Personal page for Peggy Rice


B.Sc. UCLA 1979

Ph.D Univ. of Oregon, 1990
Post-doc Oregon State Univ. 1990-94
Visiting Prof. Whitman College 1994-95
Visiting Prof. Willamette Univ. 1995-96
Professor, Cal Poly, SLO

Pictures of:

Thanksgiving trip to Syria and Jordan, 2010
Greece and Venice, Summer 2009

My sabbatical in Jena, Germany

My cats - In memory of Callie, who died of nasal
cancer in August, 2006: If you have a pet with a
white nose or ears, please don't let them go out in the sun.

Travel -

John Muir Trail - all of it! 2009
Sierras 2007 - Saddlebag Lakes and Pine Creek
Madagascar, 2006
Slovenia, 2006
Other trips - South Africa, Rio, France...

LA Triathalon 2005 and 2007

My current favorite books:

"In Defense of Food" by Michael Polan. He makes the case that we should all be eating "real food", not processed stuff. This book helped turn my diet around.

"The Gecko's Foot" by Peter Forbes. It's about "bioinspiration" - how humans can mimic structures found in nature to do engineering (on a micro or macro scale). The chapter about how the lotus plant keeps its leaves clean was amazing.

"The Botany of Desire" by Michael Polan. It's about how plants have manipulated and domesticated humans.

"Blondes in Venetian Paintings, the Nine Banded Armadillo, and Other Essays in Biochemistry", by Konrad Bloch. There is an outstanding essay about cholesterol biosynthesis.

"Mapping Fate, A memoir of family, risk and genetic research" by Alice Wexler. A story about Huntington's disease by someone who is at risk for it.

Favorite Websites: - an excellent site for nutritional analysis - Discover your learning style - visual, auditory, kinetic...