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Academia

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

Op-Ed: NJ Assn. of State Colleges and Universities’ Dr. Michael Klein Urges ‘Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ’s State Colleges, Universities’

Dr. Michael Klein

Trenton, NJ, August 23, 2017NJ Spotlight on August 14 published the following op-ed by Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities:

The ideal college, according to President James Garfield, was having Mark Hopkins, the president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, “on one end of a log and a student on the other.”

Times have changed a bit since Garfield graduated from Williams in 1856. To be sure, professors and their classrooms are important, but so too are libraries, laboratories, computers, and high-speed connections to the Internet.  Continue reading

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