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The oboe’s double reed is crafted from a piece of cane that is split and folded in half, carefully shaped, then tied together to a metal tube; a cork attached to the tube fits into the top of the instrument.
The Reed Room

A compact workshop in Alice Pratt Brown Hall is where student oboists practice the skill of reed making.

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Illustration by Hanna Barczyk
Locked Out of Housing

Felony convictions hinder efforts to access stable housing even if no prison time is served.

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The Explainer

Why is there a shortage of baby formula?

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Dirty Laundry

Analyst and investigative journalist Casey Michel is hanging money launderers out to dry.

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A Bakerite welcomes incoming freshmen on move-in day
Class of 2026

By the Numbers

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Photo of  Iris Millan by Brandon Martin
Future Chefs May Apply

A culinary collaboration with HISD students provides a full-circle career path for one former intern.

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In fall 2021, Lizzy Gaviria ’22 learned about Denmark’s sustainability culture and energy infrastructure.
Away We Go!

Priceless experiences give study abroad students expanded worldviews.

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Beth Leaver at the new Rice Village graduate student townhomes
Head of Hospitality

Beth Leaver captains the home team.

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Illustration of students working, one is in a wheel chair
Every Student Welcome

A new O-Week Q&A panel focuses on accommodations for students with disabilities.

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Liliana Abramson ’24 got into Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) after watching the popular YouTube show “Critical Role.”
I'm a Nerd About ... Dungeons & Dragons

A classic collaborative storytelling game is once again a campus favorite.

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Executive director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Lillie Besozzi ’16
Between Story and Stereotype

Visible tattoos, increasingly common, draw scrutiny and invite conversation in the workplace.

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Huda Zoghbi
Take a Risk

Huda Zoghbi received the Kavli Prize for pioneering research into brain disorders.

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Flower petals scattered on a gravesite at the cemetery of the Convento de San Martín Caballeros, Huaquechula, Puebla
Now Reading: Faculty Books

A new book by photography professor Geoff Winningham tracks his journeys through Mexico to document Day of the Dead celebrations.

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A map of Houston
Future Forecast

Highlights of the 2022 Kinder Houston Area Survey

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Maryana Iskander ’97
Who’s Behind Wikipedia?

Maryana Iskander leads the global nonprofit Wikimedia and its volunteer-led platform with a mission to make knowledge free and factual.

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Jasmin Silva
Closing the Digital Divide

Jasmin Silva brings a passion for public service to a career in technology.

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Illustration of a sea turtle by Delphine Lee
Terrestrial Biota, Rice’s Midshipmen and a NASA Podcast

Excerpts from Owlmanac

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Now Reading: Alumni Books

Alumni Books

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Miléne Hacheme ’26 and Maya Moise ’26 enjoy some O-Week fun at Jones College
Campus Scene

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Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer
Searching the Universe for Answers

The questions asked by these Rice computer scientists, bioengineers, geologists, mechanical engineers and astronomers will one day help humans explore space.

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An astronaut on the moon. Photo courtesy of NASA
We Choose to Return to the Moon

NASA has set a course for returning humans to the moon to live, work and explore, laying the groundwork for the heretofore impossible — human missions to Mars.

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photo by Jeff Fitlow
Pleased to Meet You, President DesRoches

Melissa Kean ’96, Rice’s former centennial historian, sat down with Reginald DesRoches, the soon-to-be inaugurated eighth president of Rice University, for a wide-ranging interview.

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Photo by Jeff Fitlow
Fresh Faces, New Spaces

We gathered thoughts and impressions from new students as they experienced O-Week.

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Illustration of Reginald DesRoches by Paddy Mills
President DesRoches

A New Mission

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Illustration by Paddy Mills
Editor's Note: Fall Y’all

Editor’s Note

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JFK Walking into Rice Stadium in 1962. Photo by Bob Gomel
A Day to Remember

Sixty years ago, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech at Rice Stadium that launched the nation into an era of human space exploration. Rice alumni and friends share their memories.


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