalprofessionsaidDr.AldenLandryco-founderoftheTourforDiversityinMedicine.Rowanisthethirdstoponbothorganiza-tionsoneweeklongtouroftheNortheasttofiveothercollegesincludingDelawareStateTourForDiversityMakesStopatRowanandBowieStateUniversitiesandtheGeorge-townUniversitySchoolofMedicine.Eachstopalongthetourfeaturedfull-daysessionsaboutthemedicalschoolapplicationprocessadmis-siontestsandinterviewingskills.Studentsgottoworkone-on-onewithotherswithinthepro-fessionwhowereabletoofferpersonalinsightsfollowingtheirexperiences.ThisyearwillfeaturesomethingdifferentfromtheusualtoursinthattheorganizationswillreachouttohighschoolstudentsattheD.C.visitofGeorgetownUniver-sityinordertoexposethemtoacademichabitscollegepreparationandhealthcareskills.Asournationspopulationbecomesincreas-inglydiverseweneedtoensurethatfuturehealthcareprovidersreflecttheracialandethnicdiversitythatwillhelpfurtherpositivehealthoutcomestodayandforfuturegenerationssaidDr.GarthGrahampresidentoftheAetnaFoundation.TheTourforDiversityinMedicineispartofHip-HopHealthInc.andhasreachedover1400studentssinceitsinceptionin2012.Theirmis-sionstatementistohelpdiversifythehealthcareprofessionbygivingminoritystudentstheadviceandtoolstheywillneedtopursuemedi-calcareers.TheAetnaFoundationisanindependentcharitableandphilanthropicdivisionofAetnaInc.Since1980theFoundationinconjunctionwithAetnaInc.hascontributedmorethan427milliondollarsinscholarshipsandgrants14.6millionin2012alone.Asanationalhealthfoun-dationtheyarevestedinpromotingwellnesshealthandaccesstohigh-qualityhealthcare.Morethan15doctorsdentistsandmedicalschoolstudentsattendedTourofDiversityprogramatRowanUniversity.StudentsinRowansappliedbehavioranalysiscourseshaveauniqueop-portunitytotakecourseswhileatthesametimelearningabouttheagenciesthatpro-videservicestochildrenandadultswithspecialneeds.Initiatedin2008byDr.MaryLou-iseKerwinprofessorandchairofthePsychologyDepartmentgraduatecoursesintheMasterofArtsandCertificateofAdvancedGraduateStudyinAppliedBe-haviorAnalysishavebeenofferedatcom-munityagenciesandaretaughtbyadjunctfacultymemberswhoworkinleadershippositionsattheseagencies.Someoftheagenciesthathavepart-neredwithRowanincludeDevereuxinWestDeptfordBancroftNeurohealthinHaddonfieldTheCenterforNeurologicalandNeurohealthinGibbsboroandY.A.L.E.SchoolSoutheastinVoorhees.ThecurrentprogramcoordinatorandAssociateProfessorofPsychologyMichelleEnnisSorethfavorsthismodelbecauseitprovidesstudentswiththeopportunitytodirectlyobservetheapplicationoftheoryandproceduresforclientsandtheirfamiliesintheseagencies.Facultymemberswhoteachthesecoursesintheiragenciesappreciatetheopportunitytoteachthenextgenerationofbehavioranalystsandshowcasetheiragen-ciestoRowansstudentssaysSoreth.Inadditiontobeingmoreconvenientforthesefacultymembersthismodelalsoallowsthemtoscreenandrecruitpotentialemployees.Thisuniquearrangementbenefitsthestudentsdirectlybyexpandingtheexpertiseoffacultytowhomtheyareexposedaswellasallowingthestudentstoexperiencethepoliciesandproceduresofeachagencyfirst-hand.TheDepartmentofPsychologyhasbeenpleasedwiththismodelfordeliveringsomeofitscoursesandcontinuestoexploreothercreativewaystopartnerwithcommu-nityagenciesforthebenefitofourstudentstheagenciesandtheUniversity.BenetsBountifulforPsychologyMajors 3ThesmelloffreshlypoppedpopcornandpizzafreshoutoftheovenandsteamfromthepouringofliquidnitrogenfilledtheScienceHallatriumacarnivalextravaganzainhonoroftheItalianchemistAmedeoAvo-gadrosdiscoveryoftheconstant6.02x1023asbeingthebasisofmeasuringsmallparticles.OnWednesdayat602amon1023theAmericanChemicalSocietyACSatRowanusheredinMoleDay.TheACSclubmembersshowcasedseveraleventstoshowtheirdevotiontochemistryincludingpintheelectronontheorbitalwherestudentswereblindfoldedandweretotryandplacetheirnameontheatomicshelloftheatomACS-ium.Guesstheelementfeaturedsomeliquidnitrogenicecreamasaprizeifstudentscouldguesstheelementsym-bolbeforethemandaraffleinwhichpartici-pantsguessedtheamountofcandycornandMMsforafreet-shirtaswellasthecandy.Mostpeoplewillguess6.02x1023jokedLydiaHannahajuniorbiochemistrymajorandtheclubstreasurerbutthatwouldbetoomuchcandytofitinthatjar.Alotofthegroupmembershadbeenuppast1a.m.onWednesdaypreparingforthecelebrationsuchasjuniorbiochemistrymajorandclubVicePresidentTimKain.ItsachemistrythingitgivesusanexcuseMoleDayMeasuresUptoaFunTimeforChemStudents15tobenerdysaidKainjustlikeMarchsPiDay3.14.Athoughtheholidaybeganat602a.m.ACSheldtheircarnivalfrom11amto3pmintroduc-ingstudentswhowereunfamiliarwiththemoletoitsusefulnessandimportance.MoleDayhasbeenaroundforabout20-30yearsexplainedclubadvisorandTreasureroftheSouthJerseyAmericanChemicalSocietyDr.TimothyVaden.InthepasttheACShasdonesmallthingstogetthewordoutbutthisyearthestudentswantedtodosomethingbiggerandtheydidagreatjob.ThisyearsMoleDaywasdifferentfromlastyearinthattheACSincorporatedacarni-valthemewiththethirdfloorofScienceHallspillarsdecoratedinmulti-coloredstreamerswindowscoveredinmoleculardrawingsandballoonswithmolefacesliningthehallways.AlsosignificanttotheeventwasthefreepizzagenerouslydonatedbytheSJACS.Lastyearse-boarddidntapplyforabud-getandwereallywantedtohavethiseventsoDr.VadenaskedforthesupportoftheSJACSandtheyhelpedusgetallofourpizzasaidKain.Dr.MichaelMilleralsohelpedustogetthepopcornmachineaswell.Acornerstoneoftheeventwastheliquidnitrogenicecreammadefromcreamsugarandvanillawhichdrewmanyconfusedglances.TryingitforthefirsttimewasHannah.ItsdifferentHannahlaughedItsvanillanotasthickasregularicecreambutwithchunksoficefromthenitrogen-itslikeamilkshake.JuniorbiochemistrymajorandACSClubPresidentPallaviCharythoughtthattheeventwasextremelysuccessful.ItexceededmyexpectationsandImhappythatwehadsupportfromDr.VadenandDr.MillerandalloftheclubmembersCharysaid.ThepastcoupleMoleDayswereverysmallandwesetouttochangethatandwedid.SavetheDatesApril11DeansSeniorRecognitionCeremonyApril1740thAnniversaryPsychologyConferenceApril25STEMSymposiumMay15GraduateCommencementMay16UndergraduateCommencement AlumniSpotlightByStacyLepoMcGuigan92TheScopeFall2013ParvizAnsariIevaZakeCherylONeillEthanStoetzerAmandaStoutJoshuaDarpinoContact856256-4850856256-4921axwww.rowan.educsmTheScopeispublishedtwiceayearbytheCollegeoScienceandMathematicstohighlighttheachievementsoitsacultystafstudentsandalumni.SendsuggestionsandcommentstoCollegeoScienceandMathematicscoEditorTheScopeRowanUniversity201MullicaHillRd.GlassboroNJ08028-1701oremailcsmrowan.eduwww.acebook.comrowanCSMDeanAssociateDeanEditorWriterDesignerPhotographerRowansAlumniEngagementisseekingnominationsfor2014RowanUniversityAlumniAssociationDistinguishedAlumniAwards.CategoriesincludeDistinguishedAlumnusAwardDistinguishedYoungAlumnusAwardLifetimeServiceAwardAlumniAmbassadorAwardTonominatevisitwww.rowan.edualumni.HurryLastdaytosubmitisFebruary72014.CollegeofScienceandMathematics201MullicaHillRoadGlassboroNJ08028GraduatingMayof1992withaBAinMathematicsIhighlyvaluetheun-dergraduateeducationIreceivedfromRowan.ThefacultywasagreathelpwhenIwasstudyingcomplicatednewformulasandconcepts.MyexperienceprovidedastrongfoundationforhowIwouldapproachmyfutureprofessionalemploymentwithMellonBankandTheRitz-CarltonHotelCompany.Thepathtomydreamjobdidntexactlybeginwithabigbash.Iwasheadedforacareerinnumber-crunchinglandedajobhandlinginvestmentsatMel-lonBankNAfortheirPrivateWealthCustomers.AsaportfolioassistantIwasresponsibleformakingpercentagechangestoinvestmentsthatwereaffectedbythestockmarket.Ilearnedtheimportanceofwatchingthestockmarketstocksearningsandestimatesresearchpublicofferingsunderstandingthecurrentstateoftheeconomyandobtainingsuccessfulfinancialresults.AfterthreeyearsIrealizedthatthenumbersformysuccesswerentaddingup.TheBankingIndustryformewasblahtooboring.Irealizedthatlifewasntalwaysblackandwhiteliketheanswerstomycalculusproblems.Iwasreadyforajobthatwaswellmorefun.IworkedasaconciergeatTheRitz-CarltoninTysonsCornerVa.andwaspromotedtopublicrela-tionsmarketingassistantinlessthanayear.SixmonthslaterIwasheadingthehotelsPRandmarket-ingdepartmentwhichincludedexecutingandpromotingallevents.WhenitwastimetostartafamilyIfinallyconfirmedthatmytalentswerebettersuitedtoaballroomthanaboardroom.MychildrenunleashedmypassionforeventplanningandIknewIfoundmyanswer.Partiesaremypassionanditwastimetoalsomakeitmybusiness.Ilaunchedmyeventbusinessin2010andhaventlookedback.AndmymathdegreeItstillservesmewell.IknowhowtobudgetandIhaveaneyefordetail.ItalladdsuptoaperfectcombinationIamlivingmydreambyhelpingotherscreatethecelebrationoftheirdreams.ThisallbeganwiththateducationalfoundationIbuiltatRowan.NON-PROFITORG.U.S.POSTAGEPAIDBELLMAWRNJPERMIT1047