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William Marsh Rice University, commonly known as Rice University, is a private research university in Houston, Texas. The university is situated on a 300-acre (121 ha) campus near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Opened in 1912 after the murder of its namesake William Marsh Rice, Rice is now a research university with an undergraduate focus. Its emphasis on education is demonstrated by a small student body and 6:1 student-faculty ratio, and it has been nationally recognized as a leading university for undergraduate teaching. The university has a very high level of research activity, with $140.2 million in sponsored research funding in 2016. Rice is noted for its applied science programs in the fields of artificial heart research, structural chemical analysis, signal processing, space science, and nanotechnology. It was ranked first in the world in materials science research by the Times Higher Education (THE) in 2010. Rice is a member of the Association of American Universities. The university is organized into eleven residential colleges and eight schools of academic study, including the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences, School of Architecture, Shepherd School of Music and the School of Humanities. Undergraduates select from more than fifty majors and two dozen minors, and have a high level of flexibility in pursuing multiple degree programs. Additional graduate programs are offered through the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Rice students are bound by the strict Honor Code, which is enforced by a student-run Honor Council.

Rice physicists find ‘magnon’ origins in 2D magnet

“Topological feature could prove useful for encoding information in electron spins Rice physicists have confirmed the topological origins of magnons, magnetic features they discovered three years ago in a 2D material that could prove useful for encoding information in the …

Physicists find room-temperature, 2D-to-1D topological transition

“Rice-led team toggles side- and edge-conduction states in bismuth iodide crystals A Rice University team and its collaborators have discovered a room-temperature transition between 1D and 2D electrical conduction states in topological crystals of bismuth and iodine. Researchers found they …

Earth’s core may contain up to 95% of planet’s carbon

“Rice, Florida State study improves understanding of habitable rocky planets New research from Rice University and Florida State University suggests Earth’s core contains up to 95% of the planet’s carbon. The study, published online this week in the …

‘Cool’ kids in the cosmos may not be so unique

“Rice models infer small stars share similar dynamics to our sun, key to planet habitability Stars scattered throughout the cosmos look different, but they may be more alike than once thought, according to Rice University researchers. New modeling work by …

Rice team creating insulin-producing implant for Type 1 diabetes

“JDRF funds creation of implant to automatically regulate blood glucose levels Rice University bioengineers are using 3D printing and smart biomaterials to create an insulin-producing implant for Type 1 diabetics. The three-year project is a partnership between the laboratories of …

Soft shell makes hard ceramic less likely to shatter

“Rice lab shows complex, 3D-printed schwarzites withstand pressure when coated A thin shell of soft polymer can help keep knotty ceramic structures from shattering, according to materials scientists at Rice University. Ceramics made with 3D printers crack under stress like …

Solar energy collectors grown from seeds

“Engineers create seeds for growing near-perfect 2D perovskite crystals Rice University engineers have created microscopic seeds for growing remarkably uniform 2D perovskite crystals that are both stable and highly efficient at harvesting electricity from sunlight. Halide perovskites are organic materials …

Rice lab peers inside 2D crystal synthesis

“Simulations could help molecular engineers enhance creation of semiconducting nanomaterials Scientific studies describing the most basic processes often have the greatest impact in the long run. A new work by Rice University engineers could be one such, and it’s …

Thin is now in to turn terahertz polarization

“Rice lab’s discovery of ‘magic angle’ builds on its ultrathin, highly aligned nanotube films It’s always good when your hard work reflects well on you. With the discovery of the giant polarization rotation of light, that is literally …

Teamwork makes light shine ever brighter

“Combined energy sources return a burst of photons from plasmonic gold nanogaps If you’re looking for one technique to maximize photon output from plasmons, stop. It takes two to wrangle. Rice University physicists came across a phenomenon that boosts …