Ortiz Earns Degree from Drew University

MADISON — Jonathan Ortiz of Rahway received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University on Saturday, May 14, at the university’s 143rd commencement. Celebrated American scientist Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson spoke to students at the ceremony along with Drew President Robert Weisbuch.

Quoting 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson, Weisbuch told graduates “‘if your nerve deny you — go above your nerve’.” “Don’t be afraid of others who look differently from you or who believe in ideas opposed to your own, but seek instead to broaden your understanding and reach beyond yourself,” he advised.

Referred to by Time Magazine as “the ultimate role model for women in science,” commencement speaker Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was named chair the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1995 by President Bill Clinton. She received a second presidential appointment in 2009 when Barack Obama tapped her to serve on the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). She currently serves as the president of Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. In 2007, the National Science Board awarded her its prestigious Vannevar Bush award for a “lifetime of achievements” in science.

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