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Volume 6, No. 5, March 16, 2012
   
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Fazel Yavari Named 2012 Lemelson-MIT Rensselaer Student Prize Winner
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He has developed a new sensor to detect extremely small quantities of hazardous gases. The doctoral student harnessed the power of the world's thinnest material, graphene, to create a device that is durable, inexpensive to make, and incredibly sensitive.
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LRC's "Dimesimeter" Named Top 10 Innovation
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The Scientist magazine unveiled the Top 10 Innovations of 2011, and coming in at number eight was the Dimesimeter, a circadian light and activity sensor developed by the Lighting Research Center (LRC).

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Architecture and HASS To Premiere "S(around)OUND" March 24-25
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S(around)OUND is a performance featuring internationally renowned experimental violinist Todd Reynolds, in collaboration with Rensselaer arts and architecture students.
Save the Date: Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office To Speak April 12
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The Rensselaer community is invited to a special event April 12 where they will have an opportunity to hear from David Kappos, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Student Ideas Supported by Class of '51
Entrepreneurship Fund
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Rensselaer student innovations for detecting bacteria in water, portability for water filtration, and low-cost, high-efficiency biomass home heating earned top honors in the 2012 idea competition.
Two Earn NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
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Alex Angilella and Austin Rivera, undergraduates in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE), have been awarded NASA Aeronautics Scholarships.
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Student Club Is Out of This World!
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Members of a student club have created a unique 360-degree video chronicling a weather balloon's 89,777-foot ascent into space. Filled with condensed helium, the balloon carried a payload of three high-definition video cameras and GPS equipment.
Web Scientists Participate in
Conference on Computation in
Healthcare and Life Sciences
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Joanne Luciano, Web scientist and research associate professor in the Tetherless World Constellation, was the co-chair for the 2012 Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS) conference.

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Alumni Volunteer Summit To Be Held April 13-15
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The Volunteer Summit will include workshops and presentations from campus leaders, staff, students, and fellow volunteers that will provide an insider's view of Rensselaer.

Focus: Spring Career Fair
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Job market news looks positive in all regions for Class of 2012 graduates, according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
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World Economic Forum Presentations To Be Reprised March 27
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A glimpse of the unique, world-leading exchange of high-level thinking that takes place at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, is coming to the Rensselaer campus.
Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Conference a Success
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The third annual "Smart Spaces: Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) Industry-Academia Days" were held on campus Feb. 13-15.
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Rensselaer To Host 2012 Smartgeometry Conference March 19-24
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Rensselaer and the School of Architecture have announced that the 2012 Smartgeometry
Conference (sg2012) will be held at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

Alumnus Competing To Win a Trip to Space
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Savan Becker '92 has always dreamed of going into space. Now, thanks to the "Space Race 2012 Sweepstakes," conducted by Seattle's Space Needle as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, he finally may get the chance!
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