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2015 Rice HPC Summer Institute - June 1-4, 2015
The 2015 HPC Summer Institute is organized by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University in an effort to address a growing demand for training and education in high-performance computing and scientific programming. While the main driver for the Summer Institute has been participation from the oil and gas industry, the curriculum is broadly applicable to any field engaged in scientific computing where there is a need to harness more of the computing power offered by modern servers and clusters. The HPC Summer Institute offers participants, with a wide array of backgrounds, opportunities to be trained in modern programing techniques and tools.  Read More »
2015 Data Science Summer Institute - June 15-18, 2015
Society has firmly entered the era of “data” and data-driven discovery and prediction will be in your future. The combination of ubiquitous network connectivity, powerful mobile computing devices, remote sensors and cameras, accurate location data, massive data-center resources, and commercial advertising incentives has spurred an astonishing growth in the collection and availability of data. To prepare you to leverage your data the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University is offering the Data Science Summer Institute to get you up to speed on skills required to start leveraging the latest data analytics tools.  Read More »

Why these brain tumor drugs miss the markWhy these brain tumor drugs miss the mark
Drugs that target insulin pathways to slow or stop the growth of brain tumors are on the wrong track, even if they're going in the right direction, researchers say.

Studies have shown patients who are obese, diabetic, or both have the highest incidence of glioblastomas. Therapies that attack the insulin signaling pathway thought to influence tumor development have been successful in animal trials but failed in subsequent human trials.

Rice University bioengineers led by Amina Qutub believe that's because they go after the wrong targets.  Read More »

Rice’s Krishna Palem wins Guggenheim FellowshipRice’s Krishna Palem wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Rice University computer scientist Krishna Palem has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to collaborate with colleagues in the United Kingdom with the goal of making the resolution of weather and climate models 10 times finer through supercomputing with an ultra-energy-efficient approach. -  Read More »

Nanotubes with two walls have singular qualitiesNanotubes with two walls have singular qualities
Rice University researchers have determined that two walls are better than one when turning carbon nanotubes into materials like strong, conductive fibers or transistors.

Rice materials scientist Enrique Barrera and his colleagues used atomic-level models of double-walled nanotubes to see how they might be tuned for applications that require particular properties. They knew from others' work that double-walled nanotubes are stronger and stiffer than their single-walled cousins. But they found it may someday be possible to tune double-walled tubes for specific electronic properties by controlling their configuration, chiral angles and the distance between the walls.  Read More »

Solar scientist gets CAREER boostSolar scientist gets CAREER boost
Stephen Bradshaw, a Rice University assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has won a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award to advance his research into the mechanisms of the sun's atmosphere.

Bradshaw will receive around $700,000 in research funding over the five-year span of the award, which goes to junior faculty members "who exemplify the role of teacher scholars." The awards are among the foundation's most competitive.  Read More »

Minimal device maximizes macula imagingMinimal device maximizes macula imaging
A smart and simple method developed at Rice University to image a patient's eye could help monitor eye health and spot signs of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, especially in developing nations.

The patient-operated, portable device invented at Rice is called mobileVision. It can be paired with a smartphone to give clinicians finely detailed images of the macula, the spot in the center of the eye where vision is sharpest, without artificially dilating the pupil. Those images are then sent by cellphone to ophthalmologists who can make their diagnoses from afar.  Read More »

Office of Information Technology to launch March 1Office of Information Technology to launch March 1
Rice University's IT professionals got their first look Friday at the organizational structure and plans for the Office of Information Technology, a new university entity that will become effective March 1.

Headed by Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Klara Jelinkova, the new office brings together the university's academic and administrative IT units. In an hourlong presentation for the combined staffs of the two merging units, Information Technology and Administrative Systems, Jelinkova described the new organizational structure for IT and its strategic goals and plans.  Read More »

EATCS Fellows class of 2015 namedEATCS Fellows class of 2015 named
The EATCS has recognized five of its members for their outstanding contributions to theoretical computer science by naming them as recipients of an EATCS fellowship.  Read More »

Winding borders may enhance grapheneWinding borders may enhance graphene
HOUSTON - (Feb. 2, 2015) - Far from being a defect, a winding thread of odd rings at the border of two sheets of graphene has qualities that may prove valuable to manufacturers, according to Rice University scientists.

Graphene, the atom-thick form of carbon, rarely appears as a perfect lattice of chicken wire-like six-atom rings. When grown via chemical vapor deposition, it usually consists of "domains," or separately grown sheets that bloom outward from hot catalysts until they meet up.  Read More »

Dueñas-Osorio paper named best by EERI
A paper written by Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, has been named the Outstanding Earthquake Spectra Paper of 2013 by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).  

Dueñas-Osorio's "Calibration and Validation of a Seismic Damage Propagation
Model for Interdependent Infrastructure Systems" was published in the August 2013 issue of Earthquake Spectra, the EERI's quarterly journal. His co-author was Jason Wu, a doctoral student at Stanford University who graduated from Rice in 2012 with a B.S. in civil engineering.   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 »

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Events

May
May 1, 2015
K2I Member Luncheon- Dr. Jose Onuchic
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
June
June 1, 2015 - June 4, 2015
HPC Summer Institute
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall TBA
June 15, 2015 - June 18, 2015
Data Science Summer Institute
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall TBA
October
October 12, 2015 - October 13, 2015
Data Science Conference
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative
 
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