Dateline Rice for Sept. 26, 2013


KPRC-TV (Houston)
The onside kick executed by Rice kicker Chris Boswell in the Owls’ Sept. 21 game against the University of Houston has gone viral and made him a sensation on YouTube and Twitter. Chris Boswell is quoted. (Click broadcast.)


Fox’s ‘Special Report with Bret Baier’
Fox News anchor Bret Baier notes that Fox affiliates around the U.S. were featuring the story on the robotic arm designed by three Rice students for a Houston-area teen. The device allows the teen to manipulate a robotic arm fitted to his motorized chair. The students — Baker College junior Matthew Nojoomi and Duncan College seniors Nimish Mittal and Sergio Gonzalez — did the bulk of their work at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. In the affiliate reports, Gonzalez is quoted. (Click broadcast.)
KVCT-TV (Victoria, Texas) (Click broadcast.)
WTAT-TV (Charleston, S.C.) (Click broadcast.)
KTBC-TV (Austin, Texas) (Click broadcast.)
WDRB-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (Click broadcast.)
WDAF-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (Click broadcast.)

Cruz takes heat from fellow House Republicans
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 attempts by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to defund the Affordable Care Act. Jones also writes on the potential gubernatorial race by Texas Sen. Wendy Davis and its likely effect on Texas Republicans.
San Francisco Chronicle
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click broadcast.)
KXLN-TV (Houston)
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The great right hope
Texas Monthly

Are women really less corrupt than men?
The op-ed cites a Rice study that suggests female politicians are less likely than their male counterparts to engage in corruption and more likely to disapprove of it when they see it. Justin Esarey, assistant professor of political science and the study’s lead author, is mentioned.

3 ‘Ivies’ join low-income student aid program
Cornell University, Princeton University, Dartmouth University and Rice are among 11 private institutions that last week joined the Say Yes to Education Inc. Compact, an agreement to provide low-income students with an affordable path through college.
Yale Daily News


Crime, mobility issues top poll on Houston’s biggest problems
Twenty-four percent of voters in the Houston area cite crime as the city’s biggest problem, according to a poll conducted by Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership. The multi-issue poll, conducted for KHOU-TV and KUHF-FM, also calculated voters’ support for Harris County bond initiatives that would fund the conversion of Houston’s Astrodome into a multipurpose special-event center and the building of a new inmate processing center and establish an early education tax. Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and faculty director of Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership, is quoted.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click broadcast.)
Yahoo! Canada (Click broadcast.)
Poll finds Astrodome’s fate too close to call
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click audio.)
Public torn over bond election to determine Astrodome’s fate
Houston Business Journal
Voters split on saving dome, polls show (Subscription required.)
Officials see support for city-county jail initiative
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
KUHF-FM (Click audio.)

Researchers: Texas not ready for next hurricane
Five years after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, hurricane damage prevention experts gathered at Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center this week to discuss the area’s vulnerability to future storms.
Texas Tribune
Gate proposed to protect Houston’s industrial base
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click broadcast.)

100 creatives 2013: Composer Karim Al-Zand
A new composition by Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, will be performed by the Apollo Chamber Players at Carnegie Hall Oct. 11. Al-Zand participates in a Q-and-A about his inspiration.

Surprise! Texas GOP candidates don’t support gay rights — or do they?
An op-ed cites a Rice study on the effects of sexual orientation antidiscrimination legislation.
Dallas Observer

Sanders to stress entrepreneurship at UTSA
The article notes that William Gerard “Gerry” Sanders, dean of the University of Texas-San Antonio’s College of Business, formerly taught at Rice.
San Antonio Express News
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KHOU-TV (Houston)
Rice alumnus Ronnie Lillard ’12 is featured. He uses rap music to inspire at-risk youth. (Click broadcast.)
TXCN-TV (Dallas) (Click broadcast.)

KPRC-TV (Houston)
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 persons with lower income. (Click broadcast.)
KSAT-TV (San Antonio) (Click broadcast.)

Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace insurance exchange.

KRIV-TV (Houston)
A report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability revealed that the average Houstonian spends 30 percent on housing costs and 16 percent on transportation costs, putting the city at No. 26 in the nation for affordability compared with the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Lester King, author of the report and a sustainability fellow for the Shell Center, is quoted. (Click broadcast.)

KTBC-TV (Austin, Texas)
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has banned taunts, profanity and biased language being used by high school athletes. The NJSISA noted the taunting of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the Rice-Texas A&M Aug. 31 game as one catalyst for the new ban. (Click broadcast.)
WTXF-TV (Philadelphia) (Click broadcast.)


Securing your implanted device with a heartbeat password
Rice researchers have designed a secure way to dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device such as a pacemaker, insulin pump or defibrillator 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
Red Orbit (Similar stories appeared in five other news outlets.) (Click broadcast.)

API specification 6A: Overview
Rice alumnus John H. Fowler ’61 will teach a two-day course for the American Petroleum Institute in Houston Oct. 3-4.
American Petroleum Institute

Argentina’s shale gas holds promise, but better policies needed: experts
David Mares, the Baker Institute Scholar for Latin American Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on Argentina’s gas sector.
Platts Bunkerwire

Boise website Little Guy local flips deal site model
The article cites a 2012 survey by Utpal Dholakia of businesses that advertised on deals sites. Dholakia is a professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Idaho Business Review (Subscription required.)


JAC teams up with Heifetz International Music Institute
Baker College senior Coleman Itzkoff, a cellist student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform Oct. 5 at the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, R.I.
Jamestown Press (Jamestown, R.I.)

Authors share life experiences at Lyceum Series
Joseph Campana, associate professor of English literature, will read some of his work Nov. 21 at Lone Star College-Montgomery in Montgomery, Texas.

Eight seniors bask in semifinalist glow
Ohio high school student Haylee Padgett, a national merit scholarship semifinalist, hopes to attend Rice. (Lewis Center, Ohio)

College Fair will have reps from 150-plus schools
Rice admissions representatives will attend the Williamson County Schools College Fair today in Tennessee.
The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.)


Florida Atlantic (1-3) at Rice (1-2) (ET)
The article provides a preview of the Rice Owls’ first game of their league schedule. They face Florida Atlantic Owls in a Conference USA showdown at Rice Sept 28.
Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.)
Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.) (Boise, Idaho)
WFLX-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.) (Click broadcast.)
WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.) (Click broadcast.)

KTSM-TV (El Paso, Texas)
The Rice soccer game against University of Texas-El Paso is previewed. (Click broadcast.)
KDBC-TV (El Paso, Texas) (Click broadcast.)

Raiders open Conference USA play at Rice and North Texas
Rice volleyball is scouted in this article that mentions the team’s upcoming game at Rice against Middle Tennessee State University.

Whatever it takes: Houston Baptist University turns to football to build a name      
The article notes that Steve Moniaci, the athletics director at Houston Baptist University, was formerly the assistant athletic director at Rice.

Homer Rice, a former athletics director at Rice, was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. (Click broadcast.)


School outreach program may reduce African-American student mobility
Outreach programs that build relationships between families and schools may reduce the number of students who change schools for reasons other than grade promotion, according to a new study from researchers at Rice, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia University. The researchers used data from a five-year study that examined the negative consequences of students changing schools for reasons other than grade promotion and the impact of an outreach program designed to enhance relationships between families and school personnel. The study found that the outreach program reduced mobility of African-American students by 29 percent. The program had no significant impact on other ethnic groups.

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