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Incoming Faculty Bring New Areas of Research to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

October 2, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — From neuronal differentiation and protein trafficking in order to understand diseases such as Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, and diabetes to spacecraft navigation, from advanced controls for manufacturing processes to research that focuses on the behavior of complex networks, and the dynamics of social, biological, and ecological networks.  Rensselaer is welcoming new experts in research as 19 professors join the faculty for the 2017-18 academic year.

Confronting Dementia From Lab to Bedside

September 27, 2017 - To bolster the connections between benchside and bedside, the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a five-year $1.5 million training grant to support a new Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Translational Research Training Program. 

Showcasing Innovative Architectural Design

September 21, 2017 - New work from the School of Architecture that explores sustainable building practices, new design and fabrication strategies, architectural acoustics, and the integration of new technologies will be showcased at the World Maker Faire New York.

Research Showcase Focuses on Biotechnology and Life Sciences

September 8, 2017 - The fourth annual Rensselaer Research Showcase on August 23 offered government and private sector research partners an opportunity to learn more about insights emerging from research in biotechnology and the life sciences, and the current climate for the biopharmaceutical economy that work supports.

After the Flood: Reflections on Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Katrina

August 30, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — For the last few days, the world has been watching as Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall, first as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday in the Texas Gulf Coast. As the storm has moved out, some parts of the region may see more than 50 inches of rain, according to forecasters. With heavy rain still expected, rivers rising, and major dams outside of Houston overflowing as Storm Harvey pushes reservoirs past capacity, what can flood control officials and engineers do?

Physics Program Top Ten in the Country

August 28, 2017 - College Factual has named Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) among the “Top 10 Best Physics Schools in the Country.” 

Joe Chow Named Institute Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

August 23, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — Joe Chow, power grid control expert and professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was recently named Institute Professor of Engineering, one of the highest and most prestigious honors bestowed upon a Rensselaer faculty member.

A Silent Search for Dark Matter

August 22, 2017 - Results from its first run indicate that XENON1T is the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth. 

New Bioimaging Technique Is Fast and Economical

August 18, 2017 - A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue – such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing.

Frogs That Adapt to Pesticides Are More Vulnerable to Parasites

August 14, 2017 - Amphibians can evolve increased tolerance to pesticides, but the adaptation can make them more susceptible to parasites, according to a team that includes researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.