Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute http://wamc.org en This Week on The Academic Minute http://wamc.org/post/week-academic-minute-2 <p><strong>Monday, July 21</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Dr. Fred Jourdan of Curtin University discusses mass extinction through an analysis of ancient volcanic eruptions.<br /><br /><strong>Tuesday, July 22</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University touts the long lasting health benefits of playing a high school sport.<br /><br /><strong>Wednesday, July 23</strong><br /><br />The University of Kansas' Dr. Paul Selden is using spider fossils to reconstruct ancient ecosystems.<br /><br /><strong>Thursday, July 24</strong><br />&nbsp; Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 94778 at http://wamc.org RPI's Dean Of HASS - Dr. Mary Simoni http://wamc.org/post/rpis-dean-hass-dr-mary-simoni <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We broadcast today from<a href="http://www.empac.rpi.edu"> EMPAC</a> which is, of course, part of the <a href="http://www.rpi.edu">Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute</a>.</p><p>Our next guest, Dr. Mary Simoni was named dean of the <a href="http://www.hass.rpi.edu/">School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences</a> at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in October 2011. Previously she served as associate dean for research and community engagement and professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of Michigan.</p><p>Last year Simoni published a book that serves as a guide for musicians and composers learning to use algorithms to create music, a field in which she is an expert. Simoni is an accomplished pianist and has performed at EMPAC several times since joining the Rensselaer faculty. She also sits on the EMPAC steering committee and she joins us this morning.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 90453 at http://wamc.org RPI's Dean Of HASS - Dr. Mary Simoni Successes, Challenges Of Boosting Manufacturing In Capital Region http://wamc.org/post/successes-challenges-boosting-manufacturing-capital-region <p>This week, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and GlobalFoundries hosted the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Regional Meeting.</p><p>Scientists, engineers and researchers joined manufacturers at RPI Thursday to assess the future of manufacturing in the Capital Region by contrasting it with the strengths and challenges of manufacturing around the nation.&nbsp; Officials agreed:&nbsp; things are looking good.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:50:22 +0000 Dave Lucas 89055 at http://wamc.org Successes, Challenges Of Boosting Manufacturing In Capital Region The Best Of Our Knowledge #1225 http://wamc.org/post/best-our-knowledge-1225 <p></p><p>What did you do on your last vacation? Hit the slopes for some skiing, fly to an island for a little sun and, oh I don’t know, maybe discover a new form of Eukaryotic life? Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with the discovery of this unique form of life…and what it means for the study of the origins of life on Earth.</p><p>We'll also spend an academic minute letting you know what arraignments to make if you ever want to sleep with a lemur.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Bob Barrett 84937 at http://wamc.org The Best Of Our Knowledge #1216 http://wamc.org/post/best-our-knowledge-1216 <p>OK, so how’s this new year been treating you so far?&nbsp; Here at TBOOK central when we get into the first few cold days of January our thoughts almost always drift off to…SUMMER CAMP! But instead of sack races and soggy sheets, this camp involved lofty goals and big ideas.</p><p>Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series goes to camp…the sixth annual Exxon-Mobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.</p><p>We'll also spend an academic minute keeping our eyes peeled for a stray super nova or two.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Bob Barrett 80974 at http://wamc.org Women in STEM: A Conversation with RPI President Shirley Jackson http://wamc.org/post/women-stem-conversation-rpi-president-shirley-jackson <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;">For women today, the opportunities to achieve success is a career in science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—are undoubtedly greater than they were decades ago. But recent studies and events show American women still face more hurdles and challenges than their male counterparts today. And recently, a Brown University Professor called attention to an alarming lack of Wikipedia entries for influential female scientists. </span>WAMC’s<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;"> Jessica </span>Bloustein<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;"> Marshall spoke to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson about women in STEM careers.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:56:29 +0000 Jessica Bloustein Marshall 76434 at http://wamc.org Women in STEM: A Conversation with RPI President Shirley Jackson Making NY's Lake George The World's 'Smartest' http://wamc.org/post/making-nys-lake-george-worlds-smartest <p>Researchers are turning New York's Lake&nbsp;George into the "smartest lake in the world," with a sophisticated monitoring system that will help them predict threats like road salt and invasive species.</p><p>The project to track and analyze the waters of the Adirondack Mountain lake from its sun-dappled shores to its dark depths is being launched this week.</p><p>Sensors will analyze the likes of stream runoff, rainfall, wind, currents, salinity, chlorophyll and nitrogen, and an IBM supercomputer will crunch the data to provide three-dimensional pictures of the lake.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Jaired Crofut 67979 at http://wamc.org Making NY's Lake George The World's 'Smartest' Dr. Antoinette Maniatty, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Aviation and Metal Fatigue http://wamc.org/post/dr-antoinette-maniatty-rensselaer-polytechnic-institute-aviation-and-metal-fatigue <p>In today&rsquo;s Academic Minute, Dr. Antoinette Maniatty of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute explains how a better understanding of metal fatigue can increase safety and profitability in the aviation industry.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 35724 at http://wamc.org Dr. Antoinette Maniatty, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Aviation and Metal Fatigue