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Rice University program models more detailed evolutionary networks from genetic data
The tree has been an effective model of evolution for 150 years, but a Rice University computer scientist believes it's far too simple to illustrate the breadth of current knowledge.Rice researcher Luay Nakhleh and his group have developed PhyloNet, an open-source software package that accounts for horizontal as well as vertical inheritance of genetic material among genomes. His "maximum likelihood" method, detailed this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, allows PhyloNet to infer network models that better describe the evolution of certain groups of species than do tree models.  (November 14, 2014)

Next for DARPA: ‘Autocomplete’ for programmersNext for DARPA: ‘Autocomplete’ for programmers
Writing computer programs could become as easy as searching the Internet. A Rice University-led team of software experts has launched an $11 million effort to create a sophisticated tool called PLINY that will both “autocomplete” and “autocorrect” code for programmers, much like the software that completes search queries and corrects spelling on today’s Web browsers and smartphones.  (November 5, 2014)

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.  (November 3, 2014)

Koushanfar wins ‘Internet of Things’ security challengeKoushanfar wins ‘Internet of Things’ security challenge
A security initiative by Rice electrical and computer engineer Farinaz Koushanfar and her colleague at Cornell University is among four winners of this year’s Cisco Security Grand Challenge.  (October 27, 2014)

Poll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machinePoll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machine
At the urging of county election officials in Austin, Texas, a group of Rice University engineers and social scientists has pulled together a team of U.S. experts to head off a little-known yet looming crisis facing elections officials nationwide.  (October 27, 2014)

Tapia honored with mayor’s lifetime achievement awardTapia honored with mayor’s lifetime achievement award
Rice Professor Richard Tapia has received the 2014 Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to helping minorities and women prepare for higher education and to increase participation of underrepresented students in the sciences.  (September 19, 2014)

Rural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV BandsRural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV Bands
If you live out in the less densely inhabited regions of America, chances are very good that high-speed internet in your area is pretty hard-if not impossible-to come by. That could soon change thanks to a team from Rice University who have hacked currently unused, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum into a high-speed, wireless internet pipeline.  (September 12, 2014)

Phosphorus a promising semiconductor Phosphorus a promising semiconductor
Defects damage the ideal properties of many two-dimensional materials, like carbon-based graphene. Phosphorus just shrugs.That makes it a promising candidate for nano-electronic applications that require stable properties, according to new research by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his colleagues.  (September 8, 2014)

As bytes guide bits, oil companies seek the tech-savvyAs bytes guide bits, oil companies seek the tech-savvy
Laid off from a tech startup and on the prowl for a paycheck, Nate Richards heard from a fellow barfly's girlfriend that a small, independent oil company needed a contractor to program databases.  (August 26, 2014)

There’s headroom in the cloudThere’s headroom in the cloud
Cloud computing is at the core of a new grant to Rice University computer scientist Christopher Jermaine, who plans to develop tools that will allow research and industry to make better use of massive data sets without having to rely on supercomputers.  (August 26, 2014)

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