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Revolutionary 'flat' camera could make your next phone as thin as a credit cardRevolutionary 'flat' camera could make your next phone as thin as a credit card
Researchers in Texas have developed a camera small enough to fit inside of a credit card which doesn't require a lens.In doing away with the lens, the FlatCam prototype paves the way for a future of cameras that are more flexible than traditional ones, giving it the potential for use in security and disaster-relief.The camera was invented by electrical and computer engineers Richard Baraniuk and Ashok Veeraraghavan, and is thinner than a dime.  (December 1, 2015)

Rice wins $2.4M to study many-antenna wirelessRice wins $2.4M to study many-antenna wireless
"Early tests of many-antenna technology at Rice and elsewhere suggest that wireless carriers could use this technology to serve many times more data than can be served with today’s 4G networks," said Lin Zhong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science at Rice and the principal investigator on the new grant. "But there are still many questions about how to scale this technology for real-world implementation. Those are the challenges we’ll be tackling with the new research."  (November 30, 2015)

Rice Ken Kennedy Institute fellowship program raises the bar in student fundingRice Ken Kennedy Institute fellowship program raises the bar in student funding
The Ken Kennedy Institute has awarded $57,500 to eight Rice University graduate students as part of its annual fellowship program. The Institute also awarded $105,000 in enhancement fellowships earlier this year to incoming graduate students pursuing degrees in computational fields. Since 2008, the Institute has awarded more than $575,000 in fellowship funding to students studying computational science, engineering and high-performance computing. With the most recent fellowship awards, the Ken Kennedy Institute now manages one of the largest fellowship programs at Rice.  (November 20, 2015)

What Can Be Done About Gender Diversity in Computing?: A Lot!What Can Be Done About Gender Diversity in Computing?: A Lot!
The 2015 Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing (GHC, for short) will take place October 14–16 in Houston, TX. GHC is an annual conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is the world's largest gathering of women in computing. GHC is organized by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology in partnership with ACM. This year's event is expected to bring together more than 12,000—mostly female—computer scientists!  (November 9, 2015)

Gene on-off switch works like backpack strapGene on-off switch works like backpack strap
A research team based in Houston's Texas Medical Center has found that the proteins that turn genes on by forming loops in human chromosomes work like the sliding plastic adjusters on a grade-schooler's backpack. This discovery could provide new clues about genetic diseases and allow researchers to reprogram cells by directly modifying the loops in genomes.  (October 20, 2015)

Project aims to help brain fix itselfProject 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 initiativesRice 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)

The Future of Work: But What Will Humans Do?The Future of Work: But What Will Humans Do?
While artificial intelligence has proved much more difficult than some early pioneers believed, its progress has been nothing short of inexorable. In 2004 economists argued that driving was unlikely to be automated in the near future. A year later a Stanford autonomous vehicle won a DARPA Grand Challenge by driving over 100 miles along an unrehearsed desert trail. A decade later, one hears regularly about the exploits of the Google driverless car.  (September 30, 2015)

Cooper named co-director of Kennedy InstituteCooper 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)

Rice’s first ‘Data Science Meet-up’ Sept. 25 at BRCRice’s first ‘Data Science Meet-up’ Sept. 25 at BRC
The Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology will host Rice's first Data Science Meet-up from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the BioScience Research Collaborative's exhibition hall.The theme of the event is "meet your colleagues." Organizers said they plan to highlight unique data science assets at Rice in the hopes of spurring collaborations that lead to new educational offerings and position the university to win additional research funding.  (September 14, 2015)

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