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As the Institute weathers difficult challenges in the 21st century, principles outlined in The Rensselaer Plan and Stephen Van Rensselaer’s founding document continue to be the guideposts for firm resolve that successfully steer the university on a transformative path.
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The action, announced Dec. 6 in a joint statement by Board Chairman Arthur Gajarsa ’62 and Vice Chairman Ronald Zlatoper ’63, was taken after the board’s Committee on Student Life met Dec. 2 with the Grand Marshal.

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Scientists in the New York Center for Astrobiology at Rensselaer have used the oldest rocks on Earth to reconstruct the atmospheric conditions present on Earth very soon after its birth.
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During the Nov. 16 Town Meeting, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Virginia Gregg presented a short summary of the current financial health of the Institute.

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The Capital Region Economic Development Council presented its five-year plan for the Capital Region and marked the milestone with a press conference at the Albany International Airport Nov. 14.

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With a new $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Deanna Thompson will investigate a promising new method to heal traumatic nerve damage
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The Lally School of Management and Technology has awarded MBA student Cathy Wheelock its prestigious Herman Family Fellowship award for Women in Entrepreneurship.

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The Safe Zone was resurrected when Tara Schuster joined the Institute as health educator in the summer of 2008. Schuster said her goal is to “bring light to the university that we are a diverse institute.”

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Human Resources gives advice for choosing Health Care options and reminds staff of the Winter Break closing.

Sundance Film Festival To Feature Two EMPAC Commissions
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Early Morning Opera’s ABACUS and Brent Green’s To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given are to be featured in the annual January event.
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A system to increase intravenous therapy, a breakthrough in detecting bacteria in water, and an innovation that prevents disease and creates jobs and cogeneration water purification for China are just a few of the winning ideas.

Students and Local Community Members Host “Bike for Ben” Fundraiser
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Several fraternity and student organizations joined the Rensselaer and local community in a fundraiser to benefit the Troy Bike Rescue organization, in the name of SAE fraternity member Ben Hecht, who was injured recently in a bike accident.
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The concert this year will feature George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah.” The chorus will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and will be under the direction of John Minasian.

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Procurement Services has announced three new agreements that have been awarded recently under the Institute’s new Procure-to-Pay Enhancement Project.
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The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, which will include researchers from Rensselaer, has begun its quest to answer some of the most puzzling questions about the elusive elementary particles known as neutrinos.

The Global Chef Program
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On a campus with more than 7,000 students representing 71 different countries, Hospitality Services, managed by Sodexo, continues to develop its dining program to reflect the diversity and spirit of the student body at Rensselaer.
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The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) will present the JACK quarter on Friday, Dec. 9.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 19, December 9, 2011
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