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Released: 22-Sep-2020 10:00 AM EDT
COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Urgent Need To Re-Examine Hazard Mitigation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With many people stuck inside for months on end, the built environment has played a significant role in the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from a new National Science Foundation grant, a team of engineers and social scientists will study the ways in which that built environment mitigates or exacerbates the pandemic.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Consumers Value Difficult Decisions Over Easy Choices
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In a paper co-authored by Gaurav Jain, an assistant professor of marketing in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer, researchers found that disfluency, or the difficulty for an individual to process a message, increases people’s attitudes toward that message after a time delay.

Released: 16-Sep-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Biometric Data, Algorithms To Unlock Key Information About Circadian Clock
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute anticipate a future in which a combination of smart wearables and algorithms assess each person’s circadian rhythm and provide personalized feedback as to what light, sleep, and work schedule would be ideal for their particular internal clock. In a foundational step toward that goal, a team of engineers aims to develop reliable mathematical models that can estimate individuals’ circadian rhythms. With the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the team will also develop wearable hardware and software that incorporate various sensors capable of capturing useful biometric information. That data will be used to help build and test the team’s mathematical models.

Released: 8-Sep-2020 1:15 PM EDT
To Meet Future Wireless Needs, Spectrum Sharing Policies Need an Upgrade
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a new National Science Foundation grant, Alhussein Abouzeid, a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will develop a series of mathematical models that will help optimize policies governing spectrum use nationwide.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Brings Students Back to Campus With Significant Health, Safety, and Testing Protocols in Place
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are back on campus for the start of the fall semester due to significant testing and tracing protocols that have been implemented to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and maximize health and safety.

Released: 28-Aug-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Physiological Test for Autism Proves Effective Independent of Co-occurring Conditions
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Developing a physiological test for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one that measures certain components in the blood, has the potential to be a paradigm shift for diagnosing ASD. However, the large heterogeneity of how ASD affects individuals has long been viewed as a key obstacle to the development of such a test. Research conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and published online today in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, represents a significant step toward addressing this challenge.

Released: 26-Aug-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Rensselaer Scholars Aim To Reimagine Engineering by Launching New Prize
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A new prize recognizing the work of engineers who promote social justice, human rights, peace, and environmental protection has launched with the help of two faculty members from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Newswise: Rensselaer Announces New Degree Program in Biotechnology and Health Economics
Released: 17-Aug-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Rensselaer Announces New Degree Program in Biotechnology and Health Economics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A new program in Biotechnology and Health Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will equip students destined for a science-based career with the quantitative and modeling knowledge in economics needed to succeed in industry and consulting.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 10:15 AM EDT
New COVID-19 Model Reveals Need for Better Travel Restriction Implementation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

More strategic and coordinated travel restrictions could have reduced the spread of COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, data confirms. The conclusion, available in preprint on MedRxiv, an online repository of papers that have been screened but not peer reviewed, stems from new modeling conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Partnership With Vicarious Visions To Boost Gaming Education and Events at Rensselaer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A new agreement will formalize a long-standing relationship between two pivotal players in the Capital Region gaming industry: the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Vicarious Visions, the prominent game development company.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 9:15 AM EDT
Brain-NET, a Deep Learning Methodology, Accurately Predicts Surgeon Certification Scores Based on Neuroimaging Data
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In a new article in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, researchers demonstrated how a deep learning framework they call “Brain-NET” can accurately predict a person’s level of expertise in terms of their surgical motor skills, based solely on neuroimaging data.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Incorporating Solar Harvesting Into the Side of Buildings Could Enhance Energy Sustainability
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may significantly decrease. In research published recently in Renewable Energy, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc, a professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, demonstrated the potential of wedge-shaped luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These efficient modular solar units could easily be hung on the side of a building.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Consumer Behavior Has Shifted Significantly During Pandemic, Survey Reveals
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an increase in telework and online commerce, and a significant decrease in the number of personal trips people are making. Understanding the effects of these rapid changes on the economy, supply chains, and the environment will be essential, as some of these behaviors will continue even after the pandemic has ended. Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently presented the results of two sets of surveys they conducted in an effort to quantify and understand these unprecedented shifts.

