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2012-04-09 09:46:25

Rice teams with MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine to explore drug and gene delivery Using light-harvesting nanoparticles to convert laser energy into “plasmonic nanobubbles,” researchers at Rice University, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) are developing new methods to inject drugs and genetic payloads directly into cancer cells. In tests on drug-resistant cancer cells, the researchers found that delivering...

2012-03-30 02:24:48

HOUSTON, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rice University and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a partnership to build the first award-winning IBM Blue Gene supercomputer in Texas. Rice also announced a related collaboration agreement with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil to initiate the shared administration and use of the Blue Gene supercomputer, which allows both institutions to share the benefits of the new computing resource. (Logo:...

2012-03-29 08:50:49

Rice University study finds federal efforts most effective at cutting pollutants In a recent study published by the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, the Rice research group of environmental engineer Daniel Cohan looked at state implementation plans (SIPs) mandated by the United States Clean Air Act. SIPs detailed how states would attain standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for cutting ozone and other ground-level contaminants by 2009. The...

2012-03-28 17:24:55

Rice University lab develops starfruit-shaped nanorods for medical imaging, chemical sensing They look like fruit, and indeed the nanoscale stars of new research at Rice University have tasty implications for medical imaging and chemical sensing. Starfruit-shaped gold nanorods synthesized by chemist Eugene Zubarev and Leonid Vigderman, a graduate student in his lab at Rice´s BioScience Research Collaborative, could nourish applications that rely on surface-enhanced Raman...

2012-03-22 22:36:58

Policies addressing childhood hunger should target neighborhoods, not individual families, according to new research from Rice University. Sociologists found that children living in neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and in those with high foreign-born populations and non-English speakers are more likely to experience hunger. "Policymakers should be thinking about targeting whole communities, instead of what is done now, which is offering public aid programs for individual...

2012-03-15 23:28:25

Bilingual immigrants are healthier than immigrants who speak only one language, according to new research from sociologists at Rice University. The study, which appears in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found that people with strong English and native language proficiencies report better physical and mental health than unilingual immigrants. “Our research suggests that English proficiency gained at the expense of native-language fluency may not be...

2012-03-14 20:55:33

Developing nations experiencing economic and social growth might also see growing waistlines among their poorest citizens, according to a new study from Rice University and the University of Colorado. The researchers found that while growth of developing countries may improve conditions such as malnutrition and infectious disease, it may increase obesity among people with lower socio-economic status. "It's a troubling finding," said Rice sociology professor Justin Denney, who...

2012-03-14 12:48:44

CPRIT grant helps Rice, BCM crack problem of predicting gene targets for PcG proteins Cancer is usually attributed to faulty genes, but growing evidence from the field of cancer epigenetics indicates a key role for the gene “silencing” proteins that stably turn genes off inside the cell nucleus. A new study from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) promises to speed research in the field by rapidly identifying the genes that epigenetic proteins can target for...

2012-03-09 02:33:36

Minority principals and other administrative personnel at elementary and high schools play a key role in implementing policies and practices aimed at engaging immigrant parents of students, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and Vanderbilt University. The researchers examined how schools in districts with immigrant populations are addressing low levels of parent involvement in their children´s education and providing...