Dateline Rice for Oct. 17, 2013


Rice football players shower support on ailing team mom
Rice football players Malcolm Hill and Broderick Jackson have started “Team Joyce” to help staff assistant Joyce Rannals in her fight against breast cancer. Rice head football coach David Bailiff is quoted. Chuck Pool, assistant athletics director for sports information, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)


The Daily Beast’s ‘Down and Dirty Guide to the Best Colleges 2013’
Rice University ranks No. 12 among the nation’s top 200 colleges, according to the news and opinion website The Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast
Rice ranks 12th among top 200 US colleges
Houston Chronicle

Arabian Gulf and others take heed – it is time to end energy subsidy
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of “Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City,” authored this op-ed about ending International Monetary Fund energy subsidies.
The National


Is the health care exchange a bust?
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Business Journal

Why Houston insiders have an eye on City Council District A
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 in articles about the upcoming District A race for Houston City Council, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, ranking Liberals and Conservatives in the Texas House, TX Sen. Wendy Davis and Republican efforts to attract conservative Latino voters in Texas.
Shutdown a win for Cruz, but at what cost to the GOP?
The Houston Chronicle
Analysis: Cruz got spotlight but GOP got blame
San Antonio Express-News (subscription required.)
Talk of repealing the 17th Amendment invades lieutenant governor race
Houston Chronicle (subscription required.)
Method of choosing U.S. senators faulted
Liberals and conservatives in the Texas House: The 2013 rankings are in
Stuff liberal white ladies like
National Review Online
Los republicanos afinan su estrategia hispana en
LaVoz de Houston


What’s changed since 1973 OPEC oil embargo?
Energy scholar Jim Krane is quoted in stories about the effects the OPEC oil embargo has had on the U.S. and the legal problems facing two Australian investors in Dubai.
My Fox Houston
An Australian nightmare in Dubai


Bismuth-carrying nanotubes show potential for CT imaging
Rice researchers have created a bismuth-carrying nanotube that can tag stem cells for tracking and creates CT images brighter than those created using iodine-based contrast agents. Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry, is quoted.

Scientists use blur to sharpen DNA mapping
Christy Landes, assistant professor of chemistry, is quoted in an article on how Rice researchers have found a way to pinpoint the location of specific sequences along single strands of DNA. Rice postdoctoral associate Jixin Chen and undergraduate student Alberto Bremauntz are mentioned.

Rice scientists create a super antioxidant
Scientists at Rice 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.
Super-localization microscopy in mapping DNA

Carbyne could be used for nanomechanical systems
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.

Rice University Theatre to present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ 11/6-9
Rice University Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performances are Nov. 6-9 at 7:30 p.m.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Rice University


Mezzo Jamie Barton plays ‘waiting game’
Stephen King, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Voice and chair of vocal studies at the Shepherd School of Music, is quoted in an article about mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.
Yahoo!News (This article also appeared in the Gainesville Sun, the Times Leader, the El Paso Times, WHAS-TV and more than 20 other sites.)
High hopes, but no leading Verdi roles yet for mezzo Jamie Barton
Daily Journal (This article also appears in the Ottawa Citizen and the Republic.)

Houston-area happenings Oct. 16-24
Rice alum Andy Einhorn will accompany Broadway legend Audra MacDonald at the Brown Theatre Stage Oct. 19.

Culture scene: Oct. 17-23
Street artist Gaia recreates Rice University’s architecture using styrofoam at the Rice Gallery through Dec. 8.
Houston Chronicle

Gala to award distinguished alumni
Barbara White Bryson, associate vice president for facilities engineering and planning, is among alumni to be honored at a University of Texas at Arlington gala.
The Short Horn

Why you should open your eyes
Rice alumna Kay Rodriguez offers advice about getting the most out of your travel experience.

Up to Us launches second college competition focusing on national debt
Rice University will be competing in Up to Us’ second annual nationwide competition challenging college students to increase awareness and engagement among their peers on the nation’s long-term fiscal path.
CNBC (This article also appeared in the Fort Mills Times, Yahoo!Finance and the Herald Online.)


Aggies share stories: Players ready for Rice, and to raise breast cancer awareness
New Mexico State University’s upcoming game against Rice is mentioned.
Las Cruces Sun
Hundreds don pink for breast cancer awareness luncheon

Eden Prairie sports shorts
Rice cornerback Corey Frazier is mentioned.
The Sun Current


Architecture’s ‘Present Future’ begins at Rice
Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, will lead a new two-semester graduate program titled “Present Future” geared toward students with either professional or undergraduate design degrees.

Phillips 66 awards $1.5 million grant to Rice University to improve early childhood literacy
Rice’s School Literacy Project, a part of Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and Phillips 66 are partnering to solve the problem of illiteracy among youth in the Houston area by developing the Early Literacy Leadership Academy.

Rice is No. 3 on Kiplinger’s best-value list
Rice University is No. 3 on the list of best values among private universities published today by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

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