Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute http://wamc.org en 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