CBIS News and Events

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Researchers To Unveil Green Wall Prototype

On Monday, May 12, a green wall, two panels of densely packed plants, will hang on a wall in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS).

Biochip Mimics Liver To Make Drug Discovery Faster, Easier

A team of researchers has developed a new type of biochip that emulates the metabolism of a human liver.

Make It Smart, Make It Here

Congressman Paul Tonko will deliver the keynote address at the second annual Advanced Manufacturing Conference.

North American Membrane Society Honors Georges Belfort

Georges Belfort has been awarded the Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology.

Studying the Symmetry of Cells To Help Prevent Birth Defects

Tissue engineering and stem cell expert Leo Q. Wan has received a prestigious Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award.

Chemical Engineers Named Fellows of AIMBE

Shekhar Garde and B. Wayne Bequette have been elected fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

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  • For healthier lakes, rivers, and drinking water, hold the salt

    February 6, 2019 -

    Rick Relyea, an environmental scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is tackling similarly thorny questions in upstate New York’s Lake George, which has been called the Queen of American Lakes. Relyea leads the Jefferson Project, a collaboration among RPI, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George, a nonprofit focused on conserving the lake. The project has outfitted the lake with more than 500 “smart” environmental sensors during the past four years to monitor human influence on it. Over the past four decades, according to data from the Lake George Offshore Chemical Monitoring Program, chloride levels have tripled in Lake George, adding to other environmental effects on the lake. These effects include the rise of invasive species and the delivery, through stormwater runoff, of pollutants and nutrients that can stimulate algal blooms. Because it’s hard to tease apart the impacts of these various stressors on the lake’s water quality and wildlife, Relyea’s team has done a bevy of experiments in the lab and in large outdoor tanks to isolate and examine the consequences of increasing salt.

  • Freshwater Is Getting Saltier, Threatening People and Wildlife

    December 21, 2018 -

    Salts that de-ice roads, parking lots and sidewalks keep people safe in winter. But new research shows they are contributing to a sharp and widely rising problem across the U.S. At least a third of the rivers and streams in the country have gotten saltier in the past 25 years. And by 2100, more than half of them may contain at least 50 percent more salt than they used to. Increasing salinity will not just affect freshwater plants and animals but human lives as well—notably, by affecting drinking water.

  • Brain Scans Can Detect Who Has Better Skills

    October 3, 2018 -

    To gain new insight into how highly specialized workers learn skills or react to stressful situations, researchers are leveraging advanced scanning technologies to look at what’s happening inside the brain.