Dateline Rice for Feb. 27, 2014


The global search for education: Shepherd sound
Rice’s Shepherd School Symphony played its first East Coast tour, including a stop at Carnegie Hall. Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music; Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin; and Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, are interviewed. Graduate students Madeleine Doyon-Robitaille, Anastasia Sukhopara, Titus Underwood and Niccolo Muti are also interviewed.
Huffington Post
Rice Owls play Carnegie Hall
Huffington Post

Rice University hits record with freshman applications
Rice has seen a 15 percent increase in the number of applications for admission in fall 2014, the largest year-to-year increase in the institution’s history.
Houston Chronicle


When seeking a diagnosis, ‘Zebra Roulette’ is no game
Cancer diagnosis has become a trial-and-error game, especially among patients with rare forms of cancer. Donald Berry, adjunct professor of statistics, is quoted.
Huffington Post

Huge canal in Nicaragua will do more harm than good
Scientists and experts are warning against digging a canal through Nicaragua to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.

Saint status in Mexico made Chicago public enemy elusive
Tony Payan, a fellow for Mexico studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted about Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged head of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Mexico tells US it wants 1st crack at ‘El Chapo’ Guzman
News 92-FM
What’s next: Mexico after ‘El Chapo’

Lafayette housing group hosts spring breakers
Rice is partnering with Habitat for Humanity for students to participate in an alternative spring break building homes for families in need of affordable housing.
Washington Times (This article also appeared in
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity hosts students for alternative spring break
The Republic

A new church for the new America: The big stretch of the multi-ethnic church
A Rice study is referenced in an article about the future of America and its churches.
Christian Post


Campaign money floods El Paso races
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the upcoming Texas primary.
El Paso Times
The Ted Cruz effect: Political gold?
Latin Times

Updated: Bettencourt says he predicted Emmett’s whopper donation
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s donation to GOP chairman candidate Paul Simpson was unsurprising to party leader Paul Bettencourt. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Gov. Perry appoints Madison to University of Houston System Board of Regents
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Beth Madison, board secretary of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music Society, to the University of Houston System Board of Regents.
Pasadena Citizen (This article also appeared in Deer Park Broadcaster, Friendswood Journal, Pearland Journal, Bay Area Citizen and Fort Bend Sun.)

Is legalized pot on the way to Texas?
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted on the sale of retail recreational marijuana.

Capsule Art Reviews
El Ultimo Grito’s “Garden Object” installation is featured. It will be on view at Rice University Art Gallery through March 16.
Houston Press


Next: Voting from smartphones?
A team of researchers has designed a mobile voting system for use on smartphones. Michael Byrne, professor of psychology, is quoted.
Mobile voting systems potentially better than electronic ones: Study
NDTV Gadgets
Move over EVMs, smartphone-based voting technology is here
OneIndia (This article also appeared in Cambodian Times and 16 other publications.)

Black silicon solar cells from Natcore Technology?
Natcore Technology’s liquid phase deposition process is exclusively licensed from Rice.

Will Best Buy bounce back from a brutal January?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha


New technology isn’t always progress
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is featured for his insight on the future of jobs in America.
Your Daily Journal
Adapting to the job deficient world
Middlesboro Daily News

Immigration summit in Houston to focus on human trafficking
The American Jewish Committee Bridging America Task Force will present its third immigration summit March 18 at Rice.
Construction Citizen

Cameron president would prefer higher ed to stay as local as possible
Alumnus John McArthur ’87 is quoted about adding “wet lab” facilities to Cameron University’s satellite campus, which would enable students to take classes closer to their homes.
Duncan Banner

From blackest black to universe hacking. An interview with Frederik de Wilde
Frederick de Wilde’s nano painting created at Rice is featured.
We Make Money Not Art


Men’s college hoops: Rice to host UAB on Thursday
Rice men’s basketball will play University of Alabama-Birmingham Feb. 27 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Humble Observer
Rice Owls vs. UAB Blazers Feb. 27, 2014
Sports Chat Place

SHSU to take on Texas schools at Minute Maid Park
Rice baseball will compete in the Battle for Texas in the 2014 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park Feb. 28-March 2.
SHSU Houstonian Online
Classic at Minute Maid Park
Brazoria Facts

SHSU baseball beats No. 10 Rice 3-1
Rice men’s baseball fell to Sam Houston State University 3-1 at Reckling Park.
SHSU Houstonian Online
College baseball: Sam Houston State tops No. 10 Rice Owls
Magnolia Potpourri
Sam Houston State holds on for win against Rice 3-1
College Baseball Central

Aggie women’s tennis set for Texas road swing
Rice women’s tennis will play Texas A&M March 1.
New Mexico State Sports


Rice applications set a record
Rice has seen a 15 percent increase in the number of applications for admission in fall 2014, the largest year-to-year increase in the institution’s history.

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