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Nexus: Where Science Meets Society
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Nexus: Where Science Meets Society
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By Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
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In an age of discovery and innovation, how can benefits be passed along?
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Science and scientists play a vital role in society. The degree of influence wielded by scientific opinion, the reputation of scientific bodies for impartially rendered insight, the priority accorded to scientific research and education all have contributed to the success of nations.
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As published in the IAEA Bulletin, the flagship publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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Speeches by Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

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For additional information or transcripts, please contact Theresa Bourgeois at (518) 276-2840.

2014

The Arts at Rensselaer and our Strengths as a University
Opening Night with the Philadelphia Orchestra
(8/6/2014)

A Fresh Collaborative Endeavor
Consultation Reception
(7/27/2014)

Seeking Meaning Within Data To Benefit Humanity
2014 Commencement
(5/24/2014)

Marking An Important Transition
Class of 2014 Zero Year Reunion Brunch
(5/22/2014)

An Extraordinary Sense of Connection
Senior Banquet
(5/19/2014)

The Aspirational Element
Seattle Alumni Reception
(5/15/2014)

A Vibrant Habitat for Innovators
Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame Induction
(5/7/2014)

Linking People and Ideas
51st Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner
(5/6/2014)

Lunch, Leadership, and Luster
Dean Laurie Leshin Reception
(5/6/2014)

A Daring, Delightful, and Distinguished Engineer
Presentation of the Clarence E. Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement
(5/5/2014)

Developing Multi-faceted Leadership
ROTC Presidential Awards Ceremony
(5/3/2014)

Allowing Children to Choose Excellence
Harlem Academy Gala
(5/1/2014)

Service, Leadership, and Devotion
Phalanx Honor Society Tapping Ceremony
(4/26/2014)

Curiosity, Confidence, and Commitment
Congressional Black Caucus Science and Technology Brain Trust
(4/25/2014)

A New Industrial Revolution
Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Regional Meeting
(4/24/2014)

A Symbol of Connection
Junior Ring Ceremony
(4/22/2014)

Maximizing Opportunities for Brilliant Students
Accepted Student Reception
(4/12/2014)

Delivering on the Promise of Big Data and Big Science:The Most Important Networks Are Not Fiber Optic
Internet2 Global Summit
(4/8/2014)

Poised to Change the World
Accepted Student Celebration
(4/5/2014)

Writing Your Own Chapter in the History of the 21st Century
Garnet D. Baltimore Reception and Dinner for Accepted African-American Students
(4/4/2014)

Promising News and Soaring Ambitions
Spring Town Meeting
(3/26/2014)

Cool Robots, Cool Kids
FIRST® Robotics Regional Competition
(3/15/2014)

Remembering a Man of Perspective and Compassion
Charles M. Vest Memorial Service
(3/6/2014)

Why NOT Change the World?
Emma Talks
(2/21/2014)

The Greatest Adventure in the World
16th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day
(2/1/2014)

2013

A Blending of Voices
Holiday Concert
(12/15/2013)

Different Talents and Interests United By Courage
Student Leaders Brunch
(11/9/2013)

It Is Never Too Early To Start Thinking About Changing the World
Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer (STAR Program)
(10/25/2013)

Giving and Happiness
United Way Kick-Off Breakfast
(10/24/2013)

An Opportunity to Reconnect
President of the Union/Grand Marshal Breakfast
(10/20/2013)

Catalyzing Personal, Professional, Cultural, and Social Growth
Family Weekend Presidential Welcome
(10/19/2013)

Celebrating the Best of Rensselaer
Honors Convocation
(10/19/2013)

Developing Leaders
Society of Families Reception
(10/19/2013)

Chance and Choice
New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Awards
W Hotel Hoboken, Hoboken, NJ
(10/17/2013)

Bringing Rensselaer Together Through Friendship
Rensselaer Club Reception
(10/16/2013)

