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LALLY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Celebrating 50 Years of Business
bank's recent research on higher education.
The anniversary celebration concluded
on Oct. 21, as the Lally School hosted a
daylong showcase titled "Investing in
Entrepreneurship," that featured conversations, startup pitches, and educational
sessions designed to increase the pool of
angel investors and entrepreneurial talent.
Program highlights included a panel
discussion and workshop titled "Angel
Investors and Entrepreneurs-How To
Speak the Same Language," which was
part of the Jerome S. Reinert '56 Visiting
Executive Series Forum; and a pitch session
featuring several local startup companies
led by students from Rensselaer and area
colleges, Rensselaer alumni and alumnae,
and community members in search of
Case participated in the concluding
session of the daylong showcase. President
Jackson led a conversation with Case, titled
"Cultivating Data-Driven Entrepreneurship."
"Rensselaer people always have been
discoverers and innovators," President
Jackson said. "Importantly, they always
have been entrepreneurs-launching enterprises from Texas Instruments, National
Instruments, and NVIDIA to the datadriven companies of today. An enormous
amount of data is being generated by us, for
us, and around us from multiple sources."
CHRIS NEWHARD '13
IN OCTOBER, THE LALLY SCHOOL OF MANagement hosted a series of special events
to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Program
highlights included the annual William F.
Glaser '53 Rensselaer Entrepreneurs of the
Year celebration, a visit from the president
and chief executive officer of the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York, and the daylong
"Investing in Entrepreneurship" showcase
that featured entrepreneur, philanthropist,
and Internet pioneer Steve Case.
"The celebration of the 50th anniversary
of the Lally School is part of an ongoing
effort to highlight milestones of how the
world has been transformed by the achievements of the Rensselaer community-
past and present-as a bridge to the bicentennial of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
in 2024," says Thomas Begley, dean of the
John Delbridge '91, Jeffrey Stewart '91,
and David Uyttendaele '91 were recognized
as the 2014 William F. Glaser '53 Rensselaer
Entrepreneurs of the Year during an event
held on Oct. 3 (see page 10).
On Oct. 7, William Dudley, president
and chief executive officer of the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York, gave a talk titled
"The National and Regional Economy" to
students, faculty, and staff. The talk included a discussion of the national and regional
economies, opportunities for growth, and the
NIH Funds Heart
Steve Case, who was co-founder, chairman, and CEO of America Online Inc., spoke with
President Jackson about "Cultivating Data-Driven Entrepreneurship."
A RENSSELAER BIOLOGIST IS WORKING TO UNRAVEL SOME
of the biggest mysteries of the human heart with
help from an unexpected source-the tiny
Drosophila, commonly known as the fruit fly.
Douglas Swank, associate professor of biology,
recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for two separate grant proposals. One, a five-year, $2.4 million grant, is a
collaboration between Swank and researchers at
Johns Hopkins University and San Diego State
University to seek molecular causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or enlarged heart disease. The other, a five-year, $1.3 million grant,
will allow Swank to study stretch activation, a
unique physiological characteristic shared by the
muscles that cause Drosophila wings and human
hearts to beat efficiently.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes enlarged
hearts and can be fatal, particularly in people in
their teens and twenties. Often, cardiac arrest is
the first indication that there is anything wrong
with a sufferer's heart. The disease is the leading
cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young adults
and is frequently identified as the cause of sudden
death in young athletes, which is one reason
Swank was interested in studying its root cause.
"Our goal for the grant is to try to understand
the molecular mechanism behind this disease
so that we can help develop better treatments,"
Swank says. Methods for screening for the
disease continue to improve, but as yet there are
very few treatment options and no cure.
More than 200 inherited point mutations have
so far been identified as leading to hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy. Swank and his team will introduce single mutations into Drosophila flight
muscles-which function in a very similar way to
heart muscle-and study how the mutations
change the muscle's mechanical performance.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Winter 2014/2015
Table of Contents
Snapshot: Family Weekend
President's View: Bridge to the Bicentennial
Feature: Union Strong
Feature: A Case for Radical Change
Feature: Big Data Analytics
One Last Thing: Worlds on Display
YouTube Link: Dr. Scott Friedman ’76 keynote at CBIS10 Celebration (1:14:05)
Link:Bridge to the Bicentennial website
YouTube Link: Lally 50: A Conversation with Steve Case (1:21:25)
You Tube Link: The Jefferson Project at Lake George (0:03:25)
YouTube Link: A Conversation with Reid Wiseman ’97 from the ISS (0:58:53)
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