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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.

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.