Dateline Rice for March 7, 2014


Search continues for missing Rice University student in Panama City Beach
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.
The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)
Dive teams join search for Rice student who vanished in Florida
WMBB-TV (Panama City, Fla.)
Recent cases raise spring break concerns
WTVT-TV (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Search continues for missing spring breaker
First Coast News
Two Indian-origin students missing in US
NDTV (This article also appeared in India West and Bhatkallys.)
NECN-TV (Boston)
KING-TV (Seattle)
TXCN-TV (Dallas)
Mahasiswa India Hilang Misterius di Amerika Saat Berlibur
Detik News (An English translation is not available.)

An insider’s view of the Arab world
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies and professor of history, and Farès el-Dahdah, professor of architecture and director of the Humanities Research Center, organized a talk on “Arabophobia” for the FotoFest Bioennial March 15 to April 27.

Ancient Egyptian soldier’s letter home deciphered
Doctoral candidate Grant Adamson translated a letter found outside a temple in the Egyptian town of Tebtunis using infrared images to read the centuries-old text.
Yahoo! News
Ancient papyrus is a soldier’s letter home
Archaeology Magazine

Bring on the billions: Enhanced oil recovery discussed at forum
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative and former U.S. assistant secretary of energy for fossil energy in the Department of Energy, is quoted about Mississippi’s methods of tapping into resources below the surface.
MS News Now (This article also appeared in WTOL-TV, KAIT-TV, WMC-TV, WBTV-TV, WLOX-TV and WDAM-TV.)


Demographic changes topic of Missouri City’s March Leadership Luncheon
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, will speak at Missouri City’s Leadership Luncheon March 13 at the City Centre.
Houston Chronicle

Leaders promote using carbon dioxide in oil output
Rice hosted a conference in Jackson, Miss., to discuss enhanced oil recovery to increase oil production and store carbon dioxide underground.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Hattiesburg American, Mississippi Press and Clarion Ledger.)

What Texas private colleges cost
Rice is included in a slideshow showing tuition costs for private schools in Texas.
Houston Chronicle

Despite tea party gains, Speaker Joe Straus predicted to retain power
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.
Austin-American Statesman
Texas tea party has a good day; Democrats not so much
Austin-American Statesman
Dewhurst tabbed a ‘long shot’ in runoff
Henderson Daily News

Money doesn’t always win votes
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about the Texas primary.

Too radical for Rice? University’s plan to demolish the historic Art Barn alarms artists and preservationists alike
Rice’s Martel Center will be demolished and replaced with grass; the Warhol tree will remain. Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities; John Sparagana, professor and chair 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 Menil ‘Art Barn’
Contract Magazine
Architectural Record (reprinted the Houston Chronicle story)

Desmond Pollard dies suddenly
An article reports the sudden death of Rice sophomore cornerback Darrion Pollard’s brother.
Gilmer Mirror

Top 5 picks for the week (March 7)
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Times Record News


Rice Social Sciences Global Urban Lab students toured the soccer stadium in Istanbul. (An English translation is not available.)

Super Bowl champ agrees to be prom date at former school
Alumnus Luke Willson ’12 is featured.
Seahawks’ Willson is catch of the day at Villanova (with video)
The Windsor Star


UTMB receives $3.2 million to continue collaborative research on cancer in Texas
Rice is mentioned as an investigator for the organization Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas.

Addressing neglected tropical diseases key to realizing G20 $2 trillion global GDP increase goal: Dr. Peter Hotez
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute, is referenced for his 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.
BioNews Texas

Notice of allowance for patent for siRNA delivery awarded to Houston’s Ensysce Biosciences
The late Richard Smalley is mentioned for his development of Ensysce’s nanotube technologies.
BioNews Texas (This article also appeared in, 4-Traders, Sys-CON India, the Herald and Fort Mill Times.)

Nutanix patent ups the ante in software-defined storage wars
Willy Zwaenepoel, the former Karl Hassermann Professor of Computer Science, is quoted.

Will Foot Locker sales hold up amid harsh weather conditions?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha


Professor examines gay rights politics in Nicaragua
Cymene Howe, assistant professor of anthropology, gave a lecture on the politics of sexual rights in Nicaragua at Tufts University.
Tufts Daily

Will US get hung up on voting by smartphone?
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.
KVNU-FM (This article also appeared in, KSFO-AM, WIVK-FM, WEAN-FM, KBOI-FM and WJR-AM.)

Boise native to accompany Boise Baroque Orchestra on ‘Concerto for double bass’
Will Rice College senior Renaud Boucher-Browning will perform with the Boise Baroque Orchestra.
Idaho Press

Bristol Eastern students connect with science
Alumna Andrea Albert ’09 is featured.
The Bristol Press


Owls snap streak with 4-3 win over Aztecs
Rice men’s tennis won 4-3 against San Diego State at the Aztec Tennis Center in San Diego. Junior Tommy Bennett, sophomore Adam Gustafsson and freshman Max Andrews are mentioned.
Sports Page Magazine

Articles report Rice men’s basketball loss to Louisiana Tech 70-48 at Autry Court.
Rice drops regular-season finale to Louisiana Tech
Houston Chronicle
Louisiana Tech controls a 70-48 win over Rice
Louisiana Tech (24-6) at Rice (7-21) (This article also appeared in Sun Herald and 10 other publications.)
Recap: Rice vs. Louisiana Tech (This article also appeared in Charlotte Observer, the Herald, Lexington Herald-Leader, Island Packet and Tri-City Herald.)
Tech men claim share of Conference USA title
Shreveport Times (This article also appeared in KSLA-TV and 10 other affiliates.)

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