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December 19, 2002
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson Elected AAAS President
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., has been elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “Triple A-S” (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of Science magazine. She will become president of AAAS in February 2004.

October 28, 2002
Recommendations for the Future of Nuclear Education and Technology
The looming shortage of a qualified nuclear workforce and the need to strengthen collaborations between universities, industry, and government were the subject of a major conference sponsored by Rensselaer, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy. This week’s conference produced a list of recommended actions to strengthen America’s preparedness in research and education.

October 24, 2002
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.

October 21, 2002
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson Named One of the "50 Most Important Women in Science" by Discover Magazine
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.

September 30, 2002
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.

September 26, 2002
Senator Bruno Announces $22.5 Million for Gen*Ny*Sis Center for Bioengineering and Medicine at Rensselaer
New York state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 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, an $80 million, 218,000-square-foot-facility currently under construction on the Troy campus.

September 4, 2002
Semiconductor Expert to Head Future Chips Research at Rensselaer
E. Fred Schubert, a pioneering semiconductor researcher and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University, has been appointed Senior Distinguished Professor of the Future Chips Constellation at Rensselaer.

June 24, 2002
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Calls for the Creation of New York Research Coalition
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State Business Council Will Lead Next Steps
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) called for today the creation of the New York Research Coalition. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Business Council of New York State agreed to bring together the private sector institutions to create the partnership. The announcement was made at a roundtable discussion of higher education and economic issues, hosted by Rensselaer and organized by Senator Clinton.

June 17, 2002
Rensselaer Names Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
John P. Harrington has been named dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Harrington has served 10 years as the dean of humanities and social sciences and is a full professor of humanities at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art — an exceptionally competitive college in New York City that provides full-tuition scholarship for each of its 900 undergraduates. He will begin his tenure at Rensselaer in August.

May 30, 2002
Rensselaer Names Ken Ralph as Director of Athletics
Ken Ralph has been named director of athletics at Rensselaer. He will oversee the Institute’s 23 NCAA varsity teams. Ralph comes from Connecticut College in New London, CT, where he is senior assistant athletic director.

May 20, 2002
Rensselaer Names Dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology
Denis Fred Simon has been named Dean of the Kenneth T. and Thelma P. Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "Dr. Simon brings his leadership and expertise in international business and global technology management to the Institute, and I am delighted that he will lead the Lally School," said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.

May 17, 2002
Ground Broken for Biotechnology Center at Rensselaer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute broke ground today for the $80 million Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies in the center of the Rensselaer campus. Government officials, legislative leaders, trustees, and alumni spoke at the event that has launched a weekend of celebration to culminate with Rensselaer's 196th commencement Saturday morning on the Harkness Field.

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