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

ESPN Sportscaster Linda Cohn To Speak at 25th Anniversary of Women’s Athletics at NJIT

ESPN network’s SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn will be the guest speaker at the 25th Anniversary of Women in Athletics, NJIT’s first celebration dedicated to its letterwomen. Alumnae-athlete pioneers from basketball to swimming, soccer to volleyball, will rally on Saturday, March 29, 2008 in the Campus Center Atrium at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Sponsored by NJIT’s Murray Center for Women in Technology, proceeds will benefit women’s athletic scholarships at NJIT. For more information, call 973-596-3403 or e-mail Highlander Athletics Campaign Director Darlene Lamourt at darlene.lamourt@njit.edu.

Cohn began her career in 1981 as a news anchor and sports reporter for WALK-AM/FM in Patchogue, N.Y. She made sports casting history in 1987 by becoming the first full-time U.S. female sports anchor when she was hired by ABC to anchor their radio sports news show. Her first television break came in 1988, after she was hired by the SportsChannel America Network. Known for her versatility, Cohn has hosted ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and National Hockey Night, ESPN2’s NHL 2Night and RPM 2Night and SportsCenter’s NBA All-Star Game coverage.

Later in March, Lynn Margulis, PhD, distinguished university professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will discuss the “Evolution of Life: Sex and Other Mergers” on Monday, March 31, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in NJIT’s Campus Center Ballroom. The talk is free and open to the public.

Best known for her theory of symbiogenesis—the merging of two separate organisms to form a single new organism—Margulis has revolutionized the way we think about life on earth by revealing the deep and unexpected connections that link the planet and all living things into one organic system. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Science in 1999. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963.

Margulis’ presentation is sponsored jointly by the Technology and Society Forum Series, Albert Dorman Honors College, and the Lillian Gilbreth Colloquium. For parking information and directions, contact Talina Knox at 973-596-4671. 

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.