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Researchers Secure $2.7 Million NIH Grant To Advance “Scarless” Surgery
Researchers at Rensselaer have secured a $2.7 million grant to develop the first-ever virtual reality simulator for next-generation “scarless” endoscopic surgery. The four-year study, led by Professor Suvranu De, is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). It seeks to accelerate the development of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery, or NOTES. This emerging surgical technique shows promise for operating in the human abdomen with no external incisions, no external scarring, less pain, and potentially a lower risk of post-operative infection and immobility. De is the director of Rensselaer’s Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine.

Lambda Chi Alpha Brings Home Top Honors
The Rensselaer chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was recognized as one of the best in North America at the Jerre L. Stead Leadership Seminar, held in July on the campus of Iowa State University. The educational conference brought together more than 200 chapters and colonies of the fraternity for programs on leadership development, membership recruitment, and harm reduction. The seminar also honored the top campuses of Lambda Chi Alpha, with the chapter at Rensselaer bringing home seven awards.

Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony September 23
Plan to join the Rensselaer Alumni Association for the public induction of the newest members into the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame. This year’s group includes Rensselaer’s 11th president, Livingston Houston ’13; architect Peter Bohlin ’58; digital camera inventor Steven Sasson ’72; pioneering genome explorer Claire Fraser-Liggett ’77; and molecular geneticist Jeffrey Friedman ’77. The induction ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. For more information on this year’s inductees, go to

Hockey Line Event: Student Season Ticket Sales Begin Sept. 13
The annual hockey line tradition continues, as students line up to buy season tickets for the Engineers hockey teams. The 2011 celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with a tailgate party hosted by the Red Army at the Rensselaer Union. At 7:30 p.m., the student line will make its way up to the Houston Field House, accompanied by members of the men’s and women’s hockey teams and Puckman. Tickets sales will begin, followed by a spirit-raising event including skating, games on the ice, music, video, food, and more. The entire campus is invited and encouraged to bring their families. 8-10 p.m. For more info, contact the Rensselaer Union at 276-6505.

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