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President Jackson Featured on “O” Magazine’s First-Ever Power List
The September 2009 edition of O (The Oprah Magazine) features its first-ever “power list” of “20 remarkable visionaries who are flexing their muscles in business and finance, politics and justice, science and the arts.” Among the 20 luminaries is Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.

“Quick — think of a woman whose name is synonymous with science,” the magazine says. “For a century, the only option was Marie Curie, but the name on the lips of future generations may well be Shirley Ann Jackson. Her résumé is a catalog of firsts: first African-American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT. First woman and first African-American to chair the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. First African-American woman to lead a national research university (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where applications have doubled in the past four years).”

The magazine asked President Jackson to devise and explain a “formula for power” for the article, and she offered this advice to readers: “Follow your passion with persistence, magnified by intense preparation. Use compassion and courage to weave a strong web of connections. Use focused excellence to drive achievements and gain wisdom. It is through the combination of all these things that your power will reveal itself.”

To read the article and view the formula, go to www.oprah.com/slideshow/omagazine/200909-omag-power-list/9.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 7, August 28, 2009
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