Dateline Rice for Sept. 10, 2013


Rice names Karlgaard as athletics director
Joe Karlgaard will be athletics director for Rice. Karlgaard, currently senior associate athletics director for development at Stanford, starts at Rice Oct. 7. (Rock Hill, S.C. This Associated Press story also appeared in 28 other news outlets and 19 broadcast outlets.)
Owls’ new AD has lofty expectations
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Bike-bus syncing an uphill climb, but getting there
A group of Rice students is working with Houston community groups and the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority to better integrate cycling and public transit, as the city’s bike-sharing system prepares for another expansion. Wiess College senior Austin Jarvis is quoted. Also mentioned are McMurtry College senior Skye Kelty, Martel College senior Laura Lopez and Wiess College senior Maria Luisa Rangel.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. The article was on the front page of the City & State section.)

Don Johnson, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, comments on the X-ray analysis he performed that helped identify a painting as an authentic van Gogh. “Sunset at Montmajour” is the first full-size canvas identified as an authentic work of van Gogh since 1928. (Click broadcast.)


National University Rankings
Rice is tied for No. 18 in the 2014 national university rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
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Your cellphone: Private or not?
Statements made last year at Rice by U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts on the clash between modern technology and privacy are cited.
USA Today (The article appeared in 40 other news outlets.)

Heroes of the Sabine Pass
W. Caleb McDaniel, assistant professor of history, writes in this online commentary about the hidden Civil War histories implicit by the intersection of Emancipation Park and Dowling Street in Houston’s inner city Third Ward.
New York Times – Online

Credibility stakes high for Obama in Syria speech
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis in Syria. Brinkley is also quoted in an op-ed referencing President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 Brandenburg Gate speech.
Boston Globe
American leadership: When Reagan spoke, people listened

Arkansas Family Council: Surprising study on same-sex marriage
A Rice study on changing attitudes toward same-sex marriage is analyzed.


5 candidates for Dallas city attorney to be interviewed
Rice alumnus Russell Coleman ’82 is on the short list for the city attorney job in Dallas.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription required.)

TCISD Foundation names 2013 Hall of Honor inductees
Rice alumna Nancy Glass ’75 was named to the Texas City Independent School District’s Hall of Honor.
Galveston County Daily News

Theater review: African-American Rep premieres work by Dallas’ Jonathan Norton
Rice alumnus Lawson Taitte ’66 reviews a new premiere.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription required.)


KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
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 visit to Texas this week by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Click audio.)

Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the low profile operation of drug cartels in the U.S. (Click broadcast.)

KVUE-TV (Austin)
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98, a candidate for Texas land commissioner, is featured. (Click broadcast.)

Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, comments on the growth of Houston and its traffic congestion.


Army grants $12.5 million for complexity, networks research
Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a key collaborator with University of California, Davis, on a $6.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative to find how collections of complex networks interact to create new, stable functions.
UCDAVIS News & Information
The Davis Enterprise (Davis, Calif.)

New solar device kills germs on surgical equipment (and everything else)
Using metallic nanoparticles, a solar-powered device developed at Rice can create sterilizing steam in five minutes, with no electricity or fuel. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, is mentioned. (Similar articles appeared on nine other news outlets.)

A swarm on every desktop: Robotics experts learn from public
The next experiment from Rice’s Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory could happen on your desktop. The lab’s researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from five free online games that anyone can play. Aaron Becker, postdoctoral researcher, and James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science, are quoted.
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Nanotechnology Now
e! Science News

Clay is key ingredient in high-temperature supercapacitors
A supercapacitor created by Rice researchers using clay and room temperature ionic liquids is reliable at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit), and possibly higher. Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, lead author and a former research scientist at Rice, is quoted.

Drug patch treatment sees new breakthrough
Rice alumna Lissett Bickford ’10 has developed a flexible microneedle patch that allows drugs to be delivered directly and fully through the skin.
Innovations Report
Medical News Today

The promise of conjugated block copolymers in organic PV
Chemical engineers from Pennsylvania State University and Rice have made further strides toward a new class of inexpensive printable organic solar cells by demonstrating that conjugated block copolymers could offer a way to better link molecules through self-assembly, without the use of fullerene.

Transitions: People in Academe
Charles McConnell, a former assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, has been named executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative.
Chronicle of Higher Education


Artis-Naples hires new president of artistic operations
Rice alumnus David Filner ’99 is the new president of artistic operations at Artis-Naples, the venue formerly known as The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Fla. (Fort Myers, Fla.)


Rice RB Petersen won’t miss time because of shoulder
Rice running back Turner Petersen is available to play Saturday against Kansas after additional tests revealed he did not suffer a fracture in his shoulder. Football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Former Owl and Philadelphia Eagle James Casey ’11 is profiled on his long road to the NFL. (Click broadcast.)

LaSalle’s Willson calls first NFL game dream come true
Rice alumnus Luke Willson ’12 played for 22 snaps in his NFL debut. Willson is quoted. (Windsor, Ontario)

How concern over pitcher usage can actually give college coaches a recruiting edge
The article notes that in 2004, three Rice pitchers were drafted in the first eight picks. All three — Philip Humber ’05, Jeff Niemann ’05 and Wade Townsend ’05 — suffered shoulder injuries shortly after turning pro. (Los Angeles)

Rice alumnus Vimy Ha ’99 draws two aces in the World Series of Poker. (Click broadcast.)

Ardrey Kell’s Foreman on course for another big cross country season
The younger sister of McMurtry College sophomore and Owl swimmer Shannon Foreman is inspired by her work ethic.
Charlotte Observer

Manziel, McCarron take different paths
The Aug. 31 football game between Rice and Texas A&M is mentioned. (Stories that mentioned that game appeared in 170 other news outlets and 12 broadcast outlets.)

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