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The Magazine of Rice University • No. 15 | 2013


F O R E W O R D

SOME THOUGHTS ON SHADOW AND LIGHT

Remember No. 100? In the fall issue’s blockbuster feature titled “100 Things We Love

About Rice,” we asked you to complete the list by sending your own favorites. And send

them you did, via email, handwritten letters and, notably, sheaves of typed pages with

photocopies. You also sent a few things emphatically not loved about Rice. Fair enough.

We appreciate the time you took to respond to this once-in-a-century list and being a part

of our celebration.

On Oct. 12, we gathered a new generation who “for this

fair day worked and prayed and waited” to witness President

David W. Leebron mark Rice’s 100th birthday with a speech

that recalled President Edgar Odell Lovett’s inaugural address

on the same day, a century before. We have included President

Leebron’s speech in its entirety in this issue, a souvenir of a

moment in time that perfectly linked our founding aspirations,

a century of hard-won achievements and a bold vision for the

future. Our pictorial wrap-up begins on Page 22.

Later that weekend, this time under starry skies, crowds

gathered again in the quad. We watched Rice’s history play out

decade-by-decade in an imaginative, jaw-dropping light and

sound performance. The show, intriguingly titled the Spectacle, opened with a moment of

pure magic as the shadow of an owl in flight swept across the buildings. Curious? Go online

(ricemagazine.info/134), then read the behind-the-scenes account of how it all happened by

senior media relations specialist (and former rock band lighting designer) Mike Williams.

Speaking of centennials, as the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking approached

last spring, we received a letter from alumnus Eric Kuhne ’73. Kuhne, whose firm CivicArts

is based in London, had helped design a new museum about the Titanic, one that aimed

to reclaim Belfast’s shipbuilding heritage and revitalize the city center. At the museum’s

entrance, the word Titanic is laser-cut into a 13-foot-high steel sign. The sun also writes

the name in shadow on the plaza. We asked Houston native and freelance writer Steven

Thomson, who happened to be in London working on an urban studies degree, to write the

story. It was a process that led Kuhne to take a few trips down memory lane with his alma

mater, even reconnecting with some of his former professors.

When Seattle-based freelance writer Corinne Whiting pitched a story last spring about

an alumnus who completed a news-making climb in the Sierra Nevada, we jumped, commissioning

a brief profile of Ben Horne ’02. We were delighted to discover that another

alumnus, Shay Har-Noy ’04, was also in the group that achieved the first winter ascent of

Peter Croft’s Evolution Traverse. Just after Whiting turned in a draft last July, she received

frightening news. Horne and another friend, Gil Weiss, were missing while climbing in

Peru’s Cordillera Blanca range. A formal search confirmed the worst fears of their families

and friends — an avalanche had claimed the lives of these two experienced climbers.

Whiting, who is from the same town as the Horne family, continued with the story, which

expanded into a feature about remembering a young man whose inspirational light lives on

through the stories and memories of loved ones.

We hope these stories touch you as they have touched us, and we wish you a happy

and healthy 2013.

Lynn Gosnell

lynn.gosnell@rice.edu

Rice Magazine

No. 15

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Linda Thrane, vice president

Editor

Lynn Gosnell

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Dean Mackey, senior graphic designer

Jackie Limbaugh, graphic designer

Tommy LaVergne, university photographer

Jeff Fitlow, asst. university photographer

Contributing Staff

Jade Boyd, news and media relations

Jeff Falk, news and media relations

Amy Hodges, news and media relations

Mike Williams, news and media relations

Freelance Contributors

Andrew Clark

David Gusakov

Kelly Klaasmeyer

Steven Thomson

Corinne Whiting

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Booth; Robert T. Brockman; Albert Chao;

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Features

Through

the Sallyport

4 Read all about running a servery,

the 100th commencement speaker,

Guam’s spider problem, campus

drama and other research news.

Sports

41 Women’s soccer scores a record

season.

22

Arts

16 Unsinkable City

Alumnus Eric Kuhne ’73 is at the helm of

Belfast’s new Titanic museum that showcases

the city’s shipbuilding heritage and anchors

an ambitious urban redevelopment plan.

By Steven Thomson

22 Highlights From the

Centennial Celebration

Our Centennial Celebration last October was

filled with “the joy of high adventure.” Please

enjoy these pictorial highlights and links to

the remarkable events and programs that

launched Rice into a second century. Read

the full text of President David W. Leebron’s

centennial speech.

36 The Apostle of Stoke

Alumnus Ben Horne ’02 is remembered with

deep affection by Rice friends and family.

Among Horne’s favorite quotes is one by

climber Anatoli Boukreev: “Mountains are

not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition

to achieve; they are the cathedrals where I

practice my religion.”

By Corinne Whiting

16

36

42 The Rice Media Center hosted

“Raid the Archive: The de Menil

Years at Rice,” commemorating

the centennial as well as the Menil

Collection’s 25th anniversary.

43 And the Grammy for best opera

recording goes to …

Bookshelf

44 Douglas Brinkley’s biography of

Walter Cronkite shares the shelf

with an examination of religion

and race co-written by sociologist

Michael Emerson, Justin Cronin’s

“The Twelve” and a roundup of books

by Rice alumni and faculty.

Parting Words

46 Can you complete this owlsome

crossword puzzle?

48 Alumnus Glenn Fuller ’50 traveled

from Minneapolis to Houston for

Rice’s centennial. And then …

Cover: (Top) President Edgar Odell Lovett gives the inaugural address to open the Rice Institute,

Oct. 12, 1912. Behind Lovett is the newly dedicated administration building that would one day bear his name.

(Bottom) David W. Leebron, Rice’s seventh president, marks the 100th anniversary of Rice University,

Oct. 12, 2012, in front of Lovett Hall. Photo by Jeff Fitlow. President Leebron’s address begins on Page 25.


Letters

More Things We Love (and in some cases, do not love at all)

Editor’s note:

We received a smattering

of feedback following

our last issue of Rice

Magazine. Here are some

of your comments.

10 More Things I Loved About Rice

First, I loved your centennial issue. However, many of the items on your list

didn’t exist during my time at Rice, from 1950 until 1955. I owe a great deal to

Rice, for a fine professional education that allowed me to prosper for almost

40 years as a practicing mechanical engineer, mostly designing large magnets,

both resistive and superconducting, at physics research laboratories and one

private corporation.

Other faves of our era:

■ Bum’s Rush — This was a hallowed blast sponsored by the Rally

Club.

■ Freshman/sophomore (hell) week — This was a favored institution

of sophomores, though not perhaps of freshmen who, when caught,

were hauled off in the dark and deposited at various lonely and often

remote sites, where they were obliged to find their way back by

whatever means they could.

■ Paul Cochran’s ’54 iconic yellow 1954 Rice Campanile — It’s a classic!

Cochran’s wit is sprinkled throughout as appropriate — or not.

I was quite impressed with your ‘ginormous listicle.’ (Are you sure it is not a

lead-in for listerine popsicle?) Super article, seriously. Keep up the good work.

Bob Winship ’52

(Bob Winship recently published an essay on Mark Twain’s autobiography in

The Texas Review, a biannual literary journal.)

I enjoyed the last issue of Rice Magazine. It covered many events, etc., which

were not around when I attended Rice. It omitted some, such as the following:

■ In 1943, Rice joined a larger number of universities to admit and house

Naval cadets. The program was known as V-5 (for aviation cadets) and

V-12 (for line officers). This benefited the university, and it introduced

many students from out of Texas to Rice.

■ Naval students were required to attend year-round. Rice went with a

trimester school year to meet this requirement, which lasted for nine

trimesters, resulting in Rice having two graduations in 1946.

Ed Sharp ’49

C.R.L.S. officers, 1957

■ Fondren Library — This is where we often studied and sometimes

fired spitballs at other students.

■ Women’s literary societies — These were Rice’s equivalent of

sororities.

■ Slime parade

Rice Senior Follies

■ Elizabeth Baldwin Literary Society melodrama

■ Kay’s Lounge on Bissonnet

■ I have interpreted No. 64 regarding college associates differently.

We bonded closely at Rice, both through classroom association and

as my roommates, on the fifth floor of East Hall. I roomed with Kneel

Ball ’54, Crayton Walker ’54, John Lyle ’54 and John McClintock ’55

— a dear friend from earlier days. We styled ourselves as ‘apes’ and

tended to behave accordingly, especially by ape-walking in the Roost

and elsewhere. In fact, some 58 years later, we still convene every

two years, most recently at John Lyle’s in Prescott, Ariz.

John Stewart Alcorn ’54

Navy initiation, 1943

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Letters Policy

Are you shocked and appalled? Do you beg to differ? Is there more to the story? Good. We celebrate the university as a marketplace of ideas. We want to hear from

you. Please send us your note, letter or email, which we will edit for clarity and space considerations. If your letter or note elicits further responses from our readership,

we may print those, too. After that, dear readers, you’ll have to take it outside. Our contact information is listed by the editor’s foreword.

■ KTRU motto: “At 50 watts, less powerful than your average toaster.”

■ Steam tunnels — an acquired taste.

■ Owls from the chemistry building tower dive-bombing girls on their

way back to Jones.

■ The Fondren stacks.

■ Beer team practice in my dorm room.

■ Before RUPD officers, there were the Pinkies.

Richard Pulley ’68

Will Rice College

Here are some of my favorite features of the Rice experience that I did not

see in the current issue:

■ Navy ROTC students in their summer whites.

Rice University and college decals that fit on the inside of car

windows, not the outside.

■ The panoramic views from Sid Rich balconies sweeping across the

Galleria to the downtown skyline and other points east.

■ Intimate lunches with favorite faculty members at Cohen House.

Brian Watson ’84

Baker College

How could you possibly omit my favorite thing about Rice? The Rice community.

When I was there, all the students and all the faculty were interesting

people in one way or another, with minds that were going somewhere, much

more so than in the world at large. I presume this is still true.

In the spirit of things fair and balanced, I would like to see a list of some

things unloved about Rice. (Just like the Higgs particle, such a list might

exist.)

At the very top of any list of things I didn’t love about Rice would

be the oppressive heat and humidity in the new, but unair-conditioned, Will

Rice dorm rooms in the late 1950s.

Charles Walpole ’60

Will Rice College

I think you should publish a booklet of this article and supply it to various

high schools for recruitment. I plan to take mine to my alma mater.

I recall that when I was a student, there was an intramural sports

participation rate of nearly 90 percent. It would make a great addition to

No. 23.

Mark H. Friedman ’72

Will Rice College

I’m not sure where this should be ranked in the list, but I believe that

student access to professors should be one of the ‘100 Things We Love

About Rice.’ My personal example goes back to 1966, when I was an

incoming freshman. I wanted to be a physicist, and I was so sure of myself

that I was certain I would win a Nobel Prize by the time I was 25.

Well, that didn’t happen. In fact, halfway though the semester, I was

flunking Physics 101. After the second quiz, I went to the guy teaching the

course, Professor Rorschach. He worked closely with me, giving me one of

Hugh Brown ’69

Will Rice College

What a great article! However, there was just one thing I was looking for

and did not find: ‘Hello, Hamlet!’ by George Greanias ’70, Wiess Tabletop

Theater’s first production in 1970. A real Rice tradition, performed every four

years.

The only thing I hate about ‘Hello, Hamlet!’ is that I graduated

eight years before George matriculated and missed the seminal

experiences. However, I was offered the major role of Richard III when

‘Hamlet’ was produced as a fundraiser for the author’s campaign for Houston

City Council. The ‘big time,’ as it were. And, as we all agreed, ‘There is

nothing like a Dane!’

Barry Moore ’62

Wiess College

Physics department professors, 1953

Professor Rorschach, 1968

his other physics texts from which I was to work problems. In essence, he

became my tutor. Ultimately, I passed the course.

What I didn’t appreciate at the time was that my freshman physics

course was taught by a full professor who was also chairman of the physics

department! He not only taught the class of some 100 students, he took time

to help those students understand and learn the material. I am absolutely

certain that as a lowly freshman I would not have gotten that kind of access

to such a ranked professor at any other school. Whenever I talk about Rice,

Professor Rorschach’s name comes up, among others.

And, by the way, I got my B.A. in physics in 1970 and was on the

President’s Honor Roll.

Julian A Levy Jr. ’70

Hanszen College

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Bravo!

A selection of honors, awards and notable

achievements of students, faculty and staff

The Rice School of Architecture has risen to No. 3 in a national

ranking for undergraduate education in the Design Futures Council’s

“America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools, 2013,” published by

DesignIntelligence. Rice ranked No. 5 in the 2012 edition.

Seven members of the Department of Mathematics have been

selected for the inaugural class of fellows of the American

Mathematical Society (AMS). The 30,000-member society announced

1,119 fellows from more than

600 institutions Nov. 1. Rice’s

new AMS fellows are professors

Michael Wolf, David Damanik

and John Hempel; associate

professor Shelly Harvey; adjunct

research professor Michael Field;

professor emeritus and research

professor John Polking; and the

Edgar Odell Lovett Professor of

Mathematics William Veech.

Pedro Alvarez, the George R.

Brown Professor and chair of

the Department of Civil and

Environmental Engineering, has

been awarded the prestigious

Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke

Prize for excellence in water

science research by the National

Water Research Institute. “The

Clarke Prize is one of the greatest

honors I’ve received in my life,”

Alvarez said. “It’s an inspiration

for generosity, integrity and world

affirmation — the idea that the

world can be a better place, and

we can do something about it

by making water safer and more

affordable.”

Yildiz Bayazitoglu, the Harry S.

Cameron Professor of Mechanical

Engineering, has been doubly recognized for her distinctive contributions

to engineering. Bayazitoglu has received the Society of Women

Engineers 2012 Achievement Award, its highest honor. The award is

presented annually to a woman who has made an “outstanding contribution

over a significant period of time in a field of engineering.”

She also was elected an honorary member of the American Society of

Mechanical Engineers.

Rice’s 110,000-square-foot Brockman Hall for Physics recently earned

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold

certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Brockman is home

to dozens of experimental, theoretical and applied physicists from the

departments of Physics and Astronomy and Electrical and Computer

Engineering. The building has energy-saving and environmental features

that include an energy-recovery system — the largest in a single

air unit in Texas — that saves as much as 30 percent of the energy

needed to cool the building in the

summer. Another green innovation

is the building’s dehumidification

system, which turns Houston’s

legendary humidity into an asset

by capturing and returning 100,000

gallons of pure, clean water each

year to Rice’s Central Plant.

Brockman Hall for Physics

Rice University President David

W. Leebron has been appointed

to the National Collegiate Athletic

Association (NCAA) Division I

board of directors as a representative

of Conference USA. His term

is effective through Aug. 31, 2016.

Lanny Martin, associate professor

of political science, won the 2012

Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize for his

book, “Parliaments and Coalitions:

The Role of Legislative Institutions

in Multiparty Governance,” coauthored

with Georg Vanberg of

the University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill. The American Political

Science Association awards the

prize annually for the best book

on legislative studies.

Rice’s newest residential colleges

McMurtry College Commons — Duncan and McMurtry — are

among 10 recipients across the

country of the American Institute of Architects’ 2012 Housing Awards

for Architecture. The awards recognize the best in housing design and

“emphasize the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a

sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.” The

awards jury comments noted, “The communal spaces were really

beautiful, and for a student residence, they act as magnets and seem

to be exactly what residential living should be for college.”

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THROUGH THE

Sallyport

Cheering for the Arts

New Kinder Institute survey reveals widespread support for the arts in Harris County

We love our football in Texas. And basketball, too. And baseball and

soccer and, well, you get the picture. So the results of a new survey

on the arts in Houston, conducted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban

Research, may be surprising. The first Houston Arts Survey revealed that,

if given the choice of preserving either the arts or sports, 56 percent

of Houstonians would choose the arts, compared with 35 percent who

would preserve sports.

“The survey participants express broad-based support for investments

that will enhance the visibility and quality of the arts in this region,

even if it means an increase in taxes,” said Stephen Klineberg, professor

of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute. “The respondents

are clear in their belief that the arts are important to Houston, that their

Percent of Respondents

“If Houston had to choose between having either excellent music and theater or great

sports teams and stadiums, which would you most want to preserve? In other words,

which would you miss most — music and theater (56%) or sports teams and stadiums

(35%) — if one or the other were to disappear from Houston?”

100%

80%

60%

40%

20%

0%

60%

51%

42%

Male

Female

28%

Music and theater

50% 53% 53%

41%

Never involved with

the arts as a child

36% 36%

Involved for two

years or less

availability and excellence are critical to the area’s quality of life and that

arts instruction should be a part of every child’s education.”

