Dateline Rice for Oct. 16, 2013


Another Republican backs the ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the “Respect State Marijuana Act.”
Seattle Post-Intellegencer
Poll: Texans support legalizing marijuana
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Beaumont Enterprise.)

Hospitals shedding jobs
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in health economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of economics at Rice, is quoted in an article on how hospitals are cutting jobs in response to changes in health care funding. (This article also appeared in

Is the US yielding spaceflight leadership to China?
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering and materials science, authored this op-ed piece comparing China’s space program to that of the U.S.

How to save more money: It’s a matter of time
Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned in an article about the way people think about time and how it affects their financial planning.
Huffington Post


Guest column: The 2013 Texas House, from right to left
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, has written an article ranking Texas House members’ liberal/conservative leanings based on their votes and is quoted in two other articles, one about U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and the other about state Sen. Wendy Davis.
The Texas Tribune
Cruz and the shutdown
Will Texans elect a single, female, pro-choice Democrat?
Pipe Dream

A&M-Galveston remembers founder, famed biologist
Rice alumnus Sammy Ray ’52 died Oct. 14 at age 94.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)


Listen: ‘The Long Game’ takes in-depth look at Texas textbook battle
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on efforts by Texans Mel and Norma Gabler to challenge textbook content.


Dongarra to receive ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy award
HPC luminary Jack Dongarra has been selected to receive an ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award, established in 2009 in honor of the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice University’s computer science program and a renowned expert on high-performance computing.

Halas, Nordlander win American Physical Society’s Isakson Prize: Rice University researchers recognized for pioneering photonics research
The American Physical Society has awarded Rice University researchers Naomi Halas and Peter Nordlander the 2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids in recognition of their groundbreaking research in nanophotonics. Halas, the Stanley C. Moore professor in electrical and computer engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, and Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy and in electrical and computer engineering, are featured.
Nanotechnology Now
Nanophotonics researchers honored with 2014 Frank Isakson Prize

Carbyne is twice as strong as carbon nanotubes
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, and postdoctoral researcher Vasilii Artyukhov are quoted.
Mobile Magazine
Carbyne material is ‘world’s strongest’

Cerium oxide nanocrystals hold potential for nanomedicine
Scientists at Rice University are enhancing the natural antioxidant properties of an element found in a car’s catalytic converter to make it useful for medical applications. Vicki Colvin, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry, vice provost for research and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
Common catalyst cerium oxide opens door to nanochemistry for medicine
Rice scientists create a super antioxidant
Rice scientists create a super antioxidant: Common catalyst cerium oxide opens door to nanochemistry for medicine
Nanotechnology Now
Scientists create a super antioxidant: Common catalyst cerium oxide opens door to nanochemistry for medicine
Scientists create super antioxidant
Bioscience Technology

Big analogue data – why bigger isn’t always better
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Engineering and founding director of OpenStax College, and Kevin Kelly, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned in an article about the challenges of managing big data sets.
Engineering and Technology Magazine

Clues to foam formation could help find oil
Scientists have uncovered two new ways bubbles form in foam, a finding that could help engineers extract every last drop from an oil reservoir. Lisa Biswal, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and George Hirasaki, research professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are quoted.
Energy Daily

Graphene enhanced a polymer material keeps gasses in check
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.
Combining a polymer and graphene to trap gases
Mixture of graphene nanoribbons, polymer to benefit cars, soda and beer
World Industrial Reporter

Texas Children’s Hospital hosted Pediatric Heart Failure Summit in partnership with Sick Kids Labatt Family Heart Centre and Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute
An article discusses the recent Pediatric Heart Failure Summit that was held at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative. (This article also appeared in WAFF-TV, KMPH-TV, WNEM-TV and more than 20 other sites.)

Data Foundry joins the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Data Foundry, a leading provider of global data center colocation, disaster recovery and managed services, has joined the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice’s Alliance, is quoted.
Virtual (This article also appeared in

Maximizing the nutritional power of produce
Rice University is mentioned in an article about the circadian rhythms of plants and their effect on nutritional value.


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

FMHS grads receive TILF scholarships
A recent graduate of Flower Mound High School who was awarded a TILF scholarship plans to attend Rice University.

Don’t leave responsible parents behind
Frederick Hess, the lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, authored this article about the important role responsible parenting plays in education.

The inner and outer aspects of Daoist visual culture
Shih-shan Susan Huang, an associate professor of art history, will give a talk about Daoist visual culture at UCLA.

KAIST hosts 6th International Presidential Forum on Global Research Universities
Rice University is one of several organizations participating in the IPFGRU being held in Seoul, South Korea.
Innovations Report

Melanie Smith, volunteer at Richland Springs ISD, named ‘Hero for Children’
Rice alumna Melanie Smith ’62 has been named a ‘Hero for Children’ for her volunteer work with the Richland Springs ISD.
Brownwood Bulletin

Response to JPT editorial
Rice alumus David Vaucher ’06 authored an editorial about the state of the petroleum engineering job market.
The Way Ahead


Women’s volleyball: Healthy Whitlock having impact at Rice
Jones College junior Noelle Whitlock is featured.
PE Bloggers

Independent news and notes
Rice University is mentioned in an article about college football teams. (This article also appeared in WJXX-TV, The Province Online, WTSP-TV and the Vancouver Sun.)

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.