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Press Releases: 2001          2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

December 11, 2001
Rensselaer Receives $7 Million Gift for Biotechnology Research
Gift will be matched with additional $7 million from Rensselaer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a gift of $7 million from Morris “Marty” Silverman that will accelerate biotechnology research in the Capital Region and advance the work of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson announced at a press conference on Dec. 11. 2001.

June 22, 2001
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson Named to PSEG and AT&T Boards
The PSEG announcement was made June 19 by E. James Ferland, chairman, president, and CEO. “Dr. Jackson is widely recognized as one of the premier voices in science and technology policy and education in the country today,” said Ferland. “Her scholarship, her range of research and policy experience, her advocacy, and her commitment to issues of social justice will be a valuable addition to this board. We feel very fortunate to have her.”

May 12, 2001
Cosby Urges Rensselaer Graduates: Be Honest, Be Humble
“Regardless of your education, I want you to remain a human being, thinking that there is always something to learn from anybody – the janitor, the person bringing coffee, the person speaking with a broken accent,” said Cosby, who delivered Rensselaer’s 195th Commencement address at the Pepsi Arena.

April 9, 2001
Entrepreneur Pledges $1 Million to Give Scientists and Engineers a New Outlook
Every graduate of a technological university should have a solid grounding in entrepreneurship, says Mike Herman, who has just invested $1 million to transform degree programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

March 28, 2001
Bill Cosby to be Rensselaer’s Commencement Speaker
Bill Cosby, entertainer and educator, will be the featured speaker for Rensselaer’s 195th Commencement at 9:30 a.m. May 12 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. Cosby will be granted an honorary doctorate in Arts and Humane Letters.

March 12, 2001
Rensselaer Receives $360 Million Gift
Anonymous Donor Almost Triples Gift to the Institute
In an extraordinary demonstration of support, the anonymous donor who pledged $130 million to the Institute in December 2000 now has replaced the earlier gift with one almost triple in size, and given Rensselaer complete discretion in its use.

February 22, 2001
National Academy of Engineering Honors Two at Rensselaer
Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and James M. Tien, professor and chair of decision sciences and engineering systems at Rensselaer, have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

February 9, 2001
Rensselaer President Honored at Black History Makers Awards
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was one of three Americans honored at the 15th Annual Black History Makers Award ceremonies Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Host Bill Cosby presented Jackson with the George Washington Carver Award on behalf of Associated Black Charities, sponsor of the event.

February 5, 2001
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. is Named Black Engineer of the Year
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, ushers in the new millennium of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference by becoming the first woman to win the top award. The selection was announced today by Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), producers of the 15th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference.

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