RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson Receives National Medal of Science - May 19, 2016

Remarks by President Obama at Ceremony Honoring the Recipients of the National Medal of Science, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation www.whitehouse.gov

“This is a proud day for everyone at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” said the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa ’62, Chairman of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees. “Dr. Jackson is a deserving recipient of the nation’s pre-eminent award for research and leadership in science. She has been the driving force behind establishing a new model for scientific and technological education at Rensselaer.”  www.rpi.edu

White House Honors Dr. Cato Laurencin with National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The citation of Laurencin’s award read aloud during the medal ceremony was: For seminal work in the engineering of musculoskeletal tissues, especially for revolutionary achievements in the design of bone matrices and ligament regeneration; and for extraordinary work in promoting diversity and excellence in science. www.uconn.edu


The Gates Chronicles Continue - Gravitational Waves

  • Einstein's gravitational waves 'seen' from black holes | Dr. S. J. Gates Jr is the director of the University of Maryland's Center for String and Particle Theory. He says the newly discovered waves will allow us to hear the beginning of space. BBC News US
  • Dr. Gates: "This is a red-letter day for physicists" BBC News Facebook
  • The 2014 E.E. Just Symposium at Dartmouth College - Keynote Address - "When The Cosmos Does The Wave It Does Wave Gravity" YouTube
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Spotlight on Alumni and Student Pursuits & Key Professors and Administrators

March 3, 2016 - Dedric Carter appointed vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer - Washington University in St. Louis WUSTL

Using Nano to Treat Cancer: TED Talk for TV - There’s a new weapon for fighting cancer and it’s about one one-hundredth the size of a human hair. This was the message of Paula Hammond ’84, PhD ’93—head of the Department of Chemical Engineering—on the TED stage as she discussed her work at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research where she is developing an entirely new method to treat cancer using nanoparticles. Slice of MIT

DURHAM, NC - Shawna Young GM '15, executive director of the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been tapped as the new executive director of the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), school officials announced Thursday, April 7, 2016 Duke Today

Cullen R. Buie, Associate Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering - Honored by President Obama President Obama named 105 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring. www.whitehouse.gov

Professor Wesley Harris Wesley Harris, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave the keynote speech at Princeton University's Martin Luther King Day celebration on Jan. 18 in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The annual event honors the legacy of the civil rights leader. Harris was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at Princeton, in 1968. Among many positions at MIT, he served as associate provost for faculty equity from 2008-13 and as head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2003-08. princeton.edu

RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson Named Recipient of National Medal of Science December 22, 2015 -  By SCER Staff - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The White House today announced that President Barack Obama has selected The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., to receive the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientific achievement bestowed by the United States government. The award recognizes individuals deserving of special recognition for their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation.  news.rpi.edu

Black student leaders present recommendations for a more inclusive MIT Members of MIT’s Black Students’ Union (BSU) and the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) believe that at a moment of great national pain around the question of how black and other minority students experience life at universities, MIT has an opportunity and an obligation to take a firm stand in favor of inclusion. Toward that end, they are working together with MIT’s senior administration to find ways to make MIT more welcoming and inclusive for all. MIT News | The Recommendations

Christopher Rose '79, SM '81, PhD '85 - Brown University Professor of Engineering As professor of engineering, Christopher Rose will continue his work in communications theory. As associate dean of the faculty, he will cobble together multidisciplinary faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student teams by building on what he sees as the unusual technical breadth of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines. News from Brown

Paula T. Hammond '84, PhD '93, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, has been named the new head of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChemE), effective July 13. She is the first woman and first person of color appointed to the post. MIT News

Larry Sass SM ’94, PhD ’00, MacGregor House - New Housemaster - Three undergraduate communities to welcome new housemasters this fall MIT News

23 of the most powerful women engineers in the world: Aprille Ericsson, program manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Ericsson is widely known as the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Click here to read more.

Does this face look familiar? Valerie Jarrett’s ancestor honored with stamp. Valerie Jarrett talks about her great-grandfather, Robert Robinson Taylor '92, after she unveiled the postage stamp at the National Postal Museum Thursday. The Washington Post - Krissah Thompson

On February 5, the National Academy of Engineering announced that Emery N. Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT, and the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Prof. Brown is one of only 19 people elected to all 3 branches of the National Academies (Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering). Prof. Brown, the first African American and the first anesthesiologist elected to all three branches of the National Academies, is recognized “for development of neural signal processing algorithms for understanding memory encoding and modeling of brain states of anesthesia.”  Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. National Academy of Engineering

MIT welcomes seven new MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars click here

Lorraine Goffe-Rush named vice president for human resources MIT news - Vice chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis will join MIT in February.

