Helping Housing

Ultrafast Lasers: Reading Minds, Curing Disease?

Nominations Due

Where Flexibility Equals Happiness

Education Notes

Seed Money Offer

Job Fair Online

Government Documents

Trenton Library Goes with EBSCO

Corporate Angels: Food for Plainsboro

Fleet Bank Toys

$5 Million for Nassau

Cancer Booklet

Corrections or additions?

These articles by Bart Jackson and others were prepared for the

December 13, 2000 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. A defunct number was

deleted on January 1, 2006. All rights reserved.

Refining Knowledge Management

The traditional technique for what is now known as

"knowledge

management" was to gather around the watercooler and chat, but

today’s busy schedules preclude that. Like almost every other business

practice, the sharing of information is now a digital operation.

Digitizing

the knowledge enables people to access snippets of official and

unofficial

information through the plumbing of a company’s business software

system or search engine.

What knowledge management is, and why knowledge management is

important

is the topic for Robert Terdeman, chief data architect of EMC

Corporation, keynote speaker of a half-day conference staged by the

Global Electronic Technology ContactX Association (GetContactX) on

Thursday, December 14, at noon at the Newark Airport Marriott. Cost:

$49 for non-members. Call 609-844-9880.

Based on Lenox Drive, GetContactX is a membership organization of

technology oriented companies and individuals (www.getcontactx.com).

Other speakers include Dan Paolini, data architect, State of

New Jersey Office of Information Technology; Jane Warsaw, vice

president, technology, Aptegrity Inc.; Peter Dorfman, founder,

KnowledgeFarm; John M. Quirk Jr., senior director, Xpedior;

Kevin Hamm, president & COO, NetIDEAS Inc.; and Susan Handman,

national practice director of CRM, RCG Information Technology.

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Helping Housing

Would-be urban developers can attend a training session

hosted by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA)

on Thursday, December 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the HMFA

headquarters,

637 South Clinton Avenue in Trenton. The workshop is for developers

and not-for-profit sponsors who want to apply for Phase VIII funds

under the Urban Home Ownership Recovery Program, a Whitman

administration

initiative that finances the construction of new for-sale homes in

mixed-income developments.

HMFA has $5 million in subsidy funds to offset the cost of homes for

low and moderate-income families in urban areas that meet these

criteria.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 15. To register

for the workshop call Joyce Kaminski at 609-278-7550 or Deborah

Dashefsky at 609-278-7566.

HMFA has financed more than 2,200 homes in 21 urban areas, says

Deborah

DeSantis, executive director. In the last round of the UHORP

funding,

it committed to help fund 190 new homes worth nearly $20 million.

HMFA is funded and financed through the sale of taxable and

non-taxable

bonds to private investors (www.nj-hmfa.com)

Another HMFA project is to offer mortgage monies to lower income

adoptive

parents. In 18 months this program has helped 18 families provide

permanent homes for more than 50 adopted children. The 30-year

mortgages

are offered at below market interest rates to prospective adoptive

parents who cannot afford sufficient housing. The federal department

of housing and urban development named this project as one of the

"Top 100 Best Practices" for this year. Because the current

funds have been used, an additional $4 million has just been

committed.

Call 609-278-7567 for information.

December 18

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Ultrafast Lasers: Reading Minds, Curing Disease?

By setting his laser on ultrafast, one Princeton

professor

is stunning our perceptions of psychology and setting cancer up for

the kill. knows. On Monday, December 18, at 8 p.m. in Princeton

University’s

Kresge Auditorium, Warren S. Warren will present a

lecture/demonstration

with the intriguing title "Breasts and Brains — Similarities

and Differences." The American Chemical Society, sponsor of this

free lecture, also offers a 6 p.m. dinner at Prospect House. Cost:

$20. Call Denise D’Auria at 609-258-5202.

Warren directs the New Jersey Center for Ultrafast Laser Applications,

a group that has raised to a whole new level the precision with which

we can view our brains, breasts, and other body tissue. His background

stands as fairly routine for a world class scientist: the

undergraduate

majors of chemistry and physics at Harvard; the physical chemistry

Ph.D. at Berkeley; then off to California Technology for postdoctorate

work with Nobel prizewinning Ahmed Zewail. He came to Princeton 18

years ago.

