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Rice’s Houston Area Health Survey: Insurance goes with better health

People who have health insurance – regardless of income, education, age, and ethnic background – are significantly more likely to report being in better health, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that examined health disparities among Houstonians.

Academic workplace bias against parents hurts nonparents too, researchers find

Parents have reported before that trying to balance work and family obligations comes with career costs. But a new study from sociologist Erin Cech shows that university workplace bias against scientists and engineers who use flexible work arrangements may increase employee dissatisfaction and turnover even for people who don’t have children.

Fulgate wins Watson Fellowship, Builes wins Zeff Fellowship

Sociology major Colleen Fulgate is one of 43 students across the country awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Policy studies major Ana Builes is this year’s recipient of the Roy and Hazel Zeff Fellowship, which is awarded to the Rice student ranked highest by the Rice Faculty Committee on Fellowships. Both will receive a grant for world travel and independent study.

Renowned economist Antonio Merlo named chair of Department of Economics

Rice University President David Leebron and Provost George McLendon today announced the appointment of renowned economist Antonio Merlo as chair of Rice University’s Department of Economics and director of the Rice Economics Initiative, a new multiyear plan to enhance economics research and teaching at Rice. Merlo has also been named the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics. The appointments are effective July 1.

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Students majoring in the social sciences at Rice University have a way to answer the frequent question, “What am I going to do with my degree?”  Check out the new GATEWAY website. »

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