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1 /?v=5.4.4Light flips genetic switch in bacteria inside transparent worms
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 19:42:43 +0000/?p=139291Researchers from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have shown that colored light can both activate and deactivate genes of gut bacteria in the intestines of worms. The research shows how optogenetic technology can be used to investigate the health impacts of gut bacteria.
/files/2020/12/1217_WORMS-b.jpgLight-responsive bacteria fed to worms are visible in images of the worms' gastrointestinal tracts.‘Soft’ nanoparticles give plasmons new potential
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 15:42:38 +0000/?p=139277Rice scientists couple gold nanoparticles with soft polymers that pull energy from the gold’s plasmonic response to light. That energy can then be used to catalyze chemical reactions.
/files/2020/12/1214_PLASMON-B.jpgRice University scientists coupled gold nanoparticles with soft polymers that pull energy from the gold’s plasmonic response to light. That energy can then be used to potentially catalyze chemical reactions. (Credit: Illustration by Emily Searles/Rice University)‘PODS Squad’ wraps up fall semester at Rice
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 19:08:51 +0000/?p=139261Members of the volunteer 'PODS Squad' were among the first Rice students to return to the university following the closure of campus in March, and they were among the last to leave for winter break as they recently wrapped up six months of work.
/files/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-21-at-1.06.00-PM.pngAthletic programs report now available
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 18:42:23 +0000/?p=139258Copies of Rice’s 2020 “Report on Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Programs” are now available.
/files/2013/06/0610_Game-1-art.jpgflagFagundes named fellow of Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 17:35:04 +0000/?p=139255Christopher Fagundes, an associate professor of psychological sciences at Rice University, has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR) in recognition of his research and contributions to his field.
/files/2019/07/190628_-Fagundes_fitlow_042.jpgChris Fagundes. Photo by Jeff Fitlow.Rice commits to Racial Equity Principles
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 16:53:48 +0000/?p=139250Rice University President David Leebron has joined leaders of Houston’s business community in committing to the Greater Houston Partnership’s Racial Equity Principles.
/files/2020/02/191202_downtown-sunset_Martin-2.jpgDowntown HoustonOstherr awarded DeBakey Fellowship for computational health research
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 15:37:56 +0000/?p=139236The prestigious fellowship supports research at the world's largest medical library at the National Institutes of Health.
/files/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-02-19-at-6.39.32-AM.pngKirsten Ostherr is the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English, chair of the Department of English and the founding director of the Medical Humanities program at Rice.Rice Business professor Zhang elected president of Strategic Management Society
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 15:01:41 +0000/?p=139228Yan "Anthea" Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Management at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is the new president-elect of the Strategic Management Society.
/files/2020/12/ZhangPhoto-1_2.jpgRice 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 RagsdaleRice offers visiting students online summer classes for credit
Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:33:32 +0000/?p=139196Applications are open for next summer’s Rice Visiting Owls program, a unique way for visiting high school, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to complete essential courses...
/files/2020/12/116621378_m.jpgAI-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).Early lockdowns were key in reducing ultimate COVID-19 spread, Baker Institute finds
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 19:51:44 +0000/?p=139174Lockdowns at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic may have been the most important factor in reducing the ultimate spread of the disease in the United States, according to a new report from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
/files/2020/12/1221_LOCKDOWNS-b.jpegWeak force has strong impact on nanosheets
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 15:17:45 +0000/?p=139120Rice lab finds van der Waals force can deform nanoscale silver for optics, catalytic use.
/files/2020/12/1214_RESHAPE-B.jpgA transmission electron microscope image by Rice University scientists shows a silver nanoplate deformed by a particle, forming flower-shaped stress contours in the material that indicate a bump. Changing the shape of the material changes its electromagnetic properties, making it suitable for catalysis or optical applications. Courtesy of The Jones LabAntibody 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 cellsRice’s Illya Hicks inducted as fellow of prestigious society
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 19:59:48 +0000/?p=139091Hicks was formally inducted as a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
/files/2020/12/1214_HICKS-b.jpgIllya HicksState 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.Writer-in-residence Bajani leading new journeys with three upcoming books
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:38:26 +0000/?p=139048Andrea Bajani has been thinking a lot lately about the journey a writer and reader take together, the evolution of character and the boundaries crossed...
/files/2020/12/bajani_foto_bg.jpgAndrea Bajani is currently a writer-in-residence at Rice in the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, with three books coming out in the span of a few months.Sheets of carbon nanotubes come in a rainbow of colors
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:00:08 +0000/?p=139044Nanomaterials researchers in Finland, the U.S. and China have created a color atlas for 466 unique varieties of single-walled carbon nanotubes.
