James Hendler, director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA), has been appointed to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. The committee provides scientific and technical advice to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology and senior department leadership on matters related to the expansion of technological capabilities across the homeland security enterprise. - See more at: Rensselaer News Page.
We are pleased to announce that Kristin Bennet has been appointed the Associate Director of The Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications. A leader in both data analytics and education in data science, She will be helping to make sure the Rensselaer IDEA maximized its impact both on and beyond campus. See this news article for more information about Dr. Bennett and her new role at Rensselaer.
Directed by Professor Jim Hendler the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) is a campus-wide institute that supports data-centric, interdisciplinary activities.
Rensselaer Business Students Gain Marketplace SuccessFebruary 8, 2016 -
Graduates of the business school at Rensselaer, the Lally School of Management, are in strong demand.
Gallo Selected To Serve on Navy Submarine ForceFebruary 3, 2016 -
Rensselaer midshipman Amanda Gallo, a senior majoring in nuclear engineering, was one of 125 midshipmen and only six women nationwide selected from this year’s NROTC graduating class for the U.S. Navy’s submarine force.
Rensselaer To Receive Funding To Support New York’s Growing Digital SectorFebruary 1, 2016 -
Empire State Development has announced that three new Digital Gaming Hubs in New York state: Rensselaer, New York University, and Rochester Institute of Technology, will receive $150,000 each, per year for three years.
Rensselaer Installs First of Its Kind Smart Lighting Testbed in Hospital Inpatient SettingJanuary 15, 2016 -
To study the effects of lighting on human health and diseases, the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Rensselaer installed a novel hospital inpatient lighting test bed at the University of New Mexico Health Center.
Richard Radke Named Deputy Director of the Smart Lighting ERCJanuary 13, 2016 -
Francine Berman Appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the HumanitiesJanuary 11, 2016 -
Francine Berman has been appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Council on the Humanities (NCH).
Rensselaer Cybersecurity Expert Appointed to Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory CommitteeJanuary 8, 2016 -
James Hendler, director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications has been appointed to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee.
Rensselaer Receives $9.44M Grant From Department of EnergyJanuary 7, 2016 -
The U.S. Department of Energy provided a $9.44 million grant to help refurbish and upgrade the electron linear accelerator at the Gaerttner LINAC Center at Rensselaer. Once upgrades are complete, it will be home to some of the nation’s most advanced technology.
Modeling, Design, and Controls Expert B. Wayne Bequette Named Fellow of IEEEJanuary 7, 2016 -
Modeling, design, and controls expert B. Wayne Bequette has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Popular MemoriesDecember 23, 2015 -
In the last three decades, Americans launched numerous grassroots commemorations and official historical institutions became more open to popular participation. In her publication, Popular Memories: Commemorations, Participatory Culture, and Democratic Citizenship, Associate Professor Ekaterina Haskins examines this trend.
President Shirley Ann Jackson Named Recipient of National Medal of ScienceDecember 22, 2015 -
President Barack Obama has selected The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., to receive the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientific achievement bestowed by the U.S. government.
Student-Led Company Receives Grant To “Amp It Up”December 21, 2015 -
Doctoral candidate Matthew Dion ’12 and his partners in Amp It Up have been awarded a prestigious EXIST Business Start-up Grant to help fund their invention—an inexpensive device that could make prosthetic legs readily available to amputees in developing nations.
Mattheos Koffas Appointed as a Career Development Constellation ProfessorDecember 18, 2015 -
Troy, N.Y. – Mattheos A.G. Koffas, a professor in the Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), has been appointed the Dorothy and Fred Chau ʼ71 Career Development Constellation Professor at Rensselaer.
Audrey Bennett Named Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished ScholarDecember 16, 2015 -
Rensselaer Moves Into Proctor’s TheaterDecember 16, 2015 -
When 31 members of the Rensselaer Finance and Procurement Services group move into new offices in Proctor’s Theater later this month, it will bring to full circle Rensselaer’s involvement with this historic building in downtown Troy.
In The Media
Top 100 Science Stories of 2015 - #59 A Wider, Groovier Milky Way GalaxyJanuary 8, 2016 -
The starry disk that is our galaxy may extend at least 50 percent farther from its apparent edge than we thought. Instead of being flat, the Milky Way appears grooved like a vinyl record, upping its width to at least 150,000 light-years, researchers now say.
