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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Trump Administration Tapping Tech, Business CEOs and Academia for STEM Policy Approach

Washington, DC, July 31, 2017 — Margaret Talev reported on Bloomberg News reported that White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, have begun an outreach campaign to major technology, business and education leaders — including Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple’s Tim Cook — for advice on shaping funding approaches to science, technology, engineering and math education in U.S. public schools.

President Donald Trump’s daughter on July 26 joined Reed Cordish, the president’s special assistant for technology initiatives, on a conference call with politicians, educators and CEOs to discuss STEM education, according to two people with knowledge of the call. Continue reading

U.N. Report: Over Half of People with HIV Having Treatment for First Time

London, July 31, 2017 — The Associated Press’ Maria Cheng reports that that, for the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released in Paris on July 20.

AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based on estimates and not actual counts from countries.

Experts applauded the progress, but questioned if the billions spent in the past two decades should have brought more impressive results.  Continue reading

EVENT: Save the Date! HINJ to Host 2017 Life Sciences Celebration on October 12 in Trenton

New Brunswick, NJ, July 31, 2017 ― Please mark your calendar to join the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) in honoring meritorious leadership in and contributions to New Jersey’s life sciences community at HINJ’s Life Sciences Celebration 2017, which will be held Thursday, October 12 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple. 100 Barrack Street, Trenton.

HINJ’s 2017 honorees are: Continue reading

Five Princeton University Professors Receive Simons Investigators Awards

Princeton, NJ, July 30, 2017 — Five Princeton University professors have been selected to receive 2017 Simons Investigators awards, which are presented by the New York-based Simons Foundation.

The awards honor outstanding scientists nationwide that are engaged in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, theoretical computer science, mathematical modeling of living systems, and Math+X, which encourages novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering.

The awards provide $100,000 annually for an initial five years and can be renewed for an additional five years. Continue reading

U.S. Senate Appropriations Advances Spending Bills; Would Fund Regional Innovation at $21 Million

Westerville, OH, July 30, 2017 ― Jason Rittenberg on July 27 reported on the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog that

Over the past week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has passed bills to fund commerce and science, transportation, energy and water and agriculture. Regional Innovation Strategies would be funded at $21 million, an increase of $4 million over FY 2017.

Other innovation proposals received mixed support, as the Senate cut $3.2 billion from commerce, justice and science funding and another $400 million from agriculture. Continue reading

Three Rowan University Diversity Programs Awarded National Science Foundation Grants

Washington, DC, July 29, 2017 — Three programs at Rowan University with goals to promote diversity and equality for underrepresented races and sexualities on and off campus recently have been awarded grants by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to aid those efforts.

The grants will be available to most of the projects for five years and all programs have already started the implementation process.

Under the largest grant ever awarded to a Rowan professor by the National Science Foundation — $1.92 million — Dr. Beena Sukumaran will head a team conducting research and implementing strategies to improve diversity in the high-demand field of engineering, according to a university news release. Continue reading

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Announce Partnership Creating New Jersey’s Premier Academic Health Care System

New Brunswick, NJ, July 28, 2017 — RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University yesterday announced plans to partner and create the state’s largest academic health care system dedicated to providing high-quality patient care, leading-edge research and world-class health and medical education that will transform and advance health care in New Jersey.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, RWJBarnabas Health President and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Chancellor Brian Strom provided details of the new partnership outlined in a formal Letter of Intent during a ceremony at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick. Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Joins in World Hepatitis Day July 28

Trenton, NJ, July 28, 2017 — In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, the New Jersey Department of Health is joining the World Health Alliance (WHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the global burden of viral hepatitis.

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. The most common types are hepatitis A, B and C — three different contagious liver infections caused by unrelated viruses.

Hepatitis A typically occurs in an “acute” or time-limited form, while hepatitis B and C can develop into a life-long, chronic illness. Continue reading

FDA Commissioner Delays Layoff Notices and Reassures Staff Congress Will Reauthorize User Fees

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

Washington, DC, July 27, 2017 — Michael Mezher reports on Endpoints News that, in a July 24 email to agency staff, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said he will delay issuing layoff notices until after September 30, which is when the agency’s current user fee agreements expire.

Previously, the FDA indicated it could issue layoff notices to thousands of staffers funded by user fees should Congress not act by August 1.

In the email, Gottlieb said he is optimistic the Senate will take up the matter soon and the agency can “reasonably expect” reauthorization to occur before the September 30 deadline. Continue reading

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Investigators Receive $450K in Fellowship Grants

New Brunswick, NJ, July 27, 2017 — Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey investigators have received $450,000 in funding to support research projects in immunotherapy and basic science research that could impact pancreatic, breast and other cancers.

The Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grants were awarded by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR).

Eileen White, Ph.D., Rutgers Cancer Institute Deputy Director, Chief Scientific Officer and Associate Director for Basic Science, said, “As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute is dedicated to treatment, prevention, education and research.” Continue reading