Newswise: New Algorithms Could Reduce Polarization Driven By Information Overload
Released: 30-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
New Algorithms Could Reduce Polarization Driven By Information Overload
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

As the volume of available information expands, the fraction a person is able to absorb shrinks. To break this cycle, computer scientists say we need new algorithms that prioritize a broader view over fulfilling consumer biases.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
NIH Grant Supports Development of AI Tools To Identify High-Risk COVID-19 Patients
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With COVID-19 still spreading in the United States, where it has already killed more than 140,000 people, improved screening and treatment options are critically important for high-risk patients with comorbidities, such as diabetes, pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disease. A new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support the rapid development and integration of a series of artificial intelligence algorithms that will analyze multiple pieces of health data — from chest computed tomography (CT) images to vital signs — in order to help clinicians assess disease severity and predict patient outcomes. The effort is being led by Pingkun Yan, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Metal-Breathing Bacteria Could Transform Electronics, Biosensors, and More
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

When the Shewanella oneidensis bacterium “breathes” in certain metal and sulfur compounds anaerobically, the way an aerobic organism would process oxygen, it produces materials that could be used to enhance electronics, electrochemical energy storage, and drug-delivery devices. The ability of this bacterium to produce molybdenum disulfide — a material that is able to transfer electrons easily, like graphene — is the focus of research published in Biointerphases by a team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Newswise: In Cell Studies, Seaweed Extract Outperforms Remdesivir in Blocking COVID-19 Virus
Released: 24-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
In Cell Studies, Seaweed Extract Outperforms Remdesivir in Blocking COVID-19 Virus
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the disease. The research is the latest example of a decoy strategy researchers at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are developing against viruses like the novel coronavirus that spawned the current global health crisis.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Rensselaer Experts Available To Provide Perspective on Hurricane Season
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With hurricane season already underway and projected to be active, communities throughout the U.S. are trying to balance disaster preparation amid an unprecedented public health crisis. While significant attention is rightly being given to COVID-19, leaders – especially those in communities along the coast – must plan for the possibility of dual disasters. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have extensive experience studying and responding to natural disasters and are available during this hurricane season to share their research and perspectives.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Stephanie Loveless Named New Director of Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Stephanie Loveless has been named the new director of the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which stewards the philosophy and practices of sonic awareness pioneered by the late Pauline Oliveros.

Newswise: Common FDA-Approved Drug May Effectively Neutralize Virus That Causes COVID-19
Released: 15-Jul-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Common FDA-Approved Drug May Effectively Neutralize Virus That Causes COVID-19
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A common drug, already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may also be a powerful tool in fighting COVID-19, according to research published this week in Antiviral Research.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Fundamental Exploration Into Future Clean Energy Technologies Receives DOE Support
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $65 million in grants to support research that will advance safe, reliable, and clean nuclear energy. Among those projects are two led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which received a combined total of $1.2 million.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 9:55 AM EDT
With State Support, Rensselaer Lab To Play Key Role in Integration of Solar Power
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced the winners in its Future Grid Challenge, which was created to support the development of solutions that will help integrate renewable energy into the electric grid. Among them was a project in which a lab run by Luigi Vanfretti, an associate professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will play a key role.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Consumers Prefer Round Numbers Even When the Specific Number Is Better News
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Consider this scenario: A vaccine for the novel coronavirus has been developed that is 91.27% effective. If public health officials present this information using the specific number, people are likely to think the vaccine is actually less effective than if it is presented as being 90% effective.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Surveys Reveal Significant Shifts in Consumer Behavior During Pandemic
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered how people shop, how much they buy, the trips they take outside their homes, and the number of tele-activities — like work, medicine, and education — that have become commonplace. These changes were rapid and have tremendously impacted the economy, supply chains, and the environment. Two sets of surveys were conducted by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in an effort to quantify and understand these unprecedented shifts — and evaluate the likelihood they may last after the pandemic has ended.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 9:35 AM EDT
NSF Grant Supports Search for Plastic Polymer That Can Be Broken Down and Reused
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation, chemical engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute aim to develop a new polymer that can replace polystyrene, a commonly used plastic that is inexpensive and easy to make — but is difficult to break down into its original components for reuse, a process called depolymerization.

