Dateline Rice for March 3, 2014 (Weekend Edition)

FEATURED ITEM

Applications to Texas universities increasing
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. Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front page.)
http://bit.ly/MIN2no

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

With vacancies high, GOP primaries in Texas set up a scramble to the right
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 its candidates and the U.S. Senate election.
New York Times
http://nyti.ms/1n1tatg
For Cornyn, more at stake than winning
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page.)
http://bit.ly/1dTuOXA
Beware of slate cards
Houston Chronicle (This was an editorial in Sunday’s edition.)
http://bit.ly/1cnIsaJ
Texas Senate tilts rightward, 2014 edition
Texas Observer
http://bit.ly/1krgnSd
Primary interest grows for GOP, but wanes for Dems
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)
http://bit.ly/1hFMmur
Dan Patrick faces fresh claim that he hired workers living in US illegally
Austin-American Statesman (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1fVpjvQ
Tuesday’s Republican primary shaping up as referendum on Cruz
Austin-American Statesman (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1dTv2Ou
Even before Tuesday’s primary, candidates focus on a May runoff
Austin-American Statesman (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1dgnxnN
Sen. Dan Patrick accused of hiring illegal immigrants
WBLX-FM (Mobile, Ala.)
http://bit.ly/NMWzdO
Voting far from over in Texas this year
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
http://bit.ly/1eLOLnv
Rangel: Some don’t see Seliger as conservative enough
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
http://bit.ly/1eMbboB
Voters should expect runoffs
Amarillo Globe-News
http://bit.ly/MImSRB
Texas Republicans top Democrats in early primary turnout
Star-Telegram
http://bit.ly/MIn7wc
Chad’s morning brief, the Ted Cruz effect, Obamacare enrollment numbers, and other top stories
KFYO-AM (Lubbock)
http://bit.ly/1c10OO4
Who will be the next Steve Stockman?
Off the Kuff
http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=59054
Governor’s funds under scrutiny by candidates
San Angelo Standard-Times (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1gMZFXV
Other voices: As you head to vote Tuesday, ignore the ‘slate card’ scam
Longview News-Journal
http://bit.ly/1ojYT7F
Tea party might just fizzle in Ted Cruz’s Texas
TPM
http://bit.ly/1okrPfO
Uno de cada cinco votantes registrados en Texas es hispano pero ¿ejercen su influencia?
La Voz (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1fCcfqC

Rice University to demolish former museum building
Rice’s Martel Center will be demolished and replaced with grass; the Warhol tree will remain.
New York Times
http://nyti.ms/1mL8poL
Rice University to demolish Houston landmark
Dallas Morning News
http://bit.ly/1luvr1K

Suzette Martinez Standring: Science and religion are not at war
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 Gurdon Times (This article also appeared in AG Journal and 38 other publications.)
http://bit.ly/1dK3xqy
Faith and folly: Science and religion
Midland Daily News
http://bit.ly/1ok39nL
God, science and original sin
Capitalism Magazine
http://bit.ly/1hZ4kXL

Does it matter that the Oscars are overwhelmingly White?
Courtney Morris, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted in an article about diversity among Oscar nominees.
Chicago Sun-Times (This article also appeared in Truth Dig.)
http://bit.ly/1g4oDAs

Smartphone-based voting technology may result in fewer user errors: study
Researchers studying a potential mobile voting system found that smartphone owners made fewer errors voting with their mobile devices in a mock election than they did voting via the traditional system. Michael Byrne, professor of psychology, is quoted.
Malaysia Sun (This article also appeared in Webindia123, India Everyday, Business Standard India, ZeeNews.com, Siasat Daily and Yahoo! India.)
http://bit.ly/1hG1SX3
Smartphone-based voting technology may result in fewer user errors: Study
TMCnet.com
http://bit.ly/1c1ufjc

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Expert: Texas needs to address growth of Hispanic population
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, presented a talk on Houston’s changing demographics during a symposium at University of Texas at El Paso.
El Paso Times
http://bit.ly/1eHQzJw

Kantarjian, Mendelsohn: Medical advances continue to help in cancer fight
Hagop Kantarjian, the Baker Institute Scholar in Health Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and John Mendelsohn, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in health and technology policy, authored an editorial about the reality of cancer cures.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1hByp1e

Chamber-music group takes new name for new season
James Dunham, professor of viola and chamber music at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will be joining the Jupiter String Quartet for the Chamber Music Houston concert.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1fVwyUr

