Ms. Mayor: Annise Parker talks about herself, her family, her job
Alumna Annise Parker ’78 talks about being mayor of Houston. This article appeared on the front of the Star section.
East Jerusalem thorniest of issues ahead of peace talks
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the upcoming Israeli and Palestinian peace talks.
USA Today (This article appeared on the homepage of USA Today. It also appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Springfield News-Leader, the Detroit Free Press, the Des Moines Register, Codewit World News and in more than 40 other outlets.)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare for preliminary talks
Liberals, smaller tribes win seats in Kuwait vote
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted an article about Kuwaiti politics. Ulrichsen also authored the Public Policy.com article.
Arab News (This article also appeared in the Ya Libnan, the Oman Tribune, Yahoo!News and over 10 other outlets.)
Kuwait’s ruling emir puts diplomacy first
Trade Arabia (This article also appeared in Gulf Business.)
Cabinet resigns, new Assembly meets Aug. 6
The Kuwait Times
Kuwait votes, again
Eric Holder takes the fight for voting rights to Texas
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 in articles about the U.S. attorney general’s decision to enforce the Voting Rights Act in Texas, Sen. Wendy Jones and the upcoming state wide elections.
Time.com (This article also appeared in the Voting News.)
Feds, state officials spar over pre-clearance of voting laws
Commentary: Obama plays Texas hold ’em on voting laws
Holder adds to voting rights debate for Texans
Lamar Smith to Holder on Voting Rights Act: ‘Don’t mess with Texas’
Lawmakers, leaders at the intersection of politics and policy
Feds try new Voting Rights tactic
Wendy Davis hits D. fundraising trail
Fire breaks out on evacuated Gulf gas well
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted in an article about the Gulf natural gas well fire.
A growing role for the president: America’s consoler in chief
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how presidents console the nation during times of tragedy.
The Washington Post (This story also appeared in the Denver Post, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and more than 10 other outlets.)
Engineering futures are always bright
Nicole Van Den Heuvel, director of the Center for Career Development, is quoted in an article about engineering jobs.
Pulitzer winners among writers at reading series
An article about the Margarett Root Brown Reading Series mentions that two authors will speak at Rice on March 24, 2014. The article appeared on the front of the Star section.
New toll road expected to bring growth to Cleburne
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about the impact toll roads have on local economies.
Star-Telegram (Fort Worth)
Family, friends hold vigil for Rice student killed in METRO train accident
A vigil was held at the METRORail station near last week’s fatal accident involving Rice student Vivian Ziwei Guan. Alumnus Scott Ziegler ’76 is quoted in the KHOU-TV story; Jacki Schaefer, lecturer in architecture, and Danny Samuels ’71, professor in the practice of architecture, are quoted in the Houston Press article.
Rice student struck by METRO Light Rail memorialized in noon vigil
Local NCJW hires its first director
Rice alumna Bari Herzstein Fishel ’08 has been appointed director of the Greater Houston Section of the National Council for Jewish Women.
Rice is mentioned in a news story about Forbes’ list of top U.S. universities.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Former Rice athlete Vance MacDonald is interviewed.
Wet-spun graphene oxide flakes create a more robust 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 graduate student Changsheng Xiang are quoted in an article about how graphene oxide flakes can be used to increase the strength of carbon fiber.
Quebec Graphite Discovery
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is mentioned in an article about the discovery of a new graphite occurrence in Canada.
Net News Ledger (Canada)
Breakthrough in detecting DNA mutations could help treat tuberculosis, cancer
David Zhang, the Ted Law Jr. Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, is quoted in an article about a new method of detecting specific mutations in a segment of DNA.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in MedicalXpress.com, EurekAlert!, Nanowerk.com, Health Canal.com, the Dublin News and more than10 other outlets.)
DNA advance could help treat tuberculosis, cancer
Science Blog (This article also appeared in the Odd Onion, newKerala.com and the Siasat Daily.)
This solar sanitiser will bring safer surgery to the developing world
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, is quoted in an article about a solar-powered autoclave.
Gizmodo.com (This article also appeared in Gixmodo.uk.com and Gizmodo.au.com.)
New solar steam system could help 2.5 billion
Inhabitat’s Week in Green: GO pop-up camper, coconut carbon water filter and all-electric superbikes
Exploring the warp factor in space
Alumni Harold G. White ’08 talks about his NASA team’s research on faster than light travel.
Rice researchers part of new LHC discovery
Paul Padley, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about a discovery facilitated by Rice University’s contribution to the Large Hadron Collider that will impact scientists’ search for dark matter in the universe.
Dover String Quartet set for Music Mountain today
The Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the Shepherd School of Music, the Dover String Quartet is mentioned as one of the performers at the Music Mountain Music Festival.
Joseph R. Wilson named executive director of Musiqa; two new board members appointed
Alumnus David D. Medina ’83, director of Rice’s Multicultural Community Relations; Barbara Ostdiek, associate professor of finance at Rice’s Jones School of Business; and alumna Kathleen A. Boyd ’80 have been appointed to the board of local chamber music group Musica.
OICMF music lovers’ seminars
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will teach a seminar at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Social media use by universities: Good or bad?
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned in article about universities’ use of social media.
Prison reform results in strain on welfare system
Richard Boylan, professor of economics, is mentioned in an article about research on the effects of prison reform.
9 Texas A&M graduates honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2013
Ray M. Bowen, lecturer and visiting distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, is mentioned in an article about Texas A&M’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2013.
Bryan/College Station Eagle
Texas oilman created the fracking boom, ignited energy startups
Rice is mentioned in an obituary for Texas billionaire oilman George Mitchell.
Ex-Rice star Rendon right where he belongs
An article discusses former Rice athlete Anthony Rendon.
Houston Chronicle (This article appears on the front of the Sports section.)
Rice QB Taylor McHargue looking to stay healthy, take Owls to new heights
McMurtry College senior Taylor McHargue and football coach David Baliff are interviewed.
Odds to win the 2013 ACC Football Championship
The Rice Owls are mentioned in an article predicting the odds of various teams winning an
ACC Football Championship.
Puig homer has whiff-prone Dodgers smelling like a rose in 1-0 win over Reds
Former Rice athlete Tony Cingrani is mentioned in an article about the Dodgers versus Reds game played July 28.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the American News, Merced Sun Star, Fresno Bee and more than 10 other outlets.)
Dodgers 1, Reds 0: Puig homers in 11th for win
The Columbus Dispatch
The Woodlands lands 6 on TSWA Class 5A all-state baseball teams
Future Rice baseball player Charlie Warren is mentioned in an article about the Woodlands High School Highlanders.
Quadratic leap in detecting smallest unit of genetic change
Scientists at Rice University and the University of Washington this week unveiled a groundbreaking new method for detecting minute changes known as single nucleotide polymorphisms in the human genome.
Prison reform results in strain on welfare system
The burden of improved conditions in state prisons may be borne by welfare recipients, according to new research from Rice University and Louisiana State University.