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First two IDEA grants awarded First two IDEA grants awarded
Research proposals to study cross-cultural collaboration in design teams and to develop mobile technology for prevention and management of chronic disease have received Rice’s first two InterDisciplinary Excellence Awards (IDEA). The IDEA Fund, announced earlier this year on the Creative Ventures website launched by Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, supports development of new research or academic partnerships that extend across two or more schools to engage faculty in new and creative scholarship.  Read More »
Congratulations Graduates!Congratulations Graduates!
Congratulations to the class of 2016!  Read More »

The way I see it: Favorite Rice commencement memoriesThe way I see it: Favorite Rice commencement memories
First I should note that I married into a family that has gone on to earn a fair number of Rice degrees. My wife, Linda Torczon, and her siblings have eight among them; their spouses have seven; our two daughters, Christine and Carolyn, and our nephew Mitch take the count to 18. Thus, for me, Rice commencement is, and always will be, deeply tied to my extended family.  Read More »

Ken Kennedy Institute applauds its members!Ken Kennedy Institute applauds its members!
The Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology is pleased to congratulate its members on their recent promotions and awards at Rice University. President David Leebron, the University’s Board of Trustees, and the Promotion and Tenure Committee recently announced the promotion of seven Institute members and said they look forward to the many continuing contributions of these faculty at Rice and to the scholarly community more broadly.  We could not agree more, and thank them for their ambition and leadership at Rice. The Institute would also like to extend its congratulations to Professors Jane Grande-Allen and Christopher M. Jermaine, both Institute members were recently selected to receive this year’s Teaching and Research Excellence (T+R^2)  Read More »

Thanks, actin, for the memoriesThanks, actin, for the memories
Thank the little "muscles" in your neurons for allowing you to remember where you live, what your friends and family look like and a lot more.

New research at Rice University suggests actin filaments that control the shape of neuron cells may also be the key to the molecular machinery that forms and stores long-term memories.  Read More »

Rice’s Genevera Allen wins NSF CAREER award Rice’s Genevera Allen wins NSF CAREER award
Rice statistician and neuroscientist Genevera Allen is hoping to provide data scientists with new tools that can uncover hidden patterns and correlations from complex data sets, thanks to a new CAREER Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read More »

Are We Headed toward Another Global Tech Bust?Are We Headed toward Another Global Tech Bust?
Enrollments in computing-related undergraduate degree programs are booming, about to establish a new record in North America. There is also a growing demand for computing courses by students who are not computing majors. In the U.S., President Obama recently announced a new $4 billion initiative "to empower students with the computer science skills they need to thrive in a digital economy." Of course, this popularity does not come without costs. The growing size of computing degree programs is clearly stressing academic units and putting pressure on the quality of education provided to students. In response to the insatiable demand, academic institutions are raising their level of investment in computing programs, but academic hiring is agonizingly slow!  Read More »

Are robots taking our jobs?Are robots taking our jobs?
If you put water on the stove and heat it up, it will at first just get hotter and hotter. You may then conclude that heating water results only in hotter water. But at some point everything changes – the water starts to boil, turning from hot liquid into steam. Physicists call this a “phase transition.”  Read More »

To make computers better, let them get sloppy
The Ken Kennedy Institute is proud to share this news article about member, Krishna Palem.

KRISHNA PALEM'S computers won't win any awards for accuracy. Most of the time they can't even add up correctly. For them, 2 + 2 might as well be 5. But don't be fooled by the wobbly arithmetic. Palem is making machines that could represent a new dawn for computing.  Read More »

Grande-Allen, Jermaine win T+R^2 Award
The Ken Kennedy Institute is proud to share this exciting news about two of our members!

Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering (BioE), and Christopher M. Jermaine, associate professor of computer science (CS), have been selected to receive the 2016 Teaching and Research Excellence Awards from the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University.  Read More »

Cancer cells' evasive action revealed
Researchers at Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have uncovered a trick used by lung cancer cells to hide from the body's immune system.

