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Rice launches sweeping Energy and Environment Initiative
Date:9/20/2012

ion studio that is connected to one of Rice's newest and fastest high performance computers (HPC). Levander said E2I will allow Rice to initiate new lines of computationally based energy-related research from seismic imaging to modeling fluid flow in oil reservoirs. It will also allow Rice to expand programs like the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology's Rice Oil and Gas HPC Workshop, which has doubled in attendance in less than five years.

E2I will also allow Rice to grow its energy humanities program, a new field Rice helped launch during the past year with the Cultures of Energy Initiative supported by the Mellon Foundation.

"As much as understanding our energy landscape today and planning for a better tomorrow are about developing excellent science, engineering and policy, it is also vital to understand the values, choices, meanings and institutions that help explain how humans use energy and why," said Boyer, a founding member of the Cultures of Energy Initiative. "E2I is the only energy and environmental initiative in the world that truly takes the skills and input of the humanities and social sciences seriously, and that input is much needed because it helps us answer a number of important questions: What makes one form of energy seem 'dirty' and another 'clean'? How do our desires and self-image translate into certain kinds of environmental action or inaction? How do culture and power contribute to the challenges of developing international responses to global warming?"

McLendon said building the bridge from today to tomorrow's energy future will require all of the resources that universities can bring to bear.

"E2I is visionary because it is the first initiative in energy research that truly leverages all the intellectual resources of a university," he said. "E2I will engage government, the corporate world and everyday citizens in its efforts to better understand how we use energy today and how we are going t
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Contact: David Ruth
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713-348-6327
Rice University
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