Rebecca Richards-Kortum is the Stanley C. Moore Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at Rice University. She joined the faculty in Bioengineering at Rice University in 2005. In addition to being named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in 2002 and 2006, her awards include election to the US National Academy of Engineering (2008). Dr. Richards-Kortum’s research group is developing imaging systems to enable better screening for oral, esophageal, and cervical cancer and their precursors at the point-of-care. More recently, her group has worked to integrate advances in nanotechnology and microfabrication to develop novel, low-cost sensors to detect infectious diseases at the point-of-care, including cryptosporidium, malaria, and HIV.
David Dickman is a professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and the Director of the Neuroscience Program at Rice University. His current work is focused on the neuroscience that underlies motion perception, gaze control, and spatial orientation. His research group studies these functions in normal brain and during recovery following damage. He and his colleagues have recently discovered a brain circuit used by many animals to detect and use the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation. His work has been published in top journals including Science, Nature, and Current Biology and has generated broad public interest in the popular media from coverage in the New York Times, Nature News and Comment, Washington Post, Popular Science, Discover Magazine, and The Scientist; as well as interviews with the BBC and CBC.
Professor Mody teaches the history of science, technology, and engineering in the modern era (~1600 to the present). His own research focuses on the physical and engineering sciences in the very modern era (~1970 to the present), with particular emphasis on the creation of new communities and institutions of science in the late Cold War and the post-Cold War periods. Currently, he is working on a history of the communities and institutions of nanotechnology, in collaboration with colleagues at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California – Santa Barbara, the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, and here at Rice.
Junghae Suh is a specialist in designing and investigating bio-inspired platforms for various applications in biomedicine. In her Laboratory for Nanotherapeutics Research at Rice University, she combines broad-based knowledge of synthetic chemistry and molecular/cell biology to harness modern drug and gene delivery technologies and engineer their nanoscale properties for the detection and treatment of a number of human diseases and disorders. Her research has the potential to impact a variety of fields, including tissue engineering and biomedical imaging for early cancer detection.
Charles B. Chang is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Rice University. He received his training in theoretical and applied linguistics at Harvard, Cambridge, and Berkeley, where he developed an abiding interest in how the production, perception, and learning of speech change over the lifespan and differ in monolinguals vs. individuals exposed to more than one language (including novice second-language learners, heritage speakers, and international adoptees). His work in these areas has been supported by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in journals such as Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and Journal of Phonetics.
Nathan P. Jones is the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute. His research focuses on drug violence in Mexico. Jones has published with numerous think tanks, including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and InSight Crime. While teaching at the University of San Diego (USD) in 2011-2012, Jones worked closely with the school’s Trans-Border Institute on grant proposals and research projects. He has been a trusted source on issues of violence in Mexico with media outlets such as the Houston Chronicle, Texas Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and KPBS San Diego radio and television.