Articles in Academics

Rensselaer Professors Advise New PeerJ Open Access Computer Science Journal


Rensselaer computer and data science experts Francine Berman and James Hendler are among a group of high-profile computer scientists—including Vint Cerf, Wendy Hall, David Patterson, and Mary Shaw—who will help guide a new open access computer science journal that was launched recently. PeerJ Computer Science, a cross-disciplinary open access journal from publisher PeerJ, is now… Read More

Events Planned for Black History Month

Rensselaer Union organizations offer a host of events and programs


Throughout the month of February, which is known as Black History Month, several Rensselaer Union student organizations are offering a host of cultural, intellectual, social, film, and performance-based programs for members of the campus and local community. “The primary goal in organizing the Black History Month programming was focused on encouraging collaboration among groups of… Read More

LRC Professors Meet With Nobel Laureate at Swedish Energy Agency

Inventors of blue LED discussed energy situation in Japan

Hiroshi Amano

On Dec. 12, Nobel Laureate in Physics Hiroshi Amano visited the Swedish Energy Agency for a seminar on implementation and future trends in LED lighting. Rensselaer lighting experts Mark Rea, Mariana Figueiro, and Dan Frering of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) attended the meeting, with Director General Erik Brandsma, Thomas Sandvall, and Peter Bennich of… Read More

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do!

Pride and pictures shared on fourth annual RPI Spirit Day


More than 170 creative and colorful photos were shared on the fourth annual RPI Spirit Day, which was held Friday, Feb. 13, in conjunction with Big Red Freakout weekend. Members of the Rensselaer community were encouraged to wear their Rensselaer gear to work, school, or play—to share their Rensselaer pride with the world. Participants in… Read More

Professor Francine Berman: Making an Impact in Data and STEM

Recognized for pioneering work in supercomputing and data preservation


Francine Berman, the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science, is on a mission to change the national conversation on data preservation and on women and technology—and she just might succeed. In Berman, Rensselaer has one of the most respected, sought-after leaders in digital data preservation, data cyberinfrastructure, and high-performance computing, as well as… Read More

A Digital Makeover: The Rensselaer Union Launches a New Website

Jordan Simonds ’15 led creation of new site


Many colleges and universities have programs to facilitate student leadership development—but sometimes it is difficult to pin down a concrete example that proves the point. At Rensselaer, a prime example is the Rensselaer Union, a student-run, self-supporting, and self-governing body that controls, finances, and organizes student activities. Rensselaer operates one of a handful of unions… Read More

A Journey of Discovery: Undergraduate Students Travel to Israel During Winter Break

Part of Taglit-Birthright Israel program


During the winter break, a group of Rensselaer undergraduate students traveled to Israel as part of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program, which gives Jewish teenagers between the ages of 18 and 26 the gift of a free 10-day trip to the country. The idea of providing the gift of a trip to Israel was initially endorsed… Read More

FOCUS: Engineers Without Borders

Students travel to Panama during winter break to complete three-year project


While most of the campus was dealing with frigid temperatures during the winter break, eight members of the Rensselaer chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA traveled to the remote Panamanian island of Isla Popa II to construct a centralized rainwater catchment and treatment system for the island’s native Ngäbe people. Without access to a reliable source… Read More

Jonathan Dordick and Robert Linhardt Named Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

To be recognized at induction ceremony in March

Two innovative Rensselaer researchers have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Professor Robert Linhardt and Vice President for Research Jonathan Dordick, both renowned for their leadership and excellence in biotechnology research, were among the distinguished group of 170 individuals elected as NAI fellows. The recognition is reserved for academic inventors “who… Read More

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Honors HASS Ph.D. Student Zach Layton

2015 Grant to Artists award recognizes his groundbreaking work and potential


Doctoral student Zach Layton has received one of the most prestigious awards in the contemporary arts—a 2015 Grant to Artists from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in recognition of his groundbreaking work and potential. The award carries extraordinary weight, in part, because recipients are nominated and chosen by distinguished fellow artists, via a confidential selection… Read More