The study found that Houstonians are more likely than Americans

in general to attend live arts performances and that the most important

attendance predictors are education, household income and exposure to

the arts in childhood. Ethnic background makes no difference at all in attendance

rates: African-Americans, Latinos and Asians are just as likely as

Anglos to report that they attended a live performance in the arts during

the preceding 12 months.

“The usual suspects — mainly costs, traffic, safety and no time —

were among the reasons respondents do not attend arts performances,”

Klineberg said.

Americans today are far more likely to access

Sports teams and stadiums

63%

27%

Involved for more

than two years

the arts at home through the media than at live

performances, but the respondents indicate that

viewing or listening to the arts at home is more

likely to increase than to decrease their interest

in attending live arts performances.

“If Houston is to succeed in the 21st century,

it will need to nurture a far more educated

work force, improve its overall quality of life and

capitalize on its burgeoning ethnic and cultural

diversity,” Klineberg said. “The survey findings

bode well for the future of our region.” The

study was funded by Houston Endowment Inc.

and aided by an advisory panel of leading national

and local arts experts.

Read more:

››› kinder.rice.edu/shea

—Lynn Gosnell

Rice Magazine • No. 15 • 2013 5


Running

the Resort

An interview with Julie Bogar

How Rice feeds its masses has drastically changed over the years. The Central Kitchen, which used to produce all

meals for the colleges and then transport them to each commons, is now home to the Oshman Engineering Design

Kitchen, where recipes of a different kind are cooked up. Alumni can surely attest to how things were, as can Julie

Bogar, who began working at Rice in 1990 as a residential dining manager, supervising the operations, menus and

ordering for the first eight residential colleges.

As Housing and Dining gradually opened

the four larger serveries (cafeteria-style eateries

with professional chefs that are attached

to two to three colleges each) beginning in

2002, the management and culinary staff increased.

In 2010, Rice restructured its Housing

and Dining staff to include four senior operations

managers. Their time is divided between

residential housing and dining responsibilities.

Bogar oversees the South Servery and Sid,

Wiess and Hanszen colleges.

Describe your average day.

I like to view my area as “the resort,” and

I’m the manager. I begin my day by walking

through the servery, checking the breakfast

service and talking with students and staff.

Another key area that I monitor is the work

order system for repairs or services requested

by residents in the South Colleges. I make sure

they are completed and often follow up with

the resident via email.

I walk different areas of my three colleges

doing visual safety and repair inspections

each day. It’s also a good time to interact

with the students who might have a particular

concern. My average day, free of fire alarms,

a broken sprinkler pipe, a college covered in

chocolate syrup or a bird flying through the

servery, also includes lots of ongoing communication

via informal meetings or emails

on issues pertaining to special events, college

ambiance projects [projects that improve college

public spaces], training, inspections or

renovation projects.

What are things like behind the scenes in the

South Servery?

Very organized. Chef Roger [Elkhouri] and

Chef Kyle [Hardwick] run a very efficient,

structured kitchen, which eliminates guesswork

and increases efficiency. This is very

evident in our staff’s satisfaction level. I hope

they would all say that they enjoy their work

and are constantly learning new things. Our

newest venture, the Whoo Deli, a retail deli

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with custom-designed sandwiches managed

by Chef Ahmed [Mihabi], is doing very well

and is also part of our operation.

And the Centennial

Commencement

Speaker Is …

How often do you get to interact with the

students?

All of the time. Sometimes I eavesdrop a little

in the servery when I hear students talking

about what they wish they could get, whether

it’s a bowl of kiwi or a request for a favorite

pie. We are all about customer service. That’s

the key to enjoying my job at the resort. I’m

also there to make copies for a term paper

that’s due in five minutes or to provide props

for a costume or help look for a missing passport

in the trash. I love interacting with the

students, as they are so appreciative of even

the smallest things.

What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had in

the course of your job?

We discovered that a snake and a scorpion

were being kept in one of the college rooms,

so we notified the students that that was

against the housing policies and could result in

a fine. The roommates claimed that the creatures

must have found their way in on their

own or were brought by someone else.

How does your job change during the students’

summer break?

It gets even busier, and the days fly by. Most

of my time is spent contracting and managing

projects in my colleges, such as painting,

new furniture, carpeting, remodeling, plumbing

improvements, etc. I also work with the

various summer groups staying in the South

Colleges and assist with summer dining.

World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will give the commencement

address at Rice University’s 100th graduation ceremony May

11, 2013. Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium

at the American Museum of

Natural History (AMNH) in

New York City.

Born and raised in New

York City, Tyson was 9 years

old the night he saw the Milky

Way with “such clarity and majesty”

at Hayden Planetarium’s

sky theater in Manhattan that

he knew he had been called

to be an astrophysicist. “The

study of the universe would

be my career, and no force on

Earth would stop me,” Tyson

wrote in his memoir, “The Sky

Is Not the Limit: Adventures of

an Urban Astrophysicist.”

“I am honored to deliver

Rice University’s commencement

address during a year

that commemorates President

Kennedy’s famous ‘We Choose

to Go to the Moon’ speech

Neil deGrasse Tyson

given at Rice Stadium a half century ago,” Tyson said. “That speech not

only established space exploration as a national goal, but it also forged

space exploration as a national identity and secured Rice University and

Houston’s Manned Spacecraft Center (later, Johnson Space Center) as the

birthplace of that era. My wife, Alice Young ’79, happens to be a graduate

of Rice, in physics, and so this trip will also serve as a homecoming for her.”

Tyson wrote in his memoir that his life’s commitment is to bring people

closer to the universe, and he has done that by writing books, giving

lectures and appearing on television and radio to educate the public about

astrophysics.

Rice News

—Jenny Rozelle ’00

Rice Magazine • No. 15 • 2013 7


Rice Launches Energy

and Environment Initiative

The mission is to engage researchers and scholars from every corner of campus

to address the complex challenges of energy in the 21st century.

Rice’s new Energy and Environment Initiative (E2I) will draw experts

from every corner of the university to work with Houston’s

energy industry to overcome barriers to the sustainable development

and use of current and alternative forms of energy.

Rice Provost George McLendon said E2I is unique among

university activities because it recognizes that addressing challenges

in energy requires more than just technological solutions.

E2I researchers will study energy policy and markets, finance,

“One of the most critical global issues of

our time is the challenge of meeting the

world population’s escalating need for

energy and simultaneously safeguarding

the environment.”

—David W. Leebron

and management, as well as the cultural and societal values that

underpin and sometimes undermine public discussion about energy

and the environment.

E2I will be led by a committee chaired by Pedro Alvarez,

Rice’s George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department

of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The committee members

are Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G.

Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker

Institute for Public Policy and adjunct professor in economics;

Alan Levander, Rice’s Carey Croneis Professor of Earth Science

and director of Rice’s data analysis and visualization cyberinfrastructure

(DAVinCI) project; Dominic Boyer, associate professor

of anthropology; and William Arnold, professor in the practice of

energy management at the Jones School. A national search for a

permanent faculty director will begin in 2013.

McLendon said Rice will invest about $1 million this fiscal

year to start E2I seed-funding programs and establish an infrastructure

to link existing activities across departments and

schools. Future investments will be linked to research growth.

“This is about building a bridge from today’s fossil fuel economy

to an all-of-the-above energy future in which all sources of

energy are used in concert,” he said. “Building this bridge is as

much a political, economic and social challenge as a technical

one.”

“One of the most critical global issues of our time is the

challenge of meeting the world population’s escalating need for

energy and simultaneously safeguarding the environment,” said

Rice President David Leebron. “Rice’s location in Houston, the

global energy capital, uniquely positions us to serve both our

city and our world by offering rich insights and practical but innovative

solutions to this daunting challenge. Not only will we

explore issues related to the safe harvesting and use of traditional

hydrocarbons, but also advance the next generation of energy

sources, from biofuels to solar.”

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HELP FOR

Brain Injuries

A nanoparticle developed at Rice University and tested in

collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) may

bring great benefits to the emergency treatment of brain-injury

victims, even those with mild injuries.

Combined polyethylene glycol-hydrophilic carbon clusters

(PEG-HCC), already being tested to enhance cancer treatment,

are also adept antioxidants. In animal studies, injections of PEG-

HCC during initial treatment after an injury helped restore balance

to the brain’s vascular system. A PEG-HCC infusion that

quickly stabilizes blood flow in the brain would be a significant

advance for emergency-care workers and battlefield medics,

said Rice chemist and co-author James Tour.

“This might be a first line of defense against reactive

oxygen species (ROS) that are always overstimulated during a

medical trauma, whether that be to an accident victim or an

injured soldier,” said Tour, Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of

Chemistry as well as a professor of mechanical engineering and

materials science and of computer science. “They’re certainly

exacerbated when there’s trauma with massive blood loss.”

In a traumatic brain injury, cells release an excessive amount

of an ROS known as superoxide into the blood. Superoxides

are toxic free radicals, molecules with one unpaired electron,

that the immune system normally uses to kill invading

microorganisms.

“There are many facets of brain injury that ultimately determine

how much damage there will be,” said Thomas Kent, the

paper’s co-author, a BCM professor of neurology and chief of

neurology at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical

Center in Houston. “One is the initial injury, and that’s pretty

much done in minutes. But a number of things that happen later

often make things worse, and that’s when we can intervene.”

In tests, the researchers found PEG-HCC nanoparticles immediately

and completely quenched superoxide activity and

allowed the autoregulatory system to quickly

regain its balance. “This is an occasion

where a nano-sized package is

doing something that no small

drug or protein could do, underscoring

the efficacy of

active nano-based drugs,”

said Tour. “This is the

most remarkably effective

thing I’ve ever seen,” Kent

said.

The research was

funded by the Department

of Defense’s Mission

Connect Mild Traumatic

Brain Injury Translational

Research Consortium, the

National Science Foundation,

the National Institutes of Health,

and the National Heart, Lung and

Blood Institute.

Predatory

Bacteria

Scientists ID a simple formula that allows

bacteria to engulf food in waves.

Move forward. High-five your neighbor. Turn around.

Repeat.

That’s the winning formula of one of the world’s smallest

predators, the soil bacteria Myxococcus xanthus. A new

study by scientists at Rice University and the University of

Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical

School shows how M. xanthus uses the formula to spread,

engulf and devour other bacteria.

Researchers found that simple motions of individual

bacteria are amplified within colonies of M. xanthus to form

millions-strong waves moving outward in unison. The findings

answer long-standing questions about how the waves

form and the competitive edge they provide M. xanthus.

“When the cells at the edge of the colony are moving

outward, they are unlikely to encounter another M. xanthus

cell, so they keep moving forward,” said lead author

Oleg Igoshin, assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice.

“When they are traveling the other way, back toward the

rest of the colony, they are likely to encounter other cells

of their kind, and when they pass beside one of these and

touch, they get the signal to turn around.”

M. xanthus is an oft-studied model organism in biology,

Igoshin said. As a computational biologist, Igoshin specializes

in creating mathematical models that accurately

describe the behavior of living systems. Such models are

useful for understanding the cellular and even genetic basis

of emergent phenomena. The research was supported

by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The computer

modeling was performed on three NSF-funded Rice supercomputers

— STIC, SUG@R and DAVinCI — that are jointly

managed and operated by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for

Information Technology and Rice’s Information Technology

office.

—Jade Boyd

—Mike Williams

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Q&A:

Architectronica

Architectronica, the Rice School of Architecture’s

epic public party, drew more than 1,000 students to

Anderson Hall the evening of Oct. 13. Designated

the official after-party of the centennial’s

Spectacle, the event showcased a complex and

visually stunning mix of digital media, all designed

by RSA student Joshuah Howard ’13. The elaborate

production featured a “custom projection-mapping

installation that synchronizes to the music to trigger

specific psycho-emotional effects,” Howard

said. DJ Vivas Kumar ’14 presided over four hours

of music, an eclectic mix of electronica and original

tunes. The crowd favorite, Howard said, was a dub

step remix of the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” theme.

We asked Howard to answer a few questions about

the production.

How did you end up designing the light show

for the party?

I have a passion for allowing the digital world to

leak out into our own, so when I attended Media

Party (the precursor to Architectronica) for the first

time in 2009, I began imagining ways to transform

the room into a stagelike installation. Over the

next two years, I dug deep into the world of audio/

visual production on my own time — not just for

Architectronica. Eventually I found a combination

of programs that was capable of producing what I

had in mind.

When did you start working on the show?

The show is in a constant state of development —

even during the show I’m changing things around.

I wish I had the time to prerecord the audio and

video entirely before the event, but that level of

production is not the kind of thing I could balance

with classes.

What is involved in designing a show of this

magnitude?

Lots. First of all there are other RSA officers that

take care of RUPD, security, food and drinks. They

take care of the logistics and leave the show and

advertising to me. The show itself involves heavy

amounts of tech and creativity.

How many DJs were there and how did you

coordinate with them?

There was just one live DJ — Vivas Kumar —

though there are plans to incorporate more Rice

DJs in the future. During the performances, Vivas

controls the tempo for the whole show, so he’s

free to speed up, slow down or even drop the beat

entirely. His computer sends a tempo control signal

via a LAN cable to mine, which then adjusts

all my video triggers, layers sequencing, effects

and other parameters according to the incoming

tempo. This setup allows for us both to jam out

while keeping the whole show coordinated to the

millisecond.

How would you describe the music this year?

Our mission with Architectronica is to provide

what the other public parties don’t, which is pretty

easy since those parties just puke out top 40s every

weekend. We avoid pop music like the plague

unless it’s totally reinvented in a remix.

What was the general reaction from students?

The crowd loved the show. Normally people come

to public parties for about 40 minutes and then

leave to cool off or get a drink. It was actually impossible

to get any more people into the room for

most of the night.

Do you see yourself working on light and

media as a career?

I want to continue my efforts in augmenting the

real world with digital media, but there are countless

ways to do this. I worked with URBANSCREEN

(see Page 32) this summer during the development

of the Spectacle and plan to go back for another

internship this summer. I’m hoping to integrate

this knowledge of light and media into my architectural

designs, rather than work purely with the

elements.

—Lynn Gosnell

New Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program Launched

Rice University has established a new doctoral program that encompasses several of the 21st century’s emergent

research fields in life sciences. The Ph.D. degree in systems, synthetic and physical biology (SSPB) was approved last fall

by Rice’s Faculty Senate and is set to enroll its first students in fall 2013. The SSPB program is a joint venture between the

George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences.

“Systems, synthetic and physical biology is a new field that combines experimental and theoretical approaches to

solve both fundamental and applied problems in the biosciences, biotechnology and medicine,” said Michael Deem, Rice’s

John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy. Deem will direct

the new Ph.D. program.

Read more:

››› sspb.rice.edu/sspb

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OMG!

She’s Multitalented.

Rebecca Carrington ’97 doesn’t fit the mold

of a typical classically trained and accomplished

cellist. For starters, she combines

playing the cello with stand-up musical

comedy. During those performances, she

refers to her instrument, an 18th-century

cello, by the name of Joe.

For more than a decade, Carrington,

who is English, has traversed the globe

to perform her unique musical-comedy

act. She has performed at the venerable

Comedy Store in Los Angeles, at numerous

festivals, and on TV and radio programs.

Her performances have taken her

on trans-Atlantic cruises and to India, but

she plays most frequently in Germany and

throughout Europe. Now based in Berlin,

Carrington spends more than half the year

on the road and has performed up to 170

shows in a year.

“Looking back, I’ve always loved making

people laugh. But it’s much different

than it used to be now that I do it for a

living,” Carrington said.

It was during her days as a master’s

student at the Shepherd School of Music

that Carrington discovered her talent for

stand-up comedy. It was also at Rice that

she started performing in campus cabaret,

including an hour-long show she developed

for a P.D.Q. Bach evening at the

Shepherd School of Music. While on a trip

to New York as a student, a friend dared

her to try performing at a comedy club.

Carrington accepted and was

hooked. Soon she was combining

her talents — a thorough

grounding in classical music,

a love of cabaret and a knack

for making others laugh —

into a highly entertaining

stage act.

“If it wasn’t for going to

America, I would have never had

the confidence to go into comedy,”

said Carrington, who won the university’s

MasterCard Talent American

Collegiate Search in 1996.

During her performances,

Carrington rattles jokes off with a manic

energy, interspersed with cello playing

and singing. She oscillates between

voices, even languages, switching from

English to French and German. Her topic

“Looking back, I’ve always loved making people

laugh. But it’s much different than it used to be

now that I do it for a living.”

