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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

A Living Legend of Business

Meet Dr. Frederick Kelly, Former Dean of the Business School

Living Legend BusinessDr. Frederick Kelly, Dean for the Leon Hess Business School from July 2001 to July 2010, had not always planned to be working at the University. He originally started pursuing an interest in teaching when he was pursuing his doctorate.

“I was planning to return to a career in banking when I finished my doctorate,” Kelly explained, “however, there weren’t openings available at the time and so I started teaching to earn some money while I waited for a job to open up. I found I really liked teaching and decided to continue it as a career choice. I later moved into administration, which I likewise enjoyed immensely.”

Kelly was born in New York City and attended Manhattan College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Following his undergraduate work, he went to earn a Ph. D in economics, finance and international business at Columbia University.

Before joining the University community, Kelly was Dean of the Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University in Bristol and Providence, Rhode Island. Kelly also has served as Professor of Finance and Dean of the School of Business at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business Administration, and the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. While in Rhode Island, Kelly also served as the Economic Forecast Manager for the state under the auspices of the New England Economic Project. Kelly also has served as an administrator and faculty member at Montclair State College, Medger Evers College of the City University of New York, and Adelphi University.

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Electronic Fields Versus Cancer

Electronic FieldsAlmost everyone has been touched by cancer in some shape or form through its mark on a family member, friend, or loved one. Recently, modern science has armed physicians with a new fourth option for treatment against cancer in addition to surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, called tumor treating fields therapy (TTF therapy).

When somatic cells divide, they traverse through a specific phase in their life cycle called mitosis, a process policed by myriad regulators. In cancer, certain aberrations arisen from genetic mutations deregulate cell division and cause the parent cell to divide not into just two daughter cells and cease dividing but into two deregulated daughter cells that simply don’t know when to stop dividing.

This leads into a benign tumor which can be remediated by surgery; but if it persists and continues growing uncontrollably, it exacerbates into a malignant neoplasm, otherwise known as cancer. When the malignant neoplasm gains access to the bloodstream, it will metastasize and invade proximal and distal parts of the body, leading collectively to adverse symptoms too many to count.

Tumor cells pass through metaphase, part midway through mitosis in which all of the parent cell’s genetic material is medially aligned prior to splitting into two daughter cells. The polar nature of the proteins forming the spindles holding this apparatus together allows us to view these proteins as a system of dipoles, which are objects with partial positive and negative charges.

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How to Not Be Single on Valentine’s Day

Not Be Single ValentineAh, Valentine’s Day. That time of year when your television haunts you with online dating commercials, tempting you to log on and meet “the one!”  Flowers.com is gradually showing up on the side bar advertisement of every website you log onto and you suddenly feel this compulsion to get into a relationship; even though last month you were living the single life like it was nobody’s business.  It’s time to start looking for a new companion, getting past that awkward first date, and then entering into a relationship.

Now, everybody knows that the beginning of the relationship is one of the most fragile times in the dating world.  One wrong move and you’re immediately pegged as “damaged goods.”  For example, when you meet someone you like, you become friends on Facebook.  That doesn’t mean it’s time to update your status with things like “February is so cold! Wish I had a cuddle buddy!”  Can anyone say creep alert? 

But nothing beats the classic “Who wants to be my Valentine?” status.  Nothing like letting every single one of your 1,200 Facebook friends know that you are getting no action whatsoever.  Facebook is tricky when it comes to dating, so it is important to be on your best online behavior, especially in the first few months.  “Last year, this girl I was seeing sent me a relationship request on Facebook after our third date.  I haven’t spoken to her since,” said Mike Zelek, 21, a senior at Rowan University.

Even without Facebook, the beginning of any relationship is dangerous, also known as Phase one, especially right before the big Vday.  We all act like angels and dance around each other like we’re walking on broken glass.  Girls pretend they “love” football and are die hard “Yankee fans.”  “I always get more texts from girls in February just because they want me to show up on Valentine’s Day with candy,” said Alex Cohen, sophomore at the University.  Guys act like they aren’t jealous when their new girlfriend hugs her lab partner with the perfect cheekbones and perfectly chiseled sixpack.  Anyone who enters into a relationship between February 1 and 13 can officially be labeled as “desperate”.  But then again, at least you’re being desperate together!

