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A team of researchers led by Robert Linhardt has announced the sequence of a complete complex carbohydrate biopolymer.
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Nick Viggiani, who has served as Congressman Paul Tonko’s director of district projects since 2009, has joined Rensselaer as assistant vice president for research.

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Cary Dresher, formerly interim assistant dean of students in the Office of the First-Year Experience, has been appointed to serve as associate dean of the off-campus commons.
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The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies invites the Rensselaer community to a lunch discussion titled “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease” on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the CBIS auditorium.

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A team of researchers led by Ganpati Ramanath has demonstrated a new way to decrease zinc oxide’s thermal conductivity without reducing its electrical conductivity.
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Four engineering students spent their summer in Spain researching advanced materials at the Madrid Microelectronics Institute (IMM).
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In August, Rensselaer served as host for the Diffusion Fundamentals IV conference, bringing academics from around the world to the Troy campus to participate in the four-day event.
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Reclusive singer, songwriter, and pianist Francis Farewell Starlite will be in residence at EMPAC to create a new pop music spectacle — The White Room.

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Researchers at Rensselaer have developed a new method for creating a layer of gold nanoparticles that measures only billionths of a meter thick.

NSBE/SHPE Career Fair a Success
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More than a thousand students attended the 33rd annual Career Fair hosted by Rensselaer’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
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Selecting target date funds that are being offered by TIAA-CREF and Fidelity may be an option in today's ongoing market turmoil.

Family Weekend Planned for Oct. 28-30
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As the leaves turn color, and the cool weather of autumn settles, more than 3,000 people are expected to visit campus during the weekend of Oct. 28-30 to celebrate Family Weekend.
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A School of Architecture design earned a place of honor at the annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, held Oct. 11-16 in Banff, Canada.

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Program Coordinator Mecaila Smith ’08 was one of 35 university representatives participating in an innovative conference dedicated to improving the way scientists communicate with the public.
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Scientists at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer have developed a novel night-lighting system that provides visual and spatial cues to promote better postural stability and control.
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The Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Rensselaer last month unveiled a new classroom space that would be used for teaching, studying, administrative meetings, and all ROTC Navy, Marine, Army, and Air Force functions.
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Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the hiring of John Lynch as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams.
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The weekend of Oct. 21-23 is Reunion & Homecoming, Rensselaer’s largest alumni tradition.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 16, October 21, 2011
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