Dateline Rice for Feb. 28, 2014


Scientists working to get in touch with their computers
Scientists and engineers are developing ways to interact with computers through their sense of touch. Marcia O’Malley, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted and pictured in the story, which is based on a haptics symposium that she chaired this week in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front of the City & State section.)


Are global natural gas markets in a period of transition? The Magic 8-Ball says …
“The Geopolitics of Natural Gas,” a multiyear study directed by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is referenced.

Saint status in Mexico made Chicago’s public enemy elusive prey
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.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance.)
In Chicago’s Little Village, El Chapo’s arrest brings cheers
Chicago Business
Status as benefactor and folk hero made ‘El Chapo’ elusive prey
Japan Times

Many evangelicals believe science and religion can work together
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.
Charlotte Observer
Suzette Martinez Standring: Science and religion are not at war
Peoria Journal Star (This article also appeared in the Examiner and 43 other publications.)

10 surprising ways marriage makes you healthier
A Rice study about the differences in death rates among married and divorced men is referenced.
Yahoo! Shine


Jones: Marijuana’s legalization can crimp power of Mexican cartels
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the minimal impact the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged head of the Sinaloa Cartel, will have on drug cartels.
Houston Chronicle
Is legalized pot on the way to Texas?
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

Intramural struggles dog Democrats, GOP as Election Day nears
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 and U.S. Senate election. He is also cited for his study on the Texas House.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Family fights are serious business for Democrats, GOP
Express News
Rogers shakes up Dem race for U.S. Senate
Common theme in campaign ads
Sen. Dan Patrick accused of hiring illegal immigrants
PAC protects liberal Texas Republicans on abortion
Ted Cruz is political gold in Texas

Election season in India
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about India’s election season.
Houston Chronicle

Free open-source textbooks might be the answer
Several institutions are making a new push to provide students with free or very low-cost textbooks. Rice’s OpenStax College is referenced.
The Ranger

Rice University to demolish former Menil Museum, godfather of the Tin House Movement, real soon
Rice’s Martel Center will be demolished and replaced with grass, but the Warhol tree will remain.

Young Texas Artists Music Competition celebrates winners’ continued success
Baker College senior Coleman Itzkoff is featured.
Conroe Today

5 Fort Bend ISD school administrators selected for Rice University’s Business Fellowship for School Leaders
Five Fort Bend ISD school administrators have been selected to participate in Rice’s Education Entrepreneurship Program Business Fellowship for School Leaders.
Fort Bend Star

Perry appoints Beth 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.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun, Memorial Examiner and Bellaire Examiner.)

Houston Dynamo selects new head physician – Timothy Sitter, M.D.
Houston Methodist is mentioned as the official health care provider of Rice Athletics.
Fort Bend Star


Bocadito: College mariachi
Baker College senior Alberto Rodriguez is quoted about Luna Llena, the university’s first mariachi band and winner of Rice’s International Fest, on the Latino USA National Public Radio show “Bocadito.”

Rick Cruz, HISD assistant superintendent of College Readiness, references Rice’s Young Owls program on the program “Viva Houston.”


Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 2014 Annual Conference
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, will give the opening keynote address at the SAH 2014 annual conference.
Arch Daily

Cerebrotech recognized as Rice Alliance Life Science Company at 2014 Texas Life Science Forum
Rice is mentioned in an article about Houston’s recent Texas Life Science Forum, co-hosted by the Rice Alliance. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance, is quoted in the second article.
BioNews Texas
San Antonio startup Leto Solutions honored as one of the top 10 best companies at UTSA Texas Life Science Forum
BioNews Texas

Apple expected to use quantum dot technology in iPhone 6 display
A novel quantum-dot synthesis method licensed from Rice is being used for future products created by the Texas-based nanotech firm Quantum Materials Corp.
BioNews Texas

A college project that imagines a floating city for oil workers
A story focuses on a 2012 award-winning research project by Rice architecture students. They won the inaugural Odebrecht Award for their design of an industrial floating city that would accommodate families in the oil industry. Neeraj Bhatia, a former Visiting Wortham Fellow and professor of architecture at Rice, and Alexander Yuen ’12 and Weijia Song ’12 are quoted.
GPB News

Despite shale, Middle East remains key to oil demand
Fatih Birol, chief economist for the International Energy Agency in Paris, spoke at Rice University’s Baker Institute about oil production predictions.
Alexander’s Gas & Oil Connections

LPFM watch: FCC investigating Guel applications
LPFM application grants crossed the 1,000 mark. Rice filed objections against 15 applications in the Houston area.
Radio Survivor

Will 3-D systems conjure up a treat for investors?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha


Commercial software in DLA means exposure to commercial cyber vulnerabilities
Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted on cyberattacks and the effect on national security.

Companies race to take advantage of LNG boom
An increased demand for liquefied natural gas in Asia may result in a Gulf Coast region energy boom. 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.

Beyond the bomb: Atomic research changed medicine, biology
Alumna Angela Creager ’85 is featured for her new book, “Life Atomic: Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine.”
Princeton University

When Dr. Anthony Pinn came out as an atheist, this was the reaction
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is featured for his new memoir, “Writing God’s Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist.”

Obama names Davidson’s Quillen to advisory council
Davidson College President Carol Quillen, Rice’s former vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives, has been appointed as a member of the newly constituted President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

Lafayette Habitat for Humanity hosts students for alternative spring break
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.
Daily Reporter
Lafayette housing group hosts spring breakers
KATC-TV (Lafayette, La.) (This article also appeared in KPLC-TV and KSLA-TV.)

Waltrudis Buck joins Black Lab Theatre’s ‘4000 Miles,’ running now through March 16
Alumnus Jordan Jaffe ’10 is mentioned for founding the Black Lab Theatre.
Broadway World


Frazier’s late layup lifts UAB over Rice 61-60
Rice men’s basketball fell to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 61-60 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Ala.)

Rice, Western Kentucky lead team race at Conference USA Championships
Rice’s swim teams won both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay at the Conference USA Championships in Atlanta.
Swimming World Magazine

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