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1 /?v=5.4.4Light flips genetic switch in bacteria inside transparent worms
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 19:42:35 +0000/?p=139288Researchers from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have shown that colored light can both activate and deactivate genes of gut bacteria in the intestines of worms. The research shows how optogenetic technology can be used to investigate the health impacts of gut bacteria.
/files/2020/12/1217_WORMS-b.jpgLight-responsive bacteria fed to worms are visible in images of the worms' gastrointestinal tracts.Rice University on winter break Dec. 23-Jan. 4
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 15:54:43 +0000/?p=139279MEDIA ADVISORY Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 email@example.com Rice University on winter break Dec. 23-Jan. 4 HOUSTON – (Dec. 22, 2020) – Rice University will be on...
]]>‘Soft’ nanoparticles give plasmons new potential
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 15:39:10 +0000/?p=139269Rice University scientists couple gold nanoparticles with soft polymers that pull energy from the gold’s plasmonic response to light. That energy can then be used to catalyze chemical reactions.
/files/2020/12/1214_PLASMON-B.jpgRice University scientists coupled gold nanoparticles with soft polymers that pull energy from the gold’s plasmonic response to light. That energy can then be used to potentially catalyze chemical reactions. (Credit: Illustration by Emily Searles/Rice University)Rice offers visiting students online summer classes for credit
Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:31:07 +0000/?p=139194NEWS RELEASE Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery Franklin 713-348-6327 email@example.com Rice offers visiting students online summer classes for credit Applications now open for Rice Visiting...
]]>AI-powered microscope could check cancer margins in minutes
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 21:24:24 +0000/?p=139185Researchers from Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center have created a microscope that uses artificial intelligence to quickly and inexpensively image large tissue sections at high resolution with minimal preparation. If clinically validated, the DeepDOF microscope could allow surgeons to inspect tumor margins within minutes.
/files/2020/12/1221_DEEPDOF-b.jpgThe DeepDOF microscope uses artificial intelligence to quickly and inexpensively image all of the cells in large tissue sections (left), eliminating the costly and time-consuming process of mounting thin tissue slices on slides (right).Early lockdowns were key in reducing ultimate COVID-19 spread, Baker Institute paper finds
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:19:37 +0000/?p=139143HOUSTON -- (Dec. 17, 2020) – Lockdowns at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic may have been the most important factor in reducing the ultimate spread of the disease in the United States, according to a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
]]>Weak force has strong impact on nanosheets
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 15:16:38 +0000/?p=139098Rice University scientists find the ubiquitous, “weak” van der Waals force is sufficient to indent rigid nanosheets, hinting at applications in nanoscale optics or catalytic systems.
/files/2020/12/1214_RESHAPE-B.jpgA transmission electron microscope image by Rice University scientists shows a silver nanoplate deformed by a particle, forming flower-shaped stress contours in the material that indicate a bump. Changing the shape of the material changes its electromagnetic properties, making it suitable for catalysis or optical applications. Courtesy of The Jones LabSheets of carbon nanotubes come in a rainbow of colors
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:00:03 +0000/?p=139043Nanomaterials researchers in Finland, the United States and China have created a color atlas for 466 unique varieties of single-walled carbon nanotubes.
/files/2020/11/1202_COLORS-b.jpgA color map illustrates the inherent colors of 466 types of carbon nanotubes with unique (n,m) designations based their chiral angle and diameter.Dogtrot dwelling divides to conquer energy bills
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:20:28 +0000/?p=139027Rice Architecture students are building an accessory dwelling unit in Houston’s First Ward with a uniquely Southern feature -- a dogtrot -- that will help give the building net-zero energy status.
