Elaine Howard Ecklund, Rice University (image) Rice University Share Print E-Mail Caption Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice University. Ecklund is also the director of Rice's Religion and Public Life Program and a Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Credit Jeff Fitlow/Rice University Usage Restrictions For news reporting purposes only. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.