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Shepherd School of Music to Return to Carnegie Hall for Performance

Two years after its performance debut on the Perelman stage at New York City's Carnegie Hall, the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra will return for a program of modern and contemporary music. The performance, on October 28, will be directed by Larry Rachleff who serves as the Sehpehrd School's director of Orchestras. In addition to more traditional pieces, the ensemble will feature a composition by Pierre Jalbert, a professor of composition and theory at Rice. Both the Symphony Orchestra and Jalbert have received significant accolades in the music world for their contributions to the field.

Rice’s Rebecca Richards-Kortum named MacArthur Fellow

Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was one of 23 2016 MacArthur Fellows named by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is the first Houston scientist, the first Houston woman and the first Rice faculty member to win the award. MacArthur Fellowships come with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 and are commonly referred to as “genius grants.”

The Doerr Institute appoints first members of its Advisory Board, including Al Gore and Colin Powell

Four members have been selected to lead The Rice University Doerr Institute for New Leaders as it approaches its second year. In addition to former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the inaugural members of the Advisory Board include leadership scholar Jim Collins, and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab. Each leader will begin their term January 1, and oversee the the Institute's activities to "elevate the leadership capacity of Rice students across the university."

Vice President Biden speaks at Baker Institute to address "Cancer Moonshot"

Recalling Rice's history as the place where J.F.K. launched the idea of going to the moon, Vice President Joe Biden used Rice to unveil new policies to help combat cancer. The speech, hosted by Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, announced the creation of a website which will centralize all studies and results related to cancer research for public use. Rice students, faculty, and staff were among the audience when Biden announced this initiative, which will increase knowledge and access to all clinical trials for cancer patients.