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Nexus: Where Science Meets Society
Nexus: Where Science Meets Society
By Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
In an age of discovery and innovation, how can benefits be passed along?
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.

Speeches by Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

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Aim High, and Become Your Own Best Qualities
Fisk University Commencement

Securing Our Nation, Strengthening Global Security, and Improving Lives
ROTC Presidential Joint Service Awards Ceremony

The New Polytechnic: Reshaping Rensselaer for the Future
RAA Board of Trustees Meeting

A Pathway to Changing the World
Accepted Student Celebration

Rensselaer and Icahn: A Window on the Future of Health Care in America
“Rensselaer and Icahn” Panel

Remembering Those Who Lighted the Way Forward
Annual Faculty and Staff Memorial Service

The New Polytechnic: Addressing Global Challenges, Transforming the World
The Honorable Pauline Newman ’47 Lecture

The Power of a Phalanx United to Change the World
Phalanx Honor Society Tapping Ceremony

The New Polytechnic: Bringing Together a Multiplicity of Perspectives
Spring Town Meeting


Celestial Songs and Earthly Dances
2014 Rensselaer Holiday Concert

The Rensselaer Faculty: A Great Achievement
Trustees’ Celebration of Faculty Achievement

Goodwill and Joy
Annual Campus Seasonal Celebration

The New Polytechnic: Discovery and Innovation in Medicine
SinaInnovations Conference

Rooted In And True To Our Legacy
Newton Alumni Reception

Contributing to a Brighter Future
Founders’ Day Lighting Ceremony

Seizing the Future
Fall Town Meeting

Good Neighbors
United Way Kick-Off Breakfast

Challenged to Change
President of the Union/Grand Marshal Breakfast

A Long Tradition of Innovative Teaching
Family Weekend Presidential Welcome

Supporting a Transformative Educational Experience
Society of Families Reception

Lighting Up the World
2014 Honors Convocation

Enduring Contributions to a Positive Culture
2014 Annual Retiree Day Luncheon

Understanding Lake George and Its Watershed
Announcement of Darrin Fresh Water Institute Data Visualization Laboratory

Character and Mastery
2014 Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

Generosity and Dedication That Changes the World
2014 Patroon Recognition Brunch

Looking Back to Look Forward
State of the Institute

Chemical and Biological Engineering: Essential Tools for the Future
Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Centennial Celebration

The New Polytechnic in Space
Conversation with Reid Wiseman ’97

The Great Class of 1964
President’s Luncheon to Honor the 50th Reunion Class

Monetary Policy and Leadership
Introduction for William Dudley, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

A Community Strong Enough to Change the World
Rensselaer Club Reception

Communication is Key
2014 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration

A Vision Realized
CBIS 10th Anniversary Kick-Off

Connecting to Change the World
Freshman Convocation

Honoring 3,437 Years of Excellent Work
41st Annual Employee Service Recognition & Retirement Dinner

A City in Which to Have a Very Good Time
City of Troy WelcomeFest

It Is Not What Your Children Will Do, But Who They Become
Reception for Parents of First-Year Students

The Arts at Rensselaer and our Strengths as a University
Opening Night with the Philadelphia Orchestra

A Fresh Collaborative Endeavor
Consultation Reception

Seeking Meaning Within Data To Benefit Humanity
2014 Commencement

Marking An Important Transition
Class of 2014 Zero Year Reunion Brunch

An Extraordinary Sense of Connection
Senior Banquet

The Aspirational Element
Seattle Alumni Reception

A Vibrant Habitat for Innovators
Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame Induction

Linking People and Ideas
51st Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner

Lunch, Leadership, and Luster
Dean Laurie Leshin Reception

A Daring, Delightful, and Distinguished Engineer
Presentation of the Clarence E. Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement

Developing Multi-faceted Leadership
ROTC Presidential Awards Ceremony

Allowing Children to Choose Excellence
Harlem Academy Gala

Service, Leadership, and Devotion
Phalanx Honor Society Tapping Ceremony

Curiosity, Confidence, and Commitment
Congressional Black Caucus Science and Technology Brain Trust

A New Industrial Revolution
Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Regional Meeting

A Symbol of Connection
Junior Ring Ceremony

Maximizing Opportunities for Brilliant Students
Accepted Student Reception

Delivering on the Promise of Big Data and Big Science:The Most Important Networks Are Not Fiber Optic
Internet2 Global Summit

Poised to Change the World
Accepted Student Celebration

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

Promising News and Soaring Ambitions
Spring Town Meeting

Cool Robots, Cool Kids
FIRST® Robotics Regional Competition

Remembering a Man of Perspective and Compassion
Charles M. Vest Memorial Service

Why NOT Change the World?
Emma Talks

The Greatest Adventure in the World
16th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day


A Blending of Voices
Holiday Concert

Different Talents and Interests United By Courage
Student Leaders Brunch

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

Giving and Happiness
United Way Kick-Off Breakfast

An Opportunity to Reconnect
President of the Union/Grand Marshal Breakfast

Catalyzing Personal, Professional, Cultural, and Social Growth
Family Weekend Presidential Welcome

Celebrating the Best of Rensselaer
Honors Convocation

Developing Leaders
Society of Families Reception

Chance and Choice
New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Awards
W Hotel Hoboken, Hoboken, NJ

Bringing Rensselaer Together Through Friendship
Rensselaer Club Reception

Shared Joy in Individual Accomplishments
Fall Town Meeting

A Crossroads for Expediting Serendipity
Senator William H. Hernstadt ’57 and Jerene Yap Hernstadt Gallery Dedication

Ambassadors for Rensselaer
2013 Patroon Recognition Brunch

Greatness That Never Will Be Forgotten
2013 Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

A Place to Foster Leaders
Sigma Chi Fraternity Pomeroy Chapter House Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A University Transformed and Transformative
State of the Institute/Alumni Hall of Fame Induction

The Times, They Were A-Changin’
50 Year Club Luncheon and Class of 1963 Induction

Rensselaer at Petascale
Announcement of New Rensselaer Supercomputer, AMOS

A Fresh Vantage Point on Rensselaer
Rensselaer Alumni Association Awards Ceremony

Your Journey of Transformation
First Year Convocation—Class of 2017

A Vibrant Neighborhood for A Great Education
WelcomeFest Communiversity Event

A Moment of Great Anticipation
Reception for Parents of First-Year Students

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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



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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)


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)

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

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)


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
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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