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RUPD chief of police, First Year Programs director to leave Rice positions

(01/10/17 11:01pm)

Chris LandryChris Landry, Rice’s Assistant Director of First Year Programs, will be leaving Rice on Friday for Auburn University, where he will serve as the Assistant Director of First Year Experience and Orientation.Landry, who holds bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Arts from Louisiana State University has been involved with orientation programs for over 12 years.

Rice’s energy efficiency changes prove to be cost effective

(11/09/16 5:03pm)

With energy efficiency playing a central role in both environmental and economic discussions, Rice University has been taking steps to limit both its carbon footprint and the economic toll of inefficient energy usage.Director of Sustainability Richard Johnson said Rice takes part in voluntary programs that reduce electricity output during key times, which have totaled $399,405 in revenue and savings.One of these programs, the Emergency Response Service-30, calls Rice from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas during high amounts of energy use and allows 30 minutes for Rice to reduce usage by typically three megawatts.

Rice discovers Earth’s carbon origins

(09/13/16 10:00pm)

Rice researchers may have solved the mystery of how the carbon in our bodies arrived on Earth: through a collision with an embryonic planet 4.4 billion years ago.A current popular theory involves relatively volatile elements, including compounds of carbon, sulfur, nitrogen and hydrogen, arriving through meteorites and comets over 100 million years after the formation of the solar system, but there is no known meteorite that could account for the ratio of these elements on Earth’s surface.In searching for another theory, Rice petrologist Rajdeep Dasgupta and his team considered the composition of the Earth’s core, which is thought to be just iron, nickel, and carbon due to iron’s strong affinity for carbon.

Faculty Senate approval of credit hour limit in face of student protests spurs campus debate

(04/22/16 10:29am)

The Faculty Senate voted 14 to nine Wednesday in favor of the Committee for Undergraduate Curriculum’s proposal to lower the limit on the number of credit hours undergraduate students can enroll in from 20 hours to 18 hours, starting with the incoming class of 2020. More than 100 students were present at the Faculty Senate meeting to protest against the proposal in a sit-in organized by the Student Association, with at least 50 remaining until the vote on the changes two hours after the meeting began.