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U.S. News & World Report Ranks 8 New Jersey Colleges Among Best; Princeton Again No. 1 Payton Guion reports in The Star-Ledger/ that New Jersey has eight colleges ranked among the top schools in the country, according to the 2018 list from U.S. News and World Report, up from seven that made the grade in last year’s rankings. Rowan University is the newcomer of the N.J. schools that made the list, coming in at 171 after not being ranked last year.

NJIT to Host Ribbon-Cutting of Renovated Life Sciences and Engineering Center on September 21 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host the official ribbon-cutting of the renovated Life Sciences and Engineering Center on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at 10 a.m., 134-139 Summit Street, Newark, NJ. The new Life Sciences and Engineering Center represents a transformation of the original Otto H. York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science into an expanded, multi-disciplined life sciences center, providing 21st-century research facilities and new opportunities for collaboration and learning.

Rutgers’ 10 Big Construction Projects Are Changing the Face of All Campuses Len Melisurgo reports in The Star-Ledger/ that the campus landscape at Rutgers University keeps transforming, with a slew of construction projects that were recently completed or are going through their final touches. Students returning for classes this semester see a new look to College Avenue in New Brunswick, as well as a brand new nursing and science building in Camden and a massive chemistry complex that’s towering over the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

State Labor Department Proposes Rules for New Jersey Innovation and Research Fellowship Program; Hearing Set for Oct. 9 The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development published notice in the Sept. 5, New Jersey Register of proposed new rules relating to the New Jersey Innovation and Research Fellowship Program. A public hearing will be held on Oct. 9 at NJDLWD headquarters at John Fitch Plaza in Trenton, in the 10th floor conference room.

Carnegie Corp. Award for Stevens Institute President Nariman Farvardin Comes with $500K Grant Tom Bergeron reports on ROI-NJ, a new publication that just launched its website on Sept. 12 that Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin was one of seven college and university presidents selected by Carnegie Corp. of New York to receive the 2017 Academic Leadership Award, in recognition of exceptional leadership in higher education.. The award includes a $500,000 grant to each honoree’s institution. Stevens said the money will help fund academic initiatives.

Event: NJBIA to Host 2nd Annual Innovation Summit on Sept. 27; Focus on ‘Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation’ The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) will host its second annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the National Conference Center at 399 Monmouth St., East Windsor, NJ. The theme of the summit is “Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation.”

NJ Innovation Institute Among SSTI’s 2017 Honorees for Outstanding Initiatives Driving Regional Prosperity, Innovation From teaching high school students in rural western Kentucky how to become entrepreneurs to connecting entrepreneurs with a worldwide network of partners in a virtual hub, organizations are finding innovative ways to build regional prosperity. Four outstanding examples were recognized Sept. 14 by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), a national organization working to strengthen initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

NJEDA Internships Provide Real-World Experience Within New Jersey’s Innovation Ecosystem As part of its commitment to developing the next generation of technology and life sciences leaders, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) Technology and Life Sciences (TLS) team offered two college interns the opportunity to experience New Jersey’s vibrant innovation economy firsthand this summer. The interns benefited from working at the EDA’s Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) in North Brunswick, a nationally respected incubation facility dedicated to life sciences and biotechnology companies.