Curator Argeo Ascani to Lead December 9 EMPAC Tour

Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: EMPAC
Cost: FREE
Description: As curator of music, Argeo Ascani approaches EMPAC for its unique capacity as both a concert venue and recording facility. Taking guests through both the performance and audio production spaces, he will offer insight into his diverse music programming, which places contemporary classical, electronic, rock, jazz, and sound art side-by-side.
Contact: EMPAC 518-276-3921

iEAR Presents! Schedules "Sinner in Mecca" Event with Filmmaker, Author Parvz Sharma

November 18, 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181

Come watch an excerpt of "A Sinner in Mecca" with filmmaker and writer Parvez Sharma, whose documentaries and written works dissect the complicated intersection of faith and sexuality. Through his work as a director and writer, Sharma continually confronts the dissonance between his gay and Muslim identities, enabling dialogue for an otherwise taboo topic. Sharma has worked as advocate and activist for the LGBT community: his work gives voice to communities where, as Sharma puts it, "the silence was strongest."

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi to Perform at EMPAC

Friday, December 8, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where: EMPAC Concert Hall
Cost: $18 public/$13 seniors and outside students/$6 RPI students
Description: Iranian hand drummer Mohammad Reza Mortazavi brings his lightening-fast technique to EMPAC's Concert Hall for a solo performance. Considered one of the most innovative and virtuosic hand drummers in the world, Mortazavi is most well-known for re-envisioning the traditional ways of playing the Tombak—an ancient Iranian goblet-shaped drum—and developing over 30 new striking and finger techniques, not always to the delight of old masters.
Contact: EMPAC 518-276-3921

Campus Shuttle Services – Thanksgiving Recess Revised Schedule

Monday, November 20, 2017 12:00 AM - Mon , November 27, 2017 12:00 AM
Where: Parking and Transportation Office 2144 Burdett Ave
Description: Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21 – Regular hours, see schedule Wednesday, November 22 - Sunday, November 26 – No campus shuttle service Monday, November 27: Resume regular campus shuttle operations - See schedule
Contact: Parking and Transportation 518-276-6616

The Future of Urban Farming

Troy, NY – Growing food year-round is not a new concept. Today, researchers are exploring a sustainable way to increase access to locally grown food, through urban farming, which fosters the growth or production of food in a city or heavily populated town or municipality. Recently, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) team at Cornell University were awarded a three-year $2.42 million grant from the National Science Foundation through the organization’s new funding initiative called “Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water” (INFEWS).

EHS Schedules Lockout/Tagout-Authorized Employee Seminar

Thursday, December 7, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:30 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
Contact: Human Resources Environmental Health & Safety 518-276-6427

Procurement Services Supplier Showcase to be Held December 7

Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: AS&RC 2nd Floor ARMORY NROTC
Description:Stop by and network with 50 of Rensselaer's key suppliers and the Procurement Services team, enter to win some exciting door prizes, and enjoy the finest refreshments provided by Sodexo! Also please be sure to visit the United Way Community Fair that will once again be held in conjunction with the Supplier Showcase.
Contact: Procurement Services (518) 276-6222

Mathematical Sciences/RTG Colloquium to be Held November 27

Monday, November 27, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: AE-214
Description: Ludmila Prokopeva of Purdue University will present "Time Domain Modeling of Active Materials," which will overview the recent advances and details of time domain modeling of active materials, with a focus on the multiphysics modeling of multi-level atomic systems coupled to full-wave time domain Maxwell’s solver to include the transitions taking place in gain media.
Contact: Mathematical Sciences 518-276-6345

Captain Jeffrey Joseph Named Commanding Officer of NROTC Program

Submarine officer joins Rensselaer

Capt. Jeffrey Joseph

The Office of Undergraduate Education has appointed Captain Jeffrey Joseph as commanding officer and professor of naval science at Rensselaer. Joseph is a submarine officer and joins Rensselaer after having command of the USS Nebraska and USS Memphis.

In his role in Rensselaer’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) program, Joseph will supervise the ethical, professional, and military development of Rensselaer NROTC students to ensure that they are prepared and qualified for commissioning as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. He will also serve as a liaison between campus and community organizations, military groups, veteran organizations, active and reserve military commands, and other groups or organizations having an interest in naval science.

“I am very excited to serve as the...

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Ponders a Challenging Future

President Shirley Ann Jackson co-chaired Global Future Council on the Future of International Security

President Shirley Ann Jackson recently returned from the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, which took place Nov. 11-12 in Dubai. The annual meeting brought together more than 700 members of the Network of Global Future Councils to shape a better future.

The World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future. The network convenes thought leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society to challenge conventional thinking and develop new insights and perspectives on the key global systems, as well as the impact and governance of key emerging technologies.

This year’s meeting was the second in the councils’ two-year term. It allowed members to jointly explore ways of facilitating systemic change in critical areas such as health, energy, and infrastructure through breakthrough technologies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“Scientific discovery and technological innovation are at the core of the solutions to many of the great challenges and opportunities of our time,” said President Jackson, co-chair of the Global Future Council on the Future of International Security. “...