Dateline Rice for Sept. 23, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


He wed science with art, solving mystery of ‘Sunset at Montmajour’
Don H. Johnson, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, helped to authenticate a painting by Vincent Van Gogh in an Amsterdam museum with digital sleuthing. He participates in a Q-and-A.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the City & State section.)


Bold idea for big data
Rice researchers created a customized, energy-efficient optical network that can feed rivers of data to Rice’s supercomputers. The new network, called BOLD for “Big data and Optical Lightpaths-Driven Networked Systems research infrastructure,” is about to become a reality, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. T.S. Eugene Ng, associate professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted. Also mentioned are Alan Cox, associate professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering; Christopher Jermaine, associate professor of computer science; and William Symes, the Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, professor of Earth science and director of the Rice Inversion Project. Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology helped facilitate the BOLD collaboration as part of its efforts to address ongoing challenges in computational science.
National Science Foundation’s Science360 (The article was featured on the site’s homepage.)
Bold idea for big data: Researchers take aim at data glut with customized optical
Bold idea for big data
Customized, energy-efficient optical network to tackle big data

Texas Republicans face early stumbles in races for post-Rick Perry era
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 to the Associated Press on political blunders made by some Republican statewide candidates in Texas. He also comments on expected run-offs in Houston’s city council elections, the dispute in Congress on funding the Affordable Care Act and the possible shutdown of some U.S. government activities.
Atlanta Journal Constitution (This Associated Press story appeared in 49 additional news outlets and on 68 broadcast outlets.)
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Cruz takes heat from fellow House Republicans
Beaumont Enterprise (Beaumont, Texas)

Glassdoor’s top 25 universities to work for (2013)
Rice was No. 15 on a list of the best universities to work for in 2013, according to the job-seeker website The ratings were based on employee feedback over the past year.
The top 25 universities to work for
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Women are less tolerant of corruption in democracies
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.
iStockAnalyst (This United Press International article appeared in four other news outlets.)
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Ross tops ranking for best entrepreneurship schools
The article mentions that Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is No. 4 in a list of top graduate schools for entrepreneurs compiled jointly by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Today in history
The William Marsh Rice Institute, later Rice University, opened for classes Sept. 23, 1912.
The Huffington Post (This Associated Press article noting historical events that have occurred on Sept. 23 appeared in 16 news outlets and on five broadcast outlets.)


Serious asthma attacks waning?
Inpatient hospitalization for asthma fell 37 percent for children in the Houston area from 2004 to 2010. Rice University’s Kinder Institute Urban Health Program helped compile the evaluation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the print edition.)

Percussion creations draw from nature
Graduate student Brandon Bell of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music organized a 40-member percussion brigade that performed Sept. 21 at Rice’s West Academic Quadrange. Bell is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Half of Houston misses the mark for affordable housing standards, study says
Disparities in graduation rates, flooding risks and unemployment are among the issues that plague parts of Houston, according to a new sustainability report from Rice. Lester King, a sustainability fellow at Rice’s Shell Center and the report’s author, is quoted. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

What ‘Obamacare’ means for you
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, comments on how the Affordable Care Act will affect currently uninsured Texans who seek care from a primary-care physician.
D Magazine

Corpus Christi’s Hispanic majority mostly born in US
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, comments on the Hispanic population of south Texas. He also presented demographic data on race and poverty in the Texas Panhandle region and beyond.
Texas Tribune (Austin)
Is the American dream out of reach?
Amarillo Globe-News (Amarillo)

Panel provides hope for future of journalism
Arie Wilson Passwaters, Web editor in Rice’s Office of Public Affairs, was a panelist at a meeting of the Houston Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Daily Cougar


U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney of California referenced a Rice statistical study on neurological processing in his floor speech calling for continued science funding. (Click broadcast.)

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Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on cybersecurity.
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KWKT-TV (Waco, Texas)
Rice was tied for No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best universities.


