Our Spring 2021 issue launched online in early May and in print soon thereafter. Here is a sampling of reader responses.
A Reader Asks
“In the late 1960s, Monsanto commercialized their process for converting carbon monoxide (CO) to acetic acid. CO was converted to methanol, and methanol was reacted with CO to make acetic acid. Plants produced on the order of 500 million pounds per year, and product purity was greater than 99.9%. I’m wondering how the Wang-Senftle process [‘Catalyzing Change’] is a step up from what has been available for 50 years?” — Louis DuPree ’66
“A simple answer to this question is that traditional chemical production processes utilize fossil fuels for thermal reactions. Our process can use renewable electricity, instead of fossil fuels, to run this reaction under room temperature and ambient pressure.” — Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
“Planted in Place”
The new 132-acre Houston Botanic Garden springs into the city’s expanding green spaces.
“I enjoyed reading about the development of this beautiful garden on Sims Bayou. It was especially meaningful to me because the entrance to the garden is located about 5 blocks from my childhood home in the Park Place neighborhood. I hope that someday I can travel to Houston and visit the botanic garden as well as the Rice campus.” — Janis Hale Kitzis ’77
Omissions and Errors
“Two articles about new buildings on campus [‘New Sid on the Block’ and ‘Hanszen’s New, New Wing’], and you did not mention the architect of either.” — Robert Tolmach ’78
Editor’s Note: The architect for both projects is Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger.
We included an incorrect cover image in our book summary about the second volume in the “Buildings of Texas” series (University of Virginia Press, 2019) by Gerald Moorhead ’69.