Welcome to Cook Campus!
As Campus Dean I have the pleasure of getting to know many students outside the classroom--introducing new students to opportunities at Rutgers, helping our student leaders make Rutgers a better place, and bringing faculty and students together to discuss and debate the issues of our times. Please look at the Campus Dean goals, below. Look through this site to find links to upcoming events and examples of past events, as well as resources for students. This is a beautiful campus and a welcoming community with all the advantages of a large university. I really hope that you will enjoy the Cook community as much as I do.
I am a professor in Nutritional Sciences, where I teach undergraduate and graduate students and lead a team of students and postdoctoral fellows doing laboratory-based research in nutrition. Specifically, we are studying the ways that fats, or lipids, are transported in cells. Fatty acid-binding proteins in the intestine are being examined for their roles in fat absorption and in the development of obesity, and proteins that bind cholesterol are studied in the context of inherited metabolic storage diseases that cause neurological dysfunction. I've been on the faculty at Rutgers since 1992.
Cook Campus Dean Objectives
The collective work of the 5 Campus Deans supports Rutgers-New Brunswick's mission to maintain a genuine scholarly and intellectual environment and to foster a culture of undergraduate engagement.
The Campus Deans are Professors with active research programs and classroom teaching who work closely with students outside the classroom, provide opportunities for undergraduates to interact in informal settings with faculty, and develop innovative strategies to ensure that undergraduates are included in the intellectual life of Rutgers. Each Dean serves as a highly visible advocate for their campus and all work collaboratively on University-wide initiatives to enhance undergraduate education.
- Foster a multidisciplinary, multigenerational community of scholars
- Promote a campus culture that embraces a diversity of experiences and perspectives
- Engage students in the process of discovery, so they benefit from and contribute to research mission of the University
- Develop leadership capacity and civic responsibility, producing graduates who make positive societal change
- Graduate scholars who continue to learn and teach, sharing research-based information, spreading literacy, honoring Rutgers' historic legacy, and contributing to its Land-Grant mission