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1 /?v=5.4.4Rice mourns political science professor and former Dean of Social Sciences Lyn Ragsdale
Fri, 18 Dec 2020 19:08:04 +0000/?p=139200Ragsdale is remembered by her colleagues and students as a passionate educator, researcher, administrator and mentor.
/files/2020/12/LynRagsdale.jpgLyn RagsdaleAI-powered microscope could check cancer margins in minutes
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 21:24:27 +0000/?p=139188Deep learning microscope images thick tissues with extended depth-of-field in new study.
/files/2020/12/1221_DEEPDOF-b.jpgThe DeepDOF microscope uses artificial intelligence to quickly and inexpensively image all of the cells in large tissue sections (left), eliminating the costly and time-consuming process of mounting thin tissue slices on slides (right).Antibody study suggests COVID-19 infections underestimated
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 21:15:25 +0000/?p=139087A study of Houstonians carrying COVID-19 antibodies revealed infections may have been four times greater than viral tests showed.
/files/2020/12/1214_COVID-B.jpgRed blood cellsState of the University: President hails ‘remarkable performance’
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:15:27 +0000/?p=139053Wrapping up a year unlike any other in Rice’s history, President David Leebron delivered his 2020 State of the University address with an opening salute to the university’s faculty, staff and students for overcoming the year’s unprecedented challenges.
/files/2020/12/campus-2.jpgRice UniversityIt’s lights, camera, gavel for Cinema and Media Studies minors
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:13:36 +0000/?p=139014New course will explore the American courtroom drama.
/files/2020/12/the-thin-blue-line_may2005.jpgErrol Morris's documentary “The Thin Blue Line” concerns the muder of a Texas police officer.Dogtrot dwelling divides to conquer energy bills
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:22:20 +0000/?p=139040Rice Architecture students' accessory unit has a uniquely Southern feature that will help give the building net-zero energy status.
/files/2020/12/1214_CONSTRUCT-B.jpgRice Architecture students are building an accessory dwelling unit in Houston’s First Ward with a uniquely southern feature -- a dogtrot -- that will help give the building net-zero energy status. (Credit: Brandon Martin/Rice University)Task Force hosts conversation with Rice’s first Black student, Raymond Johnson
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:34:24 +0000/?p=138898Johnson’s discussion was the third “Black at Rice” webinar convened this semester to offer dialogue on the Black student experience.
/files/2020/12/conversation-with-raymond-johnson-header_0.jpg“A Conversation with Raymond L. Johnson” took place on Dec. 1, 2020.Rice learns from its history in weekly podcast from Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:07:00 +0000/?p=138884“Doc Talks” podcast sheds light on new research and other behind-the-scenes work done by Rice historians and students alike.
/files/2020/12/1201_DEAN-Killian1-b.jpgThomas KillianIslamic scholar Nasr to lecture on intertwined history of Shi’ism and Sufism
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:20:40 +0000/?p=138689Rice’s Kazimi Lecture series brings 'towering figure' into conversation via Zoom Dec. 7.
/files/2020/11/seyyed-hossein-sasr-1920x1080-1.jpgSeyyed Hossein NasrMasks on, then hands-on
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:19:37 +0000/?p=138618For one Rice University classroom that is all about the hands-on experience, the fall of 2020 was a test. It appears to have passed.
/files/2020/11/1123_OEDK-B.jpgOEDK STUDENTLuay Nakhleh, Rice’s computer science chair, named dean of engineering school
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 19:03:02 +0000/?p=138525Nakhleh said he is "honored and humbled" to be named dean of one of the country's top engineering schools.
/files/2020/11/1123_DEAN-14-b.jpgLuay NakhlehVoter research amid pandemic wins Rice students new national award
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:09:46 +0000/?p=138509Undergrad team wowed judges by helping secure millions for polling place safety across Harris County.
/files/2020/11/ArisaCarolynMason_TeamPhoto.jpegWiess College senior Arisa Sadeghpour, Hanszen College junior Mason Reece and McMurtry College senior Carolyn Daly won the inaugural MetroLab Student Cup pitch competition.New Art/New Music series gets even more experimental this fall
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:38:31 +0000/?p=138411Badie Khaleghian’s interactive composition with 1,024 possible permutations among new compositions for Moody’s ‘States of Mind.’
