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Power electronics expert Jian Sun has been named director of the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) at Rensselaer.
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Rensselaer has launched a distributed incubation program to help young businesses grow and succeed.
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World-leading bioseparations expert Georges Belfort has been named Institute Professor, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon a faculty member at Rensselaer.
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Aerospace engineering expert Michael “Miki” Amitay has received a $250,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to continue his work on smarter blades for wind turbines.

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The Lighting Research Center (LRC) was awarded a World Bank Group contract to perform laboratory testing of LED-based, off-grid lighting products for Lighting Africa.
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Peter Fox and Charles Stewart are beginning a large-scale collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanography Institution (WHOI), utilizing a more than $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
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The Division of Human Resources has recently revised the HR guidelines. Later this month, the information will be available for all faculty and staff to view on the Division of Human Resources website.
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The Farmers Market, which is organized by the Student Sustainability Task Force, is held every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Lobby of the Rensselaer Union.
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On Saturday, Jan. 29, more than 500 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members gathered at the Heffner Alumni House for the Big Red Freakout Ice House.

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AFROTC Outreach Efforts Honor the Armed Services and Support the Local Community
Cadets from Rensselaer were joined by members of the Arnold Air Society participated in the annual Stockade-athon race held in Schenectady, N.Y.
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Doctoral student Nathan Fisk has reached a personal conclusion: the real culprit in cyber-bullying is the growing separation between the world of adults and children.
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Rensselaer student-athletes once again stood out in the classroom, posting an average grade point average of 3.10 for the fall 2010 semester.
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Jean-Pierre Luminet: “The Harmony of the Spheres, From Antiquity to Contemporary Music” Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Gérard Grisey: “Le Noir de l’Étoile” Les Percussions de Strasbourg Feb. 26, 8 p.m.

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Doctoral student Kyle Wilt has won the Best Student Paper Award from the Noise Control and Acoustics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
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The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Rensselaer Union McNeil Room. All members of the Rensselaer campus are invited to attend.
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Several members of Rensselaer’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity hit the streets of Troy on Feb. 2 to help out area residents.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 3, February 18, 2011
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