Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 — Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker reports in The Washington Post that President Trump today planned to unveil a new White House office with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.
The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Continue reading
Hoboken, NJ, March 27, 2017 — Christophe Pierre, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology announced that Jean Zu, Ph.D., P.Eng., an accomplished scholar of mechanical vibrations and dynamics, and mechatronics, has been named the new dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science (SES) at the university following an international search.
Zu, currently chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, will begin her appointment at Stevens on May 1, 2017. Continue reading
South Orange, NJ, March 26, 2017 — The Board of Regents of Seton Hall University on March 23 voted unanimously to appoint Mary Meehan, Ph.D., a highly-respected higher education and healthcare leader, as well as a former Seton Hall administrator and university alumna, as its interim president, effective April 11.
Meehan’s appointment allows Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban to focus full time on the transition to his new position as president of DePaul University.
The Board also authorized the launch of a nationwide search for the next president of Seton Hall University. Continue reading
Trenton, NJ, March 25, 2017 — Eric Strauss reports in NJBIZ that U.S. News & World Report revealed its 2018 rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools on Tuesday, rating 100 or more colleges and universities in a variety of programs.
Based on the rankings, New Jersey is well-represented in a number of fields, including business, law, medicine and more.
Among the nation’s best business schools, Rutgers Business School in Newark and New Brunswick tied for No. 50, tops among New Jersey colleges.
Stevens Institute of Technology ranked No. 83, the only other Garden State college to earn a numerical ranking. Continue reading
Piscataway, NJ, March 24, 2017 — Perry N. Halkitis, senior associate dean of New York University’s College of Global Public Health, has been named dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Dr. Halkitis is expected to join Rutgers in August 2017.
Dr. Halkitis is also professor of global public health, applied psychology and medicine and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU, where he has focused a significant amount of his research on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse as well as the impact of psychiatric and psychosocial factors on mental health. Continue reading
Trenton, NJ, March 24, 2017 — Gov. Chris Christie on March 14 signed legislation, strongly supported by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, appropriating the remaining $34 million from a voter-approved bond issue for construction projects at higher education institutions.
The appropriation is the balance remaining from the $750 million Building Our Future Bond Act that voters approved in 2012.
The 32 colleges and universities whose proposals won state-approval for this latest round of funding had to detail how their projects served students and aligned with New Jersey’s workforce needs. Continue reading
East Hanover, NJ, March 23, 2017 — In an op-ed published in The Record on March 22, East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo wrote:
Millions of Americans’ lives are riding on the success of a few New Jersey companies.
Garden State pharmaceutical firms account for nearly 30 percent of all diabetes and heart disease treatments in development. These two diseases alone kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. And they’re driving U.S. healthcare costs through the roof.
Those treatments may never reach patients if some in Washington push forward with a plan to allow patients to import foreign prescription drugs. Continue reading
Governor Christie Partners with Community Colleges to Create New Economic Opportunities for All Residents
Trenton, NJ, March 23, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on March 20 announced a new partnership with the state’s 19 community colleges to provide all New Jerseyans with new pathways to economic opportunity through an expansion of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s “Career Connections” network.
Governor Christie made the announcement at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, where state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Acting Commissioner Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph. D., Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, and presidents from New Jersey’s community colleges convened to sign the agreement, setting a goal to increase the percentage of New Jersey residents who have earned employer-valued certificates and college degrees to at least 65 percent by 2025. Continue reading
Washington, DC, March 22, 2017 — Rebecca Savransky reports in The Hill that U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on March 19 that he expects to see some changes made on Capitol Hill to President Trump’s federal budget proposal, which calls for nearly $6 billion in cuts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Speaker Ryan said NIH is “something that’s particularly popular in Congress.”
“We just passed the Cures Act, just this last December, to increase spending in the NIH, because we really think we’re kind of getting close to some breakthrough discoveries on cancer and other diseases,” Ryan said. Continue reading
Trenton, NJ, March 22, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that U.S. House Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 500,000 more New Jersey residents without health insurance, according to a study released by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) just two days before lawmakers will be asked to vote on the bill.
Study highlights include:
- Half a million New Jersey residents would lose health coverage;
- 250 millionaires in the state are set to receive a total $14 million tax break;
- The hardest-hit would be the 45 and older population and Medicaid populations — both of which are the largest enrolled groups.