Dateline Rice for Jan. 31, 2014


UnitedHealthcare cuts many Medicare Advantage physicians
UnitedHealthcare has dropped about 1,100 Houston-area physicians from its Medicare Advantage program. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted in this front-page story.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


The rise of Islamic finance
Mahmoud El-Gamal, the Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and statistics and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is referenced in an article about Islamic financial assets.
Council on Foreign Relations

Republic Day flag hoisting at the Residence of Consul General of India
Rice students attended India’s 65th Republic Day.
Indo American-News


New technique detects malaria through the skin
Rice researchers have developed a noninvasive technology that accurately detects low levels of malaria infection through the skin in seconds with a laser scanner.
Texas Medical Center News

In HD-92 race, a fiercely divided Republican party
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 cited for his study about a Texas state representative’s rankings.

Visiting professors address treatment of immigrants across the world
Sergio Chavez, assistant professor of sociology, presented a lecture titled “‘Rooferos’: The Occupational Networks of a Highly Mobile Labor Force” at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Daily Texan

Rice University slips from Princeton Review’s top 10 best value list
Rice is cited as a best-value private university in the Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Value Colleges.”
Houston Chronicle
A costly plummet? Rice drops out of Princeton Review’s prestigious top 10, UH stands strong

New study: Successful companies 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. Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Spring Observer
Don’t forget the customers after mergers
e! Science News

The source: Hungry kids don’t learn — A changing Texas brings big challenges
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is mentioned for his new book, “Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge.”
Texas Public Radio

Four FBISD principals awarded sponsorships to attend yearlong Rice leadership development program
Raise Your Hand Texas is sponsoring 26 principals from seven Houston-area school districts to attend the yearlong Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program Business Fellowship for School Leaders.
Sugar Land Sun

Longtime Waco OB-GYN doctors retire together
Alumnus Donald Lewis ’80 retired after 37 years of practice as an OB-GYN.
Waco Tribune-Herald


Movieguide’s Lili Baehr on the early days of a Hollywood ministry (video)
Alumna Lili Baehr ’69 is interviewed about her company, Movieguide.
New American


Rice lab clocks ‘hot’ electrons
Plasmonic nanoparticles developed at Rice University are becoming known for their ability to turn light into heat, but how to use them to generate electricity is not nearly as well understood. Stephan Link, associate professor of chemistry and of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Anneli Hoggard are mentioned.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in R&D.)
Lab clocks ‘hot’ electrons: Plasmon-generated electrons timed moving from nanorods to graphene
Photonics Online
Researchers time plasmon-generated electrons moving from nanorods to graphene
Phys (This article also appeared in Nanowerk.)
Researchers clock movement of plasmon-generated electrons from nanorods to graphene
Researchers time ‘hot’ electrons
Headlines & Global News

Obama touts natural gas, industry tax cuts in SOTU speech
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative and former U.S. assistant secretary of energy for fossil energy in the Department of Energy, comments on the Keystone pipeline.

‘Bubble CPAP’ boosts neonatal survival rates: Helps babies struggling to breathe
The first clinical study of a low-cost neonatal breathing system created by Rice University bioengineering students demonstrated that the device increased the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness from 44 percent to 71 percent. Maria Oden, director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of Beyond Traditional Borders, and Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of both Beyond Traditional Borders and Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, are mentioned.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in Medical Design Technology.)
Clinical study finds ‘bubble CPAP’ boosts neonatal survival rates
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in Science Codex, RedOrbit and Bright Surf.)
Bubble CPAP, a low cost alternative for treating neonates with severe respiratory illness
MedGadget (This article also appeared in News-Medical.)
Photos of the day: The $160 bubble CPAP machine
Medical Design Technology

Houston’s OrthoAccel mouthpiece can make braces work faster
Alumnus Michael Lowe ’07 is featured for OrthoAccel, his orthodontic technology that won an award at the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Texas Yoga Conference organizer launches altruistic fundraiser
Rice graduate student Jennifer Buergermeister has launched a fundraiser for the fifth annual Texas Yoga Conference to promote wellness.
Broadway World


Time flies: Jon Kimura Parker marks 30 years as concert pianist
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is featured.
Times Colonist

Faster way to catch food-poisoning microbes
Rice researchers have developed a fast biosensor for pathogens in food. Sibani Lisa Biswal, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted, and graduate student Jinghui Wang is mentioned.
Oman Observer
New biosensor speeds up pathogen detection in food
Food Magazine

College textbook prices prompt new approaches
Despite new technologies and a 2012 California law promising college students relief from soaring textbook costs, students’ bookstore spending is higher than ever — now about $1,200 for books and supplies. Rice’s OpenStax College is referenced.
Bend Bulletin
Students leaving costly textbooks on the shelf
MSN News
College textbook sticker shock causes students to leave books on the shelves
Sacramento Bee (This article also appeared in Santa Cruz Sentinel, McClatchy D.C. and Daily World.)


Rice men’s basketball played against San Antonio Jan. 30.
Rice (6-13) at Texas-San Antonio (6-12)
Charlotte Observer
Rice men’s basketball held off at UTSA
Sugar Land Sun (This article also appeared in Kingwood Observer.)
UT-San Antonio drubs Rice 89-76
CBS Sports
Sims, Jones lead UTSA past Rice; Louisiana Tech is next
San Antonio Express
Rice (6-13) at Texas-San Antonio (6-12)
Athlon Sports
Recap: TX-San Antonio vs. Rice
Charlotte Observer (This article also appeared in Lexington Herald-Leader, Merced Sun-Star, Sun Herald, Tri-city Herald and Island Packet.)
Men’s college hoops: Rice held off at UTSA
Atascocita Observer (This article also appeared in Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer and Lake Houston Observer.)
UTSA remains undefeated at home
Memphis Insider (This article also appeared in Mad Friars.)

ASICS signs Dallas native Becky Wade
Rice graduate Becky Wade has signed with ASIC’s America’s elite team.
Dallas Morning News
ASICS America adds America’s best young female US marathoner Becky Wade to elite athlete roster
4-Traders (This article also appeared in Fort Mill Times.)

Lance Berkman retires, leaving legacy as a great player but not a Hall of Famer
Alumnus Lance Berkman ’98 is retiring from baseball.
Sports Illustrated
ASTROS: Team releases statement about Berkman’s retirement
Spring Observer
Six-time all-star Lance Berkman announces retirement
Astros statement regarding Berkman’s retirement
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in Memorial Examiner, Bellaire Examiner, Sugar Land Sun, Spring Observer and the Woodlands Villager.)
Lance Berkman retires; why he was everything that is great about baseball
WHIO-TV (This article also appeared in WPXI-TV, Journal-News, WSOC-TV and Austin American-Statesman.)

Willson’s friends enjoy ride to Super Bowl
Alumnus Luke Willson ’12 is mentioned.
Calgary Herald

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