Dateline Rice for Oct. 31, 2013


Divorced people are more likely than married people to die from preventable accidents, study says
A new study from sociologists at Rice and the University of Pennsylvania finds that divorced people are more likely to die from preventable accidents than are married people. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology at Rice, associate director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program and the study’s lead author, is quoted.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in the Huffington Post Canada.)
Study: Divorcees more likely to die from preventable accidents
Divorced more likely to die accidentally
Why are divorced people more likely to die in preventable accidents? WHO Statistics yield surprising pattern
Divorced people more likely to die from preventable accidents (This article also appeared in ScienceNewsline and e!ScienceNews.)
Divorced people more likely to die in (lonely, we assume) preventable accidents, Rice study says
The Houston Press

Board asks subcommittee to develop structure plans
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned as a member of the NCAA steering committee that will guide the formation of concepts for governance redesign.


Hive minds: How ‘swarm robots’ are learning from insects
An experiment by Aaron Becker, a postdoctoral researcher in Rice’s Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory, is mentioned in an article about the development of swarm robotics.

Syria: Assad fires deputy PM
Andrew Bowen, Baker Institute Scholar for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Syrian politics.
Asharq Al-Awsat

Coursera opening centers to bring online courses to world’s poor
Rice’s “Nanotechnology: The Basics” will be among the free online courses available from Coursera to third-world countries through an agreement with the U.S. State Department.

The Common Application to College: Great idea, disastrous execution
Rice is mentioned in an article about the problems students are encountering when using the Common Application to apply for college.

WVU coal technology expert invited to testify before Congress
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Environment.
The Exponent-Telegram


HISD: Top teachers staying in district
Rice is mentioned in an article about the high staff retention rates in the Houston Independent School District.
Examiner (Bellaire, River Oaks, West University)

Skygazing with James Turrell
An article about “The Color Inside,” the new James Turrell installation at the University of Texas-Austin, mentions the “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice.
The Austin Chronicle

University of Texas joins schools offering free online classes
Rice is mentioned in an article about how “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, are changing the way students learn.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (This article also appeared in the Columbus Republic and the Franklin Daily Journal.)

Local teacher participates in Humanities Texas teacher workshop
Dennis Huston, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English, is mentioned in an article about a recent teacher’s workshop that focused on teaching Shakespeare.
The Liberty County Vindicator


Edward P. Djerejian speaks to Al-Jazeera
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about current events in Iran, Syria and Egypt.

The nature of things
Jesse Farrell ’09 performs an experiment to remove arsenic from contaminated ground water.
CBC Toronto


Lost Van Gogh painting validated via canvas weave
An article describes how X-ray image analysis techniques developed by Don Johnson, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, were used to authenticate the recently discovered Van Gogh painting “Sunset at Montmajour.”
Cornell University

Intern develops method to test for drug toxicity with iPod
An article features the new assay method to measure drug toxicity using an iPod app. Robert Raphael, associate professor of bioengineering; Tom Killian, professor and chair of physics and astronomy; senior scientist Hubert Tseng ’13; and graduate students Will Haisler, Shane Neely and Jianbo Chen are mentioned.

Researchers fabricate stable 3-D plasmonic nanoclusters
Naomi 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 Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy and in electrical and computer engineering, are featured in an article about their new method to manufacture stable, 3-D nanoclusters. 
Rice University researchers fabricate 3-D plasmonic nanostructures, confirmed with Andor CCD camera


21 college Instagram accounts you need to follow
Rice is one of the top 21 colleges to follow on Instagram.
Her Campus

Art: Soo Sunny Park’s ‘Unwoven Light’
Photos and video highlight artist Soo Sunny Park’s “Unwoven Light” installation at the Rice University Art Gallery.

Day in the life
Rice alumna Angela Mortellaro ’07 is the subject of an article that describes the daily routine of an opera singer.

Riverside: University concert to feature top classical artists
Rice alumna Madeleine Kabat ’08 will perform with the La Sierra University Orchestra Nov. 2 at La Sierra University.
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)

Refining news: Merichem announces new vice president and general manager of Merichem Caustic Services
Rice alumna Kathryn E. Young ’04 has been appointed vice president and general manager of Merichem Caustic Services.


Festivities abound before the ‘Halloween at Apogee’ football game
A article previews tonight’s Rice vs. North Texas University football game.

‘Emergency’ QB Casey has been close
An article features Rice alumnus James Casey’s ’11 role as the Philadelphia Eagles’ “emergency” quarterback.

MT heads to ECU to finish regular season
The women’s volleyball C-USA Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 6 -10 at Rice University.

Who is Mike Harris?
An article discusses the basketball career of Rice alumnus Mike Harris ’05.


Going deep to study long-term climate evolution
A Rice University-based team of geoscientists is going to great lengths — from Earth’s core to its atmosphere — to get to the bottom of a long-standing mystery about the planet’s climate.

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