/files/2020/12/1214_CONSTRUCT-B.jpgRice Architecture students are building an accessory dwelling unit in Houston’s First Ward with a uniquely southern feature -- a dogtrot -- that will help give the building net-zero energy status. (Credit: Brandon Martin/Rice University)Drop in activity along border could cost Texas billions, says Baker Institute expert
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 13:50:41 +0000/?p=139019NEWS RELEASE Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery Franklin 713-348-6327 email@example.com Drop in activity along border could cost Texas billions, says Baker Institute expert HOUSTON –...
]]>Top Rice data science team shows heart in plan to save babies
Fri, 11 Dec 2020 17:22:53 +0000/?p=139004A project that uses data science techniques to help save babies with congenital heart defects won the Fall 2020 Virtual Showcase by Rice University’s Data to Knowledge Lab.
/files/2020/12/1214_D2K-B.jpgRice’s Pumani hailed for reaching 1 million babies
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:13:05 +0000/?p=139000A life-saving device that got its start in an engineering classroom at Rice University 10 years ago, the low-cost Pumani CPAP from the Rice 360⁰ Institute for Global Health was today named to the Global Innovation Exchange's Million Lives Club.
/files/2020/12/1210_MILLION-b.jpgFour iterations of PumaniBad news for fake news: Rice research helps combat social media misinformation
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 13:53:20 +0000/?p=138986Rice University researchers have discovered a more efficient way for social media companies to keep misinformation from spreading online through the use of probabilistic filters trained with artificial intelligence.
/files/2019/12/1209_SEARCH-b.jpgAnshumali ShrivastavaReligious discrimination particularly high for Jews and Muslims, study shows
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 17:01:53 +0000/?p=138969HOUSTON – (Dec. 9, 2020) – Although people of all faiths report growing religious discrimination during the past few years, the phenomenon is most common among Jews and Muslims, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University and West Virginia University (WVU). In addition, Jews and Muslims are much more likely to become victims of violence because of their religious beliefs.
]]>Texas lawmakers see vaccine legislation as nonpartisan
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 13:55:59 +0000/?p=138956NEWS RELEASE Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery Franklin 713-348-6327 email@example.com Texas lawmakers see vaccine legislation as nonpartisan Baker Institute researchers examine past decade of vaccination...
]]>Rice Business online MBA program earns high marks in its first year
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 21:18:19 +0000/?p=138946NEWS RELEASE Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery Franklin 713-348-6327 email@example.com Rice Business online MBA program earns high marks in its first year HOUSTON – (Dec....
]]>Vitamin boosts essential synthetic chemistry
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 20:07:47 +0000/?p=138932Inspired by light-sensing bacteria that thrive near hot oceanic vents, synthetic chemists use vitamin B12 to catalyze valuable hydrocarbons known as olefins, or alkenes, useful precursor molecules for the manufacture of drugs and agrochemicals.
/files/2020/12/1207_OLEFINS-B.jpgInspired by light-sensing bacteria that thrive near hydrothermal vents like this one, synthetic chemists use vitamin B12 to catalyze valuable hydrocarbons known as olefins, or alkenes.‘Pink tax’ hurts female consumers, but electing more women combats it
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 18:04:51 +0000/?p=138927HOUSTON – (Dec. 8, 2020) – The wage gap between men and women is no secret, but another form of gender discrimination directly and disproportionately affects women worldwide: the "pink tax" imposed by import tariffs that target female products.
]]>US must ‘hold the line’ against China’s revisionist actions, says Baker Institute expert
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:03:21 +0000/?p=138910NEWS RELEASE Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery Franklin 713-348-6327 email@example.com US must ‘hold the line’ against China’s revisionist actions, says Baker Institute expert HOUSTON –...
]]>Can gender inequality kill? Paper looks at impact among older Indian women
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:49:41 +0000/?p=138905HOUSTON – (Dec. 7, 2020) – Indian women past childbearing age are dying at a higher rate than those in other countries because of poverty and limited access to resources such as food and health care, according to a study from Rice University.
