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Freshman Applications Surge Past 16,000
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It’s official. A record total of 16,112 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer this fall, according to numbers released by the Office of Admissions.

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Ligon Research Explores Road Signs on the Intracellular Highway
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The road signs that direct traffic on the highways — collectively known as the cytoskeleton — are now the subject of research for Lee Ligon, associate professor of biology.

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Sensing Environments: Rensselaer Research Celebrates Earth Day
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Rensselaer will celebrate the countdown to Earth Day with a weeklong festival of performances, lectures, films, exhibits, and workshops centered on environmental sustainability.

Games Program Ranked Among Best in North America
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The Rensselaer Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program was named among the top 15 out of 150 undergraduate game design programs in the United States and Canada.

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Engineering Graduate Programs Climb in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
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The School of Engineering and several of its programs at Rensselaer made gains on this year’s list of Best Graduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

13th Annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning
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To explore and discuss the emerging impact of MOOCs in higher education, Rensselaer will host the 13th Annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning on April 10.

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Class of ’51 Competition Highlights Entrepreneurship
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Student vision and inventiveness were demonstrated in the latest array of entries and winners of the Class of ’51 competition.

Student Organizations Spend 27 Hours Standing for Freedom
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Several student members of the International Anti-Slavery Campaign and the Rensselaer Christian Association stood for 27 hours for the 27 million people still enslaved around the world.

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EMPAC Presents Johannes Goebel About Differences: Art, Science, Engineering
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The talk begins at 6 p.m. on April 4 in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Theater. Admission is free.

Human Resources Addresses Lab Safety
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As a result of some serious high-profile laboratory accidents at various university campuses, increased attention has been given to lab safety at higher education institutions throughout the nation and in the media.

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Research Data Alliance Meeting Features Leading “Big Data” Experts
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Many of the world’s leading experts on “big data” and related fields gathered in Sweden March 18 for the first plenary session of the international Research Data Alliance (RDA).

Accolades
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Recipients of awards and recognition included Sean Doyle, Peter Grimm, Paul Marthers, and Larry Ruff.

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Focus: Exploring Engineering Day

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In celebration of National Engineers Week, the School of Engineering hosted its annual Exploring Engineering Day Saturday, Feb. 16.

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce To Kick Off CATS/CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference
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Patrick Gallagher will provide the keynote address for the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference.

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Ralph Isernia Named Head Football Coach for the Engineers

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Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the appointment of Ralph Isernia as head football coach.

McKinney Contest and Lecture To Feature Marilynne Robinson
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Marilynne Robinson will read from her work and respond to questions after prizes are awarded at the McKinney Annual Writing Contest ceremonies.

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Grand Marshal Week 2013: Rock Around the Block!
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This year, it looks like Grand Marshal Week will take over part of campus with its “Rock Around the Block” neighborhood block party theme.

 
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