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Future Chips Constellation
Researchers Develop Darkest Material Ever

Mechanical Engineering
Strengthening Fluids With Nanoparticles

Lally School of Management & Technology
BusinessWeek Ranks Lally Among Top Business Programs

HIV Peptide’s Possible Pathway Into Cells

Student Life
New Residence Hall in Downtown Troy
New Greek Life Directions, Opportunities Discussed

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Biochip May End Animal Testing

Rewarding Innovation
Lemelson-Rensselaer Winner Develops New LED

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
New Book Examines Early “Off-Broadway”

“Light Above The Hudson”

Pipeline to the Future
NSF Grant To Recruit Minority Students Into STEM Fields

Campus Life
Freshman Applications Jump 100 Percent in Three Years

Nuclear and Biomedical Engineering
Safer Radiation for Mothers

Focus On
Susan Gilbert: Leveraging an Interdisciplinary Environment

Accolades and Accomplishments

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EMPAC Grand Opening Celebrations Planned

Construction is nearing completion for Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The 1,200-seat concert hall, designed and constructed to the highest acoustical standards, features maple floors and walls made of cedar and precast stone that are gently convex in shape for acoustic diffusion. The concert hall’s ceiling will consist of fabric panels less than one millimeter thick, selected and supported to be gently reflective to high-frequency sound and increasingly transparent to mid- and low-frequency sound.

As EMPAC continues to take shape on the edge of campus, three weekends of events are being planned in honor of the center’s grand opening in October. Intended to highlight the range of EMPAC’s mission and potential, the celebration will demonstrate how EMPAC can engage, and enlighten artists, scientists, and audiences.

Beginning with a ribbon-cutting and presidential colloquy on Oct. 3, EMPAC’s first opening weekend will include events ranging from classical musical performances to interactive multimedia works to research exhibitions. The second weekend of festivities (which begins Oct. 9) will include a symposium featuring renowned artists, researchers, and scientists discussing the topic of where their respective fields might intersect and connect.

The third weekend (Oct. 18 and 19, which is also Rensselaer’s Family Weekend) will include performances by student groups from Rensselaer and other universities. Visit for more details.

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