]]>Scientists get the lowdown on sun’s super-hot atmosphere
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:00:58 +0000/?p=138851Images of the sun captured by the IRIS mission show new details of how low-lying loops of plasma are energized, and may also reveal how the hot corona is created.
/files/2020/12/1123_SUN-B.jpgImages of the sun captured by the IRIS mission show new details of how low-lying loops of plasma are energized and may also reveal how the hot corona is created. (Credit: Rice University/NASA)House vote to decriminalize marijuana reflects the will of the American public, says Baker Institute expert
Fri, 04 Dec 2020 21:22:42 +0000/?p=138840HOUSTON – (Dec. 4, 2020) – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and seek to "address the devastating injustices caused by the war on drugs." Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss the so-called MORE Act with the news media.
]]>Hidden structure found in essential metabolic machinery
Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:30:24 +0000/?p=138826Rice University biochemists have discovered membrane-divided subcompartments within organelles called peroxisomes, essential pieces of metabolic machinery for all higher order life from yeast to humans. The research appears this week in Nature Communications.
/files/2020/12/1204_PEROXISOME-b1.jpgMembrane-separated compartments are visible inside the peroxisomes of 4-day-old Arabidopsis thaliana plant cells in this image from a confocal microscope.Chemists get peek at novel fluorescence
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 20:54:27 +0000/?p=138792Rice University chemists find a second level of fluorescence in single-walled carbon nanotubes. The phenomenon may be useful in solar energy and optoelectronic applications.
/files/2020/12/1207_NANOTUBES-B.jpgChemists at Rice University have discovered a second level of fluorescence in single-walled carbon nanotubes. The fluorescence is triggered when oxygen molecules excited into a singlet state interact with nanotubes, prompting excitons to form triplet states that upconvert into fluorescing singlets. (Credit: Illustration by Ching-Wei Lin/Rice University)Nuclear threat experts to examine global security in webinar
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:41:17 +0000/?p=138777MEDIA ADVISORY Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery Franklin 713-348-6327 email@example.com Nuclear threat experts to examine global security in webinar Dec. 7 discussion hosted by Rice’s...
]]>Rice scientist joins next Mars adventure
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:14:10 +0000/?p=138754A Rice University geologist is one of 13 scientists recently selected to operate the Mars rover Perseverance and analyze samples for an eventual return to Earth.
/files/2020/12/1207_MARS-B.jpgA colorized image of Jezero Crater, the target for NASA’s Perseverance rover. Kirsten Siebach, a Martian geologist at Rice University, is one of 13 scientists selected to help operate the rover. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL)US economy can handle high government debt, says Baker Institute expert
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:37:25 +0000/?p=138736HOUSTON – (Dec. 2, 2020) – U.S. debt is projected to soon eclipse World War II-era levels, and while that sounds problematic, that much growth in government debt won’t weaken the private sector like it did in the 1940s, according to new research by an expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
]]>Thomas Killian named dean of Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:26:16 +0000/?p=138729Rice University has named physicist Thomas Killian dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, effective Jan. 1.
/files/2020/12/1201_DEAN-Killian1-b.jpgThomas Killian‘Strategic indifference’ leaves refugees in precarious position, says Baker Institute expert
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:00:51 +0000/?p=138676HOUSTON – (Nov. 24, 2020) – Current explanations for migrant and refugee policies in the "global south" mistake the absence of formal policy for neglect. But a migration and immigration expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy proposes to explain this dynamic as "strategic indifference.”
]]>AI helps scientists understand brain activity behind thoughts
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:26:36 +0000/?p=138671Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University have developed artificial intelligence models that help them better understand the brain computations that underlie thoughts.
/files/2020/11/1123_THOUGHTS-b4.jpgAn illustration of the method for inferring thoughts within patterns of brain activity, based on observing behavior.Study: Early, late stages of degenerative diseases are distinct
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:18:27 +0000/?p=138654Rice University biochemists have proposed that degenerative diseases as varied as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and muscle atrophy occur in two distinct phases marked by protein signaling changes that could result in patients responding differently to the same treatment.
