Doctors Strike

PhDs Downsized At Bristol-Myers

Woman-Owned State Contractor

Women in Academe: New Headmaster

VP for HR

Crosstown Moves

New in Town


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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the February 5, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Life in the Fast Lane

Those who think the Nassau Park shopping center traffic

is a mess — and that is the universal opinion — are hoping

that the Rouse company will ease the gridlock when it develops the

Wyeth site on the opposite side of Route 1 by building an overpass.

"We should learn from mistakes," says Kristin Appelget, a

member of the township council and president of the Princeton Regional

Chamber of Commerce. She points out that a cloverleaf has been built

at Quakerbridge Road, and that traffic would need to get from Nassau

Park to the Wyeth property. "That this intersection will play

a large role in how Rouse determines the potential layout."

The Rouse company will present its ideas and take input at a meeting

on Tuesday, February 11, 8 a.m., at the Mercer Oaks golf course club

house. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Princeton Regional and Greater

Mercer County chambers of commerce, and continental breakfast will

be served. Cost: $20. Call 609-420-1776.

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Doctors Strike

Emergency rooms were reported to be 50 to 75 percent

busier on Monday, February 3, when an estimated 12,000 New Jersey

doctors went on strike to protest malpractice insurance costs and

to lobby for a cap on legal claims. "The majority of extra cases

are pediatric or geriatric," says Ron Czajkowski of the New Jersey

Hospital Association. Smaller hospitals canceled 20 to 30 non-emergency

procedures, and larger hospitals canceled more than 100 procedures.

The NJHA released a survey of member hospitals that showed 33 percent

of doctors are reluctant to provide charity care because they are

afraid of getting hit by medical malpractice claims.

"It is a pretty united effort," says a spokesperson for the

Medical Society of New Jersey. Some physicians say they are willing

to keep on delaying non-emergency procedures until they get legislative

action. They were scheduled to demonstrate in Trenton on Tuesday,

February 4. Trial lawyers oppose the physicians goal: a $250,000 cap

on malpractice suits. Also opposed is the New Jersey Public Interest

Research Group.

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PhDs Downsized At Bristol-Myers

In an effort to narrow its focus, Bristol-Myers Squibb

cut 45 research jobs at its Route 206 facility, 29 workers in Hopewell,

and 39 researchers in Wallingford, Connecticut. They have one month

to wind down their research; their last day will be March 5. One hundred

thirteen people amounts to a small percentage of the total of 4,300

researchers in the United States, but it belies the assumption that

only administrators need worry about job security.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY), Route 206 and

Provinceline Road, Box 4000, Princeton 08543-4000. James B.D. Palmer

MD, chief scientific officer. 609-252-4000. Also 311 Pennington-Rocky

Hill Road, Box 5400, Princeton 08543-5400. 609-818-3000. Home page:

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Woman-Owned State Contractor

Karen and Todd Dieterly moved their company, TDK Systems

Group, from western Maryland to Hamilton Square in December. She is

the president and CEO and he, an engineer and former Marine, is executive

vice president. TDK does systems engineering and integration and environmental

systems and services. It qualifies as both a women-owned and a veteran-owned


Their company has the project management contract for installing smart

cards in state government buildings. So far, cards for secure employee

entry have been installed at the Capitol and the Department of Motor

Vehicles. "As funds come available to the state, we keep adding

buildings," says Karen Dieterly. Todd has been commuting to New

Jersey for several years to work on state contracts, and they have

children ages 3, 11, and 12, so they moved the business. The children

attend school in Ewing and they are having a house built in Columbus.

Todd and Karen met at a church in Pennsylvania. She was a graduate

of Northhampton Community College in Pennsylvania, and he was an aviation

technician stationed at Andrews Air Force base.

"After one year of being a military wife, I said that was enough,"

says Karen. Todd left the Marines after six years of service, enrolled

in a community college, then transferred to George Washington University,

graduating in 1990. Meanwhile Karen worked at Geico. "We toyed

around with opening our own business, and in 1999 we said, `Let’s

go for it.’"

How did they get their first state contract? By working with another

contractor on Y2K contracts. "The state liked our work and wanted

to keep us on," says Dieterly.

