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Rensselaer Welcomes the Class of 2017
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The incoming Class of 2017 promises to be an exceptional group, with an increase in average SAT scores and 145 receiving a perfect 800 SAT critical reading, math, or writing score.

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Leo Wan Named Pew Scholar, Receives NSF CAREER Award
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Tissue engineering and stem cell expert Leo Q. Wan has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Former NASA Astronaut Prepares Students for Success With Science Adventure Camp
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Over the summer, area students sharpened their math and science skills during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp hosted by Rensselaer.

Bacteria Sent Into Space Behave in Mysterious Ways
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Colonies of bacteria grown aboard space shuttle Atlantis behaved in ways never before observed on Earth, according to a new NASA-funded study from Rensselaer.

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Training U.S. Navy Officers
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The U.S. Navy is turning to the Information Technology and Web Science (ITWS) program at Rensselaer to prepare a select group of U.S. Navy officers with skills needed for military cyberspace operations.

The Jefferson Project: Creating the World’s Smartest Lake
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The Jefferson Project at Lake George is a three-year, multimillion-dollar collaboration to understand and manage factors threatening Lake George.

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Tackling Big Data
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Rensselaer has launched a new universitywide initiative to tackle the challenges and opportunities of Big Data.

EMPAC Presents: “Ballard”
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Belgian theater maker and visual artist Kris Verdonck invites the audience to an open studio and lecture demonstration of his innovative stereoscopic (3-D) filming techniques.

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IBM’s University Partnerships Narrow Big Data Skills Gap
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Earlier this month, IBM announced that Rensselaer is among nine new academic collaborations with universities across the globe, focusing on Big Data and analytics.

Molecular Biophysics Expert Joins Rensselaer
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Catherine Royer has joined Rensselaer as a Constellation Chair in Biocomputation and Bioinformatics, and Professor in the Department of Biology in the School of Science.

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Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering Expert Joins Rensselaer
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Richard Gross has joined Rensselaer as a chair in the Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering Constellation, and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

President’s Office Appoints Chief of Staff
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In May, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced that she had appointed Elisha (Lolly) Mozersky, an experienced professional in administrative services, as chief of staff to the president, effective June 3.

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Focus: GE Girls@Rensselaer

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Last month, 24 middle school girls from the Schenectady City School District took part in a summer camp on campus, designed to spur an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Francine Berman Co-Authors Op Ed on Research Data Preservation in Science
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Professor of Computer Science Francine Berman joined with Google Vice President Vint Cerf to discuss the future of public access to research data in a Science magazine op ed appearing Aug. 9.

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Cozzolino Nominated to AFCA Good Works Team

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Student-athlete Joe Cozzolino has been nominated for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team based on his ongoing efforts in the community.

A Word From Human Resources: Planning Ahead for the New Academic Year
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The Division of Human Resources has provided our new faculty, staff, and students with an overview of the code of behavior expected as members of our community.

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Campus Fire Safety Training Program Prepares Students for Emergencies

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Prior to the start of the fall 2013 semester at Rensselaer, students who will be serving as resident assistants and resident directors spent much of the summer completing a series of online, workshop, and hands-on training programs.

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