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New Jersey Institute of Technology Environmentalist Receives Fulbright Chair Award

Nancy Lee Jackson, an associate professor of geography at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has been awarded the Turin Chair as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program.  Jackson will conduct research on coastal and ecosystem management and lecture on International Environmental Policy at the Polytechnic Institute of Turin, Italy during the 2004-2005 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Jackson heads the graduate program in environmental policy studies in the department of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT.  Her research focuses on coastal processes on beaches and dunes in estuarine and low wave energy environments. She is currently studying the relationship between beach processes and horseshoe crab reproduction in Delaware Bay.

Her recent work has appeared in journals such as Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geomorphology, Journal of Waterway, Port, Harbor and Ocean Engineering, and Marine Geology.  She serves as an associate editor of Estuaries: An International Journal of Coastal Science and Journal of Coastal Research.

Jackson received her bachelor’s degree from Clark University, her master’s degree from Antioch New England Graduate School and her doctorate from Rutgers University. 

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Recipients of the awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.  Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics, James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in Medicine; Rita Dover, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.