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Robert Linhardt and Abby Kinchy will both speak at the upcoming 2011 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
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The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer is steering a major initiative to promote sustainable lighting in South Asia, using light-emitting diode (LED) technology.
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Transportation engineering expert José Holguín-Veras has been named the William Howard Hart Professor. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member.
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David Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering, has named Professor Tarek Abdoun the associate dean for research and graduate studies. The appointment was effective Jan. 1.

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Eddie Ade Knowles will step down from his vice presidency this year. Rensselaer has initiated a national search for this position.
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Advanced manufacturing expert Daniel Walczyk ’91 has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
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The campus community is invited to the 2011 “Winter Whiteout” carnival at the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) on Saturday, February 12, from noon to 3:30 p.m.
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Professor James Jian-Qiang Lu was recently named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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Rick Hartt ’70, managing director of the Rensselaer Union, will be retiring March 4. A special celebration — coordinated by the Division of Student Life and student leaders — will take place on Friday, Feb. 25.

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Save the Date: “Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge”
IBM’s celebrated supercomputer Watson will square off against Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a first-of-its-kind competition to be aired Feb. 14, 15, and 16.
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A few unassuming drops of liquid locked in a very precise game of “follow the leader” could one day be found in mobile phone cameras and medical imaging equipment.
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Dara Greenwald, a doctoral candidate in the Department of the Arts, and Aaron Smith, a senior research specialist and graduate student, have been recognized in their fields.
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Solving “insight problems” requires creativity, a skill at which humans excel and computers do not. A new explanation of how humans solve problems creatively provides a roadmap to building systems that perform like humans at the task.
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Members of the Rusty Pipes will host and perform during the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Quarterfinal regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 5.
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This hybrid performance employs animation techniques from micro puppetry to shadow play to create an ever-changing composition driven by an abiding sense of wonder.
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Alexandre da Silva has been named director of auxiliary, parking, and transportation services and Helen Grzymala and Eileen McLoughlin have received promotions in the Office of Finance.
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More than 2,000 students are expected to attend the Spring Career Fair that will provide them with an opportunity to meet and talk with more than 370 representatives from more than 150 public and private-sector employers.
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Former Rensselaer student-athlete and head men’s hockey coach Garry Kearns ’58 has been chosen to be the sixth inductee into Rensselaer’s exclusive Hockey Ring of Honor.
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Andrew Corbett, Shekhar Garde, and Paul Marthers received recognition in their respective fields.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 2, February 4, 2011
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