We’re reintroducing the Classroom Connect experience you know and love — now online!

This year, Classroom Connect is partnering with the Center for Environmental Studies to bring you virtual opportunities for lifelong learning. After tuning in to the Center for Environmental Studies’ “Planet Now!” seminars, join the Rice community online for our new Classroom Connect experience that puts you, your questions and your ideas at the center of the conversation.

With only 30 seats available in our virtual classroom, you will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the “Planet Now!” material with Rice faculty and fellow lifelong learners in a collaborative, curious and encouraging environment.

Classroom Connect:
Carrie Masiello and Richard Johnson

Monday, Nov. 15
7-8 p.m. CT
Alumni: $10
Young Alumni (Classes of 2011-21): $5


Make sure you are also registered for the “Planet Now!” event, which precedes Classroom Connect. Register for “Planet Now!

Meet Your Teachers

Carrie Masiello

Carrie Masiello has been a professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences since 2004 and is jointly appointed in the departments of Chemistry and Biosciences. She is part of a team of scientists working to harness the tools of synthetic biology to address theoretical problems in carbon and nitrogen cycling. Applied aspects of the Masiello group work include contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms controlling charcoal’s ability to sequester carbon and alter agronomic processes. She is committed to creative teaching and outreach designed to make science accessible to everyone. A faculty scholar at the Baker Institute, Masiello holds the W. Maurice Ewing Chair and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is the executive director for sustainability and manages the Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management at Rice. In this role, he leads Rice’s sustainability program and also oversees a team of energy managers and analysts. Johnson holds appointments as a professor in the practice of environmental studies in sociology and as an adjunct lecturer in civil and environmental engineering. He also serves as the co-director of the Environmental Studies Program. He has taught over 25 classes at Rice. Johnson is also the former president of the Board of the Houston Farmers' Market, now the Rice University Farmers Market. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Rice University and a master’s in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

Upcoming Events

Events will be held throughout the fall and spring. Upcoming dates will be announced soon.

More Opportunities for Lifelong Learning

While Classroom Connect has shifted to a virtual format, there are still plenty of opportunities to expand your education on campus with the Glasscock School.