Dateline Rice for Jan. 29, 2014


Foundations, corporations make commitments on education spending at White House summit
Foundations and corporations have vowed millions in donations to address college access and affordability for low-income youth in response to President Barack Obama’s call to action on the issue. A proposed $500,000 grant to Rice’s OpenStax College is mentioned. OpenStax is also referenced in articles about  alternatives to high-priced textbooks.
Chronicle of Social Change
SOU students combat the high price of textbooks
Mail Tribune
College textbook sticker shock causes California students to leave books on the shelves
Contra Costa Times


Wendy Davis comes to a moment of truth
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 discussing discrepancies in gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis’ life story. Jones is also quoted in articles on Greg Abbott’s targeting of Spanish-speaking constituents in his bid for Texas governor.
Favorite to become next Texas governor wants the Latino vote, launches Spanish site
Fox News Latino
Republican Abbott 1st candidate to launch Spanish-language website to court Hispanics
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate has a new tactic: Spanish
Abbott bolsters outreach with Spanish-language website
KETK-TV (This article also appeared on

The American energy renaissance: Who is to credit and what is the future direction?
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, authored this blog post on the president’s energy strategy.
In State of the Union, Obama says US produces more oil than it buys

Chagas disease: Urgent measures are needed
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this blog post on Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis.
Huffington Post


Klineberg: Fort Bend may be ‘single most ethnically diverse county in the world’
“A Changing City: Demographics and the Marketplace” marked the first topic of the city of Sugar Land’s six-part Land Use Forum series at Sugar Land City Hall Jan. 15. Research by Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is featured.
Fort Bend News

Rice MBA program ranks No. 19 nationally
Rice University’s MBA program is ranked No. 19 in the U.S. for full-time MBA programs and No. 35 globally, according to a 2014 report by the Financial Times.
Memorial Examiner (This article also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner and the Fort Bend Sun.)

UTD president determined to make it Tier One research school
David Daniel, president of the University of Texas at Dallas, wants to transform the school into a Tier One research university. The column mentions that Rice is one of only three Tier One universities in Texas.
Dallas Morning News


Houston’s #IceAge2 and how religious organizations balance membership and community service
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, discusses how religious organizations throughout Greater Houston often find themselves engaged on two fronts.
KUHF-FM’s “Houston Matters”

Winter storm shuts down city of Houston offices
A report on how Tuesday’s weather forecast impacted city offices and schools mentions that Rice was open. Brown College sophomore Brian Barr comments that his classes were full.
Houston’s winter sequel is no blockbuster
Houston Chronicle (Rice is featured in the photo slideshow.)
Houston area sees closures and delays from possible ice storm
Houston Business Journal
Cierres y cancelaciones por segunda tormenta invernal
KUVS-TV (An English version is not available.)

33 facts about 33 colleges
Rice is mentioned for the annual pet therapy dogs that visit Fondren Library to help de-stress students during finals.


Researchers decode decision circuit of cancer metastasis
Researchers from Rice University’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics have deciphered the operating principles of a genetic circuit that allows cancer to metastasize. The study revealed that the decision circuit has three settings, an oddity that could open the door to cancer treatments that disrupt the circuit. Eshel Ben-Jacob, a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, adjunct professor of biochemistry and cell biology and co-author of the study, is quoted. Co-directors of the center José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering, are mentioned along with postdoctoral fellow Mingyang Lu and graduate student Mohit Kumar Jolly.
BioScience Technology

Pediatrician Eileen Shi joins HealthCare Partners Medical Group
Alumna Y. Eileen Shi ’05 has joined HealthCare Partners Medical Group in Las Vegas.
Nevada Business

Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics
Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics offers resources and tools that can be used as is or modified to teach statistics and probability to students in grades 6-12.
National Education Association

Nanotech roundup: A robotic gecko and clues to the origins of life on Earth
Rice researchers have developed a noninvasive technology that accurately detects low levels of malaria infection through the skin in seconds with a laser scanner.
Hispanic Business News

Space travel weakens fly’s immune system
Rice contributed to a study about the immune system of fruit flies sent on a 12-day space shuttle mission.
Epoch Times

Jones wins MBA Roundtable Innovator Award 2013: MBA News
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business was recognized for its innovative Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program. Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School, is quoted.

Researchers tune in to protein pairs
Rice scientists have developed a method for interpreting protein interaction.
Bright Surf (This article also appeared in Lab Manager Magazine.)


Letter: Hanover produces many fine cellists
Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, is mentioned in a letter to the editor. (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of Fischer’s name has been requested.)
Valley News

Crawford, Esther Ann
Esther Ann Crawford, department head of Fondren Library’s Kelley Center for Government Information and Microforms, died Jan. 18 after a long illness.
Rapid City Journal

Architectural fever dreams
Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture, served as a critic at the annual January thesis review for architecture students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Harvard Gazette

Sureshkumar named Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Former faculty member Radhakrishna “Suresh” Sureshkumar has been named Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University.
Syracuse University News


Rice University’s Chris Boswell finishes second at All-Star challenge
Rice Owl place kicker Chris Boswell’s came up just short on his final kick and finished second in the TD Ameritrade Quick Kick Competition at the 2014 Quicken Loans All Star Challenge, which aired on ESPN2 Jan. 28.
The Magnolia Potpourri

Rice University hosting signing day party on Feb. 5
Rice Football fans will have a chance to hear about the newest recruits from Conference USA Coach of the Year David Bailiff and the members of his coaching staff when the Owls host their annual Signing Day Party Feb. 5.
The Magnolia Potpourri

City of Houston and A&M team up for future Women’s Final Four
Houston has been named one of seven finalist cities to host a future Women’s Final Four. Rice is mentioned as a partner of Houston’s bid committee.


Rice MBA program ranks No. 19 nationally
Rice University’s MBA program is ranked No. 19 in the U.S. for full-time MBA programs and No. 35 globally, according to a 2014 report by the Financial Times.

Don’t forget the customers after mergers
Merging companies that focus on a dual-goal emphasis of simultaneously enhancing efficiency and customer satisfaction show the highest increase in long-term financial performance, according to a new study from Rice University, Kent State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Open-education partners hope to save students $10 million by 2015
Taking aim at the high cost of commercial textbooks, Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College today announced a partnership with open-education pioneer Lumen Learning that is projected to save students $10 million over the next two years by facilitating the adoption of free, online textbooks by colleges and universities.

February events planned for Rice’s Shepherd School of Music
Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Hall in February. In preparation for this historic debut, the orchestra will present two preview concerts at Rice University before departing. In addition, a number of faculty recitals and student-faculty performances are planned for February.

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