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Robot Demonstrations, Free Massages, More Mark Women’s History Month at NJIT

A roster of more than a dozen unique events ranging from a robot demonstration to free massages, roses and chocolates will number among the featured offerings when Women’s History Month gets underway March 1, 2006 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

All events are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Murray Center for Women in Technology at NJIT. Street parking is available. Attention reporters:  Contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, for parking reservations. Talina Knox, program coordinator, 973-642-4671, is available to answer questions from the public. 

Learn more about women and architecture past, present and future when Gabrielle Esperdy, PhD, assistant professor, New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at NJIT, opens the series March 1, 2006, 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., in the NJSOA’s Weston Hall Gallery. Esperdy hosts a panel discussion featuring prominent female architects.

Later that evening, members of the black service fraternity Iota Phi Theta invite both male and female students to take a study break and join them for free massages, roses and chocolate-covered strawberries, 9 p.m., in the second-floor lounge of the NJIT Campus Center.

Jacquelynne Eccles, a nationally recognized expert in adolescent psychology and career choice and the director of a research program about gender and achievement at the University of Michigan, speaks March 6, 2006, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center second floor ballroom. Eccles will discuss how to encourage women to choose careers in science and technology plus understand and overcome barriers.

An original musical, “The Ghosts of Rowan Oak,” written by Michelle Rittenhouse, assistant director of the theater arts program at NJIT, will be featured March 1 and March 2 at 2 p.m. and March 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre, Kupfrian Hall, NJIT. Tickets are $5 for NJIT students and seniors; $7 for general admission.   The musical is based on the ghost stories of novelist William Faulkner as told to his family. Rittenhouse adapted them  from the same-named book of short stories by Faulkner’s niece, Dean Faulkner Wells.

An International Women’s Day Celebration is set for March 7, 2006, 4:30-6 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom. The networking event, “Tea Time with the Dimes,” honors the poetry and legacy of women.  E-mail Alyssa Bullens (agb8@njit.edu) for details.

Fun and profit top the agenda March 8, 2006, at 9 p.m. on the first floor of the NJIT Campus Center when the NJIT Black Service Fraternity Iota Phi Theta hosts its second annual date auction benefiting breast cancer. Healing Touch Breast Awareness Program, a Susan B. Komen Foundation project at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, will receive the proceeds. For details e-mail Mohamed Elalem (mme6@mailhost.njit.edu).

See robots, robots and still more robots roam the NJIT Campus Center, March 20, 2006, when MIT robot guru, Cynthia Breazeal, PhD, director of the robotic life group at the prestigious MIT Media Lab, Boston, Mass., graces the stage. Breazeal will be the invited guest speaker for the Murray Center’s popular annual Lillian Gilbreth Colloquium. Breazeal is known for designing robotic creatures that recognize and mimic human emotion. She has appeared on Alan Alda’s television special, Robot Pals, which aired on the public television network. Breazel’s lecture takes place 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom.

Later that same evening, New Jersey high school girls who excel in science and math, along with their teachers and parents, are honored at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event is the annual Lillian Moller Gilbreth Women in Technology Leadership Awards Ceremony, saluting future female scientists and the folks who help them achieve in math and science. Breazeal along with the Montclair High School all-female FIRST Robotics Team will be on hand to talk to the youngsters about her work with robots.

Free testing for sexually transmitted diseases will be available March 22, 2006, in a van located on Summit Street adjacent to the NJIT campus. Sign-ups for testing will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the first floor of the Campus Center Lobby. For more information contact e-mail Mohamed Elalem mme6@mailhost.njit.edu.

Indulge consumer whims on March 24, 2006, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., first floor, NJIT Campus Center, when vendors sell jewelry, handbags, clothing and more. Proceeds will benefit the Murray Center Scholarship Fund. For details, contact Sonia Henderson, 973-596-5736, or Andre Sharrief, 973-596-5491.

Learn more about good health March 27, 2006, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 290, second floor, NJIT Campus Center. Rosalyn Dilligard, a registered nurse at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, will present a women’s health program. Clara Maass, a 465-bed facility, is a member of the St. Barnabas Healthcare System. 

NJIT will connect with universities across the nation for a web-linked discussion about reducing violence against women on campuses March 28, 2006, at 2 p.m., Room 255, Campus Center. 

Newark high school girls will have the chance to explore careers in math and science March 31, 2006, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom, during a women’s career day conference sponsored by the Newark Board of Education. For more information, contact Monique Hutchinson, 973-596-3682 (paden@njit.edu).

NJIT faculty and staff members present their annual variety show March 31, 2006, 7:30 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre at Kupfrian Hall at NJIT. The event benefits the NJIT Student Emergency Loan Fund.

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.