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July 26, 2016

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32rd Planetary Congress:
In October 2019, the 32rd Planetary Congress, the largest gathering of space explorers in the world, will take place at Rice and other locations in Houston to honor the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.  Read more.

Xaq Pitkow:
Xaq Pitkow wins NSF Career Award (Rice News)

Natalye Appel '80/'82:
Levy Park transformation gives Upper Kirby new green space (Houston Chronicle)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Monday Mystery".

July 25, 2016

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Gillian Kruse '09:
Celebrating the Rice Light Opera Society (Rice Alumni)

John Baird III (1939 - 2016):
On July 19, John Baird III passed away.  A lifelong Houston resident, he attended Rice (class of 1961) and earned a Chemical Engineering degree from UH in 1964.  He “was a passionate photographer, birder, camper, world traveler, and coin collector, but his primary enthusiasm was Rice University athletics in all forms”.  He could be found at almost every Rice sporting event male or female.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of almost 40 years, Jane.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary

July 24, 2016

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No Hocus Pocus:
Per the Scopus database, Rice is #2 for most-cited researchers in materials science and engineering.  Read more.

Fondren Library:
Saving the KTRU Tapes (Rice News)

Horace Staph (1921 - 2016):
On July 1, Horace Staph passed away.  A native Texan, he earned degrees from Rice in 1943, UT  Austin in 1949 and the University of Minnesota in 1959.  He “taught engineering courses at UT Austin (1946-1960) until moving to San Antonio to work at Southwest Research Institute where he work until his retirement in 1986”.  Also, he was active in the community and in his church.  Click here for the San Antonio Express-News obituary.

July 23, 2016

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Emilia Morosan:
Rice lab discovers super hard titanium-gold alloy (Rice News)

Jonathon Pendergrass (1949 - 2016):
On June 13, Jonathon “Jon” Pendergrass passed away.  Raised on a ranch in Eagle Lake, he earned a BA in Spanish from Rice in 1971 and a MD from LSU Medical School in 1979.  He was a dedicated doctor for nearly 30 years to the Mobile community at the Alabama Clinic for Plastic Surgery  He “was a brilliant mind, coupled with an indelibly hard-working spirit”.  Click here for the Mobile Register obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: The Thinking Man's Orchestra".

July 22, 2016

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Baker Insititute:
Summer interns sharpen research skills, explore careers in DC (Rice News)

Maria Oden:
Maria Oden Welcomed as AAA-Lemelson Invention Ambassador (Rice News)

July 21, 2016

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Christopher Fagundes:
Self-rated health worth doctors' attention (Rice News)

What's in Woodson:
KTRU Tuesdays: Owlman Contest featuring John "Grungy" Gladu (WRC)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Recycle this reel".

July 20, 2016

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Rob Quartel '72 (Thanks, George Webb '88!):
Rob Quartel (Hanszen ’72) of Washington DC, a former Association of Rice Alumni board member, has been elected to the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.  Read more.

Emeronce Kennedy (1918 - 2016):
On June 19, Emeronce Kennedy passed away.  A native Houstonian, she was a 1941 graduate of Rice.  She outlived 2 husbands, Jonathan who passed away in 1978 and Scott who passed away in 1988.  She lived in Hempstead from 1941 until 2015 until she moved to Houston to be closer to her children.  She was active in the community and her church. Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "
Women, Rocks, and Professors, Part II".

July 19, 2016

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What's In Woodson:
Ye Old College Inn Scrapbook (Woodson Research Center)

Rev Patrick Braden CSB (1924 - 2016):
On June 16, Rev Patrick Braden CSB passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice in 1944.  After military service in WWII, he was ordained a priest in 1952 and then earned a MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UT. He served as president of the University of St Thomas from 1967 to 1979.   Also, he “was known for his love of physics and all things mechanical”.   Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Women, Rocks, and Professors, Part 1".

July 18, 2016

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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.

Douglas Brinkley:
Historian talks Clinton, Trump and political conventions (Los Angeles Times)

Wayne Lafitte (1935 - 2016):
On May 1, Wayne Lafitte passed away.  A native Texan, he attended Rice as a Philosophy and Engineering student (class of 1957) where he met his wife Nelcine ‘60.  They “founded and operated several successful businesses in their year together”.   Also, he was “a life-long supporter of the Houston Symphony”.  He is survived by, among others, by Nelcine (61 years of marriage).    Click here for the Chronicle 

July 17, 2016

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Mark Flood (Thanks, Kathleen Boyd!):
Part Three: Attack of the Drones (ARTnews)
Part Four: Opening Night (ARTnews)

Fofo Lewis (1929 - 2016):
On June 11, Fofo Lewis passed away.  She grew up in Houston and graduated from Rice in 1951 where she met her husband Ted  in the library.  While raising 2 children, she worked as a librarian at St John’s School for many years.  She shared a love of traveling and music with Ted and also she was very active in the Greek community as well as her church.  She is predeceased by, among others, Ted (56 years of marriage).  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 
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