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

NJIT and Marine Reserve Host Counter-Terrorism Symposium: Nov. 11, 2006

The New Jersey chapter of the Marine Corps Reserve Association and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will sponsor the Counter-Terrorism Symposium Nov. 11, 2006, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at NJIT.

The keynote speaker for this one-day terrorism preparedness symposium is retired Maj. Gen. George T. Garret, assistant to the director, NJ Office of Homeland Defense.

ATTENTION EDITORS AND REPORTERS: For more information contact Walter F. Conner Col. USMC (ret), president, New Jersey Marine Corps Reserve Association, at (609) 977-2114 or wconner9@comcast.net.  Seat reservations are $50.00 per person.

People providing briefings will include the NJ State Police (School Security Unit); bird flu expert Judith Lightfoot; Norman Van Houten, PhD of NJIT speaking about chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats; Business Executives for National Security; the NJ Army Guard Civil Support Team and the NJ State Police Bomb Squad. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Community Emergency Response Team/Corporate Watch/Citizen Corps and computer forensic/cyber security experts will also speak.

The symposium will discuss counter-terrorist prevention strategies that are in place and being developed, plus scenarios as they apply to threats and regional concerns such as school security, hospital pandemic flu preparation and information technology security. Experts will also improvise explosive devices and discuss travel threats for trains, ships and trucks.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.