Shared Joy in Individual Accomplishments
Fall Town Meeting
(10/16/2013)

A Crossroads for Expediting Serendipity
Senator William H. Hernstadt ’57 and Jerene Yap Hernstadt Gallery Dedication
(10/15/2013)

Ambassadors for Rensselaer
2013 Patroon Recognition Brunch
(10/6/2013)

Greatness That Never Will Be Forgotten
2013 Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame Induction
(10/6/2013)

A Place to Foster Leaders
Sigma Chi Fraternity Pomeroy Chapter House Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(10/5/2013)

A University Transformed and Transformative
State of the Institute/Alumni Hall of Fame Induction
(10/4/2013)

The Times, They Were A-Changin’
50 Year Club Luncheon and Class of 1963 Induction
(10/4/2013)

Rensselaer at Petascale
Announcement of New Rensselaer Supercomputer, AMOS
(10/3/2013)

A Fresh Vantage Point on Rensselaer
Rensselaer Alumni Association Awards Ceremony
(10/3/2013)

Your Journey of Transformation
First Year Convocation—Class of 2017
(8/25/2013)

A Vibrant Neighborhood for A Great Education
WelcomeFest Communiversity Event
(8/23/2013)

A Moment of Great Anticipation
Reception for Parents of First-Year Students
(8/20/2013)

Clean Energy Manufacturing: A National Focus Can Unlock a Potential Treasure Chest
Council on Competitiveness/American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership
(8/13/2013)

With All of this Data, Will We Come to the Right Conclusions?
Aspen Ideas Festival 2013
Aspen Institute, Aspen, CO (6/30/2013)

Using Data to Protect Lake George
The Jefferson Project at Lake George News Announcement
Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing, NY (6/27/2013)

The Rensselaer IDEA: Announcing The Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications
Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications Launch
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (6/13/2013)

Persuading Talented Teenagers to Dream Bigger
Black Alumni/ae of MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (6/7/2013)

Interconnectivity, Connection, and Community
207th Rensselaer Commencement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (5/25/2013)

Remarks
2013 Honorands Breakfast
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (5/25/2013)

Remarks
Dinner for Honorary Degree Recipients
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (5/24/2013)

Remarks
Class of 2013 Zero Year Reunion Brunch
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (5/23/2013)

Remarks
Revolutionizing Education, Research, and Practice in Medicine:
A Partnership Between Rensselear and Mount Sinai

Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), Troy, NY (5/22/2013)

Remarks
Senior Banquet
Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (5/17/2013)

Remarks
Rensselaer/NYSERDA News Announcement
Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI), Troy, NY (5/14/2013)

Remarks
Faculty and Staff Donor Reception
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (5/10/2013)

Remarks
Annual Senior Athletes Banquet
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY (5/8/2013)

Closing Remarks
50th Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (5/7/2013)

Remarks
Women Corporate Directors Visionary Awards
Marriott Marquis, New York, NY (5/1/2013)

Remarks
20th Anniversary Gala and Lifetime Achievement Award
100 Black Men of Albany, Albany, NY (4/26/2013)

Remarks
Class of 2014 Ring Ceremony
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (4/25/2013)

Remarks
Accepted Student Reception
Los Angeles, California (4/21/2013)

Remarks
Accepted Student Celebration and Dinner
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (4/12/2013)

Remarks
Rensselaer Alumni Association Board of Trustees
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (4/12/2013)

Remarks
Annual Faculty and Staff Memorial Service
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (4/10/2013)

Keynote Remarks
Phalanx Honor Society Tapping Ceremony
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (4/6/2013)

New York’s Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy
National Academy of Sciences Symposium
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY (4/3/2013)

Rensselaer and the New Polytechnic
Spring 2013 Town Hall Meeting | Video
EMPAC Concert Hall (4/3/2013)

USMA Women’s History Event
West Point Club
West Point, NY (3/26/2013)

