Dateline Rice for Aug. 13, 2013


NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’
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, comments on the proliferation of freestanding emergency medical centers. (click broadcast) (This story also aired on KUHF-FM [Houston], WBEZ-FM [Chicago], WHYY-FM [Philadelphia], KUT-FM [Austin], KOPB-FM [Portland, Ore.], WAMU-FM [Washington, D.C.], WESA-FM [Pittsburgh], WBUR-FM [Boston] and 12 other broadcast outlets.)


Undergraduate biomedical engineering teams win NIH competition
A team of Rice students was named a winner in the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams challenge, a biomedical engineering design competition run by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Jones College senior Bailey Flynn, Baker College junior Matthew Nojoomi and Will Rice seniors Michael Pan, Kamal Shah and Erica Skerrett developed an accurate, low-cost, weight-based device to regulate intravenous fluid delivery for children in the developing world. (The story appeared in six papers.)

New concertmaster Jing Wang eager to strike a chord with Phil
Rice alumnus Jing Wang ’10, the new concertmaster for the Hong Kong Philharmonic, is quoted in this feature article.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)


Rice becomes home to 3-D printing innovator, manufacturing research program
Jordan Miller ’08, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted in this article on his plans to progress the 3-D printing revolution in Houston.
Houston Business Journal (The article appeared in six other papers.)

HISD earns ‘met standard’ under new accountability system
Rice will offer specialized training to high school math and science teachers from the Houston Independent School District as part of the district’s Apollo program.

Shell and ExxonMobil help the Bayou Preservation Association to improve local watersheds
Jones College junior Kyle Denny spent a summer internship with the Bayou Preservation Association investigating bacteria sources in the watersheds of Houston-area bayous.

FBISD board names new executive and campus leaders at special board meetings
Long Pham, a former assistant director of network services at Rice, was named CEO for the Fort Bend Independent School District.


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

OETA-TV (Oklahoma City)
The money to pay for prison reforms may come out of the pockets of welfare recipients, according to a study by Rice and Louisiana State University. (click broadcast)

WPTF-AM (Raleigh, N.C.)
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the announcement that federal prosecutors will no longer seek mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. (click audio) (This story also aired on WWJ-AM [Detroit], KRLD-AM [Dallas], KNX-AM [Los Angeles], KMOX-AM [St. Louis], WBBM-AM [Chicago] and KCBS-AM [San Francisco].)

KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the announcement that federal prosecutors will no longer seek mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. (click audio)


Not-weak knots bolster carbon fiber
Large flakes of graphene oxide are the essential ingredient in a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice. 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 quoted.
Printed Electronics World

2013 groundbreakers: Melvin Tennant
Rice alumnus Melvin Tennant ’82, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, and CEO for Internet Destination Sales System, is profiled.

Dream, build, create
Rice’s association with the Greater Houston Manufacturers Association is mentioned.


Family and Children’s Association raises $98,000 at annual scholarship fund reception
An unnamed incoming Rice freshman from Long Island, N.Y., won a scholarship from the Family and Children’s Association.


Rookie Vance McDonald continues to make strides
Former Owl Vance McDonald is quoted in this article about his rookie preseason play with the San Francisco 49ers.
Yahoo News

Safety Andrew Sendejo becoming a mainstay for Vikings’ special teams
Former Owl and Rice alumnus Andrew Sendejo ’10 is quoted in this article about his success on the Minnesota Vikings’ special field units.

Badminton | Deerfield well represented at Maccabiah Games
Marissa Levy, who will play in the Rice badminton club this year, won two bronze medals in the 19th running in Israel of the Maccabiah Games, the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition.
Chicago Tribune

Ex-NCAA official: Manziel should sit if issue unresolved
Rice’s opener Aug. 31 against Texas A&M is mentioned in this article on Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel. (Similar articles appeared in 21 other papers and on and eight other broadcast outlets.)


Ecosystems change long before species are lost
Communities in nature are likely to be a lot more sensitive to change than previously thought, according to a new study at Rice. The study, which appears this week in Nature Communications, shows that scientists concerned about human influence on the biosphere need to take a deeper look at how altering the dynamics of a population — for example, by removing large members of a species through overfishing — can have measurable consequences.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.