NJ State AFL-CIO Endorsement

On June 17, 2015, 600 Delegates representing 1,000 labor unions and 1,000,000 members of the NJ State AFL-CIO met to endorse their candidates for the 2015 general election this November.  I am honored to receive their nomination along with my running mate, Maureen Vella, for our campaign in the 16th Legislative District.

“It is crucial that we unify behind incumbent and first-time candidates who understand the many challenges facing middle-class families and who will work every day to put the interests of their communities first,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. 

Here's the press release.

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Politics and Physics


Gonna be some PHYSICS up in here (thanks to Princeton & PPPL) by: Rosi Efthim (Reprinted from www.bluejersey.com)


New Jersey - at least its Democrats - have something of a history with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, a  U.S. Department of Energy national lab managed by Princeton University. Rush Holt, my old boss and NJ's former scientist-congressman, was an administrator there before he came to Congress representing NJ's left flank (and CD12), defeating supercomputers, advocating less hackable voting systems and better funding for science research & education. These days, Holt's got a larger role repping science itself. But now another denizen of PPPL, its Science Education chief Andrew Zwicker, is running for Assembly in LD-16, which has more Ds than Rs (including heavily-Dem Princeton) but is longterm-repped by Republicans. 

It's why I still have a PPPL Google alert. So I wanted to pass on to those of you whose wonkiness extends from politics to science, this: All week, PPPL's offering live-streaming of lectures on plasma physics & fusion energy that students in PPPL's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) and other programs are attending. The SULI Internship brings students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the Lab from all over the U.S., pairing them with PPPL scientist mentors.  Lecturers include scientists from national labs like PPPL and Sandia and universities including MIT, Michigan, Columbia and TCNJ. 

Yeah, it's heavy. And you've already missed the introductory stuff this morning. But it's all week and it looks fun to me. Here's all the info:


ScheduleWatch hereOr here

If you do, shoot PPPL an email. They want to know who they're reaching.

New Jersey's not Texas. But we have a pretty embarrassing anti-science hit parade, including our Ebola-freaking governor, considerable anti-vaxxer nonsense, and climate-science deniers like reps Scott Garrett (sheesh) and Leonard Lance, who's on a downward spiral from better judgement to full pandering to the ignorant. These guys keep getting re-elected, just like the chronically incorrect NJ state senator Mike Doherty does. Nice to know there are some antidotes available.  

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TEDx talk on Science Literacy

Recently, I was asked to be a part of the TEDx Carnegie Lake conference on "Revive."  From the website, "To move forward, sometimes it’s best to take a step back and revive what drives our passion and what inspires us to create better experiences for our companies, our communities, and our world. Enlighten. Strengthen. Energize. Revive."

The theme of my talk was Science Literacy.  You can watch my talk here, all of the talks here, and photos are here.



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Vote June 2!

The primary election is Tuesday, June 2.  Polls are open from 6 am until 8pm.  Every vote counts!

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