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High-tech Printing May Help Eliminate Painful Shots Painful hypodermic needles may not be needed in the future to give shots, inject drugs and get blood samples. With 4D printing, Rutgers University engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to skin and could replace hypodermic needles. While 3D printing builds objects layer by layer, 4D goes further with smart materials that are programmed to change shape after printing. Time is the fourth dimension that allows materials to morph into new shapes.

Research Universities Are a Wasted Resource According to Amber D. Miller of the University of Southern California, “I’m an experimental astrophysicist. For two years, though, I was also a consultant for the New York City Police Department. The NYPD was not interested – as I am – in finding out what set off the Big Bang. But it did need help testing, calibrating, and using an influx of new technological equipment, such as cameras and sensors designed to detect chemical and biological weapons. My research lab routinely piloted the use of new sensors and instrumentation; I just put our methods to use in a very different context.”

Useful Stats: GDP by County and Industry Contribution
According to Colin Edwards of SSTI, “This edition of Useful Stats examines the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ first full release of county-level gross domestic product (GDP) data. Specifically, this analysis considers total county GDP in 2018 and the contributions to each county’s GDP by industry.”

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Launches Grant Program for Major Diseases
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University announced a $100,000 program to support network physicians and researchers working to develop novel treatments for some of the most costly and challenging diseases and conditions including diabetes, depression and epilepsy.

Rutgers-Developed Base Editing Technology to Become Available to Global Scientific Community  A novel base editing technology invented at Rutgers University with the potential to be used for the creation of new cell and gene therapies will be made available to researchers worldwide through an exclusive partnership with the Horizon Discovery Group.

Princeton University to Host NJ’s First Internet2 GIGAPOP Access Point
Princeton University, in conjunction with NJ Edge and Rutgers University, will create New Jersey’s first Internet2 GigaPOP access point, said Jay Dominick, Princeton CIO and VP for Information Technology, at the EdgeCon conference earlier this month. The Internet2 GigaPOP is the first in-state connection to the national and global research infrastructure. Internet2 is the nation’s premier backbone for conducting research to support education and teaching, Dominick said. The access point will be turned on in April this year. Please read more here.