Dateline Rice for April 16, 2012 (Weekend Edition)

FEATURED ITEMS

A peek inside the hedges: Rice University holds an UnConvention, opening up the school to all
An article discusses the Rice UnConvention.
Culturemap.com
http://goo.gl/y79g2

Business teams battle in Rice contest
Articles discuss the Rice Business Plan Competition. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is quoted or mentioned in several articles.
New York Daily News (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
http://goo.gl/lH2sC
Rice Business Plan Competition award winners cash in
Houston Business Journal
http://goo.gl/9X3ac
60 seconds to pitch Warren Buffett your business plan
Fortune.CNN.com (This article also appeared in the Denver Post, the Cincinnati Enquirer, UPI.com, RenewableEnergyWorld.com, CBS4Denver.com, CBS5.com [San Francisco], KDKA.com [Pittsburgh], WND.com, ABC7Chicago.com, FinancialContent.com and CBS2Chicago.com.)
http://goo.gl/mQV9p
How do you win a biz plan competition?
Fortune.CNN.com
http://goo.gl/UHIRo
A Googler’s advice to budding entrepreneurs
Fortune.CNN.com
http://goo.gl/FTy4F
From the Rice million-dollar business plan competition
BusinessInsider.com
http://goo.gl/X5iwX

BBC Horizons
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, appeared on BBC Horizons to discuss advances in nanotechnology. Gedeng Ruan, a graduate student in chemistry, and alumnus Zhengzong Sun ’10 appeared on the show. The broadcast aired four times over the weekend on BBC World in more than 200 countries.
http://www.horizonsbusiness.com/episode/nanotechnology/

Rice, NASA seek synergies at university’s space institute
David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, and Michael Massimino, executive director of the institute, authored this op-ed about how they plan to work with Johnson Space Center. Rice’s centennial is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
http://goo.gl/RFyu0

Carbon nanotube sponge devours oil
By adding boron to carbon nanotubes, Rice scientists have created spongy, reusable blocks that absorb oil spilled in water. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, and Daniel Hashim, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Futurity.org
http://goo.gl/hZR8z
Nanosponges soak up oil again and again
Nanotech-Now.com
http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=44935

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Obama keeps eye on US politics at Latin America summit
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about President Barack Obama’s trip to a summit in Latin America.
Bloomberg.com (This article also appeared in BusinessWeek.)
http://goo.gl/LWgMC

‘Nanobubbles’ advance use of chemotherapy delivery to cancer cells
Delivering chemotherapy drugs with nanobubbles is up to 30 times more deadly to cancer cells than traditional drug treatment, a new study shows. Dmitri Lapotko, faculty fellow in physics and astronomy and in biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Gizmag.com
http://www.gizmag.com/nanobubbles-cancer-treatment-rice/22141/
Targeting cancer cell by cell with ‘nanobubbles’
SmartPlanet.com
http://goo.gl/iLz2t

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Senate race goes from cool to lukewarm
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles about the race for a Texas U.S. Senate seat. Jones is also quoted in an article about a conflict between Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and YPF, the country’s largest oil and gas producer.
TMDailyPost.com
http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/politics/senate-race-goes-cool-lukewarm
Ted Cruz leads the nation in support from independent expenditure committees
Houston Chronicle
http://goo.gl/bnYy8
The Brief: Top Texas news for April 13
Texas Tribune
http://goo.gl/OP3Bf
Argentina, YPF no closer to resolution
InterAmericanSecurityWatch.com
http://interamericansecuritywatch.com/argentina-ypf-no-closer-to-resolution/

Rice sociologist estimates Texas’ largest increase in growth
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, recently discussed some of the 2010-2011 census population estimates showing Texas’ remarkable growth.
UltimateWestU.com
http://goo.gl/0iL5X

Menil Collection plans new building for Drawing Institute; four architecture firms named as finalists
Four finalists have emerged from the Menil Collection’s extensive international search to select an architect to design its Menil Drawing Institute, the first major project to be built as a part of the museum’s long-range master plan. Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is quoted.
Culturemap.com
http://goo.gl/4XT4U

Biking with the mayor: Parker says bikers shouldn’t have to ride together to feel safe on roads
Rice alumna/Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 is quoted in an article about Houston’s celebration of National Bike to Work Day.
Culturemap.com
http://goo.gl/FREjg

Yasuaki Onishi builds from the ceiling down in new installation at Rice
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation.
Houston Press
http://goo.gl/Gn736

