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Rensselaer Professors Berman, Garde, and Wang Selected as 2014 AAAS Fellows

November 25, 2014 - Rensselaer professors Francine Berman and Ge Wang and Dean of Engineering Shekhar Garde have been named fellows of AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Curt Breneman Named Dean of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

November 25, 2014 - Troy, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced the appointment of Curt Breneman as Dean of the School of Science. The appointment is effective January 1, 2015. Professor Breneman has served as head of the university’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology since 2010. “Dr. Breneman has a distinguished record of interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurial thought, and educational leadership,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “I am delighted to make this appointment.  He has passion for all aspects of science and technology that will create a heightened level of energy and collaboration at Rensselaer and the School of Science. His contributions and leadership will further our vision of The New Polytechnic, which is enabled by The Rensselaer Plan 2024.”

Rensselaer Professor Shares 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

November 20, 2014 - Troy, N.Y. – As a founding member of the Supernova Cosmology Project, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Heidi Newberg will share the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with members of two competing teams that discovered Dark Energy. The 51 collaborators from the two teams will split the $3 million prize awarded November 9. The Supernova Cosmology Project was cited for “the most unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had been long assumed,” according to a news release from the Breakthrough Prize.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture Ranks 14th in Nation

November 14, 2014 - The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been ranked the 14th best undergraduate program in the nation by the journal DesignIntelligence.

Lally School of Management Set to Host Startup Business Model Day Program

October 31, 2014 - The Lally School of Management will host a Startup Business Model Day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Heffner Alumni House on the Rensselaer campus.

Burt Swersey To Be Interviewed Live From Disruptive Innovation Festival

October 26, 2014 - Rensselaer lecturer Burt Swersey and graduate Eben Bayer `07, cofounder and chief executive officer of  Ecovative, will participate today in a live interview as part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival.

Aquatic Ecologist To Head Jefferson Project at Lake George for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

October 17, 2014 - Rick Relyea, a world-renowned aquatic ecologist, has been named the director of the Jefferson Project at Lake George for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and appointed the David M. Darrin ’40 Senior Endowed Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences

Ravi Kane Named Head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer

October 14, 2014 - Nanobiotechnology expert Ravi Kane, the P.K. Lashmet Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named head of the university’s Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE).

Rensselaer Professor Deborah McGuinness Collaborates on New $15 Million NSF Award for DataONE Environmental Science Project

October 10, 2014 - The National Science Foundation has awarded $15 million to a team of environmental and earth science data researchers, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who are providing tools and infrastructure that improve access to vast amounts of scientific data.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute To Host Day-Long “Investing in Entrepreneurship” Showcase

October 9, 2014 - In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer will host a daylong showcase titled “Investing in Entrepreneurship” on Tuesday, October 21. 

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