TROY, N.Y. (AP) – Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, is among this year’s nine recipients of the National Medal of Science.
The award is the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.
The National Science Foundation announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama will honor Jackson and the other recipients at the White House early next year.
Jackson was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Bell Labs before becoming the first woman to head the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, under President Clinton.
She became president of RPI in 1999.
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