Dateline Rice for Aug. 15, 2013


Source: New York Times website hit by cyberattack
Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, commented about an alleged cyberattack on the New York Times’ corporate and media sites Aug. 14.

‘Obamacare’ and you: Resistance in Texas, where many are uninsured
The article mentions a recent study by Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, which indicated half of the 6 million Texans without health insurance could gain it via the Affordable Care Act.
Des Moines Register (Similar articles appeared in 30 papers and on KTHV-TV and three other broadcast outlets.)
KTHV-TV (Little Rock, Ark.)

ScaleOut Software challenges Oracle with real-time analytics
Rice alumnus Bill Bain ’75, CEO of ScaleOut Software, is mentioned in this article about the company.

David W. Colby, urban planner, dies at 80
Urban planner and Rice alumnus David W. Colby ’67 died July 29.
The Washington Post


Tech wiz a top exec fresh out of college
Rice alumnus Caleb Solano ’13, the chief technology officer at RNK Innovations, is quoted in this feature on his quick rise to executive status.
Houston Chronicle

Could Canadian-born Ted Cruz be president?
The article mentions Rice alumna Eleanor Darragh ’56, the mother of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
The Texas Tribune (This story also appeared on KEYE-TV.)

KEYE-TV (Austin)

Long Pham named chief information officer
Long Pham, a former assistant director of network services at Rice, was named CEO for the Fort Bend Independent School District.
Houston Chronicle

CNNMoney names West U ‘top-earning town’
West University Place, Texas, a town bordering Rice’s campus, was listed No. 8 on CNNMoney’s best places to live. West University’s neighboring town, Bellaire, claimed the 13th spot.


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science, scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of political science, commented on the violence in Egypt.

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, commented on the pay hikes for the staff of Houston mayor and Rice alumna Annise Parker ’77. He also discussed the legal challenges to the 2014 Texas legislative maps on KRLD-AM. (A link to the KRLD-AM broadcast was not available.)

Filmmaker and Rice alumnus Chris Eska ’98 will show his film, “The Retrieval,” Apr. 14 at the Performance Center in Vermilionville, La.

A feature on photographer Allen Henson’s social experiment with models mentions that Henson has lectured at Rice.


In Shadow of MOOCs, open education makes progress
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, is quoted about the center’s OpenStax College.

System breakdown
Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, is quoted in this article about the low numbers of minority science faculty in the U.S.

Design futures council names emerging leaders for 2013
Rice Alumnus Ned Dodington ’09, co-founder of the Caroline Collective, was named an emerging leader for 2013 by the Design Futures Council.
Design Intelligence

Biophysicists zoom in on pore-forming toxin
A study by Rice biophysicists offers the most comprehensive picture yet of the molecular-level action of melittin, the principal toxin in bee venom.
Rice U. biophysicists zoom in on pore-forming toxin

Researchers compute, then combine benign viruses to fight disease
Rice University researchers are making strides toward a set of rules to custom-design Lego-like viral capsid proteins for gene therapy. Junghae Suh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Jonathan Silberg, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted.
Medical News Today
Rules for gene-therapy vectors

Does loss of Guam’s native birds mean warmer forests?
Scientists are studying how a declining bird population and thinning forest canopy in Guam threatens wildlife and trees there that thrive in cooler temperatures. Haldre Rogers, the Huxley Research Instructor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is quoted.
Pacific News Center

DEBUT winners announced from NIH competition
Rice students were named winners in the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams challenge run by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. They designed a low-cost, mechanical device to regulate an IV drip.
Today’s Medical Developments
Young winners land big prizes in the NIH’s biomedical engineering contest

Energy reform: Mexico slaughters its sacred cow
A 2011 study of Pemex by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Business Recorder


Get in the zone at the museum experience: Museum district’s new quarterly events offer unique way to explore Houston museums
Rice’s Art Gallery is noted for its free gallery talks, family-friendly short films and interactive creative writing activity for children.

Dragonfly study shows how ecosystem changes affect biodiversity
Rice researchers found that communities in nature are likely to be more sensitive to change than previously thought. Volker Rudolph, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted.
Ecosystems change long before species are lost
Innovations Report


How Rice baseball players performed in summer leagues
Rice baseball players were spread out from Massachusetts to California playing in collegiate summer leagues. Several players are mentioned.

Peyton native Dahlberg wins 1st Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile
Former Rice University steeplechaser Nicole Mericle ’10 claimed the women’s race in the first Pikes Peak high-altitude mile competition, crossing the finish in 5:53.37. Mericle is quoted.
The Gazette (Colo.)

Despite new revelations, Johnny Manziel’s attorney still believes QB will play in Texas A&M’s season opener
The attorney for Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel, under investigation for NCAA rules violations, still believes he will play in Texas A&M’s season opener against Rice.
Dallas Morning News (Similar articles appeared in 18 papers.)


Rice technique expands options for molecular imaging
A Rice University laboratory has improved upon its ability to determine molecular structures in three dimensions in ways that challenge long-used standards. By measuring the vibrations between atoms using femtosecond-long laser pulses, the lab of Junrong Zheng, assistant professor of chemistry, is able to discern the positions of atoms within molecules without the restrictions imposed by X-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. The researchers reported their results online this week in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry.

About Arie Passwaters

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