The ultrafast laser technology, says Warren, "holds the promise

of revolutionizing psychology. We can trace the neural path and tell,

for instance, if an individual is just mentally picturing a photo

before him or actually remembering it." Though the results are

boggling, you will not have to appear on the Nobel short list to

understand

his lecture. "Anyone with a good college or even a strong high

school science background will fully understand my talk," he

assures.

Basically, Warren peers into mind and body using two methods of

clinical

imaging that he himself has recently enhanced. The first is Nuclear

Magnetic Resonance Imaging — referring to that popular medical

test that lab technicians refer to as "an MRI." The

technological

recipe for this begins with summoning a batch of stable atomic

particles

(those with an equal number of neutrons and protons.) These particles

have the fortunate habit of bouncing away at an angle and, for a brief

instant, leaving a non-vanishing trace along their path.

The process entails placing the patient in a magnetic chamber and

directing these stable (and totally safe) particles into her body.

The real trick is to adjust the resonance so that the radio frequency

of the body tissues and the frequency of those entering particles

are exactly the same — so they resonate on the same wave length.

If you line it up exactly, and then snap off the machine, the

patient’s

body will give back a weak signal that can be interpreted on a screen

as breast or brain image.

On December 18 Warren will not only show the process and explain its

underlying physics, but he will demonstrate his most recent MRI

refinements.

"At this point," he notes, "we can image the brain so

precisely that I can see a difference between you sitting still and

sitting while just tapping your finger. I can actually watch the

neural

cortex kick in with that kind of basic motor activity."

But beyond the brain, applying an ultrafast, continuous laser to the

MRI process allows doctors to discern infinitely smaller groups of

cancerous cells. Early detection takes another stride forward.

The second method of Warren’s brain and tissue scanning holds the

somewhat daunting title of Femtosecond Laser Spectroscopy. And while

it does involve shooting lasers through bodies, Warren has come a

long way since Goldfinger and James Bond. A very proper, safe, and

swift laser — with all its protons lined up between two mirrors

— is sent through the tissue in question. At what speed? A

femtosecond

is a thousandth of a millionth of a millionth of a second. It passes

faster than a Congressional pay raise bill.

By sending short pulses of this ultrafast laser beam through a cell,

Warren is able to suppress the scattered light that normally appears

on spectroscopy images. "The short pulses," he explains

"send

the quickest first light on the most direct path" with less visual

static.

Again, such refined clinical images allow doctors to judge a single

cell cancerous or benign. One can also actually trace the neural paths

through the brain and even the molecular rearrangement with different

brain activities. Warren modestly admits that he is just one of a

hundred groups studying this "extraordinary level of

scanning."

Last year, his mentor, Ahmed Zewail, received his Nobel prize in

chemistry

for just such laser spectroscopy advances. Yet there can be no doubt

that Warren and his New Jersey Center for Ultrafast Laser Applications

are breaking some of the newest ground.

Nor does this groundbreaking go unnoticed. The U.S. Army has partially

funded Warren’s center. Responding to a Congressional mandate to

encourage

research program for earlier cancer detection, the New Jersey

Commission

for Science and Technology Research and Development has also funneled

funds into the center.

The funds have purchased, among other things, a small MRI chamber

that one can don for brain scans. "We are verging on totally new

insights of knowledge," says Warren, "even with the technology

we have. Who knows how far and into what fields this process can take

us?"

— Bart Jackson

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Nominations Due

Send nominations for the Greater Mercer County Chamber

of Commerce’s 2000 Business Awards by Friday, December 15. Each

nomination

must be accompanied by a justification. Awards will be presented at

an annual dinner in March. Categories include citizen of the year

(for lifelong contributions to the area), corporation of the year,

and small business of the year (fewer than 100 employees).

Last year the winners in each of these categories were Carol Beske

(of ACT Engineers), Trap Rock Industries (the quarry in Kingston),

and Waters & Bugbe, a Trenton-based contractor. Paperwork may be faxed

to 609-393-1032.

The chamber is selling series subscriptions to nine monthly luncheons

(excluding March, July, and August. Individuals may reserve seats

for $195 (and save $30). An annual table reservation costs $1,950,

$300 less than the table for a single luncheon. Many of the luncheons

are held at the Hyatt, but the dates for the luncheons vary. Call

609-393-4143.

