Wiess School of Natural Sciences
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Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Mathematics
Earth Science
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Chemistry
Physics & Astronomy
Kinesiology

A WIESS SCHOOL HISTORICAL TIMELINE

2010 - 2019

2010

25th Anniversary of the Buckminsterfullerene Discovery - Smalley Institute declares 2010 "Year of Nano".

2011           Brockman Hall for Physics completed.
2011

Dale Sawyer (Earth Science) and Rice students search for slavery-era graves at Prairie View cemetery.

2011

Rice conducts research on various aspects of Antarctic marine geology— a total of 22 expeditions since 1979.

2011 Three National Academy of Sciences members join faculty of Natural Sciences: Herbert Levine, José Onuchic (Physics) and Peter Wolynes (Chemistry).
2011 Rice, JSC sign Rice-NASA Space Act Agreement
2012

Joint studies carried out by Rice and Lunar and Planetary Institute show the topography of large volcanoes on Tharsis Terrane of Mars, from MOLA laser altimetry.

2012

Rice celebrates its Centennial.

2013

The Department of Kinesiology joins the School of Natural Sciences.

2014 Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology merge to form the Department of BioSciences. Janet Braam serves as chair.
2014 Peter Rossky, acclaimed UT chemist, is named dean of natural sciences.