Dateline Rice for Nov. 1, 2013

Correction: Rice President David Leebron’s name was misspelled in Thursday’s Dateline Rice. We apologize for the error.


Scientists invent ‘nanosponges’ to absorb damaging free radicals
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 in this lead story in the Texas Medical Center News.


Pemex official: Mexico’s tax structure discourages deep-water exploration
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned in a story about how Mexico’s energy tax structure discourages its national oil company from investing in complicated but potentially prolific fields.

Divorce can be deadly: Separated or single people more likely to die in preventable accidents than married counterparts
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.
Divorced people at higher risk for accidental death
Best reason yet to stay married: Avoid death
Unmarried status ups risk for accident mortality
Divorced people more likely to die from accidents
Divorcees more likely to die from preventable accidents than married people (This article also appears in, Newstrack India, Asian News International and more than five other sites.)

B-school trivia: Are you up for the challenge?
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is one of the answers in a trivia game that tests readers’ knowledge of business schools.

Rice is cited as a key partner of edX, which is listed as one of 50 innovators disrupting the martketplance and poised for hypergrowth.


Political analysts: High voter turnout in Houston could propel Prop 6 to victory
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article about state Proposition 6.

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 Texas Republican Party and recent Texas laws that restrict abortion.
Tussle in GOP as challengers eye primaries
The New York Times
KUT 90.5

Mexico unlikely to tap its Eagle Ford Shale, experts say
Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer on economics, is quoted in an article about Pemex’s decision not to develop Mexico’s Eagle Ford Shale resources.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appears in

Dead Sea scrolls scholar to speak on the scribes
Emanuel Tov’s upcoming lecture, “The Scribes of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” is Nov. 7 at Rice’s Herzstein Hall.
The Jewish Herald Voice

NCJW advocates for preschool education
Rice alumna Carol Shattuck ’82 is quoted in an article about her organization “Collaborative for Children.”
The Jewish Herald Voice


America’s top architecture schools 2014
Rice ranks No. 3 for top undergraduate programs and No. 5 for top graduate programs, according to the Architectural Record.

What is carbyne? Properties and applications
A study by 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 cited in an article about the potential applications of carbyne.

Interview with James P. Cramer
Rice’s architectural program is mentioned in an interview with James P. Cramer.

Lee Hall addition, Clemson University
Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion is mentioned in an article profiling architect Thomas Phifer.

iPod-app måler stoffers giftighed i 3D-cellekulturer
Rice is mentioned in an article about the development of an app that detects changes in cell cultures in vitro. (An English translation of this article is unavailable at this time.)


Profile: pianist Lola Astanova
An article profiles Rice alumna Lola Astanova ’05.


Fox Sports 1
Various media report on the Rice vs. University of North Texas football game.
CBS Sports Network/Tim Brando Show
North Texas ends Rice’s 5-game win streak
Rice stumbles in loss to North Texas
Big plays doom Rice against North Texas
The Observer (Lake Houston)
UNT football comes back for 28-16 victory over Rice and bowl eligibility
Box score
College football news: Georgia getting healthy, DI split unlikely, Arizona State rolls


Shepherd School Opera and Chamber Orchestra to present Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’
The Shepherd School of Music’s Opera Department and Chamber Orchestra will present its fall opera, Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Nov. 1, 3 and 5.

Fall opera among Shepherd School’s November events
A fall opera production and faculty-student collaborations are among several events scheduled in November at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

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