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Natural Sciences at the Rice UnConvention

UnConvention Full Schedule

Physics then now





Physics and Astronomy at Rice: Then and now

Friday, April 13  •  4:00 - 5:00 pm
Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 101

Calvin Class, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Richard Wolf, Ph.D., Research Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Current and past faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy will present stories and images from the founding of the program in the early 1900s, transformations after World War II, establishment of Space Science at Rice, and the current research efforts.

Friday, April 13    5:00 - 6:00 pm
Brockman Hall for Physics

Friday, April 13 • 5:15 to 6:15 and 8:30 to 10:30
Brockman Hall for Physics, Rm. 250
Showing shortened versions of "We Choose Space", "Force 5" and "Night of the Titanic"

(weather permitting)
Friday, April 13    8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Brockman Hall for Physics
Take elevator to 4th floor


Science Cafe logo

The Rice Science Café is a meeting where for the price of a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine or beer, anyone can come explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

A science café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background. A scientist gives a brief presentation on an interesting topic in his or her area of expertise to kick off the discussion.

Rice/NASA: 50 years and counting!

Friday, April 13    6:30 - 7:30 pm
Brochstein Pavilion

David Alexander, Ph.D.
Director, Rice Space Institute
Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Rice University has a proud and distinguished heritage of collaboration with NASA and the nation’s space program, recently celebrating 50 years of science and engineering partnership with the Johnson Space Center.


As we embark on the first steps of the next 50 years, the recently restructured Rice Space Institute is working to strengthen our ties with JSC and the broader Houston space community. To strengthen this partnership, NASA astronaut, Mike Massimino, on loan from JSC, has joined the Rice Space Institute as its first Executive Director to join new Director, David Alexander. Come join us to chat about the future of space, our plans for RSI, and how you can participate.