President’s Remarks to U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Washington, DC (2/6/2013)

Remarks
Rensselaer/IBM Watson News Conference
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (1/30/2013)

“Global Supply Chain Resilience”
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013
Davos, Switzerland (1/24/2013)

The New Polytechnic: Collaboration and Leadership Across Disciplines and Sectors to Address Urgent Global Challenges
Royal Academy ERA Foundation Lecture
Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace
London, England (1/22/2013)

Remarks
2012 United Way Thank You Luncheon
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (1/7/2013)

 

2012

Powering Data-Driven Innovation: Predictions for 2013
The Economist Magazine’s “World in 2013 Festival”
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY (12/8/2012)

Remarks
CRDF Global Award Dinner
Ronald Reagan Building Pavilion, Washington, DC (12/4/2012)

Remarks
Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture
CCC Center Space, EMPAC (11/13/2012)

Driven by Global Challenges
Women Corporate Directors Fall Institute
Union Club Ballroom, New York, NY (11/8/2012)

Remarks
President of the Union/Grand Marshal Breakfast
Rensselaer Union McNeil Room (10/21/2012)

Welcome Remarks
2012 Honors Convocation
EMPAC Concert Hall (10/20/2012)

Presidential Welcome
2012 Family Weekend
EMPAC Theatre (10/20/2012)

Valuing Science: Exploring our Past, Securing our Future
Rice Centennial Lecture
Rice University, Houston, TX (10/11/2012)

Clouds, Crowds, Jams, and Data: Leadership in the Face of New Technologies
Rice Centennial: Four Short Talks
Rice University, Houston, TX (10/10/2012)

Remarks
2012 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY (10/7/2012)

Remarks
2012 Patroon Recognition Brunch
Russell Sage Dining Hall (10/7/2012)

Rensselaer at 200: Refreshing The Rensselaer Plan
2012 State of the Institute
EMPAC Concert Hall (10/5/2012)

Remarks
50 Year Club Luncheon & Class of 1962 Induction Ceremony
East Campus Athletic Village (10/5/2012)

Remarks
Rensselaer Alumni Association Awards Ceremony
Russell Sage Dining Hall Banquet Room (10/4/2012)

Remarks
The Douglas Mercer ’77 Laboratory Ribbon Cutting
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (10/3/2012)

Remarks
2012 Annual Retiree Day Luncheon
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (10/2/2012)

Remarks
Mars Rover Curiosity Lecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (8/31/2012)

Remarks
2012 Freshman Convocation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (8/26/2012)

Applying Science to the Common Purposes of Life
Graduating Class Awards Ceremony
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY (5/23/2012)

The Emergence of the New
Morgan State University Commencement
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (5/19/2012)

Music that Transforms Us
Oliveros at 80
EMPAC Concert Hall (5/10/2012)

Walking the Walk
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Alumni Sports & Recreation Center (4/27/2012)

This Very Special Place
Accepted Student Celebration
ECAV Gymnasium (4/14/2012)

Dream Big: Taking on the Grand Challenges
Spring 2012 Town Hall Meeting | Video
EMPAC Concert Hall (4/4/2012)

Fulfilling America's Promise Through Innovation
Congressional Briefing, Research Corporation Celebration
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building 325 (3/14/2012)

Together, Government, Business, and Academia Create Innovation
Council on Competitiveness America Competes Award for Public Service
New York, New York (3/6/2012)

Making Room for Public Service
AAAS Abelson Award
Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia (2/17/2012)

Creative Nonconformity
Troy Area United Ministries Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
The Franklin Terrace, Troy, New York (1/16/2012)

2011

Destination, New York’s Capital Region: Success Today, Opportunity Tomorrow
CREDC Co-Chair Presentation to the Strategic Plan Review Committee
The New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York (11/29/2011)

The Common Purposes of Life
2011 Fall Town Meeting
EMPAC Concert Hall (11/16/2011)

