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Kean University computer science students have developed an artificial intelligence medical device that will detect life-threatening conditions and automatically call for help. Check out this week’s Innovation NJ update for details.

Kean University Students Present Innovative Medical Device at Tech Council Event  Kean University computer science students Andrey Suvorov of Edison, Claudia Fortes of Union and Peter Krivoshik of Ringoes presented at What’s Next in Medical Devices at the NJ Tech Council. The event was held Tuesday, June 13 at Princeton University. Kean computer science professor Jenny Li, Ph.D., and her students developed LifeLine, an autonomous life-saving device, in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. Kean was one of only four colleges selected to present and the only undergraduate program featured.

PhRMA Releases “Research in Your Backyard” for New Jersey; PhRMA, HINJ and WWFH-NJ Host Discussion Focused on Biopharma Research in Garden State
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on June 28 released a new report entitled “Research in Your Backyard: Developing Cures, Creating Jobs ,” which finds that 25,127 patients participated in clinical trials around the state in 2013, generating an economic impact of $617 million.

McKinsey Blog: Inspiring Leadership in Young Scientists The following was published on the McKinsey blog on June 22: Matthias Evers, a molecular biochemist and McKinsey senior partner, stands in front of 100 young people, promising “Leaders of Tomorrow,” who want to pursue careers in life sciences, medicine, and chemistry. Evers was the keynote speaker at GapSummit, an intergenerational biotech forum held earlier this month. Also represented were research institutions, bio think tanks, and pharmaceutical companies.

How Do We Get More Girls in NJ Interested in Engineering and Tech Careers?
Jen Ursillo reports for New Jersey 101.5 that about 91 percent of teenage boys and girls ages 13-17 know what kind of job they want after they graduate high school. This, according to new research by Junior Achievement—an organization that dedicates itself to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to plan their future. Christy Tighe, director of College and Career Readiness, says the data also shows that 36 percent of boys want to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (referred to as STEM) versus only 11 percent of girls. So why the big gender gap?

Princeton University Professor Michael Levine Elected to EMBO for Excellence in Life Sciences Michael Levine, the Anthony B. Evnin ’62 Professor in Genomics, is one of 65 outstanding life scientists elected June 16 to membership of EMBO. EMBO is an organization of more than 1,700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of EMBO are to support researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

Thousands of Newark Students Get Hands-on Experience with STEM  Avalon Zoppo reported in The Star-Ledger/ that, hunched over desks with pencils in hand, students in Ridge Street School set out on June 11 to simulate what most seasoned scientists are still wrestling to accomplish: building a colony on the Moon. Equipped only with cotton balls, coffee filters, sand and their brains, the 7th graders began the week designing water purifiers that could clean contaminated water on a lunar planet. By Thursday, mini-marshmallows littered desks as groups built model protective astronaut suits.

Rutgers Interview: Dr. Debasish Dutta Becomes Chancellor at Rutgers-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ – Debasish “Deba” Dutta, Ph.D., a respected academic and an experienced higher education administrator who has spearheaded innovation and strategic change at three top national research universities, became chancellor of Rutgers-New Brunswick on July 1. Dr. Dutta also holds a faculty appointment and is a tenured distinguished professor of engineering. Dr. Dutta came to Rutgers from Purdue University, where he was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, with a faculty appointment as professor of mechanical engineering.

NJIT Named a 2017 Top Online College for Women in STEM; One of 64 Colleges Offering Fully Online Degrees SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, has released its findings regarding online colleges and their support for women in STEM fields of study. Of 285 colleges considered, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was named one of 64 colleges offering fully online degrees and providing exceptional support. In order to be considered for inclusion in the Top Online Colleges for Women in STEM list, schools were required to offer at least 10 fully online STEM degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher.

Upcoming Events

NJ Tech Council’s Annual Meeting
When: Wed., July 12, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Stress Factory Comedy Club, 90 Church St, New Brunswick


NJ Tech Council Mid-Summer Acceleration Cruise
When: Wed., August 9, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Jersey City


NJ Health Care Talent Network’s 2017 ‘Health IT Summit’
When: Mon., August 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Rutgers College Avenue Student Center in New Brunswick


2017 ManufactureNJ Industry Summit — Save the Date!

When: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
Where: NJIT, Newark