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Galloway, N.J. - Drug delivery vehicles for controlled release anti-cancer drugs and insulin cannot self-assemble with uniform shape on Earth, but there’s a chance they can in outer space.
An experiment designed by a Stockton University team will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) this summer to get an answer.
Christina Tallone of Hamilton, a sophomore Physician Assistant Studies major, and Daniel Schneider of Tabernacle, a freshman Pre-Medicine major, are working with faculty mentor Pamela Cohn, assistant professor of Chemistry, to research the drug carriers that encapsulate controlled release medications.
The obstacle preventing the successful self-assembly of controlled release drugs on Earth is shape. The carriers that enclose medication must be the same size and shape to safely release a drug to a patient. The team’s theory is that the absence of gravity will affect the structural consistency of drug carriers during self-assembly.
Non-uniform carriers result in intensified side-effects and dosage spikes, making medications unpredictable. Uniform drug carriers allow medication to be slowly released over time and eliminate the need for multiple quick-release doses, but at this time, they cannot be self-assembled uniformly when gravity is present.
The experiment was designed for Mission 12 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) through the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. This program takes experiments designed by students (grades 5 -16) to the ISS for experimentation in a microgravity environment.
The entire experiment must be contained within a small fluid mixing enclosure, since space is tight aboard the ISS. Indigo dye will be used to simulate a drug and will mix with a combination of molecules that self-assemble into a drug carrier.
The team will use Stockton’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer to record the structural identification and weights of the molecules they’ll be sending to space.
In space, the components in the enclosure will be undisturbed by gravitational forces, so they will be influenced only by their own intermolecular forces such as surface tension.
When the experiment returns from space, it will be analyzed and compared to a control experiment. Digital imagery from an atomic force microscope will be processed to determine shape and size consistency. Other analytical techniques will look at weight in relation to temperature and the release of dye in relation to time under ultrasonic conditions.
If the team discovers that structurally consistent drug carriers can be created in a microgravity environment, then controlled release drugs can be made in laboratories that simulate weightlessness on Earth. If not, then there are likely forces unknown to science that impact self-assembly.
Christina Tallone knew early on that she wanted to pursue science. At age 5, she got a children’s stethoscope from Toys ‘R Us, which eventually led to flash cards that helped her learn about the human body. She attended the Health Science Academy, a technical high school in Mercer County, and was learning how to administer shots and how to check vital signs at the same time as her older sister who was in nursing school. Her goal is to become a dermatology surgeon.
Daniel Schneider is only a freshman, but he’s known since he was young that he wants to become a doctor because he loves helping others. He entered Stockton with Chemistry I and IV already completed as well as fire and EMT certifications. At age 14, he was an explorer at the Hampton Lakes Volunteer Fire Company, an experience he describes as difficult, but really cool.
Tallone and Schneider’s longtime passion to make a difference in the field of medicine coupled with guidance from Pamela Cohn, who earned an organic chemistry PhD and studied polymer science as a postdoctoral researcher, make a dynamic force. Not even gravity can stop their experiment from taking drug delivery science to the next level.
About the Project:
The Mission 12 project at Stockton is a partnership between the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Stockton Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Collaborative, the School of General Studies and the School of Education.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is a program of the National
Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
Story reported by Susan Allen.
Photo caption: Stockton students Christina Tallone of Hamilton and Daniel Schneider of Tabernacle work with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Pamela Cohn on their experiment for the Mission 12 launch.
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Galloway, N.J. 08205
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A Business Summit is planned for all business owners and developers on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 beginning at 9 am in City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall.
Mayor Frank Gilliam stated, “We want to do everything that we can to assist the business community of Atlantic City to grow and prosper. Federal, State, County and City agencies, along with our local utilities, are all working together to support economic development in our City”.
Three new businesses in Atlantic City have already taken advantage of the GROW NJ Tax Incentives: South Jersey Gas, the Atlantic City Call Center and Enroute Computer Solutions. Gilliam noted “this powerful program is set to end on June 2019, so we need to help new businesses take advantage of it now.”
Another New Jersey Economic Development Authority effort is the Business Lease and Business Improvement Incentive Program. This program is targeted to Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue from Massachusetts Avenue to Albany Avenue; the Downtown Loop area bounded by South Carolina Avenue, the Boardwalk, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue; and Albany Avenue. The Business Lease Incentive provides for reimbursement of 15 percent of the annual lease for two years of a five-year lease. The Business Improvement Incentive is a grant of up to 50 percent of the cost for first floor improvements not to exceed $20,000.
