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While most Rice students were studying for finals in early December, a collection of entrepreneurs, academics and researchers gathered at the BioSciences Research Collaborative for three days to discuss the future impact of automation and artificial intelligence on human work in the De Lange Conference X, entitled “Humans, Machines and the Future of Work.”
Former astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go to space, will give the class of 2017’s commencement address, according to the office of Rice University President David Leebron.
The morning after Donald Trump’s electoral victory, a palpable gloom had settled over Rice University’s campus. Laughter was scarce; students gave their friends hugs and offered words of support. Some professors took time out of class to discuss the election, while some students described an immobilizing despondence as they tried to go about their daily routine. Others who identify as conservatives or supported Trump, however, expressed more optimistic sentiments.
Rice President David Leebron presented his State of the University report to the Student Association Senate meeting Monday evening.
As voters at Rice and across the country prepare to choose a new president, the Thresher spoke with NBC News journalist Hallie Jackson regarding the closing days of the presidential campaign and her experiences covering the race. Jackson, who hosts the 1 p.m. hour on MSNBC, extensively covered the Republican Party primary campaigns and will be contributing to NBC's Election Night coverage today beginning at 6 p.m.
Rice Engineering Alumni has committed $50,000 to improving laboratory classes in the mechanical engineering department. The funding comes in response to student concerns raised over the past six months regarding outdated curriculum and facilities, including at a highly attended town hall meeting last semester.
With homecoming weekend approaching, a two-day weekend sale of homecoming shirts targeting Rice students resulted in more than 100 students placing orders — but though the shirts have arrived, some now say they feel misled after realizing that the shirts have no association with Rice.
The Student Association Senate voted nearly unanimously Monday night to appoint Ameesh Shah, the current Rice Program Council Treasurer, as the first SA Deputy Treasurer.
The halftime show at the Rice University vs. Baylor University football game on Friday attracted national attention over the weekend after Rice’s Marching Owl Band referenced Baylor’s recent sexual assault scandal in their performance. Many national news and sports media including ESPN, NBC Sports, Fox Sports and the Washington Post published articles regarding the show and a subsequent apology to Baylor fans released by Rice’s administration on Saturday.
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden announced several federal policy changes in a forceful call for accelerating cancer research at Rice University today. These changes include expanding access to cancer clinical trials and a mandate to report all results of such trials.
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden will visit Rice University next week, Rice’s Office of Public Affairs confirmed. The exact time and location of the event have not been finalized.
The Student Association Senate unanimously voted to table a resolution that would have censured the Faculty Senate for approving new limits on the number of credit hours undergraduates can take. The changes, which reduce the maximum number of credit hours from 20 to 18 for students beginning with this year’s freshmen, were approved by Faculty Senate in April at a meeting attended by over 100 student protesters.
The Rice University Board of Trustees added four new members starting July 1, three of whom are Rice alumni, according to a Rice News press release. The alumni are Khan Academy chairperson Ann Doerr (Jones ‘75), Stellus Capital Management managing partner Robert Ladd (Wiess ‘78) and Covariance Capital Management president Scott Wise (Will Rice ‘71); the fourth member, Riverstone Holdings partner James Hackett, formerly served as a trustee from 2010 to 2013.
Hannah Todd was elected Student Association external vice president in an uncontested election last week. Todd, a sophomore who was previously Wiess College senator, has served as Interim EVP for the last three weeks following her nomination by SA President Griffin Thomas.
James Carter, a Brown College junior, was confirmed as Student Association Associate Vice President at the April 13 meeting of the SA Senate.
The Student Association Senate voted April 13 to convene the Committee of Constitutional Revisions with the goal of reforming some of the “procedural deficiencies” in the Constitution, according to the legislation.
The Student Association Senate will vote Wednesday on the creation of a director of government relations position, who would advise the Senate about governmental initiatives.
The Student Association is organizing a sit-in to protest the Committee for Undergraduate Curriculum proposal to limit the number of credit hours undergraduate students may enroll in each semester.