Women in Computing 2011: What if I Lived on the World Stage?
Grace Hopper Celebration
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon (11/11/2011)

High Performance Computing: Keystone for Future Opportunities
High Performance Computation Conference Executive Session
EMPAC Concert Hall (10/28/11)

Frontiers
State of the Institute
EMPAC Concert Hall (10/21/11)

Remarks
9/11 Remembrance Event
Rensselaer Union Lawn (09/11/11)

The Power of Empathy
First Year Convocation – Class of 2015
EMPAC Concert Hall (08/29/11)

Capital Region – Regional Economic Development Council
Inaugural Meeting
University at Albany SEFCU Arena (08/09/11)

Architects and Agents of Change
205th Commencement
RPI, Troy, New York (05/28/11)

Humility and Confidence
Remarks at Washington University in St. Louis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Hooding and Recognition Ceremony

University City, Missouri (05/20/2011)

The Resolution of Complex Ethical Dilemmas
Remarks at Drew University Commencement
Madison, New Jersey (05/14/2011)

Hope in Challenging Times
Remarks at Grand Valley State University Commencement
Grand Rapids, Michigan (04/30/2011)

Leaders in Science and Engineering: The Women of MIT
Academic Leaders: Perspectives and Current Challenges
MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (03/28/2011)

Enabling Talent
Spring 2011 Town Hall Meeting
RPI, Troy, New York (03/23/2011)

The Four Ingredients for Breaking Barriers
Black History Month Scholarship Brunch: University of California
San Diego, California (02/26/2011)

Aim for the Stars
KAIST Commencement Ceremony
Daejeon, South Korea (02/11/2011)

2010

The Quiet Crisis: America’s Economic and National Security at Risk
SCUP 2010 North Atlantic One-Day Conference
RPI, Troy, New York (11/19/2010)

Scientific and Technological Resources for National Defense
U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland (11/09/2010)

Rejuvenating America: Sustaining an Innovation Economy
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Arlington, Virginia (11/05/2010)

Envisioning 2020
Fall 2010 Town Hall Meeting: EMPAC Concert Hall
RPI, Troy, New York (10/20/2010)

Fusion: 2010 State of the Institute
EMPAC Concert Hall
RPI, Troy, New York (10/16/2010)

Building Bridges: A Celebration of 175 Years of Civil Engineering | Colloquy Video
Civil Engineering 175th Anniversary Dinner
RPI, Troy, New York (10/14/2010)

Listening in an Age of Distractions | Video
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
The Chapiteau at EPFL (10/09/2010)

The Great Questions:First Year Convocation
Student Convocation: Class of 2014
EMPAC Concert Hall (08/29/2010)

Delivering Value to Our Children: Launching the Empire State STEM Learning Network
Empire State Progressive Dialogue on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
RPI, Troy, New York (06/10/2010)

What Will Be Your Voyage?
Commencement Exercises: Rensselaer at Hartford
Hartford, Connecticut (06/05/2010)

The Power of One
204th Commencement
RPI, Troy, New York (05/29/10)

Creating the Conditions for Growth Within an Innovation Ecosystem
GE Leading and Learning Conference
Ossining, New York (05/11/2010)

Following the Digital Crumbs: The New Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center
Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center Launch
RPI, Troy, New York (05/04/2010)

Sparking a New Generation of Innovation in Energy
Solaria
Fremont, California (03/24/2010)

The 2010 Presidential Spring Town Hall Meeting: “Moving Forward in Challenging Times”
2010 Spring Town Meeting
RPI, Troy, New York (03/17/2010)

Educating and Innovating Our Way to a 21st Century Manufacturing Economy
City Club of Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio (03/05/2010)

Fueling the Economy: Exciting, Inviting, and Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois (02/08/2010)

Ambassadors of Progress: Enabling Innovation Through Education
Council for the Support and Advancement of Education (CASE) Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (02/07/2010)

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