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Lauren Kapcha is the Assistant Dean for Communications, Development and Student Programs for the School of Natural Sciences. She received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and also completed a post-doctoral fellowship there. Lauren moved to Rice in 2014, first as a research scientist and then as the Director of Communications for the School of Natural Sciences before moving into her current position. In addition to her work in the Dean's Office, Lauren also co-teaches a seminar course on public science communciation each spring.
To contact Lauren, you can email her or stop by her office hours, most Fridays 1-3PM in George R Brown E-100.