Kerry Bowie '94, MBA '06 Cleaning Up After Massachusetts' Toxic Past WGBH News

R. Erich Caulfied SM '01, PhD '06 Best of New Orleans Gambit's 40 Under 40 Gambit's

Dr. Cato Laurencin PhD '87 Wins National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award. UConn Today

Phillip Daniel S.B. '13 S.M. Candidate '15 Department of Mechanical Engineering --- I posted a manual about a class I taught on Instructables. It is called "DIY Solar Tracker", and my goal is to inspire young students to pursue engineering. So far the manual has over 50,000 views, was featured on the website's homepage, and was sent out over the Instructables email list. I would appreciate it if you checked it out, shared it and voted for me in the contest if you feel so inclined! http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Tracker/

PhD student Niaja Farve combines research, entrepreneurship, outreach, and indefatigable drive. MIT news

Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr. '80 has been appointed as the new president of both IU Health Methodist and University hospitals. iuhealth.org

Faculty highlight: Paula Hammond --- Engineering tiny paths to cancer treatment, bone regrowth, and wound healing, Paula Hammond serves as an exemplary researcher-educator within the MIT community. MIT news

MIT researchers have devised a novel cancer treatment that destroys tumor cells by first disarming their defenses, then hitting them with a lethal dose of DNA damage. In studies with mice, the research team showed that this one-two punch, which relies on a nanoparticle that carries two drugs and releases them at different times, dramatically shrinks lung and breast tumors. The MIT team, led by Michael Yaffe, the David H. Koch Professor in Science, and Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, describe the findings in the May 8 online edition of Science Signaling. MIT news

Dr. Karl W. Reid '84, SM '85 National Society of Black Engineers Selects Karl W. Reid as Executive Director nsbe.org

Justin Bullock '14 nears the finish of four years of research and running at MIT, turning next to medical school. MIT news

Reggie Van Lee '79, SM '80 Mega fix: Big names unite to fix racial disparities in STEM education, employment District Chronicles

Anthropologist Erica James examines the effectiveness of aid to those on the margins of society. MIT news

Emery Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and professor of computational neuroscience named to National Academy of Sciences (NAS) MIT news

Nelly Rosario ‘94 Bridges Science and Writing - Slice of MIT MIT Alumni Association

Kristala L. J. Prather Kristala Prather has been named a MacVicar Fellow. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at the Institute. Together the Fellows form a small academy of scholars committed to exceptional instruction and innovation in education. MIT news

Kelvin Doe 15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows MIT - mentored by David Sengeh (Ph.D. student, MIT Media Lab) http://youtu.be/XOLOLrUBRBY

Graduate student David Sengeh gives back to Sierra Leone Media Lab doctoral student created a competition to help youth in his home country create their own solutions. MIT news

Irving McKenzie Birmingham '96 Irving McKenzie Birmingham passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Susana, his four children, Rebecca, Andy, Ana Lucia and McKenzie Rose, his mother, Sallie Birmingham, sister Camille Birmingham, and a loving extended family. Irving was a loving and dedicated son, husband, and father, and a joy to those blessed to have him in their lives. May he rest in peace. http://irvingmbirmingham.weebly.com

Larry Sass In Larry Sass’s vision of the future, new buildings will rise faster, use fewer resources, cost less, and be more delightful to the eye than ever before. This transformation will be made possible through digital fabrication, a new delivery system for buildings that will enable architects to send computer-designed plans directly to manufacturing—perhaps soon to be 3-D printed. Spectrum

Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73 Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73 was an MIT undergraduate preparing for graduate school when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In this video, which is excerpted from the Infinite History project, Jackson remembers how King's life influenced her decision to stay at MIT and work for racial equality at the Institute. Jackson became the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT and later became Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Today she is the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. MIT Video

Kristala Prather earns tenure  MIT Department of Chemical Engineering Paula T. Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering elected this to the prestigious honorary society American Academy of Arts and Sciences. MIT news Phillip Howard Daniel ’13 – MIT Student Initiative to Promote STEM – Funding Sought We believe that the best way to inform students about engineering, and inspire them to pursue it, is to expose them through hands on engineering projects. However, many schools in underprivileged areas can’t afford conventional projects to supplement their curriculum. The result is that the engineering discipline is un-diverse both culturally and economically. Helios is a “Do it yourself” kit that harnesses the sun to inspire students to explore engineering early in their academic careers. Universities and industry partners are willing to financially support programs that will lead to a more diverse, technical employee base, from conversations with MIT faculty and Raytheon and Lockheed Martin representatives. The key to changing this metric is to inspire students with fun and informative projects that have real world analogs, such as Helios. kickstarter.com

Arthur Musah ’04 One Day I Too Go Fly, follows students from Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe as they seek to become engineers—they are majoring in civil engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science—and make their way in America. Musah has launched a Kickstartercampaign to fund the upcoming year of the four-year project. Filming in Cambridge and in Africa, Musah aims to uncover how the relationships these students have with their home countries evolve and how their time at MIT influences their dreams to make an impact on the world.


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Robert R. Taylor '92

This stamp features a photograph of Taylor taken circa 1890, when he was around 22 years old and a student at MIT. Click for more history and availability at usps.com

The 38th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors architect and educator Robert Robinson Taylor (1868-1942). For more than three decades, Taylor supervised the design and construction of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama while also overseeing the school’s programs in industrial education and the building trades. He is believed to have been both the first black graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the country’s first academically trained black architect. 

SC State University Board Names James E. Clark President

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 ORANGEBURG, S.C.
James E. Clark has been named the 12th president of SC State University. Following a meeting of the SC State Board of Trustees Wednesday, the announcement was made by Board Chair Charles S. Way Jr. Clark will serve a four-year term. His appointment will begin July 1, 2016. South Carolina State University

Dr. Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD

National Academy of Sciences elects physics professor Jim Gates
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 UMD physics professor Sylvester James Gates, Jr. is one of 84 U.S. researchers and 21 foreign associates newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. It is the latest honor in an extraordinary year for Gates. In January, he was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, and in February President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony.That award cited Dr. Gates’ “contributions to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories and extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.” reference: http://cmps.umd.edu/news-events/news/1022

Sylvester James Gates '73, Ph.D. '77 awarded National Medal of Science by President Obama 01FEB13 

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