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Measuring the Forces of Biology

October 21, 2016 - Biology, at the nitty-gritty level of motor proteins, DNA, and microtubules, takes its cue from physics. But while much is known about the biological components that form such cellular stuctures, researchers like Scott Forth are only beginning to explore the physical forces between those components. 

Expert in Antitrust and Regulatory Matters Named Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse ’35 Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences

October 21, 2016 - Vivek Ghosal, an expert in the fields of antitrust and regulatory economics has been named the Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse ’35 Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Power of Smart Lighting: Occupancy Detection Using Lighting Becomes a Reality

October 19, 2016 - Faculty and graduate students from the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications at Rensselaer and Boston University were awarded a U.S. patent titled “Sensory Lighting System and Method for Characterizing an Illumination Space.”     

Rensselaer Researcher Jennifer Pazour Named Gulf Research Program Fellow

October 19, 2016 - Jennifer Pazour, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named the recipient of a 2016 Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship.

Extraterrestrial Impact Preceded Ancient Global Warming Event

October 13, 2016 - A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of the Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers analogs to global warming today.

School of Engineering To Host Fifth Annual National Manufacturing Day

October 12, 2016 - Nearly 300 high school students from around New York’s Capital Region will visit the Rensselaer campus to attend the National Manufacturing Day program on Friday, Oct. 14. 

Pseudomonas aeruginosa – The Molecular Tools of a Bacterial Survivor

October 7, 2016 - The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa can thrive in environments as different as the moist, warm tissue in our lungs, and the dry, nutrient-deprived surface of an office wall. How does Pseudomonas survive in so many environments? 

CASE Coconut Building Panels on Display in Ghana

September 22, 2016 - Building panels made of upcycled coconut husks and developed at the Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE) made a statement at the Chalewote Street Art Festival in Accra, Ghana, this summer. A kiosk constructed of the panels was featured in a report by MeshTV.

Rensselaer Part of IBM Research Cognitive Horizons Network

September 21, 2016 - Six universities including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have joined with IBM Research to launch the Cognitive Horizons Network, a network committed to accelerating the development of core technologies needed to advance the promise of cognitive computing.

“American Universities Are Uniquely Positioned To Ensure U.S. Leads Socially And Economically”

September 19, 2016 - A company founded by a Rensselaer Ph.D. graduate that includes undergraduate students is one of 35 companies that are being recognized as the most exciting early-stage companies.


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