Dateline Rice for July 15, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Air pollution: Scientists focus on the small stuff
A team of researchers at Rice University is gearing up to address a critical knowledge gap in the southeast Texas health picture — small-particle air pollution and who is being exposed to it. Rob Griffin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Justin Denney, associate professor of sociology; and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, assistant professor of sociology and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program, are quoted in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

The Arnold Foundation is giving nearly $2 million dollars to expand a partnership between Rice and the Houston Independent School District. Ruth Lopez Turley, associate professor of sociology and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, is quoted.


History says Obama, in second term, has time yet to make impact
President Obama has little to show for the first six months of his second term beyond gridlock in Congress, turmoil in the Middle East and assorted administration controversies. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New York Times

Conservative Texas attorney general announces gubernatorial bid
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the future of the Democratic Party in Texas and Attorney General Greg Abbott’s chances for becoming governor of Texas.
Reuters (This article also appeared on, the Hartford Courant,, [Duluth, Minn.], [Fargo, N.D.],,, [Holland, Mich.], [Lansing, Mich.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Green Bay, Wis.], [Hibbing, Minn.] and [Green Bay, Wis.].)
Democrats energized, but still face uphill climb
KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)
Abbott to announce for governor in San Antonio on Sunday
1200 News Radio WOAI (San Antonio)
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)

Stand-alone emergency rooms popping up
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 an article about stand-alone emergency rooms.
USA Today (This article also appeared in Kaiser Health News, the Sheboygan Press and nearly 40 other media outlets.)

37 Fulbright awardees announced
One of the 37 Fulbright awardees announced in Dublin, Ireland, will study at Rice University.


Immigration reform now
A Houston Chronicle editorial about immigration reform mentions an immigration task force meeting at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Seeking degrees: Engineering students find wealth of choices
Students are beginning to catch onto the hiring trend in the oil and gas industry, and Houston is a prime location to study. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Four Texas schools make list of world’s 100 best universities
Rice placed 94th in the 2013 Center for World University Rankings.

3 Texas universities make global list of ‘best buys’
Fiske Guide to Colleges has ranked Texas A&M University, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin among its Best Buys of 2014, based on per-semester cost and academic rankings.
Beaumont Enterprise
3 Texas universities make global list of ‘best buys’

Life expectancy in county grows — but so do waistlines
The three-mile running track around Rice University is mentioned in a front -page article about rising obesity rates in Harris County.

Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Residents fight high-rise developments in affluent neighborhoods
Museum District residents plan to fight the announced development of a high-rise apartment complex planned for the neighborhood, claiming it would disrupt the nature of the neighborhood.
Houston Chronicle

Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum set for Sept. 17
The Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum will hold its 16th annual forum Sept. 17 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.
Houston Chronicle

Early detection key to combating bladder cancer
A column about detecting bladder cancer mentions Rice.
El Paso Times


Portable device needs only sunlight and nanoparticles to sterilize materials
A team at Rice University has built a solar-powered sanitizer with a combination of off-the-shelf parts and nanotechnology. Oara Neumann, research scientist in electrical and computer engineering, and Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, are quoted.
Chemical & Engineering News

Natcore, Rice University collaborate to develop inorganic flexible thin film solar cell
Natcore Technology scientists and Rice University researchers have made the first inorganic flexible thin film solar cell by leveraging solution processes.
Green Technology World
Natcore Technology demonstrates first flexible solar cell made with its proprietary LPD process
Alternative Energy E-Magazine


NASA’s deep space future is taking shape
An article about NASA mentions Rice research.

7 signs you have terrible people skills
A Rice University study is cited.


Rice pitcher has major surgery
Hanszen College sophomore Jordan Stephens underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Nationals’ lineup vs. Marlins: Anthony Rendon sits; Steve Lombardozzi plays second
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is mentioned in an article about the Washington Nationals.

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