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January 14, 2016
Undergraduate J.J. Hu collects a leaf bag, which is used to determine rate of decomposition. (In this guest post, one of a series on monitoring and experimentation in the Jefferson Project at Lake George, Aaron Stoler, a post-doctoral researcher in the laboratory of project director Rick Relyea, explains why and how researchers monitor tributaries to […]
Jefferson Project – Working Upstream
December 10, 2015
(In this guest post, Brian Mattes, a senior research specialist in the laboratory of Rick Relyea, Rensselaer professor and director of the Jefferson Project at Lake George, explains how experiments help us make sense of observational data gathered by the Jefferson Project’s observational platform.) A lot of what’s been written about the Jefferson Project at […]
Jefferson Project – Enter the Mesocosm
November 18, 2015
When we need to consider information as a group, most of us turn to a computer projector and a mouse. The world may be round, but our only digital option for exploring it in a meeting is on a flat screen. Surpassing that limitation – by creating new computer interfaces that allow people to intuitively […]
Immersive Experience – The Campfire
November 18, 2015
You’re in a meeting making a plan. Everyone is taking notes, but the conversation roams, going from one item, and one speaker, to another, and as the hour comes to a close, it’s hard to remember who said what and which assignments were doled out to whom. Some of the questions that came up went […]
In a Cognitive Space
October 28, 2015
In this Approach blog post, the Rensselaer news team spoke with Rensselaer Lally School of Management student Sean Edward Wilson ’16 about his work in the classroom and the community. Q: What drew you to majoring in business management at Rensselaer and how has this influenced your future career interests? I transferred to Rensselaer from […]
A Conversation with Rensselaer Lally School Student Sean Edward Wilson ’16



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