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Rensselaer at Petascale: AMOS Among World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers
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On Oct. 3, Rensselaer unveiled a new petascale supercomputing system, the Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System, or AMOS.

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Curiosity Finds Water in First Sample of Planet Surface
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The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several percent water by weight.

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President Jackson Appointed by President Obama to National Manufacturing Role
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President Barack Obama has appointed President Shirley Ann Jackson as a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0.

Water Glides Across “Nanodrapes” Made From the World’s Thinnest Material
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Engineering researchers at Rensselaer have developed a new drape made from graphene that can enhance the water-resistant properties of materials with rough surfaces.

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New Book by Dean Mary Simoni Aims To Demystify the Use of Algorithms in Composing Music
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A new book by celebrated pianist Mary Simoni serves as a guide for musicians and computer scientists interested in learning to use algorithms to create music.

City Station East Grand Opening
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Members of the Rensselaer community are invited to attend the grand opening of College Suites at City Station East. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1521 Sixth Avenue in Troy.

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EMPAC Presents: William Baskinski Nocturnes Saturday, October 26

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Best known for his ambient, slowly evolving sound compositions such as The Disintegration Loops (2002), tape-loop tinkerer William Basinski presents his most recent piece, Nocturnes.

Rensselaer Researchers Propose Theory To Explain Seeds of Life in Asteroids
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A new look at the early solar system introduces an alternative to a long-taught, but largely discredited, theory that seeks to explain how biomolecules were once able to form inside of asteroids.

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RAA Honors Outstanding Volunteers

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In tribute to their outstanding commitment to the Institute and their fellow alumni, an outstanding group of volunteers has been honored by the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) and the Office of Alumni Relations with the 2013 RAA Awards.

Focus: First Annual Collar City Ramble
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Last month, residents of the city of Troy and members of the Rensselaer campus carved out time to participate in the “Pre(R)amble” bike, skate, walk event to celebrate the
inaugural launch of the Collar City Ramble.

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Save the Date: 4th Annual Halloween Trick or Treating Oct. 25
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Residence Life will be hosting local elementary schools to trick-or-treat through Crockett, Nason, Hall, Bray, Cary, and Barton Hall.

Kinchy Book Examines Social Movements Surrounding Genetically Engineered Seeds
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In her recent book, Abby Kinchy offers food for thought on challenging questions such as: What values should our agriculture system represent?

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Lally School Professor Authors Book on Growing Field of Risk Management

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The challenges of the current financial environment have revealed the need for a new generation of professionals who combine training in finance with an understanding of sophisticated quantitative and analytical tools.

Evelyn’s Open for Breakfast Weekdays in October
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Tucked beneath the hull of EMPAC’s Concert Hall, Evelyn’s Café has added breakfast to its full menu of meals, snacks, beverages, and desserts.

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Student Organizations Showcase Their Talents at Troy Night Out

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Last month, Troy Night Out featured a host of student groups who showcased their talents in areas of juggling, acrobatics, robotics, acting, music, photography, and singing.

Rensselaer Celebrates Family Weekend Oct. 18-20
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As the leaves turn color and the cool autumn weather settles in, the campus will be buzzing with activity as thousands of Rensselaer families are expected to visit Oct. 18-20 to celebrate Family Weekend.

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