Affectionately known as the “worm guy,” Dr. Sudhir Nayak has indeed made a career for himself studying one of biology’s most versatile model systems: Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans. “The worm is awesome,” said the associate professor of biology. He specializes in genetics and bioinformatics, weaving computer science, genetics, and quite a few worms into his research at The College of New Jersey.
Every year, the R&D 100 Awards—nicknamed the “Oscars of Invention”—showcase the best new technologies from around the world. Most researchers go their entire career without even being nominated. Edwin Tracy (formerly Trzeciak, Class of 1968) just won his second, putting him in elite company and positioning him at the forefront of his field of renewable-energy research.
People and Places in the East African Rift is an interdisciplinary course taught by a physicist and a historian. The course is organized around one fundamental question: what is the relationship between physical landscapes and the human societies that inhabit them? The main goals are for students to understand how unique geological and environmental features came to exist, to analyze how these features affected the various human societies that came to inhabit the regions, and how these landscape features and different societies both evolved through time.