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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)  (April 26, 2016)

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).  (April 22, 2016)

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.  (April 22, 2016)

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.”  (April 8, 2016)

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!  (April 8, 2016)

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.  (April 5, 2016)

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.  (March 28, 2016)

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.  (March 18, 2016)

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.  (March 15, 2016)

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.  (March 10, 2016)

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