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Great universities need — and help to create — great communities, and the reverse is also true. For nearly a century, Rice University has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Greater Houston community, one that Rice’s University Relations team works to preserve and enhance. Collaborating closely with local organizations and individuals, we communicate Rice’s plans and priorities to our Houston neighbors while also striving to understand what’s most important to them and share that perspective with university leaders. Such efforts play a pivotal role in helping Rice fulfill its own mission, but to us, it’s more than that — it’s being a good neighbor. 

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Planning an event? Our staff has the tools and know-how to assist Rice’s broad community. From providing access to campus facilities to offering displays that work in any setting, University Relations can make your next big event a success.

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Public Events Calendar

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Time Event
April 10 through April 20 "My Voice Would Reach You" Contemporary Asian Arts Festival-Exhibition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
April 10 through August 28 Dinh Q. Lê "Crossing the Farther Shore"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
April 15
9:00 AM
SPARFA: Sparse Factor Analysis for Learning and Content Analytics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Shiting Lan
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
10:00 AM
The Social Life of a Human Biological Sample: Exploring Meaning and Value within Cancer Biobanking
Open to the Public
Speaker: Stacey Pereira
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
10:00 AM
Dimensions of Politics: How Institutions Shape East. Asian Legislatures
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jinhyeok Jang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
10:00 AM
GD-Wheel: A Cost-Aware Replacement Policy for Key-Value Stores
Open to the Public
Speaker: Conglong Li
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
12:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Evan Hulbert
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
12:30 PM
Three Essays on Sovereign Default and Robust Policy Design
Open to the Public
Speaker: Xin Li
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
12:30 PM
"Gene Regulation at the Single-Molecule Level”
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jie Xiao
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
April 15
2:00 PM
Universal Microbial Sensing using Random DNA Probes
Open to the Public
Speaker: Amirali Aghazadeh Mohandesi
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
2:30 PM
Structural Analysis of the "Best Offer" Mechanism on eBay
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kerem Yener Toklu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
3:00 PM
Simulated impact of NOx on SOA formation from oxidation of toluene and m-xylene
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jialu Xu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
4:00 PM
Comparative Philosophy and Modern Society
Open to the Public
Speaker: Hans-Grieg Moeller
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
April 15
4:00 PM
An all-optical biological function generator and oscilloscope framework for characterizing gene circuit dynamics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Evan Olson
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Springer Theory on a complex reductive group
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sam Gunningham
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 15
5:30 PM
Sharing the Spotlight
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Yi Zhao, Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, Jarita Ng, Norman Fischer, Coleman Itzkoff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
6:00 PM
MVWRY: Lecture and film screening - Y. David Chung "Koryo Saram"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
April 15
7:30 PM
Liederabend
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kenneth Goldsmith
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
8:30 PM
Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
8:30 AM
Fashioning Slavery: Slaves and Clothing in the U.S. South, 1830–1865
Open to the Public
Speaker: Katie Knowles
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
9:30 AM
Carry-over effects in space: Beyond single species studies and towards metacommunity dynamics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Benjamin Van Allen
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
9:30 AM
Ben Van Allen's Thesis Defense
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
April 16
10:30 AM
Terahertz Wave Modulators Based on Graphene and Silicon
Open to the Public
Speaker: Minjie Wang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Wei Wang
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
3:00 PM
Statistical Machine Learning for Text Mining with Markov Chain Monte Carlo Inference
Open to the Public
Speaker: Anna Drummond
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
3:00 PM
Topics on LASSO and Approximate Message Passing
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ali Mousavi
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
3:30 PM
Interaction Control in Rehabilitation Robots Using Custom Integrated Force Sensing Mechanisms
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrew Erwin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: Dominated Splittings and the Spectrum for Singular Almost Periodic Jacobi Operators
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chris Marx
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 16
5:30 PM
Cancelled - Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jeanne Kierman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
6:30 PM
Shepherd School Opera
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
6:30 PM
MVWRY: RAQS Film - "The Capital of Accumulation"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
April 16
7:00 PM
MVWRY: Performance reading - "This is to be done - Contemporary Poets and Asia"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
April 16
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Boson Mo
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
8:00 PM
Chamber Music for Winds
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
8:30 PM
Electronic Music Concert
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
10:00 AM
Dream Collage
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joungbum Lee
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series: Versatile and Scalable Approaches to Chemical Processing of Nanocarbons
Open to the Public
Speaker: Milo Shaffer
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
April 17
3:00 PM
Saint-Saëns, d’Indy, Debussy, and the Reconstruction of the Past in fin-de-siècle France
