Current News – Rice University News & Media Fri, 20 Dec 2019 21:10:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Slam dunks and STEM: RUSMP challenges area students at School House Mania Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:35:23 +0000 The Rice athletics department and the Rice University School Mathematics Project welcomed more than 3,500 students from Houston-area schools at the seventh annual School House Mania Dec. 19 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
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Nightside barrier gently brakes ‘bursty’ plasma bubbles Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:52:21 +0000 Rice space plasma physicists develop algorithms to measure the buoyancy waves that appear in thin filaments of magnetic flux on Earth’s nightside. The work adds to the Rice Convection Model that helps scientists understand space weather.
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Can religion be explained by brain wiring? The faithful say no Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:27:03 +0000 Is there a "God spot" in the brain that determines whether you’re hardwired to be religious? New research from Rice University finds that nonbelievers are more likely than the faithful to think that’s true.
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Carson, Crenshaw host roundtable on homelessness at Rice Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:33:01 +0000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, hosted a special roundtable on homelessness Dec. 16 at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
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Quantum-dot tattoos hold vaccination record Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:01:57 +0000 Keeping track of a child’s shots could be so much easier with technology invented by a new Rice professor and his colleagues.
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Ancient events are still impacting mammals worldwide Mon, 16 Dec 2019 20:50:03 +0000 In the first study of its kind, researchers have discovered that events from 20,000 years ago or more are still impacting the diversity and distribution of mammal species worldwide.
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Finals week has gone to the dogs (and cats) Mon, 16 Dec 2019 17:43:04 +0000 Rice students took a break from the stress of exams to socialize and snuggle with dogs and cats from a pet therapy organization Dec. 11-13...
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Houston 2140 Mon, 16 Dec 2019 17:03:19 +0000 The question of what life in Houston will look like in 2140 was the topic of the final poster presentations given Dec. 3 by students...
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Carville, Matalin and other political insiders discuss 2020 election at Rice’s Baker Institute Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:57:02 +0000 Leading academics, political experts and journalists from around the country gathered at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Dec. 9 to explore the state of the 2020 presidential campaign season and what lies ahead.
No Rice News during winter recess; other campus schedules change Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:54:28 +0000 Rice University will go into hibernation for winter break Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Several schedule changes will occur during the recess: The last issue...
Barnes retires after 27 years at Rice Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:41:18 +0000 (Photos by Jeff Fitlow) Russell Barnes, who headed the Office of Access, Equity and Equal Opportunity since 2001, was feted at a retirement celebration Dec....
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Archiving African American activism in Houston focus of new CERCL fellow Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:29:43 +0000 Books, photographs and even old newspapers can survive for decades without any help. You don’t need any special technology to access or see them, only...
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Applications now open for Napier Rice Launch Challenge Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:43:45 +0000 Students and recent alums with “million-dollar ideas” are invited to apply for the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's business idea competition.
Hydrogels control inflammation to help healing Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:37:56 +0000 Researchers test a sampling of synthetic, biocompatible hydrogels to see how tuning them influences the body’s inflammatory response.
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Rice United Way exceeds goal, but there’s still time to give Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:21:39 +0000 The Rice United Way Campaign has raised nearly $270,000 campuswide — $20,000 above the goal — and campaign leaders are optimistic that the final total...
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Undergraduate team wins nationals, qualifies for ‘World Cup’ of physics Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:18:42 +0000 Rice undergraduates will test their physics chops in Poland next April after winning the right to represent the United States in the International Physicists’ Tournament, the “World Cup of physics."
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People, papers and presentations Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:27:32 +0000 Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, celebrated his 60th birthday with a Dec. 2 research symposium...
Retiring Franco’s 40-year Rice career celebrated Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:24:27 +0000 Colleagues, friends and family gathered at Farnsworth Pavilion Dec. 9 to celebrate the career of Eusebio Franco, Rice's director of custodial and grounds who is retiring after more than 40 years at the university.
Drug-resistant superbug deploys sentinels to warn of attack Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:24:20 +0000 When Rice and UTHealth researchers finally figured out how the deadly superbug VRE quickly became resistant to a new antibiotic, the answer surprised everyone.
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DesRoches named new Rice University provost Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:58:13 +0000 'Deeply honored' engineering dean Reginald DesRoches will assume the university's top academic leadership post July 1.
Rice Business Plan Competition alumni make Forbes 30 Under 30 list Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:39:22 +0000 The Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s richest and largest student venture competition, had six of its recent alumni startups featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2020, an annual compilation of the most innovative and exciting young entrepreneurs in the United States and Canada.
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Chemists’ calculations may advance cancer prediction Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:42:08 +0000 A computational study by Rice chemists showed the dynamics of tumor formation don’t necessarily correlate with clinical data on lifetime cancer risks. It suggests biomarkers may someday be able to help predict when mutations in cells will turn cancer-prone cells into full-blown cancer.
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Rubinsky honored by Rice Board of Trustees Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:48:24 +0000 The Rice Board of Trustees recently recognized Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Operations Karen Rubinsky for her service to Rice’s staff, alumni and parents throughout her 26-year career at the university.
Rice celebrates new graduates at first December convocation Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:50:57 +0000 Rice hosted its first December convocation Dec. 9 in the Stude Concert Hall inside Alice Pratt Brown Hall. President David Leebron welcomed the graduating students...
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Study: Companies investing abroad must weigh geographic, cultural distances Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:43:36 +0000 New research focused on Chinese companies conducted by Rice strategic management expert Yan "Anthea" Zhang and colleagues shows foreign countries that seem to be good fits in terms of geographic distance may be cultural misfits, and vice versa.
