The Albert Dorman Colloquium Series

Honors Colloquia Series

Professor Martina Decker speaking at TEDxNJITStaying informed about all aspects of the world around you beyond your professional interests is an essential component of leadership.

The Albert Dorman Colloquium Series focuses on the interface between Science, Technology and Society. Colloquia normally meet during university common hours 8-12 times each semester. They feature talks by - and conversations with - industry, academic, and government leaders on a wide range of topics. Field trips to corporate, scientific, cultural, and community organizations are also included. In addition, some important campus political and cultural events are co-sponsored by the Honors College and regarded as part of the Colloquium series.

Honors students must attend at least 2 colloquia each semester and are strongly encouraged to attend more than the required number of colloquia.  You are welcome to review past colloquia topics and speakers here.



Spring 2016 Colloquia

The following events have been scheduled for the Spring 2016 semester. More events are being schedule; please check back often to see the full list of colloquia for the spring of 2016.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Atrium

A Day of Dialogue: A Dialogue on Race, Difference, Inclusion, Tolerance, and Freedom of Expression on College Campuses

NJIT's Vice President for Academic Support and Student Affairs, Dr. Charles J. Fey, invites the university community to participate in a day of dialogue with guest speaker Dr. Felicia McGinty, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Rutgers University.

Dr. McGinty leads the Student Affairs Office at Rutgers-New Brunswick with a forward-thinking, student-centered philosophy to enhance the co-curricular experience and promote student success. Her particular professional interest and expertise encompass student recruitment, retention, and graduation; academic advising; first year programs; counseling and psychological services; and the creation of climates of support for diverse student populations. Breakout sessions will follow Dr. McGinty's address to consider the state of diversity and inclusion on our campus.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Atrium

How to Control a Zombie Army: The New Science of Neuroparasitology
Carl Zimmer

Thorny-headed worms infect a gammaridParasites used to be considered nothing more than freeloaders, taking advantage of their hosts.  Now scientists are discovering a sinister sophistication to these creatures.  Many species can control their hosts and force them to do their bidding.  Researchers are only beginning to explore this remarkable mind-control, developing a field that's been called neuroparasitology that could someday help us find better ways to treat disorders in our own brains.

Carl Zimmer is a prolific science writer and columnist for "Matter" (a weekly series in the NY Times), award-winning blog "The Loom" hosted by National Geographic, author of numerous books (including two widely-acclaimed textbooks on evolution), host of the "Science Happens" video series for STAT (a health and medicine publication), a three-time recipient of the Science Journalism award from the AAS, and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. (Photo courtesy of NY Times and Biogeoscience.)


Free Speech Debate

Join in a debate about NJIT's free speech and Title IX policies.

Friday, February 12, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center Atrium

Ericsson COO Gowton AchaibarLeading in the Network Society
Gowton Achaibar '86

​Mr. Gowton Achaibar, NJIT alumnus and COO & Head of Operations for Ericsson North America, speaks at NJIT about Leading in the Network Society.  He began his career at ATT Bell Labs in 1986 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from NJIT.  Shortly thereafter, he earned a MS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and eventually an MBA from Auburn University.  In 1995, Gowton joined Powertel as CTO in which capacity he built and operated a wireless network in the Southeast of the United States.

When Powertel was acquired by T-Mobile, Gowton joined Ericsson, a large multi-national firm in the telecom space, as VP and GM of the North American Services business.  After successfully transforming this business, he moved into a role as Executive VP of Sales for North American Key Accounts.  In 2008, he moved to India to serve as President and CEO of Ericsson India.  Over the course of three years, he strengthened Ericsson's position in the rapidly expanding Indian market and secured the largest market share in 3G.  In addition, he established an Ericsson college partnership that became a successful mentorship program for new engineers looking to join the company.

In 2011, Gowton returned to the US as COO and Head of Operations for Ericsson North America.  In that capacity, he manages an organization of approximately 14,000 employees and contractors that designs, integrates, builds, and maintains networks across North America.  Gowton is a passionate cricket fan.  In his early years, he played cricket in NJ and served as President of the NJ Cricket Association.  In addition, he jointly edited a cricket magazine called the "US Cricketer" with former Editor of the Jamaican Gleaner, Tony Becca.  Gowton lives in Texas with his wife and four children.

Monday, February 22, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Campus Center Atrium

President's Forum - Michael Doyle
Treading Water in the Digital Ocean: Diving-In Over the Head Can Sometimes Lead to Surfing Big Waves

​Dr. Michael Doyle is the Chairman and CTO of Eolas Technologies Inc. and founder and Chairman of the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago.  He is an active angel investor and co-founder in several Chicago-area tech startups, and is the founder of CodeAbode, the nation's first code bootcamp focused in the areas of health, medicine and fitness.

Dr. Doyle received his PhD from the Department of Cell & Structural Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to founding Eolas in 1994, Dr. Doyle served as Director for the Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California, San Francisco.  From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Doyle served as Chief Scientist on the Visible Embryo Project Next Generation Internet Project, a contract from the National Institutes of Health.  In 2012, Dr. Doyle led the development of the Eolas vScope interactive cloud-based streaming virtual microscope system and its adaptation to create the first neuroanatomical atlas of Albert Einstein's brain.

Dr. Doyle currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Beloit College and the Advisory Council of the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences.  He was the 2013 recipient of the UIC AHS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award and is a member of ACM, IEEE, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Mensa, the Triple Nine Society, and the Ultranet.  He is an active philanthropist, supporting a variety of charitable causes in the sciences and the arts both personally and through his family foundation, the Buonacorsi Foundation.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Jim Wise Theater

Jesus Christ Superstar


Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Atrium

Joe TaylorPanasonic CEO

​Panasonic Corporation of North America Chairman and CEO Joseph M. Taylor has had a 20-year association with the university through programs he helped develop ranging from academic competitions to scholarships.  In 1991, Mr. Taylor, then General Manager of Applied Materials Group at Panasonic, helped found the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge and the Panasonic Scholarship Program now in its 20th year.  He felt these programs would create "a steady stream of young, smart, energetic science, technology, and engineering talent."  Under Taylor's leadership, Panasonic moved its headquarters to Newark as part of its effort to transform itself into an innovation leader in green business by offering employees easy access to a major mass transit hub and incorporating energy savings, water savings, and accessibility throughout its design.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location To Be Announced

STS Music Forum featuring Dr. David Rothenberg

Description to be provided.

Friday, April 1, 2016
Time TBD
Campus Center

Murray Center for Women in Technology Event


Wednesday, April 6, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Jim Wise Theater

Entrepreneurship Colloquium and Networking Event


Friday, April 15, 2016
Time to be announced

Goya's new center in Jersey City, NJ; photo courtesy of nj.comA Tour of Goya Manufacturing and Corporate Centers in New Jersey

​A small group of students will participate in an up-close tour behind the scenes of Goya's new manufacturing facility and corporate offices in New Jersey.

Friday, April 22, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location to be announced

STS Forum: BP Oil Spill

To be provided​

May 18 - 19, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Study Tour

Honors scholars will once again have the opportunity to explore the seat of United States government with insiders who can provide access to congressmen and senators. Students will tour the Mall, share dinner with area alumni, and tour the Capitol Building. A potential White House tour may be included.