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Jones Discusses Role of University in Changing World

first_imgShareCONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 JONES DISCUSSES ROLE OF UNIVERSITY IN CHANGING WORLD One of the roles of universities and colleges is to prepare people to live in a rapidly changing world, said Anita K. Jones ’64, director of defense research and engineering for theDepartment of Defense.“This is particularly evident for people in science and engineering,” Jones said recently. “Knowledge is growing rapidly, and engineers have to retrain themselves during their professional life. Technology is accelerating change in the arts, humanities andprofessional world as well; it affects all realms.” Jones will address Rice University’s 83rd graduating class during commencement ceremonies May 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the AcademicQuadrangle.“On May 11, Dr. Jones will become the first Rice science alumnus to speak at a Rice commencement, thus establishing yet another `first’ for a scientist with a record that consists of a long string of firsts, as well as other distinctions,” said Rice President Malcolm Gillis. “We are immensely pleased that she has agreed to speak to our seniors, advanced degree recipients and theirfamilies.” Jones said another role of colleges and universities is to”perform long-term exploration and discovery in the arts,humanities, science and engineering, and the results of thatexploration is very important to society and to the future of thenation.” “Rice prepares people to want to achieve, to want to take onchallenges and to want to excel,” she said of her alma mater. As director of defense research and engineering, Jones manages the science and technology programs of DOD and oversees in-house laboratories, university initiatives and the Advanced Research Projects Agency. When Jones joined the Pentagon in 1993, she agreed to serve in her position until the end of President Clinton’s first term. After that she will return to teaching at the University of Virginia, where she was chair of the computer science department andtaught computer science courses. Jones’ previous government assignments have been in advisory roles. She has served on many scientific advisory groups including the Defense Science Board, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and various panels of the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences. In the private sector, she was chair of the external advisory board of the Rice-Caltech Center for Research in Parallel Computation and a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratories Advisory Board. She was also a trustee of the MITRE Corporation and was on the board of directorsof Science Applications International Corporation. Jones has been honored with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the United States Air Force and with membership in the American Academy of Engineering. Rice University honored her last year with a Distinguished Alumni Award. She has published about 35 technical articles and two books about computer software and systems. Jones was one of the few women majoring in mathematics at Rice in the early 1960s. She went on to receive a master’s degree in literature from the University of Texas. After working as a programmer for IBM for a few years, she returned to school for a Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. She co-founded a software company called Tartan Laboratories, where she held various positions before taking a teaching position at theUniversity of Virginia. ### AddThislast_img
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