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The Remarkable Career of Shirley Ann Jackson

January 2018

The first African-American woman to earn an MIT doctorate, Shirley Ann Jackson ’68, PhD ’73, worked to help the Institute begin to diversify. She then applied her mix of vision and pragmatism in the lab, in Washington, and at the helm of a major research university.

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  • Shirley Ann Jackson ’68, PhD ’73, worked to help bring about more diversity at MIT, where she was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate. She then applied her mix of vision and pragmatism in the lab, in Washington, and at the helm of a major research university.
  • Are North Korea’s recent missile tests—and President Trump’s outspoken response to Kim Jong Un—moving us closer to war? For insight, MIT Technology Review spoke with Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science, author of Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era, and a leading analyst of the nuclear tactics of smaller states.
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