Released: 26-Jun-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Designer Peptides Show Potential for Blocking Viruses, Encourage Future Study
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Chemically engineered peptides, designed and developed by a team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, could prove valuable in the battle against some of the most persistent human health challenges. The team’s findings, recently published in Nature Scientific Reports, demonstrate how researchers can engineer peptides capable of selectively and specifically binding to polysialic acid (PSA) — a unique carbohydrate that is present on critical human cells and plays a key role in various physiological and pathological processes, including neurological development and disease progression.

Released: 24-Jun-2020 11:15 AM EDT
$2.3 Million Grant Will Support Development of Virtual Operating Room Team Training
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A new $2.3 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health will support a research effort led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop a virtual operating room team training.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Supply Chain Expert Reveals Methodology Behind Bordeaux Pricing Model
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

M. Hakan Hekimoğlu, an assistant professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his co-author, Burak Kazaz of Syracuse University, have developed a robust and highly accurate pricing model for Bordeaux wine futures using four factors: temperature, precipitation, market index, and expert reviews.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 10:50 AM EDT
New System of Infrared Sensors Maintains Privacy While Keeping Patients Safe
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Short of cameras, there are few tools at the disposal of health care providers or loved ones to remotely monitor patient safety within hospitals and assisted living care facilities. A new system of infrared sensors, developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is able to provide real-time data while also maintaining privacy.

Released: 19-Jun-2020 3:25 PM EDT
From COVID-19 to Lead Poisoning, Health Crises Expose Racist Policies and Practices
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The manner in which the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare racist and systemic inequalities in the United States has parallels in other environmental health threats, such as lead exposure, according to an essay written for the online magazine Toxic News by two researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Released: 19-Jun-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Measuring a Tiny Quasiparticle Is a Major Step Forward for Semiconductor Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A team of researchers led by Sufei Shi, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has uncovered new information about the mass of individual components that make up a promising quasiparticle, known as an exciton, that could play a critical role in future applications for quantum computing, improved memory storage, and more efficient energy conversion. The team's research was published today in Nature Communications.

Released: 17-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Researchers Seek Feedback on Ultraviolet Disinfection Technologies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks a better understanding of the benefits and limitations involved in the potential use of ultraviolet lighting in battling the COVID-19 virus through a new survey aimed at decision makers who use, or are considering implementing, ultraviolet technologies for use in the disinfection of public spaces.

Newswise: Jefferson Project Makes Lake George Science Data Publicly Available Through New Digital Dashboard
Released: 16-Jun-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Jefferson Project Makes Lake George Science Data Publicly Available Through New Digital Dashboard
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The Jefferson Project at Lake George is making real-time water quality and weather data from its unprecedented scientific monitoring and research program available directly to the public through a new digital Data Dashboard at jeffersonproject.live.

Released: 15-Jun-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Deep UV Light Disinfection Could Help Prevent Disease and Virus Spread
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A device capable of automatically disinfecting common surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and elevator buttons, could be a vital tool in virus and disease mitigation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 1-Jun-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Simulations Indicate Heightened Risks When Pandemic and Hurricane Season Overlap
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

As coastal communities prepare for the possibility of hurricanes this summer and fall, they are doing so amid the uncertain landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic — a crisis that has already taxed health care systems, governments, and supply chains. A faculty and student team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been modeling how the combined disasters may make community recovery vastly more difficult. What they have found serves as a stark warning to policymakers preparing for hurricane season.

