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Hendler To Lead Rensselaer IDEA
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President Jackson has announced the appointment of Professor James Hendler as director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA).

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Rensselaer Recognized as Among the Nation’s Best Universities by U.S. News
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The 2013 ranking of Rensselaer by U.S. News & World Report is the latest recognition of the Institute’s long-held reputation as one of the nation’s top universities.

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Rensselaer Celebrates Record-Breaking Success in Enrollment and Achievement
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With the school year well underway, Rensselaer continues to celebrate the largest and strongest incoming freshman class in the university’s 189-year history.

Rensselaer Researchers Create Accurate Computer Modelof RNA Tetraloop
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A computational model by researchers at Rensselaer is the first to accurately simulate the complex twists of a short sequence of RNA as it folds into a “tetraloop.”

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Lighting Research Center Designs New Skylight To Scoop Up Daylight, Save Energy
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The LRC recently released a guide for designing an innovative type of skylight designed with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Lally Launches New Master’s in Supply Chain Management
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To celebrate the start of the program, Meredith Stevens ’84, chief supply chain officer at Newell Rubbermaid, delivered a keynote talk titled “Transforming Supply Chain Leadership from the Back Room to the Boardroom.”

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GE Global Research Joins the Data Science Research Center
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GE Global Research has joined the Data Science Research Center (DSRC) Industry Affiliates Program at Rensselaer.

Harnessing the Petabyte
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The petabyte—a quantity of digital information 12 orders of magnitude greater than the lowly kilobyte—looms large as a future standard for data.

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A Word From HR: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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To date, the Rensselaer medical plan exceeds federal government standards for eligibility, spouse coverage, same-sex partners, affordability, single coverage, and minimum value of the PPACA requirements.

Focus: Celebrating a Rensselaer Tradition: The Hockey Line
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For nearly 40 years, the Hockey Line has been a long-standing (no pun intended!) tradition at Rensselaer.

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Smart Lighting: Developing the Next-Generation LED
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Researchers from the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Rensselaer have successfully integrated an LED and a power transistor on the same gallium nitride (GaN) chip.

Off-Hour Truck Deliveries in Manhattan Reduce Traffic, Empower Business Owners
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A federal study led by Rensselaer is helping make Manhattan less congested, and more profitable for businesses by shifting daytime delivery truck traffic to after normal business hours.

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Campus Invited to Reunion & Homecoming

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Rensselaer’s largest alumni tradition takes place the weekend of Oct. 4-6, as a crowd of 3,000-plus alumni and guests is expected to take part in Reunion & Homecoming festivities.

Rensselaer on Capitol Hill
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Larry Chambers participated in a Capitol Hill briefing for the New York Congressional Delegation on the topic of the Higher Education Act.

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Celebrating Pauline Oliveros at 80

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The International Contemporary Ensemble at Lincoln Center feted Pauline Oliveros in August, with a performance called Pauline Oliveros at 80 at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater.

Shelnutt Gallery Presents The Montalvo Brothers Through October 31
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This exhibition is in honor of Latino Heritage Month and has been a tradition for the past decade in the Shelnutt Gallery.

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EMPAC Presents La Jeune-Fille et la Mort Oct. 12
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Quebec-based Bureau de l’APA invites the audience to participate in a fantastical classroom—a performance complete with textbooks, a ballet instructor, sound poetry, sculptures, and a string quartet.

 
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