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Nano-Junction Nano-Junction
Pulickel Ajayan, a professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer, has discovered a molecular-scale welding method that may be the first step in creating ultra-strong materials or tiny chip circuitry. The breakthrough is featured in Business Week's “Developments to Watch.”
Erin Crocker Woman Driver
The Boston Globe profiles Erin Crocker, the winningest female driver in the history of Empire Super Sprints. Crocker, an engineering student at Rensselaer, is the only woman in the division. She ranks seventh among a field of 76 drivers and aspires to a career as an Indy car racer.
A Marriage Made in China
The U.S.-China Security Review Commission is missing a golden opportunity to harness China's emerging brainpower, says Denis Simon, dean of Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology. In an editorial in The South China Morning Post, Simon says: “Simply engaging China is not enough. The U.S. must propose marriage.”

New Gallery Honors Achievements in Space
A new gallery honoring NASA pioneer and former Rensselaer President George M. Low was opened to the public Friday, Sept. 27. Low, a 1948 graduate of Rensselaer, led the Apollo Mission that landed men on the moon. The permanent gallery displays an extensive collection of materials, given by the Low family, that recall Low's contribution to the space program and to Rensselaer.

New Head of Communications Named
Jane Van Ryan joins Rensselaer as the assistant vice president for communications. Van Ryan, former principal of VanRyanBanks Inc., will lead the Office of Communications, which includes marketing, media relations, presidential communications, and university events.

$22.5 Million Announced for Bioengineering and Medicine
New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno announced that Rensselaer will receive $22.5 million to create the Gen*NY*sis Center for Bioengineering and Medicine. The research center will be housed in Rensselaer’s new Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Mapping Proteins
Two Rensselaer researchers are creating a better data-mining technique to determine basic rules of how proteins form. They are producing a 3-D image of each known protein and then reducing the image to a simpler 2-D representation, called a “contact map.” The map reveals the interactions among amino acids-data that are difficult to extract from the more complex 3-D images.

Rensselaer Ranks High With U. S. News
U.S. News & World Report once again places Rensselaer among the nation’s top 50 universities and rates the undergraduate engineering program at 15th in the nation, a jump from 17th last year. Rensselaer also ranks 34th as a “great school at a great price,” up from 42nd last year. Dean of Engineering “Bud” Baeslack credits the rankings climb to a forward-thinking atmosphere on campus and in the classroom.

Nanotube Union
The perfect combination of irradiation, heat, and luck led Rensselaer researchers to weld together single-walled carbon nanotubes. The first-ever junction unites pure carbon cylinders with remarkable electronic properties. The researchers believe this discovery could pave the way for controlled fabrication of molecular circuits and nanotube networks.
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