Dateline Rice for Sept. 5, 2013


Bismuth-carrying nanotubes show promise for CT scans
Rice scientists have trapped bismuth in a nanotube cage to tag stem cells for X-ray tracking. Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry, is quoted and former postdoctoral researcher Eladio Rivera is mentioned. (See ‘Latest news’ headline. Similar articles appeared in five other news outlets.)


Honeybee venom study for disease treatment
Rice biophysicists, in cooperation with colleagues from a radiation research academy in Taiwan, have identified the molecular-level action of melittin, the major toxin in bee venom.
Hudson Register-Star (Hudson, N.Y.)

Black Lab Theatre to stage ‘Assistance’
Rice alumnus Jordan Jaffe ’10, founder of Black Lab Theatre in Houston, comments on the regional premiere of the off-broadway hit ‘Assistance.’ He will direct the play, opening Sept. 19.

The best farmers markets and juice bars in Houston
Rice University’s Farmers Market, which meets Tuesdays on the Rice campus, is listed as one of the city’s best.


2013 E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award
Anne Papakonstantinou ’69, director of the Rice University School Mathematics Project and clinical assistant professor, was honored by the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics with the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award.
Texas Mathematics Teacher (Scroll to page 23.)

Texas refinery is nation’s biggest with problems to match
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer of economics, comments on recent problems at a Motiva refinery in east Texas.

Culture Scene: Sept. 5-11
For a 9/11 memorial concert, the Rice University Chorale and Houston Masterworks Chorus will perform Schubert’s “Mass in G Major” at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall Sept. 11.
Houston Chronicle

The Moores School of Music proudly announces a 20th-century masterworks for viola
Pianist Michael Zuraw ’03 will perform at the University of Houston’s Music Opera House Sept. 24.

Meet the Houston area’s latest teenage business owners
Rice is mentioned as one of the universities attended by former graduates of the Texas Business Alliance Youth Entrepreneurship Academy.
Houston Forward Times


Rice taps former DOE assistant secretary to direct Energy and Environment Initiative
Rice has chosen former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy Charles McConnell to lead its campus-wide Energy and Environment Initiative in its mission to partner with the energy industry to develop sustainable technologies.
World Oil

Organs on demand
Jordan Miller ’08, assistant professor of bioengineering, discusses his lab’s latest efforts using 3-D printing to mimic a blood vessel system and ultimately develop functioning organs.

3-D plasmonic nanoclusters open up access to a new dimension of optically active materials
Researchers from Rice and Nanyang Technological University report nanoparticle clusters that open up access to a new dimension of optically active materials.

A shot of java to send accelerators mainstream
Max Grossman ’12 comments on expanding the reach of GPU and accelerator-driven computing by flattening the learning curve and embracing mainstream developer languages. (Click broadcast.)

Rice University professor: ‘SkyNET’s gonna take ur jerbs!
Comments attributed to Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Engineering, professor of computer science and director of Rice University’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, suggest he predicts future robots will displace the human workforce.

Key to high-temperature supercapacitors
Rice researchers have used clay as a key ingredient in a supercapacitor that can operate at very high temperatures. Pulickel Ajayan, professor of chemistry, chemical and biomolecular engineering and of mechanical engineering and materials science, is mentioned. Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, the study’s lead author and a former research scientist at Rice, is quoted.
Energy Harvesting Journal (Similar articles appeared in six other news outlets.)

Gold nanotech patents are skyrocketing
The number of nano gold-related patents has skyrocketed over the past decade. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, is quoted on the role of gold nanoparticles in cleaning a range of chlorinated compounds out of groundwater, including carcinogens.

Revolutionizing electronics through graphene
This article on graphene research notes that scientists at Rice and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide with the hope of joining it to graphene.

Nanotubes hold promise for extending battery life
Rice researchers have invented a new way to boost the efficiency of the lithium-ion battery by using ribbons of graphene that start as carbon nanotubes.


Watercolors of Laurin McCracken, sculptures of James Mellick at Hardin Center
Watercolors of Rice alumna Laurin McCracken ’67 are on exhibit at Gadsden’s Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in Gadsden, Ala. (Birmingham, Ala.)

Law school opens
Rice alumna Keltie John ’12 comments on why she joined the charter class of Lakehead University’s new law school in Thunder Bay, Ontario. (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Leone Buyse: Flute master class
Leone Buyse, the Joseph and Ida Kirkland Mullen Professor of flute and chair of woodwinds at the Shepherd School of Music, will present a master class at Stanford University Oct. 13.

And the curators of the US pavilion at the Biennale will be . . .
The U.S. Department of State selected Storefront for Art and Architecture and PRAXIS Journal to organize the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. The article notes that Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront’s executive director and chief curator, directed a master’s thesis studio at Rice.

Back to the books
Richard Macve, emeritus professor at the London School of Economics, mentions Stephen Zeff, the Keith Anderson Professor in Business at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, in this article about Macve’s trip to China.


Lobos tough schedule continues, host Rice and Michigan St.
Rice’s soccer game against the University of New Mexico Sept. 6 is mentioned.

Seahawks roster
Former Owl and football tight end Luke Willson ’12 will make his NFL regular-season debut with the Seattle Seahawks this week.
The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario)
Don’t expect repeat rookie impact in Seattle

Breaking down the new look: San Francisco 49ers’ offense
Former Owl Vance McDonald ’13 is mentioned in this review of the 49ers’ offense.

Twins scout Greg Runser still excited about J.T. Chargois, Kohl Stewart
A Minnesota Twins scout expects pitcher and former Owl J.T. Chargois ’13 to enter spring training in 2015. Chargois will undergo surgery on his throwing elbow this month.

Aggies’ youth battle through growing pains
The Aug. 31 game between Rice and Texas A&M is mentioned. (Other articles mentioning this game appeared on seven other broadcast outlets and in 122 news outlets.)

Strake Jesuit eager to regain edge against St. Thomas, build confidence
The article mentions that Emmanuel Ellerbee, a senior linebacker at Strake Jesuit high school in Houston, has committed to Rice.
Houston Chronicle


Rice University wins neuroengineering grant
An effort by Rice to train the neuroengineers of the future has drawn nearly $2.8 million in support from the National Science Foundation. The highly competitive Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant for the program led by bioengineer Robert Raphael with colleagues at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine will spur innovative training that spans neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering. The money will primarily support graduate students learning about new technologies to study the brain.

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