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April 25, 2012
(Below is an opinion piece by our own Jonathan Dordick on the need for personalized medicine. Dordick is the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Director of our Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. This winter he spoke at World Economic Forum in Davos about pharmaceutical safety and development. He shares [...]
Viewpoints: Making Medicine Personal
April 20, 2012
Students in the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program labor over the course of an entire academic year (and sometimes longer) to build the video games showcased at the annual GameFest at Rensselaer. Every year, it seems, student-designed games break new ground for GameFest, introducing emerging technologies like augmented reality, real-world applications in education, [...]
April 19, 2012
Decades ago, Rensselaer chemist James Ferris created long chains of RNA molecules in the lab using simple clay materials and basic organic molecules as a catalyst. The discovery helped launch a theory on how life on Earth may have arisen so many years ago – a theory that still stands strong today. Many astrobiologists support [...]
Of Montmorillonite and Men
April 17, 2012
A few weeks ago guest-blogger Tyler Hopf wrote about a fundraising effort he and a team of fellow Rensselaer School of Architecture students had undertaken on behalf of local food pantries. The students were preparing an entry for the second annual annual Capital District CANstruction. In a recent update to the original post, Hopf reached out to say that [...]
CAN-do Attitude
April 12, 2012
(Civil Engineering senior Elizabeth Wroe wrote this excellent post for The Approach. It’s about an engineering competition last month in Oakland, Calif., where she and her teammates won second place. Enjoy!) On March 26, a group of RPI students placed second in the annual Geo-Institutes GeoWall competition. The four students on the build team were [...]
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