David Frankford, Professor of Law
While health care policy continues to be debated across the nation, a Rutgers–Camden law professor says Congress has the authority to ensure the viability of private health care insurance in the United States. David Frankford is a widely published expert on health law and policy who has spent 28 years researching and teaching health care finance and regulation.  Frankford says now is a time of unprecedented change in how healthcare is organized, financed, and delivered. He is the co-author of the newly released book Law and the American Health Care System, Second Edition (Foundation Press, 2012), which offers an in-depth exploration of how law and policy shape access to health care, health care financing, and quality of health care.

Chemistry professor wins Cottrell Science Award

Alexander Samokhvalov, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Purified air and water, contributions to energy efficiency… these are goals for the research that Alexander Samokhvalov is conducting. The assistant professor of chemistry is the recipient of the Cottrell Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. In addition to the two-year, $45,000 grant, Samokhvalov received a $5,000 grant from the Rutgers University Research Council for his work with photocatalysis. He is studying the fundamental chemistry of how sunlight can drive chemical reactions and how water is broken down into its hydrogen and oxygen components using sunlight and a solid photocatalyst. Photocatalysis helps purify air and water and produces valuable chemicals that contribute to energy efficiency.

Research focuses on the hidden homeless

Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, Professor of Marketing
Hotels and motels generally serve as temporary homes to families on vacation. But many other families are faced with the grim reality that those establishments aren’t just a place to stay. They are their homes. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough recently authored a paper titled, “The Hidden Rise of the Motel Families: Macromarketing Perspectives on the Hidden Homeless” to draw attention to displaced families. The paper calls for changes in public policy for the housing of families whose economic circumstances have made them homeless. Kaufman-Scarborough presented her research at the 2011 Macromarketing Conference in Williamsburg, Va. She says there is a lack of uniformity of family policies for those affected by unemployment, underemployment, and failed mortgages.

Summer research grant to fund writing technique research for law professor

Pam Jenoff, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Pam Jenoff is developing new ways to help attorneys convey their ideas on paper. Supported by a grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors, her research, “Novel Ideas: Importing Fiction Writing Process and Techniques to Enhance Legal Writing,” seeks to bridge the gap between formulating ideas and getting them on paper in a way that builds upon a writer’s strengths. Each year, the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) hold a national competition to award grants for teachers of legal research and writing. These grants enable educators to explore ideas and to produce scholarship that will assist others in the field. Since 2003, Rutgers School of Law–Camden faculty members have received five ALWD/LWI legal writing scholarship research grants and three ALWD legal writing teaching grants.

Marketing professor named top pricing researcher

Robert Schindler, Professor of Marketing
Robert Schindler has been recognized as one of the top pricing researchers in the world by an article published in the Journal of Business Research, which surveyed the articles, authors, and institutions that have contributed most to the topic of pricing over the past 30 years. The publication ranks Schindler as the 4th-most productive pricing researcher in number of articles adjusted for multiple authorship and the 13th-most productive researcher in absolute number of articles. The journal also ranks Rutgers University 31st among institutions in the impact of its pricing research. Schindler is widely regarded as a preeminent scholar in the study of pricing strategy and consumer behavior. His research, which regularly appears in top academic journals, focuses on the effects of price endings on the consumer, motivational processes involved in consumer response to price promotions, and other pricing tactics.

FCC enlists help of law professor for media project

Ellen Goodman, Professor of Law
Ellen Goodman recently served as a distinguished visiting scholar on the Federal Communications Commission’s Future of Media project. The project was launched to respond to the changes in the media marketplace and answer questions about the role that traditional media will play in the future. A leading expert on public media and media policy, Goodman participated in the project as a Ford Foundation grantee developing new policy principles for public media in a networked age. The issues that Goodman and others on the team are considered include: the trends and current state of affairs regarding news staffing and coverage; the ways in which public and noncommercial media entities contribute to the information needs of communities across multiple platforms; possibilities for greater collaboration among noncommercial media entities; the role of public and other noncommercial media serving the information needs of underserved communities; and innovative uses of social media and other technologies.

Psychology professor looks at how we remember colors

Sarah Allred, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Sarah Allred is researching color perception and color memory through a five-year, $487,155 grant from the National Science Foundation. Allred is studying how what we perceive is related to what we remember. She says visual perception gives us information about objects, but for that information to be useful, it must be combined with memory. For example, Allred says sometimes color memory is very good (remembering the color of stop signs and bananas), but other times it is very poor (like trying to pick out paint to match the walls at home). The study will allow researchers to quantify how much of what is remembered is predicted by what was perceived. Many researchers use color memory to demonstrate the cultural dependence of perception and memory, but Allred predicts that these studies are flawed, and that color perception and memory are much more universal.

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program honors accounting professor

Sungsoo Kim, Professor of Accounting
Sungsoo Kim was named a winner in the 2010-11 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program and taught at Yonsei University, a premier Korean university. During September through December 2011, Kim taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the subprime mortgage crisis and U.S. firms’ financial reporting practices. He also delivered lectures on international financial reporting at other venues in South Korea. The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange activity and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultureal Affairs. Established in 1946 under congressional legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Recipients are senior scholars with significant publication and teaching records.

Law professor’s new book calls for copyright protections

Michael Carrier, Professor of Law
Michael Carrier is the author of the book Innovation for the 21st Century: Harnessing the Power of Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law (Oxford University Press, 2009). In the book, Carrier offers ten proposals to improve the patent and copyright laws to foster innovation instead of quashing fledgling technologies. Carrier says the courts are so focused on with stamping out every instance of copyright infringement that they are stifling revolutionary technologies. In his book, Carrier explains that innovations like YouTube, DVRs, and peer-to-peer technology can be used to create revolutionary new forms of interaction and entertainment, but are often the target of copyright infringement lawsuits. Carrier argues that copyright law should be changed so it does not punish innovative technologies. He also uses the pharmaceutical industry as an example, making a case for bolstering generic competition in the drug industry to increase innovation and save consumers money.