Rice University Research Repository

The Rice Research Repository (R-3) provides access to research produced at Rice University, including theses and dissertations, journal articles, research center publications, datasets, and academic journals. Managed by Fondren Library, R-3 is indexed by Google and Google Scholar, follows best practices for preservation, and provides DOIs to facilitate citation. Woodson Research Center collections, including Rice Images and Documents and the Task Force on Slavery, Segregation, and Racial Injustice, have moved here.


Recent Submissions

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The 43rd Kinder Houston Area Survey: Houston of Tomorrow: Perspectives from a city shaping America’s future
(Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, 2024) Potter, Dan; Pren, Karen; Tobin, Alec; Perez, Katherine; Njeh, Joy; Glenzer, Anna; Williams, Lee
The 43rd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey provides an unparalleled look at current conditions in the region as well as the “Houston of Tomorrow.” While the same challenges that have weighed on the region over the last few years — crime and safety, the affordable housing, and the economy —remain at the forefront of people’s thinking, survey results show Houstonians are excited about the next 10 to 20 years and how emerging opportunities may reshape their lives, careers, and communities.
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Coffee & Quality Case Study #1: Angel Reach
(Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research and United Way of Greater Houston, 2024) Perez, Katherine; Potter, Dan; Williams, Lee; Davison, Jessica; Delgado, Elias; Krolow, Korinne
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research and United Way of Greater Houston and the created a program called Coffee & Quality Case Study that works with designated United Way organizations to (1) identify ways to build and bolster their current practices and improve program outcomes. This first Coffee & Quality Case Study focuses on Angel Reach, a nonprofit working with young people aging out of the foster care system and/or are at risk of homelessness. The study seeks to understand the predictors and prerequisites of clients successfully completing the program.
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Career and Technical Education Alongside the STEM Endorsement in the Houston Area
(Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, 2024) Molina, Mauricio; Selsberg, Bradley
This brief explores the connection between career and technical education programs and high school endorsements and what pathways students follow to complete and attain them.
Experiences, Observations, and Recommendations Related to Visits to the Semey Region of Kazakhstan from the Perspective of a Hospital Administrator
(2024-04) Wright, Randall P.
This community case study is based on personal experiences as the Methodist Hospital representative assigned to the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) project in Semey, Kazakhstan during 1995-1996. Although I had over twenty years of hospital management experience, the healthcare structure in Kazakhstan was functioning on a rudimentary level, which made my background of limited help. Specifically, the transition from a Soviet Republic to an independent nation had disrupted the economy and left the healthcare system in shambles. Over three visits to the region—Feb 1995, Aug 1995, and September 1996—I was able to see cultural and economic barriers to changing the healthcare structure to a more efficient, all-encompassing medicine model. In broad terms, the lessons I learned were: (1) how poorly prepared I was to help with the terrible conditions in the Semey hospitals; (2) the difficulty presented by dependence on translation, which limited development of strong personal relationships with the Kazakhs; (3) the need to balance various Kazakh interests and the competition among hospitals and entities over control of the AIHA project; (4) an appreciation for Bishop Woodrow Hearn and Dr. Armin Weinberg, who first saw the needs and opportunities to help this region; and (5) missed opportunities to make my role more productive, such as contacting non-government organization (NGO) representatives on the ground prior to travel. The goal of this case study is to share what I learned and experienced during the visits, working as part of an international program that crossed cultural and governmental lines, and these lessons remain relevant today.
Determination of fluid-phase-specific petrophysical properties of geological core for oil, water and gas phases
(2024-03-05) Vinegar, Eva; Singer, Philip M.; Hirasaki, George J.; Chen, Zeliang; Wang, Xinglin; Vinegar, Harold J.; Rice University; Vinegar Technologies LLC; United States Patent and Trademark Office
The following invention is used for determining the relative permeability of a fluid in a rock for three different phases: water, oil, and gas, in both conventional and unconventional formations. The permeability of a phase describes how much it can flow in porous media given a pressure gradient and is useful in evaluating reservoir quality and productivity. The following invention is a method to determine the three-phase relative permeabilities in both conventional and unconventional formations using NMR restricted diffusion measurements on core with NMR-active nuclei, combined with centrifugation of the core. In addition, the tortuosity, pore size (surface-to-volume ratio), fluid-filled porosity, and permeability is determined for each of the three phases in a rock.