State efforts to close the K-12 digital divide may come up short

In 2021, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that education officials in his state had “closed” the digital divide by ensuring that every public school student had a laptop or tablet and internet access. “Closing the digital divide wasn’t just about meeting the challenges of remote learning,” Murphy, a Democrat, said at the time. “It’s been […]

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Let’s advance a 21st-century public health system together

In today’s world, we can’t afford to fight health threats with our hands tied. For New Jersey to be a truly healthy and equitable state, we need the public health infrastructure to function at full strength for everyone’s wellbeing. Op-ed by Jeanne Herb, NJ Spotlight News, January 7, 2022

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How sea level rise is affecting your commute to and around Atlantic City

By 2050, there is a 50% confidence level of sea levels rising 1.4 feet above the 2010 average, regardless of emissions outcome, according to the most recent Rutgers Science and Technical Advisory Panel. Robert Noland, a professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, worked with a Rutgers colleague […]

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Employers struggle to hire and retain workers almost two years into the pandemic

The pandemic has changed where we work, how we work and when we work. And because the labor market is so tight right now, managers are trying to figure out how to keep the employees they already have. But it’s not just restaurants and other low-wage employers struggling to keep staff; Carl Van Horn at Rutgers has been studying the labor […]

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A Call for Proactive Policies for Informatics and Artificial Intelligence Technologies

Artificial Intelligence (colloquially referred to as “AI”) presents a powerful opportunity to human society. While past scientific and technological revolutions replaced human muscle power, the dawn of the information age saw the invention of computers that helped create, store, process and share vast quantities of digitized information, making human intelligence even more highly valued for […]

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Senate vaccine mandate vote shows Congressional weakness on regulations

Last week, the Senate voted 52-48 to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the regulations issued by OSHA to mandate vaccines or COVID-19 testing in workplaces with more than 100 employees.  The vote generated headlines but the impact of the vote on actual COVID-19 vaccine policy is zero. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to pass resolutions of […]

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Opinion: Rutgers is wrong about religion-based vaccine exemptions

Rutgers administration has been asked to remove the religion-based exemption from its vaccination requirements but has declined. T. Patrick Hill, an assistant professor at the Bloustein School, says allowing a religious exemption for a public health issue is unconstitutional. NJ.com Opinion, November 29, 2021

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