/files/2020/11/1123_DEGEN-b1.jpgMichael Stern and James McNewStudy suggests when to identify students who take longer to become proficient in English
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:30:27 +0000/?p=138594HOUSTON – (Nov. 23, 2020) – Students who begin elementary school and haven’t become proficient at speaking English after five years in school should be identified as what educators call “long-term English learners” (LTELs), according to a new paper from Rice University researchers.
/files/2020/11/115173390_l.jpgUnderstanding frustration could lead to better drugs
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:00:35 +0000/?p=138583Atom-scale models of proteins that incorporate ligands, like drug molecules, show a strong correlation between minimally frustrated binding sites and drug specificity. Such models could lead to better-designed drugs with fewer side effects.
/files/2020/11/1123_FRUSTRATION-B.jpgAtom-scale models by Rice University scientists based on those used to predict how proteins fold show a strong correlation between minimally frustrated binding sites and drug specificity. The funnel, a visual representation of the protein’s energy landscape as it folds, helps locate those frustrated sites. Such models could lead to better-designed drugs with fewer side effects. (Credit: Illustration by Mingchen Chen/Rice University)Rice Space Institute, Canada agree to collaborate
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 20:00:58 +0000/?p=138566Rice Space Institute and the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas agree to collaborate on science and technology related to the space industry.
/files/2020/11/11-23_RSI-B.jpgThe CanadArm2, a robotic manipulator, has been an essential component of the International Space Station since it was launched in 2001. The successor to the CanadArm that flew on the space shuttle is used to manipulate payloads, including satellites, docking capsules and astronauts. (Credit: NASA)2020 presidential election in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 19:29:52 +0000/?p=138536HOUSTON – (Nov. 19, 2020) – Leading academics, political experts and journalists from around the country will headline the third annual — and first virtual — Presidential Elections Program conference hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
]]>Luay Nakhleh, Rice’s computer science chair, named dean of engineering school
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 19:22:39 +0000/?p=138523Luay Nakhleh, the J. S. Abercrombie Professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Rice University, will become the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the university's George R. Brown School of Engineering on Jan. 1, 2021.
/files/2020/11/1123_DEAN-14-b.jpgLuay NakhlehRice U. convenes expert group to help guide Greater Houston’s long-term pandemic response
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:14:25 +0000/?p=138507HOUSTON – (Nov. 19, 2020) – As governments and municipalities in Greater Houston prepare their long-term public health responses to the COVID-19 crisis, Rice University has convened a panel of internationally renowned biomedical experts to provide guidance to health departments, social service agencies, school districts and other policymakers.
]]>Christmas week: Worlds will align for spectacular heavenly sight
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:00:31 +0000/?p=138502Early in the evening of Dec. 21, people the world over will get a chance to see Jupiter and Saturn line up closer together in Earth's night sky than they have been since just before daybreak on the morning of March 4, 1226.
/files/2020/11/1119_CONJUNCTION-jupsat1-b.jpgA view showing how the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will appear in a telescope pointed toward the western horizon at 6 p.m. CST, Dec. 21, 2020.Police oversight groups need more resources, better training, fewer legislative hurdles
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 06:01:23 +0000/?p=138489HOUSTON – (Nov. 19, 2020) – With police departments around the country under heightened scrutiny, a new report from Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research finds that civilian police oversight groups need more resources, fewer legislative hurdles, and proper experience and training.
]]>First-ever virtual Fall Chamber Music Festival to be held Dec. 3-9
Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:30:06 +0000/?p=138475HOUSTON – (Nov. 18, 2020) – Performance venues have gone dark during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped musicians from Rice’s Shepherd School from doing what they do best. Their talents will be on display at the first-ever virtual Fall Chamber Music Festival Dec. 3-9.
