Dateline Rice for Jan. 17, 2014


What about the athletes?
Rice President David Leebron is quoted in an article about the inclusion of student-athletes in the new National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I governance structure.
Inside Higher Ed


Zap from optical antenna ‘detunes’ buckyballs
Rice graduate student Yajing Li and Douglas Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy and of electrical and computer engineering, found that it’s possible to soften the bonds between atoms by applying a voltage and running an electric current through a single buckyball.
Researchers ‘detune’ a molecule: Rice University experiment shows how to soften atomic bonds in a buckyball
Nanotechnology News (This article also appeared in RF Globalnet, Photonics Online, Science Codex, Nanowerk, Science Newsline and Product Design & Development.)
Researchers ‘detune’ a molecule: Experiment shows how to soften atomic bonds in a buckyball
Researchers ‘detune’ a molecule: Scientists control the bonds between atoms in a buckyball
Science Daily
Scientists unbound carbon-60 molecular bonds
Latin Post

Obama to speak on NSA surveillance controversy
Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Scientific American (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and TMCnet.)
Target apologizes to hacked customers

Rouhani to woo business in Davos but Iran hurdles abound
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will court global business in Davos next week after winning an easing of some economic sanctions, but any trade bonanza depends on the long-term success of nuclear diplomacy. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reuters India

Texas-sized campaign cash flows in governor’s race
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 an article about donor funds given to Texas political candidates. Jones is also quoted in an article on Mayor Annise Parker’s recent marriage to her longtime partner.
ABC News (This Associated Press article also appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek and more than 100 other affiliates.)
Greg Abbott starts 2014 with big cash edge over Wendy Davis
Austin American-Statesman
3 GOP lieutenant governor candidates have big money to spend; in governor’s race, Davis details some contributions
Express News
Davis fundraising a big concern for GOP?
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
Houston Mayor Annise Parker marries longtime partner in California wedding

Obama says US produces more oil than it imports for 1st time in nearly 20 years
Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer on economics, is quoted in an article about oil production.

Computer hackers and bio-medical engineers collaborate to create human organs from scratch
One of the most significant items to come from a 3-D printer is coming in 2014: a human liver, the world’s first 3-D-printed organ. Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

University continues provost search
Alumna Deborah Kochevar ’78 is one of five candidates for university provost at Michigan State University.
State News

Marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet brings his message to Oregon
Portland legalization advocate Russ Belville’s debate with legalization opponent Kevin Sabet at Rice is referenced.
Oregon Live


Houston young professionals named among Forbes ’30 Under 30′
Genevera Allen ’06, the Dobelman Family Junior Chair of Statistics and assistant professor of statistics and electrical and computer engineering; Jocelyn Brown ’10, senior program associate at Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies; and Daniel Paul Hashim, graduate student in materials science and nanoengineering, were chosen for Forbes magazine’s coveted 30 Under 30 in Science and Health Care. Rice alumna Allison Lami Sawyer ’10 also made the list, and the article notes that the company for which she is CEO – Rebellion Photonics – was created at Rice University.
Houston Business Journal
Houston young professionals get national magazine love: A ’30 Under 30′ with a Bayou City bent

Priestley science lecture: ‘Global Change by Humans: Narrowing Choices for our Future Climate’ by Ron Sass
Ron Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will present a lecture Jan. 19.

Expert to discuss Israel’s security challenges
Israeli politician Avi Dichter is giving a presentation at Rice’s Kelly International Conference Facility, James A. Baker III Hall Jan. 27.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Need a lemon tree or raspberry bush? Get yourself to Rice University on Saturday
Urban Harvest will host its fruit tree sale at Rice’s Greenbriar parking lot Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Houston Press
Urban Harvest’s 14th annual fruit tree sale


6 weeks before primaries, political ads hitting airwaves
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
KHOU-TV (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Canada.)


RAMBO, a small but powerful magnet
Rice scientists have pioneered a tabletop magnetic pulse generator that does the work of a room-sized machine – and more. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
National Science Foundation

Synthetic genetic clock checks the thermometer
Rice researchers are leading a study on the counter effects of temperature on synthetic gene circuits. Matthew Bennett, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
National Science Foundation

Texas public schools are teaching creationism
Rich Smith, the George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities and professor of history, is quoted.

Duncan named OSA senior science advisor
Alumnus Michael Duncan ’75 is now a senior science advisor for the Optical Society.


Megachurch leader asks: ‘Am I too white to be your pastor?’
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Christian Post

2014 predictions for your wallet
Jill Foote, senior lecturer in finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, comments on the stock market and economical improvement.
Wallet Hub

Nationally ranked energy group joins Mercer Thompson, establishes Washington, D.C. office
Alumna Renu Gupta ’89 has joined Mercer Thompson LLC as counsel.
North Fork Vue (This article also appeared in CityBizList.)

Former Jackson High basketball star David Holmes, Henry Grayson highlight Jackson College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
Alumnus David Holmes ’93 is featured.
Jackson Citizen Patriot

Pianist Spangler returning to Pawnee City
Alumna Kenya Patzer ’02 will perform in Pawnee City Jan. 26.
Beatrice Daily Sun


Auburn’s Malzahn named Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant Coach of the Year
Rice football coach David Bailiff is featured in an article about being among the top five finalists for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award for Coach of the Year.

Green Wave basketball overwhelmed in loss to La. Tech
Rice men’s basketball will play Tulane Jan. 18.
Tulane Hullabaloo

Young LSU men’s tennis team set to face Rice
Rice men’s tennis will play Louisiana State University Jan. 19.
The Daily Reveille

Baseball program releases upcoming schedule
Rice men’s baseball will play Florida International University March 14.

Owls fall to Southern Miss in 1st road Conference USA game
Rice’s men’s basketball fell to Southern Miss 84-62.
Houston Chronicle
Recap: Southern Miss vs. Rice
Charlotte Observer (This article also appeared in Sun News, the Herald, Sun Herald, Lexington Herald-Leader, Centre Daily Times, the Telegraph, News & Observer and Merced Sun-Star.)
Rice (5-10) at Southern Miss (14-3)
Herald (This article also appeared in Sun News.)

Canadian Luke Willson proves to be big catch for Seahawks
Alumnus’s Luke Willson ’12 and Vance McDonald ’13, former Rice teammates and roommates, are playing against each other on opposing teams Jan. 19.
Globe and Mail

Fetterman: Houston race barometer for D-FW runners
Alumna Becky Wade ’12 is one of five starters for the USA Half Marathon Championships.
Dallas Morning News

Rice athlete forced to retire from sport she loves
Rice senior Britton Cartwright retired from soccer due to nerve damage from multiple concussions.

Kuster breaks Rice rebounding record in victory over La Tech
Rice women’s basketball player Jessica Kuster broke the school record for rebounds.


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