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August 27, 2020

The Frightened President, a comedy-horror film by Jefferson Kielwagen, a lecturer in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, premiered at the fourth annual Guarufantástico Film Festival in Guarulhos, Brazil. The film is available for online viewing until the end of August.


The short feature was one of 60 independent films chosen as part of the professional category. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the premiere was virtual.

August 26, 2020

Maurice Suckling, a professor of practice in the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and renowned video game writer, has been nominated for a 2019 Charles S. Roberts Milieu Award for his design of his first board game, Freeman’s Farm 1777.

August 25, 2020

Vincent Oliveto, a doctoral student in nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program, funded by the Department of Defense (DOD).

August 24, 2020

A new LED design, the details of which were recently published in Science Advances, provides a promising layout for future LED — light-emitting diode — technology, one that solves the challenge of declining brightness at higher energy levels, known as efficiency droop.

August 21, 2020

Xavier Intes, a professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has edited the book Imaging from Cells to Animals in Vivo.

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