US Senate Appropriations Advances Spending Bills; Would Fund Regional Innovation at $21 Million Jason Rittenberg on July 27 reported on the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog that the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has passed bills to fund commerce and science, transportation, energy and water and agriculture. Regional Innovation Strategies would be funded at $21 million, an increase of $4 million over FY 2017. Other innovation proposals received mixed support, as the Senate cut $3.2 billion from commerce, justice and science funding and another $400 million from agriculture.

Montclair State University Receives Designation as Public Research University On July 21, Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation designating Montclair State University as a public research university. New Jersey now has four public research universities: Montclair State, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rowan and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Trump Administration Tapping Tech, Business CEOs and Academia for STEM Policy Approach Margaret Talev reported on Bloomberg News that White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, have begun an outreach campaign to major technology, business and education leaders—including Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple’s Tim Cook—for advice on shaping funding approaches to science, technology, engineering and math education in U.S. public schools.

Choose New Jersey CEO Michele Brown: ‘Access to Lab Space, Funding and Partners Help Biotech Companies Grow in Garden State’ Choose New Jersey, Inc. led a delegation representing more than 20 New Jersey organizations—including top life sciences companies, universities, trade associations, state officials—as it showcased New Jersey’s assets and resources for biotechnology companies at BIO International 2017, which was held June 19-22 in San Diego, California.

Save the Date! HINJ to Host 2017 Life Sciences Celebration on October 12 in Trenton Please mark your calendar to join the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) in honoring meritorious leadership in and contributions to New Jersey’s life sciences community at HINJ’s Life Sciences Celebration 2017, which will be held Thursday, October 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton. HINJ’s 2017 honorees include: The Honorable Bob Franks Public Service Award: The Honorable Diane Allen, Member, New Jersey Senate (Burlington).

StevensOnline Offers New Structured Master’s Programs Stevens Institute of Technology, a recognized leader in distance learning and education technology, is expanding its online offerings with complete master’s programs through its new StevensOnline initiative, making it more convenient than ever for students to earn degrees in high-demand fields entirely through the internet.

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Announce Partnership Creating New Jersey’s Premier Academic Healthcare System RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University on July 27 announced plans to partner and create the state’s largest academic healthcare system dedicated to providing high-quality patient care, leading-edge research and world-class health and medical education that will transform and advance healthcare in New Jersey.

Three Rowan University Diversity Programs Awarded National Science Foundation Grants Three programs at Rowan University with goals to promote diversity and equality for under-represented races and sexualities on and off campus recently have been awarded grants by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to aid those efforts. The grants will be available to most of the projects for five years and all programs have already started the implementation process.

Upcoming Events

BioNJ’s ‘Life Sciences Industry Summit’
When: Wednesday, August 2, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Kean University, STEM Building – Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship, 1075 Morris Ave, Union

NJ Tech Council Mid-Summer Acceleration Cruise

When: Wednesday, August 9, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Jersey City


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


2017 ManufactureNJ Industry Summit

When: Wednesday, Aug 23
Where: NJIT, Newark