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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.

A Message from Association of Rice Alumni President Shannon Vale '77 (June 2017)

This year, members of the Class of 1977 are looking forward to celebrating our 40th reunion. While that reunion will be a special occasion for those of us whose tenure at Rice encompassed events such as the resignation of President Nixon, the end of the Vietnam War and the appearance ...
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David Dewane ’10 helps get nearly forgotten book by developer of the polio vaccine published

David Dewane ’10 is working to get an out-of-print book by scientist Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, published. 
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Don Lincoln ’90 wins the 2017 Andrew Gemant Award

Particle physicist Don Lincoln ’90 won the 2017 Andrew Gemant Award for his contributions to the field of particle physics. 
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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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