Released: 28-May-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Air Flow Experts Working to Make Sure New Jet Fighters Take Flight — and Land — Safely
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a new grant from the Office of Naval Research, aerospace engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are using their extensive knowledge of flow physics to determine how air flow will affect new jet fighters and how that flow can be manipulated or changed for optimal operation.

Newswise: Student-Built Program Supports Thousands During Remote Learning Experience
Released: 27-May-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Student-Built Program Supports Thousands During Remote Learning Experience
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In the spring 2020 semester, more than 2,000 students and 242 professors, teaching assistants and mentors relied on Submitty, the open-source tool designed and built by students, faculty, and teaching assistants at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Released: 12-May-2020 9:45 AM EDT
Inspired by the Past, Rensselaer Artist Develops Innovative Screenprinting Techniques
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In his artistic quest to translate his vision, Nathan Meltz used numerous techniques. But it was his innovative use of 21st-century technology with 15th-century printing tools that pushed the boundaries of screenprinting.

Released: 11-May-2020 11:15 AM EDT
$2.66 Million Grant To Support New Risk Analysis System for Renewable Energy Market
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a $2.66 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will develop crucial risk management tools for the power sector to better incorporate renewable energy into the energy market in the coming decades.

Released: 6-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Latest $2.5 Million Grant Accelerates Advances in Bioimaging at Rensselaer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In order to effectively address intractable challenges like cancer, researchers, drug developers, and clinicians need to be able to see how a potential therapeutic works within a living system, ideally in real time. That type of vision and insight is being made possible by engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A new $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) underscores the influence of Rensselaer researchers in this area, as they continue to develop new and innovative bioimaging techniques that also harness the power of machine learning methods.

Released: 5-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
GameFest 2020 To Be Held Virtually on May 9
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

For the first time ever, GameFest – the long-running annual games festival organized by the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – will be fully remote in 2020.

Released: 4-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Global Survey Underway to Help Ease Supply Chain Strain During COVID-19 Crisis
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The uncertainty and anxiety that surround the COVID-19 pandemic have placed strains on the supply chain, as people across the globe stock up on excess food, masks, and household products. José Holguín-Veras, an endowed professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment, and a global team of researchers from 15 universities around the world are conducting an international survey about so-called “panic” buying. They want to understand what factors are driving these behaviors, and how the excess buying may be mitigated.

Released: 1-May-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Digital Game Development Center To Support Projects That Address COVID-19 Crisis
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Combatting the COVID-19 crisis will require researchers to tackle the problem with a range of strategies and tools — and that includes gaming. Faculty and students in the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are developing a number of creative responses to the ongoing pandemic, and they are encouraging others doing the same.

Released: 30-Apr-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Unlocking Promising Properties to Create Future Technologies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, researchers working at the intersection of materials science, chemical engineering, and physics are uncovering new and innovative ways to unlock those promising and useful abilities using light, temperature, pressure, or magnetic fields. The groundbreaking discovery of an optical version of quantum hall effect (QHE), published today in Physical Review X, demonstrates the leadership of Rensselaer in this vital research field.

Newswise: On Campus and At Homes, New Approaches to Manufacturing Protective Equipment Being Developed
Released: 30-Apr-2020 12:45 PM EDT
On Campus and At Homes, New Approaches to Manufacturing Protective Equipment Being Developed
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

From a variety of locations in the Capital Region, and throughout the country, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty, students, and staff are pressing their knowledge and machinery to work making personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the pandemic.

Released: 29-Apr-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Women in IT More Likely To Be Promoted Than Men
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions throughout the information technology industry. While more and more women are earning degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — fields, they don’t necessarily pursue careers in IT, because they don’t see opportunities for growth. New research from the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute published in Information Systems Research examines how gender affects the likelihood of promotions in the context of the IT industry.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 9:55 AM EDT
CAREER Award Supports Research to Deepen Understanding of Osteoarthritis
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Deva Chan, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is leading a team that will study the role that biomechanics plays in the production and function of hyaluronan in an effort to learn more about the factors that affect joint health and osteoarthritis. This research is being supported by a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award.


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