Office of the President

MEMORANDUM

To: NJIT Faculty, Staff and Students

From: Robert A. Altenkirch

Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005

Subject: Spring Technology and Society Forums

I want to call your attention to the list of stimulating speakers that will be appearing on campus this spring semester as part of NJIT’s 2005 Technology and Society Forum Series. Founded as part of our strategic plan that calls for “high-profile, intellectually stimulating on-campus events,” the Forum Series is designed to open further conversation between experts and the audience about long-range social implications of cutting-edge technologies.

 

The Spring 2005 Forum Series begins on Monday, February 7, with Joseph Cirincione of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who will explore what has been called the greatest threat of our times: nuclear proliferation. Please encourage your colleagues and students to attend this event, scheduled from 11:30 am– 1:00 pm in the Jim Wise Theater, Kupfrian Hall.

 

On Wednesday February 23, NJIT welcomes Raymond Gilmartin, CEO of Merck, who will present “A Prescription for Change in US Health Care” at a forum event scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom.

 

The third and fourth forums will focus on environmental issues. On March 2, Michael Oppenheimer, Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University, will explore the role of fossil fuel in global warming. On April 7, Philip Goode, NJIT Distinguished Professor of Physics and Director of the Big Bear Solar Observatory, will present research suggesting that climate changes on earth are correlated with changes in the sun's output. On April 20, Leon M. Lederman, Nobel Laureate and director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will discuss the crisis in US science education and science literacy. The forums for the spring semester will conclude on April 27 with a concert featuring the Newark Arts High School Chorus.

 

Please plan to attend as many of these events as possible and incorporate discussion of forum topics in your courses whenever appropriate.