Mucus protects uterine and pancreatic 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.
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Rachmaninoff concerto to be featured in LC Symphony concert
Lovett College senior Erik Lawrence will perform with the Lake Charles Symphony Sept. 28. Lawrence is quoted. (Lake Charles, La.)


Owls fall to Cougars in Bayou Bucket
Rice lost 31-26 to the University of Houston (UH) Sept. 21.
Houston Chronicle
Rice puts scare into Houston, falls 31-26
Houston Chronicle
Another look at Rice kicker Boswell’s amazing onside kick versus UH
Rice kicker Chris Boswell gave the Owls a chance with about two minutes remaining in Saturday’s loss when he perfectly executed a reverse onside kick.
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Boswell’s rough day no concern to Owls
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
It’s ugly, but it’s ours
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Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted. (Click broadcast.)
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Houston and Rice prepare for annual rivalry game
The Rice-University of Houston (UH) Sept. 21 football game was previewed.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article previewing the Rice-UH game also appeared in 11 other news outlets and one additional broadcast outlet.)
Is this the end of the bayou bucket? Rice and UH playing for possibly the last time
With UH now in the American Athletic Conference, the future of the rivalry is in question. Owls Michael Kutzler and Chris Boswell and Rice football head coach David Bailiff are quoted.
Houston Press
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This week: Rice versus Florida Atlantic
Rice hosts Florida Atlantic Sept. 28.
Houston Chronicle

Rice’s football win over the University of Kansas Sept. 14 is mentioned. (The Rice-Kansas game was also mentioned in 132 news outlets and on 30 broadcast outlets.)

Buying or selling every top 10 team as a BCS championship contender after week 3
Rice’s football loss to Texas A&M Aug. 31 is mentioned. (The Rice-Texas A&M game was also mentioned in 65 news outlets and on four broadcast outlets.)

Future Owls: Walter brothers combine for 508 rushing yards in Crosby’s win over Dayton
The article provides a look at how Rice football commitments from high school teams fared this week.
Houston Chronicle

Volleyball in Houston for tournament
Rice’s recent losses to Baylor University and the University of Louisville are mentioned.
Brown University News and Events
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Clark Haptonstall, professor in the practice of kinesiology and director of the Sport Management Program, comments on the prospect of college athletes being paid following reports that a former player for the University of Tennessee was paid while in college.
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Rendon improving as a 2nd baseman
Former Owl Anthony Rendon, now playing for the Washington Nationals, is featured.

Prospects visit Miller Park to accept awards
Former Owl Michael Ratterree, currently playing for the Milwaukee Brewers’ advanced Rookie League Helena team, was named most valuable player in the 2013 Pioneer League. Ratterree is quoted. (Click broadcast. The story also appeared in five other news outlets.)

Stars reach .500 level with shutout victory; St. Clair 6-0 in women’s OCAA fastball
Former Owl and football tight end Luke Willson ’12 had his best offensive game with the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.
The Windsor Star (Ontario, Canada)
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ABC’s ‘Good Morning Americ’
Tennis legend Billie Jean King talks about her ‘battle of the sexes’ tennis match in 1973 against Bobby Riggs at Houston’s Astrodome. King was carried into the Astrodome on a chariot pulled by members of Rice’s track team. (Click broadcast.)
ABC News Radio (The story also appeared on eight additional broadcast outlets and in two print outlets.)


New password in a heartbeat
Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked. Researchers at Rice have come up with a secure way to dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device could be altered remotely without authorization. Their technology would use the patient’s own heartbeat as a kind of password that could only be accessed through touch.

Affordable housing and flooding among sustainability issues to address in Houston
Half of Houston’s City Council Districts do not meet the conventional standards for affordable housing, according to a new report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability.

Rice students’ robot arm a Dee-light for teen
It was a big day for Dee Faught when a team of Rice University students gave him a helping hand. In fact, they gave him a whole arm. The bioengineering students won Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Competition last April for their R-ARM, a robotic device for Faught that fits his motorized chair. A video game controller allows Faught to manipulate the robotic arm. The students had the eager teen try a nearly finished version of the device Sept. 20 at Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston.

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