Outgoing Sierra Club leader looks to water’s future in Texas
Alumnus Ken Kramer ’77 is interviewed about his work with the Sierra Club and the future of environmentalism in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on Individual.com.)
http://goo.gl/BnM2c

Universities showcase southeast Asian dances
Rice is mentioned in an article about a University of Houston Nasha dance competition.
TheDailyCougar.com
http://goo.gl/bKJVN

Honorary degrees — who gets them, and why
An article about honorary degrees mentions that Rice does not award honorary degrees.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on Individual.com.)
http://goo.gl/54n85

BROADCAST/WEBCAST

KPFT-FM
Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss North Korea’s recent missile launch. The interview begins approximately 12 minutes into the clip.
http://archive.kpft.org/mp3/kpft_120413_160051news.mp3

KHOU-TV (This story also appeared on KXLN-TV)
A story reports that Rice scientists have developed a tool that could indicate how much hurricane damage will be done to a home.
http://goo.gl/CHj2P

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

New ‘rapid’ test diagnoses oral cancer
A researcher from the University of Sheffield is working with Rice to develop a revolutionary technique that could allow dentists to diagnose oral cancer in 20 minutes or less.
Dentistry.co.uk
http://goo.gl/piMlY
‘Revolutionary’ dentist test could spot oral cancer in 20 minutes
OnMedica.com
http://goo.gl/iQnXU
Lab on a chip ‘could diagnose oral cancer in 20 minutes’
Labmate-Online.com
http://goo.gl/FaJG2
Another reason to visit the dentist
IOL.co.za
http://goo.gl/hf3pm
‘Lab on a chip’ could detect oral cancer in minutes
DrBicuspid.com
http://goo.gl/Cbn7L

Rice team creates HeadCase to increase immobility
Rice students have developed a new version of the cervical collar used on trauma victims.
MedCityNews.com
http://goo.gl/jBB9Q

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Can’t touch this: plants have radical touch defenses
When touched, plant defenses go into overdrive to fight off fungal infections and insect invaders, according to Rice research.
TheConversation.edu.au
http://goo.gl/OitZ2

Houston Baptist might drop ‘Baptist’ from name
Rice is mentioned in an article about the possibility that Houston Baptist University may change its name.
Baptist Press (This article also appeared on TownHall.com, SBCBaptistPress.com and KTKZ.com [Sacramento, Calif.].)
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=37604

New marijuana strain eases pain without the high
Alumna Leslie McAhren ’05 is quoted in an article about a medicinal marijuana grower in New Mexico.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (subscription required)
http://goo.gl/4PYAd

SPORTS

Rice baseball team defeats Marshall 5-1 Saturday afternoon on the road
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and Marshall University.
Click2Houston.com
http://goo.gl/mU0a5
Rice completes weekend sweep of Marshall with 3-1 win Sunday
Cypress Times (Texas)
http://goo.gl/MhLH5
Rice defeats Marshall 5-1 on the road
Cypress Times (Texas)
http://goo.gl/WKw6r
Rice pulls away late to defeat Marshall 9-0
Cypress Times (Texas) (Coverage of this series also appeared in the Charleston Gazette, SBNation.com, WVMetroNews.com, MarshallParthenon.com and twice on HuntingtonNews.net.)
http://goo.gl/BBde9

Rice’s Smarr heading to ITA Hall of Fame
Head men’s tennis coach Ron Smarr has been selected for induction into the ITA Men’s College Tennis Hall of Fame.
Houston Chronicle
http://goo.gl/zEx6W

Kuster earns team MVP honor again
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team conducted its year-end season banquet and handed out its team awards.
Cypress Times (Texas)
http://goo.gl/XA6Ia

Doesn’t get easier for Graham’s owls
An article discusses the performance of the Rice Owls baseball team this season and previews their upcoming games.
CBSLocal.com (Houston)
http://goo.gl/2k27R

NEWS RELEASES

Nanosponges soak up oil again and again
Researchers at Rice University and Penn State University have discovered that adding a dash of boron to carbon while creating nanotubes turns them into solid, spongy, reusable blocks that have an astounding ability to absorb oil spilled in water.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=26404

Rice’s Luay Nakhleh wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Rice University computer scientist Luay Nakhleh has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to further his research to create new tools and methods for tracing genetic histories and the genetic links between species.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=26320

About Patrick McLaughlin

Patrick McLaughlin is a news assistant in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs. Patrick is responsible for production of the daily newsletter Dateline Rice and maintaining databases of metrics of mentions of Rice in the news media.