4/25/13 - Galactic astronomer Heidi Newberg, professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy, has been selected as a fellow of the American Physical Society. (Photo courtesy of the Dudley Observatory) News Release
4/12/13 - The School of Science has refurbished the optics on a Boller and Chivens 16-inch Cassegrain telescope, which is the largest telescope in the Hirsch Observatory, on the roof of the JSC. Full Article
1/30/13 - IBM donated a version of its Watson system to Rensselaer, making it the first university to receive such a system. Students and faculty will explore new uses for Watson and ways to deepen its capabilities.
12/20/12 - Rensselaer has been awarded a $480,000 gift from the Emily Landecker Foundation to establish the James P. Ferris Fellowship in Astrobiology, which will support graduate students in the School of Science.
12/10/12 - A team of astrobiology researchersincluding two from Rensselaerwill use a series of nighttime flights on an airborne observatory to search newly born stars for the presence of precursors to life.
11/30/12 - A five-year $499,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation has established the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship in Computer Science. The initiative supports the Institute in advancing women in computer science.
(The Approach Blog) 4/23/13 - More than 1,000 light years from Earth, a giant gaseous planet is in a tight and fast orbit around a star larger than the Sun, and, between the two of them, there’s something funny going on. The star is known as HAT-P-7 or Kepler 2, the planet is Kepler 2b, and Rensselaer physics and astronomy student Emily DeLarme has the latest clue in the mystery.
DeLarmewhose research was part of the April 24 Posters on the Hill exhibit on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Researchis studying data gathered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. Kepler, launched in 2009 to search for Earth-size planets, gathers data on approximately 150,000 stars. Analysis of Kepler data has led to identification of 2,740 planetary candidates, and 115 confirmed planets.