Dateline Rice for March 5, 2014


Texas primary voters to test Sen. John Cornyn, George P. Bush
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 the Texas primary.
Los Angeles Times (Similar articles also appeared in the Texas Tribune and 1,008 other affiliates.)
Texas Republicans choose establishment candidates over tea partyers
Los Angeles Times
Texas primary tests strength of tea party Republicans
USA Today
Races test tea party’s clout
Dallas Morning News
Tea party triumphs down-ballot in Texas
National Review
Bush cruises to GOP nomination, faces El Paso mayor for land commissioner
Houston Chronicle
Bush to face unopposed Democrat
Houston Chronicle
Challenger wins GOP chair race
Houston Chronicle
Let me start: Confronting crisis in Kiev
Wendy Davis won her gubernatorial primary. Now what?
The Washington Post
Texas roundup: Cornyn cruises; Abbott-Davis governor match-up set
Cruz steers Texas GOP further right in primary
Cornyn, Davis win Texas primary tests
Detroit Free Press
Dewhurst’s slump is 2 years in the making, but is Patrick a risk?


Search underway for missing spring breaker
Martel College senior Reny Jose has been reported missing in Panama City Beach, Fla., where he has been spending spring break with fellow students at a rented beach-front home since Saturday.
ABC News
Family arrives to search for missing spring breaker
WJHG-TV (Panama City, Fla.)
Rice student reported missing in Florida
KHOU-TV (This article also appeared in and 91 other affiliates.)
Rice University student reported missing in Florida
Rice University student reported missing while on spring break in Florida
Rice student mysteriously vanishes on spring break
Houston Chronicle
Search underway for missing spring breaker
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Global liquefied gas market faces potential oversupply
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.
Global LNG market faces classic boom-bust cycle with oversupply
Bloomberg Businessweek

US and Russia still friends in space
NASA is maintaining a relationship with Russia despite tension between the U.S. and Russia over the situation in Ukraine. Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
ABC News

How to avoid overpaying for daily-deal discounts
A Rice study about daily-deal promotions is referenced in an article about business promotions.

King becomes honorary ICAEW member
Stephen Zeff, the Keith Anderson professor in business at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, was awarded honorary membership in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

What exactly is a ‘likely’ letter?
Universities are sending “likely” letters to students to secure candidates in advance of regular admissions notifications. Rice is mentioned.


Rice study says voting by smartphone leads to fewer voter mistakes
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, and Phil Kortum, assistant professor of psychology, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Smartphone voting ups participation, cut errors
Discovery News
Voters using smartphones made fewer errors in mock election
Cellular News (This article also appeared in Sugar Land Sun.)
Smartphone voting reduces user errors in mock election
IEEE Spectrum

Rice’s Martel Center will be demolished and replaced with grass; the Warhol tree will remain. Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture; Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities; Paul Hester, lecturer of visual and dramatic arts; and B.J. Almond, senior director of news and media relations in Rice’s Office of Public Affairs, are quoted.
Rice University to demolish historic art ‘Barn’
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page.)
As Rice prepares to tear down historic building, critics decry ‘insult to Menils’
Houston Chronicle
Mansion that was 1st Houston home with A/C getting torn down
Houston Chronicle

Despite new law, algebra II still a college requirement
Though Algebra II is no longer a course requirement for a high school diploma, colleges will not change their admission standards to drop the math course. Rice is mentioned.
KHOU-TV (This article also appeared in KENS-TV.)

LSC Chancellor is proud of hiring ‘the best people’
Lone Star College students are transferring to universities throughout Texas, including Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Guest lecture to revisit an innovative time in physics research
Cyrus Mody, assistant professor of history, will give a guest lecture at the University of Texas at Dallas on “Bridging Disciplines in Times of Crisis: California Physicists in the Long 1970s.”
UT Dallas

WindSync ZIlkha Hall debut concert
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.


Video: The floating metropolis that could support Brazil’s offshore oil rigs
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.
Arch Daily

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.
Bioscience Technology (This article also appeared in RedOrbit, BioPortfolio and News Medical.)

Looking for $2 trillion
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute, authored this blog post about the group of 20 finance ministers boosting the world’s gross domestic product by at least $2 trillion over the next five years.
PLoS Blogs

Synthetic biology future event coming to Cork
Matthew Bennett, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, will speak at the Synthetic Biology Future conference.

Can PetSmart restore 2013 levels?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha

40 of the smartest people in health care
Alumna Karen Davis ’65 is listed as one of the smartest people in health care today.
Hospital Review

Tenký diamantový film, vyrobený bez velkých tlaků
Perfect sheets of diamond a few atoms thick appear to be possible even without the big squeeze that makes natural gems. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, and Pavel Sorokin, a former postdoctoral associate at Rice and now a senior researcher at the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials in Moscow, are mentioned. (An English translation is not available.)


A suspension of disbelief
Rice is mentioned for its development of carbon nanotubes.
The Independent

Unique ‘studio’ format offers benefits, challenges to students and faculty alike
Rice collaborated with Kansas State University to create a customizable e-textbook that is now being used at colleges.
The Collegian

Vaughaligan Walwyn X Scarface ‘Grace Still Abides’
Alumnus Vaughhaligan Walwyn ’04 is featured.

Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano’s paper worlds
Artists Ana Serrano’s fall 2011 “Salon of Beauty” installation at the Rice Art Gallery is mentioned.


Rice moves up to finish 10th at Argent Financial Classic
Rice men’s golf claimed 10th place at the Argent Financial Classic.
The Rancher (This article also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)

Owls fall to San Diego
Rice men’s tennis fell to San Diego 6-1 at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center.
Sports Page Magazine

Super Y-League announces participants for 2014 Girls ODP National Camp
Brandon Gwin, assistant soccer coach, is part of the coaching staff for the Super Y-League.

Football: Monarch’s Ethan Marks bound for Rice
Monarch High School running back Ethan Marks has committed to play for Rice.
Daily Camera (This article also appeared in Broomfield Enterprise.)


Rice is No. 1 best value in two new Kiplinger’s rankings
Rice University ranks No. 1 among private universities on Kiplinger’s list of “30 Best Values in Small Colleges” and “30 Best College Values in the West/Southwest.”

Cell’s skeletons get a closer look
Rice researchers have developed a theoretical approach to analyze the process by which protein building blocks form the biopolymer skeletons of living cells.

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