2008 Norman J Field Lecture in Science


Patrick Regan
Senior Correspondent for Science & Technology
New Jersey Public Television and Radio

Thursday, 2 October 2008
7:30 pm
Performing Arts Center Auditorium
Monmouth Regional High School (click here for directions)
1 Norman J Field Way
Tinton Falls, NJ
Refreshments and informal discussion will follow the lecture
Free and Open to the Public

A graduate of Monmouth Regional High School, Patrick Regan has spent the past seven years as head science reporter for New Jersey Public Television & Radio, where he has had a license to explore laboratories in pretty much every field of science and engineering. He's taken full advantage of that opportunity. This talk will take you on an exciting tour of privileged places where you'll meet bright, creative people who also have a license to explore. Regan will discuss some of the most important scientific research of our times, all emerging from a wide variety of New Jersey-based institutions. Ranging from measurements of the far reaches of the universe to robotic and computer based explorations of the deep innards of our planet, the projects Regan will describe touch on many of the most basic and intriguing questions about our world.

Patrick Regan is NJN's senior correspondent for science and technology. He covers news about scientific research, technological innovation, and math and science education, inviting viewers inside New Jersey's academic and industrial labs and offering insight into a wide range of issues. His Science and Technology Report is seen every Wednesday and Friday on NJN News. Regan also hosted the interview program "Inside Science," an NJN television series on topics including cosmology, climate change, and genomics. He currently hosts "Sounds of Science," a monthly radio and podcast program that makes scientific news and issues intimately accessible through conversations with leading researchers.

Regan was named a finalist in competition for the 2004 National Academies Communication Award. For his reporting on robotic exploration of Mars, the American Geophysical Union named him a finalist for the 2005 Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. He has been nominated for Emmy awards in both New York and Mid-Atlantic broadcast regions.

Regan joined NJN in 2001 from Lucent Technologies, where he served as a science and technology writer, magazine editor, and spokesperson for Bell Labs. His formal education, at Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania, was in English and American literature. His on-the-job education at Lucent, AT&T, and Bellcore immersed him in fields such as physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, information theory, microelectronics, data networking, Internet security, wireless and optical communications, and software engineering. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a New York Times professional fellow.

The Norman J Field Lectures in Science were established in 1991 in memory of Dr. Norman J Field, and are cosponsored by the Monmouth County Section of the American Chemical Society, Monmouth Regional High School, the Monmouth County School Boards Association, and by the Rutgers University Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international scientific research society. Dr. Field was widely recognized for his contributions in the area of public education. He maintained a lifelong personal and professional interest in scientific issues. It is hoped that this lecture series will serve to promote similar interest in science and science education among both younger and older members of the community.

For additional information please contact:
Ken Field

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