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Shirley Ann Jackson One of the 50 Most Important Women in Science
President Shirley Ann Jackson has been named one of the “50 Most Important Women in Science” by Discover magazine. The women were chosen from across scientific disciplines for their groundbreaking scientific discoveries, their leadership, and their fearlessness in shattering the scientific glass ceiling. The November issue of Discover magazine is currently on newsstands.
Nuclear Conference Conference Addresses America’s Future in Nuclear Engineering and Research
America’s future in nuclear sciences and engineering will be the focus of a national conference Monday, Oct. 28, in Albany, N.Y. Sponsored by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy, the event will attract leading representatives from education, industry, and government.
Patent Mending
Patents for a key step in making microbial cellulose have been donated to Rensselaer by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. Microbial cellulose holds significant promise for use in healing human tissue. The donated patents have been licensed to Xylos Corporation, an Incubator company founded by Rensselaer alumni.

Director of Center for Integrated Electronics Named
Omkaram “Om” Nalamasu, an international expert in micro- and nanoelectronics, has been named director of the Center for Integrated Electronics — a major research hub with approximately $8.7 million of funded research annually. Nalamasu hails from  AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, and Agere Systems where he managed R&D, technology transfer and commercialization, and intellectual property.

Pulickel Ajayan, a professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer, has discovered a molecular-scale welding method that may be the first step in creating ultra-strong materials or tiny chip circuitry. The breakthrough is featured in Business Week's “Developments to Watch.”

Woman Driver
The Boston Globe profiles Erin Crocker, the winningest female driver in the history of Empire Super Sprints. Crocker, an engineering student at Rensselaer, is the only woman in a division where she ranks seventh among 76 drivers.

A Marriage Made in China
The U.S.-China Security Review Commission is missing a golden opportunity to harness China's emerging brainpower, says Denis Simon, dean of Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology. In an editorial in The South China Morning Post, Simon says: “Simply engaging China is not enough. The U.S. must propose marriage.”

New Gallery Honors Achievements in Space
A new gallery honoring NASA pioneer and former Rensselaer President George M. Low was opened to the public Friday, Sept. 27. Low, a 1948 graduate of Rensselaer, led the Apollo Mission that landed men on the moon. The permanent gallery displays an extensive collection of materials, given by the Low family, that recall Low's contribution to the space program and to Rensselaer.

New Head of Communications Named
Jane Van Ryan joins Rensselaer as the assistant vice president for communications. Van Ryan, former principal of VanRyanBanks Inc., will lead the Office of Communications, which includes marketing, media relations, presidential communications, and university events.

$22.5 Million Announced for Bioengineering and Medicine
New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno announced that Rensselaer will receive $22.5 million to create the Gen*NY*sis Center for Bioengineering and Medicine. The research center will be housed in Rensselaer’s new Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
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