Dateline Rice for March 3, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


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.)


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

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
Rice University to demolish Houston landmark
Dallas Morning News

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.)
Faith and folly: Science and religion
Midland Daily News
God, science and original sin
Capitalism Magazine

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.)

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,, Siasat Daily and Yahoo! India.)
Smartphone-based voting technology may result in fewer user errors: Study


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

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

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

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

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.

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

All in family for organist
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Times Record News


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.

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.

Rice chefs will serve gumbo at the Rice Farmer’s Market March 4 for Fat Tuesday.


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.

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

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.

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.

Drone flyers in Austin: Fly with us at SXSW this weekend
MAKE is coming to Rice to demonstrate their latest flying machines.

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.)
Für das Drahtlosnetz der nächsten generation: Massive MIMO für schnelleren Mobilfunk (An English translation is not available.)

Corporate First Amendment rights belong to the shareholders
A Rice study about the relationship between political expenditures and corporate performance is referenced.
Investment News

What can investors expect from Stratasys’ earnings?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha
Solar city earnings: How the Giga Factory could energize the industry


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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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.)
Middle Tennessee defeats Rice 65-41
Recap: Middle Tennessee vs. Rice
Ledger-Enquirer (This article also appeared in Sun Herald and 16 other publications.)
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Rice Owls March 1, 2014
Sports Chat Place
Rice (7-20) at Middle Tennessee (21-8)
Idaho Statesman (This article also appeared in the Telegraph.)

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

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
Astros hosting 2014 Houston College Classic
Sadberry, Texas Tech top Rice in College Classic
Red Raiders defeat No. 10 Rice in the Houston College Classic
Best College Sports News Network
No. 26 Texas Tech defeats No. 10 Rice, 2-1
Texas Tech
Longhorns Digest: Texas top Rice in baseball
Austin-American Statesman
Baseball loses 2 of 3 at Houston College Classic
TCU 360

On eve of debut, Noah goes unnoticed
Alumnus Fred Hartman ’41 is mentioned.

2014 NFL draft scouting report — Phillip Gaines, CB Rice
Alumnus Phillip Gaines ’13 is featured.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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