Articles in Research

Researchers Develop “Radio-genetics”

New method triggers gene expression with radio waves or magnetic field


It’s the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it’s an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene—flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells and genes. A team at Rensselaer and Rockefeller University is developing a system… Read More

Rensselaer Receives $498,000 Grant To Support High School STEM Education

New York State Stem Cell Science Awards Glenn Monastersky


New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) has awarded a four-year $498,000 grant to Rensselaer  to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training for high school students. The program is intended to introduce stem cell research fundamentals to pre-college students, generating a pipeline of future researchers in the field. The grant will focus on human… Read More

Professors Berman, Garde, and Wang Selected as 2014 AAAS Fellows

Recognized for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications”

Shekhar Garde

Three faculty members at Rensselaer have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of Science and other scholarly journals. Rensselaer professors Francine Berman and Ge Wang and Dean of Engineering Shekhar Garde were among the 401 newly selected AAAS fellows… Read More

Research by Rensselaer Professors Highlighted by Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Work focused on the challenging problem of providing military decision-makers with better information to predict consequences of military operations


Research from Bolek Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and Gyorgy Korniss, professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, was highlighted as a success story by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the U.S. Department of Defense. DTRA commended work by Szymanski and Korniss on the challenging… Read More

Yener Selected as Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Cited for “contributions to network design optimization and security”

Bulent Yener

Bulent Yener has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Yener is a professor of computer science and founding director of the Data Science Research Center. In elevating him to a fellow, the IEEE cited Yener for “contributions to network design optimization and security.” Yener researches along two tracks:… Read More

Heidi Newberg Shares Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Recognition is part of award to Supernova Cosmology Project


As a founding member of the Supernova Cosmology Project, Professor Heidi Newberg will share the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with members of two competing teams that discovered Dark Energy. The 51 collaborators from the two teams will split the $3 million prize. The Supernova Cosmology Project was cited for “the most unexpected discovery… Read More

Deborah McGuinness Collaborates on New $15 Million NSF DataONE Environmental Science Project

Earth to Data: Making Sense of Environmental Observations

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million to a team of environmental and earth science data researchers, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who are providing tools and infrastructure that improve access to vast amounts of scientific data. As part of the project, Rensselaer will provide semantic technology leadership to help improve scientific… Read More

NY CAP Research Alliance Showcases Success and Impact of Collaboration

Second annual research symposium highlights results of 12 collaborative projects funded by alliance

The New York Capital Region Research Alliance recently showcased leading-edge biomedical research resulting from the unprecedented regional collaboration between Albany Medical Center, Rensselaer, and the University at Albany. Over the past two years, collaborations between researchers at the three institutions resulted in advances in the fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the… Read More

Xiaogang Ma Recognized With Data Stewardship Award

World Data System of the International Council for Science honors Ma

Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma, an associate research scientist in the Tetherless World Constellation, has received the inaugural International Council for Science – World Data System Data Stewardship Award. The World Data System (WDS) of the International Council for Science supports long-term stewardship of quality-assured scientific data and data services across a range of disciplines in the… Read More

Cinema Without Film

Physics and engineering students collaborate with artist Melvin Moti on EMPAC premiere


It’s 10 p.m. in Rotterdam, Netherlands, when Emily Zimmerman, associate curator of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Skypes artist Melvin Moti from a cluttered workspace in the Rensselaer Science Center. A team of undergraduate students eagerly assemble the components of their project on a workbench and Zimmerman turns the… Read More