News & Media

Dr. Zoë Wool's new piece for Somatosphere

Doctor Zoë Wool, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and a leader in Rice's Medical Humanities program, has published a new, multimedia piece for the online scholarly journal, Somatosphere.

Medical Humanities

Facebook announces new steps in effort to allow users to ask health questions anonymously - Professor Kirsten Ostherr is quoted

Millions of Facebook users have joined groups to talk about health care issues ranging from rare disease diagnoses to chemotherapy side effects. Now, the technology giant is taking steps it hopes will encourage those conversations while affording users more privacy. Read more.

Medical Humanities

Rice U. humanities students gain new pathway into medical school

Below is the article by Katharine Shilcutt, a media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.

Humanities students interested in health care careers will have a new pathway into medical school thanks to an agreement struck between Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

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Conversation with Kirsten Ostherr on The Exam Room Podcast

Dr. Kirsten Ostherr, MPH, founder of the Medical Futures Lab and head of the Medical Humanities program at Rice, speaks with Bryan Vartabedian, MD, on The Exam Room podcast, for an interesting discussion on everything from human centered design in health care to medical education and e-patients. As a Professor of English and one of digital health’s most interesting anti-disciplinary thinkers, this episode is just plain interesting and will hopefully inspire you to think outside the confines of your silo.

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Medical Humanities Practica Students Take RURS Top Prizes

At the 2018 Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS), Miriam Shayeb and Sarah Lasater took home the top awards in undergraduate humanities research. Miriam and Sarah's presentations were condensed versions of the work they presented as part of their final projects in the HRC's practica courses, as part of its medical humanities programming.

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Houston high schoolers investigate artificial intelligence, urban farming and the humanities

This spring's Civic Humanist Program offered a total of 8 events featuring topics about the Medical Humanities and Cultural Heritage. These events included three campus field trips and five off-campus lectures for local Houston high school students.

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2017-18 Alt-Ac Fellow Peter Zuk

Peter Zuk, our alt-ac fellow for the 2017-18 academic year, had an incredibly successful collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine in which he contributed directly as a medical ethicist to two important initiatives. His work in the alt-ac program helped him to think about a broad range of possible applications for his philosophy PhD, which he will defend in September.

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Rachel Conrad Bracken, HRC Medical Humanities Graduate Fellow, Wins Teaching Award

Rachel Conrad Bracken, a PhD candidate in Rice's Department of English, has been awarded the Center for Teaching Excellence's Graduate Student Instructor Award for 2017, for her First-year Writing Intensive Seminar, "Science/Fiction and the Future of Medicine."

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High school students explore artificial intelligence and urban farming with Rice's Civic Humanist Fellows

The Civic Humanist Program launched its 2017 Medical Humanities and Cultural Heritage events this fall, delivering a total of 10 events, which included: five campus field trips and five off-campus lectures for local Houston high school groups.

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HURC 306 Lecture Topics, Fall 2017: The History and Culture of Disease and Healing Seminar Series

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