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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)

Why these brain tumor drugs miss the markWhy these brain tumor drugs miss the mark
Drugs that target insulin pathways to slow or stop the growth of brain tumors are on the wrong track, even if they're going in the right direction, researchers say.Studies have shown patients who are obese, diabetic, or both have the highest incidence of glioblastomas. Therapies that attack the insulin signaling pathway thought to influence tumor development have been successful in animal trials but failed in subsequent human trials.Rice University bioengineers led by Amina Qutub believe that's because they go after the wrong targets.  (April 24, 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)

Solar scientist gets CAREER boostSolar scientist gets CAREER boost
Stephen Bradshaw, a Rice University assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has won a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award to advance his research into the mechanisms of the sun's atmosphere.Bradshaw will receive around $700,000 in research funding over the five-year span of the award, which goes to junior faculty members "who exemplify the role of teacher scholars." The awards are among the foundation's most competitive.  (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)

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)

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