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Rensselaer researchers have received $2.65 million NSF grant to install a balanced, green supercomputer at the CCNI Supercomputing Center.
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A new book designed to interest young people in science features Associate Professor Mariana Figueiro. Light: Energy You Can See includes a section detailing Figueiro’s research on how light impacts our body’s daily rhythms.

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Timothy Sams, vice president for student life, has announced that Joseph Cassidy, dean of student life at the University of Dallas, will join Rensselaer as director of the Rensselaer Union, on Oct. 24.
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President Shirley Ann Jackson and her husband, Professor Morris Washington, hosted the annual “Welcome Back Reception” at the President’s Residence on Sept. 1. The reception was a chance for faculty to meet and catch up with each other.

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An interview with John Wen, director of the Rensselaer Center for Automation Technologies and Systems and a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering.
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Upcoming performances are James Elkins: Visual Practices Across the University on Wednesday, September 28 and AKOUSMA at EMPAC on Friday, October 7.
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This semester, Rensselaer is partnering with TIAA-CREF to launch a new education program called “Retirement Know-How.”
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Steve Breyman has been awarded the U.S. State Department William C. Foster Fellowship. He will be serving in the State Department Office of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance.

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Rensselaer marked the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with a memorial service outside the Rensselaer Union. Featured speakers included President Shirley Ann Jackson, Vice President for Student Life Timothy Sams, and Grand Marshal Lee Sharma.

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Rensselaer professors Al Wallace, Jose Holguín-Veras, and David Mendonça have found unexpected new avenues for their research following the events of Sept. 11, 2011.
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Scientists at Rensselaer are working to optimize a promising new nanomaterial called nanoblades for use in hydrogen storage.

Rensselaer To Induct New Alumni Hall of Fame Members Sept. 23
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The Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame will induct five new members during a special ceremony at EMPAC on Friday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m.
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President Shirley Ann Jackson, Congressman Paul Tonko, and Congressman Chris Gibson spent the morning of Aug. 15 at the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) media open house.

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Rensselaer will make a series of announcements regarding new procure-to-pay related process improvements, implementation of user-friendly technology, and revised policies and procedures.
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Prior to the start of the fall semester, students who will be serving as resident assistants and resident directors spent much of the summer completing a series of online, workshop, and hands-on training programs.
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The Rensselaer Union is a student-run, self-supporting, and self-governing body that controls, finances, and organizes student activities. And it offers numerous opportunities for student leadership development,
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Seth Appert, Jim Knowlton, Nadarajah Narendran, and Boleslaw Szymanski have all received recognition in their fields.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 14, September 23, 2011
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