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April 6, 2015: Vol 2 Issue 6
The Park Bench eNews is published bi-weekly by the Rensselaer Technology Park Campus.  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.
In the News

College (RPI) Pairs Business Students with Researchers to Aid Commercialization

Graduate-level business students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working with science and engineering faculty to assist researchers in the commercialization process. The goal of the masters' scholars research program is to give graduate students experience building a business around advanced technologies. The program in the Lally School of Management also pairs students with researchers in the business school.

Mathematicians Solve 60-Year-Old Problem
A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Yuri Lvov, has found an elegant explanation for the long-standing Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) problem, first proposed in 1953, investigated with one of the world's first digital computers, and now considered the foundation of experimental mathematics.
Architecture Graduate Project To Light Up Albany Airport
Lamps designed by Lightexture, a company co-founded by Yael Erel ’13, a current adjunct professor in the School of Architecture, have earned more than $32,000 in a Kickstarter campaign. Four Lightexture lamps and objects that project “light drawings” will appear in a group exhibition titled “Lit” at the Albany International Airport starting March 28, with a grand opening on April 10. 

The lamp series is an outgrowth of “Subliminal Transcriptions,” Erel’s graduate research in architecture and light. Handmade by the Troy-based company, the “Iris” lamp has two apertures of overlapping metal leaves that can be adjusted to control the amount of light and reflections it casts. The patented design draws inspiration from a stainless steel vegetable steamer, according to Lightexture co-founder Avner Ben Natan.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ranks in Top 25 Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design 

The Princeton Review has again named the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program (GSAS) as one of the top 25 video game design programs. Rensselaer is No. 11 on the list this year, moving up from last year’s No. 18 spot. 


Could You Have Unclaimed Funds?

The NYS Office of Unclaimed Funds (OUF), located in the Park, is responsible for managing -- and more importantly distributing whenever possible -- monies that have been turned over to them when a recipient of a tax return, insurance claim, bank and brokerage account, settling of an estate or other financial transaction cannot be located. A division of the NYS Office of the State Comptroller, the agency returned $422 million to rightful owners last year. 
Over $13 billion dollars of unclaimed funds is managed by the OUF and these monies are often unclaimed because of something as simple as a typographical error in an address or the recipient has moved and forwarding information is lost or unclear. An easy to use web portal has been devised by the agency that allows inquirers to access the database via a surname search to see if they, or a living or deceased relative, may have funds owed to them. Begin your search now! 

EMPAC Presents: Pianopoly
When: Saturday, April 11th  7:30p8:30p
Where: EMPAC
Cost: $18 public/$13 seniors, outside students/$6 RPI students
Description: Pianoply will feature piano soloists Vicky Chow, Stephen Drury, Mabel Kwan, and Marilyn Nonken performing on grand pianos of varying sizes and manufactures in EMPAC’s complete range of acoustic environments.


Tech Connect

Mobile Privacy IQ 

Findings from a recent study commissioned by Lookout, a cyber security company that focuses on mobile devices, finds mobile consumers need to increase their “Privacy IQ.”

Learn more about the common and avoidable risks to your privacy every time your mobile device downloads, sends, searches or communicates with or via a third party that you have not specifically enabled or approved.  Understanding the scope of this data collection and limiting the amount of personal data that can be captured is the first step.


Upcoming Events

Save The Date
Robert C. Parker School to Co-Sponsor 8th Annual Electronics Recycling Day at the Rensselaer Technology Park Campus
  When:    April 21st from 9am-1pm in the 
                        Where:   Pat's Barn Parking Lot 

On April 21st, Park companies and their employees are encouraged to drop off electronics for earth friendly disposal. This year's recycling partner is ProTek Recycling. ProTek was founded by RPI graduates who are committed to the proposition of providing a sustainable, cost effective option for electronics recycling. In fact, most items can be disposed of free of charge. ProTek Recycling selects their downstream vendors with great care, ensuring that any end-of-life material that could potentially be hazardous is given only to R2 or eStewards certified companies. In addition, they also have a strict zero-landfill policy for any electronic material. The next issue of the eNewsletter will provide more details on the event, in the meantime begin gathering old computers, cell phones, radios, VCR/DVD players, microwaves, air conditioners and cables/cabling. The entire list of accepted materials and devices can be found at  
Still have questions? Contact Max at ProTek - 978-621-4358
The Robert C. Parker School, located minutes from the Technology Park Campus, is an independent school for girls and boys in pre-school through 8th grade. The school's 77 acre campus, and a challenging inquiry based, problem solving approach to learning create an ideal environment for each student to achieve their full potential.Community service is a key component of the learning experience.

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