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STEM Education

Opinion: Assemblyman Gary Schaer on ‘A Blueprint for Tomorrow’

Asm. Gary Schaer

Trenton, NJ, June 20, 2017Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, last month shared the following with Innovation New Jersey readers:

Each time we tackle the state budget, we are reminded that it is a living, breathing document that, at its core, should fundamentally reflect our priorities.  As we enter final deliberations in crafting this year’s state budget, that reminder is all the more potent.

One of the reasons New Jersey’s economy lagged far behind most of the nation after the Great Recession is because we failed to make the proper investments to capitalize on our strengths and leverage our assets to grow our economy.  We cannot expect to move forward and grow as a state without planting the proper seeds.  Continue reading

Three PhRMA Reports Highlight Increasing Global Competition in Biopharmaceutical R&D, Posing Challenges to Future U.S. Standing

Washington, DC, June 9, 2017 — As the U.S. looks to maintain its global leadership in biopharmaceutical research and development, three new reports point to an increasingly competitive global environment — one that requires a thorough assessment of our current public policies.

That includes the biopharmaceutical industry’s investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based initiatives at the state and national levels given the growing efforts of other countries to compete for the high-wage jobs and robust economic contributions of innovative biopharmaceutical companies.

“The American biopharmaceutical industry is the global leader in research and development (R&D) and has delivered many of the treatments and cures that have saved millions of lives around the world,” said Dr. Anne Pritchett, vice president, policy and research, at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).  Continue reading

Event: Students 2 Science to Host Inaugural ‘Biotech Observation Day June 9 in East Hanover

East Hanover, NJ, June 7, 2017 — You are invited to join Students 2 Science (S2S) at its first-ever Biotech Observation Day on Friday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. to introduce a new career pathway and educational offering to prepare students for high demand, 21st century careers through authentic STEM education.

The event, which includes a tour and lunch, will be held at S2S at the East Hanover Technology Center, 66 Deforest Avenue, East Hanover, NJ 07936.

S2S is a model non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.  Continue reading

Hudson County Community College’s New STEM Building, to Educate and Inspire

Jersey City, NJ, May 10, 2017 — When Hudson County Community College (HCCC) began formulating plans to build a STEM Building on its Journal Square Campus in Jersey City, the College’s Trustees, administrators and faculty wanted a structure that would incorporate all of the newest technologies with today’s best architectural design.

As always, the College sought to design a building that would blend with the architecture of the area, and would withstand the test of time. It must be comfortable, secure and student-centered.

It should be a place for students, faculty, staff and the community to learn, to share ideas, to be inspired, and to become the leaders of tomorrow. Continue reading

NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: ’65 by ’25’: Many Paths, One Future

Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, May 8, 2017New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks writes in her April 2017 newsletter:

As the semester draws to a close, I hope you will enjoy our special issue this month on what New Jersey’s colleges and universities are doing to enhance opportunities for students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

STEM jobs are the jobs of the future, with more than 200,000 STEM-related positions needing to be filled by 2025.  This represents both a challenge and an opportunity. 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

Trump White House — Still Without a Top Science Adviser — Plans to Continue Obama’s Science Fairs

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, May 1, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that, while the Trump White House still doesn’t have a top science adviser, it does have a science fair in the works.

A White House official said on April 21 that the science fair, an annual tradition started by former President Barack Obama in 2010, will continue under President Trump.  No date has been finalized.

The news came just ahead of a science-centric weekend in Washington.   Continue reading

Rowan College at Burlington County Student Anna Wilson Earns Top Female Student in Statewide Mathematics Competition

(Clockwise, starting from left front) Rowan College students Tommy O’Shaunessy, Anna Wilson, Cheyanne Kelly, and Pingping Song

Mount Laurel, NJ, April 20, 2017 — A Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) student recently earned distinction as the Top Female Student in a statewide mathematics competition featuring top math students from two- and four-year colleges in the region.

Anna Wilson, 18, of Shamong, tied for ninth place overall out of 77 students, making her the first RCBC student to place in the top 10 at the New Jersey Undergraduate Mathematics Competition, which also earned her a tie for the Top Female Student at the competition.

Wilson was among eight students, also including Pingping Song, Tommy O’Shaughnessy, Caitlin Proto, Jonathan Zablin, Cheyanne Kelly, Bryan Bugyi and Liam Doherty, who participated in the competition at The College of New Jersey in Ewing after months of preparation. 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

William Paterson University Honors Students to Present Research at Conferences Across U.S. in Spring 2017

Wayne, NJ, March 3, 2017 — Twenty-one William Paterson University honors students will be presenting their research at three conferences this spring 2017, in disciplines ranging from psychology to communication disorders to music.

Conferences include:

  • The Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Boston, MA from March 16 to 18;
  • The National Council on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN from April 6 to 8;
  • The Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Pittsburgh, PA from April 6 to 9

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