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A new competition will pair techies with municipalities to work collaboratively on Apps and other technological solutions to real problems. Learn more about the Coding for Community competition and all the innovation news with this week’s InnovationNJ update.

EDA-Supported Medical Device Companies Among Those Joining Global Fight Against Heart Disease

Trenton, NJ – In honor of American Heart Month and “National Wear Red Day®,” both of which are designed to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, @NJEDATech highlights two New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)-supported technology companies that are helping to combat the devastating effects of the disease.

Event: HINJ, BioNJ, NJ Rare Disease Alliance, NORD to Host “New Jersey Rare Disease Day 2017” on February 27

New Brunswick, NJ – New Jersey’s rare disease community will gather to celebrate Rare Disease Day 2017 on Monday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) at 10 West Lafayette Street in Trenton. The half-day event will be co-sponsored by HINJ, BioNJ, the New Jersey Rare Disease Alliance and NORD.

NCSES Publishes Latest Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report

Washington, DC – The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) on January 31 announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government’s most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment.

NJIT President Joel S. Bloom Named Educator of the Year by ACECNJ

Newark, NJ – New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) President Joel Bloom has been named Educator of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey (ACECNJ). ACECNJ is the leading advocate for New Jersey’s consulting engineering profession, which strives to enhance the business practices of professional engineering companies in the planning, design and construction industry. The honor will be bestowed at ACECNJ’s 46th Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet on March 15, 2017.

Plans for Liberty Science Center Expansion Clear Hurdle; Project Includes a “Scholars Village”
Jersey City, NJ – Terrence T. McDonald reports in The Star-Ledger that new zoning approved by the City Council paves the way for a $280 million expansion of Liberty Science Center that will include a K-12 science and math-focused school, labs and a “scholars village” with residences for visiting scientists. The project, known as Scitech Scity, is slated for 16 acres of city-owned land adjacent to the science center.

Deborah Prentice to Succeed David Lee as Princeton University Provost

Princeton, NJ – Dean of the Faculty Deborah Prentice will take office as Princeton University’s provost on July 1, succeeding Provost David Lee. Lee has decided to return to full-time teaching and research after serving since 2013 as the University’s second-ranking officer. The provost is the University’s chief academic officer and its chief budget officer, with special responsibility for long-range planning.

Coding for Community Helps Towns, Cities Develop Apps on Their Wish Lists
Newark, NJ – Colleen O’Dea writes on NJ Spotlight New Jersey municipalities have a lot of good ideas for working smarter, growing greener, and becoming more open to the tech savvy, but many don’t have the time, talent, or resources to make their dreams a reality. About two dozen towns have eagerly publicized their needs to computer hackers, geeks, and nerds in hopes of seeing their wishes come true through New Jersey’s first statewide Coding for Community civic-tech competition.
Upcoming Events
Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s ’96th Annual Meeting Luncheon’ with Celgene’s Bob Hugin
When: Fri, February 10, 11:00am – 1:30pm
Where: Hanover Marriott, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany

NJEN’s Recruiting, Compensating and Using Your Directors and Advisory Boards
When: Wed, February 15, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal, 100 College Road East, Princeton

NJ Tech Council’s ‘Innovation Forecast 2017’ – Holmdel, NJ
When: Thu, February 23, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Where: Bell Works, Holmdel

New Jersey Rare Disease Day 2017
When: Mon, February 27, 9am – 12pm
Where: 10 W Lafayette St, Trenton