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Hira Baig named Truman Scholar

Political science and policy studies major Hira Baig has been named a 2014 Truman Scholar. She is one of 59 students selected from 655 nominations from nearly 300 institutions. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate study. The Truman Scholarship Foundation identifies

Rice’s T.L.L. Temple Foundation Neuroplasticity Research Laboratory opens at BRC

With the opening of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Neuroplasticity Research Laboratory, Rice is now home to one of the few labs in the country dedicated to helping researchers understand the behavioral consequences of stroke, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

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.

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