—Rebecca Carrington

matter is diverse, ranging from the idiosyncrasies

of the world’s different cultures to

song parodies.

“I’ve found that in certain areas of the

U.S. of A., I only need about three English

words per day to express myself,” she begins

in a bit during a show’s performance.

Carrington then proceeds to use a mocking,

ditzy voice to make fun of a woman

in California who prefaced every sentence

with “Oh my God.”

“Oh my God, that is such a beautiful

piece of furniture!” Carrington says, referring

to her cello.

It can get difficult

trying to entertain

people through two

distinctly different

mediums, Carrington

acknowledged.

“What happens is

that you have to come

up with ideas about how

to arrange things for two

different voices. Not only

are you just playing

your cello on stage.

You need to prepare

jokes to crack, as

well.” She relishes

the challenge.

Since 2007, Carrington has

been joined onstage by her husband,

actor and singer Colin Brown.

Her CDs and DVDs feature both her

solo work and the duo’s collaboration as

Carrington-Brown. When it comes to producing

material, Carrington writes with her

husband, whom she met while performing

at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Brown

adds a unique dynamic to Carrington’s

performance, whether he is rapping along

to her cello riffs or adding a monologue

of his own. The duo has won a number of

awards throughout Europe.

Carrington and Brown will head to New

York this year for an entertainment showcase.

“We hope to make contacts and to be

able to tour in the U.S. That is our goal.”

—Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark is a freelance writer and law student based in

Boston, Mass. He can be reached at andrewclark87@gmail.com.

Watch:

››› rebeccacarrington.com/video.php

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First, Snakes. Now, Spiders.

Ecologists have found as many as 40 times more spiders in Guam’s remote jungle

than are found on nearby islands. In some places, dense spiderwebs fill gaps

between trees in the jungle canopy.

It sounds like something from a horror movie

— a Pacific island infested with venomous

tree-lounging snakes and dense thickets of

spiderwebs. An island where the sound of

birds has fallen silent. Welcome to Guam,

where brown tree snakes have done untold

damage to the U.S. territory since being accidentally

introduced to the island in the late

1940s. The snakes’ lack of natural predators

combined with access to abundant food

sources, in the form of native bird species

and small mammals, has devastated native

ecosystems.

Credit: Isaac Chellman

The ripple effect of this eco-disaster is

the subject of a new study by biologists from

Rice University, the University of Washington

and the University of Guam.

Because many birds consume spiders,

compete with spiders for insect prey and use

spiderwebs in their nests, Haldre Rogers,

a Huxley Research Instructor in ecology

and evolutionary biology at Rice, and her

colleagues are investigating whether the loss

of birds led to an increase in the spider population

on Guam. Huxley fellows are recent

Ph.D. recipients who are appointed to teach

at Rice for two to three years.

“You can’t walk through the jungles on

Guam without a stick in your hand to knock

down the spiderwebs,” said Rogers, the lead

author of the study, which appeared in the

journal PLOS ONE last fall.

The results are some of the first to examine

the indirect impact of the brown tree

snake on Guam’s ecosystem. By the 1980s,

10 of 12 native bird species had been wiped

out, and the last two live only in small areas

protected by intense snake-trapping.

Counting spiderwebs on Guam and on

nearby islands in the Marianas Islands chain

was the first step in the study. Rogers and

study co-authors Janneke Hille Ris Lambers

and Josh Tewksbury of the University of

Washington and Ross Miller of the University

of Guam found that spiders were between

two times and 40 times more plentiful on

Guam than on neighboring islands.

Rogers has extensive experience studying

the ripple effects of the tree snake invasion

on Guam. Her first job out of college

was to lead the U.S. Geological Survey’s

brown tree snake rapid response team, a

small group of snake hunters charged with

capturing brown tree snakes that manage to

get off the island.

“When I was [on Guam’s nearby islands]

searching for snakes at night, I spent a lot of

time thinking about the differences between

the forests I was walking through and the

forests back on Guam,” said Rogers, recalling

her field research. “The spiderwebs were just

one difference. The lack of songbirds also

make Guam’s forests eerily quiet during the

day,” she said.

“There isn’t any other place in the world

that has lost all of its insect-eating birds,” she

said. “There’s no other place you can look to

see what happens when birds are removed

over an entire landscape.”

In future work, she plans to conduct experiments

on neighboring islands that still

have forest birds and compare those results

with observations on Guam to determine the

exact links between the lost forest birds and

the spider population increases.

“Ultimately, we aim to untangle the impact

of bird loss on the entire food web, all

the way down to plants,” she said. “For example,

has the loss of birds also led to an increase

in the number of plant-eating insects?

Or can this increase in spiders compensate

for the loss of birds?”

Read the journal article:

››› ricemagazine.info/131

—Jade Boyd

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Religious fraud! Comedy! Satire!

It’s “Tartuffe.”

Jake LaViola ’15 as Tartuffe has a moment

with Hayley Jones ’14 as Elmire

in the fall production of Molière’s

comic masterpiece, “Tartuffe.” The Rice

University Theatre Program presented

the play at Hamman Hall to rave reviews.

“Molière gives us a farce with a scathing

wit as he roasts religion, hypocrisy

and sexual deceit,” said Christina Keefe,

director of Rice’s Theatre Program. In

addition to LaViola and Jones, the show

starred Qingyang Peng ’15 as Orgon,

staff member Alice Rhoades as Madame

Pernelle, Tasneem Islam ’14 as Mariane

and John Hagele ’16 as Damis. Director:

Samuel Sparks. Production manager:

Matt Schlief. Costume designer: Macy

Perrone.

Photo credit: Claire Elestwani ’15

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Rice has always been lauded for its beautiful landscaping. Now we have one more

site to be proud of — the Puddin Clarke Centennial Garden between Sewall Hall and

Lovett Hall. According to David Rodd, university architect in Facilities Engineering and

Planning, committee members for Rice’s Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum first proposed the

idea for the rose garden as a centennial project because Mary Ellen Lovett, wife of

the university’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, nurtured roses on campus in Rice’s

early days.

When Robert Clarke ’63 heard about the rose garden, he generously volunteered to

fund the project. “I thought it was a great idea to make the donation in memory of my

wife,” said Clarke. “Although she wasn’t an alum, Puddin was very much a supporter

of Rice and involved in a lot of things here. It seemed like a nice way to honor her.”

Old Blush roses, a China hybrid, were selected because they were a favorite of the

garden’s honoree.

—Jenny Rozelle ’00

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NotedandQuoted

“So when I was running around the world saying, ‘The world is flat! We’re all

connected,’ Facebook didn’t exist, Twitter was still a sound, the Cloud was still in

the sky, 4G was a parking place, LinkedIn was a prison, applications were what

you sent to college and, for most people, Skype was a typo.”

—Thomas Friedman

Nov. 12, 2012, as quoted in an article that appeared in the Rice Thresher, Nov. 16, 2012

“I was the altar boy of

journalism. I was a

fact-checker. And that in

a way is something I’ve

done my entire life. What

is true?

How can

you prove

that it’s

true? How

does it

work? My parents were

both scientists. I’ve spent

my life trying to find

out new things and tell

people about them.”

—Esther Dyson

Oct. 11, 2012, Centennial Lecture Series

“As we look to a future of true energy security

by exploiting new unconventional fossil sources,

augmented by alternative energy sources such

as solar, wind and biofuels, the only way forward

is through a government science policy that

includes basic research support and thoughtful

regulation. These are necessary if we are to

have the energy security we want and the

environmental stewardship we need.”

—Shirley Ann Jackson

Oct. 11, 2012, Centennial Lecture Series

“Understanding your complete genome is very key

to understanding inheritance. Everyone’s asked the

questions: ‘Did I get this trait from my mother or father?

Did I give this trait to my children?’ Now we have the

tools to start to answer those questions because we can

separate the DNA sequence into that from the parental

chromosomes. One of the ways we do this … we can

sequence a genome from a single sperm cell.”

—J. Craig Venter

Oct. 10, 2012, Centennial Lecture Series

“History happens,

history leaves its

traces, and I have

to say, I prefer

history without

preservation.”

—Rem Koolhaas

Oct. 11, 2012, Centennial Lecture Series

Rice has excelled in ways that even Lovett could not have guessed.

I’m talking of course about Rice’s famous come-from-behind

victory over heavily favored Colorado in the 1938 Cotton Bowl. It

is at least famous in the halls of the Supreme Court, because until

then unbeaten Colorado was led by future Supreme Court Justice

Byron White. Despite a stellar offensive and defensive performance

by White — he threw a touchdown pass, scored on an interception

and kicked two extra points — the Owls prevailed by a final score

of 28–14. Not even President Lovett could have foreseen that.”

—Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr.

“A Conversation With the Chief Justice,” Oct. 17, 2012

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On Oct. 11, 2012, Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute

for Public Policy, interviewed President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House for the Nov. 8 cover

story in Rolling Stone magazine. The Obama cover story was Brinkley’s third for Rolling Stone. He also has profiled

Hunter S. Thompson and Bob Dylan for the magazine.

Pundit Watch

Remember the primaries? The presidential debates? Doesn’t the

election season seem like both half a life ago AND something

that took up half our lives? No matter in which political tent

one camped for the duration, the 2012 election season was

both endless and endlessly frustrating. But at least, as ordinary

citizens, we could confine our opinions and insights to our

living rooms (and Facebook and Twitter feeds). For many of

our distinguished Rice faculty, who were called upon day and

night by the news media to provide topical insight, there was

no rest for the weary. The news, after all, is a 24-hour affair. So,

here’s a shout out to our hardworking historians, economists,

political scientists and more who took the time to explain,

correct, analyze and generally provide rational commentary for

the American public. They worked from their offices, homes

and cars, as well as from the Office of Public Affairs’ television

studio in the basement of Allen Center.

Mark

Jones

Douglas

Brinkley

Paul

Brace

Bob

Stein

Notable Rice experts who appeared in the media

nationally and locally to discuss the elections include

Douglas Brinkley, Mark Jones, Paul Brace and Bob Stein.

The graph reflects the number of appearances in the

media during the months of October and November.

293

596

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City

Architect Eric Kuhne ’73 tells the

story of Belfast’s maritime majesty

with the new Titanic museum.

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BY STEVEN THOMSON • PHOTOS COURTESY OF ERIC KUHNE, CIVICARTS AND THE TITANIC BELFAST.

For a century following the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the tragedy was nary whispered within the Northern

Ireland capital that saw the ship’s design and construction. Even in Great Britain, few are privy to the fact that

in the early 20th century, nearly half of the tonnage on the seas took its maiden voyage from Belfast’s shipyards.

When the Titanic embarked in 1912, Belfast laid claim to the largest shipyard in the world. Yet a sense

of self-imposed ignominy after the disaster shrouded the city’s pride as a locus of maritime innovation. With

the post-World War II growth of deep port container shipping and surge in air travel, the once robust image of

Belfast’s shipyards descended into that of a postindustrial wasteland.

Today, following decades of internal political strife and a recent

crippling double-dip recession, Belfast is poised once again

to embrace its heritage as one of the world’s shipbuilding epicenters.

Enter Eric Kuhne ’73, who is leveraging a belief in architecture

as diplomacy to help restore the grandeur of the city’s

long-abandoned docks.

Sitting in the library of his firm, CivicArts, in the architectural

hub of Clerkenwell in east central London, Kuhne explained the

gradual realization of his vision for a 185-acre urban revitalization

of the wrench-shaped peninsula, Queen’s Island — renamed

the Titanic Quarter — and its centerpiece, the monumental Titanic

Belfast museum. Although the waterfront development will be

the museum’s marine-grade aluminum cladding sparkles.

“Most contemporary museums have lost that sense of wonder when you

enter,” Kuhne said. Inside the Titanic Belfast, the hum of the 28,000 builders

that once occupied the hoists and gangplanks of the Belfast shipyards

is restored in an ecclesiastically scaled six-story atrium, crisscrossed by

balconies, terraces and overlooks.

Above, nine galleries provide the social context of shipbuilding in

Belfast, house a ride through a reconstructed shipyard and detail the construction

of the RMS Titanic. The project’s monumentality is tempered

by documents of individual crew and passengers’ stories, while another

gallery offers a critical eye toward the myths and legends that surround

the disaster. Hard science finds its place in an exhibit on Robert Ballard’s

Left: Architect Eric Kuhne stands in front of a map of the Titanic Quarter, the 185-acre waterfront redevelopment project now underway in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Kuhne’s firm,

CivicArts, designed the project’s urban master plan, which combines residential, business, recreational and cultural elements, as well as parks and gardens. Middle: The Titanic

Belfast museum is located on the site of the Harland and Wolff shipyard. Right: Kuhne’s early sketches play with images of ice crystals, a central motif in the Titanic Belfast’s design.

Opposite: The White Star Line Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England, April 10, 1912. An architectural rendering of the exterior of the Titanic Belfast museum, which opened to

the public March 31, 2012.

years in the making, the museum opened in March 2012, just in time

to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. The visceral appeal of the

Titanic in the public imagination endures, as evidenced by the museum’s

more than 500,000 visitors in its first six months of operation.

“We have worked on buildings all around the world, but nothing has

gone viral like this,” Kuhne said.

Drawing upon the water imagery that haunts the Titanic’s history,

Kuhne studied the geometric process of ice crystal formation to conceive

the museum’s faceted exterior, which resembles at once jutting icebergs

and ships’ prows. The façade mimics the scales of the gigantic gantries

system of timber and steel scaffolding built for the construction of the

Titanic’s massive hull 100 years ago. When viewed from above, the building

takes the form of a compass rose.

The building plan also alludes to the trajectory of four centuries of shipbuilding

innovation in Belfast: from timber and sail to iron and steam, followed

by steel and turbine and culminating in aluminum and diesel. Most

poignantly, the building’s height matches that of the storied cruise liner,

allowing tourists and Belfast locals to consider head-on the optimism and

opulence that the Titanic embodied. Even beneath Belfast’s mercurial skies,

1985 Atlantic expedition to record and recover the ship’s ruins, with

a special focus on deep-sea microbiology.

The museum, which cost $152 million to build, was funded through

a partnership that included Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour

Commissioners, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Titanic Quarter

Limited (a company of Dublin-based Harcourt Developments Ltd.).

“I think it’s a human story,” said Tim Husbands, CEO of Titanic

Belfast. “The sinking was a disaster, but the ship itself was a fantastic

feat of engineering and construction. The Titanic Belfast is

about recovering the city’s roots, but it also presents a story that

resonates internationally.” No doubt, the museum will far surpass

the initial annual target of 425,000 visitors. Almost 70 percent of

visitors are from outside of Northern Ireland.

While the consensus is that it’s a crowd pleaser, the Titanic

Belfast has faced criticism in the architectural press. It recently

garnered a nomination for Building Design magazine’s Carbuncle

Cup, a reader-nominated award for the ugliest building completed

in the U.K. in the last 12 months. On the plus side, the museum

also is a finalist for the International Interior Design of the

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Year award at the Leading European Architects Forum. Unfazed,

Kuhne remains confident that the building is succeeding at telling

the Titanic story to legions of visitors. “It was a huge backhanded

compliment,” Kuhne said. “Very English.”

Keep in mind that the museum is merely a cornerstone of the

estimated $10 billion–$15 billion Titanic Quarter mixed-use development

that will occupy the Queen’s Island area of Belfast.

“The local authorities thought we were dreaming at the

time,” said Pat Doherty, the chairman and founder of Harcourt

Developments, recalling the process of acquiring the vast site nine

years ago. “It was a clear site almost in the center of the city with

the opportunity to do something very special, and Eric has a magical

way of doing things.” Kuhne and Doherty worked with myriad

government departments, harbor authorities and investors to make

way for the development that’s changing the face of Belfast.

Profit-driven inner-city revitalization schemes too often fall victim

to blank banality. To break this trend, Kuhne, in his role as the

lead concept architect on the project, consulted directly with the

very people who had abandoned central Belfast’s blight and violent

legacy for surrounding suburban hamlets.

“We interviewed almost 100 people and asked them one simple

thing: ‘What would it take for you to come back home?’ And they

asked for me to build something like their villages in the center of

Belfast,” Kuhne said.

