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

Scientist and Sculptor To Reflect on Creativity at NJIT Talk Set for 9/21

The creative confluence of science and art will be the focus of the first in the fall 2011 Technology and Society Forum presentations when James C. Phillips and Robert B. Marcus jointly share their views on September 21, 2011 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. Each had a long and notable career in the sciences, with Marcus wearing the additional hat of a sculptor.  

All presentations are free and open to the public. They will take place in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom. Event sponsors are the NJIT Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College, the NJIT Department of Physics and the NJIT Chapter of Sigma Xi.  For more information, contact Jay Kappraff, kappraff@adm.njit.edu or 973-596-3490.   

A pioneer in nanotechnology research at Bell Laboratories and Bellcore, Marcus was a research professor at NJIT from 1992-1997 and president of two nanotechnology start-ups in the late 1990s. Now retired, he continues to create sculptures, mostly in bronze, as he has done for 30 years. At 12:30 p.m. in Eberhardt Hall on the NJIT campus, preceding the Forum presentation, there will be a dedication of Marcus’ bronze interpretation of a Klein bottle, a sculpture he has donated to NJIT. Such work embodies the convergent influences that have shaped his approach to both science and art. The scientists will move into the Campus Center Ballroom for their talk from 2:30-4 p.m..

Phillips is a distinguished condensed matter physicist and materials scientist whose work has taken him to Bell Labs and a number of universities, including the University of California, Cambridge University and the University of Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University since 2001. In his estimation, the computer revolution has put massive amounts of data at the disposal of researchers, ushering in an era of “big data” that offers opportunities for creatively solving problems that would have been “impossible” for theorists to envision just two decades ago. In discussing “six impossible things,” he will touch on research challenges that span physics, biochemistry, economics and other fields.

Additional presentations, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for this fall.  “Understanding the benefits and risks of atomic power will be the topic for Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 3-4:30 p.m. The speaker is Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.  The worldwide water crisis will be the focus from 3-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2011, when Upmanu Lall, PhD, long-time director of hydrology at the Columbia University Earth Institute will be the featured speaker. Lall is the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. 

To learn more about previous forum presentations, visit http://itunes.njit.edu; search for “Technology and Society Forum.”

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.