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Volume 6, No. 16, October 26, 2012
   
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“NanoSpace” Answers Call To Improve Science Literacy
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Rensselaer has unveiled NanoSpace, an online “molecular theme park” populated with more than 25 games, activities, and animations to educate and excite young students about the world of atoms and molecules.

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Electrical Engineering Lab Encourages Student Tinkering and Innovation
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Rensselaer celebrated the opening of the Douglas Mercer ’77 Laboratory for Student Exploration and Innovation Oct. 3.

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Center for Cognition, Communication, and
Culture Opening Nov. 13
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Rensselaer will launch the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC) on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with multimedia presentations on the initial core research areas and an open house.

Conference on Applied Mathematics Strengthens Ties
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The third New York Conference on Applied Mathematics brought together nearly 70 researchers from the northeastern United States and the Province of Ontario, Canada.

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Jonas Braasch To Lead CCC
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The Office for Research has announced that Jonas Braasch has been appointed director of the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC) at Rensselaer, which will celebrate its formal launch on Nov. 13.

Researcher Brigitte Arduini Named Director of Stem Cell Research Core
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Brigitte Arduini has been named director of the New York state-funded Stem Cell Research Core Facility, within the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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New Book Explores Impact of Reality Television on Entertainment Industry and Culture
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In Consuming Reality, June Deery examines how reality television has altered conceptions of entertainment, privacy, and commercialization.

Call for Participants: Festival Choir
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Singers are encouraged to audition to join the four-part volunteer choral group, which will perform in partnership with the Rensselaer Orchestra under the direction of Ariel Rudiakov.

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EMPAC Presents: Kurt Hentschläger: CLUSTER Saturday, November 3
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The next phase in Kurt Hentschläger’s generative video and audio work, CLUSTER moves the focus to group behavior and interaction, particularly swarm phenomena.

NY CAP Research Alliance Announces Projects Funded
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Eight Rensselaer scientists will lead or participate in six research projects that recently received initial funding from the new NY CAP Research Alliance.

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New Book Sheds Light on Evolving Securities and Markets
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John Teall’s new book, Financial Trading and Investing, presents concepts, tools, and market details that traders need to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive, international, and technologically oriented markets.

Reunion & Homecoming
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A crowd of more than 3,000 alumni and guests returned to campus to enjoy Reunion & Homecoming the weekend of Oct. 5-7.

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Lally Names Associate Deans

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The Lally School of Management and Technology has announced two appointments: T. Ravichandran has been named associate dean for research and Gina O’Connor has been named associate dean for academic affairs,

Annual Benefits Fair, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Nov. 2
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The Benefits Fair marks the kickoff of Rensselaer’s open enrollment period. The Annual Benefits Open Enrollment period will run November 5 through November 19, for benefit changes that will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.

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Name the New Supercomputer!

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Rensselaer is looking to its students, faculty, and staff to help name its new supercomputing system.

To Save Paradise Forests
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Only 20 percent of the world’s ancient forests remain in large, intact tracts. Today, some of the ancient forests under greatest threat are the Paradise Forests of Southeast Asia.

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Mars Curiosity Team Members Speak at Reunion & Homecoming

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The Rensselaer community got a “behind-the-scenes” multimedia tour of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory mission and Curiosity rover from some well-placed friends at NASA during Reunion & Homecoming weekend.

 
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