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2015 William and Elva Gordon Fellowship

May 22nd, 2015 by David Alexander

The 2015 William and Elva Gordon Fellowship was awarded to Liheng Zheng, a graduate student working on the modeling of the Earth’s radiation belts under the direction of Professor Anthony Chan.



2015 William F. Marlar Memorial Foundation Fellowship

May 22nd, 2015 by David Alexander

The 2015 William F. Marlar Memorial Foundation Fellowship was awarded to Matthew Levy, a graduate student working on the modeling of intense laser-driven high energy density plasmas under the direction of Prof. Matthew Baring.



Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium: RSI Prize Winners

May 11th, 2015 by David Alexander

We are pleased to announce the winners of this years RSI Prize for best poster at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium:

 

A UV Clothing Sanitization System for Deep Space Exploration

Chris Chuckran, Neel Radia, Tealim Roh, Jeffrey Tsang, Gustavo Villarreal
One of many challenges astronauts will face as they depart Earth’s orbit will be a limited supply of clean clothes due to a lack of sustainable cleaning systems and difficulties in resupply. To enable astronauts to survive in space without worry of wearing microbe infested clothing, Team SUDS has designed an ultraviolet light based clothing sanitization system. Our system requires low levels of user interaction and has demonstrated up to 80% microbial knockdown in dirty clothes over an 8 hour exposure. Furthermore, the UV system’s electric energy consumption is on par or significantly less than that of major electronics on board the International Space Station. Several advantages of our design over existing systems include no consumable resources such as detergents or water, increased safety from not utilizing hazardous gases or liquids, and better storage due to its built in collapsibility. Moreover, an effective UV clothing sanitization system can benefit any long term, low resource environments back on Earth.


Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Mary Lynne Dittmar

April 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us for the next installment of our Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lectures.

Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a US program of Human Space Exploration – Ms. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Member Human Spaceflight Committee

Wednesday April 15, 7:00pm (Reception at 6:30pm)

McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University

See here for details.



MIT Enterprise Forum: Advances in DNA Testing for Genealogy and Anthropology (April 28)

April 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

The MIT Enterprise Forum in conjunction with BioHouston are hosting a discussion on technological advances in DNA testing by Bennett Greenspan, Founder of Family Tree DNA

Details can be found here  and you can register at   http://www.MITEFtexas.org.



French Play on Apollo Program

March 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

The efforts of our friends in France and the kindness of our friends in Houston who met with the actors and director paid off.



Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Bob Pappalardo (JPL)

March 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us for the next installment of our Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lectures.

The Hidden Ocean of Europa: Future Exploration & Prospects for Life – Dr. Robert Pappalardo, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Thursday March 19, 7:00pm (Reception at 6:30pm)

McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University

See here for details.



MIT Enterprise Forum: Advances in Energy Storage, Batteries, and Metal Extraction

February 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

The MIT Enterprise Forum are hosting a discussion on technological advances in batteries by MIT professor Donald Sadoway.

Details can be found here  and you can register at   http://www.MITEFtexas.org.



Save the Date: Anousheh Ansari to speak at Rice

January 26th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us at Rice for the next installment of the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures.  We are very happy to announce that the first ever female private space explorer, Anousheh Ansari (http://www.anoushehansari.com), will be our next speaker.

Please note that the day and time is very different from our usual lectures.

DATE/TIME:  Friday February 6 at 4pm.

Location and further details to follow.



Rice Campus Observatory Open House: Friday January 23

January 23rd, 2015 by David Alexander

http://events.rice.edu/index.cfm?EventRecord=25248