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Nuclear Proliferation Expert to Speak at NJIT

One of the few things John Kerry and President Bush agreed upon during the 2004 presidential debates was that nuclear proliferation is one of the greatest dangers facing the United States. Weapons of mass destruction expert Joseph Cirincione, a director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will explore the nature of nuclear proliferation and how to reduce it during the Feb. 7 technology forum sponsored by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Cirincione’s lecture will begin at 11:30 a.m. in NJIT’s Jim Wise Theater, at Kupfrian Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

The world is at a nuclear tipping point, according to Cirincione. We face the triple threat of nuclear terrorism, the emergence of new nuclear-weapon states and the deterioration of the existing non-proliferation regime. Cirincione will assess the Bush administration’s response to each of these dangers, suggesting obstacles that must be overcome and traps that must be avoided.

Cirincione is an expert on non-proliferation, national security, U.S. foreign policy and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  He is the author of Deadly Arsenals: Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction (Carnegie Endowment, 2002) and a senior associate and director of the Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service and is a frequent commentator on proliferation and security issues in the media. 

Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives and served as staff director of the Military Reform Caucus under Congressmen Tom Ridge and Charles Bennett. He is the author of many articles on proliferation and nuclear weapons issues; the editor of Repairing the Regime (Routledge, 2000); the producer of the DVD The Proliferation Threat; and the publisher and editor of the Internet site ProliferationNews.org. He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

In May 2004 the National Journal listed Cirincione as one of the 100 people whose ideas will shape the debates regarding the “ten most important issues of the day.” The World Affairs Councils of America in 2004 named him one of 500 people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy. 

Cirincione’s lecture is the first in NJIT’s 2005 Technology and Forum series. The six spring forums are designed to explore the connections between the technological expertise students study in the classroom and the real-world geo-political issues that affect the quality of human life. Each event is designed to foster discussion between the experts and the audience about the social implications of cutting-edge technologies. 

During the forum for Feb. 23, Raymond V. Gilmartin, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Merck and Co., will discuss “A Prescription for Change in U.S. Health Care.” For the forum on March 2, Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the department of geosciences at Princeton University, will explore the role of fossil fuel in global warming. On April 7, Philip Goode, PhD, distinguished professor of physics and director of the Big Bear Solar Observatory, will discuss his research suggesting that climate changes on earth are correlated with changes in the Sun's output. On April 20, the Nobel Laureate Leon M. Lederman, director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will discuss the crisis in U.S. science education and science literacy. The forums for the spring semester will conclude on April 27 with a concert featuring the Newark Arts High School Chorus. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.

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.