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The Park Bench eNews is published by the Rensselaer Technology Park Campus Office.The eNews features articles and press releases involving Park companies and organizations, RPI in the news, special offers, invites and general information of interest to the Technology Park community.

July 7, 2016                                                                              Vol 3  Issue 5

Tech Park Electronics Recycling Event
Wednesday, July 13th - 8:30am-12:30pm 

The RPI Tech Park will host an Electronics Recycling Event Monday, June 27th from 8:30am-12:30pm in the Pat's Barn Parking lot. Pat's Barn is located at 110 Defreest Drive, near the entrance of the Park.

Please see the list of accepted items below. If you have questions regarding items you can recycle, please contact RCR&R at 518-399-8800.
Would you love to have a quiet walk to waterfalls through fields and forest minutes from your desk?

It’s coming! The Rensselaer Land Trust, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and the Northeastern Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club have joined forces to revitalize RPI Tech Park Trails.  Nature is just moments from your office.  The ravines and streams which flow to the Hudson are part of the Tech Park campus and provide the green space for birds, salamanders and you. We are working on rehabilitation of the Waterfalls Trail which starts just past the WMHT building off Global View.  Watch for the mowed path through the field on the right.  You can take a quick walk to the falls overlook, but watch your footing as we are still working on the trail.

Trails need friends. We are very excited to bring more trails to you but trails need friends to care for and support them. We look forward to meeting members of the Tech Park Community who want to support trails in the Tech Park, by participating in trail building, monitoring a section of trail, or spreading the word.  This trail system has a potential to connect to the Hudson River. Both bikers and hikers have enjoyed these trails until they fell into disrepair but together let’s bring them back.

Learn more about Friends of Tech Park Trails on July 12th at noon at Pat’s Barn, bring your lunch, drinks and refreshments provided, please contact for registration. Not sure if you can make it, just show up! If you can’t make that date but would like to be involved contact

Happy Trails!
In The News
Regeneron Acquires Pitney Bowes Building In Rensselaer Tech Park

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has acquired the 217,000-square-foot former headquarters of home-grown software mapping company MapInfo for $17.75 million.

The drug developer bought the four-story office building in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush, New York from Pitney Bowes. The Stamford, Connecticut-based mailing, mapping and shipping products manufacturer has operated out of the Rensselaer Tech Park since it acquired MapInfo for $408 million in 2007.

A New Approach To Building Efficient Thermoelectric Nanomaterials

By doping a thermoelectric material with minute amounts of sulfur, a team of researchers has found a new path to large improvements in the efficiency of materials for solid-state heating and cooling and waste energy recapture. This approach profoundly alters the electronic band structure of the material – bismuth telluride selenide — improving the so-called “figure of merit,” a ranking of a material’s performance that determines efficiency in applications and opening the door to advanced applications of thermoelectric materials to harvest waste heat from power plants to computer chips. 


Summer Songs 2016 jazz@resselaer Presents " A Midsummer Night's" Jam Lawn Concert

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
RPI Commons Field
(Behind the Commons Dining Hall)
Cost: Free

Rensselaer Will Lead Northeast Regional Manufacturing Center Hub

During the third annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, D.C., held on June 20, before an audience of business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world, United States President Barack Obama announced that the the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE). 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute also will launch five regional manufacturing centers across the United States, each focused on local technology transfer and workforce development. UCLA will lead the California regional center, in partnership with the city of Los Angeles, harnessing its ability to tap the largest manufacturing base in the United States. Texas A&M University will lead the Gulf Coast center, a region anchored in the chemical, oil, and gas sectors; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will lead the Northeast center, where glass, ceramic, and microelectronics manufacturing have a strong presence. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead a hub in the Northwest, and NC State will spearhead a regional hub for the Southeast.


Historic Fossils Find New Life Telling the Story of Ancient Proteins 

A few snippets of protein extracted from the fossil of an extinct species of giant beaver are opening a new door in paleoproteomics, the study of ancient proteins. Ancient proteins can be used to place animals on the evolutionary tree, and could offer insights into how life and Earth’s environment have evolved over time. Typically, paleoproteomics relies on fossils collected for the purpose. But in a paper published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) used a fossil collected more than 170 years ago in central New York, and housed at the New York State Museum. 


Tech Connect

Clean Energy Can Be A Dirty Job

That's particularly true if you're Lynn Mueller, the founder of International Wastewater Systems, who has built a $20 million business harvesting heat from sewage.


