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Volume 6, No. 13, September 14, 2012
   
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Process Under Way To Refresh The Rensselaer Plan
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The Rensselaer Plan has guided Rensselaer effectively as the Institute has been transformed into a leading university in the 21st century. Now, as the university approaches its 200th birthday in 2024, significant efforts are under way to update and refresh the plan.

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Jonathan Dordick Named Vice President for Research
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Jonathan S. Dordick, the current director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) and Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer, has been appointed vice president for research.

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Jackie Ellsworth New Pillar of Rensselaer
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Jackie Ellsworth, bursar in the Department of Capital Finance and Banking in the Division of Finance, says that to say she was overwhelmed to be recognized as a Pillar of Rensselaer would be putting it mildly.

Amitay Named to Decker ’45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering
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Aerospace engineering and fluid dynamics expert Michael “Miki” Amitay has been named the James L. Decker ’45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering.

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Workshop on Sustainability Research Across Disciplines Sept. 22
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Researchers interested in interdisciplinary collaboration on environmental and sustainability problems are invited to a one-day workshop hosted by the Rensselaer Interdisciplinary Excellence in Sustainability Studies Task Force.

EMPAC Announces New Dance and Theater Curator
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The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) has announced the appointment of Ash Bulayev as its new curator for dance and theater.

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Rensselaer One of Nation’s Best 377 Colleges, Says Princeton Review
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Rensselaer is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

Nikhil Koratkar Named Clark and Crossan Professor of Engineering
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Nanomaterials expert Nikhil Koratkar has been named the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering.

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Annual Faculty Reception
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President Shirley Ann Jackson and her husband, Professor Morris Washington, hosted the annual “Welcome Back Reception” at the President’s Residence on Aug. 30.

focus: Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond
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First-year students took part in a weeklong program to welcome them to campus and the Capital Region.

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Employees Feted at 40th Annual Recognition Dinner
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Human Resources recently hosted the 40th annual Employee Service Recognition and Retirement Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn.

EMPAC Presents Melvin Moti: The Eye As I Can See
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EMPAC will present a dinner discussion with Dutch artist Melvin Moti, who will consider nuances of visual perception and the paradoxical status of the eye, which acts as both a camera and a lens.

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Light From Self-Luminous Tablet Computers Can Affect Evening Melatonin, Delaying Sleep

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A new study from the LRC at Rensselaer shows that a two-hour exposure to electronic devices with self-luminous “backlit” displays might lead to delayed bedtimes, especially in teens.

Off-Campus Student Fair
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With the first week of classes under way, more than 400 students had an opportunity to attend the inaugural Off-Campus Student Fair, hosted by the Office of Residential Education.

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