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July 26, 2017

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OpenStax:
Rice pushes digital edge (Houston Chronicle)

Herb Ward:
Books detail Gulf of Mexico before the spill (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Byron's Rose, 1934".

July 25, 2017

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What's in Woodson:
Cheerleading Campaigning, March 1968 (Woodson Research Center)

James Vasek (1968-2017):
On May 29, James Vasek passed away.  A native of the state of Washington, he earned a BA in Physics from Rice in 1991 and a MA in Physics and a MS in Material Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He enjoyed a nearly 23-year career with Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor and NXP in a number of engineering positions.  Also, he competed in marathons and astronomy was a lifelong passion.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of over 21 years, Heather  Click here for the Austin American-Statesman obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Throw away anything you don't want".

July 24, 2017

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254 Texas Courthouses:
Leonard Lane '74 has completed the webpage for Wilson County.  You can check it out here.

Edward Dillon (1926-2017):
On May 22, Edward Dillon passed away.  A native of Indiana, he earned a BA and a Masters from the University of Illinois and pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan and Rice (class of 1966).  After military service in WWII, he enjoyed a career spanning decades in the oil and gas business.  Also, he was active in the community.  He is survived by, among others, his wife Barbara.  Click here for the Midland Reporter-Telegram obituary.

July 23, 2017

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Initiative for Students:
Expanding experiential learning opportunities (Rice News)

SSPEED:
The next big idea in the fight against climate change (Chronicle, Jim Blackburn)

Rebecca Cardiff McGoodwin (1943-2017):
On July 13, Rebecca Cardiff McGoodwin passed away.  Part of a family of rice farmers and ranchers that trace their roots back to the first settlers of Katy, she graduated from Rice in 1966 with a major in biology and a minor in French.  After marrying Michael McGoodwin, MD later in 1966, she resided most of the remainder of her life in Seattle.  A woman of many passions and talents, she “was a highly intelligent, kind, and gracious person who lived an exemplary life".  She is survived by, among others, Mike.  Click here for The Seattle Times obituary.

July 22, 2017

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Jeff Abbott '85:
Jeff Abbott ’85 will sign and discuss his newest stand-alone thriller, Blame, at Murder by the Book today at 4:30 pm.  Click here for a recent Q&A with him in the Chronicle.  

Thomas Haskell:
Former History Department chair dies at age 78 (Rice News)J

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Tilt, c1970".

July 21, 2017

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Glasscock School:
Registration is now open for fall classes at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Click here for the Glasscock School website.

Bilal Khaleez, MBA '94:
Dallas attorney and his Pakistani assistant inducted for marriage fraud (News India)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "to discover onward things, 1947".

July 20, 2017

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Marie Lynn Miranda:
Provost co-chairing NIH working group (Rice News)

Cornelius Walker (1953-2017):
 On July 15, Cornelius Walker passed away.  A native Houstonian, he graduated from Rice in 1976  where he was a three-year football letterman (1972-73-74).  After playing professional football, he enjoyed a career with 3 national personal care companies.  He is survived by, among others, his wife, Denise. 

Tomorrow at the Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church in Austin will be the visitation from 1 to 2 pm followed by the service at 2 pm.  Click here for the obituary.     

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "There's A Hole in Brown College".

July 19, 2017

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Mark Ditman:
Rice's Food (R)evolution (Rice Magazine)

John Freeman:
Space scientist dies at 82 (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Thomas Langdon Haskell, 1939-2017".  And, click here for a tribute on the Rice History Department website.

July 18, 2017

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The American NonVoter:
Americans more like to vote in times of uncertainty (Rice News)

Annice Compton O'Donnell (1933-2017):
On May 17, Annice Compton O’Donnell passed away.  A native Texan, she attended Rice and met Gary O’Donnell ’54 whom she married.  After 4 children, she graduated from Rice in 1962.  She enjoyed a career in education in various cities in Texas and, at the same time, earned a masters in History from Southwest Texas State in 1970 and a PhD in Education from UT.  In the 1980s, they moved to Las Vegas to enjoy retirement.  She is predeceased by, among others, Gary (they were married for 60 years).  Click here for the Las Vegas Review-Journal obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Change in Traffic Flow, August 1990".

July 17, 2017

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254 Texas Courthouses:
Leonard Lane '74 has completed the webpage for Karnes County.  You can check it out here.

Thomas Haskell (1939-2017):
On July 12, Dr. Thomas Haskell passed away.  A native of Virginia, he earned degrees from Princeton and Stanford and was a professor of history at Rice for 39 years.  He “was deeply committed to the university’s academic mission and won teaching awards for his stirring lectures and dedication to his students.”  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 50 years Dorothy.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

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