“Eric always had a humanistic commitment that has allowed him to

abstract his project designs in such a striking way,” said former classmate

Stephen Fox ’73, architectural historian and lecturer at the Rice

School of Architecture. A dedicated Renaissance man, Kuhne penned a

Shakespearean sonnet for the real estate venture to pay homage to the

city’s shipbuilding roots:

TITANIC BELFAST:

We were the best who worked these hallowed slips

Bending iron, timber and steel ’to ships

’Neath gantries and cranes with Biblical names

Our sweat, our tears, and sweet salt air did raise

Fleets for trade, exploration and mail,

Liners, warships, and immigrants set sail —

Navigating charts on rhumb-lined seas with

Optimism! Opulence! at Godspeed!

Four centuries measure our balancing

Our will and Nature’s equanimity.

Time once again to lead the charge: Belfast’s

Sons and Daughters sing songs of these shipyards;

Choirs of workers shout across the seas:

Once where we built ships, now we build cities!

Left to right: Inside the Titanic Belfast, massive chains denote the scale of the Titanic and its sister ships. Visitors take in a view of the ship as it now rests on the ocean floor. A cut-out

steel sign in front of the museum. Children check out the interior galleries. Opposite: A view from the top-floor balcony of a large compass rose that locates the cardinal directions for

visitors. Visitors peruse one of nine galleries featuring interactive exhibits on the museum’s opening day.

The Titanic Quarter was then conceived around the idea of seven

“villages,” each with their own Georgian square, in which courtyard

gardens imbue a sense of safety to public space. When complete, the

development will complement new condo blocks with an expanded

campus of Belfast Metropolitan College and a bevy of retail distractions.

Plans are afoot to incubate a new financial center for Europe,

and new media is staking a claim via a cluster of budding film industry

studios. Strung together by grand boulevards and a new tramline, each

of the villages stands no more than two blocks away from the fresh air

of water or park space.

“Waterfronts all over Europe and North America are being transformed,”

Kuhne said, “but none of them has this level of complexity

of mixing new economies with housing, parks and gardens.” Northern

Ireland still suffers from a shaky real estate market, so the Titanic

Quarter developers are thinking long-term, with a projected completion

date of 2030 or beyond.

For all of the Titanic Quarter’s beguiling ambition, Kuhne understands

the importance of historical context in design.

This penchant for storytelling through architecture has brought

Kuhne’s pedigree from Houston to 32 current projects spanning five

continents, all informed by their local context. A new tower complex

rising in Kuala Lumpur is ensconced in seven gardens representing

the seven civilizations that have characterized Malaysia’s history,

while a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal takes its form from the

three strands of the pocket of rice that Buddha wore.

Kuhne’s studio walls showcase blueprints for a skyscraper in

Kuwait that will top off at 1,001 meters — a nod to the region’s lionized

collection of folk tales, “1001 Arabian Nights.”

While these projects reach for the sky, the story on the ground

of the Titanic Quarter is a narrative with big themes — resilience,

rebirth and pride in a lost heritage. Eschewing a focus on urban

trauma to honor innovation, the Titanic Belfast museum invites visitors

to consider the pinnacle of human achievement — as well as

hubris — and to launch a new story in Belfast’s history.

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Unsinkable City:

Six questions for Eric Kuhne

Q: Describe the experience of arriving as a freshman to the School of

Architecture.

A: I was terrified. I was born in San Antonio and spent the first five years

of my life in Texas, so this was a kind of provincial return to the homeland

and had all of the dramas associated with it. I’d been working in an

engineer and architects’ office in Indiana since I was 14, so I had an exposure

to the practical side of the field. On the second day I was at Rice,

I went to see the director [of the School of Architecture], Anderson Todd.

Andy had a stack of School of Architecture stationery cards along

with a beautiful fountain pen and old ink well. He said, “Let me tell you

about architecture,” and explained the Vitruvian triad: firmness, commodity

and delight. So I said, “Mr. Todd, don’t you think it’s time we

reinvent that?” He handed me the pen and I said, “I think an equilateral

triangle and those things in balance is good for 2,000 years ago, but

we’re at the threshold of a new millennium.

So how about we add a

fourth element and turn this into a

tetrahedron, including volition and

meaning?” He just burst out laughing

and said, “You’re just going to

be nothing but trouble for four

years, aren’t you?”

Left: Bird’s-eye panorama of the Titanic

Quarter as viewed from the northeast.

Inset: Eric Kuhne with his sketchpad.

Q: What were some of the challenges

you encountered as a

student?

A: I was shocked because I

thought I had a good foundation

in architecture, but it was just

a foundation in construction. I

had to get over that conceit of

thinking that I knew more than

I actually did. Looking back,

Rice was hard — really, really

hard for me. Elinor Evans,

who was the first-year design

studio teacher, was constantly

getting us to have trust in the

unknown as the safest place to go. Once you get the sense that

you can do something that you never dreamed you could, you

become intoxicated with discovery and the exploration of design

as a way to see the world.

Q: You suggest that the interdisciplinary research behind each

of your projects is informed by your varied course choices while

at Rice. How so?

A: As it turned out, the classes that had the biggest impact on

me were those that weren’t architectural. I took cognitive anthropology

with Stephen Tyler, Tom McEvilley in comparative

religions and this calculus professor [Howard Resnikoff] who

just was a wizard. He said, “You won’t leave this class until you

understand that calculus is poetry.” He would write formulas

up on the board and read them as poems. It was just breathtaking.

You never think when you’re a student that these conversations

will stick with you for the rest of your life. Those

talks across all topics changed the way I work here in the studio.

Rice has sprinkled that magic dust of insatiable curiosity.

Q: Of all of the opportunities that Rice afforded, which had the

greatest impact on your education?

A: There was a design competition for an industrial building in

Seguin, Texas. I almost didn’t even apply for it, but then I decided

to work on it for five hours every day. I would sketch and put it

in a booklet and completely forget about it. I didn’t even go to the

awards ceremony at the School of Architecture, but on that day, I

was walking across campus and one of my classmates walks up to

me and says, “Where have you been? Come on!” He dragged me

over to the ceremony just as they were announcing that I had been

awarded the William Ward Watkin Travel Fellowship. I couldn’t believe

I had won it. Andy Todd and Bud Morehead were there, both

laughing. It was one of the biggest surprises of my life.

Q: What did you do with the fellowship?

A: I visited some of the most remarkable thinkers on architecture and

cities at the time: Jan Gehl invited me to swim in the Baltic Sea, and we

discussed the choreography of public spaces. In Austria, I met with [art

historian] Hans Sedlmayr, who was writing about the loss of the soul

in architecture and cities. Aldo van Eyck invited me to his home, and

we sat drawing until we worked out the plans for one of his churches.

In Stockholm, Sven Hesselgren lectured me on restoring the pageantry

of city life. At the time, some of these men were just beginning to have

an impact on the profession. They all just opened their homes to me,

and I would sit and have dinner with their families. And so my tour of

Europe wasn’t just a tour of buildings; it was a tour of the cutting-edge

thinkers of architecture. None of that would have happened without

Rice, because these figures’ names were in every class.

Q: In your career to date, what are the main changes you’ve seen in the

practice itself of architecture?

A: We’ve experienced an acceleration of drawing tools that has transformed

the profession as much as the art. When I started at Rice, we

used T-squares and Maylines [parallel bars]. What once took 30 people

to produce a set of drawings in the ’60s became a team half that size in

the ’70s and ’80s with computer-aided design programs. Now, we can

produce a set of drawings with five people. Yet, while drawing production

has accelerated, there is still a burning need for architects to draw, to

sketch. The fountain pen and the tyranny of the blank white sheet of paper

has not been replaced. The freedom and grace of a sketch, linked to the

imagination, still outperforms any computer program. Yet once transferred

to CAD, we can show our imagination to the world effortlessly. And the

sheer quality of decisions made with this breadth of representation is the

most profound adjustment to the profession in its history. ■

Steven Thomson is a New York-based writer with a focus on art, architecture and urbanism.

His work has appeared in Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston. He

recently completed a graduate degree in urban studies at University College London. He

can be reached at sjt@stevenjamesthomson.com.

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Wednesday, October

10

Rice Faculty and Staff Reception/

Centennial Lecture Series ·

Founder’s Court Tent/Tudor Fieldhouse

Rice honored faculty and staff at a lavish reception

in the centennial tent. J. Craig Venter, among the

first to sequence the human genome, kicked off

the lecture series.

Highlights from the

Centennial Celebration

During one memorable week in October, Rice gathered its far-flung family — faculty and staff, students present

and students past, community supporters and visitors alike — to commemorate its first century and march boldly

and joyfully into its second. The schedule was as packed as it was varied, filled with festivities and feasts (both

gustatory and intellectual), reunions and homecomings, ritual and rhetoric. Please enjoy these highlights and check

out our centennial website (centennial.rice.edu) for more.

PHOTOS by TOMMY LAVERGNE, JEFF FITLOW and ELI SPECTOR ’14

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Thursday, October

11

Centennial Lecture Series ·

Tudor Fieldhouse

Rice welcomed (clockwise from

left) international angel investor

Esther Dyson, Rensselaer

Polytechnic Institute President and

physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, and

Pritzker Prize-winning architect

Rem Koolhaas, as well as genomist

J. Craig Venter and Chief Justice

of the United States John G.

Roberts Jr.

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World Premiere Concert

by Shepherd School

Orchestra ·

Stude Concert Hall

Commissioned by Rice

University in honor of its

Centennial Celebration, the

concert featured the world

premiere of William Bolcom’s

“Ninth Symphony.”

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Centennial Address

Friday, October

12

Academic Procession and Centennial Address · Academic Quadrangle

Preceded by an academic procession with representatives of universities from around the world, President David W. Leebron’s keynote

address harkened back to that of Edgar Odell Lovett at the formal opening of the Rice Institute in 1912.

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“In the joy of high adventure, in the hope of high achievement, in the

faith of high endeavor, for this fair day we have worked and prayed and

waited. … [W]e have asked for strength, and with the strength a vision,

and with the vision courage. … [T]he Rice Institute, which was to be, in

this its modest beginning, now has come to be.”

And with these words, President Edgar Odell Lovett 100 years ago welcomed the first class of 59

women and men and the 10 faculty members of the Rice Institute. Today, we gather to celebrate

the realization of that hope, the rewarding of that faith and courage, and the continuation of

that joy.

We join today to reflect on a century of adventure and achievement, to honor our founders

and forbearers whose vision and hard work resulted in the extraordinary university we know

today, and to speak of our vision and ambitions for the future.

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Our path was set by the confluence of

the legacies of three extraordinary men: a

great man of commerce, a civic leader and a

visionary academic. William Marsh Rice was

the quintessential businessman of his time, a

man of commercial acumen and philanthropic

spirit. In the year 1891, the William Marsh Rice

Institute for the Advancement of Literature,

Science and Art was formally incorporated

with a modest initial endowment. After Rice’s

untimely death in 1900, the substantial assets

that Rice had bequeathed to his institute were

rescued by his lawyer and the first chairman of

the board of trustees, Capt. James A. Baker. The

trustees then began in earnest to define what

this new institute would be.

Their vision was reflected in the choice of

Rice’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, on

the recommendation of Princeton’s president,

Woodrow Wilson. And let me add how fitting

it is, and how grateful we are, that Princeton’s

current president, Shirley Tilghman, is with us

on the platform today. President Lovett then

traveled the world for more than nine months,

visiting the great universities, studying both

academic programs and architecture.

When Lovett stood on this very spot a century

ago, not far from the edge of a growing city

with just 80,000 people, he could take pride at

the launch of a new university that aspired to

be among the best and set, in his words, no

upper limit to its endeavors. As William Ward

Watkin, the architect who supervised the construction

of the first buildings, stated at Lovett’s

retirement, out of “the marsh and swamps of

this campus,” he built a university of “beauty

and fineness.”

Imagine yourselves here as Lovett spoke:

Around you was mostly a vast empty plain

with four lonely structures. There was the

Administration Building, now named Lovett

Hall. A bit in the distance was the Mechanical

Laboratory and its campanile, and across the

campus the residential hall and institute commons.

Between then and now lies a century of

ambition and achievement. All around us we

see the architectural embodiment of growing

intellectual ambition.

Imagine in your mind’s eye that century

of building our campus: first beginning near

where you sit and then moving outward to a

second quadrangle and then a third quadrangle

and then beyond, and even jumping across

University Boulevard to where the BioScience

Research Collaborative now stands — eventually

80 buildings over the course of a century,

creating a campus of architectural distinction

and harmony. The architecture is now complemented

by recent campus art, culminating in

our Centennial Pavilion, the Turrell Skyspace,

which symbolizes not only our continued

commitment to the beauty Lovett emphasized,

but also our limitless aspirations. Truly, this

is a campus that reflects our commitment to

learning, to discovery, to beauty, to the nurturing

of human potential and to a university that

was from its foundation envisioned as a gift to

the people of Houston.

President Lovett served for another 34 years

after the opening, with more than half that time

occurring during two world wars and the Great

Depression. And still the Rice Institute moved

forward, expanding its community and growing

its endeavor. As we approached our second

half century, we changed our name from

“Institute” to “University” to reflect that growth

and broader ambition.

At the time of our semicentennial, Rice,

while on a strong trajectory, had not yet

achieved its aspiration to be among the great

research universities of the world. That was the

challenge faced by President Kenneth Pitzer as

he was inaugurated in our 50th year. As the

new president then put it, he aimed for an institution

that resembled Stanford without a medical

school to a Westerner and Princeton with

girls to an Easterner.

President Pitzer led Rice into five decades

of advancement as a research university. We

realized that not charging tuition was not about

a commitment to price, but a commitment to

an ideal of opportunity — that we should be

This is a campus

that reflects our commitment

to learning, to discovery,

to beauty, to the nurturing

of human potential and to a

university that was from its

foundation envisioned as a gift

to the people of Houston.

open to all, regardless of their financial means.

That steadfast commitment continues to lie at

the core of who we are. And we also sued to

remove a stain of racial exclusion that was both

fundamentally unfair and deeply inconsistent

with our commitment to serving the people of

Houston, of Texas and the nation.

As Rice continued its progress toward

becoming a more balanced university envisaged

by Lovett, new schools sprouted in the

1970s, including the Shepherd School of Music,

the Jones School of Business, what is now

the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies,

and the creation of separate schools of Social

Sciences and the Humanities. Our ascendancy

into the top ranks of American higher education

was recognized in 1985 when Rice became

one of the 60 elite research universities in the

Association of American Universities. Great

milestones included the G7 summit in 1990,

the establishment of the Baker Institute in 1993

and the awarding of Nobel Prizes to Professors

Curl and Smalley in 1996 for the discovery of

the buckyball, which opened up new possibilities

for materials and medicine. And in 2003,

the Rice Owls emerged as national champions

from the College Baseball World Series. Out of

our Sallyport have passed more than 65,000

graduates — 46,000 of whom are the living

Rice alumni community of today, a global community

that magnifies every day the contributions

that we make as a university.

Throughout our first century, we have become

an ever greater university, driven to provide

opportunity for our students and knowledge

for the world. And here I want to pause

and acknowledge the remarkable leaders present

today who guided us to ascending achievement:

our past chairmen, Charles Duncan and

Bill Barnett, and our current chairman, Jim

Crownover, who between them steered this

university for the last three decades, and my

extraordinary predecessors, Presidents George

Rupp and Malcolm Gillis.

WHEN WE LOOK AROUND at the Rice of

today, it is very different of course from that

of 100 years ago, or 50 years ago or even 10

years ago. We are larger; we are more diverse;

we are more engaged with our city; we are

more international; and we are more committed

than ever to contributing to our world

through research and service. The era of the

ivory tower is long over. We do not come to

the university to shake the cares of society, but

to engage those cares in a different way. The

university of today is porous, with a constant

flow of people and ideas and contributions

and relationships.

We are very much the university that Lovett

imagined and hoped for, and yet we are in

many ways so much more. Today our university

is counted among the very best in the United

States. Whereas President Lovett traveled

around the world to visit the great universities,

today we receive visiting academic leaders from

across the globe who wish to study and emulate

Rice’s success.

Much of our first century has been dedicated

to catching up to our brethren — other

leading American universities that in many

cases are older, bigger, wealthier. We became

more complex, added schools, improved the

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quality of our student body and faculty, raised

our aspirations and grew.

But while we were becoming more competitive

with other universities and in some

ways more like them, we were also becoming

quite distinctive. Even with our recent growth,

we remain a distinctively small research university

whose aspirations span the range of

academic endeavor. Our emphasis on and

commitment to undergraduate education are

extraordinary. Our sense of being a single community,

and the fostering of interdisciplinary relationships

and conversations, are rare. Our college

system, which creates strong communities

across the undergraduate classes, has become

the envy of others who seek to emulate it. The

dedication of our staff to our faculty, students

and the university, and our dedication to them,

are defining attributes.

