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Volume 6, No. 15, October 12, 2012
   
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Peter Fox New Director of Information Technology and Web Science Program
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Peter Fox has been named the new director of the Information Technology and Web Science program. Fox is currently the Tetherless World Research Constellation Chair and a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Computer Science.

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Speakers Forum To Present Facebook Entrepreneurs the Winklevoss Twins
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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss—commonly known as “the Winklevoss twins”—were launched into the public eye in 2004, when they filed a lawsuit against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Family Weekend Planned for Oct. 19-21
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The Student Experience office will host Family Weekend 2012 Friday to Sunday, Oct. 19-21. This yearly event attracts thousands of parents, families, and friends to the Troy campus.

34th Annual NSBE/SHPE Career Fair
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Rensselaer’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) hosted the 34th NSBE/SHPE Career Fair Sept. 28–29.

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Severino Center Hosts Entrepreneurs’ Breakfast Series
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On Sept. 19, a panel of local entrepreneurial experts shared their experience and strategies at the kickoff of the Entrepreneurs’ Breakfast Group series at the Century House in Latham.

Geomicrobiology Expert Yuri Gorby Joins Rensselaer
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Geomicrobiology expert Yuri Gorby recently joined Rensselaer as the Howard N. Blitman ’50 P.E. Career Development Professor in Engineering.

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Civil Engineers Help Destroy Test Levee in The Netherlands
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Civil engineers from Rensselaer were part of an international research team that collapsed a full-scale dike in The Netherlands.

Rotorcraft Expert Farhan Gandhi Joins Rensselaer
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Rotorcraft and adaptive structures expert Farhan Gandhi recently joined Rensselaer as the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Professor of Engineering.

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Photogenic Endeavour!
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Two Rensselaer alumni, Travis Cano ’11 and J.D. Ross ’98, shared their shots of the Space Shuttle Endeavour during its final voyage with Rensselaer and the social media world.

$2.6 Million Study Uses Video Cards To Bring Supercomputing for Safer CT Scans
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X. George Xu is leading an interdisciplinary team developing new techniques for quickly calculating the radiation dose a patient will receive from a CT scan.

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EMPAC Presents
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Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting classic Rebecca will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 25. AKOUSMA @ EMPAC will be presented on Friday, Oct. 19.

Training for New Concur Travel/Entertainment Expense
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The Finance Department is continuing to implement the new, mandatory Concur travel and entertainment expense program through October.

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Center for Financial Studies Hosts “Quant” Career Panel Discussion

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On Sept. 19 more than 54 Rensselaer business, engineering, and science students attended a program at the Center for Financial Studies in the Lally School of Management and Technology on Quant careers.

Rensselaer Union’s Brian Polak Wins National Customer Service Award
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Brian Polak has been with Rensselaer for nearly 12 years. Recently, he was recognized as a “Sodexo Experience Award Winner.”

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A Word From Human Resources: Defined Contribution Pension Plan Updates

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Rensselaer continues to have one of the best Defined Contributory Plan in the nation. Rensselaer employees only contribute 1 percent of their annual salary, while the Institute contributes 8 percent.

A Taste for All Seasons
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With the new season comes a time to sample the hearty, sweet, and comforting flavors of autumn as part of the launch of Flavours by
Sodexo.

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Air Force ROTC Hosts Annual Run to Remember Charity Race

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Despite the breezy weather that is typical at the beginning of the fall season, more than 100 participants from the Rensselaer campus community and the Capital Region took part in the 17th annual “Run to Remember” 5K charity race.

 
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