Dateline Rice for Dec. 20, 2013


Deadly superbugs are breeding like crazy in Chinese sewage plants
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. Rice research is cited.

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 a front-page Houston Chronicle article about Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) being the likely candidate to become chairman of an appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA. Jones is also quoted in other articles about state politics.
Johnson Space Center might soon gain a powerful ally in Congress
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page.)
Senator Cornyn expected to survive Stockman challenge
News 92 FM
George P. Bush presenta oficialmente su candidatura a puesto estatal
LaVoz (An English translation is not available.)
Perry names Houston lawyer secretary of state
Houston Chronicle
Houston attorney succeeds Steen as secretary of state
San Antonio Express News
Friday letters: Looking at City Council’s makeup
Houston Chronicle
The Brief: Texas political news for Dec. 20, 2013
Texas Tribune


Can an app change how students prep for college admissions?
Tamara Siler ’86, senior associate director for admission and minority recruitment coordinator, is quoted in an article on SAT prep classes.
Mashable (This article also appeared on India Everyday.)

We went to the Amazon to find out what makes these weird web-tower things
Spider-hunting scientists led by Rice graduate student Phil Torres traveled into the Amazon to uncover the mystery behind the builders of tiny silk towers.

With its increased oil and gas production, US ties with Arabian Gulf changing
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on U.S.-Mideast ties.
The National

Attack drones, a smelly smartphone app and a smart paper airplane-jet
For parts of the world where electricity and other infrastructure are hard to come by, researchers at Rice have developed a solar-powered steam system that can sterilize some of the dirtiest places.

Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in articles on income inequality and Houston oil booms.
Bader: Income inequality grows
Iowa State Daily
Through boom and bust, ‘invisible Houston’ persists
Texas Tribune


Engineering school curricula evolves
To keep pace with the more diverse job of today’s engineers, area universities are tweaking engineering curricula to make sure grads have the skills to make an immediate contribution once they’re ready for their first real-world jobs. Edwin “Ned” Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Remarkable documentary on James Baker III draws giant names to Houston
About 250 people joined former Secretary of State James A. Baker III for a private preview at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy of the documentary “James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work.”
Culture Map

Business students compete at UH Sugar Land conference, hear from marketing expert
Christine Hollinden, who teaches social media for business at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, spoke at the University of Houston’s Fall Bachelor of Business Administration Conference.
Fort Bend News


St. Luke’s and Baylor Medical School edge closer to partnership
The Federal Trade Commission has cleared the way for Baylor College of Medicine to partner with St. Luke’s Hospital. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.


Higher ethanol blends create health, safety risks, says Big Oil-funded study
A Rice study finds that 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.
Auto Blog Green

American’s Cornelius Kerwin among highest-paid college execs
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned in an article on the compensation of university administrators.

Archinect’s top 13 Schools for ’13
Rice is listed as one of Archinect’s top 13 schools for 2013.

Research overview: Graphene for oil exploration
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 the use of graphene in oil exploration.
Science World Report


The 100 greatest college traditions
Rice is mentioned in an article on the greatest college traditions.
Campus Grotto


Wade’s long road to marathon win
Alumna Becky Wade ’12 won the California International Marathon in Sacramento Dec. 8, becoming the fifth-fastest female American marathoner of 2013.

Luke Willson becoming valued contributor for Seahawks
Alumnus Luke Willson ’12 is profiled for his career with the Seattle Seahawks.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared on KEPR-TV, KLEW-TV, KIMA-TV and more than 25 other publications.)
Seahawks rookie Luke Willson is learning from Zach Miller
The News Tribune (This article also appeared in the Bellingham Herald.)
Seahawks: Willson emerging as top tight end prospect
Katsip Sun
Seahawks’ Willson makes most of NFL opportunity
The Spokesman Review

Preparations are underway for the Rice-Mississippi State Liberty Bowl Dec. 31.
WTVA-TV (Columbus, Miss.)
WABG-TV (Greenville, Miss.)
WXVT-TV (Greenville, Miss.)
Liberty Bowl could turn into a road game or Rice

Military Bowl 2013 UMD vs. Marshall
Rice’s victory over Marshall to clinch the Conference USA Championship is mentioned.
On Tap Online

About Arie Passwaters

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