The researchers have found links between subtle actions and reactions that allow cancerous cells to spread with little to stand in their way. The team led by Dr. Edwin Ostrin, an assistant professor of pulmonary medicine at MD Anderson, and theoretical biological physicist Herbert Levine at Rice, details its findings in study in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Read More »

Big data drills down into metabolic details
Rice University bioengineers have introduced a fast computational method to model tissue-specific metabolic pathways. Their algorithm may help researchers find new therapeutic targets for cancer and other diseases.

Metabolic pathways are immense networks of biochemical reactions that keep organisms functioning and are also implicated in many diseases.

They present the kind of challenges "big data" projects are designed to address. In recent years, computer scientists have built many ways to model these networks in humans, particularly since the 2007 introduction of the first genome-scale model of human metabolic pathways.  Read More »

9th Annual Oil & Gas HPC Conference: A Unique Experience
For the ninth year, Rice University's Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Conference stayed true to its inceptual mission to engage, educate and network.  Jan Odegard, Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and Associate Vice President, Office of Information Technology, hosted and brought  together professionals from Academia, National Laboratories, Oil & Gas and IT. The conference attendance was record breaking with over 550 people registered. There was, surprisingly, no decrease in attendance this year due to lower oil prices.  Read More »

Oil industry must 'improve technology and knowhow'Oil industry must 'improve technology and knowhow'
"We're seeing increasing costs and decreasing returns," said François Alabert, vice president for geo-technology solutions at Total S.A., the French multinational oil and gas giant. "The only way to improve performance is to improve technology and knowhow."

It was a message often reiterated at the ninth-annual Rice Oil & Gas (O&G) High-Performance Computing (HPC) Conference at Rice University. Hosted March 2-3 by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the event drew more than 550 leaders from the oil and gas industry, the high-performance computing and information technology industries and academics.  Read More »

Hybrid Compute Drives Energy Efficient Oil Reservoir ModelingHybrid Compute Drives Energy Efficient Oil Reservoir Modeling
It is convenient, perhaps, that large scale computing evolved just about the time the easiest and biggest strikes for oil and natural gas were over. Since the 1950s, energy companies have always been early adopters of advanced computing, networking, and storage technologies because accurate seismic processing to reveal the structures of the depths of the Earth’s crust is the only practical way to find oil and natural gas and manage their reservoirs of those hydrocarbons.  Read More »

Drilling Into The Systems At The Oil And Gas MajorsDrilling Into The Systems At The Oil And Gas Majors
HPC centers like to boast about the details of their supercomputing systems because they are political machines as much as they are tools for running simulations. Hyperscalers reveal some of the details behind their massive and complex systems to pump up their open source projects and to show their prowess as a means to attract the best talent. But large enterprises tend to be super secretive about their systems, and none more so than the major oil and gas companies.  Read More »

Oil and Gas Giant on Tech Infrastructure Investments, Uncertain TimesOil and Gas Giant on Tech Infrastructure Investments, Uncertain Times
Multi-million dollar decisions about investing in high performance computing systems are never taken lightly, but in the oil and gas industry, which is going through one of its worst crises in history, uncertainty reigns—at least in terms of the future outlook.  Read More »

Taking the Pulse of HPC in the Oil and Gas Industry
Taking place from March 2 to 3, 2016, the Oil & Gas High Performances Computing (HPC) Conference is hosted annually at Rice University and is the premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges in the oil and gas industry.  Read More »

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September
September 2, 2016
September Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
September 14, 2016
Ken Kennedy Award Lecture: Dr. Kathy Yelick, University of California at Berkeley
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium
October
October 7, 2016
October Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
October 13, 2016
Rice Faculty Data Science Meetup
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative Event Hall
November
November 4, 2016
November Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
November 10, 2016
Ken Kennedy Institute Lecture: Dr. Andrew Lo, MIT Sloan School of Management
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium
December
December 2, 2016
December Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
 
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