Dateline Rice for Oct. 2, 2013


ABC-TV ‘Good Morning America Live’
Two of the three Rice bioengineering students who built a device that allows a Houston-area teen to manipulate a robotic arm fitted to his motorized chair were interviewed live via Skype for the program’s post-show online webcast this morning. Nimish Mittal and Matthew Nojoomi were quoted. (Click broadcast at minute 10:40.)

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 approval of an American Airlines and US Airlines merger. (This Associated Press article also appeared on nine other broadcast outlets and in 14 news outlets.)

Denison University joins hands with Say Yes
Rice is one of the private institutions that joined the Say Yes to Education Inc. Compact, an agreement to provide low-income students with an affordable path through college.
Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio)


Back to school blues, er … brews
Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is offering a course on how to brew beer.
Houston Chronicle

At Methodist Hospital, there’s a special place for artists to heal
Rice alumnus Evan Collins ’13 comments on the Methodist Hospital’s new center for treating singers, musicians, dancers, actors and others who suffer from diseases or injuries related to their callings.
Houston Chronicle

Houston’s not so affordable anymore: New study ranks it only 26th among US cities
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 audio.)

Tech fundraising ranked No. 5 in America
Rice is No. 13 of the top 25 university fundraising teams for 2013 ranked by Michael Chatman, founder of the Philanthropy Speakers Agency.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas)


KUHF-FM (Houston)
Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, comments on the possible impact of the federal government shutdown on public schools. (Click audio.)

KPRC-TV (Houston)
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy who was head of NASA’s Johnson Space Center during the last federal government shutdown in the mid-1990s, comments on the current shutdown. (Click broadcast.)

KROI-FM (Houston)
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the federal government shutdown and its possible impact on U.S. foreign policy. (Click audio.)

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 the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace insurance exchange and Medicaid coverage. Ho is also listed as an investigator of a study in the Texas Public Health Journal that found cancer is the biggest killer of Hispanics/Latinos in Texas. (Click broadcast.)
The biggest killer of Hispanic Texans is cancer

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the large number of Texans who do not have medical coverage under the governorship of Rick Perry.

KROI-FM (Houston)
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, comments on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on uninsured children in Houston. (Click audio.)

KATC-TV (Lafayette, La.)
An independent film by Chris Eska ’98 will screen April 14 in Lafayette, La.

WNYC-FM (New York)
David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, comments on the surge in Islamic-related violence in Africa. (Click audio. The NPR story also aired on four other NPR affiliates.)

KRIV-TV (Houston)
Actor Ike Barinholtz of Fox’s ‘The Mindy Project’ mentions he came to Rice as a teen to compete in a high school scholastic team competition. (Click broadcast.)


Successful MEST conference
Norwegian Consul General Jostein Mykletun spoke of the close relationship between Norway and Rice at the Medicine, Energy, Space and Technology Conference hosted by Rice Sept. 18. Jan Odegard, executive director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is mentioned.

Jim Krane named Baker Institute’s Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for energy studies
Jim Krane, a scholar of Middle East politics and economics and an award-winning journalist, has been named the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Nitric oxide beads beat out Viagra in treating erectile dysfunction
The article highlights a new study by Rice researchers on using nitric acid beads to treat erectile dysfunction.
A better erectile dysfunction treatment: Nitric oxide beads
Yahoo! Health
Beads may be better than Viagra (South Africa)

Fique fibers from Andes Mountains part of miracle solution for dye pollution, find scientists
The science column notes a Rice study that examined how biochar — a charcoal that is produced typically from waste wood, manure or leaves for use as a soil additive — affects the chemical signaling that is routinely used by soil micro-organisms that interact with plants. Joff Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and Caroline Masiello, associate professor of Earth science, are quoted. Daniel Wagner, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, graduate student Shelly Hsiao-Ying Cheng and co-authors Ye Chen, Xiaodong Gao, Shirley Liu and Kyriacos Zygourakis are mentioned.
Innovations Report
Biochar inhibits microbes’ ability to communicate

Patients’ heartbeat could work as anti-hacking password for implants
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.
Electronic Engineering Journal

Oxford University study suggests robots taking our jobs
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, comments on machines’ abilities to mimic those of humans.

Restricting Voting Rights Act could mean fewer African-Americans on city councils
Efforts to limit the reach of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the legislation that banned discrimination in voting, could negatively impact black political representation, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ohio University.

‘We should stop designing perfect circuits’
The article notes that Rice researchers are part of an international study of inexact circuits.

Daylight to speed up mid-IR laser commercialization
The article notes that Rebekah Drezek, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering, will assist Daylight Solutions Inc. in leveraging the firm’s imaging technology and applying it to new methods for detecting cancer.


Houston: The surprising contender in America’s urban revival
The article quotes a study by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Mayoral hopefuls focus on growth, not potential for groundbreaking win
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 changing demographics of Midland, Texas, where two minorities are the leading candidates in the town’s mayoral race.

‘Intervals 2013’ features prestigious artists, pieces
The article notes that sculptor Masaru Takiguchi of Osaka, Japan has won numerous awards including the AIA Award of Excellence from Rice.


KHOU-TV (Houston)
The report previews the Rice-University of Tulsa Oct. 5 football game. Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted. (Click broadcast.)
KTUL-TV (Tulsa, Okla.) (Click broadcast.)
KJRH-TV (Tulsa, Okla.) (Click broadcast.)
TU is seeking a reversal of fortunes as it begins C-USA play

Power ranking all 126 college football teams for week 6
The Rice Owls are No. 76 in the week six rankings of

Pirates start slow in conference
The Rice Owls beat the East Carolina University Pirates in volleyball. (Greenville, N.C.)

Paint the town pink: Tough Enough offers new events, more awareness this year
In a bid to help raise awareness of the need to support breast cancer research, the New Mexico State University Aggies will wear pink jerseys when they play the Owls Oct. 19.
Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.)

Challenger football to play at Episcopal Wednesday evening
Rice Owls provided buddy assistance at the eighth Challenger Football game Sept. 22 at Rice.


Rice U study: Technology, not uninsured patients, driving hospital costs
Technology, not uninsured patients, likely explains the steep rise in the cost of hospital care in Texas in recent years, according to Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, a professor of economics at Rice and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her findings were reported in an article appearing in the Oct. 1 online edition of the journal Healthcare Management, Practice and Innovation.

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