/files/2020/11/1202_COLORS-b.jpgA color map illustrates the inherent colors of 466 types of carbon nanotubes with unique (n,m) designations based their chiral angle and diameter.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)People, papers and presentations
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:16:27 +0000/?p=139034Marina Vannucci, the Noah Harding Professor of Statistics, is a co-author on a primer on "Bayesian Statistics and Modeling" that will be published in Nature Reviews Methods Primers, an online journal of high-quality primers across all aspects of life and physical science launching in January.
/files/2012/02/PPP.jpgPPPDrop in activity along border could cost Texas billions, says Baker Institute expert
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 13:56:05 +0000/?p=139021The reduction in mobility along the Texas-Mexico border caused by COVID-19 will hurt the state's economy as a whole, according to new research from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
/files/2020/12/127038507_m.jpgTop Rice data science team shows heart in plan to save babies
Fri, 11 Dec 2020 17:25:48 +0000/?p=139008Winning Data to Knowledge Lab project uses data science techniques to help save babies with congenital heart defects.
/files/2020/12/1214_D2K-B.jpgRice’s Pumani hailed for reaching 1 million babies
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:13:10 +0000/?p=139002Rice global health institute's low-cost, neonatal CPAP joins Global Innovation Exchange's Million Lives Club.
/files/2020/12/1210_MILLION-b.jpgFour iterations of PumaniBad news for fake news: Rice research helps combat social media misinformation
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 13:53:33 +0000/?p=138983Improved use of machine learning can double throughput of real-time information filters, Rice researchers find.
/files/2019/12/1209_SEARCH-b.jpgAnshumali ShrivastavaReligious discrimination particularly high for Jews and Muslims, study shows
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 15:55:37 +0000/?p=138963Although people of all faiths report growing religious discrimination during the past few years, the phenomenon is most common among Jews and Muslims, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University and West Virginia University (WVU). In addition, Jews and Muslims are much more likely to become victims of violence because of their religious beliefs.
/files/2019/07/190518_-Eckland_fitlow_106.jpgElaine Howard Ecklund. Photo by Jeff Fitlow.Texas lawmakers see vaccine legislation as nonpartisan
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 14:01:55 +0000/?p=138958Vaccine-related legislation should be promoted as nonpartisan, new research suggests, and most Texas lawmakers agree despite a vocal anti-vaccine movement. Vaccination rates have decreased over...
/files/2020/12/88561072_m.jpgRice to admit fans for football home finale
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 22:09:45 +0000/?p=138918A limited number of fans will be admitted to the Rice football team's final home game of the season Dec. 12 against the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the university has announced.
/files/2013/06/0610_Game-1-art.jpgflagRice Business online MBA program earns high marks in its first year
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 21:23:57 +0000/?p=138949Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business placed in the top 10 of five categories in The Princeton Review’s latest rankings of the Best Business Schools...
/files/2019/12/120219_ALLIANCE.jpgVitamin boosts essential synthetic chemistry
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 20:09:07 +0000/?p=138944Inspired by light-sensing bacteria that thrive near hot oceanic vents, synthetic chemists use vitamin B12 to catalyze valuable hydrocarbons known as olefins, or alkenes, useful precursor molecules for the manufacture of drugs and agrochemicals.
/files/2020/12/1207_OLEFINS-B.jpgInspired by light-sensing bacteria that thrive near hydrothermal vents like this one, synthetic chemists use vitamin B12 to catalyze valuable hydrocarbons known as olefins, or alkenes.Sabharwal elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 17:42:41 +0000/?p=138917Ashutosh Sabharwal, the Ernest Dell Butcher Professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering and a pioneer in two areas of wireless and health technologies has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
/files/2020/12/1214_ASHU-B.jpgAshutosh Sabharwal‘Pink tax’ hurts female consumers, but electing more women combats it
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 16:08:37 +0000/?p=138914The wage gap between men and women is no secret, but another form of gender discrimination directly and disproportionately affects women worldwide: the "pink tax" imposed by import tariffs that target female products.
/files/2020/12/147183410_l.jpgPhoto credit: 123rf.comUS must ‘hold the line’ against China’s revisionist actions, says Baker Institute expert
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:08:31 +0000/?p=138912The United States government should accept greater strategic risk to “hold the line” against the revisionist measures of the Chinese government, according to new research...
