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December 2007 , Professor Emeritus Albert Eble Passes Away

Al Elble retired from teaching in 2003, at the age of 74 and after years 37 at TCNJ/TSC. He served as department chair in the 1960′s, but was known by most students through his teaching in General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Physiology, and guest lectures on mollusks in Invertebrate Biology. Those students who knew him best, knew him through his mentorship in indepedent study projects. Dr. Eble was one of the first faculty members to promote involvement of students in research, and in the course of his career, he mentored over 100 students. He co-founded the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium and served as out first institutional representative. He also was quite an athlete. He regularly won the TCNJ faculty golf tournaments. Earlier in his career he coached intercollegiate basketball, and even in his 60′s challenged students with his lay-ups.

August 2007 – New Faculty Join the Department


Dr. Leeann E. Thornton is our new plant physiologist, whose research interests center around the biological processes that allow plants to perceive and respond to their environment. More specifically, she studies cytochrome P450 enzymes from rice and Arabidopsis that are involved in regulating growth and development. Dr. Thornton’s career in plant science began at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she received a B.S. in biology. After graduating from JMU, Thornton moved to Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed her Ph.D. in plant biology studying photosynthetic oxygen evolution. She has just finished a USDA NRI postdoctoral project studying brassinosteroid-inactivating cytochrome P450 enzymes in Arabidopsis and rice at Washington University. As a postdoctoral fellow, Thornton taught molecular biology and mentored undergraduate research projects. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Keith Pecor joins us as our new aquatic ecologist. Dr. Pecor is a behavioral ecologist who works in aquatic systems, primarily with North American crayfish. His interests include context-dependent behavioral strategies, reproductive biology and invasive species biology. He earned his B.S. in biology from the University of Memphis, and his M.S. and Ph.D., both in biology, from the University of Michigan. He has published several peer-reviewed articles, and was recognized by Michigan with awards for excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Dr. Pecor comes to TCNJ from Rhodes College in Tennessee, where he served for two years as a Faculty Fellow.

Dr. Anthony Uzwiak (One-year Visiting Professor) comes to us from Rutgers University, where he has been on the faculty for nearly ten years.  He received his B.A. from Rutgers, having completed the degree requirements for Biochemistry, Physiology, Physiological Psychology, and Psychology.  He then pursued graduate work at Rutgers, and received a Ph.D. in Physiology and Neurobiology.  Anthony has taught for us on an adjunct basis for four years, and we’re delighted to have him take on a full-time visiting position with us this year, teaching HAP courses for Nursing majors, and an upper level course in his area of specialty.

Dr. Diane Imburgio (One-year Visiting Professor) received her B.S. degree at Hunter College, in Medical Laboratory Sciences, and then pursued graduate studies at the State University of New York at Brooklyn.  She received her Ph.D. from SUNY Brooklyn in Molecular Genetics.  Diane has extensive teaching experience, and most recently taught for us on an adjunct basis in our Eukaryotic Cell Biology course.  We are delighted to have her join us this year, to teach Genetics and Cell Biology.

August 2006, New Faculty Join the Department


Dr. Miriam Segura-Totten joins us as our new cell biologist, who uses molecular biology and biochemical approaches to study the structure and function of the vertebrate nucleus. She comes to TCNJ after having taught for three years at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Segura-Totten holds an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Biochemsitry, Cell and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health to further her research interests with the help of undergraduate students.

Dr. Sudhir Nayak joins us as our new molecular geneticist. He uses classical and molecular genetic approaches to address the etiology of fundamental biological processes using the nematode C. elegans as a model system.  He earned his B.A in Biology from the University of Delaware focusing on science education at the secondary and post-secondary levels.  Dr. Nayak earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania characterizing genes involved in mouse germ cell development.  Prior to coming to TCNJ, Dr. Nayak’s post-doctoral work at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis focused on understanding the evolution of self-fertility in nematodes at the molecular level.  While at Washington University he co-developed a Genomics course in the Department of Genetics.  Dr. Nayak has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, published numerous papers in peer-review journals, and has made significant presentations at the state, regional, and national levels.  His current research interests include the development and maintenance of germline polarity.

August 2006, New “Program Assistant” position is filled in Department of Biology

Ms. Helen Kull joins our department as the new Program Assistant. Her responsibilities include assisting the chair in the day to day operations of the department and supporting the work of the Medical Careers Advisory Committee, as well as participation in program development, coordination of services for faculty and students, program assessment, and serving as a liaison to prospective students and alumni.

July 2006, New Dean Leads the School of Science.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn joins our Department and becomes the new Dean of the School of Science. Dr. Osborn is a plant evolutionary biologist, who studies both fossil and living plants. The majority of his lab’s work is phylogenetically oriented and considers evolutionary relationships among seed plants based primarily on the study of pollen ontogeny and pollen structure. He and his students are also interested in pollination biology, including the evolution of pollination mechanisms and the functional role that pollen plays in particular syndromes. Before joining TCNJ, Dr. Osborn served as Professor and Chair of Biology at Truman State University, a highly selective, public liberal arts and sciences university in Missouri.

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May 2005, Ed Rockel and David Rose retire. Charles Peterson leaves for a new position.

After ___ years of teaching, Dr. Ed Rockel retired from TCNJ. He has taught Principles of Biology, Environmental Quality and Health, and SET in recent years. David Rose leaves us after ___ years of service to the College. He currently is on medical leave until he officially retires at the end of the year. Most recently he has taught Principles of Biology, Environmental Quality and Health, and Microbiology for Nursing. Dr. Charles Peterson has left the department for a new position in Massachusetts. Dr. Peterson was our department’s animal physiologist.

Special Event: Saturday, October 29 – Dedication Ceremony for the Science Complex and Biology Building


August 2005, New Faculty Member Joins the Department of Biology

Dr. Curt Elderkin joins us as our new Evolutionary Biologist. Dr. Elderkin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana . He joins our department after completing a teaching and research postdoctoral position at Miami University of Ohio. Dr. Elderkin will teach Ecology, Themes and Evolution. His research interests include population and conservation genetics of freshwater mussels, evolutionary ecology of freshwater invertebrates, quantitative genetics of environmental stresses, and population biology, ecology, and physiology of invasive species.

August 2005 Two new Visiting Professors Join the Department of Biology

Dr. Eric Muller will be with us for one year to teach Genetics and Eukaryotic Cell Biology. Dr. Muller is a graduate of TCNJ (although it was called TSC back then) who earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins University . He joins our department after completing a teaching and research postdoctoral position at Princeton University .

Dr. Brian Shelly will teach Ecology. Dr. Shelley earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota . He joins our department from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York.

May 2005 Dr. Kayne Retires

After 27 years of teaching and mentoring, Dr. Marlene Kayne retired from TCNJ. She taught literally thousand of students in Cell and Molecular Biology/Eukaryotic Cell Biology, hundreds in Biochemistry, and mentored scores of independent study students during her time in the department.

April 2005 Biology Major Receives Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Fellowship

Katherine Uyhazi was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Fellowship. Only 52 of these awards are presented nationally.

March 2005 Two Biology Majors Receive Goldwater Scholarships

Krzystoff Glomski and Michael Green each were awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarships. Only 320 scholarships were awarded nationally; only 4 other students in New Jersey received the award. In the past 7 years, 6 TCNJ Biology majors have received this award.

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