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Rensselaer Names New Director of Lighting Research Center

July 26, 2017 - Rensselaer has named Professor Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., as director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), after serving as the center’s acting director over the past year.

Detection for the Masses

July 5, 2017 - Jacob Shelley is developing a plasma-based ambient mass spectrometry instruments that could lead to user-friendly analyses with broad capabilities for applications in law enforcement, manufacturing, and healthcare. 

Edison Award Grant Committed to LESA Researcher

June 30, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — Recent advances in solid-state lighting technology are enabling the development of “designer” crops, according to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute plant physiology expert Tessa Pocock, who serves as a senior research scientist at the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA).

Bacteria Make Natural Pigment From Simple Sugar

June 29, 2017 - Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have shown that four strains of E. coli bacteria working together can convert sugar into the natural red anthocyanin pigment found in strawberries, opening the door to economical natural colors for industrial applications.

Rensselaer Hosts ACM Web Science Conference

June 26, 2017 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host the ninth International Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Web Science conference from June 26 to June 28, with tutorials and workshops hosted on June 25, with support from the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) and the Rensselaer Tetherless World Constellation.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Researcher Receives Postdoctoral Fellowship for Spinal Cord Injury Research

June 9, 2017 - Manoj Gottipati, a postdoctoral research associate, has been awarded a two-year $150,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for spinal cord injury research.

Advances in Cognitive Systems

June 8, 2017 - The Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory (CISL) at Rensselaer hosted a related workshop on cognitive and immersive systems, including a demonstration of the “situations room” the lab is developing as part of an ongoing collaboration between Rensselaer and IBM.

Engineering Efficient Greenhouses

June 5, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — Today, as consumers demand more locally sourced vegetables and the farm-to-table trend builds momentum, New York greenhouses are faced with conflicting tasks focused on producing more quality vegetables while reducing overall energy consumption.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

June 5, 2017 - James Hendler, director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences, has been honored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists with its inaugural  Spotlight Award.

Research Uncovers a Novel Mechanism of Common Anesthetic Propofol

May 30, 2017 - Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania found that the anesthetic propofol inhibits the activity of kinesins, a class of motor proteins that provides critical services within a cell.