As higher education both becomes ever

more competitive and faces ever more daunting

challenges, we must now lead with confidence

in our own values and our own identity, as they

have evolved over a century. Our strength as

a university lies in part in choosing a different

path from others, a different configuration for

the university not just of today, but of tomorrow.

Twenty years ago, Clark Kerr, the legendary

president of the University of California and

chancellor of Berkeley, wrote about two competing

visions of the university — one in which

the university is large and highly specialized in

its parts, the other in which it is small and has

a commonality of interests, or as he put it, “the

best of Berkeley and the best of Swarthmore.”

He expressed some pessimism that these visions

were compatible.

Rice has aspired to be the place where

these visions become joined, compatible and

synergistic, and we have succeeded. We must

draw upon our strengths and turn perceived

disadvantages into distinctive advantages. We

can be, we must be, a leader in defining what

a university can achieve and contribute both in

education and knowledge.

Fifty years ago, President Pitzer undertook

a substantial expansion of the university. We

have now completed the first major expansion

of our student body since then. Our 30 percent

growth has by almost every measure been a

success: We have remained true to our commitment

to make our education affordable and

have attracted an extraordinary and diverse

population along every dimension as our applications

doubled. We do not intend to grow

our undergraduate student body more in the

coming decade, because we choose to remain

a distinctively small university. Our size fosters

an intimate sense of community and the special

relationships between faculty and students

that have defined the experience for so many

of our graduates.

Our intellectual ambitions, however, are not

scaled to our size. We aim for excellence and

impact on a global standard. Thus our path to

success, more than most universities, lies in our

ability to collaborate with others and thereby

leverage our potential. We are too small to be

arrogant. We must in a new time find new ways

to build deeper and broader relationships with

the remarkable institutions that surround us

Our success

in areas like nanotechnology is

built not upon the endeavors

of a single department, but

upon the support, engagement

and connection across a large

swath of the university. We

must infuse this collaborative

spirit deep into our processes

and personality if we are to

continue our success.

— the museums, the medical institutions, the

Johnson Space Center and the great enterprises

of Houston. We must also reach out across the

world and build not merely bridges, but strong

and deep bonds.

That spirit of collaboration must be focused

internally as well as externally. Our success

in areas like nanotechnology is built not

upon the endeavors of a single department,

but upon the support, engagement and connection

across a large swath of the university.

We must infuse this collaborative spirit deep

into our processes and personality if we are to

continue our success. Ossified structures that

impede our collaborations must be adapted

or swept away, and we must be innovative in

developing new relationships. Our size is an

advantage when it allows us to be both collaborative

in spirit and nimble in action. In the

arts, biomedicine, neuroscience and other endeavors,

we have extraordinary potential, but

only if we seize the opportunities that exist

through deeper engagement.

I believe our university’s personality reflects

not only our history, but also our location.

We have renewed our sense of connection

and commitment to our home city of Houston,

both as our students experience it and as our

researchers contribute to it. Even a century ago,

President Lovett realized that Houston partakes

of both the warm hospitality of the South and

the dynamic and adventurous spirit of the West.

Houston is an entrepreneurial city, and we are

an entrepreneurial university. That spirit, which

has some of its origins in our early strength in

engineering, now finds its place in every corner

of our university.

The entrepreneurial imperative incorporates

the desire to lead, to create, to innovate

and to build. It is reflected in faculty who lead

our students abroad to test in the field medical

devices they have designed; in the studenttaught

courses in our colleges; in the policy

explorations of our Baker student fellows; in

engineering and architecture students getting

together to design a house that not only uses

zero energy, but is actually affordable; in the

creation and dissemination of digital educational

materials for both college and now one

million K–12 students; in building a research

consortium with medical institutions to advance

tissue regeneration that will save limbs

and lives; in creating a multitude of student organizations,

from Engineers Without Borders to

our Emergency Medical Service; in the convening

of conferences of experts to study biblical

texts and to disseminate results; and so much

more. We must nurture and support that spirit,

both individually and collectively, among both

students and faculty. President Lovett spoke of

the pleasures of teaching and the privileges of

research. But today we must do that and more.

An entrepreneurial university empowers our

students and embarks them on a life of difference

and impact, regardless of their chosen

disciplines and professions.

I WANT FOR A MOMENT to speak more

broadly about the role of the university and how

it ought to define our mission at Rice and our

path forward. It has been 2,500 years since the

founding of Plato’s Academy, 2,000 years since

the founding of the ancient religious universities

in India and Egypt, more than 900 since

the founding of the University of Bologna, now

the oldest university in continuous existence,

almost 380 years since the establishment of the

first American institution of higher education.

The modern research university emerged in the

19th century and set the stage for the explosion

of knowledge that universities have produced.

When we look back at the last century,

we see knowledge that has emerged from our

universities and transformed our world: the

fundamental structure of matter, the biological

building blocks of life, the electronics that have

revolutionized our ability to communicate, connect,

analyze and understand. The early embers

of the great ideas of our age, such as universal

human rights, were fanned in the great

universities. Powerful ideals, such as equality

of opportunity, were given content and understanding

by the work done in universities, and

our graduates were inspired to pursue them.

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There is hardly an aspect of modern life that

has not been greatly influenced and enhanced

by the work done in universities. Indeed, one

former university president declared the university

to be the most significant creation of the

second millennium.

And yet, at the beginning of this third millennium,

the historic idea of the university is

facing both challenge and attack. The very

word “university,” coined at the founding of

Bologna nine centuries ago, embodies a sense

of both oneness and universality — that we

are a single entity that encompasses the totality

of academic endeavor. As resources are constrained,

there are calls to focus our endeavors,

to limit ourselves to what we already do well.

Great universities, universities many times our

size, are choosing to eliminate scholarly endeavors,

to focus on their specific strengths, to

do what is practical.

There is no doubt that we, like they, must

focus and be strategic, but I believe we must

do so in a different way. We must seize upon

those truly important endeavors that require

us to bring together participants from across

our campus to work together, to understand

our world more deeply, and to help solve

its problems of today and in the future. Our

strength lies significantly in our ability to draw

upon and integrate different disciplines and

perspectives as we seek to contribute, in pursuance

of our mission, to the betterment of

our world. We know that technology alone

does not solve problems, but rather science

and technology complemented by a comprehensive

understanding of how to achieve innovation

and change in the context of human

culture and institutions.

President Lovett spoke of the faith he asked

of those assembled at the first matriculation:

“They must believe in the value of human reason;

they must be enthusiastic for their fellowmen.

They must believe that it is possible to

learn and also that it is possible to teach.”

I believe that universities are built upon

an additional faith — a faith in the power of

knowledge and discovery and creativity to improve

the lives of people everywhere and build

a better future. That faith must be buttressed by

a recognition that universities remain distinctive

institutions that contribute to our society

in ways no other institutions can or do. Our

commitment must be to advance the frontiers

of knowledge, understanding and creativity

and to produce graduates trained and inspired

to make great contributions as if the world depended

upon it, for it surely does.

The challenges of our world lie before us:

to address our interconnected global needs for

food, energy, water and a safe environment; to

improve human health here and around the

world; to harness the extraordinary flow of

information for our benefit through better understanding

and decision-making; to raise the

These

dichotomies

challenge us —

to be separate and apart, yet

open and engaged. To be

fast and yet also to be slow.

To embrace an unthrottled

cosmopolitanism and still strive

to be distinctively American.

human spirit through the study of culture and

creativity; and to bring peace and prosperity to

the peoples of our planet.

These are large and daunting challenges,

but that ultimately is what universities are for.

Confronted by these challenges, universities

must not be bastions of cynicism but citadels of

optimism. Optimism, that if we work to understand

the nature of religious tolerance, we can

bring harmony. That if we work to understand

conflict between nations, we can bring peace.

That if we work to understand the origins of

disease, we can bring health. That if we work

to understand the sources of famine, we can

bring nourishment. That if we work to understand

the fundamentals of matter and energy,

we can bring prosperity and a higher standard

of life to people all over our world.

Like other great universities, Rice must be

cosmopolitan and international in their truest

sense. We embrace a community of faculty,

staff and students who come from all over the

world. While committed to a strong, supportive

and deep relationship with our great city,

our ambitions to learn and to contribute reach

beyond the borders of our state and country.

Our commitment is to all humanity, and we

seek the advancement of knowledge for their

benefit.

And yet, at the same time, we are a distinctively

American university steeped in American

ideals — ideals of human equality and potential,

of political rights and participation, of

free inquiry and free expression, of religious

freedom and tolerance, of diversity and inclusion,

of creativity and innovation, and of the

possibilities of hard work and economic opportunity.

These ideals are reflected deeply not

merely in the values we convey, but in how we

choose to carry out our mission.

Universities have been and remain unusual

institutions. We are separate and apart and

yet open and engaged. The periphery of our

campus, consisting of hedges and vegetation

punctured frequently by paths and open gates,

incorporates this idea. It is an avowedly porous

border, and not a barrier, that both separates

us from the surrounding city and yet welcomes

those who wish to enjoy our contemplative

spaces and intellectual engagements, as it also

beckons the Rice community to engage with

and contribute to our city.

In our rapidly changing world, and recognizing

that the knowledge we generate can

sometimes be quickly developed to benefit

others, universities must change some of their

ways and be prepared to act with urgency. That

is not something we are traditionally known

for; indeed, it is fair to say that we are known

for our slowness. But universities at their best

are both fast and slow. That slowness, that

willingness to put reflection and analysis and

deep understanding above achieving quick

conclusions or results, is an essential part of

our ability to contribute in ways that are different

and important. Our defining commitment

to fundamental research — research that over

centuries has proven its worth — depends on

patience and on that faith that the expansion

of understanding leads to unforeseen benefits

to mankind.

We take, for example, immense pride in

the role that Rice played in putting men into

space, but the voyage to the moon did not start

with a historic speech in Rice Stadium. It started

with Copernicus and Kepler and Galileo

and Newton. The lesson of putting a man

on the moon is not only that a focused and

concentrated effort involving government and

universities and industry can achieve remarkable

progress, but that centuries of inspiring

teaching and curiosity-driven discovery can

make possible things that could not even have

been imagined.

These dichotomies challenge us — to be

separate and apart, yet open and engaged. To

be fast and yet also to be slow. To embrace an

unthrottled cosmopolitanism and still strive to

be distinctively American. And yet, these are

the attributes that make the modern university

a vital and irreplaceable contributor to human

society. The ivory tower image of the university

has been replaced by our shimmering beacon

on Main Street, but we must maintain our

unusual qualities and commitments if we are

to contribute in the century ahead as we have

in the past.

We must make no mistake; we are in disruptive

times for higher education. Our most

basic concept of the university, as a defined

space that brings teachers and students into

physical proximity, is in the process of being

upended. We now have more students registered

for Rice online courses than graduates

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over our entire century. Not since the invention

of the printing press has the dissemination

of knowledge been so changed as in the

last quarter century, and it will change again

as much in the decades ahead. These changes

have the potential to undermine the sense of

community that has been a hallmark of our

colleges and universities and of Rice in particular.

But if we embrace these changes and determine

how they can be used to enhance the

strengths of the physical university while extending

some of its benefits to a virtual global

community, Rice will seize a new opportunity

to lead as we enter our next century.

We must embark upon a reimagining of

university education in ways that take advantage

of new technologies of learning, while increasing

our commitment here on our campus

to the personal relationship between teacher

and student. We must dedicate ourselves anew

to our teaching mission and yet be guided by

the ancient Confucian understanding of education:

Tell me and I will forget; show me and I

may remember; involve me and I will understand.

More than ever, we will seize the opportunity

to involve our students and be more

effective teachers.

As we commemorate the end of our first

century today, it is not easy to discern what

lies ahead for our second. Think of the circumstances

and undiscerned future as President

Lovett spoke a century ago. Mass production

of the automobile was a new phenomenon,

and the first commercial airplane flight was

just over a year away. The sun never set on

the British Empire, and World War I lay around

the corner. Oil had been discovered in Texas

a decade earlier, but no one knew what that

would mean for our city or our world. And

Houston’s first air conditioning, dare I add, was

still a decade away.

We have every reason to expect that the

political, societal and technological changes

of the next century will be just as dramatic

as the last, if indeed not more so. We cannot

now see those changes. What we can commit

to and what we can believe in is the power of

the university, of Rice University, to make that

a better future through teaching and learning

and discovering and creating.

A century ago, a group of students, faculty,

university staff and citizens of Houston sat just

where you sit now to witness the launching

of the first institution of higher education in

the city of Houston. Rice set forth with a vision

of greatness, with a commitment to both

importance and excellence, but with little objective

reason to think that such a new university

could really join the great universities

of America. And yet, this endeavor was begun

and sustained with confidence and commitment,

with optimism and faith, even in the

darkest and most difficult of times.

As we enter our second century, we do so

with no less confidence, no less commitment,

no less optimism and no less willingness to

work hard to achieve our highest aspirations.

We are already more than Lovett imagined; today

we embark upon the course that will lead

us to be ever so much more than we might

even be able to imagine today.

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy said at

Rice that we must above all be bold if we’re

to achieve the ambition of putting a man on

the moon. As we enter our second century

and face the opportunities ahead, we must be

bold; we must be entrepreneurial; we must

be collaborative; we must be fast and slow;

we must be international yet distinctively

American; we must be the great research

university that preserved its dedication to its

students; we must be Rice.

—President David W. Leebron

Oct. 12, 2012

Three Decades of Rice University

Executive Leadership · Tudor Fieldhouse

This panel discussion included President David W.

Leebron, former Rice presidents Malcolm Gillis and

George Rupp, Rice Board of Trustees Chairman

James Crownover and former Rice Board chairs

E. William Barnett and Charles Duncan, and

moderator Professor Allen Matusow.

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Saturday, October

Centennial Picnic · Central Quadrangle

A centennial picnic and celebration brought

together 5,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni

and academic procession delegates.

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Edgar Odell Lovett Statue Dedication · Keck Hall

The bronze statue of Edgar Odell Lovett, created by

sculptor Bruce Wolfe, was formally dedicated Oct. 13.

Many of Lovett’s descendants were in attendance, and

the statue was unveiled by the founding president’s

great-great-grandchildren.

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Homecoming Game

Centennial and Homecoming Football Game ·

Rice Stadium

The Rice Owls took on the University of Texas at San

Antonio’s Roadrunners in the homecoming football

game. The Owls won, 34–14 — Rice’s eighth-straight

homecoming game victory. The semicentennial class gave

a record-breaking $6.7 million class donation at halftime.

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Inside

the

Spectacle

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A year’s worth of under-the-radar planning went into an

unforgettable light and sound show marking Rice’s centennial.

Thorsten Bauer went straight for the heart.

As creative director and co-founder of

URBANSCREEN, the Germany-based company

that creates and stages description-defying

light and sound projections on architectural

settings, Bauer led the artists and technicians

who brought Lovett, Sewall and Herzstein

halls to life for a series of performances during

Rice’s Centennial Celebration. The performances

were billed as “the Spectacle.”

“We wanted to make it an experience for

the audience,” he said. “It’s not as much about

teaching them as it is about touching them.”

Thousands experienced the awe-inspiring

performance over three perfect autumn evenings

inside Rice’s Academic Quadrangle.

The URBANSCREEN team flew to Rice, its

first American client, charged with creating an

event that would tell the story of the university’s

first century to the extended community of

students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors attending

the extensive series of events the campus

hosted during the Centennial Celebration.

The artists’ strategy was to let Rice’s distinctive

architecture do the talking.

“Our first question was, ‘Who is telling this

story?’ We decided the architecture itself is the

only living witness to the entire history,” Bauer

said. “The images come from the inside of the

building to the outside for a few seconds, and

then go back.”

For the three-segment production, the

team created a three-dimensional video keyed

brick-by-brick to the buildings.

“We think of a building as a diva, because

it demands so many things,” said Till

Botterweck, an URBANSCREEN art director, at

a lecture for Rice architecture students the day

after the final performance. “This one (Lovett

Hall) was even more of a diva.” The ornate

building presented many challenges. For one,

Bauer said, the team’s original production

drawings were based on architectural plans

that go back to Rice’s beginnings. When they

came to Rice for the show, they discovered

Lovett Hall’s construction crew didn’t always

adhere to the plan. “They were a few inches

off here, a few inches there, but we were able

to adjust,” he said.

