Dateline Rice for Sept. 17, 2013


Doctor bonuses tied to better care
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, applauded a new study that found patients fare better when their doctor receives a bonus for positive results, but they regress after the payment ends. The article appeared on the front page of the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Israeli, Palestinian negotiators say mistakes they made in Oslo talks still cause damage
In this article on continuing Israeli-Palestinian disagreements 20 years after the 1993 Oslo Accords, Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, notes that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was shown a Baker Institute paper on a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace. Kerry saw the March 2013 paper when he went to the West Bank in August to help launch a new round of peace negotiations.
Washington Post
WVNS-TV (Ghent, W.Va.)

Waste vs. value in American health care
A commentary on the economic value of the American health care system mentions a paper presented at Rice in 2007 by Harvard economist David Cutler.
New York Times

Timing is everything when eating fruits
A Rice study suggests that the way produce is stored and eaten could impact its nutritional value and health benefits. Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
The News International (Karachi, Pakistan)

Houston Mayor Annise Parker comes to LA for GLEH garden party, re-election fundraiser
Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 comments on her time at Rice as an openly gay student.

Masud: ‘I am a woman’
Graduate student Rainer Ebert co-authored an op-ed on the discrimination of transgender persons in Bangladesh and elsewhere. (Bangladesh)

Today in history
President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the manned space program during a speech at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Washington Post
Wilmington Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.)


From head usher to headliner: A violinist’s amazing journey from the back of the house to center stage
Violinist and Rice alumnus William Fedkenheuer ’98 is featured. He will perform as part of the Miro Quartet at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall today. Kathleen Winkler, the Dorothy Richard Starling Professor of Classical Violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.

Stepping up pace might hike Metro ridership
Officials at Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority are considering ways to increase ridership on the city’s buses, including a Rice program to better integrate bike-bus access.
Houston Chronicle

Let’s compare alma maters: The new US News rankings (Texas edition)
Rice is No. 18 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of best universities.

University of St. Thomas official earns fundraising award
Darrow Zeidenstein, vice president for resource development, presented the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award for 2013 from the Greater Houston Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals to Cynthia Colbert Riley of the University of St. Thomas.
Houston Chronicle

Faculty members’ kids embracing home life on Baylor campus
Rice’s faculty-in-residence program is mentioned. (Bryan, Texas)


KRIV-TV (Houston)
A group of Rice students is opposed to the insertion of faith into fact-based biology textbooks in Texas public schools. McMurtry College sophomore Madhuri Venkateswar and freshman Rodrigo Maldonado, and Baker College sophomore Henry Bair, are quoted. Zack Kopplin, who is taking a year off from Rice, is interviewed on the Rice campus. (Click broadcast.)

In an article on rising college textbook prices, Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College’s free online textbooks are mentioned as cost-saving alternatives. David Harris, editor-in-chief of OpenStax College, is quoted.

KTRH-AM (Houston)
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. (Click audio.)


‘Vicious cycle’ shields, spreads cancer cells
Rice researchers have found that the presence of rosiglitazone may mitigate the mucus-producing cycle that protects uterine and pancreatic cancer cells and promotes metastasis. Daniel Carson, dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the Schlumberger Chair of Advanced Studies and Research and professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted. Lead author Neeraja Dharmaraj, a postdoctoral researcher, and graduate student Brian Engel are mentioned. (Similar articles appeared in seven other news outlets.)

Hackers, keep your hands off my defibrillator!
Researchers from Rice and the security company RSA use a heartbeat reading as a way to confirm that whoever is trying to reprogram or download data from an implanted medical device, such as a defibrillator, is in direct contact with the patient and is not a remote hacker. Graduate student Masoud Rostami, who co-wrote the paper on the heartbeat method, is quoted.
MedCity News (Cleveland)
Encrypted heartbeat could secure implanted devices

Solar technology can kill germs on medical instruments
Rice researchers have developed a prototype solar-energy technology that uses nanoparticles to convert water into steam without boiling the water. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of chemistry, biomedical engineering and physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Who’s more corrupt, men or women?
Rice researchers found that women are less likely than men to engage in political corruption, but only in countries where corruption is denounced. Justin Esarey, assistant professor of political science and the study’s lead author, is quoted.
Dublin News
Studies roundup: Sept. 17 (Lincoln, Neb.)

Amazonian butterflies drink turtle tears for their salt
Graduate student Phillip Torres notes that butterflies are likely attracted to turtles’ tears because the liquid drops contain salt, specifically sodium — an important mineral that is scant in the western Amazon.

Rice Alliance showcases breadth of clean tech startups, investors
The article highlights some of the presentations at Rice University’s 11th annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum, hosted last week by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Open textbook publishing
Rice University’s Connexions open education project is mentioned.

Quantum Materials Corp needs cash badly
The article mentions the licensing agreement Quantum Materials Corp. has with Rice.


Market Square Concerts presents award-winning Jasper String Quartet
Violist and Rice alumnus Sam Quintal ’08 will perform as part of the Jasper String Quartet Sept. 21 in Harrisburg, Pa.
The Patriot News (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)

Must a Christian believe in God?
Rice alumnus Roger Olson ’84 poses the question.

Cleveland Institute of Music provides pianos to students so they can practice at home
Pianist and Rice alumnus Andrew Focks ’13 comments on being one of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s students who have been loaned pianos for the duration of their program.


Kutzler goes from scout team to first team
Two games into this season, Owl linebacker Michael Kutzler is now a key player. Kutzler and head football coach David Bailiff are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. The article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the print edition.)

Rice vs. Houston
Rice takes on the University of Houston in the 2013 Bayou Bucket football game Sept. 21.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted. (Click broadcast.)
Win a 4 pack of tickets to the 2013 Bayou Bucket
American Athletic Conference news and notes
AAC notebook: Other conference power teams helping league get on the map

Rice QB McHargue recovering from concussion-like symptoms
Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue was expected to be cleared to practice Monday after leaving early in the fourth quarter against Kansas with concussion-like symptoms. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Rice loses Frazier for season with torn ACL
Rice free safety Corey Frazier will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Head football coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Kansas football: How former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps fared against Rice
The Desert News (Salt Lake City)
Rice beats Kansas 23-14
The article is an Associated Press report on the Owls’ victory Sept. 14. (Raleigh, N.C. Other articles mentioning the Rice-Kansas game appeared in 24 additional news outlets and on eight broadcast outlets.)

Power ranking all 126 college football teams for week 4
Rice is No. 72 in this week’s rankings by Bleacher Report.

Forde-yard dash: The week that error and ineptitude ruled college football
An assessment of Conference USA, which includes Rice, is given.
Yahoo!Sports (Scroll down to point No. 9)

WROC-AM (Rochester, N.Y.)
A radio presenter is now the owner of a Rice Owls’ football helmet.

Johnny Manziel reportedly considered ‘undraftable’ by many NFL teams
The article mentions the Rice-Texas A&M Aug. 31 football game. (That game was mentioned in 49 other news outlets and on two broadcast outlets.)

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.