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Rensselaer Alumni Magazine Spring 2006
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BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Analyzing Nerve Injury
Deanna Thompson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer, has received one of six New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) James D. Watson Investigator Program Awards. The $200,000 grant will support Thompson’s research, which focuses on the repair mechanisms of the nervous system.  Read more

NANOTECHNOLOGY
Researchers Develop Flexible, Conducting "Nano Skins"
A team of researchers has developed a new process to make “nano skins” for a variety of applications, from electronic paper to sensors for detecting chemical and biological agents. The materials combine the strength and conductivity of carbon nanotubes with the flexibility of traditional polymers.  Read more

BIOTECHNOLOGY
Powerful Imaging Tool Unveiled
In March, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson and New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno joined biotechnology researchers and business leaders at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies to unveil a powerful new tool — a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer — that aids in research on the cause and treatment of disease.  Read more

LALLY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
Trading Floor Training
Eight graduate and undergraduate students from Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology tested their skills in trading, financial analysis, and econometric modeling while participating in the third annual Rotman International Trading Competition at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on Feb. 24-25.  Read more

ARCHITECTURE
Celebrating History Through Art
Since January, a poster hanging in subway stations and bus terminals across New York City has been reminding commuters of the city’s rich history of bus transportation.  Read more

BIOCATALYSIS AND METABOLIC ENGINEERING
Synthetic Heparin
Researchers at Rensselaer and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered an alternative way to produce heparin, a drug commonly used to stop or prevent blood from clotting. The findings could enable the current supply of the drug — now extracted from animal organ tissue — to be replaced or supplemented by the synthetic version. The new process also can be applied as a tool for drug discovery, according to the researchers.  Read more

RENSSELAER UNION
Revamped Rathskellar
Dining on the ground floor of the Rensselaer Union is an entirely new experience thanks to extensive renovations made to the Rathskeller, which were unveiled in a grand-opening ceremony on Feb. 13.  Read more

HAWK TALK
Making Hoops History
In a home game against Hobart on Feb. 10, 2006, Rensselaer men’s basketball star Tom Schneider accomplished a feat only a handful of Red Hawks before him have achieved. In front of fans, friends, and family members who drove from his hometown in New Hampshire to watch, Schneider became the 12th player in Rensselaer history to score 1,000 career points.  Read more

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