Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 3, February 17, 2012
   
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Doctoral Student Named Digital Forensics “Grand Champion”
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Can Yildizli, a doctoral student in computer science, has won the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge 2011, placing first among 1,147 contestants worldwide.
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ECAV Energy-Saving Efforts Earn Recognition From NYSERDA
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NYSERDA has given Rensselaer a High Performance Building Plaque for energy-saving investments that will reduce energy use and save the Institute $223,513 annually.

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Rensselaer Launches New Degree Program in Sustainability Studies
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Rensselaer is launching a new undergraduate major in sustainability studies through the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
Physicist Lewis Receives NSF CAREER Award
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Kim Lewis has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Focus: Fans Attend Big Red Freakout Ice House
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On Saturday, Feb. 4, nearly 450 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members gathered for the Big Red Freakout Ice House. This annual hockey tradition features a pre-game buffet dinner and pep rally.

Bringing Programming and Aviation Knowledge Together To Create Safer Flight Systems
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Computer scientist Carlos Varela has received seed funding from the U.S. Air Force to help make flight data as updated, active, and accurate as possible.
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Newest Work From Composer Rolnick Supported by Fromm Foundation
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Neil Rolnick, composer and professor of music, will embark on a new project, a piece for pianist Vicky Chow, with support from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University.
EMPAC Presents Annie Dorsen: Hello Hi There February 18  
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EMPAC presents a humorous meditation on the division between human and machine, presented through a live conversation between two “chatbots.”
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Gilbert Receives NSF CAREER Award
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Ryan Gilbert, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

International Scholars Program Plans Summer Term in Rome and Shanghai
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The International Scholars Program (ISP) offered through the Hartford campus is currently recruiting for the 2012 class, which begins with the summer term abroad.
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Black Family Technology Awareness Day
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Nearly 800 area students, families, teachers, and community organizations were on campus Feb. 4 to participate in the 14th annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day.
“Virtual Operating Room” To Sharpen Surgeons' Smarts and Skills
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The NIH has awarded a new $2.7 million grant to Professor Suvranu De to create, test, and validate a virtual reality simulator that seeks to replicate the environment of an operating room.
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A Word From Human Resources
Who's Who in Human Resources
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A list of human resource professionals at Rensselaer who can help answer your questions.

Campus Community Invited to Winter Carnival Feb. 18
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The campus community, and their families and friends, are invited to the Northern Lights Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 18, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the East Campus Athletic Village.
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Alumni Show Their Colors on Inaugural Spirit Day
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The first Rensselaer Spirit Day was held on Friday, Feb. 3, in conjunction with Big Red Freakout weekend.

Accolades
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Francine Berman, Shirley Ann Jackson, and
Jeffrey Schanz have all been recently recognized for their achievements.
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Volume 6, Number 3, February 17, 2012
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