first_imgAddThis ShareContact:David [email protected] Space Institute director available to discuss ISS HOUSTON – (Dec. 21, 2013) – David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and a Rice University professor of astronomy and physics, is available to comment on today’s spacewalk to repair the cooling system on the International Space Station (ISS). Two American astronauts are making the 6.5-hour walk. According to NASA and news reports, thing are going well and the astronauts are ahead of schedule.NASA said a Christmas Day walk might not be needed if the walk continues to go well.Alexander is available for interviews about the ISS today through Dec. 25.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio available 24/7 to news organizations throughout the world.To interview Alexander, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to