Dateline Rice for Nov. 5, 2013


Nano work combines with materials science at Rice’s new department
Rice University has created a new academic department to build upon its reputation as a recognized leader in materials science and nanotechnology research. New department Chairman Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article, along with Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Rice President David Leebron is quoted in the article.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of Tuesday’s City and State section. Subscription required.)
New Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering established at Rice University


Huntsville native’s advanced optics company named Wall Street Journal’s ‘Startup of the Year’
Rebellion Photonics, a company formed by Rice alumni Robert Kester ’11 and Allison Lami Sawyer ’10, has been named the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup of the Year.”

Lectures for Tuesday, Nov. 5
Harvey Yunis, the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Humanities and professor of classics, will present the James S. Constantine lecture, “Performance, Text and Arousing Emotions in Classical Athenian Rhetoric,” Nov. 7 at the University of Virginia.
The Daily Progress

The slave market of Katabon
Graduate student Rainer Ebert co-authored an op-ed about conditions in the Katabon animal market in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


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 today’s state and local elections.
Tuesday election will impact students & city leadership
Texans head to the polls today
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas Senate 10: The race to watch
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a trio of articles about the fate of the Astrodome and today’s state and local elections.
Mayor’s race, Astrodome set to lure balloters to the polls
The Houston Chronicle
The day of reckoning for the Astrodome
740 KTRH

Collaborating in time
Anthony Brandt, Rice associate professor of composition and theory; Chapman Welch, electroacoustic specialist; and Rice’s Shepherd School of Music are mentioned in an article about the Nov. 8 public premiere of artist Jo Ann Fleischhauer’s installation “What Time Is It?” at the Louis and Annie Friedman Clock Tower located in downtown Houston.
Arts and Culture Texas
What time is it?

Houston Arts Alliance (This article also appeared in Guidry News Service.)

Let’s talk ‘Houstonization’
Wiess College undergraduate Melanie Zook is quoted and Stephen Klineberg, co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, is mentioned in an article about the phenomenon known as “Houstonization.”

Rice among universities with most employable graduates
Rice is among the top universities for producing employable graduates, according to a survey conducted by the French education consulting firm Emerging and the German market research firm Trendence.

The literature of war
“The Veteran Experience” will be presented at McNair Hall tonight.

Saint Mary’s Church in Colleyville serves up 3 days of Romanian culture and food
Martel College senior Julia Hossu is interviewed in an article about the eighth annual Romanian Food Festival, a three-day event held at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Colleyville, Texas.
The Southlake Journal/Forth Worth Star-Telegram


Mexico’s Northern border gas and power outlook
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 mentioned in an article about Mexico’s gas resources.

Carbon nanotube based implantable sensor paves way to long-term monitoring
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 in an article about an implantable nanotube sensor that monitors a patient’s health.
Science World Report
New implantable sensor could one day monitor glucose levels
Implantable sensor key to long-term monitoring
Laboratory Equipment

London calling: The man behind the Stirling Prize
Rice is mentioned in an article about architect James Stirling.

Rice University team fabricates 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.

Chagas disease an unfolding tragedy in North America
Peter J. Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the spread of Chagas disease.

Divorce really could kill you
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.

How are hospitals making up for reimbursement shortfalls?
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, is quoted in an article about the practice of hospitals shifting medical costs to make up for reimbursement shortfalls.


OU names new director for Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
Former Rice lecturer Emily Ballew Neff has been appointed director of the Oklahoma University’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
The Norman Transcript

Symphonic orchestra debuts concerto premiere
The Rice University Symphony Orchestra is mentioned in an article about a performance by the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra and composer Michael Udow.
The Goshen College Record


Owls capture three flight titles at Cougar Classic
Sid Richardson College freshman Alison Ho, Wiess College sophomore Solomiya Zinko and Will Rice College senior Dominique Harmath are mentioned in an article about the Cougar Classic women’s tennis tournament.

Tom Herman gunning for father, offensive coordinator of the year
Rice is mentioned in an article about Ohio State University coach Tom Herman. (This article also appeared in the Toledo Blade.)

Herd makes history with first-ever postseason win
Wiess College sophomore Holly Hargreaves and Will Rice College junior Quinny Truong are mentioned in an article about the women’s soccer 2013 Conference USA Tournament hosted by Rice.
The Huntington News (Huntington, W.Va.)
MU women’s soccer earns its first postseason victory
The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.Va.)(This article also appeared in Big Sports Network.)

UTEP soccer places four on All-Conference team
Rice is mentioned as host of the women’s soccer 2013 Conference USA Tournament.


Rice political scientist available to discuss the fate of the Astrodome
Houston voters will head to the polls today to vote on the fate of the Astrodome. Rice University political scientist Robert Stein is available to discuss the vote to support or reject a bond to raise $217 million to convert Houston’s iconic Astrodome into a convention hall and exhibit space.

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