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Public Events Calendar

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Time Event
January 30 through May 17 Atelier Bow-Wow + Jesus Vassallo + Students of the Rice School of Architecture | Shotgun
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
April 15
10:00 AM
oASIS: Adaptive Column Sampling for Kernel Matrix Approximation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Raajen Patel
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
12:00 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Barthold Kuijken
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
12:00 PM
Interplay of Perlecan and MMP-7/Matrilysin Regulates Metastatic Prostate Cancer Cell Behavior: Basic and Clinical Implications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brian Grindel
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
1:00 PM
Bayesian nonparametric models for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data
Open to the Public
Speaker: Linlin Zhang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
1:00 PM
Rehabilitation Robot Characterization: Traditional and Motion Capture Methods
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chad Rose
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
2:00 PM
Evolution of Genome Organization in Animal and Yeast
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jie Lv
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
2:00 PM
Modeling the influence of large woody debris on delta morphology and longshore sediment transport using the Brazos delta
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sarah Huff
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
3:00 PM
Analytical investigation of vibration attenuation with a nonlinear tuned mass damper
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aaron Atzil
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 15
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: William Yessen
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 15
4:00 PM
MECH Seminar Series: "Nucleate Boiling Heat Transfer Enhancement with Electrowetting"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dong Liu
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering
April 15
4:00 PM
New approaches to simulating biological and molecular catalysts
Open to the Public
Speaker: Thomas Miller III, PhD
Sponsor: Chemistry
April 15
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Rescheduled
Open to the Public
Artist: Alex Kovling
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Xinghao Wang
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Anthony Bracewell
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
7:00 PM
Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture - "Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and approaches for a U.S. program of human space exploration"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Mary Lynne Dittmar
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
April 15
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Jesse Clevenger
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 15
8:00 PM
Chamber Music for Winds
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
11:00 AM
Conformational Dynamics of the Glutamate Receptors via Single Molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer
Open to the Public
Speaker: David Cooper
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
12:00 PM
Dr. Robert Courtney Smith
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Kinder Institute for Urban Research
April 16
1:30 PM
Signaling Design of Two-Way MIMO Full-Duplex Channel: Optimality Under Imperfect Transmit Front-End Chain
Open to the Public
Speaker: Shuqiao Jia
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
2:00 PM
Sacred Dominion: Anti-Catholicism and the Romance of U.S. Imperialism, 1820-1900
Open to the Public
Speaker: AnaMaria Seglie
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
2:00 PM
Subject Adaptive Control Paradigms for Robotic Rehabilitation Implementations
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ali Utku Pehlivan
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
3:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - Energy Storage Enabled by Engineering Carbon Nanostructures
Open to the Public
Speaker: B.Q. Wei
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
April 16
3:00 PM
Protocol Design and Experimental Evaluation for Efficient Multi-User MIMO Wireless Networks
Open to the Public
Speaker: Oscar Bejarano
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
3:00 PM
Do older adults benefit from effortful retrieval?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alda Rivas
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 16
4:00 PM
Spring 2015 Current Research in Earth Science - A Reanalysis of 20th and 21st Century Global Sea Level Rise
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jerry Mitrovica
Sponsor: Earth Science
April 16
4:00 PM
What Can Conversation Tell Us About Negative Scope in English and Japanese?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sandy Thompson
Sponsor: Linguistics
April 16
4:00 PM
Chrisopher Kelty Lecture
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christopher Kelty
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
April 16
4:30 PM
George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Poster Competition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
April 16
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Michael Fuller
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
5:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Samuel Hooper
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
5:30 PM
Opera Workshop Class Scenes Program
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Joseph Li, Debra Dickinson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
6:00 PM
Music from Fondren
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Boson Mo, Aaron Conitz, Alice Hong, Josh Halpern, Cecile Laure-Kouassi, John Turman, Rebecca Tobin, Naho Zhu
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
7:00 PM
Works in Progress: Lisa Lapinski, Brian Huberman, and Kim Henkel
Open to the Public
Speakers: Brian Huberman, Kim Henkel, Lisa Lapinski
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
April 16
7:00 PM
RSBS Panel, Alive and Kicking: A discussion of the Business of Soccer
Open to the Public
Speakers: David Canetti, David Siddons, Frank Arnold ('08)
Sponsor: Sport Management
April 16
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Kuan-yu Chen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 16
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Emily Uematsu
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
8:00 AM
High order discontinuous Galerkin methods for simulating miscible displacement process in porous media with a focus on minimal regularity
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jizhou Li
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
9:00 AM
