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Biology Comings and Goings…

As the summer ends and a new academic year is about to begin, it’s a time of change here in the TCNJ Biology Department.

We welcome Wendy Clement, PhD, as our new department chair, who will serve a term of three years “at the helm” (administratively, at least) for the Biology Department.

But at the same time, we thank Keith Pecor, PhD, for his two consecutive terms as the department chair, adroitly guiding us through some challenging times, including pandemic shutdowns and such. While Dr. Pecor remains in the department and isn’t going anywhere, he is stepping away from the administrative responsibilities of the Chair. We are very appreciative of his service in that role.

We welcome a new member of our faculty family: Dave Marzan, PhD, is joining us as a Clinical Lecturer. He will be teaching BIO 141 and 142, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, a series of courses reserved for nursing students. Dr. Marzan received his PhD in Neuroscience and Physiology from New York University School of Medicine, and we are pleased to have him join us.

Yet at the same time, we wish the former instructor of that course, Dr. Anthony Uzwiak, all the best as he retires from his teaching here at TCNJ after nearly twenty years! Dr. Uzwiak has lived in Connecticut during his time teaching here in Ewing, and we’re sure he will not miss the commute at all! We will miss him though, and hope that he’s able to put that newly-gained “commuting time” to good use. Thanks for the many years of dedication to the students and to the College, Dr. Uzwiak!

Finally, students who left campus in May might be surprised to learn of one additional change. Dr. Amanda Norvell, PhD, Biology professor and Interim Dean of the School of Science, has begun a new role as Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. And our new Dean of the School of Science is Dr. Sunita Kramer. We wish the best for them both as they assume their new positions and support students in the sciences.