Dateline Rice for May 17, 2013

FEATURED ITEMS

KUHF-FM
With a $28.5 million gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk, Rice will establish the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance to conduct research, engage in public outreach and develop new courses. Rice President David Leebron is quoted. A link to the KROI-FM broadcast is not available.
http://bit.ly/14wB8Ry
Rice University getting new center to study religious tolerance
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
http://bit.ly/10xzSNR
$28.5 million gift to Rice University will establish Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
West University Examiner (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner and the Katy Rancher.)
http://bit.ly/11JQXYr
KROI-FM

Global health innovations could lower costs in Texas, Houston expert says
Innovations in health care are already reducing the cost of care in developing countries around the globe and have the potential to do the same here, said University Representative Y. Ping Sun at a meeting of the Junior League of Houston as part of National Women’s Health Week. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared on TorontoTelegraph.com.)
http://bit.ly/19E6SoM

Sale of St. Luke’s faces obstacle
The Texas Heart Institute, the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System’s most valuable asset, is asking a Harris County court to declare it a free agent, a potentially huge wrinkle in the pending sale of the system to Catholic Health Initiatives. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted in this front-page, above-the-fold article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
http://bit.ly/10xyaMi

To let graphene boost batteries, add boron
Calculations show that a graphene/boron anode should be able to hold lots of lithium and perform at the right voltage for use in lithium-ion batteries. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Futurity.org
http://bit.ly/14byCRd
Add boron for better batteries
West University Examiner (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner.)
http://bit.ly/17D7nme
Making it stick, adding boron improves graphene’s ability to absorb lithium
EcoSeed.org
http://bit.ly/106Lzbn
Graphene Boron addition to lithium ion batteries
NetNewsLedger.com
http://bit.ly/17EonZw
Rice theorists suggest layered graphene-boron Li-ion electrode material could have twice the capacity of graphite
GreenCarCongress.com
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/05/rice-20130517.html

Add boron for better batteries
Nanotech-Now.com
http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=47481

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

NorTex — Collaboration between universities and industry in Texas and Norway
An informal relationship going back decades became official with the launch of the NorTex Research Collaborative, linking researchers in Texas and Norway. Jan Odegard, executive director of the Kennedy Institute, is pictured. Rice President David Leebron and Provost George McLendon are mentioned.
Norway.org
http://bit.ly/12GH4WQ

G20′s secret shame: Ignoring tropical diseases among world’s profoundly poor
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about how mass administration of low-cost drugs around the globe could make a huge impact.
GlobalPost.com
http://bit.ly/17EsZPj

Now‚ shoes that generate electricity
Rice mechanical engineering students Carlos Armada, Julian Castro, David Morilla and Tyler Wiest have created PediPower — a device embedded in the soles of shoes that generates power to charge the batteries of mobile devices.
The Himalayan Times (This Indo-Asian News Service article also appeared in the Oman Observer, the Times of India, Siasat.com, IN.com, Ummid.com, NewsTrackIndia.com and TorontoTelegraph.com.)
http://bit.ly/YMLiwG
Houston engineering students create shoes that can generate electricity
GantDaily.com
http://bit.ly/12egDay

HOUSTON/TEXAS

The rest of the best: Houston’s top 10 tiny art galleries
Rice’s Matchbox Gallery is included in a list of top 10 tiny Houston art galleries. Christopher Sperandio, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, and alumna Erin Rouse ’11 are mentioned.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/147yG48

IAPAC holds an easy dialogue with a congressman who knows India well
Rep. Pete Olson ’85 is mentioned in an article about a meeting of the Indo American Political Action Committee.
IndoAmerican-News.com
http://www.indoamerican-news.com/?p=17016

The chosen campuses
An article about universities with large Jewish student bodies notes the Jewish studies program at Rice.
Jewish Herald-Voice
http://jhvonline.com/the-chosen-campuses-p15114-96.htm

Much of student’s world is a stage
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Maplebook Elementary School student.
UltimateLakeHouston.com
http://bit.ly/14bNJdh

