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The School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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February 2014
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Faculty News

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Research News
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Student News

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A Medical Mission to Panama
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A Medical Mission to Panama

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(Rensselaer senior Lynnette Lacek and junior Colleen Lamberson, co-presidents of university's chapter of the Global Medical Brigades, wrote this guest post about their recent work in Panama.)

In January, Rensselaer's chapter of Global Medical Brigades traveled to the Darien Province in Panama to provide medical care to the indigenous Embera and Wounaan tribes. It was an amazing opportunity - for three days our small group of 21 students functioned as a mobile medical unit. We set up a small clinic in the local community center, and with the help of two doctors, one dentist, and one pharmacist, we were able to diagnose and treat 373 patients.

Just getting to the remote home of the Embera and Wounaan tribes is an adventure. Rensselaer's medical brigade team traveled about four hours by van, sometimes on bumpy dirt roads, to arrive in the Airmae community.

Read more (the Approach Blog)

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Expanding the Range of Nature's Catalysts for Industrial Applications
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Expanding the Range of Nature's Catalysts for Industrial Applications

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NSF Awards $1.7 Million Grant to Rensselaer Researcher George Makhatadze

To make paper, manufacturers must break down cellulose (chunks of wood pulp), a process that currently requires large amounts of energy and toxic chemicals like chlorine. Nature performs the same task using enzymes, non-toxic biodegradable proteins that accelerate chemical reactions using far less energy. The catch is that the enzymes required for the job, in this case xylanases, don't hold up to the high temperatures of the manufacturing process. This is only one of many examples of how the limitations of enzymes hamper the development of elegant solutions in the manufacture of everything from medicine to detergents.

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William Henshaw

William Henshaw Joins Rensselaer as Margaret A. Darrin Professor

Henshaw is an expert in the mathematics underpinning computer models of complex processes like turbulence hitting a wind turbine.

John B. Rhodes

Advancing the Frontier of Energy Storage, Efficiency, and Grid Resiliency

John B. Rhodes, president and chief executive officer of NYSERDA, will give the keynote address at the 2013-14 Annual Conference of the Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES).

Spring 2014 Dean's Seminar Series:
"Probing the Planet: Understanding the Natural Environment"

The Dean's Seminar Series continues for the Spring 2014 semester with a focus on "Probing the Planet: Understanding the Natural Environment."

Faculty members are welcome to attend on select Wednesdays throughout the semester for lunch and presentations on environmental research currently being conducted within and beyond the School of Science.

February 26: K.V. Lakshmi, Chemistry and Chemical Biology: Chris Bystroff, Biological Sciences.
March 19: Chip Kilduff, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Vincent Meunier, Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy.

For more information, please contact Amanda Thibault, thibaa2@rpi.edu.
 

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