Dateline Rice for Oct. 7, 2013 (Weekend Edition)

FEATURED ITEM

A password for implants
Rice researchers have designed a secure way to 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.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304906704579113243559989478.html

New Rice AD Karlgaard hits ground running
Joe Karlgaard, Rice’s new athletics director, is profiled. Alumnus John Sylvester ’64 is quoted, and head football coach David Bailiff, interim athletics director Rick Mello and Owls linebacker Michael Kutzler are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required)
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rice/article/New-Rice-AD-Karlgaard-hits-ground-running-4872724.php

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

How to build a human brain (with a computer 1,000x faster than today’s)
Scientists have started to imagine the possibilities of building a computer that works just like the human brain. Amina Ann Qutub, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
FoxNews.com
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/10/07/how-to-build-human-brain-with-computer/

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, is quoted on Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ bid to be Texas governor. Similar articles appeared on Sunny99.com, Buffalo News and Headline & Global News.
The Washington Post
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-10-02/national/42606157_1_wendy-davis-national-stage-democratic-fundraisers
Davis for governor could change Texas politics
Sunny99.com
http://www.sunny99.com/articles/houston-news-121300/davis-for-governor-could-change-texas-11709870/
Davis takes national stage with gubernatorial bid
Buffalo News (New York)
http://www.buffalonews.com/associated-press/2013-13-10/Davis-takes-national-stage-with-gubernatorial-bid
Wendy Davis confirms candidacy in race for Texas governor
Headline & Global News
http://www.hngn.com/articles/14012/20131004/wendy-davis-texas-wendy-davis-filibuster-wendy-davis-shoes-wendy-davis-governor-wendy-davis-abortion.htm

In shutdown, Houston loves and hates Cruz
Rice political scientist Mark Jones is quoted in an article about how Houstonians view Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/03/government-shutdown-ted-cruz-houston/2918365/
Houston loves/hates Sen. Cruz during shutdown
The Detroit Free Press
http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/2918365

‘One Summer: America, 1927’ by Bill Bryson
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, reviews the book “One Summer” by Bill Bryson.
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/one-summer-america-1927by-bill-bryson/2013/10/04/2a68a572-2460-11e3-b3e9-d97fb087acd6_story.html

Here’s proof the Voting Rights Act helped boost black political representation
An article mentions a new study co-authored by Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, on the Voting Rights Act.
The Atlantic Wire
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/10/proof-voting-rights-act-helped-boost-black-political-representation/70202/

Why is work by women systematically devalued?
A blog features reflections by Brett Ashley Leeds, professor of political science, on the gender gap.
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2013/10/04/why-is-work-by-women-systematically-devalued/

The gender gap from the gatekeeper’s perspective
A blog features reflections on the gender gap by Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science and professor of statistics and of psychology.
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2013/10/03/the-gender-gap-from-the-gatekeepers-perspective/

Abbott settles Texas challenge to airline merger
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott added his support to the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, reversing a position he took six weeks ago when he joined a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking the deal. Rice political scientist Mark Jones is quoted.
Bloomberg Businessweek
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-10-01/abbott-drops-texas-challenge-to-airline-merger

How Houston could become America’s best city
A weekly roundup of articles about cities and urbanism mentions Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
The Atlantic Cities
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/10/could-houston-become-americas-best-city-best-cityreads-week/7136/

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Beauty and the barrier
An article about a floodgate and levee system to protect the Ship Channel during hurricanes mentioned a conference held recently by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/columnists/gray/article/University-of-Houston-professor-has-a-different-4869655.php#/0

Are we still a superpower?
Rice political scientist Mark Jones comments on America’s status as a superpower.
Sunny99.com
http://www.sunny99.com/articles/houston-news-121300/are-we-still-a-superpower-11709892/

Event offers parents tips on applying to magnets, other school options
An article previewed a school options symposium about magnet school programs in the Houston Independent School District held at Rice Oct. 5. Rice political scientist Melissa Marschall was mentioned as a scheduled presenter.
KUHF.com
http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1380891282-Event-Offers-Parents-Tips-On-Applying-To-Magnets,-Other-School-Options.html

