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When You Wish Upon a Star
2 months ago

When You Wish Upon a Star

This article appeared originally in the Fall 2003 issue of Rice Sallyport and has been lightly edited.

Peggy Whitson, an adjunct assistant professor in Rice’s Department of Biochemistry and …
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A long road to a perfect launch
2 months ago

A long road to a perfect launch

For those of us who put in a substantial part of our careers in dreaming up the mission (it arose from a workshop 25 years ago), to getting it into …
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No Gravity? No Problem for Zero-G Eyewash
2 months ago

No Gravity? No Problem for Zero-G Eyewash

Most laboratories have an emergency eyewash station to help save lab workers’ eyes in the event of a mishap. But what about the International Space Station, one of the most …
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Triple Owl Flies High
2 months ago

Triple Owl Flies High

When Shannon Walker ’87 blasted off June 16 for a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station (ISS), she knew that keeping in touch with her husband and fellow astronaut, …
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The Classroom Clinician
2 months ago

The Classroom Clinician

Illustration by Adam Cruft

A licensed clinical psychologist, D. Colette Nicolaou’s academic pursuits are as varied as her teaching style. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania …
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We Don’t Know: How to Predict Earthquakes
2 months ago

We Don’t Know: How to Predict Earthquakes

As a geologist, I study the mechanics of earthquakes. Right now, we have a good sense of how quakes happen — we know how the continental plates are moving in …
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Joseph Campana’s “Book of LIFE”
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Joseph Campana’s “Book of LIFE”

The Book of LIFEJoseph CampanaTupelo Press, 2019

In the opening poem of his latest collection, Rice English professor Joseph Campana describes an encounter with a box of crumbling LIFE magazines …
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Holy Forking Shirtballs
2 months ago

Holy Forking Shirtballs

If you’re a fan of NBC’s “The Good Place,” you know curse words are cutely censored in the show’s heaven-like utopia. You may not be aware, however, that you’re laughing …
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American Moonshot
2 months ago

American Moonshot

American MoonshotJohn F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race Douglas BrinkleyHarper, 2019

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy pledged to put a man on the moon before the …
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Breakthrough in Bioprinting
2 months ago

Breakthrough in Bioprinting

In the lab of Rice bioengineer Jordan Miller, a tiny teardrop-shaped air sac expands and contracts in a steady rhythm. Blood flows through a shroud of vessels surrounding it. Though …
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