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Save the Data - 2016 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference
The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Conference, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for discussion of challenges and opportunities around high performance computing, information technology, and computational science and engineering. The 2016 Conference will be held March 2-3, 2016 at the BioScience Research Collaborative Building on the Rice University Campus.  Read More »
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.  Read More »

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."  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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!  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

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.  Read More »

Are humans apex predators or genome conservationists? Are humans apex predators or genome conservationists?
Your work has included analysing 5 million books for Google, developing a shoe that helps people prone to falling, and developing a theory relating evolution and economics: is there one guiding philosophy that underpins your work?  Read More »

Algorithm clarifies ‘big data’ clustersAlgorithm clarifies ‘big data’ clusters
Rice University scientists have developed a big data technique that could have a significant impact on health care.

The Rice lab of bioengineer Amina Qutub designed an algorithm called "progeny clustering" that is being used in a hospital study to identify which treatments should be given to children with leukemia.

Details of the work appear today in Nature's online journal Scientific Reports.  Read More »

‘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 »

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 »

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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February
February 10, 2016
"The Entrepreneurial Journey" presented by: Dr. Mohit Aron, Founder & CEO of Cohesity Inc.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sewall Hall 301
March
March 2, 2016 - March 3, 2016
2016 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative
March 11, 2016
Ken Kennedy Institute March Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
April
April 1, 2016
Ken Kennedy Institute April Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
April 13, 2016
Rice Data Science Meet Up
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative Event Hall
April 21, 2016
The Ken Kennedy Institute and the Baker Institute for Public Policy proudly present... Defending Cyberspace: A New Frontier
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium
May
May 6, 2016
Ken Kennedy Institute May Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
 
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