Astronomer Will Speak on Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Troy, N.Y. — The New York Center for Studies on the Origins of Life will sponsor a free public lecture on the search for extraterrestrial life by Jill C. Tarter, an astronomer and head of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Management Group at the SETI Institute. Tarter will speak Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Holiday Turf Inn, 205 Wolf Road, Albany. Her lecture is titled "SETI 2020: A Roadmap for Future SETI Observing Projects."

Executives to Weigh the Next Generation of Wireless Communications

Troy, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host a free, public panel discussion on “The Next Generation of Wireless: Is It Here?” on Friday, March 30, at 4 p.m., in the Darrin Communications Center. The panel, sponsored by the Rensselaer Alumni Association, will bring together executives from national and local firms involved in the growing field of wireless communications.

Pacifica Radio's Amy Goodman to Speak at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Host of Democracy Now! Will Address Media Issues Troy, N.Y. — Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio’s award-winning daily program, Democracy Now!, will speak at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in room 308 of the Darrin Communication Center. Her presentation is free to the public.

Rensselaer Receives $360 Million Gift

Anonymous Donor Almost Triples Gift to the Institute Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has obtained a gift of $360 million, the largest gift ever to any public or private university in the United States. In an extraordinary demonstration of support, the anonymous donor who pledged $130 million to the Institute in December 2000 now has replaced the earlier gift with one almost triple in size, and given Rensselaer complete discretion in its use.

Troy Resident Receives Prestigious NSF Award

Marianne Nyman's Work Could Lead to Cleaner Freshwater Lakes Troy, N.Y. — Marianne Nyman, assistant professor of environmental and energy engineering, was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. She is among the first Rensselaer faculty to be awarded the honor in 2001. The award is one of the NSF's most competitive and prestigious, and is given to young faculty members actively engaged in research and education.

Troy Resident Honored With Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Partha Dutta’s Research Will Advance the Field of Optoelectronics Troy, N.Y. — Partha Dutta, assistant professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. He is among the first Rensselaer faculty to be awarded the honor in 2001. The award is one of the NSF's most competitive and prestigious, and is given to young faculty members actively engaged in research and education.

Rensselaer to Host Community Telecommunications Conference

Two-day conference will assist local leaders in how to employ electronic media services in their communities Troy, N.Y. — Local community officials, school representatives, and youth leaders will gather at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a two-day conference, “Media Matters: Connecting Communities in the Digital Age.” The March 16-17 conference will be held in the Darrin Communication Center at Rensselaer and the Arts Center of the Capital Region in downtown Troy.

President of Biogen Named New Rensselaer Trustee

Troy, N.Y. — The Rensselaer Board of Drustees elected James C. Mullen, president and chief executive officer of Biogen, as a new active trustee at its February board meeting over the weekend. Mullen will serve a four-year term through December 2004.

National Academy of Engineering Honors Two at Rensselaer

Troy, N.Y. — Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and James M. Tien, professor and chair of decision sciences and engineering systems at Rensselaer, have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

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