The Approach Blog

July 9, 2012
June 22 marked a special milestone for scientific and medical research on the Rensselaer campus, with the opening of the New York State-funded Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research. The new facility is located in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS). New York State Department of Health Commissioner Nirav Shah and Rensselaer President […]
3° with Glenn Monastersky
June 21, 2012
Here’s a question: If we assume that if I win the lottery I will be poor. And I win the lottery. Am I poor? Logically, the answer is “yes.” It’s not an intuitive answer, but the conclusion does follow the assumptions. This premise—that the conclusions must follow the assumptions—is the basis of “deductive reasoning,” a skill taught […]
Cookie Logic
June 12, 2012
This will be my last post on The Approach. Thank you to all of our readers who have taken this little research blog and helped it to grow into what it is today. I leave Rensselaer for a new position, but I will now join the members of our loyal readership to keep tabs on […]
A Remote Control for Your Body
May 26, 2012
Congratulations to the Class of 2012! More than 1,600 Rensselaer gradates crossed the stage stage this morning, at the university’s 206th Commencement. I’m sure it won’t be long before we’re reading about all of their amazing successes and innovations!
Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
May 1, 2012
Riccardo Bevilacqua is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer, who recently received a prestigious award and grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. We ask Riccardo about his work: Q: You’re interested in building self-assembling space robots. Tell me a little bit about it. A: [...]
3° with Riccardo Bevilacqua



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