Researcher Biography Projects

Bahman Kalantari

Dr. Kalantari's research interests have ranged  in optimization: linear programming, convex programming,  interior-point methods, non-convex optimization,  discrete and combinatorial optimization.  His research interests in computational geometry,  machine learning and game theory are  mainly on the type of problems that have a flavor of optimization.

He became interested in polynomial root-finding and  years later his research led to introducing the term polynomiography, standing algorithmic visualization in solving polynomial equations.  In 2005, through Rutgers University, he received a U.S. patent for a corresponding software  technology. Since its introduction around 2000,  polynomiography and sample images have featured in national and international media (see

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Marycarmen Kunicki

Marycarmen Kunicki is a 4-H Agent, County Extension Dept. Head

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Carrie Lobman

Dr. Lobman is an educational researcher, trainer, and teacher educator whose research explores the value of improvisation and play for learning and development. She is a nationally recognized advocate for play and creativity for the education of people of all ages.

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Ronald Ransome

Ronald Ransome is the Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the School of Arts & Sciences. He is an experimental nuclear physicist with a research emphasis on studies of the internal structure of the nucleon using neutrinos and electrons as probes.  Dean Ransome participates in the strategic planning and decision-making process of the School of Arts and Sciences providing recommendations and assistance to the Executive Dean.

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Lauren Adamo

Dr. Adamo is the Co-Director of the Rutgers Geology Museum. Her research interests include: Education and Outreach, Stable Isotope Stratigraphy, and Paleoceanography. Read more about her work here.

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Atif Akin

Atıf Akın is an artist and designer living in New York. His work is about technoscientific criticism in the context of contemporary art, science and politics and examines science, nature, mobility, and politics through an (a)historical and contemporary lens. Through a series of activities made up of research, Akın’s work invokes technoscientific criticism in an aesthetic context. He joined the Mason Gross faculty of in 2011

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Rick Anderson

Rick Anderson is Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University, and Trustee at Fair Use Building and Research Labs. As a member of Fubar Labs, Rick has worked to provide programs on soldering, basic electronics, Arduino and 3D printing to the New Jersey community. As Director of Virtual Worlds he has created World Manager for LMS compatible game technology, and web accessible learning scenarios.

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Dan Battey

Dan Battey is an Associate Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Battey's scholarship centers on understanding teacher change in response to mathematics PD in urban schools. His work centers on engaging teachers in opportunities to learn within and from their practice in a way that sustains and generates change as well as challenge meta-narratives that limit opportunities for students of color in mathematics. Drawing on research of students’ mathematical thinking, he studies teacher knowledge, identity, and practice within the context of urban schools. Because of his focus on spaces where educational systems often underserve students, Dr. Battey’s work also focuses on understanding the sociological contexts in which teachers work, including policy and social ideologies and how these mediate what and how teachers interact with students from historically marginalized backgrounds.

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Neal M Bennett

Digital media producer Neal M Bennett began his career in the mid 90s as a television writer and producer for WPHL 17 in Philadelphia. Soon after, he worked as a production associate for several feature films and began working as a production tech for Comcast and Cablevision. After spending a few years at local cable networks, Bennett was hired to travel with the TLC crew as a locations coordinator/unit manager for Trading Spaces.

Bennett is currently working for the School of Communication and Information as a Teaching Instructor in the Journalism and Media Studies department. He is also working with the Mason Gross School of Arts Extension Division to develop, teach and supervise filmmaking and certification programs. Learn more about his work here.

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Erica Boling

Dr. Boling received her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University. She has worked as an elementary school teacher in Chile, Luxembourg, and the United States. In addition, she assisted in developing the first TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification program in South Korea while working at Sookmyung Women’s University. Dr. Boling is interested in teacher education and supporting classroom teachers in providing literacy instruction to diverse populations of students. Her current research investigates the impact of technology on teaching and learning and how the integration of technology can challenge the fundamental beliefs that educators hold about literacy education.

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