Dateline Rice for March 11, 2014


Rice athletic director makes ‘Forty under 40′ list
Sports Business Journal has named Rice’s Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard to its list of 2014 “Forty under 40.”
Houston Business Journal
Karlgaard named a ‘Forty under 40′ by Sports Business Journal
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner, Memorial Examiner and the Sugar Land Sun.)
‘Forty under 40’
Sports Business Journal

Mysterious travelers on Malaysia flight raise questions on passport security
Two passengers on a recent Malaysia Airlines flight that mysteriously disappeared were traveling with stolen passports. Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Malaysia Sun (This Voice of America article also appeared in Cambodian Times and 18 other affiliates.)
Penumpang misterius Malaysia Airlines picu pertanyaan soal keamanan paspor
VOA Indonesia (An English translation is not available.)


A ‘credible threat’ approach to long-run deterrence of Russian-European hegemony
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, authored an op-ed about Russia’s occupation of Crimea.

Scientists, start your Dictyostelium: Researchers rev up for slime-mold race
Scientists are racing single-celled organisms for the title of the world’s fastest. Alumnus Owen Gilbert ’10 is quoted.
Wall Street Journal

Congressman Paul Tonko consoles family of Reny Jose at vigil held at the Hindu Cultural Center
A vigil was held for missing Martel College senior Reny Jose in Albany, N.Y. He has been reported missing in Panama City Beach, Fla., where he had been spending spring break with fellow students at a rented beachfront home.
The American Bazaar
WPEC-TV West Palm Beach, Fla.)
WTLV-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

College grads: Alcohol at a job interview — Yes or no?
An article discusses appropriate etiquette when offered alcohol at a job interview. Tiffany Stott, assistant director of career development at Rice’s Center for Career Development, is quoted.
Huffington Post

Somalia and foreign aid: A love affair!
A Rice study about corruption and gender is referenced in an article about Somalia.

Prince Alwaleed and US delegation in key Riyadh talks
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public, was received by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal at Kingdom Resort in Riyadh to discuss social and economic issues.
Arab News (This article also appeared in Zawya.)

Die Evolutionstheorie ist schwer zu ertragen – nicht nur für Bibeltreue
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.
az Grenchner Tagblatt (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Grenchner Tagblatt, Solothurner Zeitung, Limmattaler Zeitung and Oltner Tagblatt.)

Co gryzło legionistę z Egiptu?
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.
KopalniaWiedzy (An English translation is not available.)


Texas makes top 30 of world’s top universities
Rice is No. 65 on the Times Higher Education list of the top universities in the world.
Houston Chronicle

City of immigrants: University of Houston Law Center celebrates 4 success stories
Rice President David Leebron, University Representative Y. Ping Sun and head baseball coach Wayne Graham attended the University of Houston Law Center Arrival Awards dinner as Immigration Clinic supporters. Four leading Houstonians were honored for their outstanding achievements in their careers and in the community since immigrating to the United States, including Rice alumna Sofia Adrogué ’88.

The other May election: 4 vie to fill Senate seat
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 and Venezuelan currency. He is also cited for his research on the Texas House of Representatives.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)
Exchanging currency in Venezuela is a nightmare (This broadcast also appeared on LakeShore Public Media.)
Houston lawyer spends big money in El Paso races
El Paso Times

Labor union comes out against oil exports
Rice has launched an analysis of the oil industry wanting to lift the 39-year-old ban on exporting American crude.
Fuel Fix

Art Barn gets second chance, thanks to Rice alumni
Rice’s plan to demolish the Martel Center and replace it with grass has been put on hold due to alumni supporters. Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the City and State section.)
Will Houston demolish its iconic ‘Art Barn’? [update]

Rice University researchers quantify reactions between ‘building block’ proteins in the body
Rice researchers developed a theoretical approach to analyze the process by which protein building blocks form the biopolymer skeletons of living cells. Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
BioNews Texas

Allegra De Vita wins 2014 YTA competition grand prize
Alumna Allegra De Vita ’13 won the gold medal in the voice division and the 2014 YTA grand prize at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Alumni Hui shan Chin ’13 won the piano division gold medal, Emma Hoeft ’13 won the strings division gold medal and Baker College junior Nicholas Davies won the winds, brass, percussion, harp and guitar division gold medal.
Montgomery County Courier (This article also appeared in the Woodlands Villager and HerE Houston.)


Daily news flash with Courtney Morris on El Salvador’s elections, new report on Syria’s children and Bernie Sanders’ presidential announcement
Courtney Morris, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, analyzes the latest news headlines.
Uprising Radio


Synthetic biologists shine light on genetic circuit analysis
In a significant advance for the growing field of synthetic biology, Rice bioengineers have created a toolkit of genes and hardware that uses colored lights and engineered bacteria to bring both mathematical predictability and cut-and-paste simplicity to the world of genetic circuit design. Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in Bio-Medicine, Science Codex, e! Science News, Nanotechnology Now and BioNews Texas.)

Enhanced oil recovery important for future
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 enhanced oil recovery, the topic of a conference that Rice hosted in Mississippi.

Study will examine Houston hurricane storm surge-protection options
Rice developed an affordable and environmentally friendly competing plan to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surges.
Claims Journal
Study to review Texas hurricane-protection ideas
Insurance Journal

Give us a voting app! Smartphone voters make fewer errors
Rice 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.

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


Behavior inspired by nature
James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science, is featured for his research on nature being a model for the growth of swarm robotics.
The Statesman

LSU to dump current Wi-Fi for eduroam
Rice is listed as an institution that uses the wireless access network Eduroam.
The Daily Reveille


North Texas Mean Green vs. Rice Owls March 11, 2014, C-USA 1st round
Rice men’s basketball will play North Texas March 11 in El Paso.
Sports Chat Place
Rice (7-22) vs. North Texas (15-15)
C-USA tournament: Tuesday preview/open thread
2014 Conference USA tournament preview (This article also appeared in Sports Network and 15 other publications.)
Conference USA Tournament Day 1: 7 games highlight Tuesday’s action

Patriots release ex-Rice running back Sam McGuffie
Alumnus Sam McGuffie ’13 was released from the New England Patriots.
Houston Chronicle


Rice University announces tuition for fall 2014
Rice University’s undergraduate tuition for the 2014-15 school year will be $39,880, up from $38,260 for the current year. The total cost, including $13,400 for room and board and $686 in mandatory fees, will be $53,966 – an increase of 3.9 percent over the current year.

Karlgaard named a ‘Forty under 40′ by Sports Business Journal
Sports Business Journal has named Rice’s Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard to its list of 2014 “Forty under 40.”

Pelosi to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute March 18
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will speak at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 18 for an invitation-only event. This is Pelosi’s first visit to the Baker Institute.

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