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New research shows that a single conserved mechanism governs the movement of two structurally distinct variants of kinesin-14 – a class of molecular motors that moves materials and facilitates chromosomal separation within cells.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.3 million to Ryan Gilbert, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer, to support research that could give hope to the thousands of Americans who sustain life-changing spinal cord injuries each year.
Linking computation with experimentation, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have shown that proteins can be engineered to fold more quickly and achieve greater stability by optimizing surface charges.
How X-rays see through your skin - Ge Wang. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-x-rays-see-through-your-skin-ge-wang
Over 60 researchers, including ones from IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic, are turning Lake George into a sea of sensors. http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/ibm-makes-lak...
Academic researchers and computer giant IBM are aiming to make Lake George, a 52-kilometer-long body of water in New York state, one of the smartest lakes in the world. http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2015/07/new-york-s-lake-george-researchers-fire-state-art-observatory?rss=1
“Bringing together disciplines to collaboratively develop new solutions to address the grand challenges of this century and beyond.”—Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. http://www.rpi.edu/innovation/InnovationSpring2015/
Ryan Gilbert will receive $1.5M from NIH for his grant "Enhanced Neuroprotection Following Acute SCI Using Fibrous Materials" will be funded. The grant will allow the Gilbert group to explore the mechanisms by which electrospun fibers change astrocyte and neuron responses in vitro. Subsequently, they aim to translate these materials within animal models of spinal cord injury in consultation with neuroscientists at Ohio State.
Among the factors that drew doctoral candidate Joshua McLane to Rensselaer was a personal connection, hometown appeal, and “the name Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.”
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For healthier lakes, rivers, and drinking water, hold the saltFebruary 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 WildlifeDecember 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 SkillsOctober 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.