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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 email@example.com or call 713-348-4057.
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.
Melissa Cefkin ’93 joined Nissan as principal scientist and design anthropologist in March 2015. Working alongside programmers and engineers, she applies her unique perspective to the development of autonomous cars.
From Ulyana Horodyskyj ’07 (Brown College) — I was selected as mission commander for NASA Johnson Space Center's HERA XII (human exploration research analog) experiment in September/October 2016. During this 30-day intense simulated mission to an asteroid, I received a call in the station's airlock that I made semifinalist status (top 120 out of over 18,300 applicants) for the astronaut program. I went straight from the isolation experiment to the interview process in late October 2016.