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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

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HINJ-Sponsored Event: NJCU Presidential Speaker Series Presents Dr. Bonnie Bassler at Liberty Science Center April 19

Jersey City, NJ, April 14, 2017 — The Liberty Science Center and New Jersey City University (NJCU) are pleased to present their third annual lecture on Wednesday, April 19.

With the success of physicist Dr. Michio Kaku in 2015 and planetary scientist Dr. Carolyn Porco in 2016, the two educational institutions have chosen the esteemed microbiologist Dr. Bonnie Bassler for this next lecture in the NJCU Presidential Speaker Series.

The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) is pleased to be one of the supporting organizations for this free lecture which is open to students, teachers, and the general public.  

Registration information can be found at https://goo.gl/ws2DnW.

NJCU is one of the most diverse institutions of higher learning in the State and prepares students for success through rigorous applied learning experiences. Its fully accredited Education, Colleges of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Professional Studies offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Its students come from different countries and cultures with many being the first in their families to attend college.

Most importantly, as one of the least expensive institutions in the State, NJCU is giving low-income students an opportunity to attend a four-year University and to benefit from the academic environment.

Part of a successful college experience can be gleaned from the rich offerings outside the classroom. With that in mind, the University is seeking sponsors for the NJCU Presidential Speaker Series: 2017. This program is an annual event and its goals are:

  • To expose the NJCU community to the excellence of world-class speakers
  • To introduce students to the intellectual stimulation of a high-level lecture series
  • To raise the profile of the University outside of NJCU’s home, Jersey City
  • To generate new media coverage for the University
  • To introduce a new audience of potential supporters to New Jersey City University
  • To bring together the NJCU Community and the public at large for a memorable experience

The first two seasons for the Speaker Series were a huge success and reports are available.

Tiny Conspiracies: How Bacteria Talk to Each Other

Bonnie Bassler may be seeking to inspire young women to pursue careers in the STEM fields, but she truly is an inspiration to all of us. Born in Chicago and raised in California, Bassler earned a degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from The John Hopkins University.

Upon completing her doctorate, she applied by her own count to some forty or fifty jobs but because she was a woman in a predominately male field, she got only two interviews and just one job offer.

Happily, the job was at Princeton University where she is now the Chair and Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

But it is her experiences as a woman with closed doors and professional skepticism in the eighties that has led her to be a champion for STEM programs and for getting more young women into the sciences.

In addition to being the recipient of some of the most prestigious honors in the field, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is a passionate advocate for making science accessible for women and minorities and she is actively involved in science education.

She has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the UNESCO-L’Oreal Women in Science for North America Award, the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science, Princeton University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, to name just a few.

Her discovery that bacteria use quorum sensing to communicate is leading to a new generation of antibiotics, a critical medical initiative in the current era of global resistance to available antibiotics.

Just last fall, she was the recipient of the 2016 Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award from the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

She serves on Discovery Communications’ Science Channel Scientific Advisory Board, on the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, PEW Charitable Trust, and is involved with many other prestigious organizations.

Her TED talk on “How Bacteria Talk” has had more than 2 million views and she most recently was awarded the FASEB Excellence in Science Award.

For more information, including of sponsorship opportunities, call Don Jay Smith at 908-832-1020 or contact by email at don@lksassociates.com.