Teaching enables a faculty member to mature intellectually by interacting with the students. Research enables a faculty member to advance professionally and complement his or her teaching. Service enables a faculty member to join with others to face challenges collaboratively. Since I joined Seton Hall University in January 1994, I have been able to divide my time among teaching, service, and research in a well-balanced fashion. My service contribution is highlighted by my service to: (1) the Department of Biology as Chair
(July 1999 -present), (2) the university as a member (Fall, 1998 - present) and Co-Chair
(Fall 1999 - present) of the Petersheim Academic Exposition Planning Committee, (3) the exchange program between Seton Hall University and Wuhan University, China, (4) the local community as the President of the New Jersey Chinese American Youth Chorale (Wha-Yin) [academic year 2001 - 2002], (5) the professional community as a charter and council member and Chair of Communication Committee of the Society of NeuroImmune Pharmacology (SNIP), and my appointment to the National Institutes of Health Peer Review Committee (July 1999 - present).

A. Service to my Department
Thanks to the administrative policy at SHU, a portion of the overhead of an external grant is allocated to the Principal Investigator. Since joining SHU in 1994, I have been continually funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant award, and I am grateful to have such an overhead allocation for my research lab. I have been able to use this budget to serve the Department of Biology in the following ways: (1) to co-sponsor distinguished neuroscientists to speak in the Graduate Seminar series, (2) to provide stipends for both students and faculty in the Biology Honor’s Undergraduate Program, (3) to support students’ attendance at both national and international scientific meetings, (4) to provide graduate students and faculty with summer stipends, and (5) to purchase research equipment for collaborative research projects.
In 1999, I was honored to be elected as the Chairperson of the Biology Department. Biology is one of the largest departments on campus, and has one of the most challenging programs on campus. Despite the initial internal tension and subsequent unexpected external pressures, I have been an effective chairperson, and have lived up to the expectations listed by a senior faculty member in 1999 (please see Section 2 of Notebook III). My philosophy as Chair of the Biology Department is to “deal with others using my heart and deal with myself using my brain”. My above-mentioned service to the department in the last two years has resulted in enhancement of the research curriculum and inclusion of new neuroscience graduate track. I have asked the following faculty members to comment on my service as Biology Chair: Dr. Ghayasuddin Ahmad, a senior faculty member, Dr. Allan Blake, a non-tenured probationary faculty member (initial appointment in September 2000), Dr. Marian Glenn, a Full Professor with administrative duties (Associate Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relationships), Dr. Gerald Ruscingna, a Faculty Associate, and Dr. Carolyn Bentivegna, a newly promoted Associate Professor with tenure (effective September 2001). In addition, statements from Dr. Linda Hsu and other faculty member regarding my leadership as the Biology Chair are also included for your reference (please see letters and comments included in Section 4 of Notebook I).
1997 - present Chair of Biology Department (1999 - present)
  Budget Committee
  Curriculum Committee
  Graduate Seminar Committee
  Department Honors Committee
  Sequential Curriculum Development Committee
  Faculty Recruitment Committee
1995 - present Co-sponsor of graduate seminar speakers including the following speakers:
  Dr. John Madden (spring 1998)
  Dr. Toby Eienstein (spring 1999)
  Dr. Sabita Roy (fall 1999)
  Dr. Horace H. Loh (fall 1999)
  Dr. Thomas W. Doebber (fall 1999)
  Dr. MaryJean Kreek (spring 2000)
  Dr. Herbert Geller (spring 2000)
  Dr. Khew-Voon Chin (fall 2000)
  Dr. Ilona Vathy (fall 2000)
  Dr. Vincent DeBAri (fall 2000)
  Dr. Jean Bidlack (spring 2001)
  Dr. Linda Chang (spring 2001)
  Dr. Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen (spring 2002)
1996 - present In charge of McNulty animal facilities
1999 - present Organizer of the Biology Journal Club
1996 - 1998 Academic advisor
1997 - present Co-sponsor of the Biology Honor’s Undergraduate Program:
stipend for student and faculty
1998 - present Advisor of the Biology Society
1999 - present Ad hoc Committee of MS in Neuroscience Development

