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The NJ Academy of Science (NJAS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the advancement of STEM-related fields among the NJ scientific community. The organization is 100% funded by its membership dues, publications, fundraisers, and private donations. It is our hope that our NJAS  members and friends continue to contribute to our mission. The NJ Academy of Science was founded in 1954, is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the National Association of Academies of Science.

The purpose of the academy is to stimulate education and research in science throughout New Jersey. The academy seeks to accomplish this purpose by publication of a scholarly journal, The Bulletin, by support of secondary school programs in science, developing a community STEM network by hosting scientific seminars and Gala events, sponsoring grants to promote high school research, by dissemination of current research results through our annual meetings, as well as other occasional publications, the "Newsletter",  and lastly by co-hosting events with other organizations to disseminate the up-to-date STEM information to our community. 

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1. As a team, we work in collaboration to engage and help deliver to our community  a STEM network platform, showcase scientific research efforts, communicate educational science initiatives,  and develop STEM network activities for our community in NJ. We are the voice of our community - if you are interested in any of the above efforts - Join us!.

2. NJAS team is inclusive, we welcome anyone that is passionate on making a difference in our scientific community. 

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The woman who discovered the first human coronavirus was the daughter of a Scottish bus driver, who left school at 16.

June Almeida went on to become a pioneer of virus imaging, whose work has come roaring back into focus during the present pandemic.

Covid-19 is a new illness but it is caused by a coronavirus of the type first identified by Dr Almeida in 1964 at her laboratory in St Thomas's Hospital in London.

The virologist was born June Hart in 1930 and grew up in a tenement near Alexandra Park in the north east of Glasgow.

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Upcoming events

    • July 17, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Event
    • 300


    NJAS is recognizing NJ medical health care leaders that were on the frontline battling COVID-19 this past Spring 2020. They will share their stories during the pandemic. For example,

    Dr. Ulloque led fifteen COVID-19 teams at RWJMS – Dr. Ulloque claimed, “It’s scary to be dealing with a novel disease. Recommendations changed what seemed like every hour, and our healthcare system was on the brink of breaking. Fast forward 90 days, and we still don’t have concrete answers. I can only hope and pray that the second wave is not as bad. I’m proud of every single member of my team, with hard work and resilience we managed to have the best COVID19-related hospital metrics in the state of NJ”.

    Dr. Primiani statement during these difficult times, “Healthcare providers had limited information regarding adequate treatment for COVID19, and the unknown was difficult to handle on a day to day basis. With daily guidance from the CDC and the WHO, MedExpress took proper precautions on which patients they would see at different facilities to help flatten the curve”.

    Mrs. Tabasko is a Physician Assistant who works in the emergency department. She has been on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients. When scrub caps became scarce, she learned to use a sewing machine to make her own for herself and others. She said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get crafting!”

    Ms. Restrepo worked at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital during the pandemic. She stated, “During the pandemic, hospitals did away with visitation. So, while caring for COVID19 patients, one of the challenges I faced was watching them go through their disease process without any family member at the bedside. Patients were not only sick but lonely”.

    Dr. Beckford joins us from Houston, TX – to give us information on how other states besides NJ are battling COVID19. Her thoughts on COVID19, “Defeating COVID-19: Stronger Together”.

    Some of the questions addressed at this seminar will be:

    • What are the biggest challenges you faced during this pandemic?
    • How are administration and/or CEOs helped you prepare for COVID-19 patient surges?
    • What lessons have you learned personally and professionally so far?
    • Can you please explain what does the term ”Second phase “ of COVID-19 mean?
    • How are you preparing for this second phase?
    • What might health care look like a year from now? In what ways could this pandemic shape the health care system?
    • What personal message do you have for the NJ Academy of Science Members


    Rory Ulloque, MS, MD

    Medical Director Non-Teaching Hospitalist Program

    Medical Director Post-Acute Care Program  Associate Professor - Family Medicine and Community Health Rutgers University – RWJMS

    Lisa Primiani, MD

    Attending Physician - ABOFM

    MedExpress Urgent Care – Northern NJ

    Tamara Beckford. MS, MD

    Emergency Medicine Physician

    Houston Methodist West Hospital, TX

    Aradia Tabasko, MS, PA-C

    Central Jersey Emergency Medicine Associates

    Mariana Restrepo, BSN, R N, PCCN

    Respiratory Care Unit - Hackensack Meridian Health

    Respiratory Care Unit  - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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