We use an email survey and Google Analytics to gauge what our readers are paying attention to. Here are some reader favorites and comments about the Winter 2020 issue. As always, we’d love to hear from readers. Just send your comments, questions or protests to ricemagazine@rice.edu.

You enjoyed

“Where Students Become Family”
A feature focused on Rice’s much-lauded resident associate system, including profiles on RAs.

“My favorite story: great breadth of people with their ideals and practices.”

“I’m a Rice staff member, so I was happy to learn more about this celebrated part of campus culture from the inside view.”

“It was fascinating to see how RAs have stayed the same and changed in the new colleges since I left.”


“Antarctic Journal”
Our cover feature shared photography and journal entries from Linda Welzenbach’s two-month journey on a research expedition to Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier.

“The photo-graphy was beautiful.”

“Really great piece, from cover to story.


“Love and Law”
A profile of Charles Spain ’81, whose election to the 14th Court of Appeals in Texas caps a legal career centered on civil rights.

“Fascinating human interest story. This one put a face on the legal side of human rights advocates in the judicial system.”


You were inspired

“Sisterly Safe Haven”

“‘Sisterly Safe Haven’ was important because it looked at people  whom the richest country in the world doesn’t take very much into account. I am glad to see articles that look at what students or faculty are doing to help others. I like to see the brains and energy of Rice being used to solve large problems that affect the less fortunate.”

“Super inspiring. Sent a check.”


Most-read research story

“We Don’t  Know: The Health Effects of Legalizing Marijuana”

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