Dateline Rice for Aug. 26, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Wonder material ignites scientific gold rush
Graphene has ignited a global scientific gold rush, sending companies and universities racing to understand, patent and profit from the substance. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, comments on his lab’s filings for multiple graphene patents.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)
Graphene: The 21st-century miracle cure for out-of-work lawyers (This article reprints a segment of the WSJ story.)

Civil rights and immigration history connected
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, comments on the civil rights movement in this article on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. He also discussed a recent Rice study that analyzed Houstonians’ changing views on immigration reform.
CBS (This article also appeared in 51 news outlets and 75 broadcast outlets.)
KTRK-TV (Click broadcast.)

Busting the 5 myths of college costs
To debunk a myth that private colleges are unaffordable, the article notes that Rice offers academic grants averaging $15,000 to 22 percent of its students.

Watt’s next blitz may be national endorsements
Clark Haptonstall, professor in the practice of kinesiology and director of the Sport Management Program, commented on the marketing potential of Texans’ defensive player J.J. Watt.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page.)


Cruz speaks volumes with his silence on Senate GOP colleagues’ primary races
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 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s plans to stay out of primaries involving GOP senators. Jones also commented on Texas’ statewide elections, President Barack Obama’s proposed NSA reforms and Argentine politics.
Washington Post
Texas sued by US over voter ID law as Republicans protest
Bumpy week for Perry, Abbott, Dewhurst
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Dewhurst not the only traditional Republican to have a bad week
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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Mark Jones: ‘Muchos kirchneristas dudan de la lealtad de Scioli al dia siguiente de una victoria’ (Argentina) (An English translation was not available.)

Noted historian to speak in Cd’A
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak about his book “Cronkite” in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Oct. 3. Also, Brinkley commented on the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum’s depiction of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
The Advocate

Law school applicants decline, especially among graduates of elite colleges
Rice is mentioned in this blog about a decline in the percentage of graduates from elite colleges and universities who apply to law school.
New York Times


Ringing the market’s bell
Brad Burke, managing director of Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and the winner of the Rice Business Plan Competition helped ring NASDAQ’s closing bell. Both are pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Michael Petry explains ‘Joshua D’s Wall’
Michael Petry ’81, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, London, discussed his blown-glass sculptures on view at Houston’s Hiram Butler Gallery through Sept. 28. A previous exhibit of his at Rice Gallery is also mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Fired, brewed, distilled: City Oven opening soon in the Heights
Carlos Hernandez, lecturer and visiting artist, designed the logo and interior artwork for City Oven, a new pizza tavern opening in September in Houston’s Heights neighborhood.

New book explores Houston hip-hop’s fertile roots
Rice’s archiving of materials by recording label Swishahouse materials is mentioned.

Group will put Brahms, others in context
The Context chamber music ensemble’s concert season at Rice’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall is listed.
Houston Chronicle

Cypress, Spring students graduate from Rice University
Several Houston-area residents who graduated from Rice in May are listed. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.

John Cooper School begins year with record numbers
Charles Williams ’02 is the new dean of students at John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas.


Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discussed health insurance enrollment options under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.

The location of Rice University was a question on this Indianapolis-based quiz show. (Neither contestant knew the answer.) (Click broadcast.)


Smoke Rises
Johnny Curet, director of residential dining, comments on the smoking techniques used by his Rice staff that includes 18 American Culinary Federation-certified culinarians.

Carbyne, a new form of carbon, could have many practical applications
Rice researchers have determined that carbyne is twice as stiff as the stiffest materials known to science. Graduate student Mingjie Liu is mentioned.
Graphene dethroned as the world’s strongest material
Nanotech: Graphene just got demoted to 2nd place (Australia)

Chemical engineers’ research may lead to inexpensive and flexible solar cells
Work by a team of chemical engineers at Penn State and Rice may lead to a new class of inexpensive organic solar cells.

Swihart receives Schoellkopf Medal
Mark Swihart ’92 is the recipient of the 2013 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal.

Reaxys announces finalists of the 2013 Reaxys Ph.D. Prize
Graduate student Ramya Sambasivan is listed as one of the 45 finalists for the 2013 Reaxys Ph.D. Prize for original and innovatiave research in chemistry.


William Kieschnick dies at 90; engineer led Atlantic Richfield oil company
Alumnus William Kieschnick ’47, a chemical engineer who in the 1980s led the Atlantic Richfield oil company and used his executive skills to help stabilize the fledgling Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, has died. He was 90.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in five other news outlets.)

Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw gears up for a musical future inspired by the past
Rice alumna Caroline Shaw ’04, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition, is quoted in this feature.
Star-Ledger (N.J.)

Mark Shum is a delightful new Bertie in Stage West’s ‘Thank You, Jeeves’
Theater critic Lawson Taitte ’66 reviews a play.


Not just ball up in air
The Owls practice for their season opener Aug. 31 against Texas A&M and perhaps Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel. Owls head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sports section.)
This week: Rice at No. 7 Texas A&M
Houston Chronicle
ESPN (Similar stories mentioning the Owls’ season opener against Texas A&M appeared in 16 other broadcast outlets and 58 print outlets.) (Click broadcast.)

Rice linebacker could miss opener against Aggies
Rice starting strongside linebacker Cameron Nwosu is questionable for the Aug. 31 season opener against Texas A&M because of a knee injury.
Houston Chronicle

National football media expecting more out of Rice football in 2013
The 19 returning starters, the five-game win streak, the softer conference schedule and the experience at key positions are the reasons most often cited by national college football analysts about why the Owls could soar in 2013. Head football coach David Bailiff is quoted.

Conference USA capsules
A preview of the teams in the Conference USA, including Rice, is given. Head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned along with several players.

Rice men’s basketball to tip off 100th season Nov. 9
The 100th season in Rice men’s basketball history will include some new opponents and the return of a familiar one. Owls coach Ben Braun is pictured.
Houston Chronicle

Rice soccer falls to Ladyjacks 1-0 in season opener
The Owls’ women’s soccer team lost to Stephen F. Austin State University. Several players are mentioned.


Team will dive deep into cell structures
Researchers at Rice and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create processes that will look more deeply than ever into the protein networks that drive cells. The four-year grant to Michael Diehl, associate professor of bioengineering and of chemistry, and Amina Qutub, assistant professor of chemistry, will enable a collaboration on new ways to see and evaluate the mechanisms that give cells their shapes, prompt them to change and move and sometimes help them evade safeguards and turn cancerous.

Rice U. profs meet fundraising goal for Malawi neonatal ward
The lives of Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden were forever changed by a visit to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi, Africa, in 2006. The pair hopes to return the favor this week when they deliver $375,000 in donations for a new neonatal ward. Richards-Kortum is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering. Oden is a professor in the practice of engineering education and director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.

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