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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.

Evan Mintz ’08 selected as 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing

Evan Mintz ’08 was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for his work at the Houston Chronicle.
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Mike Matson ’09 one of first Texans to row across Atlantic

Mike Matson ’09 was part of a three-man crew recognized by the Guinness World Records for being the first and fastest trio to row the Atlantic. 
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Jeffrey Hoffman ’88 inducted into Jewish-American Hall of Fame

Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman ’88 will be inducted into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame at a ceremony on May 17, 2017. Hoffman, who received an MSc in Materials Science from Rice, performed four spacewalks and made five space flights as a NASA astronaut.
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Darren Roblyer ’09 developing new technology for tumors

Darren Roblyer ’09 is developing a new imaging device to help doctors choose the best treatment for breast cancer. Roblyer studied biomedical engineering under Rice Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum, a MacArthur Fellow and a 2017 recipient of the Association of Rice Alumni’s Meritorious Service Award.
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Peggy Whitson ’86 breaks spacewalk records

Astronaut Peggy Whitson ’86, already one of the most accomplished space scientists in the world, broke two new records during her eighth spacewalk on March 30. Whitson earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry at Rice and also serves as an adjunct associate professor of biosciences.
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Chris Pillow ’15 Places at USATF Indoor Championship

Former Rice All-American Chris Pillow ’15 placed third in the pole vault at the USATF Indoor Championship on March 5.
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Alejandro Cestero ’96 Prospers in International Energy Law

Alejandro Cestero’s ’96 career in international energy law has taken him all over the world to work on many successful projects for major oil and gas companies.
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Rice Alumni Featured on List of Top Houston Startups

Emma Fauss ’13, Andrew Koller ’07, Charudatta Galande ’13, Adrian Yao ’14 and Lauren Miller '14 are all featured on Geektime’s list of top Houston tech startup companies.
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How Betty Heacker ’70 Became Houston’s Grandmother of Green

Thirty years ago, Betty Heacker ’70 bought an old plumbing supply store in the Heights. She transformed the location into a garden store that has continued to flourish throughout the years.
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Patricia Shands ’01 Discusses her Passion for Chamber Music Before a Concert Performance

University of the Pacific professor and clarinetist Patricia Shands ’01 was interviewed before a performance with her wind trio, Trois Bois, in March.
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Julie Griffith ’04 Featured in Black Women in Power List

Julie Griffith ’04, founder and CEO of J.griffith Public Relations, was recently featured on Defender Network’s “Black Women in Power” list.
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Kendall Toarmina ’10 Named 2017 Woman of Power by Outsmart Magazine

Kendall Toarmina ’10, who serves as board chair of Rice Alumni Pride, was recently named a “Woman of Power” for 2017 by Houston’s OutSmart Magazine. Toarmina was one of 11 Houston women chosen for the honor.
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