The NJEDA also provides a wide array of programs to assist small businesses from financing to technical assistance which will be discussed.
The City has also been awarded federal grant funds to assist developers to complete brownfields assessments of their properties. The advantages of this program will be presented.
A goal of the Gilliam Administration is to make Atlantic City a model community for energy efficiency and alternative energy. The City already hosts the only wind farm in New Jersey; has solar panels on the Public Works Complex, Wave Garage, County Court House and the Convention Center; has a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles and a CNG fueling station and will soon be the first City in New Jersey to convert all its street lights to efficient LED technology. But much more can be done.
To continue this commitment, Mayor Gilliam has invited the two local utilities to present their programs designed to assist local businesses to be more energy efficient.
Atlantic City Electric will present its EDGE Program which offers new and growing businesses a 20 percent discount off the delivery distribution portion of their electric rate. South Jersey Industries will discuss the Direct Install Program which funds up to 70 percent of energy efficiency upgrades for small businesses.
Mayor Gilliam stated, “it is great to have everyone working together to help local businesses”.
Each program will be presented and then the presenters will be available to speak one on one to assist those who attend the Summit.
For more information regarding any of these programs please, contact Ben Kaufman, Atlantic City Planning & Development Department at 609.347.5404.
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Galloway, NJ _ Mayra Espinosa wants her elementary school students in Panama to learn English.
That’s why she is among 21 teachers from Panama who will spend eight weeks at Stockton University studying English, teaching methods, and technology in the classroom.
“It is much easier to learn a language if students start when they are younger,” Espinosa said through interpreter Yibin Feng, an international student advisor at Stockton. “Knowing English will make them more competitive in the labor market and business.”
In July, Stockton president Harvey Kesselman traveled to Panama to visit with officials and learn about the government’s Panama Bilingue Initiative to train 10,000 Panamanian teachers in English and in the latest teaching methods. The goal is to improve public education and economic development in the country by increasing the English fluency of its citizens.
Stockton was approved by the Panamanian government to offer the training, and will also develop opportunities for Stockton students to study in Panama.
The teachers arrived on Jan. 15 and are staying at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, where the staff has adapted the menu to include traditional items including empanadas and rice and beans. Students said the food has been “delicioso.”
On Jan. 19 Stockton hosted a welcome luncheon at which the teachers, some wearing traditional dress, presented small gifts to Stockton officials. President Harvey Kesselman gave each teacher a Stockton pin and they presented him with a plaque, gifts and a Panama flag pin.
“This is a very important program for Stockton,” Kesselman said. “A major initiative here is global engagement. We value what you bring to us and we want you to immerse yourselves with our students.”
Their visit will also include weekend trips to New York and Philadelphia.
Provost Lori Vermeulen said learning another language and culture is a gift that keeps on giving.
“This program is critical to the growth of the economy of Panama,” she said. She said Stockton wants to play an active role in helping the country meet its 10,000-teacher goal.
After lunch that included fried plantains and churros, students gave out small coconut candies called cocadas, which they made in the Seaview kitchen. Teachers Yarelis Gonzalez and Olmedo Ortega performed a traditional dance.
Media interested in attending a class or interviewing the teachers can contact Stockton News and Media Relations Director Diane D’Amico. A farewell luncheon is scheduled for 12 p.m. March 9.
A gallery of photos from the luncheon is on flickr.
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Galloway, N.J. 08205
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Atlantic City, N.J. _ More than 4,800 job-seekers attended the first Stockton University Gateway Career Fair on Feb. 13, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with more than 80 employers from Atlantic City and South Jersey.
“This is amazing,” said Brian Jackson, chief operating officer of Stockton’s Atlantic City campus, who coordinated the event. “It shows how many people want work.”
People began lining up hours before the 10 a.m. opening, but stood patiently as the line circled the Convention Center lobby and hallways up to the Career Fair. Many brought resumes with them and employers said that was a good idea.
“I got a lot of qualified candidates,” said Thomas Chiusano, a talent acquisition specialist at South Jersey Industries, which has job openings in customer service, IT and sales.
“A lot of people are excited about us coming to Atlantic City and said they’ve been trying to get jobs with us,” Chiusano said. “They came today to see us face to face. This was a success for us.”
