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NROTC Midshipman Earns National Recognition
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The Navy has always been part of senior Kathleen McDowell’s life and has already led to her receiving formal recognition for her efforts. A biomedical engineering major, McDowell received the 2012 HENAAC Cadet Role Model Award.

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President Inducted as International Fellow of British Royal Academy of Engineering
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President Shirley Ann Jackson was inducted as an international fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering at a ceremony in the historic Drapers Hall, London, England, on Nov. 5.

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Football Quarterback Attracts NFL Scouts and Attention From National Media
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At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, RPI’s Mike Hermann isn’t your typical Division III quarterback, not by any stretch. His 4.64-second speed in the 40-yard dash has enticed nearly every NFL team to come more than once to take a closer look.

New Book Serves as Resource To Make Data More Efficient in Business
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As the demand for data in business and the ability to obtain, analyze, and share it grows, resources that showcase how a user can accomplish those tasks more efficiently are needed.

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Library Offers Campus Subscription to Chronicle of Higher Education
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Through the support of the Friends of the Folsom Library, the Rensselaer Libraries have renewed a site license to the daily online version of The Chronicle of Higher Education, which allows the campus community access to the newspaper at no cost.

New Technique Enables High-Sensitivity View of Cellular Functions
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Researchers have developed an ultrasensitive method for detecting sugar molecules coming from living organisms, a breakthrough that will make possible a more detailed understanding of cellular functions than either genetic or proteomic information can provide.

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New Center Launched
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On Nov. 13, Rensselaer officially launched the new Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC) at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

EMPAC Presents Dimitris Papaioannou: Primal Matter Saturday, December 8
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Avant-garde choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou embarks on an artistic challenge: an experiment investigating personal and national identity through an optical illusion created by two isolated bodies on stage.

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NSF-Supported Research Data Alliance/U.S. Collaborates with International Partners to Accelerate Data Sharing
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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to Rensselaer to enable its participation in a new international organization that will accelerate research data sharing among scientists around the globe.

Congressman Tonko Tours Campus Facilities
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Congressman Paul Tonko got a firsthand look at the leading-edge research and academic endeavors taking place in two of the Institute’s world-class facilities: the Douglas Mercer ’77 Laboratory for Student Exploration and Innovation and the National Science Foundation Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center.

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Division of Human Resources Hosts Annual Benefits Fair
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This year, more than 900 Rensselaer faculty and staff attended the annual Benefits Fair and Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day event in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center on Nov. 5.

Hartford Offers New Master’s Degree Concentrations
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Rensselaer’s Hartford campus will offer two new cohortsin spring 2013: the M.S. in Management with a concentration in global supply chain integration and the M.S. in Management with a concentration in contemporary financial management in a global setting.

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Community Service

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On Nov. 11, members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Phi Mu Delta, Zeta Psi, and Sigma Chi Greek organizations took part in a service day at Prospect Park in Troy.

Call for Participation: RPI Business Plan Competition
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The second annual RPI Business Plan Competition is looking for Rensselaer students who are interested in taking their entrepreneurial ideas to the next level.

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Manufacturing Spare Body Parts for Surgeons To Practice On Before Tricky Procedures

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Surgeons really only have one chance to get it right. With the rapid prototyping of synthetic organs, though, surgeons can reconstruct the exact problem they have.

Graduate Management Student Association Holds Wine Tasting and Networking Event
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On Nov. 2, the Lally School Graduate Management Student Association hosted an event, “Cheers with Alumni 2012,” at Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy.

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