Rensselaer President Honored at Black History Makers Awards

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson Receives the George Washington Carver Award New York — 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.

Loudonville Resident Wins Prestigious Humboldt Award

Troy, N.Y. — Martin E. Glicksman, the John Tod Horton Professor of Materials Engineering at Rensselaer, was selected as a recipient of a coveted Humboldt Senior Research Prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany. As part of his prize, Glicksman will conduct research in Germany for two six-month periods in 2002 and 2003. He will meet the German president in a ceremony this July.

Re: Case of Meningitis Diagnosed; Vaccinations to Begin

Troy, N.Y. — Meningococcal meningitis has been diagnosed affecting a single student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The student, a sophomore, is hospitalized in good condition and is recovering. Meningococcal meningitis — an inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord — and its accompanying bloodstream infections are rare but potentially dangerous. The risk for contracting this disease is low.

Rensselaer President Is Named Black Engineer of the Year: First Woman To Win Top Award

Baltimore, Md. — 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.

Niskayuna Resident Elected Fellow of Engineering Society

Troy, N.Y. — John Wen, professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The fellow grade is conferred upon a member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of electrical and electronics engineering.

State Approves New Multidisciplinary Program at Rensselaer

Troy, N.Y. — A new multidisciplinary science degree program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been approved by the New York State Department of Education. The program, the first of its kind in New York state, will offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in multidisciplinary science.

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