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Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei has been chosen as one of New Jersey's Best 50 Women in Business for 2015 by NJBIZ.

The Best 50 Women in Business list is intended to honor the most dynamic women in business from across New Jersey.

NJBIZ asked an independent panel of judges to select the winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement and advocacy for women.

"We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize this outstanding group of women," said Thomas Curtin, publisher of NJBIZ. "As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within and outside the business arena."

Lei joins several other academics on the Best 50 Women in Business list, including Montclair University President Susan Cole, Barbara-Jayne Lewthwait, president of Centenary College, and Judith Sheft, NJIT's associate vice president of technology development.

Lei became dean of Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick on Jan. 1 after serving as founding chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences and founding director of the Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management.

She joined the faculty at Rutgers Business School in 1989 after completing her PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Madison in Wisconsin.

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Faculty Insights: Climate intervention strategy creates business opportunity

Rutgers professor Paul Falkowski was among 16 members of the National Academy of Sciences who worked on two recently released reports examining the prospects of "geoengineering" the earth's atmospheric conditions if climate becomes increasingly unstable.

In a new video highlighting Rutgers thought leadership, Falkowski, a distinguished professor and the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, explains the opportunity that exists in one proposed intervention: the removal of carbon dioxide from the air.

Turning carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-based power plants into construction materials such as concrete or ceramic represents "one of the best business opportunities out there," he said.

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