B. Service to the University
Because of my NIH funding, I have been able to provide campus employment for the following post-doc fellows, SHU students, and faculty:
  Jitesh A. Patel (Summer 1997 - Summer 1999: SHU undergraduate)
  Nilesh A. Patel, M.D. (Summer 2000: Post-doc project)
  Yuhui Jiang, M.S.; M.D. (January 1999 - December 2000: Post-doc Fellow)
  Heng-wha Cheng, Ph.D. (September 1998 - June 1999: Exchange Scholar)
  Xin Mao, M.S. (Summer 2001: Exchange Scholar)
  Bernardo Felix, B.S. (December 1999 - June 2000 SHU graduate)
  Courtney Kiest (January - December 2000: SHU undergraduate)
  Maria MacWilliams, Ph.D. (July and August 2000: SHU Assistant Professor)
  Allan Blake, Ph.D. (August 2000: SHU Assistant Professor)
  RJ Clemor (January to July 2001: SHU undergraduate)
  Jenine Anday, B.S. (2000 - 2001: SHU graduate)
  Xin Yu, B.S. (Summer 2001, 2002: SHU graduate)
  Paolo Salvatore, B.S. (Summer 2001: SHU graduate)
  Frank Ocasio, B.S. (Summer 2001, 2002: SHU graduate)

Although I am an empirical scientist, I do not confine myself to an ivory scientific tower. Because of my background in sociology and social psychology, I enjoy reaching out to my non-science colleagues on campus. I have served on various committees ranging from the Radiation Safety Committee to the Asia Center Executive Board where my interpersonal skills are often utilized to facilitate communication.
Inspired by the late Professor Matthew Petersheim, I began to serve on the campus-wide exposition planning committee in 1998. In honor of Professor Petersheim’s contribution as the faculty founder of this worthy annual event in the spring semester, I worked with Professor Don Wimmer in 1999 to name the event the Petersheim Academic Exposition (please see documentation included in Section 3 of Notebook III). It was also Dr. Petersheim’s intent to have one faculty member and one administrator to co-chair the planning committee. I had the honor of co-chairing the planning committee with Dean Dawn Williams in 2000 - 2001, and
Dr. Vivienne Baldini has joined me as a co-chair for the coming years. The exposition’s theme, “Bringing Knowledge to Life,” celebrates the sights and sounds of knowledge and academic achievement at the University. At the exposition, our students highlight their research and academic works through oral and poster presentations, recitals, performances, debates, artistic displays, and demonstrations. It is a campus-wide scholarship of excellence event and has attracted the SHU community and local communities. The planning committee usually meets between early October and late April to plan the details of the exposition. Our weekly meeting minutes and a copy of the event schedules are provided in Section 3 of Notebook III. My service on the Petersheim Academic Exposition has helped me to appreciate what the faculty, students, and administrators have done for one another.
My service as a visiting professor to the College of Life Sciences at Wuhan University, China in 1998 was a successful task that combined teaching, research, and service (Please see Vice President Wen-Xin Li’s comments included in Section I of Notebook III). In addition to presenting my research to the Wuhan faculty and students, I also conducted a course at Seton Hall which consisted of both classroom and on-line teaching. In September 1998, I had completed my on-line lectures for the Signal Transduction course using the LearningSpace, and posted them electronically. Befor I left for Wuhan, I had two initial meetings with the graduate students at SHU. I continued my SHU on-line lectures while I was at Wuhan to present the same lectures to the Wuhan students in the classroom. At the end of my visit to Wuhan, I arranged for the Wuhan students to continue taking the course with me when I returned back to SHU. It was a wonderful experience to conduct a “virtual” course and to present SHU’s powerful information technology capabilities to the Wuhan community. As a result of my trip to China, many students applied to our Master’s program, and two visiting scholars joined my lab to work on their research. In addition, VP Li asked me to serve as a co-advisor on the doctoral dissertation of Ms. Xin Mao, one of the two scholars mentioned above. In summary, my trip to Wuhan was fruitful in that it not only strengthened the intellectual relationship between our two institutions, but also extended my collaborative network to Wuhan University, China (Pleas see Section 1 of Notebook III).

