Dateline Rice for Sept. 11, 2013


Voice students get lessons from 1 of the best: Renee Fleming
Soprano Renee Fleming conducted a master class Sept. 5 with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music graduate students Allegra De Vita, Rafael Moras, Mark Diamond and Chabrelle Williams at Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Star section in the print edition.)

Play the games to control a swarm of robots
Researchers at Rice’s Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based on data from five free online games that anyone can play. Aaron Becker, postdoctoral researcher, and James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science, are quoted. (Similar articles appeared in four other news outlets.)

Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the crisis in Syria. (Click broadcast.)

MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on President Barack Obama’s Sept. 10 national address on why the U.S. should respond to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. (Click broadcast.)


Princeton tops US News annual college ranking
An article about the 2014 national university ranking by U.S. News & World Report notes that among the top 20 universities, only Rice and the University of California at Berkeley had tuition and fees less than $40,000 a year. Rice is No. 18 in the ranking.
Yahoo! (Singapore. This Agence France-Presse article appeared in five other news outlets.)
Princeton beats Harvard, tops US News’ university rankings
Rice tied for No. 18 in the magazine’s list of top national universities.
Rice is top Texas university in US News ranking
Texas Tribune (Austin)
Several Houston area colleges ranked nationally, regionally
Houston Chronicle
UT drops 6 spots on best US schools report
Austin Business Journal (Austin)
Rice University shines in new US News college rankings, but Texas takes a big fall (Houston)
UT drops 6 spots on best US schools report
Rice University is the only Texas school in the top 50.
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Karlgaard is new Rice AD
Rice President David Leebron announces Joe Karlgaard will be the athletics director for Rice.
The Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, N.D.)
Rice selects Karlgaard as new athletics director

US dominates the world’s top colleges, for now
Rice is No. 136 in the 2013 QS World University Rankings of the 800 top global institutions.

Public records suit filed against superintendent
Hanszen College junior Zack Kopplin, currently taking a year off from Rice, filed a public records lawsuit against the Louisiana superintendent of education and that state’s education department.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This Associated Press article appeared in 19 other news outlets and on 17 broadcast outlets.)


Republican steps into the race to replace Strama
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 lone Republican candidate who wants to replace former state Rep. Mark Strama.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription required.)

Local math teachers study at Rice University
Houston-area school math teachers converged this summer at Rice to take part in the 27th annual Rice University School Mathematics Project’s (RUSMP) Summer Campus Program. Several Rice faculty who participated in the summer program are mentioned in the article by Susan Troutman, RUSMP associate director for secondary programs, and Carolyn White, RUSMP associate director for elementary and intermediate programs.
Village News / Southwest News (Houston) (Flip to page 8.)

Majority of senior high students in Texas will be Hispanic by next year
The article references an analysis of the state’s under-18 Hispanic population by Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology.
Pegasus News (Dallas)

Bellaire High schedules college representative panel on Sept. 19
Rice admissions representatives will attend a college fair Sept. 19 at Bellaire High School.
Houston Chronicle


Don Johnson, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, performed an X-ray analysis to help identify a painting as an authentic van Gogh. (Click audio.)

Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on President Barack Obama’s national address Sept. 10 on the Syrian crisis.
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Clark Haptonstall, professor in the practice of kinesiology and director of the Sport Management Program, comments on whether college athletes should be paid. (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.

Alumnus George P. Bush ’98, a candidate for Texas land commissioner, is featured.
KENS-TV (San Antonio)


A group of economists wrote an open letter in favor of Janet Yellen
Diana Strassmann, the Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Humanities, joined more than 200 economics professors in signing an open letter calling on President Barack Obama to name Federal Reserve Board Vice Chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve System.
Business Insider

Clay is key ingredient in high-temperature supercapacitors, say researchers
Clay may hold the answer to developing super high-temperature supercapacitors for powering devices in extreme environments. Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, lead author and a former research scientist at Rice University, is quoted. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Grenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, chemistry, and chemical and biomelecular engineering, is mentioned.

1st uses of new solar energy technology: Killing germs on medical, dental instruments
A revolutionary new solar energy technology that turns water into steam without boiling the entire container of water has become the basis for new devices to sanitize medical and dental instruments and human waste in developing countries. 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 quoted. (Similar stories appeared in six other news outlets.)

US DoD funds laboratory study on networks of nano-electrical mechanical devices
Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a key collaborator with the 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.


How street gangs have complicated Mexico security
A report on Mexico’s street gangs authored by Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.

Big data: Too big and too complex
Rice alumnus Gwynne Dyer ’66 writes an op-ed on recent computer system crashes, including one that paralyzed the NASDAQ stock exchange.


Owls star LB likely to sit against Kansas
Rice linebacker Cameron Nwosu is unlikely to play in Saturday’s home opener against Kansas. Owls football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Kansas out to end road woes Saturday at Rice
Kansas University football head coach Charlie Weis comments on the Sept. 14 Rice-Kansas game.
Houston Chronicle
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Kansas vs. Rice: Owls move to a 6.5 point favorite

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The Rice volleyball team beats Lamar three sets-to-none. (Click broadcast.)

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