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Even as most of the rest of the U.S. top 25 full-time B-schools were shedding MBA app volume in the 2018-2019 cycle (and at every school, going back three years), the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston was bucking the national trend, reporting not only increased applications but a falling acceptance rate, too.10 Sep
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Executive Education at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, which creates peer-based learning and professional programs for business leaders, has created a new program called Corporate Innovation.9 Sep
An emergency ventilator designed and prototyped by Rice University engineers and students will be mass produced, the university announced in a news release April 23. Houston-based manufacturer Stewart & Stevenson LLC has signed a licensing agreement with the university to produce an advanced version of the ApolloBVM ventilator, which is designed to operate a common bag valve mask for extended periods while patients await the availability of a standard ventilator.
“If an oil and gas company called me up and asked for my advice, I would say that, if you are trying to promote yourself as a more environmentally-friendly company, you have to actually do the work,” Ferris said. “You can’t just put an ad out on social media and think that it’s going to be bought.”
The pandemic is bringing out generosity and compassion for those on the front lines. Chelsea Edwards shares how Rice University students are helping take meals to medical workers.
Rice University MBA student Coco Ma knows it’s risky to leave her house amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of Houston area confirmed cases increases and the peak is yet to come.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges are learning about the extra assistance and needs of disabled communities with online learning. For the deaf and hard of hearing, captioning services and other accommodations are paramount.
A pair of Rice MBA students are using their business skills to give medical staff and the economy a boost amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Coco Ma and Kathleen Harcourt have created a nonprofit organization, #SnacksForMedStaff, that delivers free meals to medical staff who are treating patients infected with the virus. “Medical staff are making tough choices and working hard to protect our community,” said Ma, who is specializing in marketing and entrepreneurship at the Jones Graduate School of Business.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted work, school and social lives online, demanding everyone leave their comfort zones of routine and predictability. Jing Zhou, a professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business who’s an organizational behavior expert, found herself stretching her creative muscles to convert an in-person MBA course to online.
During these tough times, there is solid cause for optimism, because Houston companies are battle-tested and uniquely poised to win the war against COVID-19. Here are five strengths of Houston businesses that will help them bounce back.
John Barrios and Yael V. Hochberg used cellphone-tracking data and internet searches to find that Trump voters were less concerned about the virus than others, as measured by searches about the virus, distance traveled and visits to nonessential businesses.
Even Larry Stuart, a practicing board-certified labor-and-employment lawyer with Stuart PC and adjunct professor in management Rice University’s Jones School of Business, admits it can be perplexing. “There’s a lot of confusion, there’s a lot of action, there’s a lot of change and there’s a lot of stuff in flux,” he says. “People are understandably confused.”