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During the 213th Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological university, the Honorable John P. Holdren urged the Class of 2019 to become emissaries “on the relevance of science and technology to the biggest issues affecting human well‐being.” ...read more
As more rain falls on a warming planet, a new computer model shows that it may not take a downpour to cause widespread disruption of road networks. ...read more
The loss of memory and cognitive function known to afflict survivors of septic shock is the result of a sugar that is released into the blood stream and enters the brain during the life-threatening condition. ...read more
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer scientist Francine Berman has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences along with luminaries including former First Lady Michele Obama, author Jonathan Franzen, and gender theorist Judith Butler. ...read more

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On Friday, May 17th, 2019 the School of Science hosted their graduation brunch for the graduating students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in all School of Science departments.  The event is to congratulate the graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.  To view and download photo's from this event click here.
Joseph S. Levinger, a theoretical nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II and spent nearly three decades teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, died on October 25. He was 96. Levinger was appointed assistant professor in the Physics Department in 1951. In 1953 he was promoted to associate professor and promoted to professor in 1964.
On Friday, May 18th, 2018 the School of Science hosted a graduation brunch for the graduating students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in all School of Science departments.  We would like to congratulate the graduates and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.  Please, find pictures of the event here.
Symposium on the Cell Biology of the Neuron: A Symposium in Honor of the Career of Gary Banker, PH.D. Sponsored by the Vollmer Fries Lecture Series, the Frontiers in Biotechnology Lecture Series, the School of Science and the Department of Biological Sciences.Friday, October 6th, 20172:00pm - 5:00pmReception to Follow
The new School of Science Advising Hub (The Hub) is a resource for School of Science students during their time at RPI and is a resource for all advising purposes. Staffed by experienced advisors, The Hub assists students in achieving their academic goals.

In the News

  • Dark matter hunters observe 'rarest event ever recorded'

    April 25, 2019 -

    Researchers have measured a process that takes more than one trillion times the age of the universe to complete, using an instrument built to search for dark matter—the most elusive particle known to man.

  • 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.

  • Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’

    January 23, 2019 -

    Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished.