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The School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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March 2014
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Faculty News

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Research News
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Student News

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Alumni/ae News
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Science Dean Laurie Leshin
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Message from
Dean Laurie Leshin

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Greetings colleagues and friends,

As our students gear up for the final portion of the school year, it is important to recognize not only their excellence in the classroom, but their work in our community as well. The Science Ambassadors, a group new to campus this year, has been working in local schools to inspire the next generation of scientists. These select undergraduate students have undertaken extensive communication training and have developed engaging presentations that include hands-on STEM activities designed to show younger students how science can make a positive impact on the world.

In one presentation, delivered to hundreds of K-12 students all over the Capital Region, the Science Ambassadors explained how infectious diseases differ from other illnesses, and how easily they can spread. In an activity, the Ambassadors used cups of seltzer and tonic water to simulate the spread of disease. The Ambassadors set up a series of stations representing daily interactions - the grocery store, mall, school. Each student was assigned a cup of tonic (infected) or seltzer (clean) water; the students then traveled from station to station, exchanging samples of water with their classmates. At the conclusion of the activity, a black light revealed who had been infected with the tonic water.

In the coming year, we will expand the program (see "Student News"), and our Ambassadors are already at work developing new presentations to share. It is truly inspiring to see the passion our students have for science, and their generosity in sharing it with others. We should all ask ourselves, what have I done lately to communicate the value of science to someone else? In these challenging times, we should all be science ambassadors!

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Nanostructures Expert Humberto Terrones Named Rayleigh Chair
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Nanostructures Expert Humberto Terrones Named Rayleigh Chair

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Physicist Explores the Possible Conformation and Applications of 2-D Materials

Humberto Terrones, an expert in nanostructures, has been appointed as the Rayleigh Chair for Theoretical Physics and a tenured full professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy. Terrones joins Rensselaer from Pennsylvania State University.

"With an accomplished record of discovery on the physics and chemistry of nanostructures, including both computational and experimental breakthroughs, we are so pleased to have Dr. Terrones join Rensselaer," said Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science. "His research is leading to the development of new materials with astonishing properties, and is closely aligned to the Institute's signature research thrust of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials."

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CBIS

CBIS Hosts "Women’s Health" Public Forum

The sixth in a series of forums on topics of widespread interest features speakers from Rensselaer and Albany Medical College, on Thursday, March 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium.

The Women's Health program will include presentations of current research on osteoporosis, breast cancer, and cardiovascular health. Moderator and CBIS Associate Director Glenn Monastersky will make opening comments.

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.

April 2: Karyn Rogers, Earth and Environmental Science; Chuck Stewart, Computer Science

April 23: Art Sanderson, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering; Peter Kramer, Mathematical Sciences


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

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