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A WIESS SCHOOL HISTORICAL TIMELINE

2000 - 2009

Timeline 2000-2009

2000

A newly renovated three-story, 54,000-square-foot Howard Keck Hall in honor of former chairman and president of the W. M. Keck Foundation is unveiled and dedicated. The building had been known as the Old Chemistry Building and later as Dell Butcher Hall. The grant to remodel the building totaled $14 million and came in the form of a matching grant as part of Rice’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Rice: The Next Century.”

2000

The Space Physics & Astronomy department joins Physics to become Physics & Astronomy.

2000

Rice Space Institute founded.

2001

A new organization, the Gulf Coast Consortia, is founded, to bring together six member institutions to build interdisciplinary collaborative research teams and training programs in the biological sciences at their intersection with the computational, chemical, mathematical, and physical sciences: Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

2001

Rice wins one of the National Science Foundation’s first six Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, which are established with NNI funding. Rice’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) becomes the world’s first academic research center dedicated to studying the interaction of nanomaterials with living organisms and ecosystems.

2001

Colvin spearheads the creation of the Shared Equipment Authority (SEA) to maximize the useful lifespan of high-dollar instruments and to ensure that all Rice faculty have access to big-ticket equipment that is increasingly needed to land competitive research grants.

2002

NASA astronauts James Newman '82 and Mike Massimino, adjunct professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, perform two spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope, installing a new solar array and replacing the Hubble’s Faint Object Camera with the state-of-the-art Advanced Camera for Surveys, a device that produced a tenfold increase in Hubble's capability.

2003

Following an intensive, five-year research program funded by NASA, Rick Smalley's Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory unveils the first system capable of continuously producing single-walled carbon nanotubes in bulk. The high-pressure carbon monoxide process, or HiPco, is a watershed achievement that eliminates the supply bottleneck that has plagued nanotube researchers for more than a decade.

2004

Rice becomes a member of the Texas Medical Center.

2004

David Leebron becomes seventh president of Rice. A native of Philadelphia, Leebron is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Law Review in his second year. After graduating in 1979, he served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. In 1980, he taught torts as acting assistant professor of law at the UCLA School of Law. In 1981, he joined the New York firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he specialized in corporate law. He became a faculty member of the New York University School of Law in 1983 and also served as director of the International Legal Studies Program. In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia University School of Law, and in 1996 he was appointed dean and named the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law before leaving to lead Rice.

2004

The Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) is founded.

2005

CNST students and members construct the world’s largest nanotube model. The scale model, which is one-foot wide and 1,181-feet long is certified by Guinness Book of World Records.

2005 James Tour develops the motorized nanocar on a gold surface.

2005

Rick Smalley dies. CNST is renamed the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

2006

Rice greenhouses built for ecology research.

2006 Vicky Colvin's "Nanorust" (magnetic nanoparticles ) are shown to remove arsenic from drinking water.

2007

The Rice Board unanimously agrees to build a 10-story, 477,000 square foot Collaborative Research Center at the corner of Main and University on the southwest tip of campus immediately adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. The building will exist to facilitate collaborative interactions between Rice University and other TMC institutions.

2007

One of several Rice alumna astronauts, Peggy Whitson begins her second six-month mission aboard the International Space Station as its first-ever female commander.

2008

The Rice Board unanimously agrees to build a 110,000 square foot Physics building at the heart of the science quadrangle to house faculty pursuing advanced physics and engineering physics.

2009

Daniel D. Carson  becomes Dean of Natural Sciences, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Schlumberger Chair of Advanced Studies and Research

2009

Opening of BioScience Research Collaborative.

2009 John McDevitt develops diagnostic Lab-on-a-chip technology.
2009 Construction begins on Brockman Hall for Physics (slated to be completed Dec. 2010)