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Faculty News and Notes: November 2013

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson has been inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (NJIHoF), honored for a lifetime of leadership and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) policy and research.

She received the NJIHoF’s highest honor, its Trustees Award, bestowed for being “An exemplary model for inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs throughout a successful career as a theoretical physicist at Bell Laboratories, a physics professor at Rutgers University, the Chairwoman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and as the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.” News Release

Rensselaer Prof. Jim Hendler On “Broad Data” At NYC Data Skeptics Meeting

The NYC Data Skeptics Meetup
Jim Hendler, Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“Big Data” usually refers to the very large datasets generated by scientists, to the many petabytes of data held by companies like Facebook and Google, and to analyzing real-time data assets like the stream of twitter messages emerging from events around the world. Key areas of interest include technologies to manage much larger datasets, technologies for the visualization and analysis of databases, cloud-based data management and datamining algorithms.

Recently, however, we have begun to see the emergence of another and equally compelling data challenge—that of the “Broad Data” that emerges from millions and millions of raw datasets available on the World Wide Web. For broad data the new challenges that emerge include Web-scale data search and discovery, rapid and potentially ad hoc integration of datasets, visualization and analysis of only-partially modeled datasets, and issues relating to the policies for data use, reuse and combination. These challenges bring in to question many of the assumptions on which traditional big data approaches rely. Full Article

Henry David Herce, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, recently published a paper in Nature Communications.

The work focuses on cancer drugs, cellular delivery, and direct visualization of the effects of the drugs at a molecular level in live cells. The work was done in collaboration with two groups from Germany, M. Critina Cardoso from Technische Universität Darmstadt and Heinrich Leonhardt from Ludwig-Maximilans-University (LMU) of Munich. 


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