1995 - present Member of Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)
1995 - present DEA Officer for Schedule I and Schedule II substances
1996 - present Member of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
1998 Visiting professor at Wuhan University, China
1998 - present Co-chair and member of Petersheim Academic Exposition Planning Committee
1999 - present Member of Research Committee, School of Graduate Medical Education
1998 - present Senior Fellow of Asia Center: Member of Executive Board, Chair of Scholarship committee, Member of Fellowship Committee
1999 - 2000 Member, Election and Nomination Committee (College of Arts and Sciences)
1999 - 2002 Academic Marshall
1999 - 2002 University Open House
2000 - 2002 Freshman preview
2000 Co-sponsor of China Week, the Department of Asian Studies
2000 Member, Ad hoc Committee: Department Chair’s Roles
1999 - 2002 Freshman orientation
2000 - 2002 Member of Faculty Senate (Faculty Grievance Committee)
2000 - 2002 Member of College Planning Committee (College of Arts and Sciences)
2001 - present Director, Dual Degree Program in Biology

C. Service to my Profession
Service to my profession is one of the effective mechanisms through which I present my scholarship outside Seton Hall University. As a neurobiologist with biomedically related research projects, one of my highest academic honors was to be appointed as a regular member of the National Institute of Drug Abuse Initial Review Group (NIDAIRG) in 1999. I had served as an ad hoc member on several National Institutes of Health peer review committees. This national service opportunity not only represented a national recognition of my research accomplishments, but also enhanceed the reputation of my department and Seton Hall University as sources of highly respected scientists. As a result of this prestigious service that involved the review and critique of research proposals, my own grant writing skills and award request strategies have been further improved. Intensive discussions with well established scientists on the panel changed my vision from one as a pure scientist to a strategy-oriented grant writing scientist. Such a transformation enabled me, as the Chair of Biology, to effectively supervise the grant writing of my Biology faculty.
Establishing the new Society of NeuroImmune Pharmacology (SNIP) with my colleagues in the fields of neuroimmunolgy, neurovirology, neuropathology, and neuropharmacology is another of my contributions to my profession. As a charter member of SNIP, I have been able to list Seton Hall University as the beneficiary of my donations. By serving as the Chair of the Communications Committee, I have been able to recruit a biology graduate, Mr. Kenneth Smith, to serve as the Webmaster for SNIP. Because of my intensive contribution to SNIP, my Master’s graduate students have been considered for annual travel awards in order to present their research projects at the SNIP annual symposia. Normally only graduate students in doctoral programs are eligible for such an opportunity. Jennifer Graf, Rong Kong, Bernardo Felix and Jenine Anday are SNIP Travel Award recipients.
All of these national service opportunities have been greatly rewarding experiences. They not only gave me the opportunity to work with world class research scientists on the NIH peer review panels, but also allowed me to present my students and my university to a national forum.