Jefferson Project Makes Waves With a 'Smart' LakeOctober 21, 2015 -
Over a few short years, the Internet of things has morphed from a fascinating concept into reality. It is rapidly redefining a wide array of industries and delivering greater insights into science and research.
At New York's Lake George, a 32-mile-long lake located in the Adirondack Mountains, more than 60 researchers are now turning to sensors and connected systems to better understand environmental threats—including road salt, agricultural contaminants, invasive species and the growth of algae—so that they can better protect the lake and its water.
Jefferson Project's Newest Research Vessel: The Minne Ha HaOctober 6, 2015 -
Every day, every hour or so, the Minne Ha Ha departs the Steel Pier, its chirping steam whistles, calliope licks and the bright foam of its paddle wheel infusing the air with a holiday sweetness. Who knew that it’s actually a research vessel?
Improved lighting helps people suffering Alzheimer's diseaseSeptember 30, 2015 -
Benita Zahn visits Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center to speak with Professor Mariana Figueiro about a new study utilizing tailored lighting to benefit individuals with Alzheimer’s.
High-Tech Lights to Help Baby Sleep, or Students Stay AlertSeptember 14, 2015 -
“Lighting is really not about a fixture in the ceiling anymore,” said Mariana Figueiro, who leads light and health research at the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “It’s about delivering individualized light treatments to people.”
Frogs mount speedy defence against pesticide threatAugust 18, 2015 -
This is the first-known example of a vertebrate species developing pesticide resistance through a process called phenotypic plasticity, in which the expression of some genes changes in response to environmental pressure. It does not involve changes to the genes themselves, which often take many generations to evolve.
The frogs' speedy response raises hope for amphibian species, of which one-third are threatened or extinct, says Rick Relyea, an ecologist at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and the team's leader.
Jefferson Project update offered at Fund for Lake George annual meetingAugust 17, 2015 -
This year at the Fund for Lake George annual meeting at the Sagamore resort, a crowd of roughly 170 caught glimpses of the computer modeling being done from a deep level of research that is helping shape a science-based treatment for the lake.
Albany researchers' laser test holds promise for earlier Alzheimer's diagnosisAugust 17, 2015 -
NY CAP Research Alliance funding to UAlbany and Albany Med scientists yeilds new method for earlier diagnosing Alzheimer's disease.
Engineering A New Chemical Communication System Into BacteriaAugust 10, 2015 -
Previously, synthetic biologists had only engineered synthetic quorum-sensing systems in gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli. But gram-positive bacteria are heavily used in the biotech industry to synthesize enzymes. So Cynthia H.
High-tech fishing project needs public’s help collecting informationJuly 31, 2015 -
From minnows to deep-water whoppers, researchers are conducting the first comprehensive fish survey in more than 30 years as part of a multi-million dollar effort to determine the lake’s health.
"We’re trying to find out who’s here, where they are, how many there are and if so, how and why they’re changing,” said Rick Relyea, Jefferson Project director.
Five questions for Rick RelyeaJuly 31, 2015 -
A variety of instruments have been deployed that collect all kinds of data that give scientists and researchers a “real-time” view of what’s happening in the lake as it happens. This allows them to monitor where potentially harmful impacts like road salt, nutrient runoff, contaminants and invasive species are coming from, and what the consequences might be if their presence increases.
IBM Pushes Deep Learning with a Watson UpgradeJuly 31, 2015 -
“A key challenge for modern AI is putting back together a field that has almost splintered among these methodologies,” says James Hendler, director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Data Exploration and Applications in Troy, New York.
A Robot Passed the Self-Awareness Test and This Is How It Did ItJuly 20, 2015 -
When talking about robots and self-awareness, I think most people would just freak out, but there are some people who would be extremely excited and interested about these things. But I don’t think freaking out would be the case here, even though a robot just passed the first self-awareness test ever.
Lake George Jefferson Project provides model for waters elsewhereJuly 14, 2015 -
Cyber-infrastructure, above and beneath the waves, is giving researchers a high-tech look at factors impacting Lake George water quality. The Jefferson Project is a long-term collaboration between IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Fund for Lake George that has cost more than $10 million just to ramp up.
IBM Makes Lake George World's Smartest LakeJuly 14, 2015 -
When you think of the Internet of Things, you probably don't think of lakes. But IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Fund for Lake George are using IoT technology to make New York's Lake George a "smart lake."