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Volume 7, No. 1, January 18, 2013
   
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Students Drive Effort To Introduce “Smart Lighting” on Campus
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An effort by students, faculty, and staff to install ultra-efficient LED light bulbs in one campus facility will save the university about $21,000 per year.

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Nature Materials Study: Boosting Heat Transfer With Nanoglue
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A team of interdisciplinary researchers has developed a new method for significantly increasing the heat transfer rate across two different materials.

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Celebrate the Second Annual RPI Spirit Day on February 1
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Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff are invited to join alumni around the globe in showing their Rensselaer pride on Friday, February 1, for the second annual RPI Spirit Day.

X. George Xu Recognized for Leadership in Nuclear Engineering Research
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Radiation expert X. George Xu, head of the Nuclear Engineering Program, has been appointed to serve on the Radiation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board.

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Airborne Scientists Search Distant Stars for Complex Organic Molecules
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A team of astrobiology researchers will use a series of nighttime flights on an airborne observatory to search newly born stars for the presence of precursors to life.

Gift Awarded To Establish Fellowship in Astrobiology
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Rensselaer has been awarded a $480,000 gift from the Emily Landecker Foundation. The gift will establish the James P. Ferris Fellowship in Astrobiology.

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EMPAC Presents CREW/Eric Joris: HeadSwap Saturday, January 26
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CREW, a Belgian-based multidisciplinary team of artists and researchers, will present the artistic and research outcome of their three-week residency at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

LRC Develops New Method To Light Roundabouts
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The LRC has developed a concept for roadway illumination that incorporates roadside vegetation with low-level pedestrian and landscape lighting, retroreflective markers, and LED road and walkway illumination.

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Annual Holiday Concert a Hit!
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A holiday concert featuring the Rensselaer concert choir and orchestra was held on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Annual Reunion Connects Recipients of Herman Family Fellowship
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Current and past recipients of the Herman Family Fellowship Award for Women in Entrepreneurship joined together this fall at the annual reunion.

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Faculty Lauded at Annual Trustee Celebration
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Anna Dyson was the keynote speaker at Rensselaer’s 2012 Trustee Celebration of Faculty Achievement on Dec. 13 in the auditorium of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

CEO of Boston Analytics Explains the “Business” of Analytics at Speaker Series
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On November 28, the Center for Financial Studies (CFS) at the Lally School featured a presentation by Inder Thukral, PhD. ’95, CEO of Boston Analytics.

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Robert Linhardt To Discuss New Frontiers in Glycoscience and Glycoengineering

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Robert Linhardt will discuss recent research on the anticoagulant drug heparin and the possibility of mimicking biological systems with artificial devices on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Study of Social Network “Check-ins” Shows That Proximity Is Still the Strongest Predictor of Friendship
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The closer you live to another person, the more likely you are to be friends with that person despite the growing use of social media.

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EMPAC’s Evelyn’s Cafe Expands Hours

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Beginning Tuesday, January 22, Evelyn’s will be open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to supporting public events.

Celebrate the Big Red Freakout at Annual “Ice House” Event Feb. 2
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The campus community is invited to join with other Rensselaer hockey fans at the Big Red Freakout Ice House, on Saturday, Feb. 2.

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