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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.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

Rowan University

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

Three Rowan University Diversity Programs Awarded National Science Foundation Grants

Washington, DC, July 29, 2017 — Three programs at Rowan University with goals to promote diversity and equality for underrepresented races and sexualities on and off campus recently have been awarded grants by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to aid those efforts.

The grants will be available to most of the projects for five years and all programs have already started the implementation process.

Under the largest grant ever awarded to a Rowan professor by the National Science Foundation — $1.92 million — Dr. Beena Sukumaran will head a team conducting research and implementing strategies to improve diversity in the high-demand field of engineering, according to a university news release. Continue reading

Rep. Donald Norcross Announces Rowan University Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Help Recruit STEM Teachers for South NJ Schools

Glassboro, NJ, May 6, 2017 — Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) on May 5 announced that Rowan University was awarded $1,200,000 from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program for a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educator recruitment and preparation program.

The program encourages talented STEM graduates and professionals to become K-12 teachers at local public schools.

“This grant isn’t just an investment in our local students and schools, it’s an investment in our entire area and workforce,” said Rep. Norcross. Continue reading

National Energy Industry Association Announces Academic Partnership with New Rowan Venture

Mount Laurel, NJ, April 17, 2017 — The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), an 1,800 member national energy association, last month announced that a new venture between Rowan University and Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) will serve as its academic partner.

“We are building partnerships with educational institutions to increase support for programs and for students looking to pursue careers in energy-related fields,” said AABE Board Chair Rose McKinney James at their national conference this week.

“The partnership with Rowan College at Burlington County and Rowan University will provide a directed program that will include certificate and degree programs that make the process affordable for students.” Continue reading

New Jersey Is Progressive in Promoting STEM Education and Job Training

Trenton, NJ, March 21, 2017 — Lisa Goulian Twiste writes in New Jersey Business, the monthly magazine of the NJBIA, that the term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) first caught on in the late 1990s, referring to education policy and curriculum designed to improve competitiveness in science and technology related subjects.

It was around this time the US began to see declining enrollment and graduates in STEM related fields, leading educators to increase programming at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels.

Almost two decades later, New Jersey is among the most progressive states in promoting STEM across grade levels, as government agencies, universities and corporations work together to advance education and programming. Continue reading

How Much Does Gov. Christie Aim to Fund Rutgers, Other NJ Colleges in FY18 Budget

Trenton, NJ, March 8, 2017 — Adam Clark reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that Gov. Chris Christie’s final budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 doesn’t do any favors for New Jersey’s public colleges and universities.

Each of the 10 traditional four-year colleges and Thomas Edison State University would see flat funding, sharing about $700 million in state aid.

Unlike New Jersey’s K-12 school funding, there’s no special formula that determines how much each college gets. Continue reading

Princeton, Rowan and Rutgers-Camden Ranked High for Academic R&D Expenditures in the Life Sciences for Region

Glassboro, NJ, February 13, 2017 — The Greater Philadelphia Region Life Sciences Report ranks Rowan University seventh among 19 colleges and universities in the region in R&D expenditures related to life sciences, third among the public institutions.

Princeton University and Rutgers-Camden also were included on the list, which is published on page 30 of the report.

The ranking is based on 2014 figures from the National Science Foundation and includes funds spent on biological sciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, medical sciences and other life sciences. Continue reading

Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering Holds Grand Opening for New, State-of-the-Art Building

Glassboro, NJ, February 2, 2017 — Call it a necessity.  Engineering Hall, the new building that Rowan University officially opened on Jan. 26, will enable the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering to increase its enrollment to 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students by 2023; expand its programs; and grow its collaborations with business, industry and government offices.

The nationally recognized College has been in high demand since it opened in 1996, and that demand has only grown stronger recently. Continue reading

Nine Colleges and Universities Establish the New Jersey Big Data Alliance

Data finger touchNew Brunswick, NJ, January 19, 2017 — Andrew Sheldon reports on NJBIZ that nine of the state’s top colleges and universities have signed a memorandum of agreement to formally establish the New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA).

The aim of the NJBDA is to bring together the diverse advanced cyberinfrastructure resources and talent housed at the state’s universities, colleges and NJEDge.Net, according to a news release.

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for economic development at Rutgers and a founder of the NJBDA, said the agreement was a step toward making the Garden State a leader in an emerging field. Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Are Resurgent in New Jersey; State’s Universities Are Leading the Way

New Jersey signHoboken, NJ, November 9, 2016 — Laurie Peterson reports on NJ Spotlight that it has almost become an adage: New Jersey was once the center of innovation in the country but no longer.  That title is now held by California, or Massachusetts, or New York, or even Washington.

But recently, funding, professional support, and office space for entrepreneurs have been springing up all over the state — for those who know where to find them. Universities are helping to lead the way.

A number of New Jersey universities are seeing it as part of their role to encourage business incubation. Continue reading