Spring 2016 Commencement Speaker
Spring Commencement 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 9:30 a.m. | Savage Arena
Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the 18th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society.
Over his long career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator,
and policymaker. From 1987 to 1998, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma
Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest
research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy
research facilities in the country. At PPPL, Holt helped establish the lab's nationally
renowned science education program. From 1980 to 1988, Holt served on the faculty
of Swarthmore College, where he taught courses in physics and public policy. In 1982,
he took leave from Swarthmore to serve as an AAAS/American Physical Society Science
and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill. The Fellowships program, dating to 1973,
places outstanding scientists and engineers in executive, legislative, and Congressional
branch assignments for one or two years; by early 2015, the program had served nearly
3,000 alumni working worldwide in the policy, academic, industry, and nonprofit realms.
Holt has said that his AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship was "life changing," and served
as a springboard to his role in Congress. He also served as an arms control expert
at the U.S. State Department, where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries
such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. In 1981, Holt was issued
a patent for an improved solar-pond technology for harnessing energy from sunlight. Read more.
Photo by Chet Susslin, National Journal
The University of Toledo Spring 2016 Commencement Speaker
Spring Commencement 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. | Savage Arena
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole was appointed the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in March, 2009. Founded as a small museum on Capitol Hill in 1964, NMAfA became a part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979, and in 1987 it moved to its current location on the National Mall. The museum’s collection of over 12,000 objects represents nearly every area of the continent of Africa and contains a variety of media and art forms. The National Museum of African Art also has an extensive education program. Since the mid-1980’s, Dr. Cole has worked with a number of Smithsonian programs. She currently serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the construction of which will be completed on the National Mall by 2016. Read more.