Historic Fossils Find New Life Telling the Story of Ancient Proteins

A few snippets of protein extracted from the fossil of an extinct species of giant beaver are opening a new door in paleoproteomics, the study of ancient proteins. Ancient proteins can be used to place animals on the evolutionary tree, and could offer insights into how life and Earth’s environment have evolved over time. Typically, paleoproteomics relies on fossils collected for the purpose.

Rensselaer Tennis Player To Receive ITA/Arthur Ashe Award

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Emily Laurilliard ’16 has been selected to receive the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Northeast Region. The prestigious honor is given annually to collegiate students who have shown great achievements on and off the court. The award takes into account a player’s tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements, and extracurricular endeavors.

Advanced Professional Studies Student Earns Degree While Cutting Costs for Company

TROY, N.Y.The timing was just right. Pratt & Whitney had just introduced its PurePower® Engines and the company wanted to meet production demand by finding ways to manufacture the engine and other components more efficiently. Melinda Dean, a talented manufacturing engineer, was part of the specialized team at the company’s plant in North Berwick, Maine, focused on making these efficiencies. But Dean also wanted to pursue her master’s in engineering.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Celebrates 210th Commencement

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin—leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization—urged graduates to think first of others and be the first generation that embraces technology for all the right reasons at the 210th Commencement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Saturday.

President Shirley Ann Jackson Receives National Medal of Science

Troy, N.Y. -- The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been presented with the 2014 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientific achievement bestowed by the United States government. It was presented today by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. The award honors individuals deserving of special recognition for their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation.

Discovery of Rules for CRISPR Advance Metabolic Engineering

Discovery of rules that govern a variation of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing method makes it possible to use living cells to manufacture valuable metabolic compounds like pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed new tools for controlling the signaling pathways in cells to manufacture compounds, dialing down production of unwanted compounds, and increasing production of valuable compounds.

The Burt Swersey Inventor’s Studio Established at Rensselaer

 

Troy, NY – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., has announced that the Institute has received a significant gift from The Lemelson Foundation to establish the Burt Swersey Inventor’s Studio, reinforcing the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. The studio will be formally dedicated on Friday, May 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the Rensselaer campus.

Meet the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Class of 2020

Troy, NY – The incoming Class of 2020 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) promises to be an exceptional group. According to Office of Enrollment Management, based on unprecedented demand for a Rensselaer education, the Institute will likely enroll the largest freshman class in the Rensselaer history. While it is hard to predict the exact number of freshmen who will matriculate in the fall, Rensselaer expects the class size to be greater than the 1,511 students the Institute had planned to enroll.

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme

Troy, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson today announced that Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, will address Rensselaer graduates on May 28, 2016, during the 210th Commencement Ceremony. Cousin will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony for her contributions as leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization and her role in raising awareness of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition.