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Moody Center For The Arts

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TunaFEST, as a big thank-you to our fans, is one of the best science and tech summer festivals at Rice - with free food, fun and science exhibitions! This year's theme is “Back TunaFuture,” and we’re showcasing the best and brightest future science and tech from the brilliant minds at Rice University AND it’s all happening at the insanely cool Moody Center for the Arts!!

This event is FREE to all our friends at Rice University, the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Innovation community (e.g. tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, Makers, and nerds)!

This year also marks the retirement of Prof. Wade Adams, the founder of TunaFest!

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West Lot 4 will accept credit cards for Non-Rice cars and a flat rate of $5 per each entry.

About the Rice TunaFEST:

Wade Adams “retired” as Chief Scientist of the Materials Directorate in the Air Force Research Lab, and in January 2002 became head of Rice’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, working for Rick Smalley. Later that year, Wade and his wife, Mert, returned to Houston from fishing – off of the Carolina Outer Banks – with TOO MUCH TUNA. Quite naturally for Wade and Mert, “too much tuna” became “let’s have a cookout,” and TunaFEST was born. The critical elements were hospitality and fun, and the result was a tradition that the entire Rice community looked forward to every year – on the last Friday before the Fourth of July.

By the time we held the most recent TunaFEST (TunaFinity and Beyond!!!) in 2011 – with upwards of 2,300 people – the traditions of the party had grown to include live music from The Blaggards – featuring Rick Smalley’s eldest son; plus a piñata, special T-shirts, beer from St. Arnold’s, and – of course – tuna, burgers, hot dogs, brownies, door prizes... Mainly, an excuse for Rice workers, students, staff and faculty, and friends from the Rice and Med Center community, to get together and celebrate before scattering for Independence Day.

Plus, seemingly by accident, TunaFEST has always been productive. No accident, really, because when you get that many bright people together, good ideas come out.

When Wade retired from the Smalley Institute, TunaFEST retired…until now! We are bringing TunaFEST back – keeping all of the fun, putting it in a better location (more accessible to the Texas Medical Center) and adding new things: art and technology.


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