The Audi A7 parked by the side of the road on the test track in East Greenbush, NY.
Jessica Bloustein Marshall

The rate of traffic crashes in the United States is about three times higher at night than in the daytime. Visibility is a large contributing factor to that statistic. But a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor is leading a study in the Capital Region that may revolutionize the way we drive at night. 

The Academic Minute for 2015.5.11 - 5.15

May 15, 2015

Catch up with The Academic Minute from 5.11- 5.15

This Week on The Academic Minute (2015.5.11)

May 11, 2015

This Week on The Academic Minute (2015.5.11 - 5.15)

 Monday, May 11
Jeff Sovern of St. John's University analyzes the complicated contracts we all sign.

Tuesday, May 12
Ryan Schacht of The University of Utah examines how our surroundings might dictate our reproductive desires.

Wednesday, May 13
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Heidi Newberg explores the size of our galaxy.

2/18/15 Panel

Feb 18, 2015

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Obama on immigration, Syria announces possible truce, Warren-Clinton Meeting, Deblasio/Police, Trip to Mars, and stories from the Times Union.

On the weekend of November 15th, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted its very first Hackathon – a weekend-long design and developer competition drawing over 500 engineering students from around the country.

The idea was to create something from nothing in 24 short hours, using imagination, innovation, and maybe a little bit of caffeine. Hackathon competitions are a growing trend in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have become a very viable way for companies to recruit future employees.


The Business Opportunities to Success Summit is hosted by RPI in Troy, NY and features over 60 CEO or executive level speakers who have taken their companies/organizations from start-up to success. Each leader is given five minutes to share lessons learned along the way. This year’s BOSS takes place Wednesday, November 12th.

Our very own Alan Chartock is one of the featured CEOs and he joins us in studio now along with creator of the event, James Spencer, Director of the Rensselaer Tech Park.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A partnership between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research, and the FUND for Lake George today celebrated the opening of a new laboratory that will be used to visualize the most advanced mapping project on the Adirondack lake.


The Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy was in Troy today to discuss the Capital District’s role in the clean energy sector. 

Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, stopped by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Bruggeman Conference Center, where he cited several Tech Valley institutions like Albany’s NanoCollege.

Lucas Willard

Researchers and advocates for Lake George have released a report that comes as a result of more than three decades of monitoring on the Adirondack lake.

The Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute Darrin Fresh Water Institute and the FUND for Lake George have released The State of the Lake: Thirty Years of Water Quality Monitoring on Lake George.

The report says the 32-mile lake known for its clear waters was in “remarkably good condition,” but it also outlined several areas of concern that pose a threat to water quality.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has hopped on the bandwagon to broaden New York’s mark on advanced technology. She appeared at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this morning stumping for new legislation to cement high-tech innovation and industry in the Capital Region.