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Rensselaer Professor Chaitanya Ullal Receives NSF CAREER Award

April 20, 2017 - Chaitanya Ullal, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutewill use an NSF CAREER award to study the structure of hydrogels – jelly-like materials that have some of the properties of solids, but are largely composed of water.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Edmund Palermo Receives NSF CAREER Award

April 20, 2017 -   Edmund F. Palermo, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will use the five-year, $539,177 award to study “Biomimetic Macromolecules at the Materials-Microbe Interface.”

Musical Metamorphosis

April 7, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — New York-based composer Nina C. Young writes music characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone and color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy, according to her artist’s bio. Young serves as assistant professor in the Department of the Arts in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

A Moldable Scaffold for Bone

April 7, 2017 - A team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a bioactive foam that can be used to replace skull bone lost to injury, surgery, or birth defect. 

Proteins That Can Take the Heat

March 30, 2017 - Ancient proteins may offer clues on how to engineer proteins that can withstand the high temperatures required in industrial applications, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 

Turning Basketball Courts Into DIY Science Labs

March 20, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — Every year, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Research Paper Competition brings exciting and innovative insight and changes to how we analyze sports.

STEM Stars: High School Students Showcase Engineering Excellence in FIRST® STEAMworksSM

March 16, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. —   This year, 36 teams of high school students from the Capital Region, New York state, South Carolina, Canada, India, and Turkey, along with hundreds of teachers, industry mentors, parents, and 3,000 pounds of metal, gears, and electronics, will test their skills in a unique competition where math, science, and engineering excellence are celebrated.

A Blood Test for Autism

March 16, 2017 - An algorithm based on levels of metabolites found in a blood sample can accurately predict whether a child is on the Autism spectrum of disorder (ASD), based upon a recent study. 

Road Salt Alternatives Alter Aquatic Ecosystems

February 28, 2017 - Organic additives found in road salt alternatives — such as those used in the commercial products GeoMelt and Magic Salt — act as a fertilizer to aquatic ecosystems, promoting the growth of algae and organisms that eat algae, according to new research published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology. 

Hedgehog, Cancer, and Zinc

February 27, 2017 - A team of researchers led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will examine the link between zinc deficiency, Hedgehog, and prostate cancer in a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

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