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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.
March 17, 2017                                                                 Vol 3  Issue 10
In The News
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Set to Host Fourth Annual New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition March 16-18

This year, 36 teams of high school students from the Capital Region, New York state, South Carolina, Canada, India, and Turkey, along with hundreds of teachers, industry mentors, parents, and 3,000 pounds of metal, gears, and electronics, will test their skills in a unique competition where math, science, and engineering excellence are celebrated. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will once again host the New York Tech Valley Regional competition, March 16-18, on the Rensselaer campus in the East Campus Athletic Village


Jefferson Project Researchers Test Effects Of Common Road Salt, Additives, And Alternatives 

Organic additives found in road salt alternatives — such as those used in the commercial products GeoMelt and Magic Salt — act as a fertilizer to aquatic ecosystems, promoting the growth of algae and organisms that eat algae, according to new research published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Low levels of magnesium chloride — an alternative type of salt found in the commercial product Clear Lane – boost populations of amphipods, tiny crustaceans that feed on algae and serve as an important food source for fish.

Alternatives and additives to the most common form of road salt, sodium chloride, are marketed as environmentally friendly replacements because they allow highway crews to maintain ice-free roads while applying less salt. But the alternatives and additives may not be without environmental consequences, said Rick Relyea, director of the Jefferson Project at Lake George.

Blood Test for Autism

An algorithm based on levels of metabolites found in a blood sample can accurately predict whether a child is on the Autism spectrum of disorder (ASD), based upon a recent study. The algorithm, developed by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the first physiological test for autism and opens the door to earlier diagnosis and potential future development of therapeutics. 


Future Proofing the Food Supply

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has signed a sponsored research agreement with Acuity Brands Lighting, the leading North American supplier of LED-based lighting solutions. As part of this project, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) will develop light protocols for specialized LED lighting with integrated feedback for efficient plant growth.

“Our program creates opportunities to study, develop, and bring solutions to market that improve health, productivity, and well-being for people, as well as plants and the food ecosystem,” said Robert F. Karlicek Jr., LESA director, who also serves as a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer. “Acuity Brands is the leading innovator in solid-state lighting technologies and applications, and we are excited to be working with them to develop LED solutions that will enhance and accelerate crop automation, while delivering greater energy savings.”



Tech Connect

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NetworkingPlus Luncheon
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy

11:30 a.m. Registration; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Networking Program

Members $35; Member Walk-ins $50

Not a member? Call the Chamber at 518.274.7020 for more information.

Get connected, develop leads and build relationships at our one-of-a-kind, fast-paced networking event! These luncheons are a fun and effective way to focus your networking efforts. Increase your business contacts in a structured, yet relaxed and enjoyable environment among fellow Chamber members. 
Remember to bring plenty of business cards as all attendees get equal time to spread their message during three table rotations.

Register Here

Thursday, March 30, 2017
EMPAC, 110 8th St., Troy, NY


Performer, writer, and interactive-electronics artist Andrew Schneider completes a series of three development residencies at EMPAC with this work-in-progress showing of his new performance, FIELD. Picking up where his Obie Award-winning project YOUARENOWHERE left off, FIELD explores the physics and temporality of parallel universes and perception. Schneider and his collaborator, sound designer and artist Bobby McElver, use lighting, projection mapping, and 3D sound spatialization to create an immersive environment inside of a non-linear narrative that prioritizes audience experience and leads viewers to consider where they are and how they got there.

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