Affordable Care Act: Texas has highest rate of uninsured
An article on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mentions a study by Michael Cline, associate director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, and Steve Murdock, director of the Hobby Center and the Allyn and Gladys Cline Chair in Sociology.
Amarillo Globe-News
http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-10-05/affordable-care-act-texas-leads-nation-number-uninsured

‘Real Thing’ star balances roles in real life
A profile of Justin Doran mentions he taught at Rice University. The article also mentions alumnus Jordan Jaffe ’12.
Chron.com
http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/memorial/news/article/Real-Thing-star-balances-roles-in-real-life-4860171.php?cmpid=hpnn

Tour displays work of John S. Chase, first African-American architect in Texas
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted in an article about an exhibition examining the work of John S. Chase, the first African-American enrolled at UT and the first licensed to practice architecture in Texas.
The Daily Texan (Austin, Texas)
http://dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/10/06/tour-displays-work-of-john-s-chase-first-african-american-architect-in-texas

BROADCAST/WEBCAST

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (San Francisco)
Former Owl tight end Vance McDonald ’13 is interviewed about Houston and the upcoming 49ers-Texans game for a “Know Your Opponent” segment.
http://tinyurl.com/mtkm73h (Click broadcast.)

KRPC-TV (Houston)
Rice political scientist Mark Jones appears on KPRC’s “Newsmakers” to discuss the federal government shutdown.
http://tinyurl.com/l9o4yxt (Click broadcast.)

KRPC-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, appears on KPRC’s “Newsmakers” to discuss the Affordable Care Act.
http://tinyurl.com/lfsr46j (Click broadcast.)

NPR’s ‘StateImpact Texas’
Jamie Padgett, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is interviewed about the vulnerability of above-ground oil storage tanks. A link to the KUT-FM (Austin) broadcast is below.
http://tinyurl.com/ly46699 (Click broadcast.)

CBS Sports Network
A recap and highlights of the Rice-Tulsa football game is reported. The CBS Sports’ report was rebroadcast 11 times throughout the weekend. Similar stories appeared on more than 180 local news channels nationwide.
http://tinyurl.com/lkpqzxa (Click broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://tinyurl.com/nybvqcg (Click broadcast.)
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://tinyurl.com/l66cyxa (Click broadcast.)
KJRH-TV (Tulsa, Okla.)
http://tinyurl.com/p5abnzs (Click broadcast.)
KTUL-TV (Tulsa, Okla.)
http://tinyurl.com/oq2nswh (Click broadcast.)
KTSM-TV (El Paso, Texas)
http://tinyurl.com/ovtjht3 (Click broadcast.)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://tinyurl.com/qgzfryh (Click broadcast.)
KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City)
http://tinyurl.com/nm3llbj (Click broadcast.)
KOKI-TV (Tulsa, Okla.)
http://tinyurl.com/pckddlg (Click broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Nanotechnology: The Basics — free online course from Rice U
A four-week course on nanotechnology, led by Vicki Colvin, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry, vice provost for research and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Daniel Mittleman, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is featured. Sessions start Oct. 21.
Nanowerk
http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=32622.php

Scientists use blur to sharpen nanoscale DNA mapping (w/video)
With high-tech optical tools and sophisticated mathematics, Rice University researchers have found a way to pinpoint the location of specific sequences along single strands of DNA, a technique that could someday help diagnose genetic diseases. Christy Landes, assistant professor of chemistry; Rice postdoctoral associate Jixin Chen; and undergraduate student Alberto Bremauntz are mentioned.
Nanowerk
http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=32624.php
Scientists use blur to sharpen DNA mapping
HealthCanal
http://www.healthcanal.com/medical-breakthroughs/43647-scientists-use-blur-to-sharpen-dna-mapping.html
Scientists use blur to sharpen DNA mapping
Phys.org
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-scientists-blur-sharpen-dna-video.html

Nano-thin hexagonal boron nitride films protect metals at ultrahigh temperatures
Atomically thin sheets of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) have the handy benefit of protecting what’s underneath from oxidizing even at very high temperatures, Rice University researchers have discovered.
AZoNano.com
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=28451
Rust protection coatings of atomically thin hexagonal boron nitride
Nanowerk
http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=32623.php

