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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.

June 22, 2016                                                                              Vol 3  Issue 4

In The News
Tech Park Electronics Recycling Event
Monday, June 27th - 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.

ProTek Recycling will be our recycling vendor for the event. ProTek Recycling Inc. was founded in 2012 by engineering graduates from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with the goal of developing a process for recycling all types of electronics from the ground-up. ProTek Recycling is a New York State registered electronic waste collection and recycling firm (DEC # 00838). They also select 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 have a strict zero-landfill policy for any electronic material and even have recycling programs for non-electronic materials such as cardboard and plastics.

Please see the list of accepted items below. If you have questions regarding items you can recycle, please contact ProTek at 518-874-1001. We will be distributing event flyers to the buildings. 
Creator of Darkest Material on Earth, Rensselaer Researcher Shawn-Yu Lin, To Receive Nanotechnology Council Pioneer Award

Nanophotonics expert and physics professor Shawn-Yu Lin has been selected to receive the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nanotechnology Council Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology “for pioneering contribution to the development of 3-D optical photonic-crystals and the discovery of the darkest nano-material on Earth.”

Lin, professor of physics, will receive the award at the annual IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology Aug. 22-25 in Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan.

How Feel the Vibrations: The SubBassProto Ton open For Public Exploration

For the duration of the summer, the SubBassProtoTon will be open for public exploration on the mezzanine of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). First invented in 1986 and recently reconstructed for artist-in-residence Tarek Atoui’s spring-season-closing performance WITHIN, the ProtoTon is a walk-in bass generator that allows visitors to physically experience frequencies that are too low for audible perception and to interactively explore sound when it reaches the range of hearing. The installation is free and open to the public during EMPAC’s normal daytime hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

New Money, New Products For Start-up Vital Vio

Vital Vio, the Albany, New York, area startup that designs lights meant to kill bacteria such as MRSA, E. coli and salmonella, has raised $2.25 million from new and existing investors.The latest funding round will help the company expand its product line and hire more employees as it looks to expand.

Vital Vio recently relocated from its downtown Troy location to the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush. The 6,800-square-feet office includes space for executive, engineering and small-scale production work. The move will expedite production.


New Method Explores Potential Of Material For Semitconducting Transistors In Faster And More Powerful Computers

Two-dimensional phosphane, a material known as phosphorene, has potential application as a material for semiconducting transistors in ever faster and more powerful computers. But there’s a hitch. Many of the useful properties of this material, like its ability to conduct electrons, are anisotropic, meaning they vary depending on the orientation of the crystal. Now, a team including researchers at Rensselaer has developed a new method to quickly and accurately determine that orientation using the interactions between light and electrons within phosphorene and other atoms-thick crystals of black phosphorus.


Tech Connect

12 Types Of New Gadgets That Will Define 2016
Imagine an umbrella letting you know not to forget it. Or an infant car seat that wants to make sure your baby is going to have the safest ride ever. These are just two of the highlights from 2016's Consumer Electronics Show — the exhibition that defines technology trends and showcases gadgets for the year ahead.

Keith's Quiz Corner

Quiz question from the last edition. (See the answer highlighted below.)
The Rensselaer Technology Park Campus consists of 1250 acres of land which RPI began purchasing from farm families back in the 1940's. The land was ultimately used for the Tech Park, but for what reason was the land originally purchased?

A)   For a real estate / money-raising venture
B)   To establish a new village
C)   To move the main Institute Campus
D)   To build a golf course

Keith VanAmburgh, Project Coordinator for the Rensselaer Technology Park

Upcoming Community Events

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Farmers' Market at the Community Way, East Greenbush (in the Parking Lot between the East Greenbush Library & WMCA)  - Vegetables, Fruits, Bakery Items, Cheeses, Eggs, Meats, Soap, Maple, Honey, Coffee, Jams, Prepared Dinners and more!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016  (5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
Troy River Front Park - Skeeter Creek with MaryLeigh Roohan 
Troy Rockin’ on the River is a free, 8 week outdoor summer concert series-A great reason for live music fans to shop, dine and explore Downtown Troy on a Wednesday Night. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (8:00 p.m.)
  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present the program Create A Hummingbird Garden on Wednesday, June 22 from 7 to 8 PM. You can welcome the ruby-throated hummingbird by creating a garden habitat they will love. Learn what flowers, trees and shrubs to plant to attract these flying jewels. Master Gardener Pat Thorne will also share some amazing facts about these incredible little birds. This program is FREE to the public and will be held outdoors at the Demonstration Garden at the Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush. Rain or inclement weather at the start of the program may cancel it. Limited seating provided; bring your own lawn chair. For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 272-4210 or dhc3@cornell.eduIndividuals with questions or special needs requiring accommodation should contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County at the phone number above. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County provides equal program and employment opportunities.
Thursday, June 23 , 2016 (2:30 PM to 6:00 PM)
  North Greenbush Farmers Market-North Greenbush Farmers Market will open June 9th and will run every Thursday from 2:30 to 6:00 PM at the Williams Road Ball Fields. The last day will be Thursday, September 8

Friday, June 24, 2016 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
  Troy Night Out::Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino invites you to The Exhibit Opening of 'Then & Now: Celebrating 225 years of Rensselaer County History' A retrospective exhibit from county, town and village historians. Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy. Please RSVP to or 518-270-2959 
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