Intersecting Orbits

Troy, N.Y. — GameFest, an annual tradition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, celebrates the creativity and innovation in digital games, with a student showcase and competition, music performances, and presentations from veteran game designers, critics, scholars, and indie developers. The event will be held Friday, April 28 to Saturday, April 29 in downtown Troy and on the Rensselaer campus. It is open to the campus and local community.

Rensselaer Professor Chaitanya Ullal Receives NSF CAREER Award

Chaitanya Ullal, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will use the five-year, $556,091 award to study the structure of hydrogels – jelly-like materials that have some of the properties of solids, but are largely composed of water.

Daniel Berg Medal Created for The International Academy of Information Technology and Quantitative Management Conference

The International Academy of Information Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM) created Daniel Berg Medal to honor his significant contributions in his career. He was the technical director at Westinghouse. Also, he has been an educator at Carnegie-Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Now, he is a professor at the University of Miami and Fellow of many professional associations as well. The award will be first presented on the conference, to Dr. Rajapopala, who is the principal scientific advisor of Indian government. He made great contribution on developing nuclear weapons during his career and was the chairman of BARC and IAEA. The conference will be held on December, 2017.

"The Bridge" article on Ethics and Modeling

William (Al) Wallace co-authored a recent article in the National Academy of Engineering magazine, “The Bridge”, on the ethical challenges inherent in the building and using of computational models. He and his co- author Ken Fleischmann, Associate Professor at the University of Texas with his doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer, concluded that computational modelers must be aware of the important societal role of their models, whether they are used for officiating tennis matches or formulating recommendations that can shift national and international policies on energy.https://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/167495/167537.aspx  

A Moldable Scaffold for Bone

A team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a new material that can be used to replace skull bone lost to injury, surgery, or birth defect. The bioactive foam is malleable when exposed to warm saline, allowing surgeons to easily shape it to fit irregular defects in the skull, where it hardens in place. Once implanted in the skull, specially coated pores within the foam attract bone cells, naturally regenerating bone to replace the foam, which dissolves over time.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo To Speak at McKinney Writing Contest Awards Ceremony April 12

Troy, N.Y. — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo will read from his work while at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on April 12 during the annual McKinney Writing Contest awards ceremony. The program will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Howard P. Isermann Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ernest J. Moniz, Former Secretary of Energy, To Serve as 2017 Commencement Speaker

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson has announced that the Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, former Secretary of Energy and the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the President at MIT, as well as co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, will address Rensselaer graduates on May 20, 2017, during the 211th Commencement Ceremony. Moniz will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science at the ceremony.