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Rowan University Receives NSF Grant for Summer STEM Program

Rowan University received a grant of over $360,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at the school in Glassboro for three summers.

The program is open to undergraduates students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. It also focuses on three groups: underrepresented populations in STEM, first-generation college students, and undergraduates without research opportunities. Dr. Mark Byrne, professor and  Department of Biomedical Engineering head and Dr. Mary Staehle, associate professor and undergraduate program chair, head the program.

“It is so important that we offer access to unique educational experiences to students from underserved populations,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “This program will take already gifted students and ignite their passion for scientific discovery.”

Students will conduct research with Rowan professors as well as physicians. This research includes: creating materials for medical devices that mimic biology and finding safer, more effective ways to deliver medicines. In addition, they hope to study and possibly treat Alzheimer’s disease among other brain and cardiovascular diseases.

The summer program accepts 10 students each year for a 10-week, $5,000 position from May through July. Rowan will also provide housing for at the Rowan Boulevard Apartments.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Rowan University 19th of Northern Regional Universities and also third among the public institutions. In addition, the College of Engineering is ranked 32nd nationally among master’s level programs and the Chemical Engineering Program is ranked third.

Dr. Mark Byrne says, “We have a mission to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers. This type of program will do precisely that, and we have a great team of faculty who are best in their fields to train them.”

For more information on the Summer STEM Program, visit Rowan’s website here.

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Tony Dearing Honored at Alzheimer’s NJ Gala

Tony Dearing, the Director of News Operations for NJ Advance Media, was honored at the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala for his work spreading awareness and knowledge about Alzheimer’s and also other forms of dementia.

Dearing’s mother was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia or FTD.  He became determined to learn everything that he could about the disease. Eventually, Dearing felt he should be sharing this information with people to spread awareness of the disease. He wrote a column for NJ.com and the Star Ledger that included his findings from his research on FTD.

Dearing describes Alzheimer’s New Jersey as a “wonderful resource and partner.” He expressed his gratitude for Alzheimer’s New Jersey as he claims that all of the work that he does is enhanced by their partnership. Dearing appreciates and commends the work that Alzheimer’s New Jersey doe. He strives to honor his mother and feels privileged to work with an organization that fights for that cause.

To learn more or to donate, visit AlzNJ.org.

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Walter MacDonald Given Award at Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala

Walter MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of ETS, received an award at the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala. This was for his work improving the lives of people who are affected by Alzheimer’s.

Educational Testing Service, or ETS, strives to help advance the quality and equity in education regardless of an individual’s circumstances. They do this by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services. ETS has sponsored Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s event for the past 15 years and plan to for 15 more. The Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s encourages people to donate in order to improve the condition of Alzheimer’s patients and their families. In fact, the patients and their families receive 100 percent of the donations.

The last letter of ETS is service, therefore it’s in the employees’ DNA to help others. MacDonald believes in fighting the disease and helping the community. MacDonald is honored to accept the award on behalf of ETS and praises Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s work.

To learn more or to donate, visit AlzNJ.org. To learn more about ETS, visit ETS.org.