Project aims to help brain fix itself
HOUSTON - (Oct. 5, 2015) - A Rice University project to decipher how neurons form networks aims to help injured brains heal themselves.Researchers at Rice funded by the National Science Foundation are combining experiments and computational analysis to learn how the brain organizes itself. Ultimately, they want to know if they can direct the growth of new neurons to treat stroke and neurodegenerative diseases.
(October 9, 2015)
Rice announces $150 million in strategic research initiatives
Rice University is preparing to invest over $150 million in strategic initiatives aimed at increasing its research competitiveness, establishing a world-renowned program in data sciences and bolstering its position as one of the leading centers for molecular nanotechnology research.
(October 9, 2015)
Cooper named co-director of Kennedy Institute
Keith Cooper, Rice's L. John and Ann H. Doerr Professor in Computational Engineering and associate dean for research for the George R. Brown School of Engineering, has been named co-director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.In announcing the appointment last week, Vice Provost for Research Yousif Shamoo and Kennedy Institute Director Moshe Vardi said Cooper will play a lead role in supporting the institute's new efforts focused on data science.
(September 14, 2015)
Are humans apex predators or genome conservationists?
Your work has included analysing 5 million books for Google, developing a shoe that helps people prone to falling, and developing a theory relating evolution and economics: is there one guiding philosophy that underpins your work?
(September 11, 2015)
Algorithm clarifies ‘big data’ clusters
Rice University scientists have developed a big data technique that could have a significant impact on health care.The Rice lab of bioengineer Amina Qutub designed an algorithm called "progeny clustering" that is being used in a hospital study to identify which treatments should be given to children with leukemia.Details of the work appear today in Nature's online journal Scientific Reports.
(August 20, 2015)
‘White graphene’ structures can take the heat
Three-dimensional structures of boron nitride might be the right stuff to keep small electronics cool, according to scientists at Rice University.Rice researchers Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Navid Sakhavand have completed the first theoretical analysis of how 3-D boron nitride might be used as a tunable material to control heat flow in such devices.
(July 16, 2015)
A Climate-Modeling Strategy That Won’t Hurt the Climate
It is perhaps the most daunting challenge facing experts in both the fields of climate and computer science - creating a supercomputer that can accurately model the future of the planet in a set of equations and how the forces of climate change will affect it. It is a task that would require running an immense set of calculations for several weeks and then recalculating them hundreds of times with different variables.
(May 15, 2015)
Earthquakes Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath East Asia
A new work based on 3-D supercomputer simulations of earthquake data has found hidden rock structures deep under East Asia. Researchers from China, Canada, and the U.S. worked together to publish their results in March 2015 in the American Geophysical Union Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth.
(May 15, 2015)
From brittle to plastic in one breath
HOUSTON - (May 4, 2015) - What if peanut brittle, under certain conditions, behaved like taffy? Something like that happens to a two-dimensional dichalcogenide analyzed by scientists at Rice University.Rice researchers calculated that atomically thin layers of molybdenum disulfide can take on the qualities of plastic through exposure to a sulfur-infused gas at the right temperature and pressure.
(May 5, 2015)
Chromosome-folding theory shows promise
HOUSTON - (April 28, 2015) - Human chromosomes are much bigger and more complex than proteins, but like proteins, they appear to fold and unfold in an orderly process as they carry out their functions in cells.Rice University biophysicist Peter Wolynes and postdoctoral fellow Bin Zhang have embarked upon a long project to define that order. They hope to develop a theory that predicts the folding mechanisms and resulting structures of chromosomes in the same general way Wolynes helped revolutionize the view of protein folding through the concept of energy landscapes.
(April 29, 2015)