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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)

2015 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Workshop(1)“Everything starts with the image. We simply can’t deliver what we do without high-performance computing.”
By Patrick Kurp, Engineering Communications
In two sentences, Eric Green, vice president for advanced seismic imaging at BP, distilled a message often reiterated at the eighth-annual Rice Oil & Gas High-Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop at Rice University. Hosted March 4-5 by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I), the event drew 540 leaders from the oil and gas industry, the high-performance computing and information technology industries and academics."We are now an established annual event. People in these two industries - in oil and gas, and in IT - put us on their calendars. You can see this by the record turnout this year," said Jan E. Odegard, executive director of K2I and associate vice president in the Office of Information Technology at Rice.  (March 10, 2015)

EATCS Fellows class of 2015 namedEATCS Fellows class of 2015 named
The EATCS has recognized five of its members for their outstanding contributions to theoretical computer science by naming them as recipients of an EATCS fellowship.  (February 27, 2015)

Office of Information Technology to launch March 1Office of Information Technology to launch March 1
Rice University's IT professionals got their first look Friday at the organizational structure and plans for the Office of Information Technology, a new university entity that will become effective March 1.Headed by Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Klara Jelinkova, the new office brings together the university's academic and administrative IT units. In an hourlong presentation for the combined staffs of the two merging units, Information Technology and Administrative Systems, Jelinkova described the new organizational structure for IT and its strategic goals and plans.  (February 27, 2015)

2015 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Workshop2015 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Workshop
Registration is now open! The Rice University Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (OG HPC) Workshop is the premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges and needs in the oil and gas industry.  (February 5, 2015)

Dueñas-Osorio paper named best by EERI
A paper written by Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, has been named the Outstanding Earthquake Spectra Paper of 2013 by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).  Dueñas-Osorio's "Calibration and Validation of a Seismic Damage Propagation Model for Interdependent Infrastructure Systems" was published in the August 2013 issue of Earthquake Spectra, the EERI's quarterly journal. His co-author was Jason Wu, a doctoral student at Stanford University who graduated from Rice in 2012 with a B.S. in civil engineering.   (February 2, 2015)

Rice’s Naomi Halas to direct Smalley InstituteRice’s Naomi Halas to direct Smalley Institute
Rice University today named nanotechnology pioneer Naomi Halas director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Halas, one of Rice's most cited and renowned researchers, said she plans to expand the institute's scope, engage more faculty and students and foster new collaborations at the frontiers of science."The landscape in science changes year by year," Halas said. "Many exciting efforts that define the frontier of science in 2015 have emerged in the last five years. It's important for us to broaden our scope in order to build on and communicate that excitement and to stay engaged, not only with our local intellectual community but with our regional and national communities as well."  (January 16, 2015)

Custom Algorithm Helps Synthesize New Metal Organic Framework Configurations for Methane StorageCustom Algorithm Helps Synthesize New Metal Organic Framework Configurations for Methane Storage
The Department of Energy (DOE) supports scientists in the quest to find new materials which can store compressed natural gas at room temperature and at low pressure. Some of the materials studied are cage-like synthetic macromolecules, known as metal organic frameworks (MOFs).  (January 12, 2015)

Big-data analysis reveals gene sharing in mice Big-data analysis reveals gene sharing in mice
Rice University scientists have detected at least three instances of cross-species mating that likely influenced the evolutionary paths of "old world" mice, two in recent times and one in the distant past.The researchers think these instances of introgressive hybridization - a way for genetic material and, potentially, traits to be passed from one species to another through interspecific mating - are only the first of many needles waiting to be found in a very large genetic haystack. While introgressive hybridization is thought to be common among plants, the finding suggests that hybridization in mammals may not be the evolutionary dead end biologists once commonly thought.  (December 18, 2014)

Rice study fuels hope for natural gas cars
HOUSTON - (Dec. 18, 2014) - Cars that run on natural gas are touted as efficient and environmentally friendly, but getting enough gas onboard to make them practical is a hurdle. A new study led by researchers at Rice University promises to help.Rather than shoehorn bulky high-pressure tanks like those used in buses and trucks into light vehicles, the Department of Energy (DOE) encourages scientists to look at new materials that can store compressed natural gas (CNG) at low pressure and at room temperature. Cage-like synthetic macromolecules called metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are among the candidates.  (December 18, 2014)

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