Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  In 2014 in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute partnered with the Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation to establish The Seymour Fox Lecture and Prize for Biotechnology Innovation.

Now in its second year, it is a local high school academic competition focused on pairing innovative ideas of local students with the resources available at Rensselaer’s CBIS, to improve life through biotechnology.

The submission deadline is February 1 and we are joined now by Dr. Glenn Monastersky to tell us more. Dr. Monastersky is a Professor of Practice in Biomedical Engineering at RPI and is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research.

This Week on The Academic Minute

Jul 21, 2014

Monday, July 21
 
Dr. Fred Jourdan of Curtin University discusses mass extinction through an analysis of ancient volcanic eruptions.

Tuesday, July 22
 
Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University touts the long lasting health benefits of playing a high school sport.

Wednesday, July 23

The University of Kansas' Dr. Paul Selden is using spider fossils to reconstruct ancient ecosystems.

  We broadcast today from EMPAC which is, of course, part of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Our next guest, Dr. Mary Simoni was named dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 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.

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.

Shirley Ann Jackson
RPI

This week, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and GlobalFoundries hosted the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Regional Meeting.

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.  Officials agreed:  things are looking good.

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.

We'll also spend an academic minute letting you know what arraignments to make if you ever want to sleep with a lemur.

OK, so how’s this new year been treating you so far?  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.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series goes to camp…the sixth annual Exxon-Mobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

We'll also spend an academic minute keeping our eyes peeled for a stray super nova or two.

Shirley Ann Jackson
RPI

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. WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall spoke to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson about women in STEM careers.

Making NY's Lake George The World's 'Smartest'

Jun 27, 2013
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Researchers are turning New York's Lake 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.

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.

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.

In today’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.

Antoinette Maniatty is a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  Her research group works in the broad field of computational solid mechanics with particular emphasis on modeling material deformation.  She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.