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Where Flexibility Equals Happiness

When managed effectively, greater workplace flexibility

is a win-win situation for both companies and the individuals they

employ. This was the conclusion drawn by the Boston College Center

for Work & Family, which published the results of a two-year research

project, "Measuring the Impact of Workplace Flexibility."

It presents a detailed look at the impact of workplace flexibility

on managers, co-workers, and overall work group productivity. Cost:

$149. Call Kathy Lynch at 617-552-2865 (or E-mail: lynchks@bc.edu).

The study showed that 87 percent of employees and 70 percent of

managers

report that flexible work schedules have positive effects on

productivity,

87 percent of employees and 65 percent of managers agree that it has

a positive effects on the quality of work, and 80 percent of employees

and 76 percent of managers say that it has positive effects on

retention.

This data reveals that the most effective form of flexibility is daily

flextime, which is the ability to vary work hours on a daily basis.

Adjustable schedules report higher levels of job satisfaction and

better work/family balance among employees.

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Education Notes

PharmaPros Corporation has begun a new program, led

by Laura Bersen, to train professionals involved in clinical

data management and regulatory technology.

Peg Regan, president of the firm on Main Street in Lawrenceville,

says that some of the available courses are Introduction to Clinical

Data Management, Case Report Form Design and Annotation, Database

Standards Design, and Database Design (www.PharmaPros.com). Call

609-912-1100.

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Seed Money Offer

Commerce, Fleet, and First Union Bank are

among the banks that are participating in a new state program to make

funds available for entrepreneurs. Also participating are First

Washington State Bank and Yardville National Bank. These

banks have transformed an informal lending program from the New Jersey

Development Authority into a formal one. Now aspiring business owners

who attend the eight-week Entrepreneurial Training Institute can apply

for funding from a special revolving loan fund set up just for

graduates

of this program.

The fund is called "SEED: Strengthening the Economy with

Entrepreneurial

Development," not to be confused with "seed capital"

dispensed

to technology companies. Call ETI at the number for the New Jersey

Economic Development Authority 609-292-9279 (www.njeda.com).

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Job Fair Online

Instead of committing personnel to the tiresome job

of manning tables at a job fair, sign yourself up for the New Jersey

Technology Council’s Virtual Tech E-Fair, which will run for 30 days

starting Monday, January 15.

Member companies pay $250 to register and non-members pay double that.

To get a banner ad as well, member companies pay $500 and non-members

pay $750. Registration is taking place now (www.njtechefair.org).

Jobs posted range from internships to those for technologists with

experience. The E-fair will be marketed to New Jersey’s colleges and

universities, and one-third of the proceeds will go to the NJTC

Education

Foundation. For details call 856-787-9700.

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Government Documents

Several new publications relate to small business,

finance,

trade, the Internet, and economics. For purchase, call the

Superintendent

of Documents at 202-512-1800 or go to bookstore.gpo.gov.

"Building the Foundation for a New Century: Final Report on

Implementation

of the Recommendations of the 1995 White House Conference on Small

Business" highlights the success of legislative and administrative

actions taken to meet policy priorities set during the conference.

"Economic Issues: Economic Perspectives on the Internet"

covers

economic aspects of the Internet and electronic commerce, including

different methods used for pricing user access to the Internet and

issues surrounding pricing of goods and services on the Internet.

The annual "Securities and Exchange Commission Annual Report"

focuses on effective enforcement in and regulation of our nation’s

capital markets. The last release, "The Third Millennium: Small

Business and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century," presents a

picture of where small business stands and looks at trends and issues

expected to affect small business over the next several years.

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Trenton Library Goes with EBSCO

The library at 120 Academy Street has joined virtually

all the other libraries in New Jersey to offer the EBSCO Online system

to any cardholder at (www.trenton.lib.nj.us). EBSCO Online has full

text articles from more than 1,800 magazines and is searchable by

subject or keyword. Library cards are free to anyone who lives, works,

or goes to school in Trenton. Call Joyce Willis at 609-392-7188.

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Corporate Angels: Food for Plainsboro

National Business Parks is sponsoring the 10th

annual College Park Holiday Food Drive through Wednesday, December

20. Non-perishable food collected in the cafeterias at 4 Research

Way Food at 107 College Road East will be distributed to Plainsboro

residents identified by the township’s department of social services.

They include the elderly, families on social assistance, the disabled,

those chronically ill, and those who are victims of domestic violence.