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Meet the Real-Life Cupid

Profile of Gary Lewandowski, Psychology Professor Who Specializes in Relationships

Real Life CupidValentine’s Day is quickly approaching and many people will be spending time with their boyfriends, girlfriends, finances, and spouses. But what draws us to these people?

Dr. Gary Lewandowski, psychology professor who specializes in relationships, studies just that. As an undergraduate, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania in Millersville, and moved on to the State University of New York at Stony Brook for graduate school.

Throughout his career, Lewandowski has been featured in many different press interviews, including CNN, The New York Times, Women’s Health, and Cosmopolitan.

Lewandowski’s studies are primarily based on relationships and the self, focusing on aspects of relationships that are healthy and beneficial to the individual. Handson research and experience are also a major part in his studies.

“My job is to be curious. My job is to ask questions. I get to ask these questions about relationships, and I have my own answers, and I get to see if those things are right,” he said. 

One of his main areas of research is the positive side to breakups. Lewandowski often observes examples of this study on our own campus.  “Former students who had me in class would learn about this research and later come up to me and say “Hey, Dr. L., I had a breakup, it was great,” he said. 

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A Day of Love Celebrated Around the World

How Other Countries Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Day Love Celebrated World“Te quiero,” “ti amo,” “je t’adore,” or simply, “I love you.” Valentine’s Day means different things to the many people around the world, and it also carries with it traditions that vary from country to country.

In the United States, Valentine’s Day is viewed as a holiday meant for people to express love and appreciation for one another. Customarily, cards and flowers, as well as chocolate and various candies, are exchanged as gifts. Most of these items are usually in the shape of hearts and are either red or pink. One of the most popular things for couples in the United States to do on Valentine’s Day is to have dinner or attend parties.

From a young age, children in the US also take part in Valentine’s Day festivities. In many elementary and middle schools, students give handmade cards to each other and exchange holiday candy. Kristin Kleinberg, a first year student, said, “Some of my best Valentine’s Day memories are spending the day with my friends or seeing the look on my mother’s face when my father would get her something really great for Valentine’s Day.”

Much like in the US, in Britain people exchange flowers and candy with one another, but a significant difference is the singing children. According to theholidayspot.com, in Britain, children sing special songs about the holiday, and they are rewarded with candy, fruits, or money. Baking is also a British Valentine’s Day tradition. People bake valentine buns with caraway seeds, plums, or raisins.

Also, in Britain, one month prior to Valentine’s Day, tabloids and magazines publish poems to commemorate the holiday. The tradition stems from British poets who wrote love poems, as well as the romantic versus associated with Saint Valentine.

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The History of the Day of Hearts

Origins of Popular Valentine’s Day Traditions

History Day HeartsThe lights slowly dim, people have only eyes for one another, and murmurings of sweet nothings can be heard as candles in candelabras are lit and the purring of soft music sets the atmosphere around them.

This can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is making its annual appearance. Every cliché regarding love and the expectation of love circulates around this day adored by many, and abhorred by more still.

What is it exactly that makes Valentine’s Day so romantic, so couple centric? Or rather still, what makes it so dreaded? Not many may know that the origin of this day goes back centuries and was only recently that it became affiliated with all things X’s and O’s.

The small multi colored candy hearts bestowing its recipient with sweet words of affection and warm fuzzy feelings would be interested to know that Valentine’s Day is based upon the legend of St. Valentine, which dates back all the way to the third century. Though not much is known about St. Valentine, one legend has it that he secretly wed lovebirds unbeknown to the emperor who had outlawed marriage for young men who were more fit to fight in battle with no strings attached than to be wed till death do them part.

When he was found out, St. Valentine was ordered to be executed. Another popular legend is that St. Valentine was killed for attempting to aid Christians flee prison, according to history.com. 

Pertaining to the latter, practitioner s of Christianity were quite often subject to persecution and prejudice.

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Thirty-Four Years and Counting at the University

Thirty Four CountingAs busy members of the Universi-ty community, we sometimes forget all of the work that goes behind find-ing our professors, organizing our esteemed curriculums, and financ-ing our residence halls and extracur-ricular activities. However, standing behind all of these imperative deci-sions is Provost Thomas Pearson, Vice President for Academic Af-fairs, who is the longest standing Provost in the Northeast.

