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Dr. Shieh of Berkeley Heights Winner Of 2013 New Jersey Edison Patent Award For Work With Novartis

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From Left to Right-2013 Edison Patent Award Winner of Novartis, Paul Sutton, Ph.D. (Parsippany), Raeann Wu, Ph.D. (Pine Brook), Wen-Chung Shieh, Ph.D. (Berkeley Heights), and Piotr H. Karpinski, Ph.D. (Lincoln Park). Credits: Research & Development Council Of NJ
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Chatham, N.J. - The Research & Development Council of New Jersey recognized the winners of the organization’s 2013 Thomas Edison Patent Awards. More than 30 inventors and 12 New Jersey companies and universities were honored at the Council’s 34th Patent Award Ceremony.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, AT&T, Avaya, Colgate-Palmolive, ExxonMobil, Glenbrook Technologies, JP Laboratories, NJIT, Novartis [award winners' film: .], Rutgers, Siemens, and TE Connectivity SubCom will were acknowledged for innovative patent work spanning twelve R&D categories, including biotechnology, communications technology, consumer, emerging technology, homeland security, industrial processes, information technology, medical devices, medical imaging, multimedia technology, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.


“Each year the Council is thrilled to receive extraordinary nominations to compete for the Edison Patent Award,” said Kathleen Scotto, Ph.D., Research & Development Council of New Jersey Chairwoman and Vice-Chancellor for Research, Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “This year’s recipients represent the quality and diversity of research and development that have made New Jersey a leader in innovation for more than a century. I congratulate each and every one of them.”

The R&D Council also honored Gov. James J. Florio, Scientist and Corporate Executive Morris Tanenbaum, Ph.D., and Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole, Ph. D., for their unique contributions to the state’s past and future in research and development.

Governor James J. Florio received the Chairman’s Award. Governor Florio was selected for his many contributions to environmental sustainability, including authoring of Superfund legislation to clean up polluted sites throughout the country and helping to create the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a 1.1 million acre region in South Jersey.  As Governor, he signed the Clean Water Enforcement Act and received the Profile in Courage Award from the Kennedy Foundation for his successful efforts to pass strict gun control laws in NJ.  A founding partner of the law firm Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Fader, Governor Florio currently chairs the firm’s Environmental and Government and Regulatory Affairs groups.

Morris Tanenbaum, Ph. D. received the R&D Council’s highest award, the Science & Technology Medal. This medal is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, while successfully bringing innovation from the laboratory to the marketplace. Dr. Tanenbaum is considered one of the founding fathers of the digital age in that he invented the world’s first diffused-base silicon transistor.  Silicon has become the industry’s preferred semiconductor material, leading us into the digital age.  Dr. Tanenbaum’s passion for physical chemistry led him to executive positions in Bell Labs, Western Electric Company and AT&T Communications.

Susan A. Cole, Ph. D., was honored as Educator of the Year. Dr. Cole was selected for her outstanding leadership in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education at Montclair State University, where she has served as president since 1998. Under Dr. Cole’s leadership, Montclair State created several STEM doctorate programs, including a Ph.D. in Environment Management; established the Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute of Pharmaceutical Life Sciences; and inaugurated the PSE&G Institute of Sustainability Studies. Dr. Cole also signed the university’s first memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, helping secure Montclair State’s reputation as one of America’s top “Green Colleges” as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council and The Princeton Review.

The 34th Patent Award Ceremony & Reception took place on November 7, 2013 at the Liberty Science Center. The Liberty Science Center is home to the nation’s largest IMAX Theater, where a short original film paid tribute to the work of each of the patents and the inventors.

“For 34 years, the Council has recognized the outstanding contributions of New Jersey’s research community and understood the importance of honoring those who are transforming the way the world works,” said Council President Anthony S. Cicatiello. “This year’s ceremony illuminated the full spectrum of innovation in the Garden State, from inventions that support natural disaster relief to technologies that increase handgun safety. On November 7th, we welcomed 30 more inventors to our Edison Patent Award alumni, and continue our tradition of celebrating New Jersey’s best and brightest in R&D.”

For more than half a century, the Chatham-based Research & Development Council of New Jersey has been dedicated to cultivating an environment supportive of the advancement of research and development in New Jersey. Established in 1962, the Council was created to serve as a unified voice for the three R&D sectors — industry, academia and government — to work with the State to create an environment R&D could thrive in. The R&D Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose membership includes representatives from academia, government and industry, including several Fortune 500 companies. More information can be found at the R&D Council’s website: www.rdnj.org.
 

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New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces 2018 Summer Camps

February 20, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony announced today that it will hold two summer camps, Orchestral Camp from June 24 until July 7 and Junior Winds Camp from July 30 until August 3, at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Campers can take advantage of a 5% tuition discount by registering before the Early Registration deadline on June 1, 2018. For more information visit ...

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For more information, email ...

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