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Rensselaer marks the opening of the center for biotechnology and interdisciplinary studies

TROY, N.Y. World-renowned biotechnology experts and science policymakers will join the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community at a series of events Sept. 9-11, including a symposium, Presidential Colloquy, ribbon-cutting, a play, and an open house to mark the opening of the Institute's Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

On Thursday, Sept. 9, Rensselaer will host a biotechnology symposium that will begin with keynote addresses from:

  • Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D., President and Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, on "The Human Genome Decoded: Promises Kept and Promises To Come"

  • Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives"

  • Troy Duster, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, New York University, and Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley, on "The Role of Molecular Biology in the New Uses of Race in Science, Medicine, and Law"

On Friday, Sept. 10, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will host a Presidential Colloquy on "Opportunities at the Interface of Bioscience and Bioengineering" with:

  • The Honorable Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Director, National Institutes of Health

  • Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Sciences

  • William Wulf, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Engineering

  • Claire M. Fraser '77, Ph.D., President and Director, Investigator, The Institute for Genomic Research

  • James C. Mullen '80, President and CEO, Biogen Idec Inc.

  • William A. Haseltine, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Human Genome Sciences Inc.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, lead by President Jackson, will follow the colloquy. Speakers will include:

  • The Honorable Hillary Clinton, United States Senator (N.Y.)

  • The Honorable Michael McNulty, Unit
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Contact: Theresa Bourgeois
bourgt@rpi.edu
518-276-2840
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2-Sep-2004


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