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Einstein Gala

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event, and in 2022, it will be held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History! Starting at 5:30 pm on Saturday, March 26th, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History staff and Board of Trustees invite you to explore our amazing silent auction - where mobile bidding is available - filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, join us as we honor our National Award honoree for her contributions within the nuclear world, and experience entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

In addition to hearing from the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History's Executive Director, Jim Walther, and the Museum Foundation's Board President, Abdiel Ramirez, guests will have the opportunity to hear from special guests, leisurely tour of the museum, and enjoy science experiments hosted by the museum's education department. Throughout the course of the event, mobile bidding for the silent auction will take place, and bidding will continue throughout the event.


National Award of Nuclear Science & History Awardee -Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson Ph.D.

The highlight of the Gala each year is awarding the National Award of Nuclear Science & History to a significant person or organization in the nuclear science world that has had an impact on nuclear issues. To learn more about past award recipients, click here. The award celebrates the wide scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavor made by individuals in areas of military leadership, medical technology, public policy and government, energy sciences, education and space exploration.

This year, we are honored to award Dr. Shirley Jackson, theoretical physicist and the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Described by Time Magazine as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science,” Dr. Jackson has held senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research.

Dr. Jackson was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and founded the MIT Black Student Union, increasing African-American enrollment from two to 57 in only one year. While working at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Rutgers University, she prepared or collaborated on over 100 scientific articles. She was the first female and African-American President of RPI and introduced the Rensselaer Plan, improving the school’s academics and enrollment. She was appointed Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission where she established a strategic assessment program, completely remaking the program to become more efficient. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Shirley Jackson the National Medal of Science, the highest honor to individuals who made contributions to scientific fields.



Proceeds from the Einstein Gala help support the Museum’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational programs for K-12 students as well as professional development workshops for science and math teachers.

The 24th Annual Einstein Gala will take place on Saturday, March 26th, 2022. Individual tickets for the event are available by clicking the purchase button below. When a ticket has registered, a link to the event will be emailed to the ticket purchaser. Table purchases and other packages to purchase will be listed soon.

For further information regarding our 2022 Einstein Gala, please contact our Director of Development 505-245-2137, extension 110.

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