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NJIT Sponsors Fall Lecture Series

Once again, the NJIT Technology and Society Forum will present speakers whose ideas excite and challenge. Share the exploration of topics that range from our potential for creativity and the possibility of controlling our evolutionary future to the many benefits of ending society’s dependence on contentious sources of petroleum. 

The first lecture, “Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, An Essential Skill for the New Millennium,” is set for Sept. 27, 2006, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom. Gerard J. Puccio, PhD, the department chair and professor of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State, State University of New York will explore the nature of creativity and how people may enhance their potential for thinking. Puccio will examine creativity as a skill vital for leadership. He will discuss ways to improve creative thinking in situations and professions, including education.

Puccio holds a doctorate in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England. The center he chairs is a unique academic department offering the world’s only master’s degree in creativity.  Puccio co-authored Creative Leadership: Skills that Drive Change. In recognition of his scholarship, Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Research Excellence.

The second talk, “How to Win the Oil Endgame:  Innovation for Profits, Jobs and Security,” will be held Oct. 25, 2006, 3-4:30 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium. Nathan Glasgow, of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will be the featured speaker.

The third lecture, “Radical Evolution,” will be held Nov. 8, 2006, 3-4:30 p.m., in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom.  Joel Garreau, a reporter and editor at the Washington Post and a principal of the Garreau Group will speak.

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.