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ECONOMICS For more than half a century Rensselaers Economics Department has addressed the centrality of economic forces on the human condition. Our faculty which has a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels publishes extensively and includes many professors who are active members and leaders of national and international economics organizations. The department offers courses in traditional fields such as introductory economics microeconomics macroeconomics econometrics and international economics. In addition the departments teaching and research include specialized fields such as ecological economics the economics of technological change the economics of energy research and development monetary theory and policy and financial regulation. Say Cheese JACOB DERECHIN 15 Jacob Derechin 15 started out at Rensselaer in physics but then decided to add economics. I took an intro course and really liked it said Derechin. I felt I could talk with my professor after class whenever I wanted which made a big difference. For Derechin the study of economics was a kind of revelation. As you get more advanced you see that youre using the same kind of math as you would with physics he said. Its just that youre using it with more practical application. Instead of working with subatomic particles youre figuring out how to make human life more rewarding. In the summer Derechin brought his experience and knowledge back to his home state of Minnesota holding an internship with Land OLakes the giant producer of butter eggs and cheese. He worked in their IT department on a Web development project. Looking ahead he hopes to continue his interest in behavioral and network economics with graduate study at the doctoral level. As you get more advanced you see that youre using the same kind of math as you would with physics he said. Its just that youre using it with more practical application. The CRAIVE Lab The Center for Cognition Communication and Culture is focused on the intersection and interdependency of those three Cs in the context of contemporary research technology and society. Interdisciplinary research activities within the Collaborative-Research Augmented Immersive Virtual Environment CRAIVE laboratory address the need for a specialized virtual-reality system for the study and enabling of communication-driven tasks with groups of users immersed in a high-fidelity multimodal environment located in the same physical space. Eben Bayer 07 and Gavin McIntyre 07 are co-founders of Ecovative a materials science company that makes natural renewable biodegradable packaging and insulation products used to protect Dell servers the corners of Crate Barrel bookcases PUMA paddleboards and much more. The idea was part of a capstone project in a PDI course. school of hass 23