BROADCAST/WEBCAST

KRIV-TV
Engineering students at Rice have designed a belt that monitors signs of epileptic seizures and sends information via Bluetooth to a caregiver’s computer or smartphone. Gary Woods, professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in the KRIV-TV story. Alumni Tiffany Varughese ’13 and Charles Park ’13 are quoted in the Domain-B.com article.
http://bit.ly/13qSWuJ
Belt that warns of epileptic seizures news          
Domain-B.com
http://bit.ly/YZd2R4

Public Broadcasting Service’s ‘Tavis Smiley’
Alumnus Cortlan Wickliff ’10 is interviewed about being the youngest African-American to graduate from Harvard Law School. He is 22.
http://bit.ly/17AkpRD

KRIV-TV
A story about events in Houston mentions a rugby clinic at Rice.
http://bit.ly/12AeBDj
Eagles Emerick heads to Houston
RugbyRugby.com
http://bit.ly/13B0bUq

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

New form of silicone gains strength under pressure
Silicone in the liquid crystal phase becomes 90 percent stiffer when it’s gently and repeatedly compressed. Rafael Verduzco, the Louis Owen Assistant Professor and Junior Faculty Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
Architect
http://bit.ly/10JXBau

Robots might replace human brains by 2045
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, comments on the job market of the future.
TechEye.net
http://news.techeye.net/science/robots-might-replace-human-brains-by-2045

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

As Houston’s population becomes more diverse, the region’s education and income problems intensify
An article reports on a lecture by Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
SaportaReport.com
http://bit.ly/19C39YM

Cyberrisk intelligence: Data security is a matter of management
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about cybersecurity. An English translation of this article is not available.
Atelier.net
http://bit.ly/YMuWE7

Slanting an immigration study
Research by Donald Huddle, professor emeritus of economics, is cited in an op-ed about immigration research by the Heritage Foundation.
Ventura County Star (Calif.)
http://bit.ly/17EL67M

Herman braves Bach on bass
Alumnus Jory Herman ’06 recorded Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites on double bass.
San Diego Union-Tribune
http://bit.ly/12Fb8C6

Stacking library shelves
An op-ed about books about Islam in libraries cites a quote by David Cook, associate professor of religious studies.
WorldMag.com
http://www.worldmag.com/2013/05/stacking_library_shelves/page1

Leaving on a high note
Julie Simson, a faculty member at the University of Colorado’s College of Music, will teach at Rice.
Boulder Weekly (Colo.)
http://bit.ly/13pvG0i

West Virginia eco-groups want tracers in fracking fluids
A coalition of West Virginia eco-groups is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt a better mthod of detecting fracking fluids used in shale gas drilling. Rice is mentioned.
Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio)
http://bit.ly/19E84bP

SPORTS

Marshall baseball falls at Rice
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Marshall University.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.) (Coverage of this game also appeared on HuntingtonNews.net.)
http://bit.ly/106KEHQ

Willson signs
Alumnus Luke Willson ’13 agreed to a four-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. A separate article discusses Willson’s performance Seahawks rookie minicamp.
Windsor Star (Canada)
http://www.windsorstar.com/sports/Willson+signs/8398544/story.html
Willson opens eyes in rookie minicamp
LindysSports.com
http://bit.ly/10B8CKf

College baseball: Latest regional projections for Rice
With less than two weeks until the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament field is announced, here is a look at some of the regional projections involving the Rice Owls baseball team.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/184etOq

Southland Conference baseball and Methodist Center for Sports Medicine in Sugar Land team up
Four Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians have been selected to serve as medical directors for the upcoming Southland Conference baseball tournament. Rice is mentioned.
Fort Bend Star (Texas)
http://bit.ly/17EMMhu

Oklahoma City Thunder
An article about the Oklahoma City Thunder mentions that the Thunder used Tudor Fieldhouse for practice.
The Oklahoman
http://bit.ly/18PWoF2

NEWS RELEASES

$28.5 million gift to Rice University will establish Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
Rice University has received a $28.5 million gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk to establish an institute that promotes religious tolerance.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=45510

Add boron for better batteries
Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity batteries.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=45474

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.