The Association of Rice Alumni’s Brains in a Bar series, which mixes socializing and learning in a fun and casual environment, is going virtual! Craft your own cocktail or bring your favorite drink and hear from a lineup of incredible Rice faculty – no matter where you are in the world.
Reginald DesRoches, dean of Rice University’s School of Engineering and incoming provost, joined some special guests from campus and disscussed how Rice has responded to COVID-19 and what faculty are doing to help – from ensuring safe voting in November to organizing free, openly sourced textbooks.
Bob Stein is a political science professor, an urban politics fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and faculty director of the Center for Civic Leadership. An expert on urban politics, public policy and voting behavior, Stein discussed his work on ensuring safe voting in November in the case of a continued threat from COVID-19.
Richard Baraniuk, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Rice, is the founder and director of OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of free online textbooks. He discussed the textbook platform’s surge in users – from students, faculty members and schools – in response to COVID-19 and the move to virtual education.
Rebecca Richards-Kortum is a professor of bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering and the director of Rice 360˚ Institute for Global Health. She helped develop an affordable diagnostic tool to detect the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This project received funding from the Rice University COVID-19 Research Fund, an initiative established to back projects intended to help end the pandemic and prepare for similar outbreaks in the future.
CHARLES "CHAZ" LUSK MBA '08
Business plans don't necessarily capture the fragile moments just before and after any new enterprise launch. The ability to anticipate and recognize unexpected challenges and opportunities can mean the difference between success and failure. In "Beyond the Business Plan: Start-up Lessons Learned Through the Unexpected," Chaz Lusk '08 led a discussion covering the essential but frequently overlooked aspects of new enterprise development.
NICOLE VAN DEN HEUVEL '81
Nicole Van Den Heuvel ’81 led an interactive session about the value and importance of branding yourself. Guests learned what this means, best practices to get ahead in the workplace and how to expand your Rice network.
DR. CRAIG CONSIDINE
What does it mean to be Irish? For many people in Ireland and the Irish diaspora, the answers to that question may range from ‘being white and Catholic’ to having ‘Irish roots.’ But what about people and groups that do not fit these rigid categories and racialized identities? This talk explored these issues by presenting interview data of young first- and second-generation Pakistani Muslim and non-Muslim men living in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Craig Considine, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with family links in County Clare, Ireland, re-imagined Irish identity by addressing its fluidity throughout history and during the 21st century. Learn more at her Rice faculty page.