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Ben Chang, an electronic artist and recently appointed co-director of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program, explores humanity in technology.
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Xuegang (Jeff) Ban will use the five-year, $400,000 award to study how mobile devices can help monitor and optimize traffic systems, and reduce roadway congestion.

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A team of students has created a system that pairs an EEG headset with a 3-D theatrical flying harness, allowing users to “fly” by controlling their thoughts.
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A credit card water filter and a stress prevention smartphone app for college students are among the winning ideas in the Spring 2011 Change the World Challenge.

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SEFCU will open in the Rensselaer Union in late summer. The branch will be open six days a week and staffed by four people. In addition, two SEFCU ATMs will be located in the Union.
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The inaugural Volunteer Summit was an opportunity for alumni volunteers to exchange ideas, to participate in practical training sessions, and to be recognized for the crucial part they play in advancing the mission of the Institute.
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Blanca Barquera has received a nearly $850,000 grant from the NSF to study a group of proteins that appear to play a vital role in the survival of a multitude of deadly bacteria.
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The conference provided STEM educators, administrators, researchers, and corporate representatives with an opportunity to network and share resources.
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Nuclear criticality safety and reactor safety are at the heart of a new initiative led by researchers at Rensselaer.

Focus on: Design Your Future Day*
More than 200 10th and 11th grade girls from the Capital Region, New York state, and across New England participated in the Design Your Future Day (DYFD) program at Rensselaer on April 16.
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Two Department of Biology students — Jonathan Cho and Christian Schenkelberg — have been named 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.
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Undergraduate and graduate students at Rensselaer have recently been recognized for their achievements.
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Rensselaer at Hartford, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, and Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P, have partnered to develop and offer a new concentration for graduate management studies.
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In an effort to save fuel energy and reduce emissions, the Department of Public Safety recently announced plans to launch campus bicycle patrol units.
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During this year’s Junior Ring Celebration, Rensselaer graduate Juan Gonzalez ’49 shared the incredible story of being reunited with his class ring after losing it more than 50 years ago on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff are invited to an on-campus screening of the hit new animated film Rio (Fox Animation Studios) on Monday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the EMPAC Concert Hall.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 5, Number 8, April 29, 2011
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