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National Academy of Engineering Honors NJIT’s Dr. Louis Lanzerotti for His ‘Extraordinary Impact’ on Science and Policy

Dr. Louis Lanzerotti

Newark, NJ, October 31, 2017 — Tracy Regan reports that Louis Lanzerotti, Ph.D., a distinguished research professor of physics best known for shedding light on the space environment around Earth and its impact on hardware in space and critical infrastructure on the ground, received the 2017 Arthur M. Bueche Award from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his “extraordinary impact on the engineering profession.”

Named in memory of Bueche — the top technical officer for General Electric Co., an advocate for science and technology adept at applying research to benefit society, and an adviser to universities, presidents and international organizations — the annual award recognizes pivotal contributions not only in the arena of science and technology, but in public policy as well. Continue reading

American Association for the Advancement of Science Adopts Statement Binding Scientific Freedom with Responsibility

Washington, DC, October 24, 2017 — Anne Q. Hoy reports that the freedom to pursue science, apply its findings and share its discoveries is linked to the obligation of the scientific community to conduct its work with integrity and keep the interest of humanity as a core tenet, according to a new statement adopted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Board of Directors.

The AAAS Board of Directors adopted the “Statement on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility” on October 12 to govern the organization, its members and guide scientists across the globe – the first known such position adopted by a scientific organization, according to members of the AAAS committee that developed the statement. Continue reading

Rutgers–Camden Celebrates Opening of New Nursing and Science Building

Newark, NJ, October 4, 2017 — Strengthening Rutgers University–Camden’s role as a regional leader in health care and the sciences, the 107,000-square-foot Nursing and Science Building, located at Fifth and Federal Streets in Camden, has opened.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 25, officially dedicating the $62.5-million world-class teaching and research facility, which allows Rutgers–Camden to expand its ability to prepare a new generation of science and nursing leaders for New Jersey and the region. Continue reading

Hundreds of Thousands Rallied, But Where Does the March for Science Go Now?

Washington, DC, September 19, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that the hundreds of thousands of people who rallied on the National Mall and in cities worldwide for the March for Science in April came to be noticed.

It was a march meant to demonstrate enthusiasm and political clout, and by those measures, organizers believe they succeeded.

But as two dozen of them met in New York the following month for a debrief, they faced an obvious reality: A grass-roots organization that was quickly formed to plan a singular event was not, at least immediately, equipped for far-reaching and long-term science advocacy. Continue reading

Trump Administration’s R&D Memo Directs Agencies to Emphasizes Basic Science

President Donald Trump

Westerville, OH, August 28, 2017 ― The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) blogs that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 17 released a memorandum on research and development (R&D) priorities that directs agencies to prioritize basic science and lower costs in their FY 2019 budget requests.

R&D investments should be made in military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance and health.

The memo repeatedly encourages officials to identify, and divest of, research areas where industry is ready to make their own investments toward commercial development. Continue reading

Trump Administration Unveils First Blueprint for Federal Investment in Science and Tech; Departs from Its Budget Request

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, August 21, 2017 — Jeffrey Mervis reports in Science that President Donald J. Trump on August 17 translated his campaign promise to “make America great again” into his administration’s first blueprint for federal investment in science and technology.

The White House on issued a four-page memo telling federal agencies that their research dollars should be focused on delivering short-term dividends in strengthening national defense and border security, the economy, and “energy dominance,” as well as improving public health. Continue reading

Opinion: Assemblymen and Stevens President Urge ‘Restore Funding to Turbocharge NJ’s Research and Development’

Trenton, NJ, August 16, 2017Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Dr. Nariman Farvardin, president of Stevens Institute of Technology, write on innovation and Assembly No. 5123 in an op-ed published on August 15 in The Star-Ledger:

One need only to look at the top performers in the S&P 500 — Amazon, Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook — to confirm an indisputable fact about our modern economy: Technological innovation is the key driver of economic growth.

Policymakers who ignore technology’s disruptive impact on markets, industries and jobs do so at their constituents’ peril. (Think Amazon’s impact on the retail industry.) Continue reading

STAT: With Trump in White House, Obama Science Experts Operate Shadow Network to Press Their Positions in Washington

Washington, DC, August 7, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that nearly all of the Obama administration’s science staff has departed the White House since January, and the Trump administration has moved slowly to replace them.

In the meantime, however, an unofficial shadow office, stocked with Obama loyalists, is quietly at work.

The network, described to STAT by officials from the previous administration who are involved, is informal yet organized, allowing for a far-reaching if largely inconspicuous effort to continue advocating for the Obama science agenda. Continue reading

AAAS CEO Rush Holt Urges U.S. Secretary of State to Name New Science & Technology Adviser

The Hon. Rush Holt

Washington, DC, July 15, 2017 — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson must act swiftly to appoint a respected scientist or engineer as his science and technology adviser upon the departure Vaughan Turekian, who has effectively presented the views of the global scientific community and helped incorporate scientific findings into foreign policy considerations, said Rush Holt, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in a statement issued July 13.

“We urge Secretary Tillerson to ensure this progress continues by promptly naming a new science and technology adviser as well as to maintain the existing fellowship programs that bring young and established scientists and engineers to contribute to the important work at the State Department,” said Holt, who is a former New Jersey Congressman.   Continue reading

Opinion: Former Merck CEO and Princeton University President Emeritus on ‘Trump’s War on Science Threatens U.S. Prosperity’

Princeton, NJ, July 6, 2017Roy Vagelos, retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. and Chairman of the Board of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Shirley Tilghman, President Emeritus of Princeton University and a professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, published the following opinion piece in The Star-Ledger on June 6:

In the past 40 years, the U.S. has been the world leader in converting fundamental scientific discoveries into innovative new treatments for life-threatening disease.  New drugs, vaccines, and medical devices have improved human health and increased our lifespan.

In this time, the treatment of cardiovascular disease has been transformed, HIV medications have been developed that mean AIDS is no longer a death sentence, and within the last five years, revolutionary new drugs that work through the activation of the immune system are now successfully treating some forms of cancer. Continue reading