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Weekly Messages 2012-13

 Weekly Messages from Dean Thomas 2012 - 2013

Dean Thomas in regalia

August 20, 2012:  RCEL Engineering Liftoff, students win Texas Instruments design prize, new SSPB Ph.D. program

August 27, 2012: Ice Cream Social, RCEL Engineering Liftoff, new faculty, food trucks, Ann Saterbak named Biomedical Engineering Society fellow, Maria Oden invited to National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education conference, Research Screech

September 4, 2012:  Ice Cream Social photos, Screech reminder, Vivas Kumar named student board member to EWB, Kurt Kasper named Case Western Reserve University's 2012 Young Alumni award, fellowships and scholarships announcements, BIOE Dining with the Dean

September 10, 2012:  Space Frontiers lecture, Kennedy Institute's Research Nugget Competition, Marcia O'Malley's research group makes news, Career and Internship Expo, Study Abroad Fair

September 17, 2012: New Professors Lecture preview, Cleanweb Hackathon, 100 signed up for Screech, Centennial Weekend offerings, Deem named Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

September 24, 2012: New Professors Lecture re-cap, RCEL names Ray Simar co-director, Mandy Nevin receives Centennial Star award, service awards, Tomaz Tkaczyk wins first place in 2012 Optics Higher Education Award competition, ChBE undergrads sign up for Dining with the Dean, Gila Stein talk, SWITCH movie screening

October 1, 2012: Screech RSVP reminder, undergrad elevator pitch competition, RSVP for Centennial reception, sign up for ChBE Dining with the Dean, Lydia Kavraki to be honored by BioHouston

October 8, 2012: Bart Sinclair and Carolie Allgood named Centennial Stars, Centennial Week is here, Ph.D. statistics students Dining with the Dean, new Professional Master's program support, Screech wrap up, call for IEEE Fellows, National Instruments workshops, Rajind Mendis and Albert Newmann celebrate five years of service, Nancy Turner celebrates 30 years of service.

October 15, 2012: Lydia Kavraki and Tony Mikos elected to Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Centennial wrap up, Owls win Homecoming game, Centennial Spectable video link, ECEs win poster session, Bart Sinclair receives REA Distinguished Service Medal, Pol Spanos wins ASME award and Chinese government Chang Chair, Tomasz Tkaczyk wis Norman Edmund Inspiration Award

October 22, 2012: Dining with the Dean postponed, National Insturments workshop at OEDK, Tayfun Tezduyar receives Argentine Association for Computational mechanics prize, REA giving away $8,000, Jan Hewitt hosting a fellowship application writing seminar, Jacob Robinson talking about nanowire technology for brain research

October 29, 2012: Dean Thomas flies with the Blue Angels, Gayle Schroeder named a Centennial Star, State of Research at U.S. universities lecture, KPCB summer fellowship opportunity for undergrads, grad students carve pumpkins at Sandra Baylor's

November 5, 2012: Mars Rover engineers visit, Nan Bouchard of Boeing comes to talk, Freshmen advising session this week, MEMS PhD students dine with the dean, Zheng Liu named a 2012 World Technology Award for Energy finalist, Kennedy Institute fellows named, Volkan Cevher and Kay Desmond recognized for five years of service, Carolyn Aresu and Linda Lerma recognized for 15 years of service

November 12, 2012: Society of Women Engineers honors Yildiz Bayazitoglu, Pam Ebling named Centennial Star, leader of MIT's Gordon Engineering Leadership Program visits RCEL, Transatlantic Science and International Education Week, Tianshi Ji is the only engineer on the team of students who won the School of Architecture's Centennial Design Competition

November 19, 2012: Undergraduate Elevator Pitch Competition winners, Business Venture Collaborative, Lydia Kavraki honored at BioHouston, Yildiz Bayazitoglu made an honorary member of ASME, Pol Spanos receives ASME's Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, National Academy of Engineering honors Beyond Traditional Borders and NanoJapan, NDSEG Fellowship applications deadline coming up

November 26, 2012: Fellowships, internships and opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students; keeping up with engineering developments

December 3, 2012: Rahul Rehiki named Marshall Scholar; Ensor, Vannucci and Kavraki honored by AAAS; 2012 Business Solutions to Global Health & Education; NanoJapan information session; Photo of the Week

December 10, 2012: Holiday card link, register for the SOE/School of Natural Sciences Holiday Party, Wade Adams concludes tenure as board member for the Materials Research Society, Lydia Kavraki and her researc group win grand prize in Open Source Software World Challenge, RCEL wants your thoughts about how Rice is fostering entrepreneurship

January 7, 2013: Jun Lou wins 2013 Minerals, Metals and Materials Society award; congratulating CS faculty for work on a MOOC; OEDK announces Innovate Weekly Challenge; summer internship opportunities posted; OwlSquad launches first Entrepreneurship Summit; STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium; call for Outstanding Engineering Alumni and Outstanding Engineering Young Alumni 

January 14, 2013: Winners of the first OEDK INNOVATE challenge, RCEL's Leadership Reaction Course, check out fellowships and opportunities pags

January 28, 2013: Entrepreneurship Summit, Professional Master's Seminar Series, Faculty calls for nominations, National Engineers Week preview, Kathy Ensor in the Wall Street Journal, Innovate Challenge Winners, Don't miss out on hearing Ishi Talmon

