Five New Jersey high school students have been selected for the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced.  Get this and all of the innovation news with this week’s Innovation NJ update.

Opinion: A New Jersey Blueprint for Tomorrow In an opinion piece by Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee and representative to the 36th legislative district, writes: Each time we tackle the state budget, we are reminded that it is a living, breathing document that, at its core, should fundamentally reflect our priorities. As we enter final deliberations in crafting this year’s state budget, that reminder is all the more potent. One of the reasons New Jersey’s economy lagged far behind most of the nation after the Great Recession is because we failed to make the proper investments to capitalize on our strengths and leverage our assets to grow our economy.

CCIT Graduate Hurel Corporation Flourishes at New Location on NJEDA’s Technology Centre of New Jersey Campus  When Hurel Corporation outgrew its wet lab at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA’s) Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) last year, it took advantage of intermediate space also offered on the Technology Centre of New Jersey’s 75-acre campus in North Brunswick. In February 2016, the biotechnology company entered into a lease with the EDA for just over 5,000 square feet of wet lab space at the Biotechnology Development Center II (BDC) on the Technology Centre.

HINJ to Serve as Lead Sponsor of Choose New Jersey’s Annual Reception at BIO International on June 19 in San Diego The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) will serve, once again, as the lead sponsor of Choose New Jersey’s annual reception at BIO International Convention on Monday, June 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Top of the Hyatt at the Grand Hyatt San Diego. Choose New Jersey will showcase top life sciences companies, universities, trade associations, the State government at its New Jersey Pavilion (Booth #1737) at BIO International 2017, which will be held from June 19 to 22 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Five New Jersey Students Are Among 161 High School Students Named as 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on May 5 announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. Five of this year’s honorees hail from New Jersey.

NJIT Presents Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks with Honorary Doctorate; Graduates Encouraged to ‘Dream Big’ at 101st Commencement  New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) conferred more than 2,300 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees – the largest graduating class in the university’s history – at the 101st commencement ceremony May 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey’s first Secretary of Higher Education, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and delivered the commencement address in which she encouraged graduates to “dream big” and to “pay it forward” by becoming involved in the community.


Princeton Research Day Introduces Innovative Work to New Audiences From Aristotle explained through the lens of a soccer match to a technique for measuring a human’s heart rate by using a webcam, the second annual Princeton Research Day served up a day full of intriguing findings from across the University. The Thursday, May 11, event on campus featured more than 140 presentations by undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other campus researchers from engineering, social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts. Even a few high school students who work with campus researchers participated.


Rutgers-New Brunswick Inducts Top Two Percent of Graduates into the Matthew Leydt Society Rutgers top graduates were honored by university President Robert Barchi this weekend and inducted into the Matthew Leydt Society, which spotlights the highest academic achievers at New Jersey’s only Big Ten University. “You represent the top of your programs in terms of academic performance,” Barchi told those who braved the inclement weather and attended an afternoon tea in a tent set up on the grounds of the home of the president and his wife, Francis, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, on Saturday. “We are very proud of you and your parents should be as well.”


Seton Hall Graduates Largest Baccalaureate Class in History; Nearly 2,600 Students Receive Undergrad and Graduate Degrees Seton Hall University celebrated its 160th baccalaureate commencement at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on May 15, 2017. Seton Hall graduated 1,465 undergraduate students, making the Class of 2017 the largest in the University’s history. In addition, 1,116 graduate students received master’s and doctorate degrees, making the total graduates for this Commencement season, 2,581. With this year’s graduates Seton Hall reached an historic milestone, surpassing 100,000 living alumni in its worldwide network. Elianni De La Cruz, an economics major from Passaic who graduated magna cum laude, was celebrated for being the graduate who put the University over the mark.


Upcoming Events


The Internet of Things Topic: Disaster Mitigation

When: Thu, June 8, 7:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Kean University


CIANJ’s Healthcare Roundtable: Bringing A New Medicine To Market
When: Wed, June 7, 8am – 10am
Where: Celgene Corporation 181 Passaic Ave. Summit


The Internet of Things Topic: Disaster Mitigation
When: Thu, June 8, 7:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Kean University


Women in STEM Summit — Sponsored by Million Women Mentors (MWM) New Jersey
When: Fri, June 9, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Cisco Systems, 111 South Wood Avenue, Woodbridge Township