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Undergraduate Research Exhibited on Capitol Hill
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Research revealing the peculiar characteristics of a gaseous giant planet circling the distant star Kepler 2 was part of the April 24 Posters on the Hill exhibit on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

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Leading Cultural Shifts: Courage, Creativity, Commitment
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John R. Lewis, U.S. Representative
(D-GA)—one of the nation’s most dedicated and courageous civil rights leaders—will address graduates at Rensselaer’s 207th Commencement on May 25

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Heidi Newberg Named Fellow of APS
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Galactic astronomer Heidi Newberg, a professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy in the School of Science, has been selected as a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Ge Wang Joins Rensselaer as Clark and Crossan Professor
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Biomedical imaging expert Ge Wang recently joined Rensselaer as the John A. Clark and
Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering.

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Bevilacqua Wins Young Investigator Award from U.S. Navy
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Riccardo Bevilacqua has been named the recipient of a 2013 Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Professor Sandipan Mishra Receives NSF CAREER Award
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Control systems expert Sandipan Mishra has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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EMPAC Presents It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend
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Belgian-based choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez transforms a recorded speech by ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart into a disturbing gesture and dance form on May 10.

IBM-Supported Master’s Program Prepares Students for Big Data and Analytics Jobs
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IBM and Rensselaer are offering a one-year Lally School of Management and Technology graduate degree program in fall 2013: the Master of Science in Business Analytics.

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How Big Data Is Transforming Decision-Making in Today’s Organizations
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Business analytics has emerged as an important phenomenon aimed at harnessing big data and is expected to transform decision making in organizations.

focus: Relay for Life 2013
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More than 1,000 members of the Rensselaer community, along with family and friends, participated in the eighth annual Relay For Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

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Scientists Set a New Simulation Speed Record on the Sequoia Supercomputer
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Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Rensselaer have set a high performance computing speed record that opens the way to the scientific exploration of complex planetary-scale systems.

Architecture To Unveil Exhibit on Riverfront Park “Playscape” Furniture May 14
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Recreation gets a redesign in an exhibit of “playscape” furniture designed for the Troy Riverfront Park as part of a collaboration between Troy and the School of Architecture.

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Mike Hermann Headed to NFL’s San Diego Chargers

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Rensselaer senior quarterback Mike Hermann has agreed to a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).

Rensselaer Fraternity, Women’s Hockey Team Help Promote STEM Careers
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Several members of the Rensselaer Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, along with the Rensselaer women’s ice hockey team,assisted with a program dedicated to teaching girls in grades 4 to 8 about opportunities in the STEM.

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Rensselaer Union Opens Multicultural Student Lounge

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To create a space to support cross-cultural education and understanding, the Rensselaer Union recently unveiled a new lounge for multi-cultural student clubs and organizations, open to all members of the campus community.

 
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