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

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (6)

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.


Diane D’Amico

Director of News and Media Relations

Galloway, N.J. 08205

Diane.D'[email protected]


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.

Spend 1,969 Minutes Supporting Stockton at Ospreys Give Fundraising Marathon on Feb 18-19

Posted on February 15, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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.”

Some examples:

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


Diane D’Amico

Director of News and Media Relations

Galloway, N.J. 08205

Diane.D’[email protected]


Stand Alone Wrestling is a new Pro Wrestling promotion in New Jersey

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Stand Alone Wrestling is a new Pro Wrestling promotion in New Jersey and is the brainchild of Chad Minnes, Arlene James and Preacher Finneus James. Chad has been a vendor and worked behind the scenes for several promotions. Arlene was a wrestler for 6 years as well as a promoter. Preacher was a wrestler for 16 years, a trainer and a promoter for several well known promotions. They started working together a couple of years ago for a local promoter. They had a similiar vision and decided to start their own company, Stand Alone Wrestling.

They took almost a year to put together the promotion before announcing their first show "Liftoff" on February 24th, 2018 at the Atlantic Cape Community College Building E, in Mays Landing, New Jersey. The company is proud to have hired Tenille Dashwood (formerly known as Emma in WWE), Martin Stone (known as Danny Burch in NXT), LAX (from Impact Wrestling), plus Jason Kincaid, LSG, Joe Gacy, Brittany Blake, Dante Caballero, Tulpa and many more. The show is set to be a blockbuster!

There will be a second event this summer on August 25th at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. This event will be a show and a convention to meet with wrestlers including recent WWE Hall of Fame inductee GOLDBERG.

Stand Alone is proud to announce that their shows are family friendly, and tickets can be purchased at They are also working with the ARC with the show being an official event, and providing an A.C.C.C. scholarship. Stand Alone wants to not only bring excitement to you, but also give back to the community.

Steve Reinhold, Brittany Blake, Co-Owners Preacher Finneus James, Arlene James, Jorge Restrepo.THE SOCIETY PAGE En Espanol

My Administration Made New Jersey Better

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My Administration Made New Jersey Better

—and It Wasn’t Easy

We cut taxes, held down spending, reformed pensions—and vetoed Democrats’ bad ideas.

Governor Chris Christi

Wall Street Journal

When I became governor of New Jersey in 2010, I inherited a fiscal mess. Because the previous administration had balanced the budget with a series of one-shot revenue gimmicks, my team faced an 18-month projected deficit of $13 billion. Property taxes had increased 70% in a decade. The top income tax rate was 10.75%, and a 4% corporate business tax surcharge sat atop New Jersey’s already high business tax. We had a 9.8% unemployment rate, and the unemployment insurance trust fund was more than $2 billion in debt.

That wasn’t all. For 14 straight years, New Jersey’s governors had starved the state pension system while granting ever larger pension benefits to public employees. For nearly a quarter-century the number of state employees—and their pay—had been well above the national average. When I arrived in Trenton, New Jersey was at a low point for private-sector employment, having shed 250,000 private-sector jobs in 2008-09 and netting zero new private-sector jobs from 2001-09.

How do you dig out of that kind of hole in one of the bluest states in America?

First, my administration enforced fiscal responsibility in its annual budgets. We balanced that $13 billion deficit by cutting spending and eliminating more than 100 programs. We reduced the use of one-shot revenues from 13.2% of the budget in 2010 to 1.6% in 2017. We constrained discretionary spending over the last eight years so that in real dollars, New Jersey state government spends $2 billion less today in discretionary spending than it did nine years ago. We reduced the number of state employees through attrition by more than 10,000 over my two terms.

Second, we introduced conservative tax policies to the highest-taxed state in America, according to the Tax Foundation. We passed 2% annual caps on property taxes (with three exceptions) and arbitration awards for police and fire salaries, saving homeowners $2.9 billion in property taxes over seven years, cutting 30,000 employees at the local level and paring back salary increases by more $500 million. Property taxes that were rising 7% per year when I took office, have risen only 2.1% per year since 2011. We cut business taxes by $3 billion. We eliminated that corporate tax surcharge, cut the top income tax rate from 10.75% to 8.97% and paid the debt in the unemployment insurance fund. We cut the sales tax from 7% to 6.675%, increased the earned income tax credit from 25% to 35%, gave retirees a $100,000 state tax exemption on retirement income, and completely eliminated the worst estate tax in America. We managed to pass all this with a Democratic legislature, while at the same time vetoing 11 proposed tax increases.

Third, we aggressively reformed an underfunded pension system. In 2011, we passed pension and benefit reform that eliminated cost-of-living adjustments and saved state and local governments $120 billion over 30 years. We changed an irresponsible 8.25% assumed rate of return for the pension system to 7.65%. We also increased pension funding, contributing $8.8 billion over eight years—more than double the amount contributed by the last five governors combined. We irrevocably contributed the state lottery as an asset to the pension system, reducing the unfunded liability by $13.5 billion and guaranteeing $37 billion in contributions over 30 years. We have not fixed the whole pension problem, but a combination of reforms, increased contributions and realistic rates of return has stopped the bleeding.

These steps, taken together, have produced real economic results. New Jersey’s unemployment rate is down by more than half since 2012, from 9.8% to 4.7%. We restored the state’s private sector to health, with 318,000 new jobs created since 2010. More Garden State residents are currently employed than at any other time in New Jersey’s history.

My administration has made progress in other areas as well. We doubled the number of charter-school seats and passed tenure reforms allowing principals to fire ineffective teachers. Our criminal-justice reforms have reduced the prison population in New Jersey and enabled the closing of two state prisons. Finally, we stopped all kinds of bad ideas coming out of the Democratic legislature, vetoing a record 584 bills so far, without a single override.

Of course my administration couldn’t fix all the problems we inherited, but there is no question that New Jersey is a lower-taxed, more fiscally responsible and more conservative state than it was eight years ago. Anyone who says otherwise encourages the type of absolutism that is currently causing the tumult in Washington and doesn’t know the facts.