Dateline Rice for Dec. 17, 2013


How pregnant women can minimize job-searching discrimination
Pregnant women are more likely to experience discrimination in the job search process than nonpregnant women, but they can minimize bias by addressing negative pregnancy stereotypes in the application process, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Houston-Downtown and George Mason University. Michelle Hebl, professor of psychology and management, is quoted. Rice alumna Whitney Botsford Morgan ’04 is mentioned.
Huffington Post

Bioengineers develop form-shifting gel to aid bone regeneration
Rice bioengineers have developed a hydrogel scaffold for craniofacial bone tissue regeneration that starts as a liquid, solidifies into a gel in the body and liquefies again for removal. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is mentioned.

New Delhi superbug springs up in China
Tests at two wastewater treatment plants in northern China revealed antibiotic-resistant bacteria were not only escaping purification but also breeding and spreading their dangerous cargo. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Times of India
Sewage plants can be breeding grounds for ‘superbugs’
Science World Report
Scientists find antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Chinese treatment plants
Water Technology
Study reveals that 2 wastewater treatment plants in China fail to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria
News Medical
‘Superbugs’ found breeding in sewage plants
Science Daily (This article also appeared on Laboratory Equipment,, Science Newsline and Medical Daily.)

Nigeria marks 100-year amalgamation of its north, south
Jan. 1 marks the centenary of the amalgamation of southern and northern Nigeria, but the anniversary looks set to be muted amid lingering questions about whether the union can hold. David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is quoted.
Saudi Gazette (This article also appeared on News Daily, MSN Philippines and the Frontier Post.)


President of Houston private school is highest paid in the state
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned in an article on the compensation of university administrators.
Houston Chronicle

Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles on local elections.
Yes, council is short on women
Houston Chronicle
Robert Gallegos defeats Graci Garcés in the District I council race
KRIV-TV (An English translation of this article not available.)


A grand jury is investigating the Aug. 10 arrest of a man who stole a bike from the Rice campus by Rice University police.


Graphene nanoribbons an ice-melting coat for radar
Ribbons of ultrathin graphene combined with polyurethane paint meant for cars is just right for deicing sensitive military radar domes, according to scientists at Rice University. 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.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Bio-Medicine,, R&D Magazine, Science Newsline, Product Design & Development, RF Global, NanoWerk and Nanotechonolgy Now.)
Radiofrequency transparent, electrically conductive graphene nanoribbon thin films as deicing heating layers
Nanotechnology Today
Researchers develop deicing solution using graphene nanoribbons to protect radars

OpenStax releases 6th free textbook
OpenStax College, a nonprofit organization operating out of Rice University, has released its sixth free textbook in electronic format: Introductory Statistics.
Campus Technology

Rice University researchers say ethanol carries hidden air pollution risks
A Rice study finds spills of fuel with more ethanol could endanger people and buildings. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Biofuels Digest

Using an open-source 3-D printer to create vascular structures
The world of 3-D tissue culture has advanced tremendously over the past decade, as scientists strive to study cell behavior in environments that are closer to how cells live in the human body, rather than on plates of glass. Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

Award of merit: Small project (under $10 million): Turrell Skyspace
Rice’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace received an award of merit from ENR Texas & Louisiana.
ENR Texas & Louisiana

Dixon wins 250 million hours
Two of the nation’s fastest supercomputers will aid a research team in guiding both the development of new nuclear fuels and cleanup efforts from past nuclear fuel and weapon production. Rice is mentioned.
Supercomputing Online


David Allen Harris Dec. 6, 1937- Nov. 20, 2013
Rice alumnus David Harris ’60 died Nov. 20.
San Juan Islander (San Juan, Wash.)

JFK’s moon speech from 1962 still applies today
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Valpo Life (This article also appeared on Portage Life.)


Rice University will face Mississippi State University in the Liberty Bowl Dec. 31.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
WCBI-TV (Columbus, Miss.)
WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.)
WTOK-TV (Meridian, Miss.)
WTVA-TV (Columbus, Miss.)

Rice’s Bailiff named C-USA Coach of the Year
Rice coach David Bailiff won Conference USA Coach of the Year honors after leading the Owls to their first outright conference title in 56 years.
Spring Observer (This article also appeared in the Villager.)

TCU flips another commit, this time from Rice
A former Rice football commit decided to switch his commitment to the Horned Frogs.

Harbaugh: Bruce Miller suffered serious shoulder injury
Former Rice wide receiver Vance McDonald’s ankle injury is mentioned.
Sacramento Bee

About Arie Passwaters

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