/files/2020/11/WEBSITE.jpgThree other Shepherd School composers wrote pieces in response to the Moody's "States of Mind" exhibition, including a solo violin piece performed in front ofFormer piece of Pacific Ocean floor imaged deep beneath China
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 14:00:25 +0000/?p=138354The study offers clues about the fate of tectonic plates that sink deep — over 400 miles deep — in Earth's mantle.
/files/2020/11/1109_DIPPING-b.jpgImage from a seismic study in northeastern China that shows both the top and bottom boundaries of a tectonic plate that formerly sat at bottom of the Pacific Ocean.Thank You Rice campaign posts words of gratitude, encouragement for all to see
Fri, 13 Nov 2020 19:23:28 +0000/?p=138336'Tis the season for giving thanks.
/files/2020/11/200807_untitled-shoot_Fitlow_9266.jpgHave you thanked a Rice colleague lately? (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)‘The Legal Battle Over Desegregating Rice’ gives context to historic decision
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:24:36 +0000/?p=138171Webinar convened by Rice’s Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice.
/files/2020/11/legal-battle-over-desegregating-rice-header.jpg“The Legal Battle Over Desegregating Rice” webinar was presented Nov. 5 by Rice's Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice.Shepherd School’s Robert Yekovich to step down as dean, return to faculty
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:00:32 +0000/?p=138190After 18 years of service helping build Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music into an internationally renowned program, Dean Robert Yekovich will step down from his position June 30, 2021, and return to the faculty.
/files/2020/11/Dean-Yekovich-cropped-3.jpgMoody Center celebrates Rothko Chapel’s 50th anniversary with recreation of historic exhibition
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:22:05 +0000/?p=138160Spring show will also feature contemporary artists influenced by de Menils’ landmark chapel.
/files/2020/11/1989_01fgh_DJ_v01_M_detail-website.jpgDavid Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75, oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston, Partial gift of David Novros with funds provided by the Pinewood Foundation, 1989-01 DJ‘I feel like the science fiction movies are starting to come to life’
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 14:51:06 +0000/?p=138153'Triple Owl' Astronaut Shannon Walker '87 is set to return to space Saturday when NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Mission launches.
/files/2020/11/1109_WALKER-b.jpgAstronaut Shannon WalkerVADA helps student create on-campus sculpture from across the country
Wed, 04 Nov 2020 20:56:59 +0000/?p=138104Even remote students at Rice had the chance to show their artwork this semester.
/files/2020/11/201029_on-off-scavenger-hunt_Martin-32.jpg“Grandpa Kemper’s Outhouse,” a sculpture from Martel College sophomore Ling DeBellis, is installed in the Cloisters as part of the ON/OFF show.Rice wins Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge
Wed, 04 Nov 2020 20:01:39 +0000/?p=138086Over 13,000 votes cast as Rice hosted an early voting polling location on campus for the first time in history.
/files/2020/11/1-1.jpgRice President David Leebron welcomed Mayor Sylvester Turner to campus Nov. 3. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne)New GONZO247 mural revealed outside temporary classrooms at Rice
Mon, 02 Nov 2020 15:47:13 +0000/?p=137965Students and alumni joined the famed Houston mural artist to create a community project during Owl Together Week.
/files/2020/11/201030_homecoming-mural-gonzo_Martin-134.jpgStudents, alumni join Houston artist GONZO247 to create community project during Owl Together WeekRice University names student center architect
Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:50:03 +0000/?p=137952Rice has selected international architecture firm Adjaye Associates to lead the design of a new student center.
/files/2020/10/1102_RMC-B.jpgAn architectural rendering of Adjaye Associates’ winning proposal for a student center to replace Rice Memorial Center. The university hopes to break ground in the first quarter of 2022. (Credit: Adjaye Associates)Humanities courses ask the big questions — about death, hate and Disney
Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:21:04 +0000/?p=137931Classes contemplating three of the largest forces at play in our world will feature in the newest Big Questions courses.
/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-30-at-12.18.00-PM.pngClasses contemplating three of the largest forces at play in our world today — death, hate and, yes, The Walt Disney Co. — will feature in the spring 2021 lineup of Big Questions courses from Rice’s School of Humanities.Flash graphene rocks strategy for plastic waste
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 21:15:16 +0000/?p=137905Rice scientists advance their technique to make graphene from waste with a focus on plastic.
