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Volume 7, No. 3, February 15, 2013
   
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President Jackson Urges Congress To Strengthen the U.S. Innovation Ecosystem
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President Shirley Ann Jackson warned a U.S. Congressional panel that looming federal budget cuts in science research and development put the U.S. at risk.

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Rensselaer Is First University To Receive a Version of the IBM Watson System
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IBM announced that it will provide a modified version of an IBM Watson system to Rensselaer, making it the first university to receive such a system.

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Young Researcher Named Intel Finalist
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High school student Samantha Scibelli—the youngest member of a research team headed by Heidi Jo Newberg, professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy—has been selected as one of 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2013.

David Jepson ’63 Makes $500,000 Gift To Establish Named Chair Within School of Architecture
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David Jepson ’63, and his wife, Sharon, of Glastonbury, Conn., have made a $500,000 gift to begin to fund the Sharon H. and David G. Jepson ’63 Fund for the School of Architecture.

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President Jackson and Professor Hendler Participate in World Economic Forum
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President Shirley Ann Jackson and Web expert and Professor Jim Hendler joined global leaders in government, business, academe, media, and the arts at the World Economic Forum.

EMPAC Presents—Greg Moynahan: Experience and Experiment in Early Modern Europe
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In this lecture, Bard College Associate Professor Greg Moynahan will consider the rise of scientific experimentation and its relation to experimentation in the arts.

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Call for Entries: McKinney Writing Contest
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Students across campus are encouraged to start working on their entries for the McKinney Writing competition. Categories include fiction or drama, poetry, essays (class papers acceptable), and electronic media (including games).

NYSERDA President and CEO Speaks at Center for Future Energy Systems Conference
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Francis Murray gave the keynote address Jan. 25 at the 2012-13 annual conference of the Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES).

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Second Annual RPI Spirit Day a Success
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The second annual RPI Spirit Day was held on Friday, Feb. 1, in conjunction with Big Red Freakout weekend.

Hartford Campus Faculty Webinar Series Archived and Available On-Demand
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Registration is free and open to all, but limited to the first 100 participants.

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focus: Black Family Technology Awareness Day
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Earlier this month, nearly 1,000 students, families, teachers, and community organizations attended the 15th annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day program on Feb. 2.

Identified Links Between Visibility and Safety From Roadway Lighting
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LRC researchers collaborating with researchers at Penn State have recently published a paper in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention describing a unique parallel approach to lighting safety analysis.

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Dean Leshin Discusses Space Policy on Capitol Hill

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Laurie Leshin spoke on Capitol Hill Jan. 28 when the American Chemical Society Science & the Congress Project and the American Geophysical Union hosted a panel discussion titled “Space Technology Policy: Exploring Options.”

A Word From Human Resources: Strategic Initiatives
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The Division of Human Resources is working to ensure that our compensation and benefits plans are competitive in order to retain and to attract the most productive faculty and staff.

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Big Red Freakout Ice House Tradition Continues

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On Saturday, Feb. 2, more than 350 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members gathered at the Heffner Alumni House for the Big Red Freakout Ice House.

Hansen Honored as Emerging Athletic Administrator
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Karen Hansen has been named this year’s emerging athletic administrator by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA).

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