Rowan names administrators for new School of Biomedical Sciences

A current dean and two long-time professors will serve as the administrative backbone of Rowan University’s new School of Biomedical Sciences, which was founded this summer.

A current dean and two long-time professors will serve as the administrative backbone of Rowan University’s new School of Biomedical Sciences, which was founded this summer.

Founding Dean Dr. Parviz Ansari, also dean of the College of Science & Mathematics, will oversee the School. Ansari joined the Rowan administration in 2009 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. That College this summer divided into two Colleges, Science & Mathematics and Humanities & Social Sciences.

As dean, Ansari will lead the team building a program that will operate in conjunction with and include faculty from Rowan’s College of Science & Mathematics and College of Engineering. The School of Biomedical Sciences will address growing needs in the region for programs to prepare students for careers in health care-related fields from pharmacy to biomedical engineering and for medical school and graduate studies in pharmacy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, among other fields.

“This School of Biomedical Sciences is very mission-oriented,” said Ansari.  “There are a great deal of employment opportunities for students in the areas of biomedical sciences and engineering. Our program will provide interdisciplinary experiences offered at the graduate level at most other colleges and universities, experiences that will well equip them for tomorrow’s work world.”

Faculty from the College of Sciences & Mathematics and College of Engineering are helping to develop the curriculum, and the administration already is working to build partnerships with related industries in the region that will provide research and internship opportunities for Rowan students.

Prior to his arrival at Rowan, Ansari served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and Planning and associate dean for Administration and Outreach in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University. In 2005, he was named an American Council on Education Fellow and spent his yearlong fellowship at The George Washington University. Prior to his associate dean positions, he was chair of the Physics Department at Seton Hall for 12 years. Ansari performed research at the Cornell University High Energy laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory for more than two decades. He was a visiting scientist at the Center for Ceramic Research and Bellcore. He has published many articles and has regularly presented at both national and international conferences. Ansari earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from Tufts University and a B.S. in physics from Pahlavi (Shiraz) University in Iran.

Dr. Ieva Zake, associate dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Science & Mathematics, will hold the same post for the School of Biomedical Sciences.
She was an assistant and later associate professor in the Rowan Department of Sociology from 2004 to 2009. She also served as program coordinator for Rowan’s Honors Concentration and Women’s and Gender Studies Concentration. Prior to coming to Rowan, she was an adjunct professor and/or teaching assistant at Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Massachusetts and The Ohio State University. Zake earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.A. in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University; and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Latvia.

Dr. Eddie Guerra, of Glassboro, is serving as assistant dean for Biomedical Planning. Guerra most recently served as acting chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he was hired as an assistant professor in 1998 and has been an associate professor since 2003.  He also was interim coordinator of the Edelman Planetarium during its inception at Rowan. He was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and he also held posts at the College of Staten Island and was a post-doctoral associate at Princeton. Guerra earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in physics from Princeton University and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California at Berkeley.
The first undergraduate degree programs in the School of Biomedical Sciences are expected to begin in 2013. For more information, contact the dean’s office at (856) 256-4850.