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Laurie Leshin Appointed to National Air and Space Museum Advisory Board
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President Barack Obama has appointed Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science, to the advisory board of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

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Ganpati Ramanath To Receive Prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
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Ganpati Ramanath has been named a winner of the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

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Faculty Speak at AAAS Conference
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Three Rensselaer faculty members were among worldwide scientific and engineering experts presenting or leading discussions at the 179th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Nature Methods Study: Using Light To Control Cell Clustering
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A new study from engineers at Rensselaer and the University of California, Berkeley, pairs light and genetics to give researchers a powerful new tool for manipulating cells.

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Student Team Earns First Place in U.S. Health Data Platform Competition
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Four graduate students in the Tetherless World Constellation have earned the top prize in a national health data platform challenge designed to create new functionalities for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ repository for open health data.

Lemelson Finalists Named
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Student innovations in earthquake protection devices for structures; brighter, smarter LEDs; and personalized medicine with implantable sensors are facing off to claim this year’s $30,000 Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize.

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EMPAC Presents Radiohole: Inflatable Frankenstein Friday, March 22
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Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Video Game Takes Kids on Environmental Adventure
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A Rensselaer team has created a simulation video game that gives young New Yorkers an unusual, firsthand perspective on how water makes its way from the upstate watershed to downstate homes and businesses.

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Gustavo Crembil Awarded VIDA Grant
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Gustavo Crembi has received a prestigious VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Award for “TZ’IJK,” an art installation that will use mud-encased giant spherical robots to provide insights into possible parallel narratives between contemporary robotics and Mayan
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focus: Spring Career Fair
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More than 2,000 Rensselaer students had the opportunity to meet and talk with more than 300 representatives from 117 public- and private-sector employers at the Center for Career and Professional Development’s annual Spring Career Fair on Feb. 13.

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Human Resources Offers Professional Development and Growth Opportunities
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In an effort to assist in the professional development and career growth of Rensselaer faculty and staff, the Division of Human Resources has developed a comprehensive catalog of courses and seminars.

Games Making Names
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With a mix of electronic arts, computer science, and one of the best game design programs in the country, students and graduates of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program are making names for themselves in the game design world.

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Lally Announces New Transfer Agreement With Hudson Valley Community College

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Rensselaer and Hudson Valley Community College have announced a new transfer agreement that would allow graduates from the Hudson Valley Business Administration associate degree program to seamlessly transfer to the bachelor’s degree program at the Lally School.

Black Students Alliance Celebrates Black History Month
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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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Rensselaer To Debut Stage Reading of the Play 8 March 22

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Members of the Rensselaer campus and local community are invited to attend the one-night performance of the critically acclaimed documentary play 8, written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk and J. Edgar).

 
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