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UnConventional Wisdom

Portraits of extraordinary teachers and researchers at Rice

Meet Provost DesRoches
2 weeks ago

Meet Provost 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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The Hip-Hop Humanist
5 months ago

The Hip-Hop Humanist

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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The Artful Architect
9 months ago

The Artful Architect

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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The Philosopher Engineer
1 year ago

The Philosopher Engineer

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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The Classroom Clinician
1 year 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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The Teachers’ Teacher
2 years ago

The Teachers’ Teacher

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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The Idea Engineer
2 years ago

The Idea Engineer

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: The Marine Ecologist
2 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: The Marine Ecologist

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
2 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: The Health Researcher
3 years ago

Unconventional Wisdom: The Health Researcher

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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