Fall 2007 Colloquium Series

Special Colloquium Opportunity - Receive Colloquium credit for attending any ONE of the Chemistry Department seminars with an environmental and sustainability focus. This series is being run cooperatively with the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science along with the Rutgers/Newark Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Attendance will be taken. Schedule is HERE.

September 19, 2007
Campus Center Ballroom
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Mental Tools for Thinking Creatively
Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Life Science, Michigan State University

Every creative product is different, yet creative people in all disciplines think in very similar ways. A study of hundreds of inventors, scientists, writers, artists, dancers, musicians and entrepreneurs reveals that there are thirteen fundamental "tools for creative thinking": observing, imaging, abstracting, pattern recognition, pattern forming, analogizing, body thinking, empathizing, dimensional thinking, modeling, playing, transforming, and synthesizing. Unfortunately, few of these "tools" are taught explicitly in formal education systems; most are ignored; and some are explicitly rejected. What is emphasized in schools instead are formal languages, such as English, mathematics, and graphics, that are used to communicate. But what good are communications skills if we have nothing original to communicate? This talk presents examples of each "tool for creative thinking" from several different disciplines and demonstrates how each can be applied in practical ways to scientific and technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Like any tool, however, "tools for creative thinking" can only be mastered by practice. It is therefore emphasized that the most creative people are those with the greatest experience creating things. Innovators are polymaths (people of many skills) who explore several disciplines and have many hobbies. Playing broadly enhances their understanding of creativity through the tried-and-true process of trial-and-error. This talk is based in large part on ideas described in Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein's book, Sparks of Genius (Houghton Mifflin, 1999).

Robert Root-Bernstein obtained his bachelors and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. While a post-doctoral fellow with Jonas Salk at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, he was awarded one of the first MacArthur Fellowships. This allowed him to develop novel theories of autoimmunity and molecular evolution while also investigating the bases of scientific creativity. He has written four books (Discovering, 1989; Rethinking AIDS, 1993; Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels, 1997; and Sparks of Genius, 1999); over a hundred peer-reviewed articles; has more than a dozen patents or patents-pending; and has consulted for major biotech, pharmaceutical and chemical companies. He is currently a Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University where, in his spare time, he pretends to be a visual artist.

Colloquium cosponsored by the NJIT Science and Technology Forum

Randall Pinkett

October 3, 2007
Theater (Kuprian Hall)
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Campus CEOs: A New Era for a New Generation
Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, located in NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center

Dr. Pinkett was also the Season 4 winner of NBC’s “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump.

Google. Yahoo! YouTube. Facebook. The list of successful businesses started by college students continues to grow. During this talk, Randal will discuss how students can take the entrepreneurial leap by starting and running a profitable business. He will share his insights as a student entrepreneur, as well as those of other legendary leaders, like Bill Gates, Russell Simmons and Michael Dell, who established their companies while in school. Pinkett’s own profitable campus-based business helped him to graduate with five degrees, including a Rhodes Scholarship, completely debt-free.

After the talk, Randal will be available to sign copies of his recently released book, Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide To Launching A Multimillion Dollar Business, Kaplan Publishing, 2007


October 8
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Mumbai 2020: Building Asia’s Next Global City

Sanjeev Sanyal, Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank Asia; Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore

Sanjeev Sanyal, 2007 Eisenhower Fellow, will describe the various dynamics that will drive twenty-first century Asian mega-cities. As Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank Asia, Mr. Sanyal is a leading expert on the region’s fast-growing economies. He has worked extensively on financial markets, monetary policy, demographics, micro-finance and environmental accounting. He has a special interest in the growth of mega-cities and large financial hubs in Asia. An Oxford-trained economist, he also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Policy Studies, where he is examining the economics of Global Cities and mega financial/business agglomerations. Mr. Sanyal is visiting the US as a member of the Eisenhower Fellowship’s Common Interest Program (CIP) on the Challenges of Urbanization.

Cheng Li

October 10, 2007
Campus Center Atrium
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

China’s Future: A Paradox of Hope and Fear
Cheng Li, Professor of Government and Chair of the Asian Studies Program, Hamilton College, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

It seems clearer today than any time before that the world is in the midst of a major geopolitical and economic power shift. China, the country known for economic backwardness and international isolation has been transformed within less than three decades into the world's foremost frontier of rapid development and economic globalization. Yet, China's rapid rise on the world stage is a paradox of hope and fear, for China herself and for the whole world. Cheng Li, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, will address three interrelated issues regarding China's paradoxical future:

  1. socio-economic and demographic trends in the Chinese society;
  2. the dynamics in the Chinese leadership; and
  3. the daunting challenges that China faces in the years ahead.

 This Colloquium is cosponsored by the NJIT Science and Technology Forum

Lindsey Pollak

October 17, 2007
Campus Center Atrium
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Getting from College to Career
Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak, a graduate of Yale University, is a writer, editor and speaker specializing in career advice for young professionals. She is the author of a brand new career advice book for college students and recent grads, Getting from College to Career: 90 Things To Do Before You Join the Real World, HarperCollins, 2007. Lindsey frequently appears in the media as an expert on such topics as networking, job hunting, Gen Y in the workplace and other topics related to Getting from College to Career. Her professional speaking also includes frequent conference and seminar presentations at universities, business associations and corporations around the United States. Recent speaking engagements have included Amherst, Columbia, Northwestern, MIT, the University of Michigan, The New York Times Job Market Career Series and Time Inc.

