Where did life begin—in a shallow lagoon, or in a vent of superheated water spewing from the ocean floor? If we knew, we might know where to look for life elsewhere in the universe. ...read more
Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to speak on “Natural  History Museums in the 21st Century,” Sept. 1.  ...read more
On August 17, 2016, Professor Emeritus Paul Flohr Yergin passed away at his home in Palm Springs, California.  Professor Yergin was born April 21, 1923 in the Bronx, New York, and was an active member of the faculty at Rensselaer for 37 years, advising and educating many undergraduate and graduate physics students, many of whom are still active research physicists.  He is survived by his long-time partner Kenneth Coons, whom he married in 2014, his daughters Ann Byrne and Susan Sakaye, and his son-in-law Ross Byrne ...read more
Rensselaer will officially welcome members of the Class of 2020, and introduce them to the local community through a weeklong series of events known as “Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond” (NRB), the official continuation of the orientation program.  ...read more
More than 1,700 students—representing the largest incoming Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute class in the Institute’s history—will make their way to Troy. The first-year students hail from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and from countries all around the world.  ...read more

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Professor of Physics and Program Chair, Joel Giedt, to host summer program, "Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Training for Modeling Physical Systems". Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Cyberinfrastructure Training program will take place on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, New York, to run from July 8, 2019 to July 26, 2019, boot camp will take place July 2 to July 5.  
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's physics program has also been ranked 2 out of 23 in the state of New York. This means the physics program at RPI is in the top 5 in New York. See the full ranking of physics programs in New York.

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