Jewish STEM initiative taps local leader
Verona scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Lynne B Harrison has been named to the national board of an organization that partners with Jewish day schools to provide curricula, teacher training, advanced technology, and support in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects.
Harrison, founder and president of Harrison Research Laboratories Inc., is a longstanding supporter of the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education. She is also a board member of Friends of Israel Sci Tech, which collaborated with CIJE on the CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program, now in close to 40 schools in the United States.
“CIJE is a unique organization that transcends geographic and multi-denominational bounds to provide quality education for Jewish youth throughout the U.S.,” Harrison said in a statement. “STEM education is the basis on which rests our entire future, in terms of our prosperity, world leadership, and the enormous job satisfaction the people in sciences enjoy.”
Harrison, whose Union-based company tests cosmetics, toiletries, and pharmaceuticals, serves on the board of Space Israel and is the chair of the newly formed USA Space Israel Board.
She is a vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and founded and funded the Dr. Lynne B Harrison Science Center at the New Jersey “Y” Camps.
She has also served as an officer of Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove.
Since 2001, the nonprofit CIJE has built 100 computer laboratories and 25 science laboratories, and donated more than 500 SMART boards to Jewish day schools around the country.
“Dr. Harrison and CIJE share similar goals, which is to ensure that students are well prepared for future STEM jobs and to compete in the global workforce,” said CIJE president Jason Cury. “She will be a valuable asset on our board, and her involvement will enhance the quality of the programs we’re providing to Jewish day schools nationwide.”