"The food drive is a real person-to-person way to give something

back to the community," says Tom Stange of the real estate

management company. "If everyone working here along Princeton’s

corporate corridor put just one food item in the bin, we would have

enough to provide holiday meals for dozens of our neighbors who would

otherwise go without."

Suggested items for this or any other food drive are canned goods,

peanut butter, powdered milk, cereal, coffee, soups, and cans of

tunafish.

Financial contributions will help purchase special discount coupons

at supermarkets.

Since 1990, more than 1,200 families or individuals have received

food. For information call 609-452-1300, extension 19.

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Fleet Bank Toys

Saturday, December 16, is the deadline to contribute

new, unwrapped toys for needy children ranging in age from infant

to teenagers. The toys will be distributed by HomeFront, which helps

Mercer County’s homeless families through a variety of programs.

Bring new, unwrapped toys to the Fleet Financial Solutions Center

at 16-18 Nassau Street during business hours or until noon on

Saturday.

Each donor will receive a poster of McCarter Theater’s all-new

production

of "A Christmas Carol," which has been supported by the bank.

Donors are also eligible to win a $100 gift certificate for McCarter

tickets. For information call 609-688-0381.

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$5 Million for Nassau

Harold W. McGraw of the McGraw Hill Companies

has endowed Princeton University with $5 million to create a campus

center for teaching and learning. The center’s key features include

an electronic classroom, a multimedia learning resource lab, a writing

center, a lecture/demonstration room, a video study facility, and

a study hall. It will become a place for sharing teaching and

curriculum

strategies, offering technological and professional support

inter-departmentally,

and incorporating high-tech tools into teaching and learning.

The McGraw Center will also incorporate the Princeton Writing Program

and the Language Laboratory and regularly host visitors for lectures

and workshops on new methods and new tools.

Comcast employees packed and delivered Thanksgiving meals

to less fortunate families on Thanksgiving morning with the help of

the Americana Diner in East Windsor. Families who received the meals

were chosen by the Community Action Service Center of Hightstown,

a not-for-profit organization that has aided the needs of community

members since 1967.

Bloomberg Financial Markets of Skillman hosted 75 students

and mentors from the Granville Academy in October as a part of the

academy’s annual convention that was held at the Four Points Sheraton

in Cherry Hill. The students and mentors toured the Skillman offices,

and its communications center, met with several managers, and one

of Bloomberg’s executive recruiters.

William Granville, who founded the academy in 1983, hoped that the

visit would inspire the college-bound, inner-city students who could

pursue business, industry, and entrepreneurship as careers.

The Independent Insurance Agents of New Jersey (IIANJ)

donated $18,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, which

will help sponsor an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for four

children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Their

tickets include access to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, MGM

Studios,

Sea World, Universal Studios, Dinner Theater, as well as Bush Gardens,

Cypress Gardens, Wet N’ Wild, Discovery Island, and Gatorland. IIANJ

raised the money through its Charity Golf Classic held in the spring

of 2000.

The Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey Inc. raised

over $34,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey at its 17th annual

golf classic. The money will go towards supporting year-round sports

training and athletic competition for 12,000 children and adults in

New Jersey with mental retardation or other closely related

disabilities.

Next year’s Golf Classic will be held on September 10 at Greenacres

Country Club in Lawrenceville.

The ERA Brokers of New Jersey raised $15,000 for the Muscular

Dystrophy Association (MDA) through its second annual ERA/MDA Great

Walk. Over 100 people of all ages and physical abilities took part

in the ERA/MDA Great Walk, and funds exceeded last year’s by 50

percent.

Princeton University has donated $300,000 to the construction

of the new Princeton Public Library. The library’s cardholders include

2,300 faculty, staff, and students, who borrowed more than 40,000

items last year. The fund raising campaign has a goal of $11.5

million.

Fox Rothschild O’Brien & Frankel made holiday donations

to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and other food banks throughout the

state. By designing its own Thanksgiving card, the Lenox Drive office

of the law firm was able to decrease the cost of holiday cards and

provide additional financial support.

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Cancer Booklet

Cancer Care of New Jersey has published a resource guide

called, "A Guide to Getting Help in Your Community," for

people

with cancer, their families, health care professionals, and the

public.

It promotes early stage detection of cancer and helps people affected

by cancer better manage the cancer experience.


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