President of the Resselaer Polytechnic Institute
This semester, the know-it-all supercomputer Watson is heading to school. Watson made a name for itself after it trounced all its human competitors on Jeopardy! last year. The supercomputer is "enrolling" at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where Dr. Shirley Jackson is president.
Along with income inequality, the president also touched on his plans to reform education in his state of the union address on Tuesday. Specifically, he mentioned how technology can make learners have more meaningful and impactful educational experiences. Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic institute joins the program to gauge the feasibility and effectiveness of such innovative uses of technology at all levels of education.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama described the key role math and science education is going to play in the nation’s future, as part of a competitive global economy. He says he’s prepared to take steps so the nation won’t fall behind. For more, we’re joined now by one of the nation’s top science educators. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and she joins us from Davos, Switzerland — site of the World Economic Forum.