February 4, 2013: Congratulations to the participants of the Rice Leadership Reaction Course; Naomi Halas elected a Fellow of the Materials Research Society; Moshe Vardi wins Southeastern Universities Research Association's Distinguished Scientist Award; service awards for Gayle Schroeder, Carol Lofton and Marcella Estrella;  ECE undergrads lunch with the dean on Tuesday; Ishi Talmon's two-day workshop; RESET offering $15,000 awards; OEDK Challenge winners

February 11, 2013: National Engineers Week previews, Texas Life Science Venture Forum, Dining with the Dean for CEE undergrads, RCEL Leadership Reaction Course, OEDK Innovate Challenge winners

February 18, 2013: National Engineers Week rundown; National Instruments tour bus; Maria Oden, Ann Saterbak and Matthew Wettergreen win grant from National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance; Tayfun Tezduyar's book #3 on Amazon list for fluid dynamics; Vivas Kumar addresses World Federation of Engineering Organizations' Youth Conference in Kuwait; Innovate Challenge winners; apply for Rice Engineering Alumni Scholarships

March 4, 2013: Kathy Ensor and Loren Raun receive media buzz for their article on the connection between smog and cardiac arrest; Wei Tang wins Best Student Presentation at the annual conference of the American Meteorological Society; K2I hosts meeting of IT professionals in the oil and gas industry; Marilee Dizon Le has been with Rice for five years; Teia Wright celebrates 15 years with Rice; Professional Master's luncheon this week; CS undergrads dine with the dean; Scott Rixner discusses MOOCs; Presidential Mentoring Award Committee seeks nominations; Sigma Xi Research Showcase is coming up; apply for REA scholarships

March 11, 2013: Ned and Dee ride in the Rodeo; New professional master's coordinator joins SOE team; news about Professional Master's Seminar Series; write for The Thresher; entrepreneurship networking event; RCEL leadership lab; faculty funding for course development; MEMS undergrads dine with the dean; Stephen Yan, Tung Nguyen and Michael Donatti win ODEK Challenge; ASM coming to cmapus; come to the alumni baseball tailgate; Jamie Padgett and graduate students work with 8th graders to show how engineering is fun

March 18, 2013: Laura Segatori wins CAREER award; Ann Saterbak wins Outstanding Educator Award; where we are in U.S. News and World Report rankings; summer internships; MEMS undergrads dine with the dean; give your feedback on entrepreneurship to RCEL; Weekly OEDK Challenge winners; save the date for the REA spring picnic

March 25, 2013: Alan Bean lecture perspectives; Tyler Wiest is a scholar athlete; OwlSpark is coming; Nelson Chen, Matthew Johnson and Salvatore Testa named KPCB Fellows; more kudos for MOOC team; Innovate Challenge winners

April 1, 2013: Spotlight on research; Goldwater Scholarships; NSF graduate research fellowships; RCEL launches certificate program; Tyler Wiest wins Scholar Athlete Award; Owlsquad news; Bryan Hassin's TEDx talk; Kevin Lin and Melissa Teng launch Talon; ECE Corporate Affiliate Meeting; 2013 Student Technology Prize for Primary Care Competition winner; Pam Ebling, Jun Shirako, Sherry Vanderslice and George Mestral service awards notes; Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium needs faculty judges; STAT undergrads dine with the dean; cool engineernig soty rabout changing perceptions about solar power

April 8, 2013: Faculty promotions; student leaders elected; design showcase Thursday; Budd, Water and Rich awards given; REA Picnic Saturday; Innovate Challenge winners; Indian Institutes of Technology Global Conference in Houston this year

April 15, 2013: Design Showcase wrap-up and winners; Tracy Volz to become director of Rice's program in writing and communications; RURS winners; GSA annual awards; REA picnic and scholarship awards; Andrew Amis named Truman Scholar; CAAM undergrads dine with the dean; Rice Alumni Association hosting event for graduate students in IT fields

April 22, 2013: Talking with undergraduates and grad students about leadership and entrepreneurship; Brent Houchens, Ann Saterbak and Mark Embree receive teaching awards; Julie Kudelka wins Bourland Award; TRIP annual meeting; Bob Metcalfe speaks on Wednesday; Michael Liga is a Presidential Management Fellow; Sarah Mason and Joseph Yu receive Whitaker International Fellowships; Zachary Crannell receives Whitaker grant; Sumedh Warudkar wins 2013 Sallyport Award and Rice University Service Award; Mira Chen, Lam Yuk and Wong and Lee Xiong compete in Microsoft Imagine Cup

April 29, 2013:  Tapia elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences, CAAM senior design team appears before Houston City Council; Undergraduate Venture Challenge and GSA Elevator Pitch Competition; Rice tops the Leiden rankings for impact of research papers; final Innovate Challenge winners; K2I calling for proposals; sign up for ASEE's Accelerator; Julie Kudelka wins Hardy Bourland Award

May 6, 2013:  Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden win Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation; kudos and congratulations to those who set up the DayOne funding source site; Naomi Halas elected to National Academy of Sciences; John Dobelman, Renata Ramos and Ann Saterbak win Brown Teaching Grants; Undergraduate Venture Challenge news and winners; GSA Elevator Pitch Competition; Yildiz Bayazitoglu to receive 2013 Michigan Engineering Alumni Association Society Award for Mechanical Engineering; Edward Woodward celebrate five years at Rice; Keith Cooper celebrates 30 years at Rice; Postdoc Adam Ekenseair lands faculty spot at Northeastern University; Sumedh Warudkar wins 2013 Commencement Speaker Award; REA hosts San Francisco meeting; graduation reception is Friday from 4-6:30

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