Through a generous donation from Margaret Sokol, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture series has been established to help our faculty, students, and the surrounding communities, garner a greater appreciation and expanded knowledge of important issues in the sciences. Since Fall 2002, speakers of national and international renown has been invited to spend a day at Montclair State University meeting with faculty and students, guest lecturing in a class and conducting an evening lecture open to the public. Speakers are selected based on the strong interdisciplinary appeal of their area of expertise and recognition in the public eye. Previous lectures are listed below.
Fall 2014 (Sept 30, 2014):
“Collapse of Ice Sheets in the Ancient Climate (and What This Means For the World Now)”
Dr. Maureen E. Raymo, Lamont Research Professor and Director of the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Spring 2014 (May 1, 2014):
“Human Genomics a Decade after the Human Genome Project: Opportunities and Challenges”
Eric D. Green, MD, PhD, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
“Cell phones and Cancer Risks: What Do We Really Know.”
Dr. David L. McCormick, Professor of Biology and Director of the IIT Research Institute.
“To Eat or Not to Eat: Leptin and the Biologic Basis of Obesity.”
Jeffrey M. Friedman, MD, PhD, researcher of the molecular mechanisms that regulate food intake and body weight. Dr. Friedman is perhaps best known for his genetic studies with mice that led to the identification of leptin, a hormone made by fat tissue, which plays a key role in regulating weight.
“Persistent Physical and Mental Health Effects in World Trade Center Survivors.”
Dr. Steven D. Stellman, Director of Research, World Trade Center Health Registry, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
“Move a Little. Lose a Lot.”
James Levine, MD, PhD, Chief of Endocrinology at University Hospital Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the inventor of treadmill desk.
“The Arctic in a Warmer World.”
Mr. Bob Reiss, bestselling author and journalist.
“Gravitation: From Galileo to Einstein and Beyond.”
Dr. Eugenio Coccia, physicist.
“The Brain: Creating Science Creating Art.”
Elizabeth Horowitz. Keynote by neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen, PhD, MD, Andrew H Woods Chair of Psychiatry, Director of Neuroimaging Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
“The Environment and Sustainability—the next 100 years.”
- Mr. Ira Flatow- NPR science correspondent and host of “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday”
- Dr. Michael Oppenheimer- member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change and professor at Princeton
- Mr. Andrés Edwards- Founder and president of EduTracks
- Ms. Lisa P. Jackson- (former) Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
- Mr. Eric Svenson- Vice president of environment, health and safety, PSEG Services Corporation.
“Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origin.”
Dr. Robert Hazen, research scientist, the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Lab. Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science, George Mason University.
“Human Evolution and Progress – How DNA Is Enabling Recovery of the Deep Human Past.”
Mr. Nicholas Wade, New York Times Science reporter.
“Chemistry’s Essential Tension: The Same and Not the Same.”
Dr. Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Cornell University.
“Contamination Without Consent: How chemical pollutants in air, food, and water violate human rights.”
Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Ecologist
“Mapping Human History”
Mr. Steve Olsen, science journalist 2002 National Book Award nominee.
“Are We Alone in the Universe?”
Dr. Andrew Knoll, paleontologist, astrobiologist Fisher Professor of Natural History, Harvard University.
“Global Infectious Diseases in the Era of Bioterrorism.”
Dr. Rita Colwell, scientist, educator and Past Director of the NSF.
“The Coming Plague: Emerging Disease and a World Out of Balance.”
Ms. Laurie Garrett, medical science journalist.
“The Elegant Universe”
Dr. Brian Greene, string theorist Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University.
“Journey Into Wonder: Reflections on a Chemical Boyhood”
Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurophysician and author.