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Moonshots and Curiosity
4 days ago

Moonshots and Curiosity

Illustration by Paddy Mills

Farragut State Park, Idaho, at the 1969 Boy Scout Jamboree. Like so many people, I remember exactly where I was when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the …
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Creativity: The Foundation of Human Progress
2 months ago

Creativity: The Foundation of Human Progress

Illustration by Paddy Mills

Much of this issue is dedicated to creativity. What may be striking to some readers, but not surprising to those of us inside the university, …
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What Happens at Rice … Doesn’t Stay at Rice
5 months ago

What Happens at Rice … Doesn’t Stay at Rice

Just after Thanksgiving, we hosted a gala celebration of the 25th anniversary of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The celebratory evening was capped off by a conversation between former …
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The Rice Investment
9 months ago

The Rice Investment

Six years ago, we celebrated the centennial of the opening of Rice University. There was a great deal to celebrate. This included not only all we had achieved over …
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Town Hall
1 year ago

Town Hall

Town Hall meetings to discuss campus issues and challenges, announce university initiatives and goals, and celebrate Rice’s accomplishments, including individual achievements of staff and faculty. This April, Leebron spoke …
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700&Change
1 year ago

700&Change

Rick Smalley, one of Rice’s Nobel Prize winners, famously said, “Be a scientist, save the world.” One of the absolute privileges of being president of a research university of …
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On Disaster and Resilience
2 years ago

On Disaster and Resilience

Each disaster has its own unique footprint. For a hurricane, it will depend on the exact path of the storm, its strength in terms of wind velocity, its speed …
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Glorious Food
2 years ago

Glorious Food

“Food, Glorious Food,” a song from the 1960s musical “Oliver!,” somehow remains deeply entrenched in my memory. It still seems incongruously joyous in the context of depicting Dickens’ Victorian …
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Educating for a World of Change
2 years ago

Educating for a World of Change

AS A LIFELONG TRAVELER to countries around the world, I often provide students with the following advice: “Travel as soon as you have the time and money, because two …
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Shaping a Vision
2 years ago

Shaping a Vision

ONE HUNDRED AND NINE YEARS AGO, on Jan. 18, 1908, Edgar Odell Lovett formally accepted the offer of the Board of Trustees of the William Marsh Rice Institute to …
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