Technology User Group (TUG) Discussions for all users at all levels via hybrid meetings (in-person and Zoom) after the regular meeting, at about 11:45 a.m. (first and fourth Tuesdays of the month).
Feb 6 –Issues Session.
Feb 27 – Discussion of 2024 tax changes & software.
Timely Topics Discussion in-person and via Zoom, with participation encouraged from all in attendance. Usually at 11:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.
Feb 13 – "It's Tax Season Again." How do you think we should revise our federal income tax structure? What problems are you addressing by making these revisions? What are the pros and cons of making these changes?
Trips Scheduled(For Old Guard members and their guests)
Post-Covid trips are now being planned. Stay tuned.
Walkers Group walks or hikes are once again feasible – but this group needs a chair or coordinator. Any volunteers?
Meetings at 10:00 am. All visitors welcome [ venue ]
February Program Chair – Jim Fleischmann
Feb 6 – "Here’s Why Summit Has One of the Finest School Systems in New Jersey" – Scott Hough was appointed superintendent of schools in Summit in 2020 (during the pandemic) after a term as assistant superintendent in New Providence. He will give us an overview of the system and describe the impact COVID-19 had and how he dealt with it. He will also discuss critical issues facing all school administrators, such as bullying, security, and safety. The appeal of Summit as a place to live is supported by its excellent public schools.[video to appear]
Feb 13 – "Everything You Didn’t Know about Union County" – You may not have known that Union County was the last county created in New Jersey, in 1857. Today its very diverse population is equal to that of Wyoming, and its budget is half a billion dollars. You’ll be surprised about a lot more that will be shared by our speaker, Amy Wagner, the deputy county manager. Amy speaks authoritatively about law enforcement, parks, public works, health services, economic development, and much more. [video to appear]
Feb 20 – "Remarkable Advances in Brain Surgery" – Our speaker Dr. Yaron Moshel is co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center. He is one of a select few surgeons who specialize in removing deep-seated brain tumors using technology that includes computer-guided navigation, awake intraoperative brain mapping, endoscopy, and microsurgery. Dr. Moshel will explain how the convergence of precision medicine, advanced robotics, and specialized imaging are fostering new breakthroughs in the treatment of brain and spine tumors. [in-person and on Zoom – for access: [email protected]]
Feb 27 – "Is the Library an Anachronism in a Digital World?" – With so much information accessible online, is a public library still relevant? Amy Behr-Shields is the director of the Summit Free Library. She will explain how the library is needed to curate reliable sources of information and to manage the complexities of digital and non-digital media, while serving as a community center and a welcoming environment. [in-person and on Zoom]
March Birthdays emcee – Mort O'Shea
March Program Chair – Matt Wyvratt
Mar 5 - "Ion Channels: Targets for New Therapeutics" – Dr. Greg Kaczorowski (ex-Merck) will discuss the importance of ion channels in our health. Ion channels are a large and diverse family of integral membrane proteins that are present in all cells of the body. These proteins span the plasma lipid bilayer membrane and contain an internal pore structure which can be opened/closed by various stimuli to allow the gated passage of ions (e.g., sodium, potassium, calcium, or chloride ions) into or out of a cell. Nature has used this rather simple mechanism to modulate all major biological activities, both somatic responses like voluntary muscle movement and autonomic actions like cardiac and respiratory activities. Because of their fundamental importance in systems biology, Greg will discuss how ion channels can be modulated for therapeutic benefit or be targeted to kill an organism. [in-person and on Zoom]
Mar 12 – "History Of Children’s Specialized Hospital 1891 to Present" – Jessica Arkel is the development officer at Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. She will discuss the history of Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey from its early days in 1891 in Westfield to becoming a preeminent provider of pediatric rehabilitation with 15 facilities across New Jersey serving more than 35,000 children annually who are living with a variety of complex pediatric medical conditions—from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries—to a full scope of developmental, behavioral, and mental health concerns. [in-person and on Zoom]
Mar 19 – "Three Public Health Emergencies and Drugs Developed to Control Them" – Prof. Dennis Liotta has led a group of synthetic/medicinal chemists at Emory University for over four decades. He will provide an overview of his research in the antiviral arena, featuring stories of three highly successful antivirals he developed in collaboration with his academic colleagues and biotech partners. Dr. Liotta has contributed to 18 FDA-approved therapies, with perhaps his biggest impact coming in the HIV/AIDS field. He will also highlight recent drug discovery endeavors in various therapeutic areas, including oncology and neurological diseases. [in-person and on Zoom]
Mar 26 – "From Science to Photography" – Dr. Lenny McDonald will discuss the importance of experimentation and creativity in photography sharing his journey from science (ex-Wyeth/Pfizer) to his present avocation. Macro and close-up are his favorite styles and he’ll discuss the impact of exploiting fine details. He’ll also show some of his non-macro abstract work. Lastly, he’ll briefly share his perspective on AI in photography and how it fits into his workflow. Lenny has exhibited his work in various venues across New Jersey, including Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Mayo Performing Arts Center, and the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion. You can review some of his work on his Instagram page at instagram.com/lennysfineartphotos/. [in-person and on Zoom]