1993 - present Independent Reviewer on VA Merit Review Board
1995 - present Reviewer for Brain Research
1998 Visiting professor to Wuhan University, China
1998 Invited speaker and Chair, the 6th Brain Immune Axis Symposium
1998 Who's Who Among American Teachers
1998 Co-sponsor, Workshop on Developing Professional Interests for Future Chinese American Leaders, Seton Hall University
1998 - 1999 Member, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse Study Section (ZDA1-MXS-M-09)
2000 Chair, Oral Communication: No One’s Immune, 62nd Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence
1998 - 1999/
2000 - 2001
Faculty sponsor to house the Wuhan Exchange Scholars in my research lab
2000 Sponsor for UMDNJ Robert Woods Johnson Medical School Summer Research Fellowship Program.
Student: Jitesh A. Patel Project title: Morphine actions on endothelial/immune interactions
2000 Honored lifetime member, Lexington Who's Who
2001 Ad hoc reviewer for Molecular Pharmacology
1999 - present Member of NIH study section on Training and Career Development Special Emphasis Panel (NIDA-K)
2000 - present Charter member of the Society of NeuroImmune Pharmacology (SNIP)
Council and Chair of Communication Committee of SNIP

D. Service to the Community
Besides teaching, research, and service, my remaining time is mainly devoted to: (1) biblical teaching in my church, the Chinese Christian Church in New Jersey (CCCNJ),
(2) extra-curriculum teaching at local grade schools, and (3) Chinese American student activities. I volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher at the CCCNJ for grades 4-6 between
1995 - 1998. From 1998 - 2000, I served as a substitute teacher because I had taken a Children’s Evangelism Fellowship course entitled “Teaching Children Effectively” (tce1). In September 2000, I was honored to become a certified Sunday School Teacher, grades 1-6. This academic year, I resumed my regular Sunday School Teaching responsibilities in the CCCNJ.
Because of my experience in biological science, my participation in the extra-curriculum science courses for local students is always welcome. I have presented a small portion of the biology curriculum to students at a local grade school in order to enrich their science learning. In addition, I was invited to serve as a judge at the science fair for Oak Knoll School in Summit. This service opportunity not only allowed me to reach out to their students, but also allowed me to interact with the other judges who were local scientists from various biotechnology companies.
As a parent of two American born Chinese children, I take advantage of their dual cultural foundation in raising them. I also realize that it is a challenge for them to face the cultural and social diversity and internal identity tension within themselves. To extend my care and love for my children to other American born Chinese children, I co-sponsored two workshops for Chinese American youth at the American Chinese Professional Association. During the current academic year, I am also serving as the president of the Northern New Jersey Chinese American Youth Chorale (Wha-Yin). Wha-Yin was founded in October 1989 with the goal of nurturing, enriching, and broadening the cultural horizons of children through music education. They have weekly rehearsals on Sunday, and participate in many local cultural events. This group is an active participant in many cultural events in the New Jersey area. They have also performed at charity events sponsored by the American Cancer Society, at homeless shelters, nursing homes, and the New Jersey Foundation for the Blind. Wha-Yin has been invited to attend international choir festivals, including one in Prague in 1997 and one in Canterbury in 1999. Wha-Yin believes that music is a universal language, and singing can transcend cultural barriers and communicate feelings deep in the souls of people everywhere. They sing to remind us that we are able to love and share our love. Thanks to Professor June Yoon, Director of the Asia Center at SHU, Wha-Yin has been invited to participate in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Asia Center at Seton Hall University. It is my hope, as a Biology faculty member and Chair and Senior Fellow of the Asia Center to introduce SHU to Wha-Yin. It is also my great honor, as their President, to present Wha-Yin to Seton Hall University on April 27-28, 2002.

1998 - 2000 Sponsor for Millburn Middle School Science Fair, and 3 Northern New Jersey Chinese students
1995 - 2000 Visiting Instructor for the Extra Science Curriculum at Deerfield School in Short Hills, New Jersey
1995 - present Sunday School Teacher at the Chinese Christian Church of New Jersey
1996 - 1998 Chairman of Children's Services of the Chinese Christian Church of New Jersey.
1998 Sponsor, Workshop on Developing Professional Interests for Future Chinese Americans
2000 Judge of the Science Fair at Oak Knoll School in Summit, New Jersey
2001 - present President of Northern New Jersey Chinese American Youth Choir