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

Sustainability, Whale Music, Plus More Highlight Upcoming Free NJIT Lectures

There’s something for everyone this spring at NJIT’s semi-annual Technology and Society Forum Series.   In two weeks, Ralph Izzo, chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) opens the event with a closer look at sustainability. A special classical music concert is on tap for February, followed by another lecture about sustainability. The series concludes in April when NJIT Humanities Professor and best-selling author and musician David Rothenberg will discuss his popular books about whale music and why birds sing.  

All offerings are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the NJIT Parking Garage, 154 Summit Street.  For more information, please click here.  Presentations have been made possible thanks to support from AT&T and Hewlett Packard.

Izzo opens the series with a closer look at sustainable energy policy for urban areas when he speaks on Jan. 28, 2009, from 3-4:30 p.m., in the Campus Center Ballroom. 

Members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will perform works by C.P.E. Bach, Niccolo Paganini and Claude Debussy among others on Feb. 25, 2009 at 3-4:30 p.m., in the Campus Center Ballroom.

Leith Sharp, founding director of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative will discuss “Organizational Change Management for Sustainability: The Harvard Case Study” on March 25, 2009, from 3–4:30 p.m., in the Campus Center Ballroom.

The series concludes on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, from 3–4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium with Rothenberg’s discussion of whale music and why birds sing.  Rothenberg’s latest book, Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound (Basic Books, 2008) was named one of the ten best science and technology books for 2008 by Booklist on Line, a publication of the American Library Association..

Creature lovers may recall that Rothenberg also authored the bestselling Why Birds Sing (Basic Books) in 2005.  

Co-sponsors of the lecture series are the NJIT Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College, Murray Center for Women in Technology and Sigma Xi. For more information about the series, contact Jay Kappraff, kappraff@adm.njit.edu at 973-596-3490. NJIT welcomes attendees from Essex County College, Rutgers-Newark and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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.