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Volume 6, No. 2, February 3, 2012
   
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NIH Grant Helps Researchers Study How Chemicals in Drugs Impact Stem Cells
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Bioengineers at Rensselaer and the University of California, Berkeley, have been awarded a more than $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how chemicals in drugs and our environment impact stem cells.
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President and Institute Scientists Deliver “Ideas Lab” Presentation at World Economic Forum
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President Jackson and three top scientists from Rensselaer were invited to deliver an "Ideas Lab" presentation at the World Economic Forum Jan. 25-29 in Davos, Switzerland.

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García Named Head of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
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Angel García has been named the new head of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy.
Napolitano and Meunier Named American Physical Society Fellows
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James Napolitano and Vincent Meunier have been named fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).

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Community Invited To Learn About “Battling Superbugs” Feb. 7
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The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies invites the community to attend a discussion with faculty titled “Battling Superbugs” at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the center’s auditorium.
Innovating New Ways To Share and Preserve Scientific Data on Sustainability
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Rensselaer is a key partner in a new project to create better technologies for scientists and engineers to store, share, and preserve important scientific data related to sustainability research.
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Save the Date: Center for Career
and Professional Development Annual Spring Career Fair Feb. 8
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The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) will host the annual Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
EMPAC Presents
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EMPAC will present John D. Barrow: Better Than a Thousand Words on Feb. 8; Zbigniew Oksuita: A Biological Future? on Feb. 14; and onedotzero: poemetrics on Feb. 16.

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Time To Relax: Helping Students De-Stress Before Final Exams
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Last semester, as students around the region hunkered down for finals, Rensselaer kicked off a series of social events and study programs to help students de-stress.

Ulcer-Causing Bacteria Baffled by Mucus
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Even the tiniest microscopic organisms make waves when they swim. In fact, dealing with these waves is a fact of life for the ulcer-causing bacteria H. pylori.
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Publication Explores How Entrepreneurship and Innovation Will Impact North Africa
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Management professors from the Lally School and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Commerciales has been working to develop a road map that will support sustained high economic growth in the Maghreb.
Graphene Foam Detects Explosives, Emissions Better Than Today’s Gas Sensors
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A new study from Rensselaer demonstrates how graphene foam can outperform leading commercial gas sensors in detecting potentially dangerous and explosive chemicals.
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2011 United Way Campaign a Big Success
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The 2011 United Way Campaign at Rensselaer contributed $98,597.50 to the United Way of Northeastern New York.

Black Family Technology Awareness Day February 4
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On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, Rensselaer will host the 14th Black Family Technology Awareness Day program (BFTAD).
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Hartford Campus Offers Cohort Programs Focused on Sustainability
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This spring, the Hartford campus will offer two distinct Energy cohort programs with course content centered around sustainable development.

High Technology Uncovers an Ancient Habit
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A scientist at Rensselaer and an anthropologist from the University at Albany teamed up to use ultra-modern chemical analysis technology at Rensselaer to analyze ancient Mayan pottery for proof of tobacco use in the ancient culture.
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Tech Park Transfer
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At the Wynantskill Town Board meeting Jan. 12, Vice President for Administration Claude Rounds formally transferred the deed for a 4.5-acre parcel of land that will be used for a new Defreestville Fire Department station.

 
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