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Town Hall launches oneyear countdown to Centennial Celebration

first_imgShareBY B.J. ALMONDRice News staffWearing a “Celebrate Rice” T-shirt, President David Leebron celebrated the university’s successes during the Town Hall meeting held on Rice Day – Oct. 12 — in the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Concert Hall.The event launched the one-year countdown to Rice’s Centennial Celebration planned for Oct. 10-14, 2012.“We’ve had a tremendous amount of progress, some of which is very visible,” Leebron said as he reviewed the key points of the Vision for the Second Century (V2C) adopted nearly five years ago.He gave as an example the expansion of the undergraduate student body, which he said is almost 30 percent larger and more diverse without sacrificing the legendary high quality of students at Rice. And the record 13,816 applications that Rice received for fall 2011 is likely to be broken again next year, he said.“One of the things that is really critical to us is our research,” Leebron said. “As part of the centennial, we want to make people aware of all the things that we have contributed to.”The dramatic growth in sponsored research funding, which totaled $115.3 million in fiscal year 2011, reflects both the large quantity of proposals written by faculty and the high quality of those proposals, he said.From the world’s first tunable lasers and the nanotechnology revolution to digital signal processing and artificial heart research, Rice has made the world a better place. “Every time you use a cell phone, remember that there’s stuff in that phone that was invented by people at Rice,” Leebron said.While a number of faculty members who made such research discoveries in years past are still active at Rice, “we have newer and younger faculty who are making their own pathway in building things for the future,” Leebron said.Identifying past accomplishments that have set the stage for current and future endeavors, Leebron noted that the Houston Area Survey began at Rice 30 years ago and now is housed in the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, where that research will be extended to other cities around the world. “The fundamental research of understanding human society will pay many benefits in the future,” he said.New buildings like the Brockman Hall for Physics and the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) are facilitating more research progress, Leebron said. He noted that the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently chose the BRC as the site to present grant awards to Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Houston, Rice and other Texas Medical Center institutions – evidence that the BRC has become the hub of interdisciplinary medical and scientific research at Rice and the TMC.Campus vibrancy has improved dramatically, due to such factors as the new Rice Public Art program, Brochstein Pavilion and the renovated Coffeehouse in the student center, Leebron said. “The new Rice Coffeehouse will transform the RMC and turn it into a more welcoming, dynamic space.”Progress also has been made toward the V2C goal of increased engagement with the city of Houston, he said. Leebron cited the Glasscock School for Continuing Studies’ and other Rice K-12 programs, Rice’s growing collaborations with the Houston Independent School District, research by faculty and students on the city’s problems and the volunteer work done by the Rice community. “We’re not perceived as sitting behind the hedges; we’re seen as being engaged with the problems of Houston,” he said.100 Centennial Stars to be honoredFROM RICE NEWS STAFF REPORTSNow that the one-year countdown to the Centennial Celebration has begun, Rice University will be honoring 100 staff members throughout the year as “Centennial Stars.”This designation will be given to staff members who go above and beyond their job duties, who support the university’s goals, who have a positive impact on Rice culture and who contribute to a better future. Each will receive a Star award and a certificate.Human Resources will accept nominations from peers, colleagues, co-workers and supervisors. Nominees must be in a benefits-eligible position for at least two years as of Jan. 1, 2012 and have no current disciplinary or performance concerns.To nominate someone as a Centennial Star, go to https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG14412.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Rices graduate entrepreneurship program again ranked among top 10 in US

first_imgShareDavid [email protected] [email protected] Rice’s graduate entrepreneurship program again ranked among top 10 in USHOUSTON – (Nov. 10, 2015) – Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has the No. 6 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S., according to rankings announced today by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This marks the seventh year in a row the Jones School has been ranked as a top 10 graduate program in entrepreneurship.The 2015 ranking was based on a survey from May through August of more than 300 undergraduate and graduate schools offering programs in entrepreneurship studies. The Princeton Review survey looked at each school’s commitment to entrepreneurship education inside and outside the classroom. More than three dozen metrics were analyzed for the rankings. Among them were the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number and reach of mentorship programs and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects. The survey results will be published in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine.The Jones School’s strong commitment to entrepreneurship was reinforced by the launch of the Rice Entrepreneurship Initiative this fall as a cross-disciplinary initiative to provide students from across the university with skills and knowledge to succeed in a world where entrepreneurial capabilities are increasingly critical for meaningful and influential careers. The initiative is led by Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at the Jones School, who is considered one of the foremost experts on accelerator programs and serves as managing director of the annual Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.The Jones School’s entrepreneurship program was founded by nationally recognized faculty led by Al Napier and Edward Williams. The school offers more than 30 courses taught by professors with significant entrepreneurial experience.The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, led by managing director Brad Burke, hosts the world’s largest and richest student startup competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition, and has been a global leader in the creation and commercialization of new products and technologies. Burke was recently also named executive director of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, which represents more than 225 university entrepreneurship programs and is now housed at Rice.OwlSpark, the Rice student startup accelerator founded in 2013, offers a summer program that provides teams of students and recent alumni with the funding, space, industrial and academic mentorship and networking opportunities required to launch their companies. OwlSpark is managed by Kerri Smith from the Rice Alliance, who also leads Rice’s partnership with the University of Texas and Texas A&M in launching the Southwest NSF I-Corps Node in Texas.The Jones Graduate School Entrepreneurs Organization and Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program are two additional examples of the full complement of innovative programs and opportunities graduate students have to translate ideas into action.To view the complete rankings, visit www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/top-entrepreneur.-30-For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or [email protected] the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @RiceMBA.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Jones Graduate School of Business: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG10095.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more