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RSI participates in 2104 BioSciences Research Retreat

August 22nd, 2014 by David Alexander

Mr. Mark Jernigan and Dr. David Alexander participated in a career breakout sessions during the 2014 BioSciences at Rice Research Retreat on Friday (August 22). Two 30-min sessions were held in the BRC. A brief introduction to the RSI and opportunities for students with NASA were discussed with short Q&A’s in each.  As requested, we have posted NASA’s human health and performance challenges document with potential Rice faculty annotated for each below.

NASA HHPD Human Health and Performance needs for human spaceflight with Rice Faculty names

NASA Announces Humans in Space Art: Video Challenge

August 14th, 2014 by David Alexander

Visit www.HumansInSpaceArt.org  and select “Challenge” for details.

Master of Liberal Studies Lecture: The Dynamic Sun

August 6th, 2014 by David Alexander

If you are in town and interested, check out:


You can register for the lecture at https://gscsforms.rice.edu/view.php?id=139

NASA Launches Earth Science Challenges

July 2nd, 2014 by David Alexander

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites.

The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences.

See https://nex.nasa.gov/OpenNEX for details

RSI Director to present Tech Champs keynote July 11

July 1st, 2014 by David Alexander

David Alexander, Director of the Rice Space Institute, will present a talk entitled “Bringing Space to Space City” at the Houston Technology Center Tech Champs forum on Friday July 11.  Details can be found at http://houstontech.org/events/1170/.

RSI hosts UK Space Life Scientists

July 1st, 2014 by David Alexander

The Rice Space Institute in partnership with NASA Johnson Space Center, the BioScience Research Collaborative, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the UK Consulate recently hosted a bilateral workshop with members from the UK Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Life Sciences Innovation Center to discuss problems of common interest in the human exploration of space.  The workshop was very successful with a number of avenues identified for future collaboration.

Rice Student selected for NASA Behavioral Health Project

July 1st, 2014 by David Alexander

RSI would like to congratulate Christina Rokholt for her selection for the internship with NASA’s Behavioral Health Project for the fall of 2014 as a part of Rice’s Health, Humanism and Society Scholars program. At NASA, she will be assigned  to  work with a researcher from the Team, Sleep or Behavioral Medicine (BMed) Portfolio Managers and Scientists to complete tasks toward addressing specific research gaps. Typical intern tasks include: 1)  working with operations experts and statistics software to determine the cognitive range that is considered similar to astronauts; 2) assisting investigators complete pre-mission preparations, or conducting mission investigations, in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) located at JSC; 3) participating as instructor or observer in a “Moonbase” simulation teaching Spaceflight Resource Management and teamwork principles to NASA astronauts and flight controllers; 4) assisting with data analysis for a sleep study completed at NASA JSC; 5) assisting with data analysis of survey data collected during an astronaut job analysis project; and, 6) completing a literature review with summary recommendations for a topic relevant to the Team Risk portfolio.  Christina will spend part of her school year next year at JSC  conducting the research in helping to  develop the tools for astronauts to use to cope with the stressors of isolated long duration space missions.

MIT Enterprise Forum event

May 27th, 2014 by David Alexander

The MIT Enterprise Forum is hosting Rod Canlon, the founder of Compaq Computer at the Waldorf-Astoria in Houston on Thursday June 5.  For details click here: 2014-Rod Canion-Announcement-f

Laboratory for Space and Astrophysical Plasmas

May 27th, 2014 by David Alexander

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Rice Space Institute is happy to announce the creation of the Laboratory for Space and Astrophysical Plasmas.   The primary purpose of the Laboratory will be to foster stronger links between the space physics and astronomy/astrophysics members of the Department in order to identify and develop joint areas of research.   LSAP will focus on bringing together and applying detailed knowledge about our understanding of the physics of plasmas in the relatively well-observed solar system with increasingly sophisticated astronomical observations to explore common plasma-physical mechanisms. LSAP will seek to define viable projects and identify targets of opportunity for funding. RSI will serve as the home for LSAP to facilitate discussions and to develop and administer group proposals. The combined expertise that constitutes LSAP allows us to forge a path into new and exciting areas in astrophysical plasmas.  A new website will be created over the summer providing more details.

2014 William F. Marlar Memorial Foundation Fellowship

May 27th, 2014 by David Alexander

The 2014 William F. Marlar Memorial Foundation Fellowship was awarded to P. Wilson Cauley, a graduate student working on   Wind and Accretion Flows of Herbig Ae/Be Stars under the direction of Prof. Chris Johns Krull.