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We are featuring the lastest posts from The Approach, our blog about the innovative ideas, creative endeavors, and research discoveries of students and faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  

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April 23, 2018
[The Jefferson Project at Lake George is conducting ongoing research into how human activities may be affecting the lake. This guest blog by Devin Jones, a former postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea, summarizes recent research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The Jefferson Project is a [...]
Jefferson Project: Response to agrochemicals is paved by predators
March 30, 2018
[The Jefferson Project at Lake George is conducting ongoing research into how human activities may be affecting the lake. This guest blog by Matt Schuler, a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea, summarizes recent research published in the journal Oikos. The Jefferson Project is a collaboration between Rensselaer, IBM [...]
Jefferson Project: Road salt, organic additives, and mosquitoes
March 8, 2018
  Anyone who’s struggled to get their point across in a foreign language they haven’t mastered knows the benefit of enlisting the full contents of the human communication toolbox: waving your arms, imploring with your eyes, describing the word you lack with an assembly of the words you have, even throwing in a little English [...]
January 17, 2018
[The Jefferson Project at Lake George is conducting ongoing research into how human activities may be affecting the lake. This guest blog by Bill Hintz, a post-doctoral research associate in the lab of Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea, summarizes recent research published in the journal Oecologia. The Jefferson Project is a collaboration between Rensselaer, IBM [...]
Jefferson Project – The Salty Landscape of Fear
January 10, 2018
How is it that a shark can sense electric fields generated by its prey? To find out, glycoproteins expert Robert Linhardt turned to an instrument called a MALDI TOF TOF mass spectrometer in the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), and in this post we’re going to talk about MALDI TOF TOF (we’ll [...]
MALDI TOF TOF – A Speedy Protein Inventory
November 28, 2017
Bio-inspired chemistry, in which biological design principles are applied to the construction of man-made hybrid nano-chemical catalytic structures, is a rapidly emerging area that is attracting intense interest. Baruch ’60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research at Rensselaer was established to meet this challenge through the combined and iterative use of chemical, biochemical, physical, nanomaterials, [...]
Biomimicry and Bio-Inspired Science On Display
October 24, 2017
[Four years ago, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai entered a relationship to promote personalized medicine and medical care through collaborations in education, research, and development of new diagnostic tools and treatments. Several innovative projects on Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis have already emerged from this partnership. As [...]
Hacking Healthcare and Helping Cancer Patients
October 13, 2017
[The Jefferson Project at Lake George is conducting ongoing research into how human activities may be affecting the lake and surrounding wetlands. This guest blog by Aaron Stoler, a post-doctoral research associate in the lab of Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea, summarizes recent research published in the journal Environmental Pollution. The Jefferson Project is a [...]
Jefferson Project – Changing forests, insecticides, and wetland ecosystems
August 23, 2017
[The Jefferson Project at Lake George is conducting ongoing research into how human activities may be affecting the lake and surrounding wetlands. This guest blog by Aaron Stoler, a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea, summarizes recent research published as a featured article in the journal Freshwater Science. The [...]
Jefferson Project – Changing forests, road salt, and wetland ecosystems
August 23, 2017
[We hope you enjoy this letter of appreciation and advice which graduating Rensselaer senior Christina Akirtava wrote to her "RPI Family."] My father always told me “Don’t be ordinary, be extraordinary.” With these words in mind, I tried to make every day at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute count. Of course there were days I enjoyed with [...]
Commencement 2017: “Make Every Day Count”
April 5, 2017
[The Jefferson Project at Lake George is conducting ongoing research into how human activities may be affecting the lake. This guest blog by Bill Hintz, a post-doctoral research associate in the lab of Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea, summarizes recent research published in the journal Ecological Applications. The Jefferson Project is a collaboration between Rensselaer, [...]
Jefferson Project – Salt, Lake Food Webs, and “Trophic Cascade”
February 24, 2017
[The Jefferson Project at Lake George is conducting ongoing research into how human activities may be affecting the lake. This guest blog by Bill Hintz, a post-doctoral research associate in the lab of Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea, summarizes recent research published in the journal Environmental Pollution. The Jefferson Project is a collaboration between Rensselaer, [...]
Jefferson Project – Road Salt and Developing Trout
February 2, 2017
Could the same approach that mapped the Internet be used to identify tumor cells? Bulent Yener, who has devoted more than a decade of research to the idea, recently reviewed how his work and that of other researchers contributed to biomedical research in “Cell-Graphs: Image-Driven Modeling of Structure-Function Relationships,” published in the January edition of [...]
January 20, 2017
(In this guest post, Devin Jones, a graduate student in the lab of Rensselaer biologist and Jefferson Project at Lake George Director Rick Relyea, discusses research results recently published in the journal Environmental Pollution. The research tests the effects of road salt and road salt alternatives alone and in combination with natural stressors on vernal [...]
Jefferson Project – Road Salt Stress on Vernal Pools
December 14, 2016
(In this guest post, Aaron Stoler, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Rensselaer biologist and Jefferson Project at Lake George Director Rick Relyea, discusses how the Relyea lab investigates the impact of stressors on stream communities. This research is part of the Jefferson Project – a collaboration between Rensselaer, IBM Research, and The FUND [...]
Jefferson Project – Stream Lab
December 1, 2016
(For some 2016 is the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web (more about the veracity of that milestone below). In this post, Rensselaer professor James Hendler answers some questions about the evolution of the web in its first 25 years, and what we can expect in the next quarter century. Hendler, one of the [...]
A Quarter Century of the World Wide Web
November 22, 2016
(In this guest post, Aaron Stoler, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Rensselaer biologist and Jefferson Project at Lake George director Rick Relyea, discusses research results recently published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The research tests the effects of road salt alone and in combination with a common insecticide on wetland communities. [...]
Jefferson Project – Road Salt Stress on Wetland Communities
November 1, 2016
Zooplankton, the smallest animals in the food chain, are critical to the ecology of lakes like Lake George. But studying them in the wild – by measuring biomass, species composition, behavior, and diet – is a challenge. How do you track a borderline microscopic animal in the vast volume of water (an estimated 550 billion [...]
Jefferson Project — Nature By Numbers
October 21, 2016
This summer, on July 4, all eyes were up in space as Juno successfully entered into orbit around Jupiter, where it was scheduled to perform measurements and transmit the data back to Earth. The environment there has very high levels of radiation, and thus the instruments on Jupiter were designed to withstand these radiation levels, [...]
Addressing Complex Global Challenges Through Multidisciplinary Collaboration: School of Engineering Reflects on NASA Juno Mission and Role of Research Center in the Modern Rensselaer Experience
October 17, 2016
(In this post, Rensselaer graduate student Salles Viana Gomes de Magalhães talks about his First Place Overall Award in the 2016 TripAdvisor programming challenge, held September 17. Graduate and undergraduate students from 18 select universities in the United States and Canada were invited to compete in the event, with cash prizes awarded to top two [...]
The Winning Algorithm