Role of features and categories in the organization of object knowledge
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jingyi Geng
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
9:00 AM
Downstream elimination of gravel in multiple distributary channels on the Selenga River delta topset: a morphodynamics case study of fan delta at Baikal Rift basin margin
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tian Dong
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
9:30 AM
Reasoning, Fast and Slow: Investigating Cognitive Abilities, Speed and Effects of Personality Traits
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ting Xiao
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
10:00 AM
Perceptual Links: Attention, Experience, and Demonstrative Thought
Open to the Public
Speaker: Michael Barkasi
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
10:00 AM
Hydrogen doping and the metal-insulator phase transition in vanadium dioxide
Open to the Public
Speaker: Heng Ji
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
10:00 AM
Magneto-mechanical Neuromodulation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Daniel Murphy
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar: Tropical Cyclone Flooding Hazard Assessment
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jennifer Irish
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
April 17
2:30 PM
WrAP: Hardware and Software Support for Atomic Persistence in Storage Class Memory
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ellis Giles
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
2:30 PM
Approximate dynamic factor models for mixed frequency data
Open to the Public
Speaker: Xin Zhao
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
3:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Drew Youmans
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
3:00 PM
Search, Discovery, Synthesis and Characterization of Itinerant Magnets Composed of Non-magnetic Constituents
Open to the Public
Speaker: Eteri Svanidze
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
3:00 PM
Magnetic Flux Leakage: Modeling & Experiment
Open to the Public
Speaker: David Trevino Garcia
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 17
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jacob Bedrossian
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 17
4:00 PM
MECH Seminar Series: "Exciting Developments at JPL— Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Gregory Davis
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering
April 17
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Kevan Clarkson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
5:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Evan Hulbert
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Shellie Brown
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Alexander Rosen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 17 through April 18 Rice Cinema to host OUR IMAGE FILM AND ARTS FILM FESTIVAL
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
April 18
8:00 AM
Classroom Connect
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Alumni Affairs
April 18
10:00 AM
Chamber Music Festival: Spotlight on Music of the Americas
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
12:00 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Brady Spitz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
2:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Tairan Zhen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
3:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Frances Collins
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Victor Gomez
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Alexandra Smither
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
6:00 PM
Bowling Over Kids Cancer
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Sport Management
April 19
7:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: John Turman
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 19
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ben Edquist
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 20
8:30 AM
Quilting Faith: African American Quilts as Source Material for the Study of African American Religion
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aundrea Matthews
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
9:00 AM
Swarm Robotics: Measurement and Sorting
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yu Zhou
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
10:00 AM
Simulation of Dislocated Flux in Space Plasma Environments: Applications in Geospace Modeling and Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Coupling
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aaron Schutza
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
10:30 AM
Towards a Simplified Model of the RNA Free Energy Landscape and its Mg2+ Dependence
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ryan Hayes
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
11:30 AM
Drug Policy U-Turns in the Americas: Uruguay, Guatemala and the United States
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Master of Global Affairs
April 20
2:30 PM
Toric fibrations and models of universal torsors
Open to the Public
Speaker: Nikita Kozin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
3:00 PM
Carbon and Silicon Nanomaterials for Medical Nanotechnology Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ayrat Gizzatov
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
3:00 PM
MU-MIMO in Diverse Bands and Environments
Open to the Public
Speaker: Narendra Anand
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
4:00 PM
Synthesis and Characterization of Zintl Phases and Ge Nanocrystals for Thermoelectrics and Photovoltaic Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Susan M. Kauzlarich, PhD
Sponsor: Chemistry
April 20
5:00 PM
Essays Investigating Extreme Events in Financial Markets
Open to the Public
Speaker: James Gualtieri
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 20
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Sami Myerson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 20
7:00 PM
Spanish Resource Center Film Series Spring 2015, Spanish Comedies 2 - ? Francos, 40 Pesetas"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese
April 20
7:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Sarah Sabol
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 20
7:30 PM
Collegium Concert
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 20
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Nadia Fayad
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 21
10:00 AM
Push the Button: Interactive Television and Collaborative Journalism in Japan
Open to the Public
Speaker: Elizabeth Rodwell
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 21
10:00 AM
Wall Thickness Measurement System Based On Magnetic Flux Leakage for External Robotic Inspection of Oil and Gas Pipelines
Open to the Public
Speaker: Issam Ben Moallem
