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Rutgers Cancer Institute Reports Favorable Safety Profile Seen in Immunotherapy Drug in Aggressive Form of Lung Cancer

Dr. Janice M. Mehnert

New Brunswick, NJ, August 18, 2017 — The immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab has demonstrated a favorable safety profile and “promising durable clinical activity” in pretreated patients who exhibit high levels of the PD-L1 protein in advanced stages of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) – an aggressive form of the disease.

That is according to data from a phase 1b clinical trial conducted by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey investigators and colleagues at centers around the world. The work appears in the current online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (doi: 10.1200/JCO.2017.72.5069).

Janice M. Mehnert, MD, director of the Phase 1/Investigational Therapeutics Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute, and senior director on the work said, “Immunotherapy drugs put the body’s natural defenses bak to work by targeting the PD-L1 protein and PD-1 receptor and blocking their ability to prevent T cells from destroying cancer cells.” Continue reading

Meet the New State Board of Education; Six New Christie Appointees Seated

Trenton, NJ, August 7, 2017 — John Mooney reports on NJ Spotlight that the State Board of Education just went through a significant facelift, overturning its leadership and adding six new members appointed by Gov. Chris Christie.

Here are brief bios of the new members, and of those returning to the board.

New Members

  • Mary Beth Berry – Clinton Transition services/ grant writing, Hunterdon Preparatory School, 2017; special education teacher, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District, 1989-1994
  • Mary Elizabeth Gazi – Bound Brook Partner, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., 2013-present
  • Kathy Goldenberg – Moorestown President, Moorestown Township Public Schools board of education, 2015-2017; member, 2007-17
  • Nedd James Johnson – Pittsgrove Adjunct elementary education instructor for field supervision, Rowan University College of Education, 2017-present; assistant superintendent, Bridgeton Public Schools, 2011-2016
  • Joseph Ricca Jr. – Morristown Superintendent, White Plains (NY) city school district, 2017; superintendent, East Hanover (NJ) school district, 2009-2013
  • Sylvia Sylvia-Cioffi – Ocean President, Township of Ocean board of education, 2014-2017

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Gov. Christie Signs Law that Will Boost Collaboration Between Businesses and Higher Ed

Trenton, NJ, August 8, 2017 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s (NJBIA) efforts to promote collaboration between businesses and higher education received a boost yesterday when Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation expanding eligibility for businesses under the Grow NJ program.

Sponsored by Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31), and Assembly members Gary Schaer (D-36) and Pamela Lampitt (D-6), the new law provides base and job-creation tax credits for a business partnering with a higher education institution located within three miles of each other. Continue reading

Robert and Laura Garrett Gift $2.65 Million to Endow Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian Med School Dean’s Post

Robert and Laura Garrett

Hackensack, NJ, August 3, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO Robert Garrett and his wife, Laura Garrett, have provided a $2.65 million gift in honor of the new Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s founding dean, Dr. Bonita Stanton.

Dr. Stanton was appointed to the Robert C. and Laura C. Garrett Endowed Chair for the School of Medicine Dean.

“Endowed chairs are among the highest honors conferred in academia, and the $15 million in support of endowments at Hackensack University Medical Center reinforces its role as one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the country,” the health system said in a statement. 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

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

Montclair State Receives Official Designation as Public Research University; Fourth State University with Research Designation

Montclair, NJ, July 26, 2017 — On July 21, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation designating Montclair State University as a public research university.

New Jersey now has four public research universities: Montclair State, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rowan and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Already classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a research doctoral institution, and classified by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education as a doctoral degree-granting institution, this latest acknowledgement formally recognizes the very substantial transformation that has occurred in recent years at New Jersey’s second largest university. Continue reading

Princeton University Ranks No. 1 on Money Magazine’s List of Best Colleges for Your Money

Princeton, NJ, July 16, 2017 — Eric Strauss reports in NJBIZ that Money Magazine is out with its ranking of the Best Colleges for Your Money, listing — appropriately for this week — 711 institutions of higher learning that provide strong value for their cost.

Among the 711 institutions on the new list, 18 from New Jersey made the cut, including three in the Top 50 and the No. 1 school overall.

Coming in at No. 1 was Princeton University, while The College of New Jersey in Ewing came in at No. 24 and Rutgers University-New Brunswick was ranked No. 49. Continue reading

Governor Christie Swears in Kimberley Harrington as State Education Commissioner

Kimberley Harrington

Trenton, NJ, July 14, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on July 12 presided over the swearing in of Kimberley Harrington as New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner.

Harrington had been Acting Commissioner for the past nine months.  Her nomination as commissioner was approved by the State Senate in June.

“Kimberley’s body of experience and deep devotion to providing New Jersey students with the highest quality education make her a perfect choice to lead the Department of Education as Commissioner,” said Governor Christie.  “I am pleased to have her as part of my cabinet and working to strengthen educational opportunities for all New Jersey students.” Continue reading

College of New Jersey President Barbara Gitenstein Announces Plans to Retire in June 2018

Barbara Gitenstein

Ewing, NJ, July 14, 2017 — The College of New Jersey President R. Barbara Gitenstein announced at the July 11 meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees that she will retire in June 2018 at the conclusion of the coming academic year.

It will mark the end of a near 20-year tenure, the third longest in the college’s 162-year history. Gitenstein is the first woman to serve as president.

“This was not a decision I arrived at easily, but the timing is right for the institution, for my family and for me,” said Gitenstein, who assumed office on January 1, 1999.  “It has been the highlight of my professional career to have served as president of this extraordinary institution.” Continue reading