NanoSpace Wins Educational “Best of Web” Award

Faculty researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were honored for their efforts in developing and creating the NanoSpace website, an online science “theme park” that aims to excite elementary and middle-school students about the world of atoms and molecules.

Rensselaer and NanoSpace received a “2013 Best of the Web” award from the Center for Digital Education, in the category of Higher Education Website.

Leo Q. Wan Named Pew Scholar, Receives NSF CAREER Award

Tissue engineering and stem cell expert Leo Q. Wan, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Additionally, Wan recently won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Bacteria Sent Into Space Behave in Mysterious Ways

Colonies of bacteria grown aboard space shuttle Atlantis behaved in ways never before observed on Earth, according to a new NASA-funded study from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Recent findings provide important evidence of spaceflight’s effect on the behavior of bacterial communities and represent a key step toward understanding and mitigating the risk these bacteria may pose to astronauts during long-term space missions.

Engineers Without Borders in Panama

Life is simple and generally carefree for the village of nearly 250 fishermen, artisans, and subsistence farmers of the community of Sandubidi — also known as Popa II — on the island of Isla Popa in the Bocas del Toro region of the Republic of Panama.

However, a daily challenge they face is access to clean water. For nearly two years, though, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-RPI) has been working with the community to develop a solution.