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Lonn Combs, clinical associate professor of architecture is the winner of the 2011 Rome Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Rome, a recognition that includes a fellowship to explore the architectural resources of Italy, Europe, and the Academy.
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Kinsley French has earned a graduate research award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pursue her research into proteins and HIV transmission while she works toward her doctoral degree at Rensselaer.

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The newest addition to the Rensselaer Digital Collections chronicles more than four decades of research at the Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI), including hundreds of scientific papers, theses, technical reports, and media interviews.
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Ajit Prabhu ’98, CEO and co-founder of Quality Engineering & Software Technologies, recently made a $250,000 gift to fund an endowed fellowship for biomedical engineering graduate students.

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After 22 years, Ray Puffer is retiring from his position as program director for industrial automation for the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer. In his time at Rensselaer, Puffer led many successful projects for industrial partners across the state and nation.
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Three professors have been honored for their outstanding work in boosting science literacy. The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology recognized engineering professors Linda Schadler, Shekhar Garde, and Richard Siegel, the executive producers of the Molecularium Project.
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Tribology expert Thierry Blanchet has been named acting department head for the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE), within the School of Engineering. The appointment was effective June 1.
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Recent awards and recognition for Rensselaer’s faculty and staff members: Georges Belfort, Institute Professor; Martha Grabowski, research professor; Eddie Jackson, retired associate director of small business procurement; and Mark Shephard, director of the Scientific Computation Research Center.
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A new book, The Architecture of EMPAC—The Tangible and the Tantalizing, chronicles the making of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) “not just as a building, but as an agenda,” says author and Associate Professor of Architecture Mark Mistur.

Barbara Ruel Receives WEPAN Educator Award
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Barbara Ruel, director of Rensselaer’s Diversity and Women in Engineering (WIE) programs, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Educator Award.
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U.S. Surgeon General and Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, who began her medical career as director of a nonprofit medical clinic in a poor community of rural Alabama, stressed the importance of service and the power of an individual to effect change in her address to the Class of 2011.

Summer Programs: Taking Time To Learn, Explore, Play, and Get Ahead
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Summer offerings at Rensselaer continue to provide individuals of all ages with an opportunity to explore and develop their passions and interests through a variety of programs.
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The Division of Human Resources, in collaboration with Aon Hewitt, the world’s top global human resource consulting firm, has created a Leadership Talent Development Program for academic and administrative leaders across all portfolios.
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More than 150 students, physicians, lawyers, venture capitalists, and researchers—from as far away Australia and Germany—attended the Nano2011 conference last month. The all-day event, sponsored in part by Rensselaer’s Office of Alumni Relations, is now in its ninth year.
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The Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) has announced the selection of five new members for induction into the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame.
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The Tetherless World Constellation has received an unrestricted $100,000 donation from Microsoft Research Laboratories.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 11, June 17, 2011
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