/files/2020/10/1102_FLASH-B.jpgFlash graphene made from plastic by a Rice University lab begins as post-consumer plastic received from a recycler. It is then mixed with carbon black and processed into turbostratic graphene via timed pulses of AC and DC electricity. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University)Future of Supreme Court — both immediate and long-term — is focus of Rice webinar
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:51:52 +0000/?p=137832What comes after Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Top legal scholars will discuss this and more in Nov. 12 talk that's open to the public.
/files/2020/10/1.jpgMajor challenges now facing the Supreme Court will be the topic of a Nov. 12 webinar.Discovery adds new species to Rice lab’s ghoulish insect menagerie
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:56:39 +0000/?p=137744A horrifying insect soap opera with vampires, mummies and infant-eating parasites plays out on oak trees every day.
/files/2020/10/1026_GALLS-b.jpgAllorhogas gallifolia is a new species of wasp discovered in live oak trees at Rice UniversityVince Bell, Sara Hickman to headline Fondren’s virtual homecoming concert
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:52:50 +0000/?p=137687The famed folk musicians will be joined by Guy Clark biographer Tamara Saviano.
/files/2020/10/hfma_2020.jpgEveryone who registers for the event will be entered to win one of 15 limited edition posters designed for the concert by Houston artist Carlos Hernandez.Scavenger hunt-centered student art show ‘ON/OFF’ showcases sculpture online and across campus
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 02:18:33 +0000/?p=137652As campus residents visit the sites and upload their own photos, the more immersive the exhibit becomes for their remote fellow students.
/files/2020/10/Final-Poster-10_5_20.pngAs campus residents visit the sites and upload their own photos, the more immersive the exhibit becomes for their remote fellow students‘Just echo our voices’: Undergraduates share concerns about Black life at Rice
Sun, 25 Oct 2020 02:37:05 +0000/?p=137670The online discussion was convened by university’s Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice.
/files/2020/10/black-at-rice-living-experience-header.jpg“Black at Rice: Living the Black Student Experience” was convened by the university’s Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice and moderated by Duncan College magister Eden King, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Psychology.‘It takes more than science’: Medical Humanities Program flourishes at Rice
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 21:03:23 +0000/?p=137658Program’s popularity grows as more medical schools recognize need for humanity in health care.
/files/2020/10/20180410_Rice-and-Texas-Medical-Center_Martin.jpgFondren’s Green Team hosting sustainability-focused events thanks to ALA grant
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:46:10 +0000/?p=137511The upcoming Oct. 28 'Houston Women on Climate Action' panel is open to the public.
/files/2020/10/DSC_1514.jpgFondren Library's Green Team includes (left to right) Lisa Spiro, Ashley Fitzpatrick and Julia Kress.Rice’s Vivian Ho elected to National Academy of Medicine
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:30:53 +0000/?p=137486Rice health economist Vivian Ho has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, which is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
/files/2020/10/140911_Vivian_Ho_Classroom-0118.jpgVivian HoShow goes on: Rice Opera’s first virtual performance is ‘Der Kaiser von Atlantis’
Thu, 15 Oct 2020 18:05:17 +0000/?p=137439The Shepherd School’s Opera Department and Chamber Orchestra will present their first-ever virtual opera, "Der Kaiser von Atlantis," Oct. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
/files/2020/10/50489089788_430bb3e34d_o.jpgA scene from the dress rehearsal of "Der Kaiser von Atlantis." Photo by Jeff Fitlow.NSF renews Rice-based NEWT Center for water treatment
Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:54:56 +0000/?p=137432The partnership is primed to introduce game-changing technologies to address global needs around clean water.
/files/2020/10/1019_NEWT-B.jpgThe National Science Foundation renews the Rice-based Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center for five years. The Engineering Research Center is dedicated to enabling access to clean water around the world.English professor’s first novel optioned for TV
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:38:14 +0000/?p=137387Bryan Washington’s new novel, “Memorial,” doesn’t arrive in print until Oct. 27, yet the title has already been optioned for television. Washington is the first...
/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-14-at-12.37.06-PM.pngBryan Washington's new novel, "Memorial," has been optioned for television by A24.Black alumni share stories, memories of ‘ever-changing’ Rice
Mon, 12 Oct 2020 18:07:24 +0000/?p=137347The Oct. 7 panel was organized by Rice's Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice.
