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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Two Free Lectures at NJIT: Global Warming and Science Education

Philip Goode, PhD, distinguished professor of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and director of the Big Bear Solar Observatory, will discuss his research suggesting that climate changes on earth correlate with changes in the sun’s output during a April 6 lecture sponsored by NJIT.

Goode’s lecture is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the campus center ballroom at NJIT, University Heights, Newark.

Changes in the earth’s climate depend basically on changes in the sun's output, the earth's reflectance and greenhouse gases. Goode will use earthshine data to probe the relative roles of the above three phenomena. Earthshine is the ghostly glow of sunlight reflected from the dark of the moon.

On April 20, the Nobel Laureate Leon M. Lederman, director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and founder and resident scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, will discuss what he perceives as the crisis in U.S. science education. Lederman contends that America’s schools, modeled on 19th-century curricula, produce students with little understanding of science. He will discuss how the schools and curricula can be improved.

The Lederman lecture is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theater, Kupfrian Hall, on the NJIT campus.

Both lectures are free and open to the public and parking is available. The lectures will be webcast live by logging onto http://speakerforum.njit.edu/. For more information about the forums call Jay Kappraff at (973) 596-3490.

The 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. The forum website is http://speakerforum.njit.edu.

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.