Shirley Ann Jackson to lecture at NJIT on energy security and education

Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will visit New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to discuss how the United States can secure the energy supplies vital for sustaining its global competitiveness.

Jackson will lecture on Feb. 8, 2006, 3-4:30 p.m., in the NJIT Campus Center ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public and parking is available.

Jackson will discuss how the United States can no longer drill its way to ample and secure energy supplies. The technological innovations that will usher in alternative energy sources, she maintains, will be realized only when the U.S. leaders make education in science and technology a top priority. To meet this challenge, the nation must engage its brightest minds, including the young women and ethnic groups now underrepresented in the sciences.

Jackson, who holds a doctorate in theoretical elementary particle physics from MIT, is speaking at the invitation of NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Murray Center for Women in Technology and the Technology and Society Forum Committee. Jackson has served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and chaired the AAAS board of directors. Jackson served as chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995 to 1999). Before then, she was a theoretical physicist at the former AT&T Bell Laboratories and a professor of theoretical physics at Rutgers University.

Jackson is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a life member of the MIT Corporation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness. She also serves on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange, the boards of Georgetown University and Rockefeller University and the board of regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

Her lecture is the second event in NJIT's 2006 Technology and Society Forum Series. The forums explore the connections between the technological expertise that students study in the classroom and the real-world geo-political issues that affect the quality of human life. Christopher Phoenix, director of research at the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, will speak at NJIT on April 5, 2006.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology, the state's public technological research university, enrolls more than 8,300 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 100 degree programs offered by six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. NJIT is renowned for expertise in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and eLearning.


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