Articles in Academics

Earth Week Community Invited to Discussion on Art and Science

“Cultivating Art and Science Sensibilities: Bioart + Biotech” talk will be held April 23

The campus community is invited to join four artists who work with a variety of scientific practices and disciplines for an informal discussion on artists working with scientists at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS). The talk, “Cultivating Art and Science Sensibilities: Bioart + Biotech,” will be held on Wednesday, April 23, from… Read More

Earth Week To Be Celebrated With Lectures, Films, Discussions, and Festival

Campus and local community invited to participate in weeklong celebration with events for adults and children

Earth Week

The Rensselaer Sustainability Network—a group that connects faculty, students, staff, and community members with a common interest in sustainability—and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences are hosting a series of programs the week of April 20 in celebration of Earth Week. The varied events of Rensselaer’s 2014 Earth Week Festival all celebrate interconnections—across… Read More

Chemistry, Nature’s Way

Developing biodegradable alternatives to industrial chemicals

Richard Gross

Richard Gross, chaired professor in the Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering Constellation, is also the founder and chief technology officer of SyntheZyme LLC, a chemical company that uses plant feedstocks and biocatalytic transformations to develop biodegradable alternatives to petrochemical-based industrial chemicals Last month, SyntheZyme signed a collaboration and licensing agreement with DSM Nutritional Products, a subsidiary… Read More

Burt Swersey Receives Sustainable Practice Impact Award

Swersey, who founded the course Inventor’s Studio, has been teaching at Rensselaer for more than 20 years.

Burt Swersey, senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering and founder of the Inventor’s Studio course, has received the Sustainable Practice Impact Award given by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators (NCIIA). Swersey was honored at NCIIA’s 18th annual Open Minds showcase of student invention and innovation in Silicon Valley on… Read More

Architecture Students To Support Local Food Pantries

Competitors build “Storytown”-themed structure from canned goods at annual CANstruction event


A team of 13 students enrolled in the School of Architecture have spent the past several months devising ways to construct a scene from classic literature entirely out of canned goods. The Rensselaer students are the only student team participating in the fourth annual CANstruction event at the New York State Museum. Teams from local… Read More

The Next Great Idea!

Change the World Challenge winners announced


A neutralizing arm sleeve for Parkinson’s patients, a motorcycle jacket with LEDs that creates a third brake light, a new storytelling platform in publishing, and a retainer that combats dry mouth disease are among the 10 winning ideas from the 46 entries in the spring 2014 Change the World Challenge. The Change the World Challenge… Read More

ROI of Rensselaer Education Among the Best in the Nation


Rensselaer continues to be among the top universities in the nation for providing an outstanding return on investment (ROI), according to a new study by The 2014 PayScale College ROI Report ranks Rensselaer as 34th of the 1,310 colleges included in the study. The report ranks Rensselaer as 23rd among private universities and 16th… Read More

Enhanced Autopilot System Could Help Prevent Accidents Like 2009 Air France 447 Crash

Research by Professor Carlos Varela develops “active data” system

Carlos Varela

Thirty lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447, and 228 passengers and crew aboard, from plunging into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, according to new research by Carlos Varela, associate professor of computer science. Varela and his research group have developed a computer system that detects and corrects faulty… Read More

Concert Choir To Perform in Historic Downtown Troy

Spring concert to raise funds for new organ at St. Paul’s Church

St. Pauls

The Rensselaer Concert Choir will give its final performance of the 2013-14 academic year at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at St. Paul’s Church, 58 Third Street in Troy. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged and will go toward ongoing fundraising to build a new organ at St. Paul’s Church. The church has… Read More

EcoLogic To Celebrate EarthFest 2014 April 22

Displays, crafts food, and live music will be featured


In order to get environmental sustainability into the hearts and minds of the Rensselaer community, EcoLogic, Rensselaer’s environmental student organization, plans to host its annual EarthFest event on Tuesday, April 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Rensselaer Union patio. The rain date is April 25. The event is free and open to the… Read More