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Center for Communication, Cognition, and Culture Begins Taking Shape
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Preparations are under way for the launch of the new Center for Communication, Cognition, and Culture (CCC) at Rensselaer this fall. The center will join researchers from across the Institute in research areas such as cross-modal displays, synthetic characters, and augmented reality.

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EMPAC and Arts Department To Celebrate “Oliveros at 80,” May 10
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The campus community is invited to the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) to celebrate the 80th birthday of Pauline Oliveros, professor of practice in the arts department, on Thursday, May 10.

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Xavier Intes Receives NSF CAREER Award
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Xavier Intes, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Colorful Architecture Student Project Benefits Food Pantries
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A group of School of Architecture students raised more than $2,000 and collected more than 1,600 cans of food for area food pantries in the second annual Capital District CANstruction event.

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Engineering Researchers Develop “Phantoms” To Make Medical Imaging Safer for Overweight Individuals
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Most medical imaging equipment is not designed with overweight and obese patients in mind. As a result, these individuals can be exposed to higher levels of radiation during routine X-ray and CT scans.

Lecture Series To Focus on Nuclear Engineering Research
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A new lecture series at Rensselaer is dedicated to fostering discussion and public interest in topics related to nuclear engineering. The Richard T. Lahey Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series in Nuclear Engineering was launched on April 9.

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Fraternity Members Sleep Out To Raise Funds for the Homeless
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Two Rensselaer fraternity members participated in the annual “Sleep Out for the Homeless” fundraiser sponsored by the Omicron Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Manuel Rafael Jimenez Diaz Awarded CONACYT Fellowship
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Manuel Rafael Jimenez Diaz, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded one of Mexico’s most prestigious fellowships.

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EMPAC Presents
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Marco Iacoboni: Mirror Neurons and Our Capacity for Empathy on Wednesday, May 9 andmusikFabrik on Sunday, May 13.

Call for Commencement Volunteers
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A wide variety of volunteer roles are available for the Commencement ceremony as well as the picnic that follows.

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Spring 2012 Change the World Challenge Winners Announced
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From wind power generation to health monitoring to lighting efficiency and helping combat veterans readjust, Rensselaer students combined their knowledge, imagination, and effort to develop winning ideas in the Change the World Challenge.

Rensselaer Hosts Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair
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More than 100 area middle and high school students from the Capital Region participated in the 22nd annual greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 24.

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New “Cell Graphs” Link Tissue Structure to Its Corresponding Biological Function
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Computer scientists and biologists in the Data Science Research Center at Rensselaer have developed a rare collaboration between the two very different fields to pick apart a fundamental roadblock to progress in modern medicine.

A Word From Human Resources Performance Management and You
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The annual evaluation process is a time when leaders are asked to complete a written performance appraisal of an employee as a means of reviewing their overall performance during the past year.

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Second Annual Rensselaer Volunteer Summit a Success
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The second Rensselaer Volunteer Summit, held in Troy April 14-15, was a big success, according to the event’s organizers and attendees alike.

Two Computer Science Graduates Earn IBM Fellowship in Two Years
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IBM has announced that Rensselaer computer science alumnus Balaram Sinharoy has received a prestigious IBM fellowship.

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Search for Provost
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President Jackson has announced that a search is under way to fill the provost position.

 
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