South Jersey Industries is building an Atlantic City office as part of the Gateway Project on Albany Avenue that includes Stockton’s Atlantic City campus.
Wesley Wallace, regional manager of Source4Teachers was thrilled that they signed up 150 good candidates to work as substitute teachers.
ShopRite also had a stack of completed job applications that will be reviewed then distributed to hiring managers for eight stores in the region.
“This was a good day for us,” said ShopRite South District HR Manager Gemma Freeman. She said they have both part-time and some full-time positions in different areas to fill.
While some job-seekers were disappointed that they would still have to go online to apply for jobs with some companies, employers said talking with prospective employees and leaving resumes does help.
“We answered questions, looked at resumes and talked to people about where they might fit in,” said Borgata customer care manager Carmen Sansweet. “We had 10 people here today and we do a lot of hiring. We want to get people interested in jobs.”
Many of those attending have part-time jobs and are searching for more stable full-time positions.
Harry Mears of Atlantic City worked for 16 years at Bally’s but is now just working part-time at Tropicana as a dealer.
“I’m looking for a full-time job so I don’t have to scrimp and save so much,” he said. “I saw a lot of people I used to work with here today.”
Samantha Gaskins just recently moved to Atlantic City from Sicklerville and is looking for an entry level job ideally in a customer service area. She also got information about Atlantic Cape Community College’s culinary program.
“It was worth it to come and talk to people,” she said. “I did see someone put stars on my application, so I hope that’s a good sign.”
Jackson said he was thrilled that Stockton could provide the opportunity to so many area residents and businesses.
“This is part of Stockton being an anchor institution in Atlantic City,” he said. “These are the types of things that we can take the lead on as part of our commitment to Atlantic City and South Jersey.”
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Galloway, N.J. 08205
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Galloway, NJ _ In 1969 the N.J. Legislature approved the formation of what is now Stockton University.
Starting Sunday Feb. 18, the University will spend 1,969 minutes inviting students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni and the public to “Give Back, Get Back and Make an Impact” on an academic program, school, scholarship or athletic team.
“Ospreys Give,” Stockton University’s first digital Day of Giving fundraising campaign, will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 in the Campus Center Grand Hall and run non-stop for almost 33 hours through 11:49 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.
Campaign updates will be posted regularly on the Stockton web site, Facebook page and Twitter using #OspreysGive.
Special events on Monday, including a donut giveaway at 9 a.m. a sushi demonstration at noon and a Physics Club Demonstration at 2 p.m. Come for cake and the hot cocoa bar at 5 p.m.
Competing fund-raising challenges will help build interest, and the total raised.
“We want to raise money for Stockton, but we also want people to have fun and enjoy the challenges,” said Nick Sena, executive director of Development and Alumni Affairs, who is coordinating the event with Kelly Brennan, assistant director of annual giving.
To date there are more than 30 fund matches and challenges on the schedule.
“Matches and challenges are a great way to encourage participation and double the impact of a donation,” Sena said. “They include all levels of support.”
Jay Hurley ’79, will match all donations to the Men’s Cross Country Team up to $250.
John McCann ’74, will match all gifts made to the Science Enrichment Academy at Stockton up to $250.
The Carl Archut, Jr. ‘16, Young Alumni Happy Hour Challenge, will match all gifts made between 4-7 p.m. from alumni who graduated in 2008 and beyond, up to $1,000.
Stockton Bursar Tom Roth ’81, will either jump into the Atlantic Ocean in front of the Atlantic City campus, or he won’t. Donors will vote to jump, or not to jump, and whichever side raises the most money wins.
Stop by the Campus Center on Feb. 19 for the Cash Grab Booth Challenge. Alumni Alex Barrera ’98 and Alexa D’Amato Barrera ’98 have donated cash for a cash booth that will be in the Campus Center Grand Hall. Grab a handful and donate it to the program of your choice.
As the fifth president of Stockton, Harvey Kesselman, and First Lady Lynne Kesselman, both alumni, will donate $5 to student scholarships for every gift up to 1,000 gifts, or $5,000. Every 50 gifts will unlock $250.
“My guarantee is that Stockton will be better next week than it is this week,” Sena said. “When the event ends we expect to have raised significant, vital support for programs and scholarships all across campus.”
For more information and to donate go to ospreysgive.stockton.edu.
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205