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UnConventional Wisdom

Portraits of extraordinary teachers and researchers at Rice

Unconventional Wisdom: Vivian Ho
4 months ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Vivian Ho

Vivian Ho is an energetic advocate for better health care. She’s the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor of economics and director of the Baker …
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The Experimentalist
6 months ago

The Experimentalist

How are stars formed? Why do I exist? How do atoms assemble into molecules and then into life itself? These are just a few of the questions Yousif Shamoo mulled …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Reginald DesRoches
1 year ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Reginald DesRoches

From the start of his tenure as Rice University provost, Reginald DesRoches has been challenged in ways no higher education administrator could anticipate. Having accepted the job last December, the …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Anthony Pinn
1 year ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Anthony Pinn

As the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and a professor of religion, Anthony Pinn focuses on religion and culture, humanism and hip-hop culture. He is also the founding director …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Fabiola López-Durán
2 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Fabiola López-Durán

As an architect, art and architectural historian, and interdisciplinary scholar, Fabiola López-Durán has guided many students to a deeper understanding of the overlapping influences of art, architecture, politics and the …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Sidney Burrus
2 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Sidney Burrus

Illustration by Adam Cruft

A pioneer in the field of digital signal processing, the recipient of multiple teaching awards and an early advocate for the use of technology in teaching …
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Unconventional Wisdom: D. Colette Nicolaou
2 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: D. Colette Nicolaou

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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Unconventional Wisdom: Carlos Jimenez
2 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Carlos Jimenez

Illustration by Adam Cruft

As a professor of architecture, Carlos Jimenez has collected an impressive list of accolades, including Rice’s 2013 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, DesignIntelligence’s 2013 …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Josh Eyler
3 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Josh Eyler

Illustration by Adam Cruft

In his first book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching” (West Virginia University Press, 2018), Eyler identifies five broad themes — …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Marie Oden
3 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Marie Oden

Since 2008, Oden has served as director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) — Rice’s engineering prototyping powerhouse. More than 1,300 students per year and dozens of courses …
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