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UnConventional Wisdom

Portraits of extraordinary teachers and researchers at Rice

Unconventional Wisdom: Reginald DesRoches
3 months 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
8 months 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
12 months 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
1 year 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: Josh Eyler
2 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
2 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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Unconventional Wisdom: Adrienne Simões Corrêa
3 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Adrienne Simões Corrêa

CORAL REEF 101

A coral colony on the reef is part rock, part animal and part plant. The rock part is a calcium carbonate, a limestone skeleton that …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Mike Gustin
3 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Mike Gustin

If you have the idea that courses in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are boring and dry, let us introduce you to Mike Gustin. An accomplished …
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Unconventional Wisdom: Bridget Gorman
3 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: Bridget Gorman

Since joining Rice’s Department of Sociology in 2002, Bridget Gorman, professor of sociology, department chair and magister of Will Rice College, has seen the department grow from seven tenure-track …
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