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Volume 7, No. 7, April 12, 2013
   
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CAN-Do Attitude! Students Compete in Building Competition
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A team of Rensselaer architecture students took home the “Structural Ingenuity” award at this year’s Canstruction event at the New York State Museum.

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President Announces Commencement Honorands at Town Meeting
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At the spring Town Meeting, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced the four honorands for the 207th Commencement on May 25.

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Fighting Listeria and Other Food-Borne Illnesses With Nanobiotechnology
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Engineering researchers at Rensselaer have developed a new method to kill deadly pathogenic bacteria, including listeria, in food handling and packaging.

Alumni Well-Represented on Business Review’s “40 Under Forty” List
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Rensselaer is well-represented in the group of “40 Under Forty.” Of the 40 people being honored, nine are graduates of Rensselaer.

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Cognitive Scientist Ron Sun Named Fellow of IEEE
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Ron Sun, professor of cognitive science and an expert in cognitive theories and systems, has been selected as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems Supported by Volvo
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The Center for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems is dedicated to investigating new ways of infusing sustainability and efficiency into the way businesses send and receive goods.

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Lally School Announces Two New Master’s Programs
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The Lally School of Management and Technology has recently added two new programs that address emerging needs in business to its graduate degree portfolio.

EMPAC Presents—N. Katherine Hayles: Performing Technogenesis: The Affective Power of Digital Media April 17
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N. Katherine Hayles will explore how digital media is changing us, and on what levels and in what ways.

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Lighting Research Center Opens New Photometry Lab
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The Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently unveiled its new photometry laboratory with a ribbon cutting at its 25th anniversary celebration in March.

Celebrating 25 Years of Lighting Research and Education
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More than 175 guests from around the world came to Troy, N.Y., in March to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer.

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Engineering Ambassadors Continue Work Beyond Graduation
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The Engineering Ambassadors (EA) student group continues to make an impact—even after students graduate. Jason Griffith ’12 reached out to EA to support his visit to a middle school in King of Prussia, Pa.

“Sensing Environments” Festival Will Celebrate Earth Week
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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.

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Hirsch Observatory Telescope Refurbished

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The School of Science has refurbished the optics on a Boller and Chivens 16-inch Cassegrain telescope, the largest telescope in the Hirsch Observatory.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
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In light of the pending health-care reform law, Human Resources started making the required changes in 2011.

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Manufacturing Pioneer Hugo Ferguson ’56 To Receive Davies Medal

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Celebrated innovator and metallurgist Hugo Ferguson ’56 will receive the prestigious Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement from the School of Engineering.

Relay for Life Set for April 26-27
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The eighth annual Relay for Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center April 26-27 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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Call for Commencement Volunteers
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With more than 1,500 graduates and 10,000 people attending the ceremony, volunteers are critical to making the day a success.

Children’s Night at the Hirsch Observatory
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The Rensselaer Astrophysical Society and Hirsch Observatory are inviting area children to a special night of “observing, activities, and astronaut ice cream” on April 19.

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