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Rice research featured during White House announcement of new wireless initiative Rice research featured during White House announcement of new wireless initiative
A video showing how Rice University researchers have improved and expanded wireless technology was featured during the July 15 White House announcement of a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative led by the National Science Foundation.  (July 21, 2016)

Rice wins interdisciplinary ‘big data’ grant Rice wins interdisciplinary ‘big data’ grant
Rice University has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring together computer science and statistics for the greater benefit of data science.The grant will fund a new research training group at Rice. The goal is to develop scientists with a combined education in statistics and computer science to work on problems that can be addressed only through interdisciplinary approaches.  (July 18, 2016)

11 schools selected for national OpenStax partnership program11 schools selected for national OpenStax partnership program
Rice University-based publisher OpenStax selected 11 universities and colleges to be members of its national Open Educational Resource Institutional Partnership Program starting in the 2016-17 academic school year. The program could potentially save students at partner schools a combined $4.2 million through further adoption of open educational resources, such as OpenStax textbooks.  (July 11, 2016)

Lush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happenedLush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happened
If conditions had been just a little different an eon ago, there might be plentiful life on Venus and none on Earth.The idea isn't so far-fetched, according to a hypothesis by Rice University scientists and their colleagues who published their thoughts on life-sustaining planets, the planets' histories and the possibility of finding more in Astrobiology this month.  (July 11, 2016)

Crowd-sourced competition to create 'big data' diagnostic toolsCrowd-sourced competition to create 'big data' diagnostic tools
Big data has a bright future in personalized medicine, as demonstrated by an international competition centered at Rice University that suggested ways forward for treatment of patients with leukemia.  (July 5, 2016)

First two IDEA grants awarded First two IDEA grants awarded
Research proposals to study cross-cultural collaboration in design teams and to develop mobile technology for prevention and management of chronic disease have received Rice’s first two InterDisciplinary Excellence Awards (IDEA). The IDEA Fund, announced earlier this year on the Creative Ventures website launched by Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, supports development of new research or academic partnerships that extend across two or more schools to engage faculty in new and creative scholarship.  (June 14, 2016)

The way I see it: Favorite Rice commencement memoriesThe way I see it: Favorite Rice commencement memories
First I should note that I married into a family that has gone on to earn a fair number of Rice degrees. My wife, Linda Torczon, and her siblings have eight among them; their spouses have seven; our two daughters, Christine and Carolyn, and our nephew Mitch take the count to 18. Thus, for me, Rice commencement is, and always will be, deeply tied to my extended family.  (May 17, 2016)

Congratulations Graduates!Congratulations Graduates!
Congratulations to the class of 2016!  (May 11, 2016)

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)

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