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President’s Note

Our Global Connections
2 weeks ago

Our Global Connections

One of the effects of the pandemic has been to keep us closer to home, and even now most people have not resumed international travel. For three semesters and two …
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An Evolving Community
4 months ago

An Evolving Community

The term “university” is generally derived from the fuller Latin designation of “universitas magistrorum et scholarium,” meaning a “community of teachers and scholars.” Indeed, that notion of community as intimately …
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An Engine of Opportunity
6 months ago

An Engine of Opportunity

Over the course of its history, two positive ideals have defined the American experiment: governance by the people through democracy and individual liberty, including economic liberty. From the very beginning, the …
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Of Capabilities and Possibilities
9 months ago

Of Capabilities and Possibilities

While I write this at a difficult and dangerous time with 17 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and over 300,000 deaths, we are beginning to see …
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The Vital Role of Student Leadership

As I write this, the Rice campus has been open to students for the fall semester for a month, plus a week of orientation. We are in hybrid mode, giving …
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A Changed World
1 year ago

A Changed World

It seems a world ago, not just three months, that I wrote my last column in this magazine about Kraft Hall and how new buildings reflect the ever-increasing scope and …
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Building and Rebuilding Rice
2 years ago

Building and Rebuilding Rice

Just after the holiday break, faculty and staff moved into the new Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, and in a few weeks we’ll …
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Inventing the Future, Assessing the Past
2 years ago

Inventing the Future, Assessing the Past

Illustration by Paddy Mills

In 1963, Dennis Gabor, a Hungarian who had fled the Nazis and immigrated to Britain, published “Inventing the Future,” a book that contained his most famous …
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Moonshots and Curiosity
2 years 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 years 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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