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 21
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Yangmingtian Zhao
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 21
12:30 PM
Transcription Factor-chromatin Dynamics/Interactions: from Yeast to Cancer
Open to the Public
Speaker: Stefan Bekiranov
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
April 21
1:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Susan Lorette Dunn
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 21
1:00 PM
Nanocomposite Material Properties Estimation and Fracture Analysis via Peridynamics and Monte Carlo Simulation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jacob Decklever
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 21
3:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Elizabeth Gautsche
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 21
3:00 PM
Vision Navigation Performance for Autonomous Orbital Rendezvous and Docking
Open to the Public
Speaker: Eric Dahlin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 21
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Pablo Solis
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 21
4:00 PM
Engineering of Functional Striated Muscles
Open to the Public
Speaker: Nenad Bursac, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
April 21
4:00 PM
GPU Accelerated Plane-wave Discontinuous Galerkin for High Frequency Heterogeneous Scattering Problems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Thomas Atcheson
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 21
4:00 PM
Robust Optimal Guidance for Spacecraft Reorientation Maneuvers
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrew Svecz
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 21
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Carpenter
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 21
7:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kenneth Cowan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 21
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Spencer Park
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 21
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Daniel Taubenheim
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 22
8:30 AM
An Ambassadorial Conversation on Global Affairs
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Master of Global Affairs
April 22
9:00 AM
Multiple invasions: invader interactions and multiple anthropogenic factors in wetland communities
Open to the Public
Speaker: Maria Meza-Lopez
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 22
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Sergein Yap
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 22
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Alex Kovling
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 22
2:30 PM
The Source
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brandon Mueller
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 22
3:00 PM
Artist Diploma Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Leah Gastler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 22
4:00 PM
Geometry and Analysis seminar: Exit times of diffusions with incompressible drift
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alexei Novikov
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 22
4:00 PM
Random Walks in Enzymatic Networks and Quantum Lattices
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jianshu Cao, PhD
Sponsor: Chemistry
April 22
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Max Geissler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 22
5:00 PM
Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of MAV Flapping-Wing Aerodynamics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kenneth Montel
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 22
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Christiano Rodrigues
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 22
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Christian Sanders
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 22
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Virginia Weckstrom
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 23
11:00 AM
Nanofiber Formation by Collagen Mimetic Peptides: Elucidation of Supramolecular Principles and Application of Retrosynthetic Analysis
Open to the Public
Speaker: Biplab Sarkar
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 23
3:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - Understanding Interfacial "Phase" Behaviors to Help Decipher the Materials Genome
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jian Luo
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
April 23
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Simulating Human Vision and Vision Correcting Displays, Brian Barsky 698/699
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brian Barsky
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
April 23
4:00 PM
CGSA Hosted Career Seminar: Energy and Innovation in the Chemical Industry
Open to the Public
Speaker: Cathy L. Tway, PhD
Sponsor: Chemistry
April 23
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Seulki Lee
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 23
6:00 PM
52nd Annual Student Art Exhibition & Student Film Showcase
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
April 23
7:00 PM
In Conversation with the Mystic
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
April 23
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Larry Rachleff, Jerry Hou, Michael Severance
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 24
10:30 AM
Disorienting Forms: Jean Dubuffet, Portraiture, Ethnography
Open to the Public
Speaker: Stephanie Chadwick
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 24
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Danielle Lombardi
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 24
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar: Historical and Current Perspective on USACE Activities Related to Flood Control, Water Supply/Drought and Environmental Restoration
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jerry Cotter
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
April 24
4:00 PM
Integrated Sensors and Systems Seminar: Frank De Lucia Sensing with Terahertz (Submillimeter, Millimeter, Near Millimeter, Far Infrared, . . .) Radiation 698/699
Open to the Public
Speaker: Frank De Lucia
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
April 24
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Yueun Kim
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 24
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Larry Rachleff, Jerry Hou, Ling Ling Huang
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 25
12:00 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Chamber Music Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 26
8:00 PM
Faculty Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Sohyoung Park
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music