From the beginning of the process, the owl

served as inspiration. Bauer’s imitation of an

owl as he described his ideas during his initial

meeting at Rice convinced the Spectacle committee

that URBANSCREEN was right for the

job, said Molly Hipp Hubbard, university art director

and committee co-chair. “We fell in love

with them at that moment, because we knew

they got it. We knew they would be able to get

Rice completely and engage and integrate all

the stories.”

The opening of the show featured the

sound of insects followed by the image of

a giant owl in shadow flying across the façade

of the three buildings. The sound of its

wings — ultimately, created with a wet towel

waved in front of a microphone — grew out

of a prairie soundscape. The owl circled and

dropped a feather at the Sallyport, where the

Rice Institute took root. A fanciful opening revelation

of the architectural details served as a

segue to the main segment, in which the artists

bent the architecture to their will as the buildings

revealed the university’s colorful history,

with each decade in turn crackling to life.

“This is not like a PowerPoint presentation,”

Bauer said of the art form his company

refers to as “lumentecture.”

“There are often many things happening

at the same time, bubbling up, falling to the

surface and disappearing again,” he said. “We

created the visuals to reflect the design principles

of the decades they represent.” The surround

soundscape enticed viewers to look this

way and that, ensuring that one could not see

everything in a single viewing, and probably

not even multiple viewings.

Bauer and the URBANSCREEN team had

been stealing in and out of Rice for a year

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to plan the nearly 20-minute show that not

so much told the history of Rice to audience

members as folded them inside it. The 270-degree

projections were a first for the company

that has wrapped a number of buildings in

fanciful animations, most notably the Sydney

Opera House earlier in 2012.

Because details of the performance were

to remain a deep, dark secret until the premiere

the night of the Centennial Gala, Bauer,

Botterweck, art director Max Goergen and

producer Manuel Engels often came to campus

under aliases. Sometimes they posed as the

German cousins of Rice School of Architecture

Dean Sarah Whiting, co-chair of the Rice-side

production committee, to conduct interviews

for their “research project.”

“More than once, people came up and

said, ‘Hey, I met your German cousins today!’”

Whiting said, laughing. The pressure to keep

quiet was even greater on architecture senior

Joshuah Howard, whom Whiting sent to intern

with URBANSCREEN for a month last summer.

“He couldn’t tell anyone what he was

doing, even what town in Germany he was in,”

Whiting said.

Whiting noted the considerable challenge

of “getting everyone excited about something

we couldn’t talk about.”

The committee that also included

Centennial Director Kathleen Boyd, Senior

Project Manager for the BioScience Research

Collaborative Kathy Jones and Associate Vice

President for Development Kevin Foyle set a

baseline of historic events that had to be part

of the performance, based on Public Affairs’

centennial banners that line Rice’s Inner Loop.

Otherwise, Bauer said, “We collected tons of

photos and tons of text, read all the books

about the history of Rice and ended up with a

huge amount of information that was far more

than we could use.”

In fact, Bauer used an astounding 30,000

photos during the five shows and one unplanned

encore. Hubbard said that after

the final unadvertised performance for the

Rice Design Alliance gala Oct. 14, hundreds

of people were still pouring into the quad.

“One student came up to Thorsten and asked,

‘What time is the show?’ and he said, ‘I’m

sorry, we’re done. We just did the last show.’

And he said she burst into tears,” Hubbard

said. “Ten minutes later they decided to run it

one more time.”

Editing the images to fit the buildings’ façades

took months, with tests viewed in the

company’s computers and on a small mock-up

of the quad. With a projection that measured,

in technical terms, 10,000 pixels wide and

2,000 pixels high, there was plenty of room for

Bauer to maneuver as he oversaw the flow of

artwork in two and three dimensions, matching

it to the electronic score that also was composed

and produced by the company.

“It was the most challenging production for

URBANSCREEN so far because of the amount

of content, the number of effects, the ratio, the

resolution and also because our partners here

were very diverse,” he said. “There was no one

art director from Rice confronting us; there

were many cooks — intellectual cooks. But I

liked it, because everybody gave their input,

they put things on the table and then they took

their hands away. They really trusted us.”

The German crew traveled to Houston

for centennial week with only data — 800

gigabytes’ worth — as their cargo. The rest

of the gear was leased from Houston-based

LD Systems, a lighting-and-sound production

company started and still operated by Rice

alumnus Rob McKinley ’81. The company built

and installed the unique two-stage mask that

occluded the Sallyport without blocking traffic,

and also provided the 12 20,000-watt projectors

and the immersive sound system.

Sound was most critical to what Bauer

called the show’s epilogue, when history had

caught up to the present day. “Our decision

was to swap the narration line from the visual

in the 100-years part to the auditory,” he said

of the segment that features the layered voices

of dozens of Rice students coming from every

direction. All the while, at first slowly and

then in massive waves, bricks of light flow

around and about the arches that support the

three buildings.

Rather than a visual representation of

buildings and plans, Bauer said the finale, representing

the future, “is built out of the wishes,

fears and hopes of the students of today.” He

conducted 12 hours’ worth of interviews for

the collage that concludes the show.

The segment was inspired by a comment

President David Leebron made early

in the process. “He said in one interview,

‘You know, Rice is one of the last refuges

of people whose ambition is to change the

world,’” Bauer recalled. “As I worked more

and more with Rice, I saw this more clearly.

This changed me. This kind of inspiration is

the fire in this community, and I found that in

every interview I did.”

The light may have faded, but the fire

remains. “As I left the architecture lecture, I

heard two students talking in the quad as the

projection tower was coming down,” Hubbard

said. “One of them looked at it and said, ‘I can’t

believe that it’s gone. I’ll never be able to look

at Lovett Hall the same way again.’”

—Mike Williams

The Spectacle · Academic Quadrangle

The Spectacle was conceived for Rice’s centennial and

performed under the stars in the Academic Quadrangle.

The German artist group URBANSCREEN designed the

performance, which was projected onto three of Rice’s

historic buildings.

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Wednesday, October

17

Centennial Lecture Series · Tudor Fieldhouse

Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr.

was our final Centennial Lecture Series speaker.

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“Now when President Lovett spoke 100 years ago, the newspapers in this state and around the nation took due

note that something big was happening in Texas. The New York Times reported that President Lovett had attracted

an array of learning such as has seldom been assembled in the United States. The Dallas Morning News waxed

almost mystically. It observed that President Lovett’s speech coincided with the early evening appearance of both

Jupiter and Venus and suggested that the evening sky was an augury of a bright future for the institute. Not every

newspaper was as perceptive or transcendent. One local journal reported the founding of Rice in the same column

as the news that Congo, the world’s largest circus elephant, was coming to town. But we now know 100 years later

that those who bet on the future greatness of Rice, bet right.”

—Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr.

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The Apostle

of Stoke

REMEMBERING

Ben

Horne

’02

By Corinne Whiting

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LAST SUMMER, BEN HORNE ’02, ALONG WITH HIS FRIEND GIL WEISS, DIED IN A MOUNTAIN CLIMBING ACCIDENT IN THE

CORDILLERA BLANCA RANGE OF THE PERUVIAN ANDES. SINCE THEN, A VAST COMMUNITY OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAS

GATHERED IN THE PLACES HORNE LOVED BEST — ON MOUNTAINS AND TRAILS, IN CHURCHES AND PARKS, IN THE HOMES

OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND ON RICE’S CAMPUS — TO REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE A LIFE LIVED WITH UNCOMMON JOY

AND ACCOMPLISHMENT. DURING ONE OF THOSE SERVICES HELD IN SAN DIEGO LAST SUMMER, BEN’S CLOSE FRIEND SKYE

SCHELL ’05 SUMMED UP HIS THOUGHTS: “BEN WAS INSPIRATION. THAT’S WHAT HE WAS TO ALL OF US. HE BROUGHT THE

MESSAGE OF STOKE. SINCE WE’RE HERE IN CHURCH, WE COULD SAY HE WAS AN APOSTLE OF STOKE.”

ONE • FAMILY FOUNDATIONS

At 6 feet 2 inches and approximately 185

pounds, Ben Horne stood tall and strong. His

most defining features: a curly blond mop,

sparkly blue eyes and an expansive smile. As

evidenced by the entries in his blog, Zoom

Loco, Horne was a prolific chronicler of his

life’s experiences. By way of introduction

there, he wrote, “My heroes are Tank Man,

Tolstoy and Jesus Christ. I do believe that a

better world is coming. My goal is to be the

most complete person I can be. Full stop.”

When Horne’s friends and family describe

his life, the same adjectives are uttered time

and again — inspiring, passionate, authentic.

He loved mountains and sunsets. To a great

extent, these traits can be traced to Horne’s

early years, growing up in a warm and loving

family, the oldest of Gary and Chris Horne’s

four children. “Ben felt he had the best childhood

experience because he lived in the

country as a young kid, on a six-acre farm in

south central Pennsylvania, moved to Hawaii

and then close to D.C., so that he experienced

all the benefits of a rural and suburban life,”

Chris said.

Horne learned basic hiking and backpacking

skills by participating in the Boy Scouts,

with great encouragement from Gary. The

family often vacationed in the national parks

of the American West and enjoyed family

nights playing board games. Their religious

faith played a large part in the family members’

lives, no doubt motivating Ben, as an adult,

to seek out the divine in all he did — from

rock climbing to his studies. His Catholic faith

served as foundation for his pursuit of peace

and conflict resolution in his future career.

To his younger siblings (Eric, 30; Math,

26; and Liz, 22), “Ben was the big brother

that all three looked up to,” said Chris Horne.

He drove his younger brother Eric to school,

loyally attended sporting events, and spent

countless hours talking politics and music. He

recorded songs with Math and, having always

served as a mentor to Liz, shared his love of

other cultures with her during a joint trip to

Central America.

In one of many eulogies delivered at

Horne’s funeral in Virginia last August, Math

said, “Ben’s week beats your year. He climbs

unclimbable peaks after running inhuman distances

only stopping to write, rap, pray or read

up on how to start the revolution. He never

settles or merely copes. People might say,

wholehearted. Unrelenting. He maintains the

light. Persistent. Deliberate. He says it’s his 100

percent raw Lithuanian beef. I call it guts.”

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TWO • WIESSMAN

Because of Horne’s love for the mountains

and outdoor pursuits, attending a school in

Houston seemed a long shot — after all, it is

flat. His parents remember that their son was

won over by the bucolic tree-canopied campus

and diverse student body, and so Horne

entered the Class of 2002.

He found a home at Wiess College,

where current Dean of Undergraduates John

Hutchinson and his wife, Paula, were then

masters. On the academic side, Horne studied

economics, math and political science. Soon

enough, he made a name for himself as both

the life of the party (though his drink of choice

was orange juice) and a citizen-philosopher

deeply engaged in service.

Between his sophomore and junior years

at Rice, Horne hiked the Appalachian Trail

end-to-end by himself and at a near-recordsetting

pace. The experience of solo hiking

at such an impressionable age (he turned 20

en route) was transformative, he said. His

journals from that time reveal a maturing and

probing mind. In one prophetic passage, he

wrote, “The goal of changing things for the

better can be reached — the key is to inspire

others, to affect other people in little ways,

and they in turn will continue to pass it down.

When we seek personal glory, we can achieve

transient fame; if we seek to better the world,

we can contribute to lasting results. If we

don’t pass it on, it will fade as memories of

us fade.”

At Rice, Horne felt immense pride for his

work with KTRU, the student radio station,

what he called “one of the greatest things

about the university” and a platform for

“I am sure many stories about Ben have been told

these last few weeks, and many more will be told in

the years to come. Tell those stories. Ben loved stories.”

—Eric Horne, Aug. 7, 2012, Annandale, Va.

independent musicians. He was a DJ there for

four years, the DJ director his junior year and

station manager his senior year. Former station

manager Johnny So ’01 credits Horne with

changing the culture of the station, making it

more open and accessible to the student body.

At the dedication, So said, “Ben immediately

stood out — here was a guy that was not only

extremely involved in student life at Rice, he

was actually popular! That alone was almost a

disqualifier for working at KTRU.”

When the 40-year-old station’s tower was

sold in 2010 to the University of Houston,

Horne, along with a dedicated group of KTRU

alumni, opposed the sale. On savektru.org, he

wrote, “KTRU is an idea. A philosophy. KTRU

is not just a club. It is a cause. KTRU is, even,

possibly a religion.” Ultimately the sale of the

FM license went through, but the station survives

as KTRU-HD radio, available through

the Internet and mobile devices. To honor

Horne’s advocacy and service, KTRU’s broadcast

studio, located on the second floor of the

Rice Memorial Center, was dedicated the Ben

Horne Memorial Studio last October.

During Rice’s centennial and reunion weekend

(the 10th reunion for the Class of 2002), a

group of Horne’s classmates and friends gathered

in the Hindman Garden for an informal

tribute of words and song. Horne’s parents

flew in for this event, which was organized

by Lizzie Taishoff Sweigart ’01. In a peaceful

grove of giant live oaks, Dean Hutchinson,

Liora Danan ’03, Adam Larson ’05, Josh Katz

’01, Josh Hale ’02, Iris Hurtado Wingrove ’02,

Saheel Sutaria ’02, So and others took turns

sharing stories of their college years.

Sutaria and Wingrove first met Horne during

O-Week. Hale was Horne’s freshman-year

roommate. Their voices conjured memories of

Freshman One-Act plays and “Hello, Hamlet”;

of beach trips, spontaneous road trips, flag

football and water-gun fights; of chasing and

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“People say that Ben lived many lives’ worth in his 32 years, and not only in terms of the

mountains he climbed, places he visited or miles he ran — but also in the number of people

he loved, and how deeply he loved them.”

—Anne Chmilewski, Aug. 14, 2012, San Diego

catching squirrels; having philosophical discussions; being recruited to

work at the radio station; and attending every kind of cultural celebration

on campus.

Danan met Horne when he was working at KTRU and she was

the senior news editor at the Thresher. Their long relationship had just

begun as Horne graduated college — they lived in four different cities at

the same time and traveled to 22 countries together. They got engaged,

and though they ended their engagement last fall, the two remained

best friends.

At the Rice service, Danan said, “I believe that Ben’s greatest strength,

what allowed him to inspire us all, was his willingness to fail. This was a

core value for him, a direct reflection of his deep faith. Ben was keenly

aware of his own failings and limitations, and he was exceptionally willing

to fight the inner struggle because he knew it was worth fighting. He

believed in humanity precisely because it is broken.”

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THREE • ASCENDING AND TRAVERSING

After Rice, Horne joined the Peace Corps and went to Kyrgyzstan.

Already an adept outdoorsman, it was there that he learned the sport of

alpine climbing and became “spoiled, climbing some world-class mountains,”

he said last June. Although he liked soloing, Horne also enjoyed

the dynamic of group climbing, which forces participants to overlook

fears, egos, personality quirks and bad moods. In such settings, Horne

said, “You have one objective. You’re all helping one another with a

common goal.” He likened climbing to an ancient practice like hunting.

“In the most primal sense,” he said, “you’re tapping into something that

humans have been doing for hundreds and thousands of years.”

It was the “mighty Sierra Nevada” that provided a triumphant experience

last spring for Horne, Shay Har-Noy ’04 and Konstantin Stoletov.

All were part of the loose confederation of climbing enthusiasts called

Pullharder, a San Diego-based community of skilled climbers who share

their experiences online.

In March, the trio successfully completed the first-ever wintertime

ascent of Peter Croft’s Evolution Traverse, a route that involved nine

13,000-foot peaks and the traversing of more than eight miles of the

Evolution subrange of the Eastern Sierra. Horne called this “one of the

Lower 48’s greatest climbs,” yet it had only previously been completed

about 15 times and never outside of prime season. The technical route

took seven days from car to car (including one storm day) and involved

four days on the actual route with 36 total hours of climbing.

At times, the trio endured winds as high as 90 mph and temperatures

as low as -7 F, making for a challenging environment in which to do

such technical climbing. In a post-trip blog post, Horne admitted he was

“stoked, but … tired.” Yet he also expressed great excitement for having

accomplished this feat in his “home range,” at being associated with

the route of one of his biggest inspirations (climber and mountaineer

Peter Croft) and for the symbolism behind climbing a traverse named

Evolution. In an interview last summer about the Evolution climb, Horne

emphasized that this accomplishment was mostly personal.

“The most important thing is that your motivation is internal,” Horne

said, “If you’re doing something for external recognition, it’s just not

as fulfilling. It leads to a strange culture in which [the achievement]

becomes about bragging.”

