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Hanan Davidowitz, a biophysicist at NEC Research
on Independence Way, has made a discovery in the puzzling question
of why cockroaches have survived as a species for hundreds of millions
of years. His work on the escape responses triggered by air movement
detected by tiny hairs on the rear of the roach was published in the
June 15 edition of the journal "Nature" and was featured on
National Public Radio last week.
Davidowitz and his post doctoral student Dima Rinberg share a lab
with Rob DeRuyter, who studies blowflies (U.S. 1, November 18, 1998).
For this experiment Davidowitz constructed special wind tunnels to
measure how cockroaches tell the difference between ordinary breezes
and air movements created by a predator such as a descending broom
or boot. "The cockroach senses minute air movements using tiny
hairs on two posterior appendages called cerci," writes
"It can surmise the direction of an attack and scurry away to
avoid being eaten. Neural signals from the hairs converge on the
abdominal ganglion where the wind information is processed, and are
then conveyed further by giant interneurons."
How to outsmart the cockroaches? Scoop them up using the nozzle of
a vacuum cleaner, says Davidowitz. For the cockroaches to evolve a
defense against the Electrolux will take another 100 million years.
Way, Princeton 08540. David Waltz, president. 609-520-1555; fax,
Home page: www.neci.nj.nec.com.
Hall, Princeton 08544-5264. 609-258-3600; fax, 609-258-1301. Home
Lauren Robinson-Brown will be the new director of communications in
August, succeeding Justin Harmon, who is now at Wesleyan University.
A member of Princeton’s Class of 1985, where she majored in English,
earned a certificate in Afro-American studies, she went for a master’s
degree in journalism from Columbia.
She worked as a reporter for the Star-Ledger, the Dallas Times-Herald,
and the Boston Globe, and freelanced for such local and national
as Black Enterprise Magazine. She was executive director and press
secretary for the Boston school board in 1994, was appointed director
of communications for the New Jersey’s Department of State in 1994,
and was promoted to assistant secretary of state in 1998.
20 West State Street, Box 820, Trenton 08625-0820. 609-777-0885; fax,
Charles E. "Sandy" Hance succeeds Gualberto Medina as
and CEO of the commerce and economic growth commission. Hance went
to Trinity College, Class of 1965, and to law school at Columbia.
Currently in private practice, he had worked in Peapack for 23 years
for Beneficial Management Corporation of America as senior vice
and general counsel.
Lawrenceville 08648. Vincent A. Maressa, executive director.
fax, 609-896-1368. Home page: www.msnj.org.
Walter Kahn MD was installed as the 208th president of the society,
replacing Irving P. Ratner MD. An alumnus of Temple and the University
of Chicago School of Medicine, Kahn is an ophthalmologist in Red Bank.
The organization promotes quality health care through assistance to
member physicians. It publishes the magazine New Jersey Medicine.
Princeton 08540. Dan Slick, chief executive officer. 609-987-9424;
The Paris, France-based chemical firm expanded from 5 Vaughn Drive
to 101 College Road East. SNPE stands for Society of National Powder
and Explosives. Founded in 1985, it has nine employees, and is
its Vaughn Drive office to Biovid Corp.
08540-6313. Andrew D. Aprill, team executive. 609-750-1400; fax,
Home page: www.biovid.com.
Andrew Aprill has moved his two-year-old pharmaceutical marketing
research firm from Carnegie Executive Center to 2,200 square feet,
sublet from SNPE, at 5 Vaughn Drive. The firm has doubled in growth
every year and has already eclipsed last year’s revenue, says Aprill.
An alumnus of the University of Nebraska, Class of 1985, Aprill has
a PhD in social psychology and statistics from Temple and was a
fellow at the Institute for Survey Research in Philadelphia. Before
founding his own firm he worked at Strategic Marketing Corporation
and Data Tactics, both in Philadelphia, and his competitors in this
area include Total Research on Independence Way and Migliara Kaplan
on College Road East.
"We work with the big pharmaceutical companies and are taking
a slightly different approach from our competitors," says Aprill.
"We’re a small company comprised of five senior level researchers,
and we put senior level people on every phase of every project. We
integrate ourselves with a product team to work on high profile
Princeton Professional Park, Princeton 08540. Hanan M. Isaacs,
president. 609-683-7400; fax, 609-921-8982. Home page:
The telephone number for Isaacs’ law practice listed in the June 14,
2000 article on alternative dispute resolution, was incorrect. He can
be reached at 609-683-7400.
West Windsor 08550. 609-275-6237; fax, 609-275-0273. Home page:
Information for this registered dietitian and nutritionist were
in the U.S. 1 Health and Fitness Directory. Byer-Lubin offers
for weight control, cholesterol, diabetes, and other medical needs.
Corner Road, Second Floor, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-0303; fax,
This center was inadvertently omitted from the Health and Fitness
Directory. Lillian Baum Tenney MD is the psychiatrist here, and the
center also includes psychologist Michael Litchman PhD and Nancy Baker
ACSW, social worker.
Street, Pennington 08534. Michael Willitt, president and CEO.
fax, 609-818-0026. Home page: www.abr-pharma.com.
Advanced Biomedical Research made its move from temporary quarters
at 600 Alexander Road to 4,500 square feet in the historic district
of Pennington, the former Electro Chemical Society headquarters.
Property Network represented both buyer and seller. ABR does
consulting and contract research operations including clinical study
management, monitoring, biostatistics, data management, medical
regulatory affairs and submissions.
Service Center, Building 7 C, Princeton 08540. J. Lee, marketing
609-734-9091; fax, 609-395-0970.
The engineering services company moved from Cranbury Plaza, 2525 Route
130, at Princeton Service Center. It offers services for chemical
and electronic materials.
Skillman 08558. Alec Rabinowitz, branch manager. 800-924-9091; fax,
The mortgage division of Commonwealth Bank has moved from the Village
Shopper to Tamarack Circle. ComNet is a national discount lender that
boasts no application fee and competitive rates. The bank is federally
chartered and serves North and Central New Jersey.
Montrone, principal. 609-279-2123; fax, 609-279-2150. Home page:
This environmental health and safety consulting firm, based in
Kansas, doubled its space with a move down the block from 258 to 208
Wall Street and has 1,750 square feet with four employees. Montrone
is a 12-year veteran of the federal Environmental Protection Agency
and worked for Arthur D. Little and Environ before opening this
For one of his earlier jobs he spent a year in -50 degree weather
checking out the Trans Alaska Pipeline System for the U.S. Congress.
The pipeline is actually a very sound operation, says Montrone.
of CBS News and editor of The Nation, and he managed Eugene McCarthy’s
swimming pool at the College of New Jersey. He had a doctorate in
neuro-pharmacology from Duke.
services manager at Princeton University and a piano teacher.
on Upper Ferry Road.
specialist at Princeton University and a library specialist in the
fitness instructor for Dancing for Fitness, she founded the Hamilton
competitor, she worked for First Bank of Central Jersey in North
tax analyst for Cenlar Mortgage Banking.
Inc. at the Carnegie Center and previously at McGraw-Hill Inc. and
in the Princeton Shopping Center.
the Princeton Diner and MarketFair’s Greenstreet Cafe.
Commons, Princeton 08540. Russell Conrad, partner. 609-252-9000; fax,
These stockbrokers moved from Research Park.
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