Upcoming Community Events

Thursday, July 7 , 2016
  Barker Park Kids' Summer Series
Join us for this FREE Summer Kids Series, every Thu at 11 AM, from 7/7 - 8/25, at beautiful Barker Park in downtown Troy! The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is proud to announce another summer of free fun in the park with the Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series! Every Tuesday at 11 AM, starting July 7 through August 25, a new performer or activity will be presented in the park, located on the corner of 3rd and State Streets in downtown Troy. For more information about this series, please contact the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 518-273-0038

July 7 – Ramblin Jug Stompers
Ramblin Jug Stompers play 78 rpm Music for the 21st century. With banjo, mandolin, guitar, washboard and more, New York State’s premier jug band fuses the ragtime sounds of the 1920s with the bluegrass edge of the '40s; mines the manic energy of '60s folk revival acts; and adds a contemporary comic sensibility all its own. It’s funky American string band music!

Thursday, July 7 , 2016
  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will hold its annual “Rensselaer County Garden Tour" on Thursday, July 7, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. This drive-it-yourself tour will feature more than ten gardens in the Town of North Greenbush. This year’s gardens include container ideas, rain gardens, dry stream beds, raised bed vegetables, perennials, water features and ponds, gardens with an Asian aesthetic and much more. Participants will enjoy seeing the gardens and learning from their owners, and will take home dozens of inspirational ideas. Maps will be on sale for $10.00 per person or $30.00 per car for 3 or more people and can be purchased from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. the day of the tour at Pat’s Barn, Rensselaer Technology Park, 110 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180. The tour will be held rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Rensselaer County Master Gardener program. For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 272-4210 or

Friday, July 8 , 2016 
  Schodack Island State Park Open Mic Night of music and fun for the whole family every Friday night at 5:00 p.m. Open Mic Night will also feature a free Friday Night Craft or activity for children Each craft will be related to wildlife or the environment and will be led by their Environmental Educator Interns All supplies will be included Schodack Island State park is located just south of the Village of Castleton on Route 91. For additional information, please call 518-732-0187 

Saturday, July 9, 2016 (7:30 a.m.)
  Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, members of St. Peter’s Health Partners, will offer Just Walk With a Doc, a monthly healthy heart program featuring a one-mile walk with an area cardiologist, Saturday, July 9, at 8 a.m. (7:30 a.m. registration), at Troy Farmers Market (near the Uncle Sam Statue and walk in Riverfront Park). A cardiologist leads the one-mile walks enabling participants to ask medical questions in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. The event is open to the public, free of charge. Walkers must sign a liability waiver prior to participating. For more information, please contact 833-6479.

Saturday, July 9, 2016  (10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
  The 9th annual Troy Pig Out challenged barbeque masters from across the Northeast to duke it out for the top prize in the categories of: Best Pulled Pork, Best BBQ Chicken, Best Pork Rib, Best Beef Brisket, Grand Champion, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice Pork Rib contest, Mayor’s Choice, and more.

Sunday, July 10, 2016  (12:00 Noon - 12:30 p.m.)
  ANIMAL SPOTLIGHT: Did you know that CMOST is home to nearly 100 different kinds of animals? Discover Operation W.I.L.D. and participate in activities to learn more about our interesting inhabitants. Sundays, noon - 12:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required, activity included with museum admission.  Rensselaer Technology Park - 250 Jordan Road. Troy.

Monday, July 11, 2016
  Mark your calendars! Monday July 11th from 7pm to 8pm the Colonie Town Band returns for their annual SUMMER CONCERT ON THE LAWN. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and pick a spot on the grass in front of the Earl Chapel. The Friends of Oakwood will again be selling beverages and our popular strawberry shortcake. At the end of a program of musical classics, show tunes, contemporary and patriotic numbers, the band invites children “of all ages” to take a turn with the baton, usually conducting a Sousa march. Its loads of fun. The kids are adorable and the parents will be clicking their next set of Face book photos. PLEASE NOTE: There is NO RAIN DATE for this event. Check Oakwood’s Face book page for last minute updates if weather is a concern, also, you must enter and exit via the Oakwood Avenue gate. All others close at 4:30.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)
  The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Members’ Benefits Breakfast is great for new employees, new members or for those who want to get a refresher on the value of their membership. Beechwood at Eddy Memorial, 2218 Burdett Ave., Troy. 7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast. 8 - 9 a.m.. Program. This is a free event for Chamber members. RSVP’s required. Sign up at
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