Dateline Rice for Oct. 3, 2013


Wendy Davis stepping on national stage with gubernatorial bid, will need national support
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 the fundraising Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis will need for her expected gubernatorial campaign. He also comments on the eight-point poll advantage that gubernatorial candidate Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has over Davis and on Abbott’s decision to support the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. (The Associated Press article, printed in the Washington Post and on the ABCNews website, also appeared in 35 other news outlets and on 61 other broadcast outlets.)
Washington Post
Davis takes national stage with gubernatorial bid
What it takes
Texas Monthly
The brief: Texas political news for Oct. 3, 2013
The Texas Tribune
Of black swan events, Tea Party purges and the future of the Texas GOP
Austin American-Statesman
What Wendy Davis needs to win uphill race for Texas governor
Dallas Morning News (Subscription required.)
Poll: Abbott leads Davis in 2014 gubernatorial race
Fort Worth Star Telegram
KTSA-AM (San Antonio) (Click audio.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Abbott settles Texas challenge to airline merger
MSN Canada
Texas AG reverses airline merger stand
Casa Grande Dispatch (Casa Grande, Ariz.)


World university rankings 2013-2014 top 400 out now
Rice is No. 65 among the world’s best 400 institutions in the 2013-2014 rankings by Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters. The rankings judge universities across the core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The world’s top 100 universities 2013 — how the Times Higher Education ranks them
The Guardian (United Kingdom)
Top 100 world universities 2013/14 — the rankings
The Telegraph (United Kindom)
Gloomy year for NZ in world university rankings (New Zealand)

Are our political beliefs encoded in our DNA?
The op-ed quotes an email from John Alford, associate professor of political science, regarding genetically inherited political predispositions.
New York Times
Could the Daily Mail be right — Do we inherit our parents’ politics?
The article references a study from Rice and others that found shared family and childhood environment was less important in determining political ideology, as compared with the genes inherited from parents and unique personal experiences.
The Huffington Post

Talking points: Mini Gandhis, plastic in space and war on drugs failing
The science column highlights a new study by Rice researchers on using nitric acid beads to treat erectile dysfunction.
The Globe and Mail (Canada)


PBS ‘NewsHour Weekend’
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the Affordable Care Act and the large number of Texans who do not have medical coverage under the governorship of Rick Perry. (Click broadcast.)
KODA-FM (Houston)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
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, comments on support for a statewide referendum that if passed would fund new water projects in Texas. (Click audio.)

KCBD-TV (Lubbock, Texas)
Rice is No. 13 of the top 25 university fundraising teams for 2013 ranked by Michael Chatman, founder of the Philanthropy Speakers Agency.
KJTV-TV (Lubbock, Texas)
Texas Tech ranks No. 5 in fundraising nationwide by Michael Chatman (Lubbock, Texas)

KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
Rice alumnus Andrew Dessler ’86 will be a panelist at a symposium on climate change Oct. 6 in Austin.


Technology, not uninsured patients, driving hospital costs
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 her study that found that technology, not uninsured patients, likely explains the steep rise in hospital care costs in Texas. Ho is also an investigator of a study in the Texas Public Health Journal that found cancer is the biggest killer of Hispanics/Latinos in Texas.
Technology is raising hospital costs more than care for uninsured
Technology driving up cost of hospital care in Texas
The biggest killer of Hispanic Texans is cancer
Medical News Today

SCOTUS voting rights ruling could mean fewer blacks 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, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ohio University. Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, is quoted.
Restricting Voting Rights Act could mean fewer African-Americans on city councils

Biochar quiets microbes, including some plant pathogens
Rice researchers 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, is quoted. Caroline Masiello, associate professor of Earth science; Daniel Wagner, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology; Matthew Bennett, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology; and graduate student Shelly Hsiao-Ying Cheng are mentioned.

We should stop designing perfect circuits: A conversation with EPFL’s Christian Enz
The article notes that Rice researchers are part of an international study of inexact circuits.

Why physicians will never learn to like EMRs
The article cites the short seven-year period between President John F. Kennedy’s speech at Rice to go to the moon and the first lunar landing as an example that another goal, such as the development of electronic medical records that physicans will like, can be achieved.


Is the Mid Main project the future of urban Houston?
William Cannady, professor of architecture, will help design Mid Main, a new Houston development that will include apartments, shops, restaurants and a parking garage.

Cronkite, Brinkley just go together
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, today.
Coeur D’Alene Press (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho)

OU’s One University center showcases new technology
A University of Oklahoma professor mentions using a free electronic textbook from Rice’s OpenStax for his course.

Rice Players’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ begins tonight
The play at Rice’s Hamman Hall runs through Oct. 12.

Takacs Quartet to perform at Rice University’s Stude Hall Oct. 24
Timothy Pitts, professor of double bass at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform at Stude Concert Hall Oct. 24 with the Grammy award-winning Takacs Quartet.

The Moores School of Music proudly presents 20th-century masterworks for viola faculty recital
Rice alumnus Michael Zuraw ’03 will perform at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music Sept. 24.
The Katy News

Houston restoration company brings theaters back to life
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, comments on restoration projects in New Orleans and Brooklyn, N.Y.

The false equation: Religion equals morality
Rice alumnus Gwynne Dyer ’66 suggests that British Prime Minister David Cameron confuses religion with morality. (Manitoba, Canada)

Our Image 4th annual film and arts festival slated for Oct. 25-26
The annual film and arts festival, featuring Black independent film makers, artists and musicians takes place at the Rice Media Center Oct. 25-26.


Rice (2-2) at Tulsa (1-3)
The article previews the Rice-University of Tulsa Oct. 5 football game. Several players are mentioned. (This Sports Network article also appeared in 12 additional news outlets.) (N.C.)
KTUL-TV (Tulsa, Okla.) (Click broadcast.)
Horns won’t have Ash against Iowa State
The sports column mentions that the decision on whether Owl running back Charles Ross will play Oct.5 will be decided at game time.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Tennis team stays sharp year-round
The article mentions that Rice’s tennis team is nationally ranked.
North Texas Daily (Denton, Texas)

Rice baseball to face heavy dose of Texas opponents in 2014
The Owls’ baseball season is previewed. Rice baseball coach Wayne Graham is quoted.

Community blog: Saturday football
A review of some college football games references President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice. (Quincy, Mass. Click broadcast.)

CSNBA-TV (San Francisco)
San Francisco 49er and former Owl Vance McDonald ’13 is featured. (Click broadcast.)

Astros add Singleton to 40-man roster
Former Owl Jonathan Singleton was added to team’s roster.

Trembley to become bench coach
The Astros declined the contract option for former Owl pitcher Philip Humber ’05.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Big shoes to fill? Kinkaid has the right fit
The article mentions that high school quarterback J.T. Granato has received an offer from Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

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