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Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Through the Sallyport:

Grain of Sand
Rice Names Architecture Dean Sarah Whiting
Sarah Whiting, a member of the Princeton University School of Architecture faculty and an expert in urban and architectural theory, has been named dean of the Rice School of Architecture.
Tudor Fieldhouse
Eye on the Goal
Despite the setbacks caused by Hurricane Ike and the prolonged economic downturn, Rice’s $1 billion Centennial Campaign is on target.
Powerful Company
Rice alumna Lynn Laverty Elsenhans ’78 is in some pretty powerful company. The chairman of the board and CEO of the major petrochemical company Sunoco, she earned the No. 10 spot on this year’s Forbes list of the "World’s 100 Most Powerful Women."
Houston in the Cometary Crosshairs

Patricia Reiff returned from India just in time to destroy Houston. Actually, the culprit is an imaginary comet, and the razing of Rice’s home city is only make-believe. For now.

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The "Hole" Story of Cell Suicide


Rice physicist Huey Huang is on a quest to understand death — or at least a little piece of it. Huang has spent the past 15 years studying the properties of cell membranes in an effort to unravel the mystery of cell suicide, a mystery that starts with a tiny hole.

doctor's office
A (Health Insurance) Stitch in Time Might Save ...


Extending health insurance coverage to all children in the United States would be relatively inexpensive and would yield economic benefits that are greater than the costs, according to new research conducted at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

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Research Funding Champ


Rice is challenging Texans’ notion that bigger is better, particularly when it comes to security-related research. U.S. Department of Defense awards to Rice during fiscal year 2009 totaled more than $32 million, pushing Rice well over the $100 million mark for DOD awards during the past decade.

Quantum Dots Team
Dash for ‘Dots’ Raises Questions


Quantum dots have the potential to bring many good things into the world: efficient solar power, targeted gene and drug delivery, solid-state lighting, and advances in biomedical imaging, for example. But they may pose hazards as well.

Nanocups Brim with Potential


Superlenses. Ultra-efficient solar cells. Cloaking devices. Once the stuff of science fiction, these may soon be possible, thanks to a metamaterial that collects light and emits it in a single direction.

Unzipping the Future


Scientists at Rice University have found a simple way to create sheets of tough, electrically conductive nanomaterial that can be used as basic elements for aircraft, flat-screen TVs, electronics and other products. And the process begins with a zipper.

Breaking News
A Pioneer Returns


When Raymond Johnson stepped to the front of a Rice University classroom for the first time this fall, few of his students realized the significance of the moment. In an extraordinary turn of events, the first black student to earn a degree at Rice had returned as a professor.


BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)

Common Ground

Construction @ Rice

Who Knew That Rice Is One of the Best Places to Work? We Knew.
Rice’s reputation as a first-rate educational institution has again been complemented by its reputation as a great place to work. Twice.
Giving the Jones School the Business
It’s official: Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management is now the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
Mexico’s Top Business Magazine Ranks Rice MBA Best in Southwest
“The Best Global MBAs for Mexicans, 2009” named Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business the best in Texas and the Southwest.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Rice in the Top 20

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2010” guide ranks Rice University No. 17 among 262 schools classified as national universities.

Chip Off the Old School Slate
The image of rural schoolchildren in underdeveloped countries chalking their lessons on old-fashioned blackboard slates may soon change.
Rice = ‘Best Quality of Life’
The Princeton Review may have broadcast the news, but Rice’s own students said it first: Rice is No. 1 nationally for “best quality of life.”
Rice Graduates Among Top Earners
Rice University graduates have the highest median salaries among graduates of Texas colleges and universities, according to the 2009 Education and Salary Report by PayScale.com
Rice a Fiske ‘Best-buy School’
Rice is one of the few elite private colleges to make the list of "best-buy schools "in the 2010 edition of "Fiske Guide to Colleges."