Dateline Rice for Sept. 6, 2013


Powerful oil clique at center of Chinese probes
Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor in the practice and associate director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, comments on old and new guards at Chinese oil companies. The Chinese government has launched probes of several oilmen in the Communist Party’s top ranks.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

San Antonio passes far-reaching antidiscrimination measure
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, comments on the passage in San Antonio of a nondiscrimination ordinance that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected from bias. He notes the ordinance drew state and national attention due to the involvement of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
New York Times
The Brief: Texas political news for Sept. 6, 2013
Texas Tribune


Commission to improve elections meets in Philadelphia
Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, testified about early voting to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which met in Philadelphia this week.

Why Obama switched direction on Syria
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike on Syria.

State leaders meet to address Hawaii’s aerospace industry
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will be a panelist at the Hawaii Aerospace Summit in Honolulu Oct. 8.


Rice selects leader for sustainable energy project
Rice has tapped Charles McConnell, a former Energy Department assistant secretary, to lead the university’s Energy and Environment Initiative.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Holocaust museum celebrating National Museum Day Sept. 28
The article notes Rice University Art Gallery will be part of the Houston Museum District’s Museum Experience Sept. 28.
Houston Chronicle

Thirsty explorer: City Oven coming to White Oak
Carlos Hernandez, lecturer and visiting artist, designed the logo and interior artwork for City Oven, a pizza tavern opening this month in Houston. (Houston)

The narrative process begins, again, in Houston
Rice alumnus Emily Nichol ’13 is mentioned in this blog about a meeting group’s discussion of art.

Stage West founder Jerry Russell, father of State Sen. Wendy Davis, dies at age 77
Theater critic and Rice alumnus Lawson Taitte ’66 writes of Jerry Russell’s contributions to Texas theater.
Dallas Morning News


Rice draws nearly $2.8 million from NSF to train neuroengineers
Rice was awarded a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a program led by Robert Raphael, associate professor of engineering, with colleagues at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine. The money will primarily support graduate students learning about new technologies to study the brain.
Rice University wins neuroengineering grant

In a materials science victory, clay enables 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, and Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, the study’s lead author and a former research scientist at Rice, are quoted.
Unconventional material for high-temperature supercapacitors

Bismuth-carrying nanotubes show promise for CT scans
Scientists at Rice have trapped bismuth in a nanotube cage to tag stem cells for X-ray tracking. Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry, is quoted. The article notes the study’s co-authors at Rice: Lesa Tran, the Wiess Instructor of chemistry; graduate student Mayra Hernandez-Rivera; former postdoctoral researcher Diana Yoon, and Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of Rice University’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering and J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering.
Texas research institutions reveal new combination of bismuth and nanotubes to improve CT scan images in tracking stem cells

Step on the gas with shale
A study by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on shale gas production in the U.S. and Canada is cited.

Professional profile: Kristin Naumann, 2013
Alumna Kristin Naumann ’90 answers a Q-and-A.
New England Real Estate Journal


Welcome additions
Kimberly Hoang, a former postdoctoral fellow at Rice University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, has joined Boston College as an assistant professor of sociology.
The Boston College Chronicle

Live Jazz Fridays: Diana Herold / Grisha Alexiev Quartet
Percussionist and Rice alumna Diana Herold ’83 will perform today in Mission, Kan. (Quincy, Mass.)


What to look for in Sunday’s Packers-49ers showdown
Former Owl tight end Vance McDonald ’13 will be a key player for the 49ers, even as a rookie.

Time cover story: It’s time to pay college athletes
The Aug. 31 game between Rice and Texas A&M is mentioned in this Sept. 16 cover story.
Time Magazine (Subscription required. Additional stories mentioning the Rice-Texas A&M game appeared in 374 other news outlets and on 23 broadcast outlets.)

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