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  • Synthesis Produces New Antibiotic

    A fortuitous collaboration at Rice University has led to the total synthesis of a recenty discovered natural antibiotic. The Laboratory recreation of a fungus-derived antibiotic, viridicatumtoxin B, may someday help bolster the fight against bacteria that evolve resistance to treatments in hospitals and clinics around the world. As part of the process, Rice organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou and structural biologist Yousif Shamoo and their colleagues created and tested a number of variants of viridicatumtoxin B that could lead to the simplified synthesis of a new generation of more effective antibiotics. Continue Reading...

    Vice Provost Vicki Colvin Named 12th Provost of Brown University

    Brown University president Christina H. Paxson today announced the appointment of Vicki Leigh Colvin as Brown University’s 12th provost. Colvin, currently vice provost for research and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University, will begin her duties at Brown July 1, 2014. Continue reading... 

    New Energy and Environment Initiative Website

    We are pleased to announce that the Energy and Environment Initiative website has launched!  eei.rice.edu  Our goal with the site is to highlight research focus areas, identify faculty that are experts in those areas and to connect with the marketplace effectively.  The site will be updated with information on the research focus areas and key markets, revolving faculty interviews on timely topics and research efforts, and updates on the activities of the Initiative to further broadcast the Rice University brand and our research and collaboration capabilities for the marketplace.   Feel free to contact the Initiative team with any tips/suggestions/feedback on the site or the Initiative in general: eei@rice.edu or 713.348.4062.  

    New Electronic Research Administration (eRA) System

    The new eRA system will consist of a set of PI-centric tools to facilitate routing,submission, budget revision and post-award activities associated with sponsored project administration.  These tools will be web-based and have remote, 24/7 availability on both the Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms.  The core concept behind eRA is process simplification.  For information about communications, projected implementation timeline, and eRA in general, visit our new blog at http://cayuse.blogs.rice.edu

    New Conflict of Interest Policy

    President Leebron recently approved Policy 216: Management of the Research and Other Outside Interests and Activities of Faculty Members, Faculty Fellows, and Investigators. The policy makes it possible for Rice to comply with new federal regulations governing financial conflicts of interest designed to protect objectivity in the design, conduct, and reporting of research and scholarly results.  Read the policy in its entirety on the Research Compliance page.

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