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Alumni Making an Impact
Features alumni who are making a difference for Rice on campus and in their communities.

Alumni in the News
Highlights stories that are gathered from the media through the hard work of the ARA's Alumni Recognition Committee, which recognizes and celebrates achievements of Rice alumni, faculty, students, staff and university friends by sending hand-written notes and emails. If you are interested in volunteering for the committee, contact Tara Quell, assistant director, alumni relations at 713-348-4694.

Arun Netravalli '69 awarded Marconi Prize for his work in digital video technology

Arun Netravalli ’69 was named the recipient of the 2017 Marconi Prize from the Marconi Society for his contributions to digital video.
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Ezra “Bud” Brown ’65 named Alumni Distinguished Professor for second time

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors reappointed Ezra “Bud” Brown ’65 to his second 10-year term as an Alumni Distinguished Professor, a designation given to university instructors who have made outstanding contributions to the university.
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Andrea Jain '09 appointed editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Andrea Jain ’09, associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis, has been named editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. The journal is published quarterly for the 9,000 members of the American Academy of Religion.
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Jon Duplantier ’17 named MLB 2017 Pipeline Pitcher of the Year

Arizona Diamondback’s pitcher Jon Duplantier ’17 was named Pipeline Pitcher of the Year by the Major League Baseball Association. The award is given annually to the top pitching prospect in baseball.
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Neha Gupta ’07 helps teenagers on their way to college

Neha Gupta ’07 is featured for her success as a college consultant. Gupta is also founder of College Shortcuts and Elite Private Tutors, and author of the bestseller “The Four Year Plan: Guaranteed to Get Your Kid into the Best College.”
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John Williamson ’15 releases new album, “1201”

Rapper John Williamson ’15 releases new album, “1201,” named after the house he lived in while attending Rice.
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Former shortstop Paul Janish ’05 to join Rice coaching staff

Paul Janish ’05 will join Rice’s baseball coaching staff next season as an assistant, replacing Clay Van Hook. Janish played shortstop on Rice’s 2003 national championship team.
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Nancy B. Rapoport ’82 honored with Lawrence P. King Award

Nancy B. Rapoport ’82, special counsel to the president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, was recently named the 2017 Lawrence P. King Award recipient. Presented annually by the Commercial Law League of ...
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A message from Association of Rice Alumni President Matt Haynie ’03 (Sept. 2017)

Like so many Rice alumni living outside of the Gulf Coast area, I have spent the past month reaching out to friends and loved ones who were affected by Hurricane Harvey to stay updated on their recovery progress. The storm’s impact has been nearly impossible to comprehend from a distance ...
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Marisa Bono ’01 named San Antonio mayor’s chief of policy

San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg named Marisa Bono ’01, the southwest regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, his chief of policy. A San Antonio native, Bono will advise the mayor and oversee the implementation of his policy agenda.
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Cristian Macelaru ’06 led two Philadelphia Orchestra concerts

Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Macelaru ’06 conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra for two concerts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in July.
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Mark Durcan ’83 honored with semiconductor industry’s highest award

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) named Mark Durcan ’83, former CEO or Micron Technology Inc., the recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award. The Noyce award, which is presented annually, is considered the SIA’s highest honor.
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