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RECOGNITION
Rensselaer Named One of America’s “New Ivies”
Rensselaer was one of 25 schools named to an elite “New Ivies” list published in the 2007 Kaplan/Newsweek “How to Get into College Guide.”  Read more

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
Researchers Create New Organic Gel Nanomaterials
Rensselaer reseaarchers have created organic gel nanomaterials that could be used to encapsulate pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic products and to build 3-D biological scaffolds for tissue engineering. Using olive oil and six other liquid solvents, the scientists added a simple enzyme to chemically activate a sugar that changed the liquids to organic gels.  Read more

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Entrepreneur of the Year Honored
In October, Brendan McKernan ’00 was named the 2006 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. McKernan is co-founder and vice president of operations of Agencourt Biosciences Corporation, a provider of nucleic acid purification products and genomic services for life science research based in Massachusetts.  Read more

LIGHTING RESEARCH CENTER
Shedding Light on Headlamp Glare
Scientists in Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center (LRC) are examining the causes and effects of car headlamp glare and developing technological solutions to glare using advanced forward lighting systems that meet a car’s performance requirements but minimize unnecessary glare.  Read more

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND COMMUNICATION
Tech-Mediated Communication
Rensselaer’s Department of Language, Literature, and Communication (LL&C) was recently awarded a $138,000 grant by the Society of Technical Communication (STC). The funding will support the development of standards for analyzing, designing, and testing the usability of tech-mediated communication — ranging from graphics, to Web sites and Web gallery interfaces, to wikis and distance education environments.  Read more

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
Math Lesson Makeover
Students in math classes across the country can thank a Rensselaer researcher for giving their homework an overhaul. Ron Eglash, associate professor of science and technology studies, has used the mathematics embedded in the designs of various aspects of native and contemporary culture to develop a series of interactive, Web-based teaching tools.  Read more

STUDENT LIFE
Class of 2010 Arrives
Rensselaer welcomed nearly 1,300 members of the Class of 2010 to campus this August. More than 60 percent of the new class come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and 110 members were high school valedictorians or salutatorians. The class includes 291 Rensselaer Medal winners.  Read more

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Rethinking Network Computing and Communications
As part of a newly formed alliance of international scientists, Rensselaer researchers will be exploring advanced technologies for wireless sensor networks in urban environments. The consortium, which is funded through the United States Army Research Laboratory and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, will receive up to $138 million over the next 10 years to rethink network computing and communications. Boleslaw Szymanski, professor of computer science and director of the Center for Pervasive Computing and Networking at Rensselaer, will lead a team supported by $1.85 million of the total project funding.  Read more

NANOTECHNOLOGY
Researchers Explore Nanotubes as Minuscule Metalworking Tools
An international team of scientiists, including Pulickel Ajayan, the Henry Burlage Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer, revealed that bombarding a carbon nanotube with electrons causes it to collapse with such incredible force that it can squeeze out even the hardest of materials, much like a tube of toothpaste. The researchers suggest that the carbon nanotubes can act as minuscule metalworking tools, offering the ability to process materials as in a nanoscale jig or extruder.  Read more

GAME STUDIES
Researcher Creates Video Game Art
This summer, as part of the ZeroOne San Jose Arts Festival, Katherine Isbister, associate professor of language, literature, and communication at Rensselaer, created an intriguing public art installation using surveillance cameras and the popular video game The Sims 2™ as her only tools.  Read more

MINUTIA FILE
“Melody” Maker
It's no surprise that the work of Rensselaer alumni is far-reaching and varied. Bridge builders, engineers, scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, Rensselaer alumni have long helped to shape our world.  Read more

SPORTS REPORT
Men’s Hockey
The men's hockey team kicked off its first season under new head coach Seth Appert in strong fashion in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,152 at the Houston Field House Oct. 14. The Engineers came away with a 4-4 overtime tie against Boston University, the third-ranked team in the nation, in a non-league Division I game.  Read more

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