Dateline Rice for Feb. 19, 2014


Rice’s Graham earns 1,000th career win with Owls’ walkoff
Rice baseball coach Wayne Graham earned his 1,000th Rice win at the Owls’ game against Texas State Feb. 18.
Houston Chronicle
Walk-off hit gives Graham 1,000th Rice win
Houston Chronicle
Wayne Graham notches 1,000th Rice win as Owls rally past Texas State, 4-3
KHOU-TV (This article also appeared in E Wall Streeter.)
Rice’s Wayne Graham wins 1,000th career game
Wayne Graham gets 1,000th win at Rice after 11th-inning walk-off
Graham scores 1,000th Rice win (Rice University)
KEYE-TV (Austin)

Pediatric cancer activist dead at 20
Rice University undergraduate James Ragan died at his Corpus Christi, Texas, home after a long illness Feb. 17.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the City & State section.)
Former Rice golfer James Ragan succumbs to cancer at 20
Houston Chronicle
Former Rice golfer James Ragan, 20, dies


Nation of Islam looks ahead as Detroit convention nears
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is quoted in an article about Troy Muhammad and the Nation of Islam.
USA Today
Nation of Islam convention returns to Detroit with message of discipline, self-reliance
Detroit Free Press

Applause for the education mission of museums
Daniel Bowen, a postdoctoral fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned in an article acknowledging museums on behalf of Museum Advocacy Day.
Huffington Post

‘Religious Understandings of Science’ study reveals surprising statistics
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, conducted a study that supported coexistence and introduced similarities among science and religious communities.
Huffington Post
Science and God: Compatible or antagonists?
Mother Nature Network
Misconceptions that surround science and religion
Counsel & Heal
Serious efforts required to have science group and evangelicals work together for social benefit
French Tribune
Science group, evangelicals push new collaboration
New study: Scientists and the general public similar in religious practices
Wintery Knight
Spinnen die Amerikaner? (An English translation is not available.)
Schöpfung ohne Gott? Viele in den USA zweifeln
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Onderzoek VS: Evangelicalen zien meer ruimte voor wetenschap
Reformatorisch Dagblad (An English translation is not available.)

No, Texas drug laws are probably not going to change
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the legalization of marijuana in Texas.

South Korean consortium wins $6B deal to build Iraq refinery
Iraq’s government awarded a U.S. $6 billion contract to a South Korean consortium to construct oil-refining facilities in Karbala province. A paper co-published by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is referenced.
The National


Woodfill faces well-funded challenger for county GOP chair
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 about immigration reform and the Texas primaries.
Houston Chronicle
Immigration issue clouds Obama’s Mexico visit
Texas tea party is ready to rumble
Hispanic Business
2014 may reveal tea party’s strength
Go San Angelo (Subscription required.)
Sarah Davis: Not even a conservative whisper
Empower Texans

Migrant faults lieutenant governor candidate Patrick on immigration stance
Tony Payan, a fellow in Mexico studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted about immigration laws that were in effect after State Sen. Dan Patrick hired unauthorized immigrants to work at his sports bar in the mid-1980s.
Dallas Morning News

Bellaire hires law firm to address concerns with TxDOT project
Bellaire City Council set aside $100,000 to engage law firm Blackburn & Carter to address the city’s concerns about rebuilding the ramp from U.S. 59 North to Interstate 610 South. Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Memorial Examiner

Episcopal High thespians to belt out ‘Blonde’
Rice’s production of “Bat Boy: The Musical” directed by George Brock, founder of Generations: A Theatre Company, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Hermann Park sprouts art
Rice architecture students designed a pavilion for Hermann Park’s centennial.
Paper City Mag


New invasive aphid threatens Texas crops
Scott Solomon, lecturer and lab coordinator, discusses the insect “sugarcane aphid” and how it is destroying Texas crops on the National Public Radio program “Houston Matters.”


Caps not the culprit in nanotube chirality
Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, and his Rice colleagues found that those who wish to control the chirality of nanotubes should look at other aspects of their growth. Research scientist Evgeni Penev is quoted.
Product Design & Development (This article also appeared in Computer Magazine, Science Codex, ECN, ScienceNewsline and Science Daily.)

Rice’s carbon nanotube fibers outperform copper
According to new research, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, is quoted. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biological engineering and of chemistry and Xuan Wang, postdoctoral research and lead author of this study, are mentioned.
Space Daily (This article also appeared in NASA Tech Briefs, Green Car Congress and EDN Asia.)
Power/performance bits: Feb. 18
Semiconductor Engineering

Biochar quiets microbe conversations
Rice graduate student Shelly Hsiao-Ying Cheng and Joff Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology and of bioengineering, are featured for their creation of a tool that allows two experiments to be conducted in the same dish.
National Science Foundation

The end of implant associated bone infections?
Rice researchers collaborated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Shriners Hospital for Children to evaluate an application that may prevent implant-associated bone infections.
Orthopedics This Week

Rice’s OwlSpark creates network of university-based accelerators
Rice’s OwlSpark is launching a National University Accelerator Network to share practices and link mentor and investor networks.


Overseer and HAA director candidates
Rice President David Leebron has been nominated as Harvard Overseer.
Harvard Magazine

Shale boom may not make US oil cheaper
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 about the use of natural gas.
Oman Tribune

El Ultimo Grito: Garden Object, Rice Gallery, Texas
El Ultimo Grito’s “Garden Object” installation is featured. It will be on view at Rice University Art Gallery through March 16.

Kim named to ASU Center for Emergency Management
Alumna Leezie Kim ’93 has been named to the ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory Council.
AzBusiness Magazine

Indiana State grad named University PE Teacher of the Year
Former assistant volleyball coach Jose Santiago has been named University Physical Educator of the Year from the Texas Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Association.
Indiana State University


Roadrunners successfully defend Rice Intercollegate crown
Rice men’s golf finished fifth at the Rice Intercollegiate at Westwood Golf Club Feb. 17.
UTSA Athletics
Levy takes 2nd, Owls 5th at spring opener
Bellaire Examiner
Men’s golf — Cowboys rally to finish 7th at Rice Intercollegiate
Runner-up finish at Rice for men’s golf (Bryan/College Sation)
Houston golf’s Matt Scobie tied for 9th at Rice Intercollegiate

Infield shuffle
Alumnus Anthony Rendon ’12 is mentioned.
Sports On Earth


Women and economic development topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 25
The crucial role of women in promoting economic development and innovation worldwide, with a special focus on the Middle East, will be examined by a panel at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 25.

‘The Geopolitics of Natural Gas’ study to be released at the Baker Institute Feb. 21
“The Geopolitics of Natural Gas,” a multiyear study directed by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, will culminate with a special conference at the Baker Institute Feb. 21.

Touch the future
At the IEEE Haptics Symposium chaired by Marcia O’Malley, associate professor in mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, psychophysicists, engineers and designers from all over the world will demonstrate and discuss technologies that use rich interactions between humans and computers to enhance entertainment, education, health care and much more.

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