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A group of alumni from the Albert Dorman Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) visited the university to speak to students about the skills needed to succeed professionally.  The 16 alumni, all of whom graduated from the Albert Dorman Honors College, met with students in round table discussions focused on careers, education and academic majors. The graduates also spoke about internships and research opportunities available at their companies.  >>
As Freeman Dyson tells it, "If we are wise, science gives us opportunities to leave things better than the way we left it." To a packed ballroom of more than 500 faculty, staff, students and alumni, Dyson expanded on how the the proliferation of genetic engineering and biotechnology soon will circumvent the Darwinian principles that have governed evolution for three billion years. His lecture, "Life After Darwin: The Open Software of Gene Transfer," spoke to the social and economic consequences of this biotechnological upheaval and the resulting explosion of biodiversity. "Biotechnology will become domesticated--no longer seen as weird and alienated," he predicts. "With new tools come new questions and new responsibilities." >>
"Space--The Final Frontier: What Is It Like to Live and Work in Space?", a lecture by Al Sacco, Jr., PhD, will be presented by the Albert Dorman Honors College as part of its colloquium series on Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. A former astronaut, Sacco is director of the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing and professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University. >>
Will the emerging revolution in genetic engineering and biotechnology change the course of Darwinian evolution—drastically altering the nature of life on earth? Internationally-known physicist and futurist Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ will explore this possibility during the Nov. 10 technology forum at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. “Life After Darwin: The Open Software of Gene Transfer” is the third in NJIT's Technology and Society Forum Series, which is free and open to the public. >>
"Planning for Disaster," a special Honors College Colloquium, will be held on October 25, 2004, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Weston Hall, Lecture 1 (located on the lower level of the School of Architecture Building). Joseph Picciano, P.E., Acting Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Homeland Security for New York, New Jersey, Puerto RIco and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Kathryn Humphrey, Response & Recovery Division Director for FEMA and Homeland Security, will be the guest speakers at the event, which is open to the university community. For more information, contact Lois Chipepo at Chipepo@njit.edu. >>
--“Stem cell biology is one of the greatest revolutions in bio-medicine,” Ira Black, MD,  told 350 listeners at yesterday's forum at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on stem cell research.  Black, chair of the department of neuroscience and cell research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, discussed recent breakthroughs in stem cell research.  He talked about the it might bring for treatments of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, birth defects, and other degenerative diseases. Treena Livingston Arinzeh, PhD, NJIT assistant professor of biomedical engineering, also spoke. In introducing Arinzeh, Black called tissue engineering “the next level” in bio-medical research. Arinzeh described how her studies point the way to “off the shelf” therapies for broken bones and spinal cord injuries. Arinzeh recently received the 2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her research on adult stem cells. >>
We are contracting out primary responsibility for running elections to private companies who are not publicly accountable,” warned New York City Board of Elections Commissioner Douglas Kellner.  Kellner's comments along with Harvard University e-voting expert Rebecca Mercuri were delivered at a Sept. 23 forum about electronic voting technology at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  Both speakers explained the vulnerability of electronic voting systems to insider and outsider attacks which they believe creates new opportunities for large scale vote fraud in the 2004 election and beyond. >>