]]>Rice’s graduate entrepreneurship program again ranked No. 1 in US
Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:54:09 +0000/?p=138443HOUSTON – (Nov. 17, 2020) – Rice University and its Jones Graduate School of Business have the No. 1 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S., according to the 2021 rankings announced today by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This marks the second consecutive year the Rice program has topped this category, its fifth time in a top 3 position nationally and the 12th year in a row ranked in the top 10.
]]>What comes next? Rice experts to discuss 2020 election’s impact in Nov. 18 webinar
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:31:43 +0000/?p=138439HOUSTON – (Nov. 16, 2020) – The 2020 election is now one for the history books, and Rice University political scientists will discuss the results, President Donald Trump's reaction and the incoming Joe Biden administration’s likely domestic and foreign policy in a Nov. 18 webinar.
]]>Rice U. grad student debuts interactive ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ concert
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 20:07:44 +0000/?p=138433MEDIA ALERT Katharine Shilcutt firstname.lastname@example.org 713-348-6765 Rice U. grad student debuts interactive ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ concert Badie Khaleghian’s composition with 1,024 possible permutations will...
]]>Rice’s Moody Center celebrates Rothko Chapel’s 50th anniversary with recreation of historic exhibition
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 19:06:37 +0000/?p=138428MEDIA ALERT Katharine Shilcutt email@example.com 713-348-6765 Rice’s Moody Center celebrates Rothko Chapel’s 50th anniversary with recreation of historic exhibition Spring show will also feature contemporary...
]]>Rice U. courses ask the ‘Big Questions’ about death, hate and Disney
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 19:04:40 +0000/?p=138424MEDIA ALERT Katharine Shilcutt firstname.lastname@example.org 713-348-6765 Rice U. courses ask the ‘Big Questions’ about death, hate and Disney New classes contemplate three of the largest...
]]>Americans’ attitudes about guns influenced by owners’ race and gender
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:45:37 +0000/?p=138397HOUSTON – (Nov. 16, 2020) – A new study from researchers at Rice University found that Americans' attitudes about gun ownership are impacted by the gender and race of firearms' potential owners.
]]>Houston companies awarded top honors at premier life science venture capital conference
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:44:20 +0000/?p=138396NEWS RELEASE Jeff Falk 713-348-6775 email@example.com Avery Franklin 713-348-6327 firstname.lastname@example.org Houston companies awarded top honors at premier life science venture capital conference HOUSTON – (Nov....
]]>Former piece of Pacific Ocean floor imaged deep beneath China
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 14:00:52 +0000/?p=138348In a study that gives new meaning to the term "rock bottom," seismic researchers have discovered the underside of a rocky slab of Earth's lithosphere that has been pulled more than 400 miles beneath northeastern China by the process of tectonic subduction.
/files/2020/11/1109_DIPPING-b.jpgImage from a seismic study in northeastern China that shows both the top and bottom boundaries of a tectonic plate that formerly sat at bottom of the Pacific Ocean.Biden must avoid cold war with China, says Rice U. expert
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:52:10 +0000/?p=138326HOUSTON – (Nov. 12, 2020) – With U.S.-China relations at their lowest point since the Cold War, President-elect Joe Biden’s expected approach to the world’s most populous country will likely exacerbate tensions, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
]]>Once-discounted binding mechanism may be key to targeting viruses
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:50:21 +0000/?p=138205Researchers detail subtle stabilizing effects in cells’ ability to recognize coronaviruses that compromise the immune system. The discovery could lead to new targets to prevent disease.
/files/2020/11/1109_MHC-B.jpgAn illustration shows a major histocompatibility (grey) protein encompassing a peptide drawn from a SARS-CoV virus (pink). The complex helps trigger the activation of T cells that are part of the immune system. Rice University researchers discovered a non-anchor binding residue in the peptide that could both contribute to binding and to the T-cell activation needed to defeat the virus. (Credit: Kavraki Lab/Rice University)