Natural gas vehicles: Good or bad for climate?
Rice research about the use of natural gas is referenced in an article about the long-term effects of natural gas vehicles.
Fuel Fix
http://bit.ly/1mQckRm

American Festival for the Arts 2014 Luncheon ‘Make Music Matter’
Musiqa artistic director Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will present “Why Minds Need Art” at the Junior League of Houston March 4.
CultureMap
http://bit.ly/1dTXwYk

Houston-area camp organized by students for families affected by cancer
Rice students are launching Camp Kesem, a weeklong overnight summer camp for Houston-area children who have a parent affected by cancer.
The Paper
http://bit.ly/1i6Qhng

All in family for organist
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Times Record News
http://bit.ly/1eLYxWE

BROADCAST

KPRC-TV
Houston is leading the nation in emergency care facilities, but the cost for immediate care can be overwhelming. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted.
http://bit.ly/1fCxHS9

KRIV-TV
WindSync, a quintet formed at and now in residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured. WindSync members Garrett Hudson, flute; Erin Tsai, oboe; Jack Marquardt, clarinet; Tracy Jacobson, bassoon; and Anni Hochhalter, horn, are quoted.
http://bit.ly/1cofiYZ

KHOU-TV
Rice chefs will serve gumbo at the Rice Farmer’s Market March 4 for Fat Tuesday.
http://bit.ly/1okBcvW

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Rice paper on graphene oxide formation selected as ‘ACS Editor’s Choice’
A new Rice paper that details the mechanism behind the formation of graphene oxide has been selected as an “Editor’s Choice” because of its significance to the global science community, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS). James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.
AZoNano.com
http://bit.ly/1dTohw3

Davidson College’s Carol Quillen named to President Obama’s 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.
Charlotte Business Journal
http://bit.ly/1lpSdrm

Economist: Shale Gale could have ‘unintended consequences’
Fatih Birol, chief economist for the International Energy Agency in Paris, spoke at Rice University’s Baker Institute about oil production predictions.
OilandGasInvestor.com
http://bit.ly/1gNdqpx

Rebooted Texas cancer agency funds Biotech firms
Rice is mentioned as one of the recipients of grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Xconomy
http://bit.ly/1occi1n

Drone flyers in Austin: Fly with us at SXSW this weekend
MAKE is coming to Rice to demonstrate their latest flying machines.
Makezine.com
http://bit.ly/1fCuVwo

Mit 96 Antennen zum Drahtlosnetz der nächsten generation
Rice’s Argos rig is featured in an article about wireless technology. Lin Zhong, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, is quoted.
Technology Review (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1hYzezq
Für das Drahtlosnetz der nächsten generation: Massive MIMO für schnelleren Mobilfunk
Heise.de (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1jMiYn9

Corporate First Amendment rights belong to the shareholders
A Rice study about the relationship between political expenditures and corporate performance is referenced.
Investment News
http://bit.ly/1fCiwZe

What can investors expect from Stratasys’ earnings?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha
http://bit.ly/1fwToNz
Solar city earnings: How the Giga Factory could energize the industry
Investing.com
http://bit.ly/1jMfIIj

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Southern historian will discuss perspectives on slavery
John Boles, the William P. Hobby Professor of History, will present “Changing Historical Perspectives on Slavery in the American South” at South Arkansas Community College.
Magnolia Reporter
http://bit.ly/1jMrOB2

The multicultural edge: Creativity, trust and more job offers
Hajo Adam, visiting assistant professor of business, and Otilia Obodaru, assistant professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, are mentioned in an article about the advantages of foreign experiences.
Insead Knowledge
http://bit.ly/1oksqOv

Pro-lifers must boycott businesses working with Planned Parenthood
Alumna Denise Hunnell ’81 authored an article about the construction of Planned Parenthood facilities in Louisiana.
Life News
http://bit.ly/1mL9I7j

Presentation to focus on disabilities in Oz
Joshua Eyler, director of the Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence, will discuss Oz mythology at Shippensburg University.
The Sentinel
http://bit.ly/1okbQhV

Elite Private Tutors holds event at Rice University focused on female empowerment
Rice Launch, Elite Private Tutors and Women LEAD will hold an event showcasing six prominent female entrepreneurs in Houston. Alumna and CEO of Elite Private Tutors Neha Gupta ’08 and Isabel Scher, co-founder of Rice Launch, collaborated for this event.
StreetInsider.com
http://bit.ly/NNkxWx

