Dateline Rice for Oct. 14, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


After 16 years, details still drive Parker
An article profiles Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78. Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required) (This story appeared on the front page of Sunday’s Houston Chronicle.)


Nanoribbon material keeps gases captive
A discovery at Rice aims to make vehicles that run on compressed natural gas more practical. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted; Rice graduate student Changsheng Xiang is mentioned.
Mix of nanoribbons and polymer has potential for cars, soda and beer
Red Orbit
Mix of graphene nanoribbons and polymer boosts efficiency of natural-gas-powered cars
The Green Optimistic
Mix of graphene nanoribbons, polymer has potential for cars, soda, beer
Science World Report

EIA announces furloughs
The U.S. Energy Information Agency announced it will furlough 346 federal employees and more than 200 contractors at close of business on Friday. The furloughs affect nearly the entire EIA staff and will force the agency to cease operations beginning next week. Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer of economics, is quoted.

Using a heartbeat as a sort of password
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. Farinaz Koushanfar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Mahmoud Rostami are mentioned.
MacLean’s (Canada)

Latino job puzzle
An article examines the career prospects of young Hispanics in Central Texas. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Bloomberg Businessweek


Experience in government, business touted in At Large 3 race
With term limits blocking Melissa Noriega from seeking re-election, a crowd of policy debate regulars and behind-the-scene leaders are vying for the At Large 3 seat on Houston City Council. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, and political scientist Mark Jones are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required)

District D candidates focus on crime and jobs
An article reviewing the candidates for Houston City Council District D seat mentions a report released last month by Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability, “Sustainable Development of Houston Districts: The Health of the City.”
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This story appeared on the front of the City & State section.)

Water plan threatens sea turtles, group warns
The endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle will be put in harm’s way by a Central Texas river authority’s emergency plan to cut off freshwater from Matagorda Bay, an environmental group warned state regulators Friday. Ronald Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

NASA’s journey to Jupiter
Even though most of the scientists at NASA have been furloughed by the government shutdown, one of their pet projects goes on. The Juno spacecraft was launched two years ago atop a Saturn 5 rocket, which gave it enough power to put it in a proper trajectory for the Oct. 9 Earth flyby. David Alexander, director of Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

UT ranked among world’s top universities
Rice University was named one of the top universities in the world in the new Times Higher Education World University Rankings, making it one of only two Texas institutions to make it into the top 100. Rice was ranked No. 65, up 10 spots from last year’s ranking; the University of Texas at Austin was ranked No. 27.
Austin Business Journal

Baker Institute 20th anniversary gala promises to be a celebration to remember
A Nov. 8 gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is announced. Mentioned in the article are Rice Board of Trustee Bucky ’71 and Cynthia Allshouse; Board Chair Bobby ’82 and Phoebe Tudor; James A. Baker III, former secretary of state and honorary chair of the Baker Institute; Rice President David Leebron; Ambassador Edward Djerejian, founding director of the Baker Institute; and Rice political scientist Mark Jones.

NEET proteins are prime suspects in spread of breast cancer
A recent discovery by an international consortium of researchers may provide valuable insight into the prevention and spread of breast cancer. The study, led by Rice University, has identified two proteins as prime suspects in the spread of the deadly disease. José Onuchic, co-director of Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.

Rice University’s Jones School ranks among country’s top MBA programs
Rice University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is No. 8 for best professors and No. 3 for best-administered MBA programs (up from No. 8 last year) in the U.S., according to new rankings from the Princeton Review. Also Forbes ranked the Rice MBA full-time program 41st in the U.S., up four spots from 45th in 2011. Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School, is quoted.
Memorial Examiner

Bush promotes Texas values
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98, a candidate for the office of Texas Land Commissioner, spoke Thursday evening for a Republican Party Fundraiser at the I.O.O.F. Event Center in Corsicana, Texas, about the party and what he hopes to do with the General Land Office.
Corsicana Daily Sun


Sally Ride Science Festival to be held today at Rice University
An item previewed the Sally Ride Science Festival held at Rice Oct. 12.

Rice political scientist Mark Jones discussed the Houston mayoral campaign.
A link to the broadcast was not available.

Composers of the week: Chaminade and Holmès
Marcia Citron, the Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology, explores the contrasting experiences of Cécile Chaminade and Augusta Holmès in their family backgrounds and training.
Radio Times (A link to the broadcast was not available.)

Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, discusses nanotechnology and self assembly on a children’s television show.


The world’s strongest material
A material called carbyne could be stronger even than graphene or diamond, according to Rice researchers who have calculated its properties. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, professor of chemistry and member of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, is quoted. (This article appeared in at least seven other media outlets.)
Simple chain of carbon atoms may be world’s strongest material
Big News Network (This article appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
Computer model shows carbyne is the strongest known material
IEEE Spectrum
Carbyne is strongest material in world: Researchers
French Tribune
Atom-thick carbyne chains may be strongest material ever
Materials Today

‘Ship in a bottle’ detects dangerous vapors
Rice University researchers combined a common mineral, zeolite, with a metallic compound based on rhenium to make an “artificial nose” that can sniff out solvent gases. Angel Martí, assistant professor of chemistry and bioengineering, is quoted.
Red Orbit

DNC campaign reminds Texans that Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t representing their interests
Rice political scientist Mark Jones is quoted in an article about the government shutdown.
Burnt Orange Report

ROCO Chamber Orchestra presents intercontinental connections concert today
An article announcing a Oct. 13 concert by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra mentions Kurt Stallmann, associate professor of composition and theory at the Shepherd School of Music.

Argentina: The big squeeze
There is no immediate end to Argentina’s longstanding debt problem, which threatens an even worse impact on the economy. Rice political scientist Mark Jones is quoted.
Emerging Markets


It’s another tool, says Guilford College professor
An article about massive online open courses mentions a computer science course offered online last fall by Rice University.
News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)

High school seniors can now apply for Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
An article about the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards mentions that the program will be kicked off at Rice University Oct. 28.
Hispanically Speaking News

Piano, sculptural collaboration featured at Ripon College
A Nov. 1 concert by Shepherd School alumna Beth Winterfeldt ’97 is previewed.
The Oshkosh Northwestern (Wisconsin)


Rice’s Bailiff returns home to coaching roots to face UTSA
Rice head football coach David Bailiff is profiled.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required)

Articles recap Rice’s 27-21 football victory over the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Rice survives flat 2nd half to beat UTSA 27-21
Houston Chronicle
Taylor McHargue plays mistake-free and Rice capitalizes on UTSA turnover to win 27-21
Washington Post (This article appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
Rice plays mistake-free in 27-21 win over UTSA
Owls keep ‘Runners in a funk
San Antonio Express-News
‘Runners will get extra week to find lost mojo
San Antonio Express-News
Winning with problems: Breaking down Rice’s win over UTSA
Rice, UH both stay unbeaten in conference
Late comeback not enough as Rice beat ‘Runners
C-USA loss to Rice another failed opportunity for UTSA

Rice volleyball hits on all cylinders to top Marshall
An article recaps a volleyball match between Rice and Marshall. Rice won in four sets 20-25, 25-14, 25-23 and 25-16.


Halas, Nordlander win American Physical Society’s Isakson Prize
The American Physical Society has awarded the 2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids to Rice University researchers Naomi Halas and Peter Nordlander and to Columbia University’s Tony Heinz in recognition of their groundbreaking research in nanophotonics.

Rice’s Jones School ranks among country’s top MBA programs
Rice University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is No. 8 for best professors and No. 3 for best-administered MBA programs (up from No. 8 last year) in the U.S., according to new rankings from the Princeton Review.

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