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Space Frontiers Lecture Series


Rice University has a long and accomplished history of conducting scientific research of direct benefit and interest to our nation. Its high academic standing and its location in Houston, global energy capital and home of NASA and the largest medical center in the world, makes it a natural leader in a number of areas of scientific importance.

One of our goals is to create a multidisciplinary program of education and research in space-related science, technology and policy at Rice. This will be done in partnership and collaboration with local institutions and businesses, with an emphasis on providing an enhanced educational experience for our students that will propel them to the forefront of their respective fields.

We are starting this program with a public lecture series, The Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures, designed to introduce our students and the general public to the wide array of issues involved in the pursuit of an advanced presence in space: international policy, technology innovation, commercialization, biological impacts, space science, etc.

This website provides the direct point of contact for information regarding this lecture series. We welcome your participation in the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture Series and will happily entertain suggestions on topics for future lectures.


Questions? Contact Umbe Cantu at umbe@rice.edu.

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Our next scheduled lecture:

Space: the Final Healthcare Frontier

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
7:00 pm
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium
Reception at 6:30 in the lobby in front of McMurtry

Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D.
Director, Biomedical Innovation Laboratory
Deputy Chief Scientist
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Center for Space Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine