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‘White graphene’ structures can take the heat ‘White graphene’ structures can take the heat
Three-dimensional structures of boron nitride might be the right stuff to keep small electronics cool, according to scientists at Rice University.

Rice researchers Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Navid Sakhavand have completed the first theoretical analysis of how 3-D boron nitride might be used as a tunable material to control heat flow in such devices.  Read More »
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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

Earthquakes Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath East AsiaEarthquakes Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath East Asia
A new work based on 3-D supercomputer simulations of earthquake data has found hidden rock structures deep under East Asia. Researchers from China, Canada, and the U.S. worked together to publish their results in March 2015 in the American Geophysical Union Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth.  Read More »

A Climate-Modeling Strategy That Won’t Hurt the ClimateA Climate-Modeling Strategy That Won’t Hurt the Climate
It is perhaps the most daunting challenge facing experts in both the fields of climate and computer science - creating a supercomputer that can accurately model the future of the planet in a set of equations and how the forces of climate change will affect it. It is a task that would require running an immense set of calculations for several weeks and then recalculating them hundreds of times with different variables.  Read More »

From brittle to plastic in one breathFrom brittle to plastic in one breath
HOUSTON - (May 4, 2015) - What if peanut brittle, under certain conditions, behaved like taffy? Something like that happens to a two-dimensional dichalcogenide analyzed by scientists at Rice University.

Rice researchers calculated that atomically thin layers of molybdenum disulfide can take on the qualities of plastic through exposure to a sulfur-infused gas at the right temperature and pressure.  Read More »

Richards-Kortum, Vardi elected to National Academy of SciencesRichards-Kortum, Vardi elected to National Academy of Sciences
Rice University bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum and computer scientist Moshe Vardi today joined the elite group of scientists who have been elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.  Read More »

Chromosome-folding theory shows promiseChromosome-folding theory shows promise
HOUSTON - (April 28, 2015) - Human chromosomes are much bigger and more complex than proteins, but like proteins, they appear to fold and unfold in an orderly process as they carry out their functions in cells.

Rice University biophysicist Peter Wolynes and postdoctoral fellow Bin Zhang have embarked upon a long project to define that order. They hope to develop a theory that predicts the folding mechanisms and resulting structures of chromosomes in the same general way Wolynes helped revolutionize the view of protein folding through the concept of energy landscapes.  Read More »

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/.)  Read More »

Baraniuk, Nakhleh honored for research, teachingBaraniuk, Nakhleh honored for research, teaching
Richard G. Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and founder of the open-education initiatives OpenStax College and Connexions, and Luay Nakhleh, associate professor of computer science (CS), and of biochemistry and cell biology, have been chosen as the first faculty members to be honored with Teaching and Research Excellence Awards from the George R. Brown School of Engineering.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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. -  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

Winding borders may enhance grapheneWinding borders may enhance graphene
HOUSTON - (Feb. 2, 2015) - Far from being a defect, a winding thread of odd rings at the border of two sheets of graphene has qualities that may prove valuable to manufacturers, according to Rice University scientists.

Graphene, the atom-thick form of carbon, rarely appears as a perfect lattice of chicken wire-like six-atom rings. When grown via chemical vapor deposition, it usually consists of "domains," or separately grown sheets that bloom outward from hot catalysts until they meet up.  Read More »

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.   Read More »

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.  Read More »

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September
September 4, 2015
Ken Kennedy Institute September Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
September 29, 2015
Ken Kennedy Award Lecture presented by Dr. Charles Leiserson
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium
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October 2, 2015
Ken Kennedy Institute October Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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November 6, 2015
Ken Kennedy Institute November Member Luncheon
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December 4, 2015
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