Dateline Rice for Sept. 18, 2013


11 more private colleges join Say Yes tuition pact
Rice University has joined 53 other universities and colleges in the Say Yes to Education Program best known for providing high school students a tuition-free path to college. Members of the program waive tuition for eligible students. Chris Munoz, Rice’s vice president for enrollment, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle


The sea change in science education: Corporate stakeholders step up
Reid Whitaker, professor in the practice of digital learning, executive director of Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship and founder and executive director of STEMScopes — an online interactive science curriculum developed at Rice and used by over 1.2 million students in Texas — comments on new ways to bring science, technology, engineering and math education to children.
Scientific American

Bun B on his hip-hop coloring book and activity guide
Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, discusses his new book, “Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book.”

Today in history
President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the manned space program during a speech at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
The Lexington Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.)

Colleges with the highest application fees
Rice’s $75 application fee is one of the highest in the country, but matches that of other top-ranked universities, including Harvard, Yale and the University of Notre Dame.
U.S. News & World Report
Rice top Texas school on US News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges’
Rice tied for No. 18 on the list of best universities in the U.S.
Houston Business Journal


Inaugural women’s program launches in Houston at Rice
The Jewish Theological Seminary will host the first “Jewish Women’s University for a Day” at Rice Oct. 27. The event is presented in partnership with Rice and the University of Houston, marking the premiere collaboration of the two Houston universities’ Judaic Studies departments.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Cypress Symphony debuts at Centrum
The Cypress Symphony will debut its first season Sept. 21 in Spring, Texas. The symphony was founded by graduate student Caroline Ewan as a project last year for her professional development class. Ewan is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Steady diet of red meat for Abbott
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 Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial race and recent allegations of campaign finance violations in Houston’s mayoral race.
San Antonio Express-News
KRIV-TV (Houston)
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KPRC-TV (Houston)
Philip Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, comments on ways to mitigate damage to the Houston area from a future hurricane. Rice will hold a two-day conference on this topic Sept. 24-25 to coincide with the fifth anniversary of 2008’s Hurricane Ike. (Click broadcast.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Rice researchers found that women are less likely than men to engage in political corruption, but only in countries where corruption is denounced. (Click audio.)
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) (Click audio.)

KCIT-TV (Amarillo, Texas)
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology, comments on education and poverty in the Texas panhandle area and the state in general. (Click broadcast.)
KAMR-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (Click broadcast.) (Click broadcast.)
KFDA-TV (Amarillo, Texas)

KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.)
A professor with Rice has helped to authenticate a painting by Vincent Van Gogh in an Amsterdam museum with digital sleuthing. Don H. Johnson, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, is quoted.
KSWO-TV (Lawton, Okla.)

WJBK-TV (Southfield, Mich.)
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.


A swarm on every desktop: Robotics experts learn from public
The next experiment from Rice University’s Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) 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, a postdoctoral researcher at MRSL, is quoted.
National Science Foundation (The story appeared on the ‘News from the Field’ banner.)

From the pages of Texas Architect: Il Duomo
An article first published in 1990 by the late Douglas Peques Harvey ’66 on the building and architecture of Houston’s Astrodome, is reprinted.

Encrypted heartbeats keep hackers from medical implants
Researchers from Rice and the security company RSA have developed a method to ensure that anyone attempting to reprogram an implanted device is actually physically present with the patient and is not a hacker. Graduate student Masoud Rostami, who co-wrote the paper, is quoted.
Could hackers target implanted medical devices? Not with ‘heartbeat authentication’ tech
Your heartbeat is a password: Medical implants could get new security feature (Canada)

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.

Clay key to high-temperature supercapacitors
Clay is a key ingredient in a supercapacitor that can operate at very high temperatures, according to Rice University researchers who have developed such a device. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, chemistry and chemical and biomelecular engineering, and Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, lead author and a former research scientist at Rice, are quoted.

Photonic frontiers: Optical antennas concentrate light and direct beams
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.
Solar steam system tested to sanitize medical tools
Green Building News


WGU Texas welcomes new chancellor, Ray Martinez
WGU Texas, the nonprofit, online university established by the state of Texas in 2011, appointed Ray Martinez as its new Chancellor. Martinez is the former director of government relations at Rice.
Alice Echo-News Journal (Alice, Texas)

Albrecht: The burden of books
Rice-based publisher OpenStax College is mentioned as an alternative to rising textbook prices.
The Dartmouth (Hanover, N.H.)

‘Final: The Rapture’ — Big winner at the box office
The article notes that Rice students were among those who watched the film “Final: The Rapture,” which opened recently in Houston-area theaters.

Pro surfer wants Roxy to stop sexy ads
Krisa Comer, associate professor of English, joined pro surfer Cori Schumacher at a meeting with executives from Roxy Pro, a surf clothing company, to discuss women’s images in advertising.
Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.)


The Bayou Bucket football series between the Rice Owls and University of Houston Cougars returns to Houston’s Reliant Stadium Sept. 21. Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted. (Click broadcast.)
UH’s Farrow doubtful vs. Rice. TD Club luncheon set for today
Houston running back Kenneth Farrow and defensive end Eric Eiland are doubtful for Saturday’s game. Also, Rice head coach David Bailiff will be featured at The Touchdown Club of Houston’s 40th Rice-University of Houston Bayou Bucket Luncheon today.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Coogs’ confidence in O’Korn growing
Cougar John O’Korn is expected to make his first career start against Rice in Saturday’s Bayou Bucket.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Jayhawks look to bounce back against Louisiana Tech Saturday
The Sept. 14 Rice-Kansas football game is mentioned. (The Rice-Kansas game was also mentioned in 44 other news outlets and on 19 broadcast outlets.)

Heisman hopefuls who’ve killed their chances
The Rice-Texas A&M Aug. 31 football game is mentioned. (The Rice-Texas A&M game was also mentioned in 32 other news outlets and one broadcast outlet.)


Rice U. working with Say Yes To Education to help children in urban school districts pursue college
Rice is working with the national nonprofit organization Say Yes To Education Inc. to help children in urban school districts pursue a college education. As a member of the organization’s higher education compact, Rice has agreed to provide substantial financial aid to eligible students from the Say Yes To Education program if they are admitted to Rice. The financial aid would cover the full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, meals and textbooks. All of the private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact have promised full tuition to accepted Say Yes scholars whose annual family income is $75,000 or less.

New scholarship honors former Rice board chair
Rice today announced a new scholarship in honor of former Board of Trustees Chair James Crownover ’65. The scholarship will provide one entering student each year with full tuition and a stipend for living expenses while in the full-time Rice MBA program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The scholarship recipient, to be known as the “Crownover Scholar,” will be selected on the basis of strong academic credentials and traits that Crownover demonstrated at Rice and throughout his career, including aspirational leadership, dedicated community service and personal qualities such as respect for others and humility. More than $1 million in funding for the scholarship was raised by the Rice community and internally announced at an April 4 dinner honoring Crownover’s service.

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