Cosponsored by Career Awareness Week, Career Development Services



October 22
GITC 1400
11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Impact on American Geostrategic Interests in East Asia

Desaix Anderson, East Asia foreign service officer and lecturer at Princeton University

North Korea’s Kim Jong Il is a ruthless dictator, reckless in his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, defiant and maddeningly provocative. While the present Administration was pursuing a policy of the US “will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea,” Kim Jong II was playing his own game and, as it turns out, with remarkable success. He has produced fissile material for nuclear bombs – probably six to ten in the last five years or so – and tried to build nuclear devices sufficiently miniaturized to affix to his Taepodong-2 ballistic missiles, while at the same time perfecting these missiles for intercontinental delivery. The “neoconservative” guiding principles of recent years have seen the world as clearly divided into two camps, one good and the other evil, and, until recently, their advocates accordingly refused to negotiate with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. At a minimum, the resulting costs of this ideological approach have simply spiraled as Kim Jong Il managed to build up his nuclear and missile arsenal. He has taken advantage of the weaknesses of the neoconservative ideological approach and of Washington’s overriding preoccupation with Iraq. The result is that he has succeeded in greatly undermining America’s geostrategic interests in East Asia. The question the Colloquium raises: Is there any hope of defusing this crisis?

Desaix Anderson has worked for thirty-five years in Foreign Service throughout East Asia, serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo, Japan, opened as Chargé d’Affaires the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, 1995-97, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific in the Department of State. After leaving State, he served as Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization in New York from 1997-2001 in charge of building two light water nuclear reactors in North Korea to stop Pyongyang from building nuclear weapons. A graduate in history of Princeton University, he has occasionally taught on Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam on economic and security issues in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and in summer 2007 he conducted an inaugural Princeton Global Summer Seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam, on “America and Vietnam at War: Origins, Implications, and Consequences” for Princeton undergraduates . He is a member of the Council on Foreign relations in New York. He is also a writer and a painter.

October 25
Bradley Hall Theater, Rutgers/Newark
7:00 p.m.
Honors Night at the Theater – Number 1 of 2

Dark Sonnets of the Lady, by Don Nigro, directed by Liza Hataf and Mario Corrales. In this play, Sigmund Freud meets his match in a young woman who is accused of lying. The play is produced in conjunction with Cuchipinoy Productions, a theatre company formed by Rutgers-Newark and NJIT  theatre alumni.  It is a fundraiser for theatre student scholarships. The play will be followed by a conversation with the student directors.  Students must attend both the play and the talk to receive honors credit.  Students must purchase their own tickets at $5.00 each. HONORS STUDENTS ONLY.  You must sign up at the latest by Friday, October 19 by email to honors@njit.eduPlease note that attendance may be limited.



November 7
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

A Prescription for US Health Care

Dr. David U. Himmelstein, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Himmelstein’s talk will address the lamentable state of national health insurance here in the United States, a matter that concerns every American citizen no matter their age. More Americans lack health insurance today than at any time since the start of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid 1960s. While millions of Americans are denied needed care, hospital beds lie empty every day and millions of Americans are subjected to unnecessary and even harmful tests and procedures. International experience proves that universal coverage is feasible and improves health. Every other developed nation assures health coverage for the entire population. Our infant mortality rate, among the lowest in the world in 1950, is now disturbingly high. We trail other nations on life expectancy, and score poorly on measures of premature death. Meanwhile, our health costs per capita are nearly double those of any other nation, and rising more rapidly. Indeed, Government spending on health care in the U.S. exceeds total health spending in any other nation. Surveys have consistently shown wide popular support for universal coverage, though political leaders' views reflect the more conservative convictions of the business community. Indeed, most medical school faculty and deans now favor single payer national health insurance. Yet Congress has failed to act.

Dr. Himmelstein practices primary care internal medicine and serves as the Chief of the Division of Social and Community Medicine at Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA. He received his M.D. degree from Columbia University, and completed internal medicine training at Highland Hospital/University of California San Francisco, and a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard. He was a founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, and serves as the Co-Director of the Center for National Health Program Studies at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He has published, along with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, more than 50 scientific papers, three books, and many popular articles.

This Colloquium is co-sponsored by the NJIT Science and Technology Forum.

November 9
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Albert Dorman Honors College Board Roundtable

This is a remarkable opportunity for students to network with members of the ADHC Advisory Board – all of them leaders in business, industry and technology – and discuss careers, trends and employment opportunities.

Eric Katz

November 12, 2007
Student Center Ballroom
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Death by Design: A Tour of the Nazi Camps as a Case Study in Engineering Ethics
Eric Katz, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Professor Katz will be presenting a slide show of contemporary photographs from several Nazi death camps as they existed in 1995 and discussing the role of science, technology, and engineering in the development and operations of the Holocaust.

From 1992-2007 Dr. Katz was the Director of the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program at NJIT. He has published over 50 articles and essays in the fields of environmental philosophy and environmental ethics, applied ethics, engineering ethics and the philosophy of technology, traditions in Jewish ethics, business ethics, and Holocaust studies. He is the author of Nature as Subject: Human Obligation and Natural Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) and co-editor of Environmental  Pragmatism (Routledge, 1996), Beneath the Surface: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Deep Ecology (MIT Press, 2000), and Controlling Technology, 2nd edition (Prometheus, 2003). His most recent book is an edited collection of essays  dealing with engineering and technology in Nazi Germany, Death by Design (Pearson Longman, 2006). Professor Katz received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale and his PhD from Boston University.

November 29
Jim Wise Theater
7:00 p.m.
Honors Night at the Theater – Number 2 of 2

THE DIRECTORS’ PROJECT 2007 An evening of student-directed 10-minute plays. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the student directors. Students must attend both the play and the conversation afterwards to receive honors credit. Students are required to purchase their own tickets at $5 each. HONORS STUDENTS ONLY. You must sign up at the latest by Friday, November 16, by email to honors@njit.edu. Note that attendance may be limited.