Open to the Public
Speaker: Qingfan Jiang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
4:00 PM
Duration and Distraction: Theorizing Moving Images in a Time of Mobile Viewers
Open to the Public
Speaker: Lutz Koepnick
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
April 17
4:00 PM
Colloquium: The geometry of mapping class groups and automorphism groups of free groups
Open to the Public
Speaker: Mladen Bestvina
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 17
4:00 PM
MVWRY: Public workshop - "Anatomy of History: The Making of Chinese Contemporary Art" - Tim Shea
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
April 17
4:00 PM
Spring ' 14 Earth Science Thursday Speaker Series - "Magnesium isotope evidence for a link between low-temperature marine clays, seawater Mg/Ca, and climate"
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Higgens
Sponsor: Earth Science
April 17
5:00 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: David Elton
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Virginia Weckstrom
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
5:30 PM
Opera Workshop Class
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
6:00 PM
MVWRY: Workshop - Arts open house workshop with Hang
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
April 17
6:00 PM
DIS/LOCATION : An Evening of Experimental Sound & Video Projects
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
April 17
6:30 PM
The Posse Foundation: Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders
Open to the Public
Speaker: Deborah Bial
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
April 17
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: David Sedgwick
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17 through April 19 Little Shop of Horrors
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
April 17
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Samuel Almaguer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 18
8:00 AM
Risk-based design of highway bridges and associated transportation networks
Open to the Public
Speaker: Zhenghua Wang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
9:00 AM
Towards the Implementation of Non-Invasive Brain Machine Interface Control on a Rehabilitative Robotic Upper Limb Exoskeleton
Open to the Public
Speaker: James French
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
10:30 AM
A New Assay Method for Scale Inhibitor Detection at Low Concentration
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ya Liu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
10:30 AM
Adeno-associated virus capsid as a scaffold for metal binding and nanoparticle synthesis
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christopher Dempsey
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
11:00 AM
Semantic Interference in Language Production and Comprehension: Same or Separable Loci?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Denise Harvey
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
11:30 AM
Rice Global E&C Forum - Monthly Roundtabe
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Speaker: Robert Smith
Sponsor: Rice Global Forum
April 18
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Rafael Moras
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 18
12:00 PM
Application of Compact, Geometrically Complex Shape Memory Alloy Devices for Seismic Enhancement of Highway Bridge Expansion Joints
Open to the Public
Speaker: Emily McCarthy
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
1:00 PM
A Guide to Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Two Vocal Duets: A History and Musical Analysis of His First Settings of Walt Whitman
Open to the Public
Speaker: Marcus DeLoach
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
1:30 PM
Dynamics and Evolution of Solar Eruptive Prominences
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chunming Zhu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
2:00 PM
On the approximation of the Dirichlet to Neumann map for high contrast two phase composites and its applications to domain decomposition methods
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yingpei Wang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
2:00 PM
3D optical lattice system for ultra-cold Lithium 6
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tsung-Lin Yang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
2:15 PM
Electrically Driven Terahertz Metamaterial Diffractive Modulator
Open to the Public
Speaker: Nicholas Karl
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
3:00 PM
Thread Scheduling in Embedded Run-time Systems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Linge Dai
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 18
4:00 PM
Robust Action and the Rise of the CCRMA-lites: The Emergence, Sustenance and Renewal of Computer Music at Stanford
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrew Nelson
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
April 18
4:00 PM
Topology Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jennifer Hom
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 18
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Jordan Koransky
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 18
5:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Nico Chona
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 18
7:00 PM
MVWRY: Film - "Japan Syndrome" by Takamine Tadasu
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
April 18
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Mark Hirsch
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 18
8:00 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Rebeccca Lo
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Nicholas Brownlee
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Sarah Bouse
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
2:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Niccoló Muti
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
3:00 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Sophia Cho
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
3:00 PM
New Art/New Music: Sonic Snapshots from our Shores and Beyond
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
April 19
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Rescheduled
Open to the Public
Artist: Boson Mo
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
5:00 PM
Artist Diploma Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Leah Gastler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Katya Gruzglina
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
6:30 PM
Spectacular - Mariachi Luna Llena
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Public Affairs
April 19
7:30 PM
Doctoral Lecture Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Jennifer Oliver
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Anna Engländer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
8:00 PM
Electric SYZYGY
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music