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Academia

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

Princeton University’s Annual Giving Campaign Raises Record-Setting $74.9 Million

Princeton, NJ, July 7, 2017 — Princeton University’s 2016-17 Annual Giving campaign raised $74,912,035, with 56.8 percent of undergraduate alumni participating.

This historic achievement — Princeton’s first-ever Annual Giving campaign in excess of $70 million — represents strong performances across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.

“This year’s Annual Giving results are truly extraordinary,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber.   Continue reading

Interview: Dr. Debasish Dutta Becomes Chancellor at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

Dr. Debasish “Deba” Dutta

New Brunswick, NJ, July 6, 2017 — Debasish “Deba” Dutta, Ph.D., a respected academic and an experienced higher education administrator who has spearheaded innovation and strategic change at three top national research universities, became chancellor of Rutgers-New Brunswick on July 1.

Dr. Dutta also holds a faculty appointment and is a tenured distinguished professor of engineering.

Dr. Dutta came to Rutgers from Purdue University, where he was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, with a faculty appointment as professor of mechanical engineering. Continue reading

Kean University Students Present Innovative Medical Device at Tech Council Event

Union, NJ, July 2, 2017 — Kean University computer science students Andrey Suvorov of Edison, Claudia Fortes of Union and Peter Krivoshik of Ringoes presented at What’s Next in Medical Devices, an the NJ Tech Council event, on Tuesday, June 13 at Princeton University.

Kean computer science professor Jenny Li, Ph.D., and her students developed LifeLine, an autonomous life-saving device, in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. Continue reading

Rutgers Research: Cloning Thousands of Genes for Massive Protein Libraries

New Brunswick, NJ, July 1, 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

Rutgers-New Brunswick Rated One of Top 100 Research Universities in the World; Ranked No. 31 in U.S.

New Brunswick, NJ, June 26, 2017 — NJBIZ reported that Rutgers-New Brunswick was one of 37 universities in the United States to be ranked among the Top 100 research-intensive universities in the world, according to the prestigious CWTS Leiden Rankings.

Rutgers ranked No. 77 in the world, but No. 31 among schools based in the United States.

Rutgers was behind Cornell (No. 26), Washington University in St. Louis (27) and New York University (29). Continue reading

Monmouth University Interim President Grey Dimenna to Stay Until June 2019

Grey Dimenna

West Long Branch, NJ, June 26, 2017 — Grey Dimenna, plucked out of retirement to fill in as president of Monmouth University, has extended his contract and will serve until June 2019, the school said.

Dimenna said the temporary appointment won’t prevent the West Long Branch university from taking steps to tackle pressing issues facing higher education, including its cost.

“Although I’m only going to be president a couple years, there’s a lot of important things to do,” Dimenna, 63, said. “There’s a lot of momentum we need to keep going.” Continue reading

Report: $35.6 Billion Invested Globally in University Spinouts Between 2013-2016

Washington, DC, June 22, 2017 — Over the past four years, 1,668 deals involving university spinout companies from across the globe attracted approximately $35.6 billion from 2013 to 2016, according to a new report from Global University Venturing.

The report, however, highlights that global deals peaked in 2014 with 529 deals and total investments dollars peaked in 2015 with nearly $14 billion invested.

As the authors highlighted, these global numbers were unsustainable and 2016 saw significant declines in both deals and dollars. In 2016, the total deals reported were 407 (21.6 percent decrease from 2015) and dollars invested was $6.4 billion (a 54.3 percent decrease from 2015). Continue reading

Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Dean Bonita Stanton Featured in ‘Industry Magazine’

Dr. Bonita Stanton

South Orange, NJ, June 21, 2017 — Dean Bonita Stanton, M.D., of the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine was interviewed and featured in the June 2017 issue of Industry Magazine.

The article, “Healthcare’s Horizon,” explores the new School of Medicine as a shift in paradigm for both medical pedagogy and health care delivery.

Noting how “The anticipated Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine will offer an innovative team-based approach that will mirror how healthcare will be delivered in the future,” the article begins: Continue reading

Rutgers Q&A: Dr. Perry Halkitis, Openly Gay Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health, Seeks to Shatter Perceptions, Improve LGBTQ Health

Dr. Perry Halkitis

New Brunswick, NJ, June 20, 2017 — When Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., the incoming dean at Rutgers School of Public Health, is asked to discuss the accomplishments that make him most proud, his research in HIV/AIDS, his mentorship of young scholars and practitioners, and his roles as senior associate dean of New York University’s College of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies come to the fore.

But equal to those achievements is Dr. Halkitis’ identity as an openly gay man in academia and a first-generation college student.

Halkitis, who will join Rutgers in August, is enthusiastic about furthering the research he pursued at NYU. Continue reading