Ambassador to the Stars
Nicole Zellner ’01 was named one of NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors, a title given to 278 volunteers across the country and only 13 in New York state. Zellner is the first Rensselaer graduate to earn a Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Science.
Shedding Light on Alzheimer’s
A recent pilot study led by Mariana Figueiro at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center has found that Alzheimer’s patients sleep better through the night if they are exposed to blue LED lighting a few hours before bedtime.
See-Through Technology
Terahertz-computed tomography (T-ray CT), a new imaging process that extends beyond X-ray CT methods, has enabled Rensselaer researchers to create 3-D images of dielectric targets, including biological objects, such as cross sections of bones.
HUD Grant Funds Community Partnership
A $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been used to support the Community Outreach Partnership Center in Troy. The goal is to revitalize the city’s neighborhoods and infrastructure, promote the use of technology in math and science education, and bridge the “digital divide” through job and technology training.
Fellowships Promote Growth of Doctoral Programs
A new program of Rensselaer fellowships for doctoral students in the Schools of Architecture and Humanities and Social Sciences will provide full tuition and a $16,000 stipend for each of two years of study, with possible extension into a third year.