/files/2020/10/33547440_m.jpgTask 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/CALVI-Rossella-Faculty_0-1.jpgScientists get the lowdown on sun’s super-hot atmosphere
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:00:49 +0000/?p=138869Images of the sun captured by the IRIS mission show new details of how low-lying loops of plasma are energized, and may also reveal how the hot corona is created.
/files/2020/12/1123_SUN-B.jpgImages of the sun captured by the IRIS mission show new details of how low-lying loops of plasma are energized and may also reveal how the hot corona is created. (Credit: Rice University/NASA)Owls claim first football victory over ranked foe since 1997
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:47:01 +0000/?p=138850Naeem Smith's 36-yard touchdown return on one of Rice's five interceptions helped the Owls defeat 15th-ranked Marshall University 20-0 Saturday for the football program's first victory over a Top 25 opponent in more than two decades.
/files/2020/12/big_RICE_24.jpgPeople, papers and presentations
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 14:01:07 +0000/?p=138848Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of computer science, is co-author of the introduction to “The...
/files/2012/02/PPP.jpgPPPHidden structure found in essential metabolic machinery
Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:30:29 +0000/?p=138829Rice University biochemists have discovered membrane-divided subcompartments within organelles called peroxisomes, essential pieces of metabolic machinery for all higher order life from yeast to humans. The research appears this week in Nature Communications.
/files/2020/12/1204_PEROXISOME-b1.jpgMembrane-separated compartments are visible inside the peroxisomes of 4-day-old Arabidopsis thaliana plant cells in this image from a confocal microscope.Rice physicist shares grant to advance imaging
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 22:00:54 +0000/?p=138809The lab of physicist Junichiro Kono will share in a $1 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to improve imaging of proteins, cells and tissues.
/files/2020/12/1207_CZI-B.jpgFilms made of highly aligned nanotubes like those developed at Rice in 2016 will be part of advanced tissue imaging systems. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Chemists get peek at novel fluorescence
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 20:55:44 +0000/?p=138803Rice chemists find a second level of fluorescence in single-walled carbon nanotubes. The phenomenon may be useful in solar energy and optoelectronic applications.
/files/2020/12/1207_NANOTUBES-B.jpgChemists at Rice University have discovered a second level of fluorescence in single-walled carbon nanotubes. The fluorescence is triggered when oxygen molecules excited into a singlet state interact with nanotubes, prompting excitons to form triplet states that upconvert into fluorescing singlets. (Credit: Illustration by Ching-Wei Lin/Rice University)Rice chemist, alums named to Forbes 30 Under 30
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:33:30 +0000/?p=138781Rice University chemist Julian West and four alumni have been named to the 10th annual Forbes 30 Under 30.
/files/2020/12/1207_30-B.jpgForbes 30 Under 30Nuclear threat experts to examine global security in webinar
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:49:50 +0000/?p=138779Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and former secretary of energy Ernest Moniz will discuss the state of global security related to nuclear and biological threats...
/files/2020/04/BI-Building2020-1.jpgRice scientist joins next Mars adventure
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:18:17 +0000/?p=138765A Rice geologist is one of 13 scientists recently selected to operate the Mars rover Perseverance and analyze samples for an eventual return to Earth.
/files/2020/12/1207_MARS-B.jpgA colorized image of Jezero Crater, the target for NASA’s Perseverance rover. Kirsten Siebach, a Martian geologist at Rice University, is one of 13 scientists selected to help operate the rover. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL)Mitochondrial stress ‘ages’ astronauts
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:43:36 +0000/?p=138743Astronauts appear to age faster in space, but understanding why could mitigate the effects for future long-distance travelers.
/files/2020/12/1207_SPACEFLIGHT-B.jpgUS economy can handle high government debt, says Baker Institute expert
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:50:45 +0000/?p=138738U.S. debt is projected to soon eclipse World War II-era levels, and while that sounds problematic, that much growth in government debt won’t weaken the...
/files/2020/12/105389133_m.jpgThomas Killian named dean of Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:07:49 +0000/?p=138731Rice University has named physicist Thomas Killian dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, effective Jan. 1.
/files/2020/12/1201_DEAN-Killian1-b.jpgThomas Killian‘Strategic indifference’ leaves refugees in precarious position, says Baker Institute expert
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 22:12:56 +0000/?p=138707Current explanations for migrant and refugee policies in the "global south" mistake the absence of formal policy for neglect. But a migration and immigration expert at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy proposes to explain this dynamic as "strategic indifference.”
/files/2020/04/0406_REFUGEES-b.jpgIslamic 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 Nasr