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Volume 6, No. 12, August 31, 2012
   
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Live from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab!
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Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science and former NASA administrator discusses the Curiosity mission in a lecture for students and other members of the Rensselaer community on Friday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium.

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Meet the Class of 2016!
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The incoming Class of 2016 at Rensselaer promises to be an exceptional group, with an increase in average SAT scores, and more than 100 receiving a perfect 800 SAT critical reading or math score.

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Engineering Among “World’s Best Schools”
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Rensselaer has been named one of the top engineering schools in the world. Industry-focused website Business Insider ranked Rensselaer fourth on its list of “World’s Best Engineering Schools.”

President Named to British Royal Academy of Engineering
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President Shirley Ann Jackson has been elected as an International Fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Stem Cell Research Center Launched
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Groundbreaking research to advance the application of stem cells to address critical injuries and diseases is taking place at the Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research, a new center funded by New York state that opened in June.

Graduate Students Awarded “Best-of-the-Best” Prize for Innovative Idea to “Change the World”
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The 2012 Best-of-the-Best award was presented to three graduate students for their breakthrough technology UltraSoniComm™.

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Make Plans for Reunion & Homecoming Weekend
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Reunion & Homecoming will be celebrated the weekend of Oct. 5-7 with a special visit from alumni members of the Mars Rover “Curiosity” team and Dean of Science Laurie Leshin.

EMPAC Presents: Michael Gordon: Rushes Saturday, September 15
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EMPAC will present New York City-based Michael Gordon, composer and founder of the iconic new music organization Bang on a Can, on Saturday, September 15.

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Save the Date: Biotechnology Public Interest Forum Oct. 4
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“Rebuilding and Healing the Human Body” will be the topic of the fifth in a series of biotechnology public interest forums, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Batteries Made From World’s Thinnest Material Could Power Electric Cars
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Engineering researchers at Rensselaer made a sheet of paper from the world’s thinnest material, graphene, and then zapped the paper with a laser or camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections.

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Rensselaer Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Volunteers
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In tribute to their outstanding commitment to the Institute and their fellow alumni, the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) and the Office of Alumni Relations have recognized an outstanding group of volunteers with the 2012 RAA Awards.

focus: Summer@Rensselaer
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For the last seven years, Rensselaer’s Academic Outreach Programs office has offered numerous summer programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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Hendler Named Head of Computer Science

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James Hendler has been named the new head of the Department of Computer Science.

Spring 2012 Promotion and Tenure List
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The Promotion and Tenure List was approved at the May 25, 2012, Board of Trustees’ meeting.

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Mercer Lab Opening Oct. 3

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Wednesday, October 3, will mark the grand opening of the Douglas Mercer ’77 Laboratory for Student Exploration and Innovation in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering.

New Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab Introduced
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In May Rensselaer announced the new Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL), focused on educating the next generation of manufacturing leaders and pioneers.

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Steven Cramer Elected Fellow of American Chemical Society

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Bioseparations and bioprocessing expert Steven Cramer, the William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

 
 
   
 
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