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Leaping the hedges. Photo by Brandon Martin
Campus Scene — Fall 2020

Students leap over the hedges at Rice University...

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Illustration by Martin Gee
Warbirds, Speeches and Animatronics

Excerpts from Owlmanac, Fall 2020...

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Illustration by Mia Coleman
Suffrage Pioneer

A century ago, a member of Rice’s first graduating class became a leader at the center of ...

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This woodcut from 1793 depicts Stephen Girard, a French banker, caring for the sick during the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. Carriages rumbled through the streets to pick up the dying and the dead. © Bettmann Archive / Getty Images
We've Been Here Before

Two centuries ago, an epidemic led to political and racial strife and exacerbated fears ...

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20 in their 20s
20 in their 20s

Ranging in class years from 2010 to 2020, each is clearing a particular path — via music, ...

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Alexander Byrd
Leading Change

Alexander Byrd ’90 has been appointed Rice’s first vice provost for diversity, equity and ...

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"Forever Chemicals" illustration by Alex Eben Meyer
We Don’t Know: How to Break Down “Forever Chemicals”

One of the big questions chemical engineer Michael S. Wong is trying to answer is how to b...

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Prophetic City by Stephen L. Klineberg
The Future is Houston

Based on almost 40 years of data, sociologist Stephen L. Klineberg paints a portrait of a ...

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Illustration of Reginald DesRoches by John Jay Cabuay
Unconventional Wisdom: Reginald DesRoches

From the start of his tenure as Rice University provost, Reginald DesRoches has been chall...

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Apples and eggs. Photo by Alese Pickering
Bad Eggs and Good Apples

A third of the food produced around the globe goes to waste, but materials scientist Pulic...

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Photo by Carlton Canary
I'm a Nerd About ... Gaming

When he was 3 years old, Jaylen Carr’s parents gave him a Nintendo GameCube and the Super ...

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Photo by Jeff Fitlow
Feeding the Classes

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of how Rice operates, and feeding its students has been...

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Syllabus: Is this the end?
Syllabus: Is This the End?

Is this the end? The end of our planet, truth, certainty? Taught from a global perspective...

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Rice Matriculation, 2020. Photo by Brandon Martin
Fall 2020: Welcome, New Owls

In August 2020, Rice welcomed its newest Owls — first-time freshmen and transfer students ...

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PCF Tents at Rice University
Flex Space

Rice might look very different this fall, but new temporary structures are making it possi...

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Illustration by Paddy Mills
President's Note: The Vital Role of Student Leadership

David Leebron's letter, Fall 2020...

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Photo by Robert Zuckerman
High Scores

As a composer for beloved films like “Coco,” Germaine Franco moves audiences while creatin...

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