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Newly rebranded Center for Environmental Studies celebrates with launch party Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:24:35 +0000 The doors of the Solar Studios were open wide last week in celebration as the Rice community toasted to the newly renamed Center for Environmental...
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O’Malley, Varman named IEEE fellows Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:01:37 +0000 Rice engineering professors Marcia O'Malley and Peter Varman have been named fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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Rice, Amazon report breakthrough in ‘distributed deep learning’ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:32:50 +0000 Computer scientists from Rice and Amazon have shown they can slash the time and resources it takes to train computers for product search.
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Rice Alliance unveils new offices Mon, 09 Dec 2019 17:38:13 +0000 The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, one of the country’s premier initiatives devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies, hosted a special event Dec. 5 to unveil its new offices, the 3,000-square-foot Bill and Stephanie Sick Suite.
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Rice United Way Campaign surpasses goal Mon, 09 Dec 2019 17:35:44 +0000 As the Rice United Way Campaign enters its 12th week, the $263,848 raised campuswide has exceeded the $250,000 goal, and campaign leaders are optimistic that...
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‘Clingy’ spouses face greater health risks after partner dies Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:45:22 +0000 "Clingy" spouses -- whether spending every waking moment with their partners or constantly telephoning when they're not together -- are at greater risk for heart problems and poor mental health after their spouses die, according to new research from psychologists at Rice.
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People, papers and presentations Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:29:18 +0000 Marie Lynn Miranda, a professor of statistics, director of Rice’s Children’s Environmental Health Initiative and former provost, has published an editorial in this week’s issue...
Detours may make batteries better Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:27:02 +0000 Adding atom-scale defects to battery materials may help them charge faster, theoretical models by Rice scientists show.
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Rice Coffeehouse celebrates 30 years of caffeinating and caring Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:23:41 +0000 ‘We put our whole heart into every cup of coffee.’
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Rice University launches bold climate change initiative with Shell Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:00:58 +0000 Rice University has launched Carbon Hub, a climate change research initiative to fundamentally change how the world uses hydrocarbons.
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Why businesses need to rethink diversity training Mon, 09 Dec 2019 13:50:13 +0000 Within the past couple of years, Starbucks and Sephora have come under fire for racial insensitivity. They responded to the criticism and negative publicity by closing their stores for companywide diversity training. But does this type of training actually work? The short answer is yes, it can, but new research from Rice finds that factors such as personality type and personal circumstances must be considered when determining what type of training to offer or how the training should be administered.
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Baker Institute-led group to develop nationwide protocol for storing carbon Sun, 08 Dec 2019 23:59:06 +0000 Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy has initiated a working group to develop a United States protocol for paying ranchers and farmers to store carbon in their soil. The current system for voluntary carbon transactions is broken and needs to be fixed, group founders said.  
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Electronic map reveals ‘rules of the road’ in superconductor Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:42:01 +0000 Using a clever technique that causes unruly crystals of iron selenide to snap into alignment, Rice University physicists have drawn a road map that reveals the quantum "rules of the road" that electrons must follow in the enigmatic superconductor.
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2019 IBB Hamill Innovation Award winners announced Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:08:33 +0000 Rice's Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering honors four interdisciplinary teams of Rice and Texas Medical Center faculty with $25,000 grants.
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OISS staff member honored with Rice MILE award Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:32:57 +0000 Rice staff member Sandra Bloem-Curtis was honored with the RICE MILE Award in November.
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Rice volleyball sweeps past Oklahoma for first-ever NCAA Tournament triumph Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:08:35 +0000 The Rice volleyball team recorded the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history by defeating the University of Oklahoma 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 Dec. 5 in College Station, Texas.
Gulf Coast corals face catastrophe Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:35:33 +0000 Gulf of Mexico coral reefs may only be saved by a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions beyond those called for in the Paris Agreement, according to Rice-led research.
World’s third-largest comics festival will provide showcase for VADA professors Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:29:14 +0000 Huberman and Sperandio will shine their spotlight on two all-but-forgotten artists in Angoulême next year.
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Rice remembers Professor Emerita María Teresa Leal, former Spanish and Portuguese chair Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:20:07 +0000 María Teresa Leal, a fondly remembered former professor of Spanish and Portuguese credited with transforming students’ lives, died Nov. 30. She was 93. The daughter...
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Patient diaries reveal propensity for epileptic seizures Wed, 04 Dec 2019 22:11:00 +0000 A Rice alumna and her statistician mentor receive the first validation of their tool to assess patients’ histories to identify periods of heightened propensity for epileptic seizures.
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Nagarajaiah elected National Academy of Inventors fellow Wed, 04 Dec 2019 18:36:03 +0000 Rice University engineering professor Satish Nagarajaiah has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
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Rice names fall IDEA winners Wed, 04 Dec 2019 15:50:51 +0000 Rice's Creative Ventures Funds Program has awarded grants to four Rice researchers and their colleagues through the fall round of InterDisciplinary Excellence Awards.
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Rice psychologist receives career award from American Psychosomatic Society Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:15:31 +0000 Chris Fagundes, an associate professor of psychological sciences at Rice University, is the recipient of the American Psychosomatic Society's 2020 Herbert Weiner Early Career Award for his contributions to the field of biobehavioral medicine.
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Breathing? Thank volcanoes, tectonics and bacteria Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:00:53 +0000 Rice geoscientists' study points to one cause for several mysteries linked to breathable oxygen: volcanic eruptions.
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In hunted rainforests, termites lose their dominance Mon, 02 Dec 2019 15:48:26 +0000 Rice ecologists see a sharp reduction in insect ‘engineers’ when elephants and other large animals disappear in African rainforests.
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