Common Pathways Award

The New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathryn Uhrich, Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Rutgers University, has been selected to receive the 2013 Common Pathways Award. She will be honored on February 27, 2013 at NJABR’s 3Rs Sharing Conference II: The Power and Potential of Refinement and Reduction at the Palace at Somerset Park.

The Common Pathways Award recognizes creative scientists, who are rethinking and re-shaping traditional methods to open new pathways to better health and improved animal welfare. The Common Pathways Award recognizes Dr. Uhrich’s extraordinary achievements that advance innovation in the life sciences.

Dr. Kathryn Uhrich’s distinguished career reflects a series of significant scientific accomplishments, with outstanding contributions in research and business. The focus in her laboratory at Rutgers is on the synthesis and characterization of biocompatible polymers for medical and dental applications such as drug delivery and tissue engineering. She is the Scientific Founder of Polymerix Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops products based on therapeutic polymer technology. A leader and mentor, Dr. Uhrich also holds graduate appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutics.

For more information, please contact Eileen at 609.392.0155

Animal Research at a Crossroads

NJABR is initiating a series of articles on the various tactics employed by animal rights organizations to inhibit and restrict the use of animals in important scientific research. The emphasis will be on the legal and legislative approaches used by such groups but other methods will be discussed when warranted.


Morristown High School Teacher Earns National Recognition

New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research has named Erin Colfax, Research Science Teacher at the Science Academy at Morristown High School, as the first recipient of the Roche “Common Pathways” Award.

Her innovative approach to teaching demonstrates how scientific literacy, knowledge, and methods can inform and inspire poetic response in the classroom and in the field.

The NJABR with the sponsorship of Roche created the Common Pathways Award to recognize exceptional science educators dedicated to shaping future science leaders. The award advances innovation by supporting creative approaches to teaching science and stimulating both right- and left-brain thinking.

Colfax is co-author of Writing Poetry Through the Eyes of Science. The book illustrates how students can utilize field research, observations, sensory data gathering, poetic writing strategies, and model science poems by poets, scientists, students, and teachers to produce original science poetry.

NJABR is a state-based coalition that promotes public support for the people, the process, and the promise of biomedical research.

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