TDK Systems Group Inc., 2277 Route 33, Suite 410,

Hamilton Square 08690. Karen S. Dieterly, president and CEO. 609-890-0700;

fax, 609-890-7766. Home page:

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Women in Academe: New Headmaster

The Lawrenceville School, Route 206, Box 6008,

Lawrenceville 08648. Elizabeth A. Duffy, headmaster. 609-896-0400;

fax, 609-895-2217.

In June Elizabeth A. Duffy will succeed Michael Cary

and be the first woman headmaster in the history of the nearly two-century-old

Lawrenceville School.

A successful fundraiser and administrator, Duffy majored in molecular

biology, Class of 1988, and is executive director of the Illinois-based

Ball Foundation, known for its efforts to improve schools and develop

careers for students in grades K-12. Lawrenceville School has 800

senior high students from 25 countries and 38 states, and almost three

quarters of them are boarders.

At Stanford Duffy earned an MBA and a master’s degree in educational

administration. Her jobs have included being vice president of the

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, working for the Andrew

W. Mellon Foundation, administrator of the student volunteers council

at Princeton University, and assistant master of the university’ Rockefeller

College. She co-authored two books. Married to a graduate of the Lawrenceville

School, John Gutman, she has a two-year-old daughter and a six-month

old son.

Duffy’s predecessor, Cary, is a graduate of Bowdoin (Class of 1971),

Brown, and Yale Divinity School, and he came to Lawrenceville from

Deerfield Academy.

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VP for HR

Maureen Nash has succeeded Joan Doig as vice president

for human resources at Princeton University. Nash went to Cornell

University and has master’s degrees from Boston University and Fairleigh

Dickinson. Her most recent job was as vice president for learning

and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

She has also held positions at Fidelity Investments in Boston and

in Tokyo, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto Company, and Northeastern University.

Daniel Scheiner has been acting vice president since Doig retired

in 2001 and will return to his job, which focuses on implementing

a web-based human resources environment.

Princeton University, 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton

08544. Maureen Nash, vice president for human resources. 609-258-3000;

fax, 609-258-1294. Home page:

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Crosstown Moves

Creative Benefits Plans Inc. (CBPlans), 101 Interchange

Plaza, Suite 105, Cranbury 08512. Thomas Richman, manager. 609-409-1300;

fax, 609-655-2887. E-mail: Home page:

The three-person benefit planning company moved from 8 South River

Road last fall. It offers benefit plans for small to medium-sized


The Ayers Group and Career Partners, 7 Roszel Road,

Princeton 08540-6237. Walter O’Neill, senior vice president. 609-720-8670;

fax, 609-720-7783. Home page:

The Princeton branch of the Ayers Group, a company specializing in

human resource consulting and career transition services, has moved

from its offices at 214 Carnegie Center to 7 Roszel Road. A spokesperson

says the move was made to obtain more space in a "nicer facility."

Ayers, with six staff members, is now located on the fifth floor of

7 Roszel Road.

Ronald Berlin, Architect, 360 Nassau Street, Second

Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-921-1800; fax, 609-921-8484.

When his lease at 211 Nassau Street expired last month, Ron Berlin

moved his general architecture practice to the second floor of 360

Nassau Street.

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New in Town

Ursula Meyer opened a small office on Nassau

Street last year for a United Kingdom-based market research firm,

and the company is now in a capital raising phase. Its proprietary

technology, devised by Richard Silberstein of Melbourne, Australia,

tests ads by measuring brain activity.

Clients are being handled through the firm’s London office, until

recently headed by Achi Racov, who died in December. In an August

15, 2002, article in the Media Guardian, a Pre-Diction spokesperson

says that this technique can gauge emotional reactions more accurately

than surveys ask questions, because the right side of the brain has

no speech ability.

The ad testers wear headsets that measure the brain’s electrical activity.

Their emotional responses are tested to graph high and low points.

Then they watch TV for an hour, while software analyzes the emotional

response the ads evoke and predicts whether the subjects will remember

the message. The name of the company is intended to mean "before


Pre-Diction Tech Inc., 100 Nassau Street, Princeton

08542. Ursula Meyer, business manager. 609-924-1441; fax, 609-924-1341.

Home page:

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Robert H. Myslik, 34, on January 22 from injuries sustained

in an automobile accident. He had taught and coached soccer at the

Hun School.

Barbara W. Ellis, 79, on February 2. She had worked at

Base-Ten Systems and for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools transportation

department. A memorial service will be Friday, February 7, at 1 p.m.

at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

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