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Rice CAN in Action

Below you'll find stories about every part of Rice CAN's activities. We're very busy, so come back often to see what we've been up to!


To what extent can the government spy on domestic activities of its citizens without showing probable cause or obtaining a warrant? Rice President David Leebron shared his scholarly legal insight on that issue when he testified at the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security public forum on domestic drones held Thursday at McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium.
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U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, both R-Texas, met with leaders from Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda counties at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Jan. 17 for a roundtable discussion about the Galveston Plan that was designed more than 30 years ago as an alternative to participating in Social Security.
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Rep. Poe attends Owls' season-opener

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe was in the stands at Rice Stadium Thursday night to watch the Owls’ season-opener against UCLA, and President David Leebron presented him with a football signed by the team. Pictured (from left) are Vice President for Public Affairs Linda Thrane, Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan, Trustee J.D. “Bucky” Allshouse ’71, Poe, Leebron and Trustee Susie Glasscock ’62. The Owls lost 49-24.

Rice at Capital

Rice Celebrates Centennial in Nation's Capitol

Rice University took over the U.S. Capitol July 11 as more than 250 alumni joined President David Leebron and members of the Texas congressional delegation in a daylong series of events to celebrate Rice’s centennial. Read more here.

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Dave Carney speaks to Rice CAN and Rice Students

at the James A. Baker III Institute on March 14



US House Majority Leader Calls for Equality of Opportunity in Rice Speech

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told an audience at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Nov. 10 that the country needs equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.
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Texas Speaker Straus Visits Rice

Texas House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, joined Rice faculty, staff and trustees for a lunch on campus Tuesday, 10/28.
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Rice's Richard Tapia to receive National Medal of Science

The medal is the highest national honor for a U.S. scientist, but it won't be the first White House honor for Tapia. He received the inaugural Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 1996, the same year he earned a presidential appointment to the National Science Board, the nation's highest scientific governing body.
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The Way I See It

Rice students meet reality in Washington, D.C.
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Provost testifies on the commercial potential of nanotechnology before Senate Commerce subcommittee

Rice University Provost George McLendon told a U.S. Senate panel in July that federally funded nanotechnology research has sparked new technologies and commercial enterprises in energy, the environment and medicine.
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Rice welcomes participants to its new Community Action Network

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and other friends of Rice University are needed for a new outreach and advocacy effort called the Rice Community Action Network (Rice CAN!) to raise the university’s visibility and impact.
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Strategic forum

Rice Hosts Strategic Space Forum

The future of space science in Texas was the focus of the Strategic Space Forum at Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative July 1. Leading off the day of discussion were, from left, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, co-chairman of the House Space Caucus and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Daniel Carson, dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences; Rice President David Leebron; and Michael Coats, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Click here to read more.


Texas House and Senate pass resolutions in honor of Rice's centennial

This week the Texas State House of Representatives and Senate passed resolutions in honor of Rice's centennial in 2012. The resolutions were sponsored by Sen. Rodney Ellis in the Senate and Reps. Sarah Davis and Scott Hochberg in the House.
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From Washington, D.C. to the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)

U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, and 13 members of his staff visited Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) March 18 to learn more about Rice biohealth research.
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Energy forum
Energy forum draws political leaders, industry experts

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson '85, who represents Texas's 22nd District, attended an energy forum at Rice University Friday. The event was hosted by Rice Trustee L.E. Simmons and included about 30 people from Rice and the oil and gas industry. Among the participants were Rice alumna and Sunoco President Lynn Elsenhans '78, Rice President David Leebron and Rice Provost George McLendon.
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Ellis with Rice Students

Rice students join with contemporaries from University of St. Thomas to advocate for TEG funding with Sen. Rodney Ellis.

Rice students went to the Texas State Capitol in Austin recently to advocate for Texas Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) funding. The grants provide aid to financially needy students so they can attend private, nonprofit colleges or universities in Texas.
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A closer look at Rice

More than 40 San Antonio-area high school students and their school counselors got an up-close look at Rice University last weekend, thanks to a trip organized by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio. The visit included a tour of campus, lunch and an admission's presentation held by Jan West, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs. The group was joined by Rice's student ambassadors and members of Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice.
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