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Scientists within the New York Center for Astrobiology have compiled years of research to help locate areas in outer space that have extreme potential for complex organic molecule formation.
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Copper’s days are numbered, and a new study at Rensselaer could hasten the downfall of the ubiquitous metal in smartphones, tablet computers, and nearly all electronics.

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Drawing on a personal experience of hearing loss, Rensselaer Professor Neil Rolnick will perform portions of his latest composition — titled “MONO,” an exploration of the fragility of sensory perception.
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Nick Loran decided to spend his final semester in a study abroad program in Australia. He soon realized that beyond exploring a new geographical area and culture, he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Linda Schadler, associate dean in the Rensselaer School of Engineering and a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is interviewed about her work.

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Sean O’Sullivan ’85, co-founder and managing director of Avego Corporation, was selected as the 2011 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year.
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During Family Weekend, the Rensselaer community gathered to celebrate and honor the academic achievements of more than 320 faculty members and students.

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At Reunion in October, two freshmen were each paired with an alumnus to compete in a game of Jeopardy! against Watson, the new IBM supercomputer.

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  • Japanther — December 2 + 3
  • JACK Quartet — Dec. 9
Annual Benefits Fair Offers Information, Prizes, and Fun
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On Nov. 4, more than 900 Rensselaer faculty and staff were able to learn more about 2012 benefits.
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Experts from around the globe came together to discuss the development of technologies that run on the cleanest and safest energy production process on Earth: photosynthesis.

For the Love of Dance
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Two Rensselaer undergraduate students, who are also members of the RPI Ballroom student club, have turned their love of swing dancing into a business opportunity.
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The 2011 Liberty League Fall All-Academic Team has been announced and 66 Rensselaer student-athletes have been honored. 

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 18, November 18, 2011
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