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Lighting Research Center
Shedding Light on the Hedley District

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Managing Manhattan Traffic

Rensselaer Technology Park
GE Breaks Ground at Tech Park

Energy Security
President Jackson Continues Call for Global Energy Security Roadmap

Research Roundup

Student Life
Work Begins on Russell Sage Dining Hall Expansion

Interdisciplinary Breakthrough
Researchers Create “Paper” Battery

NanoBio Collaboration

Making a Difference
Realizing a Dream To Find the Causes of ALS

Electronic Arts
New Book Explores Traditional Japanese Dance

Lally School of Management & Technology
Roadmap for Innnovation
Impact of Telecommuting on Office Workers

Professor Neil Rolnick

Cognitive Science
Computer Science With Social Robotics

Focus On
Robert Palazzo: Elevating the Institute

Accolades and Accomplishments

* EMPAC Presents the Light Surgeons
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EMPAC Presents the Light Surgeons
Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) kicked off its fall season of events Sept. 14 with the UK-based Light Surgeons, who presented an eye-popping performance that fused documentary film-making, live and electronic music, animationa nd motion graphics with innovative digital video performance tools.

Recorded and shot in and around Troy, True Fictions: New Adventures in Folklore was the first public presentation of an EMPAC commission. It received support from the $1 million Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. The fund, a gift from Amy and David Jaffe ’64, supports five years of commissions, performances, and productions of contemporary works. More than 400 people attended the event, held in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center.

As its extraordinary building takes shape, EMPAC's program is steadily growing. EMPAC is already inviting artists to reside on campus, commissioning exciting new orks, and launching a series of long-distance collaborations with other institutions. The fall season had a full slate of events offering dance, music, lectures, and theatrical pieces presented by national and international performers.

To view a listing of events planned for the spring semester, go to

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