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Over the summer, Rensselaer announced the hiring of Mary Simoni as the dean for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Laurie Leshin as dean of the School of Science. They join Thomas Begley, dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology, who was announced in May.
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A new Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) has been established within the School of Engineering.
The interdisciplinary research center seeks to answer fundamental questions for performance enhancement of fluid systems.

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Cynthia Collins, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, led a series of experiments called Micro-2A that were aboard the shuttle during its final mission.
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Researchers at Rensselaer have developed a new method to harvest energy from flowing water. This discovery may hasten the creation of self-powered microsensors for more accurate oil exploration.

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Xi-Cheng Zhang has received the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award from the IEEE Photonics Society.
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Rensselaer head coach Colin Tory has been recognized as the Atlantic Region Men’s Coach of the Year.
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An interview with Jennifer Ryan, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer.
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  • EARBRAINS: Sonic Research Underground on Friday, Sept. 9
  • Four Tet + Jon Hopkins on Thursday, Sept. 15
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  • “Best of” Textbook Includes LRC Study on Impact of Light on Teens
  • Doctoral Candidate Philip W. Robinson Awarded Fulbright Grant
  • Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony September 23
A Word From Human Resources: Get Involved Controlling Health Care Costs
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During the summer, the Division of Human Resources began a strategic overview of the benefits currently provided, as a way to develop a new approach that encourages employees and retirees to become more involved in efforts to improve their health.
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Jon Morse, director of the astrophysics division at NASA, has been appointed associate vice president for research/physical and engineering sciences. He will join Rensselaer on Oct. 3.

Area Youth Conquer Summer “Brain Drain” With Science Adventure Camp at Rensselaer
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Fifty area middle school students cured the summer “brain drain” this year with a heavy dose of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fun.
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Engineering researchers at Rensselaer are combining automation techniques from oil refining and other diverse areas to help create a closed-loop artificial pancreas.
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A pioneer in applying game design to education and co-director of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program, Lee Sheldon describes the benefits to education in his new book.
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The incoming Class of 2015 at Rensselaer promises to be an exceptional group, with an increase in average SAT scores, and nearly 63 percent of the students coming from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
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Rensselaer’s faculty includes a disproportiate number of National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows, and members of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and other eminent professional organizations, according to Provost Robert Palazzo.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 12, August 26, 2011
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