Horne physically held on to pieces of life experiences by way of

souvenirs and ticket stubs. He also kept meticulous lists and Excel

spreadsheets that not only helped him prepare for upcoming treks and

climbs, but also recorded details of the number of countries he’d traveled

(53 “real” visits; 62 if you count airport layovers), states he’d visited

(49; only South Dakota remained), climbs completed, national parks

explored, “bizarre experiences” endured. His page of “Top Ten Sights”

reveals no fewer than 26 places, ranging from the Sistine Chapel and Taj

Mahal to Havasu Falls and Joshua Tree.

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FOUR • LITTLE THINGS

Many remember Horne for the big things — his impressive academic

achievements and astounding athletic accomplishments. Not long after

the Evolution Traverse conquest and right before he set out for Peru,

Horne ran an ultramarathon (100 miles) in less than 24 hours.

“If Ben was going to do something,” Danan said, “he was going to

do it all the way.” But it was the everyday things that mattered the most.

In a eulogy delivered at his San Diego memorial service, she added,

“Ben never wanted to be a superhero because of his physical achievements.

In fact, he went out of his way to understate them. If we idealize

his achievements, we are misunderstanding Ben.”

While living in San Diego, Horne organized a series of discussion

dinners around a potluck meal and an informal roundtable. He invited

those representing different backgrounds and beliefs who he thought

would benefit most from the conversations; together they covered topics

from race and the environment to religion. Commented Har-Noy,

“Oftentimes you have people who aren’t intellectually honest; they

think they’re smart but don’t listen to anybody else. They shut off the

willingness to accept someone. Ben fundamentally sought out alternative

opinions on how things work.”

Since 2007, Horne had been pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at the

University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and completing his studies

of conflict resolution and mediation. Eli Berman, professor of economics

at UCSD, also taught economics at Rice. Horne was one of his students

there. When both landed at UCSD, Horne once again studied under

Berman, who ultimately served as his dissertation adviser. Horne’s

research focused on the role of mediation in international conflict and

how third parties can intercede to make peace agreements possible that

would not otherwise happen.

“Ben’s interest in this question, as far as I can tell, came from a

wonderful place,” Berman said. “He cared deeply about people and

believed in mediation among individuals. He also had a deep concern

for the human suffering caused by unresolved conflicts. Ben’s research

made substantial progress on the theory of mediation, which we hope

will be of use to practitioners.” At present, UCSD faculty are working to

give recognition to his research and encourage others to continue what

Horne started.

FIVE • PERU

On pullharder.org, Horne’s in-progress trip report titled “The Peruvian

Chronicles” detailed the first climbs he and Weiss completed in the

Cordillera Blanca last July. In the post, he chronicles the weather, the

challenges, the lows and the highs in characteristic self-deprecating and

humorous fashion. The post is accompanied by an image of a sunset

of wondrous beauty. Their next destination was Palcaraju Oeste, where

they would attempt (and succeed) in putting up a first-ever ascent of a

new route on the mountain’s south face. On July 13, on the way back

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Left to right: Alexei Angelides ‘98, Sarah Pitre ‘01, Horne and Dennis Lee ‘05 in the KTRU studio in 2000; Rice graduation with siblings Matthew and Elizabeth Horne,

2002; Elizabeth and Ben in Guatemala, 2007. Below: Climbing Evolution Traverse with Shay Har-Noy ‘04 and Konstantin Stoletov, March 2012.

“I GREW UP IN THE APPALACHIANS, THEN LIVED

FOR SPELLS IN THE TIEN SHAN (KYRGYZSTAN)

AND THE ROCKIES. I LOVE MOUNTAINS AND

MOST EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM. NOW I LIVE BY

THE SEA IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA, WITH THE

MIGHTY SIERRA NEVADA VERY CLOSE BY.”

—Ben Horne, zoomloco.wordpress.com

Below: Horne and friends Saheel Sutaria ‘02 and Kristen Stecher ’02; Liora Danan ‘03 and Horne, San Miguel, Mexico, 2011.

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“The day I found out they found Ben’s body, I was on safari in

Malawi. I watched the most spectacular sunset I’ve ever seen

that night, sitting in a vast grassland with wild animals around

and good friends by my side. It sounds like a lot of Ben’s friends

and family felt this way and had a similar experience that night,

but I nonetheless felt like he was watching the sunset with

me that night, saying goodbye in his own extreme, spectacular,

poignant way.”

—Brigitte Zimmerman, maintainthelight.org

down from the peak, rescuers speculate that the fragile ridge where they were walking

simply collapsed.

After Horne and Weiss were reported missing, stunned friends and family watched in

disbelief as the search unfolded in real time. Climbing websites and listservs posted updates

for friends and family. Har-Noy’s company obtained satellite imagery and employed

crowd-sourcing techniques to try and find the two. [See sidebar.] On Saturday morning,

July 28, Gary Horne received a call from the rescue coordinator. Their bodies had been

found at the bottom of the mountain. Accompanied by Danan, the two flew to Peru to

bring Ben home.

SIX • MAINTAIN THE LIGHT

Since Horne’s death, Gary has poured himself into creating maintainthelight.org, a memorial

website dedicated to his son, named for a motto Ben adopted to honor his grandmother.

One section pays honor to Horne by linking to dozens of heartfelt eulogies and letters as

well as examples of Horne’s prolific writings, photos and academic work.

The second part of the website conveys a mission: How can we who remain here on

Earth ‘maintain the light’? On the website, friends commit to living into their strengths and

hopes and to do something inspired by Horne. Playing the piano, serving God, connecting

with people, viewing sunsets, participating in an Ironman competition, climbing, running,

refraining from judgment and simply living life are some of the promises Horne’s friends

and family have made. “Ben was deeply affected in his childhood by stories from people

who said they had waited until it was too late, for whatever it was that mattered to them,”

Danan said. “Ben did not wait. He was always setting goals, always training, in all categories

of his life. Ben practiced his religion in the cathedrals of mountains and church pews

and backyard BBQs and rock concerts and overcrowded buses in foreign countries.” The

site’s content serves as daily inspiration for all those who remain deeply grateful for the

example of Horne’s life. Full stop. ■

“Last year for my birthday, Grandmom sent me a

card with a photo of Denali on the front. I climbed

Denali for the first time 2 weeks after her death,

still grieved. The emotion definitely spurred me to

press on. A few years before she sent me a card of

a lighthouse with the words ‘Maintain the Light.’

I do believe death is a part of life, and that her light

can shine on through us.”

—Ben Horne, June 23, 2011

TOMNOD: PULLING

TOGETHER

Though they didn’t know each

other at Rice, Shay Har-Noy

’04 and Ben Horne ’02 had

become acquainted while

both were in grad school at

the University of California at

San Diego (UCSD), ultimately

forging a strong friendship

based on their mutual love

Shay Har-Noy ’04

of climbing in the Sierra Nevada. Har-Noy earned

degrees in economics and electrical and computer

engineering at Rice; at UCSD, he earned a master’s

and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. His day job is

CEO of Tomnod, a young tech company that provides

distribution and analysis of current satellite images

for a variety of clients.

On July 25, 2012, Har-Noy got an email with a

personal and urgent bent — good friends Horne and

Gil Weiss, who had been mountain climbing in the

Peruvian Andes, were missing. The team reached

out to their professional contacts at DigitalGlobe and

GeoEye to ask for archival imagery of the mountain.

Tomnod (meaning “big eye” in Mongolian)

requested that the next time the satellite passed

overhead, it focus on the section of the mountain

where Horne and Weiss had been climbing. Within a

couple of hours, the team had received and processed

the image and put it online, inviting friends and

family to help search for clues in the snow patterns.

On the map, images were flagged and marked

after several people reached a consensus that they

saw the same thing. Within 15 minutes, hopes

soared when taggers identified three black dots

(on the otherwise white snow) as rescuers headed

up the glacier. “I was psyched,” said Har-Noy. “We

were in go mode. I was thinking, if these guys are

anywhere in this picture, we’re going to find them.”

This flurry of excitement pervaded social media as

family and friends clung to the possibility that the

two were merely injured or stranded. Over the next

four hours, more than 800 people logged in to scour

small sections of the mountain’s image.

Before a search plane took off for the

mountain, Har-Noy sent the air and ground

rescue teams detailed imagery of what

they identified as the top four search

locations. The ground team had

independently arrived at the same

conclusion, and the climbers’ bodies

were found below their last tracks in

the imagery. “Our efforts to find Ben

and Gil really emphasize the power of

timely satellite imagery and our technology

in critical situations,” Har-Noy said.

A devastated Pullharder community announced

the death of their two dear friends on their website.

“These are two of the finest climbers we have ever

known … embodying the spirit of the mountains

with everything they did. Many of us have had the

honor of sharing in their love for the wilderness,

and that lives on.”

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RICEOW L S.COM

A Winning Season

Rice Soccer Shares C-USA Regular-Season Title

Sports

With 11 wins, six losses and three ties, the

Rice soccer team scored its best regular season

record in program history. The winning

season earned the team, under head coach

Nicky Adams, a C-USA co-championship

title with Colorado College. Rice was eliminated

in the opening round of the C-USA

Tournament.

The Owls debuted a dynamic freshman

scoring duo of Lauren Hughes and Holly

Hargreaves, who combined for 19 goals

during the season. Hargreaves and sophomore

midfielder Quinney Truong were both

named First-Team All-Conference USA, and

Hargreaves was named C-USA Freshman of

the Year.

Hargreaves totaled 10 goals as a starter

for all 21 games. She tied for seventh in the

nation with six game-winning goals and

ranked among the NCAA and C-USA statistical

leaders in goals (10), points (23) and

shots (76). The rookie scored a Rice record

game-winning goal in four-straight games in

September.

Truong was fourth on the team in minutes

as a starter in the midfield, playing 92

percent of the team’s total time. The Fort

Worth, Texas, standout scored the gametying

goal against Big 12 power Oklahoma

and also had a goal on the road at University

of Alabama at Birmingham. She assisted on

game-winning goals in back-to-back games

vs. Sam Houston State and Tulsa while maintaining

a .400 shots-on-goal percentage.

Seniors and team captains Julia Barrow

and Lauren LaGro were named to the C-USA

All-Academic team for success in the classroom

and on the soccer field. Barrow has

maintained a 3.92 GPA as an English major

with a minor in poverty, justice and human

capabilities. She led the Owls with four assists

and rarely came out of a game, playing

all 90 or more minutes 13 times.

A three-time C-USA All-Academic

honoree who has maintained a 3.87 GPA

as a kinesiology major, LaGro started all 21

matches and helped the Owls to a share of

the 2012 conference regular-season title.

LaGro often was assigned to cover the opposing

team’s top scoring threat. Overall, the

Rice backline helped hold opponents to just

11.7 shots per game.

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Arts

Rice’s de Menil Years

“ Raid the Archive: The de Menil Years at Rice

commemorated the 100th anniversary of Rice

University as well as the Menil Collection’s

25th anniversary.

Clockwise from left: Installation view of “The

Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical

Age,” Rice Museum, 1969; exhibition poster;

Dominique de Menil, 1979. (Photo credits:

Hickey-Robertson and Geoff Winningham ’65)

The de Menil years at Rice began in 1969 with

the exhibition “The Machine as Seen at the End

of the Mechanical Age” at the just-completed

Rice Museum. This stunning collection of works

from the 15th to the 20th century explored the

intersections of art and technology. Among the

200 works were a replica of a da Vinci flying

machine, Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion car,

Jean Tinguely’s ball producing and consuming

Rotozaza, and Claes Oldenburg’s giant floppy

desk fan. It also was apparently the first exhibition

to show video art, created by the very

young Nam June Paik.

Decades-old exhibitions don’t usually age

well. Ideas or works that were cutting-edge or

contemporary 40 years ago can seem quaint

and dated later on. But “The Machine” was a

show many people would be thrilled to see

today, and it’s not unique in the repertoire of

exhibitions, projects and events that took place

at the Rice Media Center and the Rice Museum

(dubbed the “Art Barn”). Established by John

and Dominique de Menil in 1969 along with

Rice’s Institute for the Arts (now the Department of Visual and

Dramatic Arts, Department of Art History and Rice Cinema program),

Experimental

exhibitions continue

on at Rice ... . And

the de Menils’

involvement and

interest in Rice

through the years

helped set it all in

motion.

both venues went on to present an astounding

array of groundbreaking exhibitions, films and

events.

“Raid the Archive,” on view Oct. 12–Nov. 9

in the Rice Media Center, included exhibition

and opening photographs, letters, notes and

other ephemera and was accompanied by film

screenings and panel discussions. The centennial

exhibition was curated by John Sparagana,

professor of painting and drawing and chair of

the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts,

and Katia Zavistovski, a Ph.D. candidate in the

Department of Art History. The title is taken

from “Raid the Icebox 1 with Andy Warhol,”

a 1969 Rice Museum show in which the de

Menils asked Andy Warhol to curate an exhibition

selected from the storage vaults of the

Rhode Island School of Design’s museum.

The “Raid the Archive” film series screened

“Tinguely In Motion.” Filmed in 1969 for the

Rice Institute by Bill Colville, the film captured

Jean Tinguely’s time in Houston constructing a

sculpture specifically for “The Machine” exhibition.

It shows the Swiss artist moving (and dancing) through a

Houston junkyard, clad in a pressed white shirt and black blazer,

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Students Arts

The Matter

of Music

Quick, before this year’s

Grammy Awards ceremony,

check out one of last year’s

winners.

Clockwise from top left: Opening night for “Raid the Archive: The de Menil Years at Rice,” Rice University Media Center, 2012;

view of “Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz: The Art Show,” Rice Museum, 1984–85; “The Machine” exhibit, Rice Museum, 1969.

(Photo credits: Carolyn Van Wingerden, Hickey-Robertson, Geoff Winningham ’65)

smoking and casually selecting materials for his sculpture. He talks about how much he enjoys it

when his sculptures break and have to be repaired, reveling in the chance and chaos of the whole

thing. Comments from the artist and his decidedly nonprofessional welder assistant were intercut

with commentary from the beleaguered conservator sent along from MOMA to keep the sculptures

in working repair. Not only is the film an insight into the artist’s work, it is also an insight into an

artistic climate that continues today in Houston, where artists often draw on and collaborate with

industry to execute projects.

During the de Menil years, the Media Center brought in the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Sam

Peckinpah and Henri Langlois. Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas came into town to screen

“THX 1138” as well. For Rice students and the Houston community to have had this kind of access

is stunning. In one of many memorable events, Dennis Hopper came in 1983 to speak about a new

film, but instead bused the audience out to the Big H Speedway to see him “blow himself up” in the

Russian Dynamite Death Chair Act — i.e., a chair with dynamite under it. View the video online at

timeline.centennial.rice.edu/entry/368/.

Those years were a lively, experimental and provocative time. The de Menils, in supporting and

establishing the arts at Rice University, involved a number of students and young people in their

endeavors, many of whom, like artist Mel Chin, would go on to become significant contributors to

the art world in their own right. The de Menils were also instrumental in bringing in young and

influential faculty like William Camfield, the Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor Emeritus

of Art History, and Thomas McEvilley, Distinguished Lecturer Emeritus of Art History and critic.

Dominique de Menil would leave the university to establish the Menil Collection, but experimental

exhibitions continue on at Rice in the site-specific installation program of Rice Gallery; in

the art department’s new experimental exhibition spaces EMERGEncy Room and Matchbox Gallery;

and in the continuing activities of the Rice Media Center. And the de Menils’ involvement and interest

in Rice through the years helped set it all in motion.

—Kelly Klaasmeyer

The winner of the 2012 Grammy for Best

Opera Recording is “Doctor Atomic,”

a Sony DVD recording of a 2008 production

at the Metropolitan Opera,

conducted by Alan Gilbert. Shepherd

School alumna Sasha

Cooke ’04 starred as Kitty

Oppenheimer opposite

Gerald Finley as J. Robert

Oppenheimer. The contemporary

opera is by

American composer John

Adams, with libretto by

Peter Sellars. The opera

tells the story of the

Manhattan Project scientists

who created and tested the atomic

bomb at Los Alamos. In a New York

Times review of the production, critic

Anthony Tommasini had plenty of praise

for Cooke, writing, “The scenes with

Oppenheimer’s wife, Kitty, sung with

aching, wistful intensity by the mezzosoprano

Sasha Cooke, are beautifully

rendered.”

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ON THE

Bookshelf

“Blacks and Whites in Christian America:

How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious

Convictions” (New York University Press,

2012) is co-authored by Emerson, the Allyn

and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and

co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban

Research, and Jason Shelton, an assistant professor

of sociology and anthropology at the

University of Texas at Arlington.

