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“Jamster” Assistive Robot Introduced at Media Morning

Professors are working to aid the elderly and individuals with paralysis of multiple limbs


On Sept. 29, Rensselaer held a media morning to demonstrate a project that promises to aid people with mobility issues. Rensselaer Professor John Wen and Associate Professor Jonas Braasch are working on new technology to transform less expensive, human-friendly industrial robots—that would normally be found in factories—into affordable assistive robots for the elderly and individuals… Read More

Swimming in an Ocean of Light

Light and health expert Mariana Figueiro speaks at TEDMED


Professor Mariana Figueiro, Lighting Research Center (LRC) Light and Health Program Director, gave an invited talk at TEDMED Sept. 12, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The three-day TEDMED event brought together a series of speakers from diverse backgrounds to inspire new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. The talks were attended… Read More

Celebrating a Decade of Biotechnology Research at Rensselaer

Event included a talk from Dr. Scott Friedman ’76


Students, faculty, and staff filled the auditorium of the Center for Biotechnology
 and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Sept. 10 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the center. President Shirley Ann Jackson and Director Deepak Vashishth welcomed Dr. Scott Friedman ’76, who gave a talk 
“The Borderless World of Engineering, Biomedicine
 and Healthcare—Reflections… Read More

Engineering Longer-Lived Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Researchers design advanced materials for lithium-ion batteries


Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. There are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology, however, that prevent the batteries from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications. A team of researchers at Rensselaer has developed a new material that addresses two of these limitations. Led… Read More

Expert on Science-Based Drug Policy To Deliver HASS Inquiry Lecture

Talk is first in the new HASS Inquiry lectures series


A national expert on the legal, medical, and social implications of U.S. drug policy and the author of an acclaimed scientific memoir on the subject, Carl Hart, will speak at Rensselaer Sept. 30. The lecture is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and… Read More

Robert Hull Named Director of Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

New center will continue and expand upon the work of the Center for Integrated Electronics

Clean Room

Advanced materials leader Robert Hull, the Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the first director of the Institute’s new Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (cMDIS). The appointment is effective October 1, 2014. As cMDIS director, Hull will help lead the… Read More

Public Forum on Clean Energy Manufacturing

Event part of continuing conversation on the area’s ongoing efforts in the advanced manufacturing sector

Green Wall

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, Rensselaer hosted a public forum featuring U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Assistant Secretary David Danielson, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, and Rensselaer Vice President for Research Jonathan Dordick, who discussed the Capital Region’s role as a national leader in clean energy manufacturing, workforce development, and building an innovation economy for the 21st… Read More

Celebrating 10 Years of CBIS

Dr. Scott Friedman ’76 will give keynote address

The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
 Center for Biotechnology
 and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), President Shirley Ann Jackson is inviting campus to a symposium and reception on Wednesday, September 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Scott Friedman ’76 will give a talk titled 
“The Borderless World of Engineering, Biomedicine
 and Healthcare—Reflections of… Read More

Making Old Bones New Again

New study offers insight into strengthening bones made fragile by age, diabetes, and osteoporosis

The new study is the first to demonstrate how the compound PTB can dissolve the sugary impurities within bone tissue that cause our
femurs, fibulas, and other bones to become more fragile with age. Shown is trabecular structure in a normal bone (left) and osteoporotic bone (right).

As we age, our bones grow more brittle and more susceptible to fracture. Individuals with diabetes or with certain types of osteoporosis often are similarly afflicted with brittle bones. A new study from biomedical engineers at Rensselaer demonstrates how the compound N-phenacylthiazolium bromide, or PTB, dissolves the sugary impurities within bone tissue that cause our… Read More

NIH Funds Molecular-Level Exploration of Heart Muscle

Biologist Douglas Swank studies fruit fly muscles that are analogous to human heart muscle


A Rensselaer biologist is working to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of the human heart with help from an unexpected source—the tiny Drosophila, commonly known as the fruit fly. Douglas Swank, associate professor of biology, recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for two separate grant proposals. One, a five-year, $2.4… Read More