Dateline Rice for July 18, 2013


Self-image can predict college science success, study finds
Margaret Beier, associate professor of psychology at Rice, is co-author of a study that predicts college performance using advanced placement exams and personality traits in combination with standard admission practices.
Houston Chronicle (This story appears on the front of the City & State section.)
Should college admissions include personality testing too?
AP exams, personality traits more likely to predict long-term college success
Katy News (Katy, Texas)


Mayor Annise Parker wants to improve the lack of CPR training in low-income areas
Yahoo! News
(This article also appeared on Yahoo! Actualities (France) and
From Office of Mayor: Certain neighborhoods prone to cardiac arrest
Houston Mayor Annise Parker shared a study from Rice University and the city of Houston which compiled data showing Houston neighborhoods that are prone to cardiac arrest.
CBS Houston

Students, teachers to hitch ride on NASA’s ‘vomit comet’ for weightless science
A team of Rice students is performing experiments on electromagnetic position sensing in microgravity.
Yahoo! News
Yahoo! News Maktoob

Rising number of stand-alone ERs concerns health experts
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 the rise of stand-alone emergency rooms.
Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily
‘Wildfire’ growth of freestanding ERs raises concerns about cost (Seattle)

Nanotech roundup: Solar steam clean
Scientists at Rice have developed a solar-powered autoclave.

New entrants onto the world’s LNG stage
A recent Rice report ran a number of market scenarios using the Rice World Trade Pricing Model and concluded that there were very few scenarios where U.S. liquid natural gas exports would be internationally competitive.


Davis filibuster gives Burton a boost
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, comments on Texas Sen. Wendy Davis.

Texas Dems see chance to become relevant again
Steve Murdoch, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology, is quoted in a story about the Texas Democratic Party.
The Evening Sun (Hannover, Pa.)

Texas is not ready for a worst-case hurricane
According to models by Rice’s SSPEED (Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters) Center, a Category 4 storm could generate a 25-foot surge of water into the Houston Ship Channel.
Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels) (An editorial from the July 9 edition of the Houston Chronicle about Rice’s SSPEED models is reprinted in the Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.), Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Vida! En el Valle (Fresno, Calif.) and My Fox Houston.)

Theater events
“Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is being performed at Hamman Hall.
Houston Chronicle

‘La Boheme’ to begin Aug. 1 in Kingwood
Rice alumna Annamarie Zmolek ’10 performs the role of Mimi in a local production of “La Boheme.”
Houston Chronicle


Managing vegetables’ “internal clocks” postharvest could have health benefits, according to new research from Rice University and the University of California at Davis. Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
WTXF-TV (Philadelphia)

A new study by Rice and the city of Houston indicates there are some neighborhoods where individuals should learn CPR because residents there are likely candidates for heart attacks.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

In a discussion of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Seattle) said 30 economists from several universities, including Rice, signed a letter about the need for an individual health insurance mandate.


Carbon nanotube carpets used to detect polarized light
Using aligned carbon nanotubes, researchers from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories have created a device for detecting polarized light.
Broadband photodetector for polarized light
e! Science News
Space Mart
Science Newsline

The best Houston-designed buildings get their due: Architecture winners revealed
A Building Workshop’s design is one of the Houston-driven design projects to receive the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2013 Architecture Awards.
RED News

Silicon oxide tested for next-generation flash memory
A team of Rice researchers led by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, has built a 1-kilobit rewritable silicon oxide device with diodes that eliminate data-corrupting crosstalk.
PCB 007

Not-weak knots bolster carbon fiber
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, and Rice graduate student Changsheng Xiang are quoted in an article about a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice.
JEC Group

Audrey de Grey donates $13 million of his own wealth to SENS life extension
A group at Rice University is doing research on lipofuscin, also known as the “aging pigment,” a brownish pigment left over from the breakdown and absorption of damaged blood cells.
Next Big


Texxas Jam 1981
Rice University was one of the venues for the Texxas World Music Festival series of concerts.

College graduates 2013
Bryan Knous of Beardstown, Ill., graduated from Rice University.
My Journal Courier (Jacksonville, Ill.)

National Latino Police Officers Association honors scholarship recipients
Rice is mentioned in a list of scholarship recipients.
The Pasadena Citizen (Pasadena)

Irish scholars scoop prestigious awards
This year’s Fulbright awardees will travel to America to study at Rice and other U.S. universities.
Afloat magazine

Houma attorney was ‘master in the courtroom’
Rice is mentioned in an article about the life of Louisianan lawyer Joe Waitz.
Houma Today (Houma, La.)


Rice DB Gaines earns top CUSA preseason honor
Rice Owls defensive back Phillip Gaines has been named Conference USA pre season defensive player of the year.
Rice’s Gaines named C-USA preseason defensive player of year
Houston Chronicle

Rice picked 2nd in West in preseason C-USA poll
A strong finish to the 2012 season and the return of 19 starters has Rice near the top of the Conference USA preseason projections.
Houston Chronicle

Cowboys give 3 FA QBs a look
Rice alumnus Chase Clement might be one of the Dallas Cowboys’ new quarterbacks.
The Landry Hat

Johnny Manziel talks mistakes, partying and Tim Tebow at SEC media days
An article mentions Rice football’s season opener Aug. 31.
Culture Map Dallas

Plan may let Aggies save pieces of beloved, demolished coliseum
Debris from the demolished G. Rollie White Coliseum is expected to be cleared before Aug. 31, when the Aggies take on the Rice Owls.
Houston Chronicle

Blue Anchors sink Cats
Former Rice baseball player Caleb Smith started for the Thunder Bay Border Cats.
Our Sports Central

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