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Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790
SHIRLEY JACKSON, Ph.D., FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE
U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION, TO RECEIVE
HONORARY DEGREE FROM
CEDAR CREST COLLEGE
Allentown, PA (January 27, 2004) - The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, theoretical physicist, university professor, senior government official and champion of opportunity for women and minorities, will be recognized with an honorary degree from Cedar Crest College on Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
In 1995 President William Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Dr. Jackson was Chairman of the NRC from 1995-1999. As Chairman, she was the principal executive officer of and the official spokesman for the NRC. She had ultimate authority for all NRC functions pertaining to an emergency involving an NRC licensee. The NRC is charged with the protection of the public health and safety, the environment, and the common defense and security by licensing, regulating, and safeguarding the use of reactor byproduct material in the U.S.
Dr. Jackson's remarkable career has been distinguished by many historical firsts. She was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from M.I.T. - in any subject. She is one of the first two African-American women to receive a doctorate in physics in the U.S. She is the first African-American to become a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She is both the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and now the first African-American woman to lead a national research university. She also is the first African-American woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
In 2002, Dr. Jackson was named one of the Top 50 Women in Science by Discover magazine, and recognized in a published book by ESSENCE titled 50 of The Most Inspiring African-Americans. She also was named one of "50 R&D Stars to Watch" by Industry Week Magazine. Dr. Jackson was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998 for her significant and profound contributions as a distinguished scientist and advocate for education, science, and public policy and she will become president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, in February 2004.
Crest College Special Events Office The event is free and open to the public. Reservations suggested. For more information, please contact the Cedar at 610-740-3791.
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College Relations Associate - Media