Dateline Rice for Feb. 21, 2014


Tea party tempest boils over in Montgomery County split
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 Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff’s political spending and the Texas primary.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front page.)
Yes, travel is costly, and deceit is cheap
My San Antonio


Faith and reason
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.
The Economist
Science group and evangelicals push collaboration
The Baptist Standard

Houston: A semisweet land of liberty
Alumnus Juan Martinez ’00 is featured.
World Magazine

Călătorie în timp prin istoria artei/de Dan Radu Stănescu
Joseph Manca, the Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History, is mentioned.
Ziarul Financiar (An English translation is not available.)


Scientists create artificial muscles from fishing line
Scientists at UT Dallas have created powerful artificial muscles out of fishing line. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

Prioritizing public safety over applying outdated drug policy
Rehman Bhalesha authored a blog post about jury nullification for this installment of Baker Institute Viewpoints.
Houston Chronicle

33 things to do in the Houston area this weekend
Five London actors in residency at Rice will perform a concert staging of “As You Like It” Feb. 20-22.
Houston Chronicle

Houston Dynamo select Methodist Sugar Land doctor as new head physician
Houston Methodist is mentioned as the official health care provider of Rice Athletics.
Sugar Land Sun

UH rejects anti-Israel boycott
University of Houston has joined Rice and more than 200 other universities and colleges across the U.S. to oppose the academic boycott of Israel passed by the American Studies Association.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Houston Hillel students enjoy Havdalah dinner
Rice students attended a dinner at the Houston Hillel Student Center after celebrating Havdalah.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Upcoming events: Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday celebrations galore
Rice chefs will serve gumbo at the Rice Farmer’s Market March 4 for Fat Tuesday.
Houston Press


Duke: $60,000 a year for college is actually a discount
Jennifer West, a former Rice professor of bioengineering, is mentioned in an article about the factors that affect tuition at Duke University.
NPR’s “Morning Edition” (This article also appeared on KUHF-FM, and 16 other affiliates.)
Harvard’s exit strategy
The Economist
KUT 90.5 (Austin) (This broadcast also aired on KPCC-FM and 16 other affiliates.)

NFL Network
Jordan Babineaux mentions working out at Rice on “NFL AM.”

Rice’s campus is mentioned on “FOX 26 News at 4 a.m.”


Houston college master’s programs prepare future energy executives
To prepare energy executives to navigate the myriad challenges faced by the oil and gas industry, and to provide them with the opportunity to broaden their scope while increasing their knowledge and skills, two Houston colleges are offering energy-focused graduate programs in business administration. Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative and Jones Graduate School of Business are featured. Rice President David Leebron and Provost George McLendon are quoted.

Profits from US natural gas exports could disappoint, researcher says
According to a Rice study, new natural gas export terminals in the U.S. might not be as profitable as imagined. Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer on economics, is quoted.
Hellenic Shipping News

Many Texans struggling to pay for health service as Affordable Care Act is about to launch
Many Texans were struggling to pay for basic health services before the launch of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Rice study. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, and Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, are quoted.
HealthCanal (This article also appeared in MEDIndia and

Health science center programs for young researchers extended in new CPRIT grants
Rice received a grant from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas to develop bio-nano-chip technology to detect ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.
BioNews Texas

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 researcher and lead author of this study, are mentioned.
Electronics News
Researchers at Rice Univ. invent CNT-based fibers surpassing electrical conductivity of copper cables

10 great MOOCs for teacher professional development
Rice is mentioned for its four-week online professional course for science teachers.
Education World

How will Wal-Mart report amid rocky holiday retail sales?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha
High expectations for Marvell Technologies Thursday in semiconductor industry
Seeking Alpha

Nanotechnology in Texas, USA: Market report
An article about nanotechnology in Texas mentions Rice, Rice’s Smalley Institute and Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, and Nanospectra Biosciences several times. Rice research on nanoparticles and on nearly transparent films of electrically conductive carbon nanotubes is mentioned.


Conkrite biographer to speak at Western
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will be the featured speaker at Missouri Western State University.

Stephen Muecke on ‘Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World’
Stephen Mueke reviews “Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World” by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
Los Angeles Review of Books

The picture frame, not the picture
An article describes the architecture of Rice’s campus.
Canadian Architect

Out of the country and onto College Hill
Rice has collaborated with Brown University to send admission officers on nationwide travel to recruit students in rural regions.
Brown Daily Herald


Rice men’s basketball fell to Old Dominion 55-51 Feb. 20 in Norfolk, Va.
Old Dominion wins 55-51 comeback over Rice
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in ESPN and
Rice (7-17) at Old Dominion (12-14)
Ledger-Enquirer (This article also appeared in Macon Telegraph and 12 other publications.)
Rice (7-17) at Old Dominion (12-14)
Athlon Sports (This article also appeared in Kansas City Star.)
Recap: Old Dominion vs. Rice
Idaho Statesman (This article also appeared in Charlotte Observer and 10 other publications.)
ODU squeaks past Rice
WSBT-TV (Mishawaka, Ind.) (This article also appeared in Reuters and 11 other affiliates.)
ODU comes from behind to beat Rice 55-51 (This article also appeared in the Daily Press.)
ODU rallies past Rice 55-51
WAVY-TV (Hampton Roads, Va.)
Monarchs rally for win over Rice 55-51
Richard Ross has 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Old Dominion in 55-51 comeback over Rice
The Republic

Lady Monarchs cruise to C-USA victory over Rice
Rice women’s basketball fell to Old Dominion 85-49 Feb. 20 in Norfolk, Va.

Surging Cowgirls prepare for outdoor matches
Rice women’s tennis will play Oklahoma State at the Blue Gray Classic.
The Daily O’Collegian

Notre Dame sets kickoff times for 2014 home football games
Rice men’s football will play Notre Dame Aug. 30 in South Bend, Ind.

Garcia looks to build off strong sophomore campaign
Rice men’s baseball will play Florida International University in the first season of Conference USA.

Purdue makes 1st trip to Texas since 2009 for series at Rice
Rice’s baseball team will play Purdue Feb. 20-22 at Reckling Park.
Purdue Sports

Swimming | Norfolk Academy’s Kaskel goes out on top
Norfolk Academy senior swimmer Jacob Kaskel earned early admission to Rice.

Gallery buys fame with Super Bowl sales promotion
Alumnus Luke Willson ’12 is featured.
Furniture Today
Luke Willson still adjusting to star status (with video)
Windsor Star

Catherine Fitzsimmons (Yzeure)
Alumna Catherine Fitzsimmons ’11 is featured.
Foot d’Elles (An English translation is not available.)

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