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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.

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Choose New Jersey’s RFP Watch provides up-to-date information on business opportunities throughout the Garden State at a cost that is affordable for all companies – with a place of business in New Jersey – large and small.

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STEM Education

Choose New Jersey Program Helps Students Begin Professional Careers Close to Home

Trenton, NJ, September 14, 2017 — While New Jersey colleges and universities are actively building facilities and creating programs to attract and retain students, New Jersey businesses are doing their part, too.

Choose New Jersey, though its Smart Students Choose New Jersey program, is helping high-achieving students who choose to advance their education in-state begin their professional careers close to home.

Thirty New Jersey college students who graduated from high schools in Newark and Camden had the opportunity to intern at businesses and non-profits in the Garden State this summer as part of the Smart Students program. Brianna Amos and Katherine Penafiel, interns at PSE&G, were among them. 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

NJTV News: Kean University Hosts Life Sciences Innovation Summit

Union, NJ, August 6, 2017 — Leah Mishkin reports on NJTV News on August 2 that researchers at Kean University are conducting research to see if certain bacteria survive in the presence of antibiotics.

Jessica Schuyler, an associate scientist at Kean University, says she’s been involved in science as far back as high school. She says the field is only growing.

“I just figure they’ll always be bacteria and they’ll always be antibiotics, so I think it’s important people keep researching it,” she said. Continue reading

NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: ‘In Praise of Peace and Prosperity’

Secretary Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, August 4, 2017New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks writes in her July 2017 newsletter:

Judging by the many excellent submissions we received for our special International Theme blog, New Jersey colleges and universities clearly understand the critical importance of preparing our students to serve and compete in an increasingly global society.

I am delighted that New Jersey institutions are offering opportunities for study in West Africa, Cuba, the Alps and Venice, to name but a few of the international locations described in stories elsewhere in our blog today.   Continue reading

Take Me to the Fair! Visit the STEM Barn at the New Jersey State Fair August 4 to 13

Augusta, NJ, August 4, 2017 — Do you have a taste for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics?  The STEM Barn at the New Jersey State Fair — from August 4 to 13 — is the right place for you.

Sponsored by Thorlabs and Mira Plastics Co., the Newton Robotics STEM Barn features the latest innovation created by high school students.

Newton High School’s robotics team Aperture will be running “Tobor Stephenson,” this year’s robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition Steamworks, a “Ra friendly robot named “Jane.” Demonstrations of the robots will run throughout the day. Continue reading

NJIT Senior University Lecturer Osama Eljabiri Is Recipient of America’s Highest Honor for Public Service

Newark, NJ, August 2, 2017 — Last summer, 55 students from across the state of New Jersey attended a statewide cybersecurity boot camp run by Senior University Lecturer Osama Eljabiri via Real World Connections (RWC), a STEM education program Eljabiri created over a decade ago.

“It was a huge success,”  Eljabiri recalls. “It was the first time NJIT offered a cybersecurity camp to high school students. The students left in tears because they did not want the program to end.”

Eljabiri’s tireless efforts to catalyze interest in STEM-related fields by providing enrichment opportunities to thousands of New Jersey middle school and high school students has earned him a 2017 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award. Continue reading

Trump Administration Tapping Tech, Business CEOs and Academia for STEM Policy Approach

Washington, DC, July 31, 2017 — Margaret Talev reported on Bloomberg News reported that White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, have begun an outreach campaign to major technology, business and education leaders — including Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple’s Tim Cook — for advice on shaping funding approaches to science, technology, engineering and math education in U.S. public schools.

President Donald Trump’s daughter on July 26 joined Reed Cordish, the president’s special assistant for technology initiatives, on a conference call with politicians, educators and CEOs to discuss STEM education, according to two people with knowledge of the call. Continue reading

New Jersey Educators Convene at NJIT for STEM Education Forum

Newark, NJ, July 22, 2017 — More than 50 educators from throughout New Jersey convened at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Central King Building July 13 for a special forum focused on STEM.

The event, “Providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for All in an Era of Tightening Budgets,” was hosted by the university’s Center for Pre-College Programs. Continue reading

New Jersey High School Students Explore STEM Programs at The College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, NJ, July 20, 2017 — Rising high school seniors across New Jersey applied for the opportunity to spend a week at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Fourteen students were chosen from a pool of dozens of applicants to participate in the week that began on July 9.

Erin Colfax, program director, explained the purposes of the week of intensive learning. Continue reading

Opinion: Assemblyman Gary Schaer on Life Sciences, New Jersey and ‘A Blueprint for Tomorrow’

Asm. Gary Schaer

Trenton, NJ, July 3, 2017Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, in May 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