Entries by Linda Welzenbach

Study: Explosive volcanic eruption produced rare mineral on Mars

Jade Boyd – Jul. 25, 2022 Researchers publish scenario that explains 2016 discovery by NASA’s Curiosity rover HOUSTON – (July 25, 2022) – Planetary scientists from Rice University, NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the California Institute of Technology have an answer to a mystery that’s puzzled the Mars research community since NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered a mineral called tridymite in Gale […]

Houston birdwatcher turned to listening in the pandemic

Jade Boyd 713-348-6778 jadeboyd@rice.edu Recording hobby sheds light on birds that migrate at night over southeast Texas HOUSTON – (April 28, 2022) – When COVID-19 limited Cin-Ty Lee’s options for watching migratory birds by day, the Rice University professor began recording them at night. Cataloging the species that call to one another on the recordings is […]

Rice University geobiologist tapped for Antarctic drilling mission

Team will search for fossil evidence of West Antarctic ice’s response to climate warming Jade Boyd – Apr. 25, 2022 Jeanine Ash (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) HOUSTON – (April 25, 2022) – Rice University geobiologist Jeanine Ash is participating in an Antarctic mission that aims to recover the first direct evidence that can answer one of the biggest […]

COVID-19 environmental study in Nature Scientific Reports

Black and Hispanic communities bore disproportionate share of Texas’ early COVID-19 deaths Rice University study features statewide analysis of mortality, air pollution, and assessment of disproportionate economic impacts in Harris County Jade Boyd 713-348-6778 jadeboyd@rice.edu HOUSTON – (Jan. 24, 2022) – Texas state officials did not publish the race and ages of COVID-19 victims in […]

Kevin Gaastra in the South Atlantic Ocean

Data from beneath the South Atlantic Ocean Photo by Maya Pincus/IODP Rice graduate student Kevin Gaastra is in the South Atlantic Ocean this week, working to process and inspect samples on the scientific drill ship JOIDES Resolution. Gaastra is part of JOIDES Expedition 391 to the Walvis Ridge, an unusual chain of underwater mountains more than 500 miles off […]

Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, is co-editor of a new book ‘Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics: Methods and Applications’

Professor Jonathan Ajo-Franklin is co-editor of a new book, ‘Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics: Methods and Applications,’.  Information about what Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Geophysics is and its various applications can be found  in the Eos article, ‘Using Sound and Vibration Signals to Understand the Subsurface,’ co-authored by Jonathan Ajo-Franklin.

Kelsey Murphy one of three Ken Kennedy Institute Awards in high performance computing

The Ken Kennedy Institute Awards $45,000 to Three Fellows Program aims to attract graduate students to Rice in the fields of high performance computing, computational science & engineering, and data science The Ken Kennedy Institute is awarding $45,000 in Computational Science and Engineering Fellowships to three graduate students at Rice, two of them in the […]

Ken Kennedy Institute Graduate Fellowship Program Awards to Morgan Underwood

The Ken Kennedy Institute’s annual graduate fellowship program has awarded $65,000 to nine Rice graduate students in five departments. Recipients use fellowship awards to further research pursuits, attend conferences, travel, and develop networking relationships in industry. Past recipients have spent summers as research interns with sponsoring companies. An important aspect of the fellowships is presenting […]