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Science News

First Research Results From Large, International Study of Matter in Our Universe

3/8/12 - A Rensselaer team led by Prof. James Napolitano is part of the massive and collaborative Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment.

Controlling Protein Function With Nanotechnology

2/22/12 - A new study led by nanotechnology and biotechnology experts at Rensselaer is providing important details on how proteins in our bodies interact with nanomaterials.

Computer Science Doctoral Student Named Digital Forensics “Grand Champion”

2/17/12 - Can Yildizli has won the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge 2011, placing first among 1,147 contestants worldwide.

Web Scientists to Help Lead Conference on Computation in Healthcare and Life Sciences

2/17/12 - Joanne Luciano in the Tetherless World Constellation is co-chairing the 2012 CSHALS conference Feb 22-24 in Boston, Mass.

Kim Lewis Receives NSF CAREER Award

2/1/12 - Professor Lewis will use the five-year, approximately $575,000 award to study electronics at the molecular level. The research seeks to better understand how molecules are transported through advanced electronic systems.

Bringing Programming and Aviation Know-How Together To Create Safer Flight Systems

1/24/12 - Computer scientist Carlos Varela has received seed funding from the U.S. Air Force to help make flight data as updated, active, and accurate as possible.

Angel García Named Head of the Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy Department

1/13/12 - Professor García is currently Senior Constellation Chaired Professor in the Biocomputation and Bioinformatics Constellation, and a professor of physics.

Professors Napolitano and Meunier Named American Physical Society Fellows

1/6/12 - Two members of the Science faculty have been named fellows of the American Physical Society "for their exceptional contributions to the field of physics."

“Nanowiggles”: Graphene Nanomaterials With Tunable Functionality in Electronics

1/4/12 - Scientists have used the capabilities of one of the world’s most powerful university-based supercomputers to uncover the properties of a promising form of graphene, known as graphene nanowiggles.

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A Surprising Connection Between Breast Cancer Cells and Surrounding Tissue

Biologist Lee Ligon has found a previously unknown connection between breast cancer tumor cells and the surrounding healthy tissue. Her research shows that a specialized type of molecule called Cadherin-23 can be found in and around breast cancer tumors. The molecule, which had never been associated with breast tissue or cancer, helps connect cancerous tumor cells to its neighboring healthy tissue, called the stroma. News Release

Laurie A. Leshin, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Science

From the Dean

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I welcome you to the Rensselaer School of Science. We are absolutely dedicated to driving the interdisciplinary frontiers of science through research and education. These aren’t just words to us. Within our School we work collaboratively every day to discover answers to humanity’s most compelling questions, to define new fields of study, and to invent solutions to global challenges. We do this working seamlessly across disciplinary boundaries, bringing the best of all fields together to advance science.

In the Rensselaer School of Science, we embrace our educational mission on equal footing to our research mission. Research and education come together in our students—our undergraduates engage in extensive hands-on, experiential learning, and most experience discovery first-hand through research. Our graduate students are driving interdisciplinary frontiers along with our faculty. After leaving Rensselaer, our students are highly employable; over 17,000 Rensselaer School of Science graduates power innovation and discovery around the world in industry, non-profits, government and academia.

Whether you’re a current or future undergraduate or graduate student, a research collaborator, or an alum, we hope you’ll enjoy our revamped website which highlights our dedication to science and discovery for the betterment of humanity. It is this dedication that brought me to Rensselaer—after checking us out on the Web, I hope you’ll come to campus and experience it, too!

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