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An Evening With Shirley Ann Jackson
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Jackson is the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate degree from MIT, and a 2014 National Medal of Science Laureate.
Dr. Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering and the head of MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, will interview Dr. Jackson. The conversation will cover Dr. Jackson’s time as a student at MIT, her current role as President of RPI, her experiences as a woman of color in STEM, and everything in between. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Jackson following the interview. The program will conclude with a short reception for all.
In 2017 the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation (NSTMF) launched a new program, An Evening with a Laureate (AEW) in order to fulfill its mission of championing the work and lives of America’s greatest scientists and technologists and connecting these extraordinary individuals to the next generation. Each AEW event includes a formal interview with a moderator, an open question and answer session between the audience and the Laureate and a reception where audience members can meet the Laureate. Following the event, the attendees will be invited to submit questions for the Laureate via email. Later on, we will invite attendees to participate in a google hangout with the Laureate to continue the conversations started at the AEW.
The goals is to provide tangible access points to some of the smartest minds in the world, bringing these Laureates’ contributions into the public dialogue, and connecting their personal narratives with individuals all over the country. It is in every Laureate’s story that you will find commitment, struggle, perseverance, and success. The AEW program gives anyone the opportunity to learn, engage, absorb, and maybe, just maybe, be inspired by a group of truly incredible people.
— condensed from the NSTMF Website
MASS AWIS is the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Sciences. Our mission is to support women in all scientific fields and to achieve equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Our events and membership are open for the public regardless of their gender, professional background, or career level.