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Symposium on sustainability to feature three new NJIT faculty
Date:9/7/2012

Sustainability is an issue that cuts across disciplines and requires a spectrum of scientific approaches. Research at NJIT embraces the integrative and collaborative approach that is critical for understanding how mankind can thrive in a more sustainable way.

Reporters and editors are invited to join NJIT's faculty Sept. 13, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre in Kupfrian Hall for a one-hour symposium, "Multifaceted Approaches to Sustainability" featuring three new faculty members. Each speaker will spend 20 minutes examining sustainability from their expert viewpoints. A poster session highlighting the work of all new faculty members follows at 5 p.m. The talks are part of three days of events leading to the inauguration of Dr. Joel S. Bloom as NJIT's eighth president on Sept. 14. Bloom was appointed as NJIT president this past January.

"From Brain Research to Environmental Monitoring," will be the title of a talk by Eric Fortune, associate professor of biological sciences. Fortune is a neurophysiologist with expertise in electrophysiology, ethology, ecology and evolution. He studies the mechanisms of animal behavior through careful measurements of natural animal behavior and sophisticated quantitative approaches to discover the cellular mechanisms used by the brain to control behavior. The focus of Fortune's research has recently been revolutionized by exciting results from investigation of the neurophysiological basis of cooperation in a unique species of Andean songbird the plain-tailed wren which was published in the journal Science . He was formerly on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University.


Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
973-596-3436
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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