Los Angeles, CA - According to Spence Purnell, Research and Policy Analyst at Reason Foundation, "In 2018 most of us have heard, at least in some way, about “big data” and its purported benefits. But there are a number of misplaced concerns and doubts about technology policy among state legislators holding back statewide enterprise software technology upgrades that would vastly improve the organization, efficiency, and performance of state government.
Glassboro, NJ - Rowan University has appointed Dr. Cristian Botez as dean of its College of Science & Mathematics and School of Health Professions, effective Aug. 1. Botez, who most recently served as professor in and chairman of the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso, replaces Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer, who served as dean for four years. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Botez was a postdoctoral fellow in materials physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory and earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from the University of Missouri–Columbia and his B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Bucharest in Romania.
Plainsboro, NJ - According to Liz Fuller-Wright, Princeton University Office of Communications, "A crowd of more than 100 representatives from Princeton University, the town of Plainsboro, local industries and the center’s first tenant companies attended the event at the Forrestal Center in Plainsboro. Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs offers co-working lab and office space for high-tech startup companies formed by Princeton University faculty, students and alumni as well as members of the wider New Jersey community.
New Brunswick, NJ - According to James Barrood, CEO and president of the New Jersey Tech Council,"The mainstream media has grown increasingly concerned about robotics and its potential impact on employment. As is often the case, there’s some hype at work: maybe a bit too much willingness to believe marketing materials, perhaps a bit of conflation with other technological advances. But the broader point is largely legitimate. In the coming years, at a pace that we can’t accurately predict, many millions of the remaining jobs that don’t require advanced education will disappear."
Boston MA - According to MEGHA SATYANARAYANA of STAT News, "STAT Plus’ new weekly column on careers in biomedicine. If you’re thinking of jumping from academics to industry/business or vice versa, join us each week for useful tips. Who we talked to: Max Salick, 32, postdoctoral scholar, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.
There are three ways that Robert H. Doherty, Bank of America’s New Jersey market president, gauges the size of his institution in the Garden State:
First off, the bank does business with more than half of all people living in the state … it’s connected with between a third to a half of all commercial entities based here … and it ranks among the state’s Top 10 employers.
None of that has changed all too recently.
What’s new is that there’s a once-significant measure that Doherty chooses to omit today: the amount of retail spaces it has in the state.
Obesity rates have soared in the United States and around the world, yet physician education hasn’t kept pace—only five fellowship programs to train young doctors in obesity medicine exist, just one-tenth of the 50 programs that are needed. To address that gap, Novo Nordisk announced last week it will work with the Obesity Society and the Obesity Medicine Association to create the Obesity Medicine Fellowship Development Program, which will eventually bring the number of fellowship programs to 20 across the country.
From New Jersey Business
Illustrating the City of Newark’s rise as a global technology hub, the VOICE Summit sponsored by Amazon Alexa and other leading companies such as Microsoft, Yext and Panasonic will take place July 24-26 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The largest voice-tech event of the year is expected to bring together more than 1,500 software developers, designers, brands, agencies and media companies focused on the next generation of applications that leverage conversational input via voice and chat.
From New Jersey Business
Princeton-based WithumSmith+Brown PC (Withum) announced the formation of a Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Services Group to address the unique challenges posed by digital assets, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. As an extension of the firm’s Technology Services Group, the team provides a deep level of expertise to a diverse client base involved with and entering into today’s new alternative asset class.
The Startup EXPO at VOICE will feature industry-leading startups and investors from the natural language landscape and beyond. Registration is FREE for startups to come present and network from 5:30-8pm on Tuesday, July 24, at the WEC Center at NJIT. Read more here.
Shine the light on the NJ/NY biopharma community
Thursday, July 19, 4:30-9 p.m. N.Y. Harbor World Yacht at Pier 81, Manhattan Register here.
Philadelphia, PA - "The blockchain is one of the most significant, fundamental advances in digital platforms since the internet and also probably the most overhyped technology in current times, according to Kevin Werbach, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics, at the inaugural annual Penn Wharton Budget Model Spring Policy Forum, held recently in Washington. “In many ways, the parallels are striking,” said Werbach, who worked at the Federal Communications Commission in the late 1990s during the dot-com boom. “This is a new infrastructure baseline technology that can lead to lots of benefits — also, it has lots of problems. Blockchain is now the source of a great deal of fraud, of illegal activity and regulatory arbitrage, but it is also sparking innovation across the world in all sorts of areas.”
Trenton, NJ - According to RIO-NJ, "Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) discussed the new Hackensack Meridian Medical School at Seton Hall University, and how it is part of a greater economic revitalization for Clifton and Nutley. 'When Hoffmann-La Roche pulled out, it was a huge hole in our economy. And not just a huge hole in the economy, but this parcel of land — leaving it vacant and turning it into strip malls just didn’t feel right. Today, we are able to turn this into a place where we are going to educate the next generation of medical leaders. What will happen from here, the economy that will grow from here, the infrastructure that will be built around it — I was able to support this as the budget chairman. I think, all in all, I’ve done about almost $50 million in appropriations (for the project) over the years to get it to where we are today.'"
Washington DC - People in the U.S. strongly support spending federal money to invest in scientific and medical research. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that roughly 80 percent of adults in the U.S. say it’s worthwhile for the government to invest in medical, engineering and technology, and basic science research. That held true for the majority of both Republicans and Democrats, but support was higher among Democrats — 92 percent of liberal Democrats said government investments in basic science pay off in the long run, compared to 61 percent of conservative Republicans.
Newark Venture Partners, a venture capital fund whose mission is to build technology companies, has pledged investment to six technology companies: ClassTag, Designity, LendingFront, MoCaFi, PeopleJoy and Vetty.
“Our Labs program is designed to target startups that look at old problems with fresh eyes in the B2B space,” Tom Wisniewski, managing partner at Newark Venture Partners, said in a statement. “If we can help them succeed, we can revolutionize the way businesses operate - both for Newark, and beyond the city’s borders.”
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