Glassboro, NJ - In training scenarios and live combat, members of the military must make crucial decisions based on limited information while exposed to the elements. To help them prepare for these conditions—specifically, troops housed in gunner turrets on armored and tactical vehicles—an interdisciplinary research team at Rowan University is developing a virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence system designed to keep military personnel safe, during both combat and training.
Rowan and Virtua Enhance Healthcare/Academic Partnership: Longstanding Organizations Align to Further Cement Region as Healthcare Hub
Glassboro, NJ - According to NJ Business, "The boards of trustees for Glassboro-based Rowan University and Virtua Health have approved the signing of a letter of intent to expand their organizations’ relationship, further collaborating across education, research, and patient care. The new affiliation agreement will be completed in the next several months to define how the two organizations will work together to establish a sought-after program for preparing the health and wellness workforce of the future, expanding the number and diversity of health professionals educated through Rowan University and Virtua Health."
Columbus, OH - According to SSTI, "This edition of SSTI’s Useful Stats examines the expected allocation of approximately $8.5 billion in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding by state and allocation category based on the Department of the Treasury’s recent guidance update. For the first time, these allocation amounts include how much a state is receiving for the program’s new funds to support businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (SEDI)."
Washington DC - According to Katerina Mansour, "When it comes to innovation, capital cities are typically where the action is. In 2019, there were 598 startup investments in London, 433 in Paris and 261 in Berlin. Indeed, these three cities are drivers of European innovation, filled with initiatives to support startup growth. They rank as the top three biggest European startup hubs. London has even ranked as the second-best startup ecosystem worldwide, tied with New York City (Startup Genome)."
Trenton, NJ - According to Kathleen Swed, "Commonly referred to as STEM careers, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations represent rapidly growing industries within the job market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an 8% growth in employment for STEM jobs between 2019 and 2029, more than doubling the projected 3.4% growth for other occupations. STEM careers include critical management jobs such as IT managers, architectural and engineering managers, and sales engineers. Professionals in these fields may benefit from enrolling in a STEM MBA program."
Union, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week signed into law a bill designating Kean University as the state’s first urban research university, recognizing Kean’s growing role in conducting research and generating solutions to issues in urban communities statewide.
New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers University and Tel Aviv University (TAU) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will further the collaboration between the two research universities and establish a presence by TAU at the NJ Innovation & Technology Hub, a 550,000-square-foot, $665 million project in New Brunswick, N.J. The Hub will be home to a new Rutgers Translational Research facility and the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Columbus, OH - According to Colin Edwards of SSTI, "As the Economic Development Administration (EDA) continues to award its $3 billion allotment of pandemic relief funding made available by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), many states are taking aim at several specific areas of economic concern — while others are maintaining a broad perspective. Under the Statewide Planning, Research & Networks program (“planning grants”), EDA provides $1 million grants to states to use in forming coordinated state-wide plans for economic development as well as developing the data, tools, and capacity to evaluate and scale evidence-based economic development efforts."
Recent Research: Beyond economic development, local life science R&D saves local livesNovember 04, 2021
Columbus, OH - According to Mark Skinner, "Faculty of the nation’s higher education institutions have long used research publications and citations as a measure of success. A new working paper posted by the National Bureau of Economic Researchers (NBER) suggests a select group of research publications may do more than gain the authors tenure and celebrity in their chosen field: these works are correlated with reductions in local disease-related mortality. In an era of marked increases in anti-intellectualism among legislatures, is this finding an additional argument to add to TBED policymakers’ arsenal for increasing state and regional investments targeting R&D?"
Columbus, OH - According to Mark Skinner, "Foundations, in almost all of their stripes, represent an underutilized but often willing partner to encourage regional innovation. Relationships may take time to nurture, but the resulting collaborations can be of critical importance for advancing your local TBED agenda. To spur your thinking, the six examples below from the past three weeks alone show the various ways foundations are stepping up to help support regional innovation and entrepreneurship. On the principal or endowment management side of a foundation, they can be and have been willing partners for seeding or co-investors in a local early stage equity capital fund."
New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers researchers have discovered that people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have a protein in their lungs that leaks a small molecule into their bloodstream that restricts their breathing instead of relaxing their airways. The findings, published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, will help clinicians diagnose and determine the severity of chronic lung diseases and make bronchodilators more effective. In the United States, 25 million people suffer with asthma and another 14 million with COPD.
Washington DC - There have been more than 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. and more than 8.4 million deaths worldwide. These numbers, though staggering, would have been much larger but for the tremendous research efforts that have enhanced our understanding of the virus and delivered treatments and vaccines. COVID-19 is just one example of the power of science to protect and restore health. A new report, a collaboration between Research!America and the Lasker Foundation, offers a compelling picture of the significance of science to the health of us all.
Rowan opens Center for Neurodiversity, first-of-its-kind expansion of services for neurodiverse students
Glassboro, NJ - Rowan University established the first Center for Neurodiversity in New Jersey — an expansion of services for neurodiverse students that university officials said shows the commitment Rowan has to greater access and inclusion on its campus in Glassboro. Rowan President Ali Houshmand has long made neurodiversity inclusion a priority. In 2019, Rowan became the first college or university in New Jersey to launch a full division dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Newark, NJ - New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) community members who want to start a business will soon have access to a $75,000 seed investment from the university’s new Venture Fund as part of a 10-year, $6.75 million commitment funded by the NJIT endowment. This marks the first time New Jersey Institute of Technology will directly fund startups. NJIT community members have had access to another route, the Highlander Angel Network, since 2013, but that is a group of individual investors, not an official university body. Managers of the new fund said they plan to work together with Angel Network members.
Trenton, NJ - As Congress hashes out the tax increases that will be part of the final budget reconciliation bill, new research by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is focusing a spotlight on another economic tradeoff linked to higher taxes: less innovation. The NBER paper concludes that taxes have a significant impact on both the quantity and quality of innovation, as well as where people choose to innovate.
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