Rensselaer’s Science and Technology Studies Department Adds Three Faculty This Academic Year

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Rensselaer’s Science and Technology Studies Department experienced significant growth with the addition of three new faculty members. Tankut Atuk, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research is situated at the intersections of public/global health, medical sociology/anthropology, social epidemiology, and sexual health. Adam Biggs, Ph.D., focuses on race, civil rights, and the history of medicine. Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and historian of science and medicine in the U.S.

Rensselaer Professor Esther Wertz Appointed UPWARDS For the Future Faculty Fellow To Support Semiconductor Education, Workforce Training, and Research

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Esther Wertz, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, has been appointed Rensselaer’s faculty fellow of UPWARDS for the Future. UPWARDS stands for the U.S.-Japan University Partnership for Workforce Advancement and Research & Development in Semiconductors. It was established in May 2023 by Micron and Tokyo Electron Limited to “to bring together 11 universities from across the U.S. and Japan to develop leading semiconductor curricula, creating opportunities for cross-collaboration.”

“Reverberating Light” Installation Recognized

A light and sound installation led by Yael Erel, assistant professor of architecture, has brought home top honors from the [d]arc awards - Art (low budget category). The [d]arc awards utilize arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world.

Computational Biology Student Named Goldwater Scholar

Jayashree Balaraman, a sophomore computational biology student, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for 2024. Balaraman hails from East Brunswick, New Jersey.Named for the late U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, the Goldwater is considered among the most prestigious awards available to sophomores and juniors from U.S. colleges and universities who show exceptional promise in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering and who intend to intend to pursue research careers in these fields.  

CASE To Hold Open House in May

The bi-annual CASE Open House will be held on Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. at 86 34th Street, Suite D601 in Brooklyn, New York, 11232.

CASE Research Selected for Governor's Island Pilot Program

Research from the Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE) and the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was chosen by the Trust for Governor’s Island to be part of its inaugural Climate Solutions Challenge, a call for small busi¬ness¬es, entre¬pre-neurs, and non¬prof¬its to test and demon¬strate urban cli¬mate solu¬tions.

Forensic Scientists To Present at RPI

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from forensic scientists and other professionals from the New York State Police (NYSP) Crime Laboratory System at 2 p.m. on March 26 at the Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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