Pearson’s specialization is in Rus-sian history, which he said interests him because, “It’s a land of fascinating paradoxes. It is the largest landmass in the world, a history of strong state power, and yet people are still able to evade it and challenge it.” He said that even when he was young, flip-ping through an atlas, Russia always had a “mystifying” quality to it that he was attracted to. Plus, he grew up dur-ing the 1960’s, the Cold War period, which only increased its perplexing characteristics.

He went on to study Russian history as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, and then as a graduate and doctoral student at the University of North Carolina.

However, Pearson did not ever in-tend to hold the position of Provost. In 1978, he started as an assistant Russian history professor, brought forth from Auburn University to Monmouth College in search of the ability to develop as a teacher. When Pearson was hired at Monmouth in 1978, the then-college was facing some tough times as the faculty went on a two-week strike in 1979, which led to the removal of President Rich-ard J. Stonesifer. Dr. Samuel Magill succeeded him in 1980.

Following his hiring, Pearson served as History Department Chair, Chair of the Academic Policy Com-mittee, Director of the Honors Pro-gram, Coordinator of Graduate Stud-ies, and Chair of Faculty Council, among other positions.

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Need Some Career Advising? Visit Jeff Mass

Former University Graduate Works as Job Placement Coordinator

Jeff MassIt is always a success when University students find a job that they love, and then come back to the University to share their knowledge with current students. This is the case for Jeff Mass, the Job Placement Coordinator for Career Services.

Mass graduated from the University in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration. After graduating, Mass worked as a recruitment consultant for Telcordia Technologies in Piscataway, NJ. He stayed there for a year before moving on to be executive recruiter for Snelling Staffing Services in New York City. After four years of employment, he came back to the University, and has been working here for almost two years.

“Both jobs entailed full life cycle recruiting for various hiring managers,” said Mass. This means that he worked with every aspect in the hiring process, from reviewing resumes to placing people into positions within the company.

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You Too, Can Save the Planet

Easy Ways to Live Green

Save the PlanetNow inhabited by nearly seven billion people, the planet is constantly facing human activity that negatively contributes to the environment. However, there are plenty of ways people can become more environmentally aware and do more to better sustain the planet.

According to improvinghealthandenergy.com, the term “green living” refers to “any actions or activity that results in a positive impact on the environment so that the planet can continue to support future generations.” In order to live green, people simply need to make better choices in their daily lives, such as “choosing paper instead of plastic grocery bags, recycling newspapers and soda cans, driving a fuel efficient car, or eating organically grown food.”

Dr. Kenneth Stunkel, Professor of history and co-author of Economic Super Powers and the Environment: The United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan, said, “Being environmentally conscious is a matter of understanding the fact that I’m a biological organism dependent for my well-being on natural systems, such as fresh water, fertile soil, a healthy atmosphere, and other living creatures.”

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What’s Really in Your Cereal?

The Use of Genetically Modified Organisms in Our Food

Think you know what you’re eating? According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2009, 93 percent of soy, 93 percent of cotton, and 86 percent of corn grown in the U.S. were GMOs.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are organisms that have been created through techniques of biotechnology, also called genetic engineering (GE).

This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Incredible, isn’t it?

“Pesticide companies develop GE food crops by combining DNA from plants, animals, bacteria and viruses, to contain or resist pesticide, which results in more pesticides sold and sprayed,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Scientist of Consumers Union. “Genetically engineered foods contain untested novel foreign compounds that can be detrimental to our health.”

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The Unknown Territories of Black Holes

Scientific Discovery Proves That We Have Much to Learn

Black HolesRecently, astronomers have reported the discovery of some of the biggest black holes found in the universe. One of these gargantuan behemoths, NGC 4889, observed from the Hubble Space Telescope, has a mass of about 21 million times more than that of our sun and is distanced at an incredible 336 million light-years (about two million trillion miles) away, according to the New York Times. The results of their work can shed some major light on black holes and their formation, no pun intended.

Scott Suter, junior biochemistry major, said, “It’s amazing how the universe can be analyzed on a grand and atomic scale, and yet we have no clue what it’s trying to explain to us. These giant black holes are awe-inspiring and bewildering. It just goes to show that we don’t have a clue as to what’s next.”

To better understand what black holes are, imagine a massive star that is about nine to 20 times the mass of the sun. When this star finally matures, the remnant core is about three times the mass of the star. If that remnant, when it stops fusing and stops having an outward pressure, has enough density, it will cause a supernova and release a sublime shockwave throughout the rest of the universe. The star will then condense into what is known as a neutron star.

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