New Jersey Institute of Technology Names New Dean For College of Science and Liberal Arts

NEWARK, July 24--Gene Miller ("Mill") Jonakait, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts and professor of biological sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Before coming to NJIT, Jonakait served as a faculty member in the department of biological sciences at Rutgers University - Newark for 16 years. She was associate dean for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and dean of instruction from 1997 to 1999 and she served as chair of the federated department of biological sciences, a department shared by NJIT and Rutgers - Newark, from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2001.

"The applied life sciences are one of NJIT's strategic priorities," says NJIT Provost William Van Buskirk, Ph.D. "I am delighted that we have been able to recruit a distinguished life scientist like Mill to lead our College of Science and Liberal Arts and to help us continue to build the life sciences at NJIT.

"Mill brings superb credentials to the job of dean. She has a proven track record not only as a prominent researcher, but also as a successful teacher, departmental administrator, and associate dean. She is a dedicated scientist and will continue to oversee an active research laboratory while she serves as dean."

Jonakait is pleased to accept the appointment. "I have worked with people at NJIT for a long time in my administrative capacities at Rutgers. Now I am delighted that they will be my colleagues," says Jonakait.

A recognized scholar in neuroimmunology, Jonakait was elected a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1995. AAAS honored Jonakait for her research in developmental neurobiology and for contributions to the emerging field of neuroimmunology. Her work, which focuses on the interactions between nervous and immune systems, has relevance for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and arthritis. Jonakait is the author of over 47 articles in scholarly journals and has received more than 25 grants from federal, regional, and private funders.

Jonakait received her A.B. in English literature in 1968 from Wellesley College where she was named a Wellesley Scholar. In 1969, she received her M.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago and in 1978 she received her Ph.D. in neurobiology from Cornell University Medical College. Mill, her husband Randolph and their daughter, Amelia, age 20, live in Brooklyn, New York.

NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

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