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.

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).

Alt-Ac Fellow Elena Valdez Co-Curates Latina/o Exhibit

"The Art of Children's Illustration: 25 Years of Piñata Books."

We are proud to announce that on Saturday, February 2nd at 12:00pm, an exhibit of illustrations for Latina/o American children's books will go on display at the historical Julia Ideson building's beautiful second-floor gallery. The exhibit was co-curated for Arte Público Press and the Houston Public Library by Elena Valdez, our 2018-19 alt-ac fellow. Elena is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the English department.

Below is an excerpt from Elena's introductory remarks for the opening event:

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.

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.