Chancellor’s New Faculty Research Symposium

MONday, Nov. 26

11:30 1 p.m.
Campus Center, main level, Multi-Purpose Room

Rutgers University–Camden is at the forefront of cutting-edge research and exceptional creative activities.  Our faculty members are leaders within their disciplines, exploring issues of great significance in today’s world.

Each year, the Chancellor’s New Faculty Research Symposium provides a venue to highlight the work of a number of new faculty members.  We are pleased to announce that the following scholars will share their current research during the 2018 symposium, which wil be part of our Faculty Research Week.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session following each presentation. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty Research Week

Please join us for these additional 2018 Faculty Research Week Activities:

Faculty Awardee Reception and Presentations

Tuesday, Nov. 27
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
Law School Faculty Lounge

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Wednesday, Nov. 28
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Campus Center, lower level, Conference Room West ABC

For more information, contact Jeannie Garmon.

Craig Agule, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Agule studies issues in ethics and law, with particular interest in questions about blame and responsibility. He has written on the relevance of an agent's past to her responsibility. In addition to that continuing research, he is working to understand how blame and responsibility interact with attention and emotion.

Nathan Fried, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Fried explores how pain neurons and the brain change when people develop chronic pain. He currently is exploring new ways to assess pain in mice and fruit flies. While the first step to finding new pain treatments is to test them in rodents, the majority of drugs that seem to be working in mice end up not working in humans, which suggests a flawed assessment of pain in mice. He combines slow-motion videography, statistical modeling, and machine learning with the powerful tools of optogenetics to more accurately measure mouse body language as a way to interpret their pain. He hopes to do the same thing with fruit flies in an effort to find the most important genes responsible for the development of chronic pain. The goal of Dr. Fried’s work is to identify novel non-addictive pain therapeutics for the 100 million chronic pain sufferers in the United States.

Ashley Gimbal, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gimbal’s research focuses on media framing, terrorism, audience effects, and how these elements alter the way news is created and shared.  Dr. Gimbal previously taught at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, among other universities.  Dr. Gimbal is teaching communication courses at Rutgers–Camden as part of the new communication minor offered to students.

Julianne Griepenburg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The precision medicine initiative is a new therapeutic model that takes patient individuality into consideration. While it is broadly accepted that the “one size fits all” approach to medicine is no longer ideal, developing the tools necessary to implement personalized treatment regimens remains a challenge. A significant amount of research is being directed toward the development of novel therapeutics; a synergistic challenge is the ability to precisely deliver treatments with high spatiotemporal resolution, i.e., delivery to a specific location within the body at a given time. Precision delivery would mitigate undesired off-target effects while increasing local bioavailability. Dr. Griepenburg’s work seeks to address this overarching goal of precision medicine by advancing a universal carrier system based on plasmonic-activated release from synthetic vesicles known as polymersomes. This robust class of carriers self-assemble from amphiphilic diblock copolymers which in their native state are insensitive to light exposure. To render vesicle cargo release light responsive, a photosensitizer capable of bringing about membrane disruption must be incorporated. Dr. Griepenburg’s interests lie in the inclusion of noble metal nanoparticles and harnessing their associated plasmonic-excitation as a conduit to facilitate cargo release. Of particular focus is particle excitation by ultra-short laser pulses with wavelengths in near-infrared. The unique and multi-disciplinary nature of this work means that many questions related to the membrane-nanoparticle-light interactions remain unanswered but need to be addressed in order to move the technology forward.

Nathan Fong, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Marketing
School of Business

Dr. Fong will discuss the findings of his study “The Crowding out Effects of Targeted Promotions.”  Marketers commonly target promotions based on customers' purchasing histories. While such practices increase promotional response, the opportunity costs often are neglected. In a series of randomized field experiments, Dr. Fong found that targeted promotions reduce customer search and purchasing breadth. Furthermore, optimized targeting using machine learning methods shows that targeting to maximize promotional response incurs a substantial opportunity cost in terms of total sales. These findings suggest that firms using targeted promotions should attend to the potential spillover effects.

Terri-Ann Kelly, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Dr. Kelly, a nurse scientist with expertise in health disparities, pursues a program of research focused on strategies to encourage African Americans to adhere to a healthful diet and engage in appropriate aerobic and muscle strengthening activities to protect their health. She seeks to develop theoretically grounded interventions, which are culturally competent, sustainable, and tailored to address relevant environmental and socio-cultural contexts in which individuals make decisions.