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Jennifer Chalsty of Short Hills to be Honored

Jennifer Chalsty of Short Hills to receive Distinguished Service Award for her philanthropic support of and leadership of LIberty Science Center at the Center's Women's Leadership Council Fall Luncheon November 5. Here she is shown at the Center's spring gala with state senator Joe Kyrillos.  Credits: Liberty Science Center

Over 150 people have made plans to attend the Liberty Science Center (LSC) Fall Luncheon November 5 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. This year’s distinguished awardees include Bank of America, Discovery Channel’s “Dr G” (Jan C. Garavaglia, MD), and LSC trustee Jennifer A. Chalsty.

A resident of Short Hills, NJ, Ms. Chalsty will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her philanthropic support of and leadership at the Science Center. She has served in a number of capacities including as a Founding Director of the Women’s Leadership Council and a member of the Gala Committee, in addition to working on the STEM Education Committee.

Through her visionary support, the Science Center in 2007 established the 20,000-square-foot Jennifer A. Chalsty Center for Science Learning and Teaching. The facility features a large forum, teacher learning lab, 100-seat theater, and four laboratories including one designed for scientists ages 2-6. It is also home to the Global Microscope and the new da Vinci® Robotic Surgery exhibit. The Jennifer Chalsty Center is used for numerous events including the annual Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

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“Jennifer has been a dedicated member of the LSC community for many years, helping us reach students from all walks of life to show them the fascinating world of science and the nearly unlimited opportunities of STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics),” says Paul Hoffman, president and CEO of Liberty Science Center. “We are deeply grateful for her commitment and personal involvement.”  

In addition to her work at the Science Center, Ms. Chalsty is a member of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She and her ex-husband endowed a chair for Prostate Cancer Research at the University of the Witwatersrand in her native South Africa, sponsored a fellowship for a South African student to attend Harvard Business School, and funded a wing of the Nelson Mandela Law School. She has supported other nonprofit institutions such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Symphony, Newark Conservancy, the Paper Mill Playhouse, the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Habitat for Humanity, the Boy Scouts, Africa Bridge in Tanzania, and  AIDS and cancer organizations among others. Her favorite charities are those focused on young people.

A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, she taught high school in Pretoria for two years before becoming an American citizen. Ms. Chalsty has two daughters and three grandchildren, and has resided in Short Hills for 48 years after living in New York City, Texas, London, and The Hague.

To register or for additional details regarding corporate opportunities for the 2012 Fall Luncheon, hosted by members of the Board of Trustees and the Liberty Science Center Women’s Leadership Council, see or call 201-253-1330.

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