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Rice builds on-ramp to cloud computingRice builds on-ramp to cloud computing
Rice University is preparing to offer its researchers who deal in "big data" the opportunity to compute in the cloud with fewer barriers.

Rice is installing the Big Research Data Cloud (BiRD Cloud), which will allow for cloud bursting. That means data-intensive tasks can spill over into outside cloud-computing systems when necessary, essentially providing unlimited computing capacity.  Read More »
K2I to manage one of the three largest graduate programs(1)K2I to manage one of the three largest graduate programs
The Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I) is excited to announce that it just awarded $147,500 in fellowship funding to Rice University graduate students.  Read More »

Rice University program models more detailed evolutionary networks from genetic data
The tree has been an effective model of evolution for 150 years, but a Rice University computer scientist believes it's far too simple to illustrate the breadth of current knowledge.

Rice researcher Luay Nakhleh and his group have developed PhyloNet, an open-source software package that accounts for horizontal as well as vertical inheritance of genetic material among genomes. His "maximum likelihood" method, detailed this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, allows PhyloNet to infer network models that better describe the evolution of certain groups of species than do tree models.  Read More »

Next for DARPA: ‘Autocomplete’ for programmersNext for DARPA: ‘Autocomplete’ for programmers
Writing computer programs could become as easy as searching the Internet. A Rice University-led team of software experts has launched an $11 million effort to create a sophisticated tool called PLINY that will both “autocomplete” and “autocorrect” code for programmers, much like the software that completes search queries and corrects spelling on today’s Web browsers and smartphones.  Read More »

Poll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machinePoll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machine
At the urging of county election officials in Austin, Texas, a group of Rice University engineers and social scientists has pulled together a team of U.S. experts to head off a little-known yet looming crisis facing elections officials nationwide.  Read More »

Koushanfar wins ‘Internet of Things’ security challengeKoushanfar wins ‘Internet of Things’ security challenge
A security initiative by Rice electrical and computer engineer Farinaz Koushanfar and her colleague at Cornell University is among four winners of this year’s Cisco Security Grand Challenge.  Read More »

Tapia honored with mayor’s lifetime achievement awardTapia honored with mayor’s lifetime achievement award
Rice Professor Richard Tapia has received the 2014 Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to helping minorities and women prepare for higher education and to increase participation of underrepresented students in the sciences.  Read More »

Rural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV BandsRural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV Bands
If you live out in the less densely inhabited regions of America, chances are very good that high-speed internet in your area is pretty hard-if not impossible-to come by. That could soon change thanks to a team from Rice University who have hacked currently unused, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum into a high-speed, wireless internet pipeline.  Read More »

Phosphorus a promising semiconductor Phosphorus a promising semiconductor
Defects damage the ideal properties of many two-dimensional materials, like carbon-based graphene. Phosphorus just shrugs.

That makes it a promising candidate for nano-electronic applications that require stable properties, according to new research by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his colleagues.  Read More »

As bytes guide bits, oil companies seek the tech-savvyAs bytes guide bits, oil companies seek the tech-savvy
Laid off from a tech startup and on the prowl for a paycheck, Nate Richards heard from a fellow barfly's girlfriend that a small, independent oil company needed a contractor to program databases.  Read More »

There’s headroom in the cloudThere’s headroom in the cloud
Cloud computing is at the core of a new grant to Rice University computer scientist Christopher Jermaine, who plans to develop tools that will allow research and industry to make better use of massive data sets without having to rely on supercomputers.  Read More »

Openism, IPism, Fundamentalism, and PragmatismOpenism, IPism, Fundamentalism, and Pragmatism
I consider the 20th century to have ended on Sept. 15, 2008. On that day, U.S. financial-services firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection. This bankruptcy filing, the largest in U.S. history, threatened to turn the economic recession of the 2007-2008 financial crisis into a fullscale economic depression.  Read More »

From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Nature's artistic and engineering skills are evident in proteins, life's robust molecular machines. Scientists at Rice University have now employed their unique theories to show how the interplay between evolution and physics developed these skills.  Read More »

Researchers uncover clues to flu’s mechanisms Researchers uncover clues to flu’s mechanisms
HOUSTON - A flu virus acts like a Trojan horse as it attacks and infects host cells. Scientists at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have acquired a clearer view of the well-hidden mechanism involved.

Their computer simulations may lead to new strategies to stop influenza, perhaps even a one-size-fits-all vaccine.  Read More »

Tough foam from tiny sheets Tough foam from tiny sheets
HOUSTON - Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University.

In microscopic images, the foam dubbed "GO-0.5BN" looks like a nanoscale building, with floors and walls that reinforce each other. The structure consists of a pair of two-dimensional materials: floors and walls of graphene oxide that self-assemble with the assistance of hexagonal boron nitride platelets.  Read More »

Geophysicists prep for massive ‘ultrasound’ of Mount St. HelensGeophysicists prep for massive ‘ultrasound’ of Mount St. Helens
A small army of 75 geophysicists converged on Mount St. Helens the weekend of July 20 to begin final preparations for the equivalent of a combined ultrasound and CAT scan of the famous volcano’s internal plumbing. The ambitious project, a joint undertaking by Earth scientists at Rice University, the University of Washington, the University of Texas at El Paso and other institutions, requires placing more than 3,500 active seismological sensors and 23 seismic charges around the volcano over the next few days.  Read More »

Featured Faculty Profile – Michael KohnK2I Featured Faculty Profile: Michael Kohn
As a boy, Michael Kohn wrote to a museum curator in Stuttgart, Germany, with a request: "Could you send me everything you know about mice?" 

Kohn laughs when recounting his simple request.  Now a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, Kohn has spent years studying the genomes of the same organisms that interested him as a child - rodents.  Though he still doesn't know "everything" about mice, his research could eventually help doctors develop better drug therapies for humans.  Read More »

K2I Featured Faculty Profile: Tayfun TezduyarK2I Featured Faculty Profile: Tayfun Tezduyar
Breathing spacecraft parachutes, flapping locust wings and pulsating cerebral aneurysms seem to have little in common, but Professor Tayfun Tezduyar analyzes these problems with homegrown computer modeling technology that is common to all three.  Read More »

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