SPORTS

Rice duo wins Pacific Coast doubles title
Rice sophomore Gustavo Gonzalez and Bojan Szumanski, assistant men’s tennis coach, won 7-6 in a tennis six-game pro set at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.
UT San Diego
http://bit.ly/1hFZXlB

College track: Rice wins indoor titles
Rice women’s track and field junior Claire Uke and sophomore Belle MacFarland won at the Conference USA Indoor Championship.
Humble Observer
http://bit.ly/NNcHfv

Back-to-back for Rice, WKU men win invite
Rice women’s swim team won at the Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championship. Junior Casey Clark earned “Swimmer of the Meet” after winning seven gold medals and accumulating 264 points for the Owls.
Swim Swam
http://bit.ly/1jMlWbd

Rice women’s tennis falls to No. 17 Tulsa, 4-1
Rice women’s tennis fell to Tulsa 4-1 at Jake Hess Stadium.
The Rancher
http://bit.ly/1kr7KXM

Short-handed Owls fall to Middle Tennessee
Rice men’s basketball fell to Middle Tennessee 65-41 at Murphy Center.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Fort Bend Sun.)
http://bit.ly/1pUo83W
Middle Tennessee defeats Rice 65-41
CBSSports.com
http://cbsprt.co/1c1htkB
Recap: Middle Tennessee vs. Rice
Ledger-Enquirer (This article also appeared in Sun Herald and 16 other publications.)
http://bit.ly/1mQhEEj
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Rice Owls March 1, 2014
Sports Chat Place
http://bit.ly/1kNWZfm
Rice (7-20) at Middle Tennessee (21-8)
Idaho Statesman (This article also appeared in the Telegraph.)
http://bit.ly/1jMm2Q4

2nd half run lifts UTEP past Rice 72-57
Rice women’s basketball fell to University of Texas at El Paso 72-57 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Miner Rush
http://bit.ly/1eWip4T

Rice baseball fell to Texas Tech 2-1 and won against Texas Christian University 2-1 at the Battle for Texas in the 2014 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park Feb. 28-March 2.
Hitting fails Rice again in tournament finale loss to Texas Tech
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1luJapb
Astros hosting 2014 Houston College Classic
CSNHouston.com
http://bit.ly/1fCgS9W
Sadberry, Texas Tech top Rice in College Classic
Astros.com
http://atmlb.com/1fCk8fE
Red Raiders defeat No. 10 Rice in the Houston College Classic
Best College Sports News Network
http://bit.ly/1c1gUr4
No. 26 Texas Tech defeats No. 10 Rice, 2-1
Texas Tech
http://bit.ly/1hYCnPK
Longhorns Digest: Texas top Rice in baseball
Austin-American Statesman
http://bit.ly/1i7bo99
Baseball loses 2 of 3 at Houston College Classic
TCU 360
http://bit.ly/NnEpQ8

On eve of debut, Noah goes unnoticed
Alumnus Fred Hartman ’41 is mentioned.
ESPN
http://es.pn/1fCejEW

2014 NFL draft scouting report — Phillip Gaines, CB Rice
Alumnus Phillip Gaines ’13 is featured.
Fansided
http://bit.ly/1dgLonp

ODU football starts spring ball, motivated for new season
Old Dominion University will open its conference slate at Rice.
WAVY-TV (Norfolk, Va.)
http://bit.ly/1n1iivj

NEWS RELEASES

Goal: Alert Houston children with asthma about air danger
Rice researchers, with support from Houston Endowment, will develop a system to warn schoolchildren who have asthma about changing air quality up to three days in advance of increased airborne risks. Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, and Loren Raun, faculty fellow in statistics, are quoted.
http://bit.ly/1c1DrEk

Family and socio-economic resources prevent suicide more effectively together
Family support and socio-economic resources (such as education and employment) may be more likely to prevent suicide when a person has both, according to new research from Rice. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
http://bit.ly/1c1DGiz

Voters using smartphones made fewer errors in mock election
Voters who cast their ballots via smartphones made fewer errors than they did when voting via traditional methods in a mock election, according to new research from psychologists at Rice University. Michael Byrne, professor of psychology, is quoted.
http://bit.ly/1hZ8S0g

Liver metabolism study could help patients awaiting transplants
In a new study that could help doctors extend the lives of patients awaiting liver transplants, a Rice-led team of researchers examined the metabolic breakdown that takes place in liver cells during late-stage cirrhosis and found clues that suggest new treatments to delay liver failure. Deepak Nagrath, assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
http://bit.ly/OTN0uM

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