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NEWS Leebron elected fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Rice University President David Leebron has been elected a fellow of te American Academy of Arts and Sciences, on eo fthe nation's foremost scholarly honors.

Founded in 1780, the academy is among the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country. The society's list of current and former members includes Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Albert Einstein.

The 2016 class of 213 new members includes noted autism rights activist Temple Grandin, jazz artist Wayne Shorter, former Time magazine editor Walter Isaacson, as well as winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, the Fields Medal, the Grammy Award and National Book Award.

Leebron became Rice's seventh president in 2004 and also is a professor of political science. In addition to his duties at Rice, Leebron chairs the board of directors for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education as well as the advanced technology organization Internet2.

He also is vice chair of the board of directors of the American Association of Universities, serves on the NCAA Board of Governors and on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and the IMAX Corp. Leebron is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the Commission on Federal Election Reform and the Commission on the War Powers.

Prior to joining Rice, Leebron was dean of Columbia Law School for eight years. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a former president of Harvard Law Review and also served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. He began his teaching career in 1980 at the UCLA School of Law and joined the New York University School of Law in 1983. He has written numerous articles on wide-ranging issues including international trade, legal education, human rights and corporate finance.

Leebron's many honors include France's Commandeur de l'Ordre national du Mérite, Spain's Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, an honorary doctorate from Nankai University, an honorary professorship at Tianjin University's School of Law, the Greater Houston Partnership's International Executive of the Year award and the Chinese Civic Center of Greater Houston Chinese Community's Distinguished Friend of China award.

The academy's new members will be inducted October 8 at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass.

NEWS Storm causes flooding of Harris County's 22 watersheds

Storms are finally moving out of the Houston/Harris County region allowing for a break in persistent heavy rainfall that has resulted in devastating flooding in more than half of Harris County’s 22 watersheds.

Northwest Harris County’s Cypress Creek and Addicks Reservoir watershed received the brunt of the heavy rainfall with 15-17 inches reported in Katy, Bear Creek and Cypress areas. Several creeks that drain into the reservoir – Horsepen, Langham, Bear and South Mayde – were among those reporting high rainfall totals. Tomball, Klein, Spring and Jersey Village communities received an average 13 inches of rainfall; Greenspoint, Aldine, and other neighborhoods along White Oak, Greens and Halls bayous received an average 6-8 inches of rain.

After rain moved into central and southwest Houston, Brays, Keegans and Willow Waterhole bayous rose quickly with 8-10 inches falling in a few hours. Reports of house flooding are coming in from all affected watersheds, and preliminary estimate are at approximately 1,000 flooded homes and structures.

Emergency management officials are urging Harris County residents to stay put even if homes are flooding because you are safer indoors than out driving on flooded roadways where cars can sink or be swept away quickly. Call 911 if you think your life is in danger.

PLEASE BE AWARE: It will take several days for creeks in the northwest to drain; and Spring and Cypress creeks flow into the San Jacinto River near US 59, so there will be impacts on the river over the next few days.

Affected Harris County residents are urged to report house flooding at www.readyharris.org/go/survey/1829/11787/or by calling the Harris County Flood Control District’s phone bank at 713-684-4000.

The Flood Control District's Flood Watch team is at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management monitoring rainfall and bayou levels. The team constantly monitors the data and works during severe weather events to advise the public and local officials of areas that are and could be affected by flooding.


NEWS 'High Society' exhibition opens Sunday at MFAH

Tomorrow, April 17, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, an exhibition of some 45 paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), the most renowned portraitist of the courts of Europe during his day. Throughout the course of his career, Winterhalter captured the elegance of his aristocratic sitters with an unrivaled brilliance of technique and sensitivity of touch. 

Complementing his canvases are a number of garments fashioned by sought-after 19th-century couturier Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895) and several of his contemporaries. Featuring works drawn from public, private and royal collections around the world, the exhibition will be on view in Houston thru August 14, between its presentation at the Städtische Museen Freiburg, Germany, and the Musée du Château de Compiègne, France.

Several special programs have been scheduled during the run of the exhibition, including exclusive tours, lectures, family workshops and a Mother's Day Concert. 

The key underwriting for the exhibition was provided by  the Kinder Foundation. Additional generous funding was provided by the Estate of Margo Lamb and Luther King Capital Management.

For more information, please visit www.mfah.org/.


NEWS Lane Closures Slated for Hermann Park area

Beginning tomorrow, a major construction project adjacent to Hermann Park will cause significant traffic disruptions, and citizens should be aware of lane closures and alternate ways of reaching the park. The traffic changes will occur in two phases: a short-term and a long-term phase that will extend through a construction project in the Texas Medical Center.

Phase One will call for Cambridge Street to be reduced to one eastbound and one westbound lane between the T.M.C. Garage 4 and Fannin Street. Hermann Park visitors should consider using MetroRail or bus service to reach the park, or approach the park from Fannin or Hermann Drive.

It is important to bear in mind that ambulances coming to and from the T.M.C. should be given the right of way, which will be difficult within the two-lane, two-way traffic pattern. Traffic control officers and flaggers will be directing traffic. Automobiles exiting the parking garage onto Cambridge Street will only be able to turn right.

Details of Phase Two of the traffic plan will be released closer to the proposed implementation date, estimated to take place in May 2016.

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