Biochar quiets microbes, including some plant pathogens
In Texas, Rice University scientists have used synthetic biology to study how a popular soil amendment called “biochar” can interfere with the chemical signals that some microbes use to communicate. Joff Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology and of bioengineering, is mentioned.
BioBased Digest
http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/biobased/2013/10/03/biochar-quiets-microbes-including-some-plant-pathogens/

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. Ho is quoted.
HealthCanal
http://www.healthcanal.com/public-health-safety/43545-technology-not-uninsured-patients-driving-hospital-costs.html
Is technology driving health care costs?
DOTmed.com
http://www.dotmed.com/news/story/22186/

Elegant and exuberant architecture: A report from the Monterey design conference
An article on the Monterey Design Conference in northern California mentioned Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion.
Architectural Record
http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2013/10/131004-Elegant-and-Exhuberant-Architecture-A-Report-From-the-Monterey-Design-Conference.asp

Photodetector discerns polarized light intrinsically
An article discusses a newly created carbon-based broadband photodetector that demonstrates intrinsic polarimetry. A team from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories used carpets of aligned carbon nanotubes to create a solid-state electronic device hardwired to detect polarized light across a broad swath of the visible and IR spectra. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy; Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry; and Xiaowei He, a graduate student in Kono’s group, are mentioned.
Photonics Spectra
http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=54998

NASA looking to commercial sector for new technology and materials
A preview of the Texas Advanced Manufacturing Expo and Conference Oct. 15-16 at the Reliant Center mentions Rice as a supporter of the event.
Aero News Network
http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=d3c22702-66c9-4c76-8ede-97aad1d1eed7

‘White graphene’ halts rust in high temps
Atomically thin sheets of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) have the handy benefit of protecting what’s underneath from oxidizing even at very high temperatures, Rice University researchers have discovered. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Jun Lou, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted.
Phys.org
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-white-graphene-halts-rust-high.html

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Director of Multi-robot Systems Lab at Rice featured speaker at Yeager Scholars Symposium
James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science and director of the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice University, will be the featured speaker Oct. 8 at the annual Society of Yeager Scholars Symposium at Marshall University.
Huntington News (Huntington, W.Va.)
http://www.huntingtonnews.net/73698

Dover String Quartet makes everything sound new
An article previews a concert by the Dover String Quartet at Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre Oct. 5. Until last spring, the quartet was the quartet in residence at the Shepherd School of Music.
Baltimore Sun
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-go-candlelight-1003-20131003,0,3451284.story

International Baccalaureate chooses new director general ‘passionate about international education’
The Foundation Council of the International Baccalaureate (IB) announced the appointment of Siva Kumari as the new director general of the IB. Kumari’s former position as associate dean and director of programs at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is mentioned.
Newswise
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/608537/?sc=rsla
El Bachillerato Internacional elige nueva directora general ‘apasionada por la educación internacional’
elEconomistas.es (An English translation of the article was not available. The article also appeared on Finanzas.comNorbolsa.es and Ibero News.)
http://www.eleconomista.es/empresas-finanzas/noticias/5197458/10/13/El-Bachillerato-Internacional-elige-nueva-directora-general-apasionada-por-la-educacion-internacional.html

