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Ryang named new director of Chao Center for Asian Studies
Noted social anthropologist Sonia Ryang has been appointed the new director of the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center for Asian Studies in the School of Humanities. Hired after an international search, Ryang will also serve as the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies. The appointments are effective July 1.  »
Honoring a trailblazer
When Leonora Montgomery earned her doctorate in religious studies from Rice University in 1984, the one thing that may have seemed unusual was her age, 62. Little did she know at the time that she was a trailblazer in her own right. The Indiana-born mother of four had become the first woman to graduate from the Religious Studies Department's Ph.D. program. »
Walks with the ancients
Fifteen Rice students participated in a unique interdisciplinary project this semester to construct interactive 3-D computer models that bring the structures of ancient Roman and Swahili buildings to life, based on every scrap of archaeological and historical data they could gather. »
Rice Cinema to receive digital cinema projection system
For nearly 45 years, Rice Cinema has screened films from around the world - foreign features, shorts, documentaries and animation. Internationally known filmmakers who have appeared at the cinema over the years include Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Roberto Rossellini and Milos Forman. »
Rice historian earns national book prize
Caleb McDaniel, an assistant professor of history and a scholar of the 19th-century United States, received the 2014 Merle Curti Award for the "best book in American intellectual history" from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). »
A legend talks life in theater and the arts
The life and times of Robert Wilson, one of the world's foremost theater and visual artists, took center stage in the Rice Media Center during the School of Humanities' 2014 Campbell Lecture Series March 26-28.  »
3 seniors awarded Watson and Zeff fellowships
Colleen Fugate and Heather Olson have been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for 2014-2015 and will receive $28,000 each for a year of world travel and independent study. Senior Ana Builes received the Roy and Hazel Zeff Fellowship, which also supports a year of world travel and independent study. »
Rice grad student deciphers 1,800-year-old letter from Egyptian soldier
A newly deciphered 1,800-year-old letter from an Egyptian solider serving in a Roman legion in Europe to his family back home shows striking similarities to what some soldiers may be feeling here and now.Rice Religious Studies graduate student Grant Adamson took up the task in 2011 when he was assigned the papyrus to work on during a summer institute hosted at Brigham Young University (BYU). »
Rice student receives national award for social activism
Colleen Fugate, a Duncan College senior, was honored this month as one of the Sociologists for Women in Society's (SWS) 2014 Undergraduate Social Activism Award winners. Fugate is one of three students who received the award at the SWS Winter Meeting Feb. 6-9 in Nashville, Tenn. »
Rice art historian earns book prize
Joseph Manca, the Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History, has been selected to receive the Foundation for Landscape Studies' 2014 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for his book "George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture and Design at Mount Vernon." »
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