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

December 22, 2004
Rensselaer’s Board of Trustees Speaks Out on Chain of Command Survey
After a review of accomplishments under Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s strategic plan, and in response to a recent Faculty Senate Chain of Command Satisfaction Survey, the Institute’s Board of Trustees adopted a resolution strongly endorsing the leadership of President Shirley Ann Jackson and the development and progress of The Rensselaer Plan, at its regular winter meeting this past weekend.

December 17, 2004
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dedicates Newly Renovated Academy Hall
Today, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community joined in celebrating the dedication of the newly renovated Academy Hall. The building will serve as “one-stop shopping” for Rensselaer students by integrating student services in a centralized location on campus.

November 22, 2004
Rensselaer Appoints New Vice Provost, Dean of Undergraduate Education
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced the appointment of Rensselaer Professor Prabhat Hajela, Ph.D., to the position of vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. Hajela, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, is internationally recognized for his significant achievements in engineering research and education, and his active service in leadership roles and professional societies.

November 22, 2004
Robert Palazzo Appointed Director of Rensselaer’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Robert Palazzo, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, has been appointed director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, effective immediately. He had been serving as acting director of the Center since last spring.

November 10, 2004
Renowned Scientist To Lead Biocomputation and Bioinformatics Research Constellation
Angel E. Garcia, a renowned theoretical physicist in biomolecular research, has been appointed a senior constellation chaired professor in biocomputation and bioinformatics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Garcia will join Rensselaer on Jan. 1, 2005.

November 9, 2004
FedEx Chairman, President, and CEO Frederick W. Smith Named the 2004 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year
Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, has been named the 2004 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. Smith will deliver a presidential lecture titled “Challenges of Businesses Competing in the Global Marketplace,” on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus.

October 29, 2004
Rensselaer Professor Jonathan Dordick Selected as 2004 AAAS Fellow
Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dordick is one of 308 newly selected fellows recognized for their efforts to advance science or its applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished, according to AAAS. The announcement was made in today’s issue of Science.

October 28, 2004
Rensselaer Receives NYSTAR Faculty Development Awards
Governor George E. Pataki today announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is one of five universities in the state to receive faculty development awards to attract world-class scientists to New York State. Rensselaer has been selected to receive two $750,000 awards.

October 22, 2004
Rensselaer Ranked First Nationally on List of Most Connected Campuses
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked first in a list of the “most connected campuses” in the country, according to a Princeton Review survey. Describing the campus as “technological nirvana,” Forbes.com released the rankings today.

September 17, 2004
Statement of President Shirley Ann Jackson on the Death of Professor Edward L. “Ted” Shuster ’81
“The Rensselaer community is deeply saddened by the death of Professor Shuster. His teaching skills were evident in the enthusiasm of his students and his contributions to Rensselaer evident by the admiration of his colleagues.”

September 12, 2004
Rensselaer Announces $1 Billion Capital Campaign — the Largest in the University’s History
President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced the largest capital campaign in the university’s history. The goal is to raise $1 billion to support the Rensselaer endowment, faculty, students, and campus infrastructure by the campaign’s end in 2008. To date, the effort has raised more than $610 million — three times more than Rensselaer’s previous campaign that ended in 1993.

September 2, 2004
Rensselaer Marks Opening of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
World-renowned biotechnology experts and science policymakers will join the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community at a series of events Sept. 9-11, including a symposium, Presidential Colloquy, ribbon-cutting, a play, and an open house to mark the opening of the Institute’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

August 23, 2004
Rensselaer Once Again Ranks Among Nation’s Top 50 Universities
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rensselaer 46th among the nation’s top universities, up from 48th last year. The Institute also ranks 26th in the “Best Values” among national universities, up from 29th last year and 34th in 2002.

June 30, 2004
Rensselaer To Create Future Energy Systems Center for Advanced Technology
Governor George E. Pataki announced that Rensselaer has been awarded up to $10 million in state funds to create the Future Energy Systems Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), in partnership with Cornell University and the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

June 18, 2004
Rensselaer Showcases Molecularium™ Project on Capitol Hill
Rensselaer will showcase its Molecularium™ project at the 10th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) exhibition, Science@Work, on June 22 on Capitol Hill from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

May 27, 2004
Rensselaer Receives NYSTAR Biotechnology Research Award
Governor George E. Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today announced that Rensselaer has received one of 10 New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) James D. Watson Investigator Program awards, designed to recognize and support outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show potential for leadership and scientific discovery in the field of biotechnology.

May 14, 2004
Commencement 2004: Honorees Discuss Learning and Working in a Global Community at Colloquy
Rensselaer’s 2004 Commencement honorees joined President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., on the eve of Rensselaer’s 198th Commencement ceremony for an engaging discussion on a range of topics including the urgency to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers, ethics, public policy, discovery, cultural sensitivity, and the flow of information and ideas in the global economy.

May 10, 2004
Rensselaer Receives NYSTAR Faculty Development Award
Governor George E. Pataki announced that Rensselaer is one of four universities in the state to receive a faculty development award to attract world-class scientists to New York state. The $750,000 award will be used to bring Shawn-Yu Lin, Ph.D., a recognized authority in photonics research, to Rensselaer to work on development of next-generation technology in semiconductor design and performance.

March 15, 2004
Rensselaer Students and Faculty To Participate in NSBE Convention in Dallas: President Jackson to open event with keynote address
Rensselaer students and faculty are participating in the 30th annual convention for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in Dallas, Texas, March 17-21. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will open the NSBE convention with a keynote address.

February 14, 2004
President Jackson Selected as Association for Women in Science 2004 Fellow
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) describes itself as the largest multidisciplinary scientific organization for women in the United States, and is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in all fields of science and technology.

January 12, 2004
Statement of Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson Regarding NCAA Division III Reform Vote in Nashville, Tennessee


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