SPORTS

Articles recap the Rice football game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Rice topped division rival Tulsa, 30-27, in overtime Saturday night at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Rice outlasts Tulsa for 30-27 overtime win
CBSSports.com
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/gametracker/recap/NCAAF_20131005_RICE@TULSA/rice-outlasts-tulsa-for-3027-overtime-win
Rice’s Dillard delivers overtime win over Tulsa
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required)
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rice/article/Rice-s-Dillard-delivers-overtime-win-over-Tulsa-4872929.php#/0
Recap: Tulsa vs. Rice
Centre Daily Times
http://www.centredaily.com/2013/10/05/3824814/recap-tulsa-vs-rice.html (This article also appeared in the Fresno Bee [California], the Idaho Statesman, the Olympian [Washington], the State [South Carolina] and the Merced Sun-Star [California].)
McHargue to Dillard TD pass gives Rice overtime win at Tulsa
Examiner.com
http://www.examiner.com/article/mchargue-to-dillard-td-pass-gives-rice-overtime-win-at-tulsa
Rice Owls win overtime thriller at Tulsa
The Potpourri (Magnolia, Texas)
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/magnolia/sports/football-rice-owls-win-overtime-thriller-at-tulsa/article_69086e30-2e3c-11e3-9a38-0019bb2963f4.html
Tulsa falls to Rice in OT, drops to 1-4 on season
Tulsa World (Oklahoma)
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/tulsa-falls-to-rice-in-ot/article_0f6913be-2d5d-11e3-a7db-0019bb30f31a.html

Week 6 college football picks and predictions: Rice Owls at Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Articles offer predictions about the football game between Rice and Tulsa.
Maddux Sports
http://www.madduxsports.com/blog/week-6-college-football-picks-and-predictions-rice-owls-at-tulsa-golden-hurricane-30503/
NewsOn6.com
http://www.newson6.com/story/23613525/tulsa-vs-rice-preview-prediction
BleacherReport.com
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1795480-college-football-picks-week-6-predictions-for-every-game

Rice out to get on C-USA fast track against Tulsa
An article previews a football game between the Rice Owls and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required)
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rice/article/Rice-out-to-get-on-C-USA-fast-track-aginst-Tulsa-4870340.php

USTA Pro Circuit action returns to Saturday
The USTA Pro Circuit returns to Houston for the first time in 11 years when play in the Turkish Airlines $15,000 Futures of Houston begins at Rice University’s Jake Hess Tennis Stadium Oct. 5.
Memorial Examiner
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/memorial/sports/usta-pro-circuit-action-returns-to-saturday/article_54107857-3531-5702-ba85-7242d7410c32.html

NMSU football stumbles, falls hard at rival New Mexico
A recap of a New Mexico State football game mentions the team’s upcoming game against Rice University Oct. 19.
KDBC.com (El Paso)
http://www.kdbc.com/sports/nmsu-football-stumbles-falls-hard-rival-new-mexico

NEWS RELEASES

‘Ship in a bottle’ detects dangerous vapors
Rice University scientists took a lesson from craftsmen of old to assemble microscopic compounds that warn of the presence of dangerous fumes from solvents.
http://news.rice.edu/2013/10/07/ship-in-a-bottle-detects-dangerous-vapors/

Scientists use blur to sharpen DNA mapping
With high-tech optical tools and sophisticated mathematics, Rice University researchers have found a way to pinpoint the location of specific sequences along single strands of DNA, a technique that could someday help diagnose genetic diseases.
http://news.rice.edu/2013/10/07/scientists-use-blur-to-sharpen-dna-mapping/

‘White graphene’ halts rust in high temps
Atomically thin sheets of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) have the handy benefit of protecting what’s underneath from oxidizing even at very high temperatures, Rice University researchers have discovered.
http://news.rice.edu/2013/10/07/white-graphene-halts-rust-in-high-temps-2/

Rice University to host exhibit by Peter Brötzmann
Graphic designs by internationally acclaimed German artist and musician Peter Brötzmann will be on display at Rice University Oct. 8-Nov. 14. The exhibit, titled “Peter Brötzmann Graphic: Design Work 1958-2013,” will be in the Rice Media Center’s Visual and Dramatic Arts Main Gallery, near campus Entrance 8, at the intersection of Stockton Drive and University Boulevard.
http://news.rice.edu/2013/10/03/rice-university-to-host-exhibit-by-peter-brotzmann/

Shell Center for Sustainability to present findings of Houston Sustainability Indicators report Oct. 9
Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability will present the central findings of “Sustainable Development of Houston Districts: The Health of the City,” part of the Houston Sustainable Indicators project, at a town hall meeting Oct. 9 on the Rice campus.
http://news.rice.edu/2013/10/03/shell-center-for-sustainability-to-present-findings-of-houston-sustainability-indicators-report-oct-9/

 

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