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Local Author Turiya S.A. Raheem to Speak on Black Women in Islam

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (5)


Local Author Turiya S.A. Raheem to Speak on ‘Black Women in Islam

Galloway, N.J. – Atlantic City native and author Turiya S. A. Raheem will speak on “Black Women in Islam” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Room 211 at The Carnegie Center, 35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Atlantic City.

The event is hosted by Stockton University’s Africana Studies Program and The Muslim Students Association.

Raheem is the author of Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside, which examines African-American life in Atlantic City before casinos. Her latest book, Why We Chose This Way, examines real-life stories about African-American Muslim women.

Raheem accepted Al-Islam as her way of life in Washington, D.C. in 1978. She has also lived in Cleveland, Boston, Tuskegee, Atlanta and Capitol Heights, Maryland. After 32 years away, she returned to Atlantic City in 2008 to live a semi-retired life. She continues to teach English and Cultural Geography and is a creative activist for all things positive in her community.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Contact:

Diane D’Amico

Director of News and Media Relations

Galloway, N.J. 08205

Diane.D’Amico@stockton.edu

609-652-4593

stockton.edu/media


Today, three Democrats announced their candidacies for Atlantic County Freeholder.

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

(MARGATE) Today, three Democrats announced their candidacies for Atlantic County Freeholder.

Celeste Fernandez will run for Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large. An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Celeste came to this country with nothing but work ethic and the drive to succeed. Now, Celeste is a U.S. citizen and the owner of her own insurance business in Pleasantville, Fernandez Services LLC. She is an actively involved in advocating for Pleasantville’s Main Street business community and helps newly-naturalized citizens become acclimated in the Atlantic County community. She lives in Egg Harbor Township and is a proud grandmother.

Maureen Leidy will run for District 2 Freeholder, which is mostly made up of the downbeach communities of Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport as well as the mainland communities of Northfield, Linwood, and Somers Point. A former domestic violence counselor, Maureen has a long history of working in the nonprofit sector, including the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. She currently works in the administrative offices of the Inspira Health Network and lives in Ventnor.

Barbara Butterhof-Rheault will run for District 5 Freeholder, which is the western end of Atlantic County, including Hammonton, Buena Vista Township, Mullica Township, Egg Harbor City, and roughly half of Hamilton Township. Barbara is a STEM teacher in the Mullica Township School District and leads the Mullica Township Education Association. Barbara is also a Mullica Township Committeewoman, where she serves as the Director of Public Safety. During her time on Township Committee, Barbara has fought to maintain services and hold the line on tax increases.

“The people of Atlantic County want public servants who will roll up their sleeves and make Atlantic County a better place to live and work,” said Fernandez, Leidy, and Butterhof-Rheault. “As Freeholders, we’ll work to increase educational and employment opportunities for our residents as well as make Atlantic County a more affordable place to live for middle-class families and seniors.”

Fernandez, Leidy, and Butterhof-Rheault will seek the endorsement of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee at its nominating convention this Sunday, March 18. Any members of the media wishing to attend the convention must RSVP by emailing info@atlanticdemocrats.com.

Film on Equal Rights Amendment Featuring Professor Linda Wharton to be Shown at Stockton on March 6

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (3)


Film on Equal Rights Amendment Featuring Professor Linda Wharton to be Shown at Stockton on March 6


Galloway, N.J. _ A documentary on the status of women in America and the Equal Rights Amendment that features Stockton University Professor of Political Science Linda Wharton will be shown at Stockton at 6 p.m. March 6, in the Campus Center Theatre, followed by a panel discussion.

The 2016 film, “Equal Means Equal” discusses issues affecting women including poverty, wage discrimination, rape and sexual assault, foster care, domestic violence and sex trafficking. It makes the argument for reinvigorating the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

The films was produced and directed by Kamala Lopez and actress Patricia Arquette.

Wharton got involved through her work doing equal rights advocacy for women before she came to Stockton.  She worked on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and participated on panels discussing the issue. Lopez asked her to advise on legal issues for the documentary.

“I came in as a consultant, helping to understand the law,” Wharton said. She said the ERA is needed now more than ever because strict constructionists say that the U.S. Constitution says nothing about equal rights.

Congress passed the ERA in 1972, but never got the necessary 38 states to ratify it before the 1982 deadline.

“(The ERA) has continued to be reintroduced in each Congress, but there is no energy behind it,” Wharton said. “But now we have the #metoo movement.”

Following the film, Wharton along with Lucienne Beard, executive director of the Alice Paul Institute, and Donnetrice C. Allison, professor of communication and Africana studies will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Amanda Owen, executive director of the Justice Bell Foundation.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.

Contact:

Diane D’Amico

Director of News and Media Relations

Galloway, N.J. 08205

Diane.D’Amico@stockton.edu

609-652-4593

stockton.edu/media

Stockton University Students Search for Solution to Drug Delivery in Outer Space

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (13)

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.

Contact:

Diane D’Amico

Director of News and Media Relations

Galloway, N.J. 08205

Diane.D'Amico@stockton.edu

609-652-4593

stockton.edu/media

Mayor Gilliam to Host Business Summit

Posted on February 15, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (1)

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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