/files/2020/10/black-at-rice-header.jpgVoter registration drive at Fondren Library finishes strong ahead of 2020 elections
Mon, 12 Oct 2020 17:06:45 +0000/?p=137323Cross-campus collaborations made volunteer-driven event a success.
/files/2020/10/140722_untitled_Fitlow_094-30.jpgFondren Library registered 172 voters during its weeklong voter registration drive. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)Seesaws offer playful social distancing on campus
Thu, 08 Oct 2020 19:52:12 +0000/?p=137267Rice Architecture students built 'Twelve Feet Apart' to encourage safe outdoor activities.
/files/2020/10/201001_Architecture_Students_See_Saw_Instalation-0017.jpgRice Public Art project transforms temporary classrooms into colorful canvases for community artwork
Mon, 05 Oct 2020 18:32:02 +0000/?p=137187A corner of the Rice campus is now a citywide arts destination.
/files/2020/10/200931_tent-art_martin-76.jpgMusicians may need more than social distancing to stay safe on stage
Mon, 05 Oct 2020 13:00:48 +0000/?p=137136Keeping musicians safe while they're on stage during the pandemic may require more than just social distancing, according to a study of exhaled aerosols conducted by Rice University engineers and musicians from Rice's Shepherd School of Music and the Houston Symphony.
/files/2020/10/1005_SAFEMUSIC-b.jpgBacklighting required for schlieren imaging experiments produced this silhouette of Houston Symphony flutist Kathryn Ladner '12.Flu shots — including drive-up options — available on campus
Thu, 01 Oct 2020 19:18:54 +0000/?p=137111Rice faculty and staff will have an opportunity to get a flu shot on campus starting this week.
/files/2020/10/flu-shots-good-version-featured.jpgNew technology TA positions empower students to partner with professors
Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:07:04 +0000/?p=137078These student jobs are about more than just troubleshooting Zoom calls.
/files/2020/09/200331_undergraduate-remote-learning_martin4.jpgTechnology TAs help manage the technical components of a class so professors can focus on delivering quality material. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)‘Religion and Black Lives Matter’ to be tackled in Rockwell Lecture Series
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:31:56 +0000/?p=137039Next talk Oct. 1 features leading Africana philosopher Lewis R. Gordon.
/files/2020/09/Lewis_Gordon.jpgNext in the Rockwell Lecture series is leading Africana philosopher Lewis R. Gordon, whose Oct. 1 discussion is titled “Fighting Against Racism for Democracy.”‘States of Mind: Art and American Democracy’ exhibit at the Moody demands attention, contemplation
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:23:08 +0000/?p=137021A highly political art show isn’t easy, but that’s the point.
/files/2020/09/200918_Moody_Fitlow_14505.jpg"America's Finest" by Lynn Hershman Leeson is an interactive installation with video camera and AK-47. (Photos by Jeff Fitlow)Rice U. Theatre Program livestreaming one-night-only production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:45:31 +0000/?p=136988Actors will wear masks for Oct. 9 play broadcast from Hamman Hall.
/files/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-25-at-2.44.32-PM.pngMatthew Alter and Elise Gibney play, respectively, John "Jack" Worthing and Gwendolyn Fairfax. (Photo by Alan D. Kim)Rice helps give Houston early COVID-19 warnings
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:00:01 +0000/?p=136927Rice engineers and statisticians are helping the city of Houston monitor the spread of COVID-19 through traces in wastewater treatment plants.
/files/2020/09/0928_VIRUS-B.jpgA weekly viral trend analysis based on data from wastewater treatment plants shows the city of Houston where the coronavirus is increasing and decreasing. (Courtesy of the Houston Health Department)Freshman from China endures weekslong journey to reach campus
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:54:34 +0000/?p=136896Anybody from Shanghai faces a long journey to Rice, but Apple Li’s globe-trotting adventure took weeks.
/files/2020/09/200915_chinese-student-travels-to-rice-via-dubai_martin-3.jpgCooking demonstrations, bomba workshop among Hispanic Heritage Month virtual events
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:45:59 +0000/?p=136889Annual celebration moves online with webinars, mixers, trivia nights and more.