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Academia

JerseyCAN’s New Report Explores STEM Innovations in NJ and Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs

Trenton, NJ, October 19, 2017JerseyCAN last week released a new report, Preparing the Children of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow: A Window into STEM Education in New Jersey, highlighting STEM innovations across New Jersey.

JerseyCAN met with over 70 individuals and organizations leading pioneering work in STEM education including: superintendents, principals, teachers, students, think tanks, foundations, corporate leaders, scientific institutions, the military, state leaders and academics. Continue reading

The College of New Jersey Cuts Ribbon on $76 Million, State-of-the-Art STEM Complex

Ewing, NJ, October 17, 2017 — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann, and The College of New Jersey President R. Barbara Gitenstein took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 12 to officially open the college’s new, state-of-the-art STEM building, Chemistry addition, and Forum.

The cost of the project, which broke ground in July 2015, was $76,211,000, including $40 million provided through the Building Our Future Bond.

An additional $1.075 million in funding came from the New Jersey Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund. The college funded the balance through a variety of sources, including philanthropy. Continue reading

Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Receives Donation from Celgene to Advance Multiple Myeloma Research at John Theurer Cancer Center

Former Roche campus to be new Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Hackensack, NJ, October 11, 2017 — The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation announced on October 5 that it has received a substantial donation from Celgene Corporation to advance multiple myeloma research and transformational medicine that improve patient outcomes at Hackensack Meridian Health–John Theurer Cancer Center.

Supported by Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical leader in the discovery, development and delivery of treatment for diseases like multiple myeloma (MM), funds will help to establish the Multiple Myeloma Institute (MMI) — a leading-edge research facility at the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine scheduled to open in 2018.

Celgene and John Theurer Cancer Center are accomplished leaders in developing novel therapies for patients with multiple myeloma. Continue reading

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Aims to Educate and Inspire the Next Generation of Health Care Innovators

Gregg Khodorov and Julia Tartaglia, second-year medical students, are co-presidents of Rutgers Biomedical Entrepreneurial Network. [Photo: Nick Romanenko, Rutgers University]

New Brunswick, NJ, October 10, 2017 — Carla Cantor reports that John Dutton learned his first lesson in entrepreneurship the hard way.

“I had a great idea for a medical product, a patent and a business plan — and still I got scooped,” says Dutton, who was 22 and a researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when he watched another company make good with a variation of his invention.

The following year, as a first-year student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dutton and two classmates, Steven Shterenberg and Matthew Michel, launched Rutgers Biomedical Entrepreneurial Network (BEN). Continue reading

Rutgers President Delivers 2017 Report to University Senate, Highlighting Honors, Economic Contributions and Campus Improvements

Rutgers President Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.

New Brunswick, NJ, September 28, 2017 — Rutgers University President Robert Barchi told the University Senate on September 21 that although the past year was challenging for the country, the scholars at Rutgers are on a trajectory to make the state’s public university one of the best in the nation.

President Barchi presented his annual status report to the Rutgers community, focusing on student activism, academic success, record-breaking fundraising and campus improvements.

Barchi told the Senate that while a number of emotional and controversial issues have been discussed on campuses across the country, the Rutgers community has consistently provided examples of how such difficult topics and strongly held views can be openly and civilly debated. Continue reading

Rutgers Research: Cloning Thousands of Genes for Massive Protein Libraries

New Brunswick, NJ, September 18, 2017 — Discovering the function of a gene requires cloning a DNA sequence and expressing it.  Until now, this was performed on a one-gene-at-a-time basis, causing a bottleneck.

Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School have invented a technology to clone thousands of genes simultaneously and create massive libraries of proteins from DNA samples, potentially ushering in a new era of functional genomics. Continue reading

U.S. News & World Report Ranks 8 New Jersey Colleges Among Best; Princeton Again No. 1

Newark, NJ, September 15, 2017 — Payton Guion reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that New Jersey has eight colleges ranked among the top schools in the country, according to the 2018 list from U.S. News and World Report, up from seven that made the grade in last year’s rankings.

Rowan University is the newcomer of the N.J. schools that made the list, coming in at 171 after not being ranked last year.

In ranking the top national universities, U.S. News considered 311 institutions. Continue reading

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

Montclair, NJ, September 12, 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

Opinion: Rutgers President Robert Barchi Writes ‘Nation Must Honor the Promise of DACA — And the Bridge Act Is a Good Start’

Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.

New Brunswick, NJ, September 11, 2017Rutgers University President Robert Barchi authored the following opinion piece that was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on September 6:

Thousands of Rutgers University students have staged peaceful protests over the last year in anticipation of dramatic changes to immigration policy.

The Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless Congress acts within the next six months wasn’t the dramatic change that we had all feared, but a six-month reprieve is only of minor comfort. Continue reading

William Paterson University President to Step Down After 2017-2018 Academic Year

Kathleen Waldron

Wayne, NJ, August 24, 2017 — Kathleen Waldron, who has led strategic initiatives that have enhanced academics and infrastructure at William Paterson University, on August 22 announced that she will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year after eight years as president of the institution.

President Waldron plans to retire effective June 30, 2018.  The University’s Board of Trustees has launched a national search for a new president.

“I will turn 70 years old in September 2018 and have had the great honor of being an academic administrator for 20 years,” says President Waldron, who became the institution’s seventh president on August 2, 2010. Continue reading