“We often hear the term ‘the black church,’”

Emerson said. “We really wanted to find out,

what is the black church? We wanted to know

how black Protestants — who comprise 93

percent of black churchgoers — differ from

“Ultimately,

these religious

differences play

a substantial role

in U.S. life, from

identity politics

to working for

racial justice and

reconciliation.”

Rice Sociologist Examines

Race, Religion in America

A new book co-authored by Rice sociologist Michael

Emerson assesses racial differences in how black and

white Protestants practice their faith.

their white counterparts. We wanted to see if

there’s anything unique about how they practice

their faith.” Emerson said that while their

research, including interviews with numerous

black pastors, showed that there are “absolutely

no differences” between blacks and

whites when it comes to the core beliefs (for

example, the Apostles’ Creed) of Protestants, it

revealed “stunning” differences about how the

two groups go about their faith.

At the very core, in the fundamental

beliefs of Christianity — that God exists,

for example — black and white Protestants

do not differ,” Emerson said. “But on almost

everything else, even the terms they use to

describe who God is, they do differ and often

dramatically so.”

All of these differences were conceptualized

by Emerson and Shelton into what they

call the five building blocks of the black

Protestant faith. The building blocks include:

• Experiential: Black Protestant faith is active

and experiential; it is less concerned

with precise doctrinal contours than is

white mainline or evangelical Christianity.

• Survival: Their faith is critical to survival

and helps individuals cope with suffering

associated with everyday trials and

tribulations.

• Mystery: Black Protestant faith is mystical

and expresses an appreciation for the mystery

in life; it includes folklore and cultural

components driving from the African diaspora,

the consequences of racial inequality

in America and non-Christian religions.

• Miraculous: Black Protestant faith is confident

and comprehensive; the miraculous

is ordinary and the ordinary is miraculous.

• Justice: Their faith is committed to social

justice and equality for all individuals and

groups in society.

Emerson noted that all of these differences

remain after accounting for differences

in education, income, age, gender and region

of residence. These differences were found

even when comparing black Protestants to

the more zealous arm of white Protestantism,

white evangelicals.

Emerson believes that the differences between

black and white Protestants are rooted

directly in the country’s history of racial

discrimination.

“It’s based on personal and communal

experiences,” Emerson said. “White Protestant

faith has never been about survival, whereas

black faith from the start has been. Slavery

isn’t here anymore, but that idea of who God

is has not changed for African-Americans.”

Emerson said he hopes the book will

bring greater understanding to the differences

in how white and black Protestants approach

religion.

“Ultimately, these religious differences

play a substantial role in U.S. life, from identity

politics to working for racial justice and

reconciliation,” Emerson said. “By going about

faith differently, valuing different aspects of

the Christian God and having divergent religious

histories, black and white Protestants

vote overwhelmingly opposite of one another,

and often work against each other in efforts

toward racial equity and cohesion. For real

progress to be made, these groups will need

to truly understand one another.”

— Amy Hodges

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ON THE

Bookshelf

he joined CBS News, where he anchored the Sunday

“ That’s the way it is.” night news and the 1952 presidential conventions and

hosted “You Are There,” a show that re-enacted historical

events.

Brinkley Chronicles Cronkite

Cronkite became the anchor of the “CBS Evening

In “Cronkite,” the first full-life biography News” in 1962. The 1963 assassination of Kennedy

inserted Cronkite into the national consciousness,

of the legendary CBS newsman Walter Brinkley said. Other notable moments in his broadcast

Cronkite, author Douglas Brinkley chronicles career included his 1968 declaration that the Vietnam

War was “mired in stalemate,” which President Lyndon

the life of one of the most influential news

Johnson thought moved national opinion, and his coverage

of the moon landings. Cronkite was, in fact, the

anchors in television history — a life that

included formative years spent in Houston. unofficial voice of the American space program during

its early heyday, a role than garnered him renown

but also some media criticism, Brinkley

Brinkley, a Rice University history

found. “Walter had so bought into

professor and fellow at Rice’s Baker

space that any criticism of the moon

Institute for Public Policy, wrote the

launch in 1969 was anathema to him,”

biography with the cooperation of

recalled Bill Plante who, as part of

Cronkite’s family. The book examines

CBS’s coverage of Apollo 11, reported

the newsman’s role in the latter half of

on how some people on the street in

the 20th century — from Vietnam and

New York thought the space agency’s

the space missions to reporting to the

efforts were a waste of money.

nation the death of President John F.

Cronkite retired as anchor in 1981

Kennedy.

at age 64, widely hailed as the “most

Born in 1916, Cronkite grew up

trusted man in America.”

in Kansas City, Mo., and Houston’s

Brinkley said the idea for a definitive

biography was triggered about

Montrose neighborhood, where his father

worked as a dentist. He dropped

nine years ago by fellow historian and

out of the University of Texas at Austin

friend David Halberstam. During a

during the Great Depression to take

drive with Brinkley to the Louisiana

the first in a series of radio jobs in

Book Festival, Halberstam remarked

Oklahoma and Missouri.

that Cronkite was the most significant journalist of the

Cronkite joined United Press International in 1937, second half of the 20th century, but no author had adequately

tackled his life and times. Brinkley has also

and when World War II broke out, he covered battles in

Africa and Europe, parachuted with the 101st Airborne authored books on Gerald Ford, Teddy Roosevelt and

into Holland and witnessed the Battle of the Bulge. Jimmy Carter.

After the war, he covered the Nuremberg Trials. In 1950,

—Jeff Falk

Viral Doom Returns

Justin Cronin, a distinguished faculty fellow

at Rice University, has followed up

his best-seller “The Passage” with “The

Twelve,” released last fall. It is the second

book in his postapocalyptic trilogy.

In “The Twelve,” Cronin picks up the

story, taking readers on a 592-page journey

interweaving characters from “year

zero,” when the vampires first escaped

from a secret Colorado lab, with flashes

forward to 79 and 97 years in the future.

The narrative follows bands of survivors

as they search for fuel, food and protection

and cope with the

unthinkable that has

devastated civilization

as they knew

it. The reader meets

Lila, a doctor stricken

with posttraumatic

stress syndrome, and

Kittridge, a war veteran

and sniper who

helps save a band of

refugees. A less likeable

new character is

Horace Guilder, a selfinterested,

high-level

government bureaucrat

at the helm when

the crisis originally unfolded. Guilder was

able to ensure his own escape, but he’s

not a figure one would root for. Returning

characters include Alicia, an army lieutenant

and loner, and Amy, a supernatural

heroine, who with others continue

their hunt for the original 12 “virals.”

—Jeff Falk

“Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a

Pro,” by David L. Hill ’90 (American

Academy of Pediatrics, 2012). Hill

is a pediatrician and father of

three who practices medicine in

Wilmington, N.C.

“Drugs for Life: How

Pharmaceutical Companies

Define Our Health,” by Joseph

Dumit ’89, (Duke University Press,

2012). Dumit is director of science

and technology studies and

professor of anthropology at the

University of California at Davis.

“From the Stage to the Studio:

How Fine Musicians Become

Great Teachers,” by Cornelia

Watkins and Laurie Scott (Oxford

University Press, 2012). Watkins is a

lecturer of music in Rice’s Shepherd

School of Music. This is her second

book about teaching music.

“Exclusions: Practicing Prejudice

in French Law and Medicine,

1920–1945,” by Julie Fette (Cornell

University Press, 2012). Fette

is an associate professor in the

Department of French Studies at

Rice.

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On My Honor

Try your luck at this Rice-themed crossword. No cheating!

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1 The first freshman ___ parade was in

1921.

6 ___ balloon fight (Beer Bike kickoff)

11 Sally___ (with 124 Across)

15 Baker Institute’s Edward Djerejian is an

expert on the ___ Spring.

19 ___ the Barbarian

20 “Doe ___”

21 ___ Shawkat of “Arrested Development”

22 Plaster ingredient

23 “A World ___”

24 Young adult novelist Sonya ______

25 Altoids come in ______

26 Copycat

27 Rice’s student-faculty ___ is less than 6:1.

28 Quoting Hamlet, after an ORGO exam:

“___ is me.”

29 ____ Humperdinck

31 Conduit for graffiti and clandestine

exploration

35 Descendant of Indo-European speakers

36 Studied by comp sci majors

37 ___ Tigers

40 Eastern potentates

43 Accumulate

46 It’s between St. Paul and Eau Claire

50 1990 Dead album, “Without ___”

51 Bryce Canyon locale

52 With 66 Across, first Rice president, ____

Lovett

53 ___ Loop

55 Gentile

56 Sound prefix

57 One from Eastern Europe

58 Native of Budapest

60 Where many Rice students are in the

summer

63 F. Scott Fitzgerald was one (abbr.)

66 See 52 Across

69 With 110 Down, the theme of this issue

74 Houston’s METRO runs on these

75 Beginning

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76 Wash off again

77 What Rice students eat on March 14:____

ice cream

79 Nihilistic art movement

82 “___ go Rice!”

83 UK Luftwaffe counter

86 Psychic Edgar

87 ___balls

88 “___ go Bragh”

89 T-shirt size

91 Dining hall semester vouchers

93 “Hey you!”

95 Pianist studied by students at the Shepherd

School (Hint: Schumann)

97 College quads are nice outdoor ____.

98 Beatles’ German release “___ Liebt Dich”

99 Mythical Scottish beast (var.)

101 Baker 13 cover-up

109 They’re the best.

113 Soy paste

114 Come-on

115 Texting shorthand for “Ah, that’s clear”

116 City of Edvard Munch

117 He’s Horrible in the comics.

118 Pastrami _____

119 President Leebron is on its board.

120 Architect van der Rohe

121 One of the “45º 90º 180º” rocks is ___.

122 Rent out again

123 Home of Lady Vols (abbr.)

124 See 11 Across

125 ___Week

126 Juan’s ___ sense

Down

1 Trauma residue

2 1950s Yankee pitcher Eddie (“the Junk

Man”)

3 Germ ending

4 “I just met a girl named ___.”

5 Buries

6 Had left

7 Column heading

8 Mortise partner

9 Jolly Green Giant shoe width

10 There are four in Monopoly (abbr.)

11 ___ de foie gras

12 “Unbearable Lightness of Being” actress

Lena

13 “Silver Bells” sound

14 It hits with a charge.

15 Rice opponent of infamous sideline tackle

16 Maturing

17 McLean’s “___ Pie” (abbr.)

18 Ernie’s pal

30 Caustic soda

32 “__ the season”

33 Reading direction (abbr.)

34 Defense against the Scud

38 Jacques’ “my bad”

39 Inherent

41 ___ Speedwagon

42 With 93 Down, was by the original

Administration Building

43 One wanting to make amends

44 Tomorrow in Tijuana

45 It’s desirable at the track.

46 16th-century date

47 River of Estella, Spain

48 They may be innies.

49 Pooh pal

51 Top amateur athletics group

52 Sports site

54 Weathermen’s tool

59 Spruces up the bathroom

61 Old object

62 Tailor’s length

64 Mountain bike race format

65 Dog and cat, perhaps

67 They’re found in trash cans.

68 What Will Rice did in the men’s Beer Bike

race last year

70 Transport of the future?

71 When repeated, Speedy Gonzalez mantra

72 Donkey sound

73 Where to hear the Red Sox

78 Sailor’s acknowledgment

80 When doubled, flak

81 Code of Copenhagen (and others)

83 Students love Rice’s new ___ Center.

84 ___ Rose

85 Boys Town founder Father Ed ___

87 Heat forward Chris

90 ___ urn (Rice diploma text shape)

92 Given to some at Rice Commencement

93 See 42 Down

94 Zones

96 “___ the Expert”

98 Given to loud nasal exhalations

100 Leaf pore

102 Famed violin maker

103 Watch

104 “Love ___ you need.” (Beatles)

105 ___ Zellweger

106 ___ “The Pearl” (and others)

107 Till now

108 “___ tall dark stranger”

109 Resumed (abbr.)

110 See 69 Across

111 Actor Baldwin

112 Sometimes found at a Rice party: ___ pit

117 “Left turn” for Mr. Ed

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Rice Magazine • No. 15 • 2013 47


defining

Moments

An alum shares his family’s experience

from Rice’s Centennial Celebration.

Dear President Leebron,

Many voices have told you how wonderful

the Rice Centennial Celebration was, I’m

sure! But perhaps not many of them drove

1,200 miles to Houston from Minneapolis

with their wife, Marlys, and daughter,

Brynne, in confidence that it would be

totally worthwhile. …

My Rice residence was East Hall — a

name unknown to anyone on the Rice

campus today. While East Hall was a mystery

to them, the name of every other building on

the campus was a mystery to us. In getting

around the magnificent Rice campus, we

were dependent upon bus drivers, police,

student volunteers and maps to reach four

days of venues on time. Everyone whom we

asked for information was cordial, interested

and helpful.

The lecture by J. Craig Venter on the

cutting edge of his science specialty was wonderful.

Too bad we will not be around when

“people will have a computer with a little box

attached so that when they order a pill online

it will show up in their box about 1/5 of a

second later.”

The Shepherd School of Music Centennial

Concert on Thursday was truly magnificent.

Jon Kimura Parker on the piano gave me

goose bumps; his play was so exciting.

The orchestra was as good as any I have

ever heard. … We congratulate the Shepherd

School staff and their music director

Larry Rachleff.

The academic procession and your

centennial address was indicative that the

academic world and Rice University are

thriving and will continue to do so.

My lifetime “R” membership card

came in handy at the football game as we

Minnesotans were not too thrilled about the

idea of sitting out in the Texas sun with no

shade for two or three hours. We walked up

to the “R” room and I presented my card.

Even though we were not on any list of

names, they graciously let us in. We enjoyed

the game in air-conditioned comfort.

I’m saving the most wonderful thing that

happened to us for last.

Certainly the Finale and the Spectacle

were super events. But what happened after

the Spectacle when people were getting up

off the grass was the best event of all: A

young lady just ahead of us turned around.

She told us she had graduated from Rice last

year. She wondered how we liked the centennial

events. She wondered where we were

from, whether any of us had gone to Rice.

When I told her we had driven down from

Minnesota, and I had graduated in mechanical

engineering in 1950, she just lit up. She

was so excited that anyone could care enough

about Rice to drive down from Minnesota 62

years after their graduation. It comforted her

to know that she had gone to a university that

warranted love and dedication throughout

her life, because other people had felt that

way before her. It was one of life’s defining

moments for me.

My wife, daughter and I enjoyed every

minute of the four days we were on the Rice

campus during its Centennial Celebration.

We thank you for planning, organizing and

executing it so well.

Very sincerely yours,

Glenn A. Fuller ’50

B.S., mechanical engineering

“R” winner — Baseball (1948, 1949)

48 www.rice.edu/ricemagazine


The Centennial Campaign

No Upper Limit. Still.

A Gift for the Long Run

For runners in the Boston Marathon, trekking up the 88-foot Heartbreak Hill 20 miles into the race can be like

climbing Mount Everest. But when Linda and Bob Shepherd ’70 began heading up the slope April 21, 1997,

determination and months of careful planning propelled them up the hill and across the finish line.

The Shepherds are approaching their retirement in a similar way, carefully planning a deferred gift annuity

that will help them meet their financial goals while honoring Bob’s mother through the creation of an endowed

scholarship. Bob and Linda were among the first in their families to earn college degrees and credit their mothers’

commitment to education with making their achievements possible. “We give to universities to honor our moms,”

Bob remarked. “And I give to Rice because I appreciate what Rice did for me.”

Bob, a radiologist who earned a B.A. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Rice, says the solid academic

foundation he received as an undergraduate gave him the flexibility to enter any field. Now, by establishing

the Lurlene Shepherd Endowed Scholarship, the Shepherds are ensuring that female undergraduates receive an

equally strong education. By funding the scholarship with a deferred gift annuity, they also guarantee themselves

a steady stream of income for the long run.

[ Deferred Gift Annuities Enhance Your Retirement ]

Setting up a deferred gift annuity is a great way to ensure a secure income during your retirement

while supporting Rice. To learn more about this type of gift, please contact the Office of Gift Planning.

Phone: 713-348-4624 • Email: giftplan@rice.edu • Website: www.rice.planyourlegacy.org


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Owls Beat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl

The Rice Owls scored 26 unanswered points in the second half of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to beat the Air Force

Falcons 33−14 Dec. 29, 2012, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Owls closed out the year with their fifth

consecutive win and their sixth win in the last seven, completing a remarkable reversal to a season that saw the team start 1−5.

Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Taylor earned the bowl’s MVP award.

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