People, papers and presentations

The Houston Business Journal named Rachel Kimbro ’01, a professor of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, to its list of “40 Under 40” professionals for 2018. A panel of judges scored nearly 500 nominees under 40 years of age on leadership, overcoming challenges and community involvement. Rice alumna Katherine Whaley ’04, traffic anchor at Houston’s KTRK-TV, also made the list. The honorees will be recognized June 7 at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and will be featured in the HBJ’s weekly edition June 8. A full list of honorees and judges is available at

David Brockman, a nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Religion and Public Policy Program, received a 2018 Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council for his Texas Observer op-ed, “Two North Texas Evangelicals Ask: Who Would Jesus Deport?” The Wilbur Awards honor excellence in communicating religious issues, values and themes in secular media.

Lauren Stadler, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named one of six Women in STEM2D Scholars by Johnson & Johnson. The honor supports women “at significant points in their research careers” in science technology, engineering, math, manufacturing and design. More than 500 researchers applied for the award. Stadler was chosen for her research on antibiotic resistance gene propagation in water treatment systems. Along with a cash award, the honor comes with three years of mentorship from the company.


About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.