"Fusing Physical and Social Sensors for Situation Awareness" to be Topic of ECSE Seminar

Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: JEC 3117
Description: During this seminar, speaker Mohan Kankanhalli -- PhD RPI/ECSE, Dean of the National University of Singapore School of Computing, and former Associate Provost -- will discuss how combining physical and social sensors enables sensor-enhanced social media analysis, which can lead to a better understanding of dynamically occurring situations.
Contact: W. Randolph Franklin (518) 276-6077

Graduates Urged to Embrace Change at 211th Commencement

Describing the dizzying pace of technological innovation, former United States Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz urged graduates to "anticipate career change, welcome it, and manage it to your and your society's benefit" at Rensselaer's 211th Commencement, held on Saturday, May 20.

LRC Study Finds Robust Morning Light Improves Sleep and Mood, Lowers Stress in Office Workers

A new study led by Dr. Mariana Figueiro of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer, and funded by the U.S. General Services Administration, found that office workers who receive a robust dose of circadian-effective light in the morning experience better sleep and lower levels of depression and stress than those who spend their mornings in dim or low light levels. The study was published in the June issue of Sleep Health journal and featured in Reuters news.

EHS Schedules Lockout/Tagout-Authorized Employee Seminar

Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: HR, Gurley Bldg, 2nd Floor
Description: This informational session is one in a series of Environmental Health and Safety sessions designed to convey Rensselaer policy and program information. This session satisfies the course requirement associated with Faculty and Staff EHS course curriculums, provided in Traincaster and on associated Performance Management Tools. For more information regarding this session or associated EHS training content, please contact Will Fahey at extension 2318 or at faheyw@rpi.edu.
Contact: Human Resources Environmental Health & Safety 518-276-6427

ECAC Recognizes Two from Softball

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its year-end award winners from softball, and Rensselaer student-athlete Stephanie Caudle was named the Division III North Player of the Year, while head coach Amber Maisonet earned Coach of the Year honors.

Summer Arch Pop-Up Course, "Inventor's Nightmare Part II," Scheduled for June 7

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Jonsson Engineering Center 3210 JEC
Description: Join the School of Engineering for the first Pop-Up Course of Summer Arch! Students will innovate a new product using innovation tools, that they would learn by participating in a real life case study of a Fortune 100 company, involving an invention gone awry. Have fun learning and practicing ideation, innovation, and design by developing your own solutions to an inventor’s problem. The course is from 10AM to noon, with pizza afterwards. Space is limited, so sign up soon!
Contact: School of Engineering

StartUp Tech Valley Meeting to be Held June 7

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Off-campus (see description)
Cost: free
Description: This monthly meet-up, held at Revolution Hall in downtown Troy, is for first-time, aspiring, and experienced entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, start-up employees and service providers, and all other interested participants. Have a great business plan and need feedback? Created an exciting new product and looking for initial customers, partners or co-founders? We're dedicating a portion of each event to you!
Contact: Kelly Reardon 518.276.2650

IBM, Rensselaer Team to Research Chronic Diseases with Cognitive Computing

On Wednesday, May 17, IBM and Rensselaer announced the creation of the new Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and Semantics, or HEALS. Located on the Rensselaer campus, the HEALS center is a five-year collaborative research effort aimed at researching how the application of advanced cognitive computing capabilities can help people to understand and improve their own health conditions.

Notable Moments in Commencement History

As Rensselaer has evolved, so have its Commencement ceremonies! The Institute Archivists have provided a number of interesting facts regarding Rensselaer's Commencements through the years.

President's Commencement Colloquy To Address "Criticality, Incisiveness, Creativity"

To kick off Rensselaer's Commencement weekend, the annual President's Commencement Colloquy will take place on Friday, May 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m in the EMPAC concert hall. The discussion, titled "Criticality, Incisiveness, Creativity," will include the Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, former Secretary of Energy, and the Honorable Roger W. Ferguson Jr., President and CEO of TIAA, and will be moderated by Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.