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.

Scientists’ Discovery Could Reduce Dependence on Animals for Vital Anti-Blood Clot Drug

Heparin, the world’s most widely used blood thinner, is used during procedures ranging from kidney dialysis to open heart surgery. Currently, heparin is derived from pig intestines, but scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered how to make it in the lab. They have also developed a path to a biomanufacturing process that could potentially revolutionize how the world gets its supply of this crucial medicine. 

CASE Graduate Profiled for Work With Oak Ridge National Lab

Frank (Fengqi) Li, was featured in a story on the news site of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory for his work studying the interactions of cities and their environments and people to address challenges like climate change and urban living.

Rensselaer Researcher Receives DOE Grant To Develop Models That Track the Formation of Black Holes

When a star goes supernova, a massive burst of neutrinos is the first signal that can escape the density of the collapsing star. Detecting and analyzing this phenomenon in real time would allow us insight into stellar dynamics and, potentially, black hole formation. Detection of these types of signals from modern physics detectors is notoriously hard and presents computational challenges that push the bounds of modern and next-generation computing. Transmitting and analyzing the data from the massive particle physics detectors to the next generation of extreme-scale computing will require detailed modeling of the networking, hardware, and leadership class computing systems. These models will allow researchers to find and optimize the computing pathways, configurations, and infrastructure topologies so that they can handle these massive data loads.

RPI Researchers Awarded $1.5M To Produce Hemp-Based Insulated Siding

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will use hemp to develop a commercially viable, durable, and low-embodied-carbon insulated siding product to address what the U.S. Green Building Council says is a “crucial need for building retrofits to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.”

Information Overload Is a Personal and Societal Danger

We are all aware of the dangers of pollution to our air, water, and earth. In a letter recently published in Nature Human Behavior, scientists are advocating for the recognition and mitigation of another type of environmental pollution that poses equivalent personal and societal dangers: information overload.

Nearly 50 High School Teams To Compete in New York Tech Valley FIRST® Robotics Competition

Just shy of 50 teams of students from area high schools and around the world will compete at the 2024 New York Tech Valley FIRST ® Robotics Competition at MVP Arena March 22-23, 2024. Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted the first regional event in 2014 and has been a major sponsor ever since.

RPI Professor Publishes New Book

Raquel Velho, Ph.D., associate professor and undergraduate program director of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has recently published a new book, Hacking the Underground: Disability, Infrastructure, and London’s Public Transport System.

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