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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Medical Research and Health Care

Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 — Alison Kodjak and Rob Stein report on NPR that President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget unveiled Tuesday doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, programs to fight infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The 2018 budget, which is entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Continue reading

Seton Hall Graduates Largest Baccalaureate Class in History; Nearly 2,600 Students Receive Undergrad and Graduate Degrees

South Orange, NJ, May 24, 2017 — Seton Hall University celebrated its 160th baccalaureate commencement at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on May 15, 2017.

Seton Hall graduated 1,465 undergraduate students, making the Class of 2017 the largest in the University’s history.

In addition, 1,116 graduate students received master’s and doctorate degrees, making the total graduates for this Commencement season, 2,581. Continue reading

Rutgers-New Brunswick Inducts Top Two Percent of Graduates into the Matthew Leydt Society

New Brunswick, NJ, May 23, 2017 — Rutgers top graduates were honored by university President Robert Barchi this weekend and inducted into the Matthew Leydt Society, which spotlights the highest academic achievers at New Jersey’s only Big Ten University.

“You represent the top of your programs in terms of academic performance,” Barchi told those who braved the inclement weather and attended an afternoon tea in a tent set up on the grounds of the home of the president and his wife, Francis, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, on Saturday.  “We are very proud of you and your parents should be as well.” Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes NJ’s 30,000 Emergency Medical Services Professionals

Trenton, NJ, May 23, 2017 — New Jersey Department of Health is marking National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 21-27).

New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett recognized the more than 30,000 EMS professionals throughout New Jersey for their commitment and dedication to service.

“New Jersey’s EMS professionals put their lives on the line every day to respond to more than one million calls and are available 24 hours a day,” Commissioner Bennett said.  “We should recognize and honor their dedication to the residents of our state during National Emergency Medical Services Week.” Continue reading

Trump Administration’s Hiring Freeze Means Nearly 700 Vacancies at CDC

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.

The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. Continue reading

NJIT Presents Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks with Honorary Doctorate; Graduates Encouraged to ‘Dream Big’ at 101st Commencement

Rochelle Hendricks

Newark, NJ, May 22, 2017 — New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) conferred more than 2,300 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees — the largest graduating class in the university’s history — at the 101st commencement ceremony May 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey’s first Secretary of Higher Education, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and delivered the commencement address in which she encouraged graduates to “dream big” and to “pay it forward” by becoming involved in the community. Continue reading

Five New Jersey Students Are Among 161 High School Students Named as 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on May 5 announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

Five of this year’s honorees hail from New Jersey:

  • Sanjana Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer Cty Tech Schools – Health Science Academy
  • Winona H. Guo, Princeton – Princeton High School
  • Lianah Sta. Ana, Freehold – Howell High School
  • Gavin P. Lifrieri, Fort Lee – Fort Lee High School
  • Benjamin Wenzelberg, Tenafly – Tenafly High School

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Rutgers Poll Shows Neighborhood Satisfaction Differs Depending on Race and Income

New Brunswick, NJ, May 21, 2017 — Andrea Alexander reports that most adults in New Jersey are happy with the neighborhood they live in and satisfied with their access to healthy food; places to walk and exercise; and community services, including parks, playgrounds, and libraries.

But not everyone feels that way – and perspectives differ across race and income groups, according to the findings of a poll by Rutgers Center for State Health Policy.

The New Jersey Health and Well-Being Poll found significant differences in the way people perceive the resources in their communities that can influence their health. Continue reading

CBO to Release Score of House-Passed GOP Healthcare Bill on May 24

Washington, DC, May 20, 2017The Hill reports that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its analysis of the House-passed Republicans’ healthcare reform bill Wednesday afternoon, May 24.

The long-awaited analysis of the bill will give an idea of how the legislation will impact the deficit and how many people could lose coverage.

The initial version showed that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026. Continue reading

Stevens Institute of Technology’s 2017 Innovation Showcases Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Hoboken, NJ, May 20, 2017 — The ingenuity and inventiveness of Stevens Institute of Technology students and faculty were on full display May 3 at the university’s Annual Innovation Expo, a showcase of innovation and entrepreneurship featuring an array of senior design projects, research presentations by faculty and invited industry leaders, a keynote speaker and the crowd-pleasing elevator pitch competition.

Scores of visitors, including members of the Stevens community, local and national entrepreneurs, distinguished guests and media gathered to learn more about the scientific discoveries and inventions taking place at Stevens, and to ask questions from the individuals behind those innovations. Continue reading