Group Members

SPAR exists on two separate Rutgers campuses – New Brunswick and the Newark Health Sciences campus. Living on two separate campuses means broadening our knowledge and skills as students, reaching a diverse audience, and engagement with multiple local communities.

SPAR – New Brunswick Campus

Emily Atieh

Title: President, SPAR – RU New Brunswick
Area of Study: Chemistry Education
About: I am a 4th-year chemistry Ph.D. Candidate in the Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies in New Brunswick, NJ. I am currently Rutgers’ first Chemistry Education Research (CER) PhD candidate, and I am studying the affective changes (e.g. beliefs about chemistry) that different students undergo as a result of pedagogical training. I was selected to attend the AAAS’s Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in April 2017, which really *catalyzed* my interest in science policy. My goal is to find ways to integrate what I know about science, education, and policy to serve as a liaison between policymakers, scientists, and the community. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, swimming, photography, and building things!

Jonathan Stoeber

Title: Vice-President, SPAR – RU New Brunswick
Area of Study: Biophysical Chemistry
About: I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in Dr. Jean Baum’s group of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. My research is focused on understanding the protein aggregation implicated in Parkinson’s Disease by studying the protein’s interaction with tannic acid and gold nanoparticles. I became interested in SPAR after attending the AAAS 2019 CASE workshop.

Alanna Cohen

Title: Logistics and Communications Coordinator, SPAR – RU New Brunswick
Area of Study: Microbiology
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Lauren Hall

Title: Outreach Coordinator, SPAR – RU New Brunswick
Area of Study: Microbiology
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SPAR – Newark Health Sciences Campus

Brian Canter

Title: President, SPAR – RU Newark Health Sciences
Area of Study: Radiation Biology and Biomedical Engineering
About me: I work in an NIH funded lab examining how a bone seeking radionuclide can treat breast cancer that has spread to bone. Besides my passion for scientific research, I’ve long been interested in policy and politics. I attended the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop. There I learned how the federal government sponsors scientific research and met with several legislative staff members of the NJ congressional delegation. Since that workshop I’ve worked hard to educate my university, Rutgers, and my professional society, the Radiation Research Society, about how government policies affect research. Crucially, I see SPAR as an important link at Rutgers in fostering communication among scientists and between scientists and non-scientists.

Ian Campbell

Title: Communications Director, SPAR – RU Newark Health Sciences
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Hunter Lanovoi

Title: Communications Director, SPAR – RU Newark Health Sciences
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Giuseppina Marchesini Tovar

Title: SciComm Skills Representative, SPAR – RU Newark Health Sciences
Area of Study: Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer
About: I am a first year PhD student in the Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer track of the Multidisciplinary PhD Program at Newark Health Sciences Campus. My scientific interests are varied, but I’m specially passionate about gene editing, immunology and virology. I first came across SPAR at the beginning of the program, and decided to join so I could improve my science communication skills, be able to push for science in the community and learn about science policy in the US. Before joining SPAR, I have had some experience with science policy relating to gene editing and plant transgenesis in the European Union, as I did my undergraduate thesis on genetically modified crops. Outside of lab I enjoy playing the flute, dancing and trying new foods. As well, I like to travel around the world and spend time with family and friends!