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From brittle to plastic in one breathFrom 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 promiseChromosome-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)

Richards-Kortum, Vardi elected to National Academy of SciencesRichards-Kortum, Vardi elected to National Academy of Sciences
Rice University bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum and computer scientist Moshe Vardi today joined the elite group of scientists who have been elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.  (April 29, 2015)

Baraniuk, Nakhleh honored for research, teachingBaraniuk, Nakhleh honored for research, teaching
Richard G. Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and founder of the open-education initiatives OpenStax College and Connexions, and Luay Nakhleh, associate professor of computer science (CS), and of biochemistry and cell biology, have been chosen as the first faculty members to be honored with Teaching and Research Excellence Awards from the George R. Brown School of Engineering.  (April 28, 2015)

Communications of the ACM Incentivizing Quality and Impact in Computing Research Communications of the ACM Incentivizing Quality and Impact in Computing Research
Over the past few years, the computing-research community has been conducting a public conversation on its publication culture. Much of that conversation has taken place in the pages of Communications. (See http://cra.org/scholarlypub/.)  (April 28, 2015)

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.  (April 14, 2015)

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. -  (April 14, 2015)

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.  (April 13, 2015)

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.  (April 13, 2015)

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.  (March 27, 2015)

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