Dateline Rice for March 12, 2014

FEATURED ITEMS

Texas tea party taking power back from conservative business groups
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 Texas primary on KUT News.
KERA News
http://bit.ly/OiIm8R
At festival, Perry hints again at presidential bid
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1nM5s4y
4 candidates, all Republicans, file for special election to replace Tommy Williams in Texas Senate
Burnt Orange Report
http://bit.ly/1fqsewG
Perry still mum about presidential run on Kimmel
Express News (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1idb5Y2
Buc-ee’s could beat boycott
Express News (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/N6w3eW
The brief: A Texas tipping point identified in WSJ
Texas Tribune
http://bit.ly/1gpH42L

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Legislation seeks to restrict NSF’s social science programmes
Conservative politicians in the US House of Representatives are pushing to limit the National Science Foundation’s support for social-science research. Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science and professor of statistics and of psychology, is quoted.
Nature.com
http://bit.ly/1kfQ3rA
Obama’s budget request falls flat
Nature.com
http://bit.ly/1cRQLGs

Officials still search for missing spring breaker
One article reports on the ongoing search for missing Rice senior Reny Jose. Other articles about a missing Indian American woman mention other people who have gone missing, including Jose.
WJHG.com
http://bit.ly/1hc2VfR
Jasmine Joseph found dead in her car, committed suicide: Police
American Bazaar
http://bit.ly/1i5GvP7
Missing Indian-origin student found dead in her car in US
Times of India (This article also appeared in IN.com and 11 other affiliates.)
http://bit.ly/1i5GFpL
Missing Indian-origin student found dead in US
OneIndia
http://bit.ly/1icOMlb

Neil DeGrasse Tyson shows science and religion can co-exist in ‘cosmos’
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.
Think Progress
http://bit.ly/1cOeywp

Analysis: On 10th anniversary of Madrid Al Qaeda 3-11 bombing, analysts apply lessons to fight terror in Israel
David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is interviewed about Islam tradition and its effect on Muslims, citing the Boston Marathon bombing.
Algemeiner
http://bit.ly/N6yr5e

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Clark: Diversity across state can no longer be denied
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is featured for his accurate statistics and predictions of Texas’s future. He is also quoted about Austin and San Antonio’s growth.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1njPMbY
Could Austin and San Antonio be the next Dallas-Fort Worth?
CultureMap
http://bit.ly/1cSX8co

India’s Ministry of Finance and the benefits of losing
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about India’s financial struggles.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1fSpERg

Texas health insurance enrollment numbers lag as coverage deadline nears
Despite recent data showing hundreds of thousands purchasing health insurance in February, both state and national participations continues to lag. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1cTcKga

No indictment for Rice cops accused of beating man
A Harris County Grand Jury did not indict Rice police officers who arrested a man last summer for stealing a bike from campus.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/OmMm8e

Audubon Place bungalow is an example of the surprises in store during spring home tours
Houses on the Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour are featured.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1oMmYUL

City closing streets to encourage exercise, exploration
Three busy Houston streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on select Sundays to promote walking, biking and exploring the block rather than driving through. Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1cdLhea

EPA data used to map Houston-area cancer risk
Cite Magazine’s Houston architecture and design review, published quarterly by the Rice Design Alliance, is referenced.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1cQR3CW
Maps show risk of developing cancer based on where you live
KHOU-TV
http://bit.ly/1cTezcZ
Map shows areas in Houston with higher risks of cancer
NewsFix
http://bit.ly/1es4wfs

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.
San Antonio Express News (This article also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://bit.ly/1lwqjaF

Texas Universities will not lower admission standards to match high school graduation requirements
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.
High Plains Public Radio
http://bit.ly/1fpS0N1

Brief ‘stay of execution’ granted for Houston’s Art Barn
Rice’s plan to demolish the Martel Center and replace it with grass has been put on hold due to alumni supporters.
Glasstire
http://bit.ly/1cxSjdK
Bye-bye Art Barn: Rice University to demolish Martel Center building
Architect’s Newspaper Blog
http://bit.ly/1cxSAgJ

BROADCAST

New clues emerge surrounding Flight 370
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.
KPRC-TV
http://bit.ly/Pt9Zxd
40 Juta Paspor Curian Siap Mengelabui Bandara
Poskotanews (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/N6bcbH

Researchers get grant to study options to protect Houston area from next big storm
Rice developed an affordable and environmentally friendly competing plan to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surges. Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
KTRK-TV
http://bit.ly/1nLfClK

Rice baseball coach has perfect handwriting
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured for his neat handwriting on lineup cards. Rice baseball players, including John Clay Reeves, are quoted.
KHOU-TV (This broadcast also appeared on Yahoo! News.)
http://bit.ly/NXOP9k

Delaware renews focus on youth literacy
A Rice study is referenced in an article about child illiteracy.
Delaware Online
http://delonline.us/1cQndyo

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

NerdScholar favorites: School-sponsored spring break trips
Rice’s Alternative Spring Break opportunities are featured in a list of school-sponsored spring break trips.
NerdWallet.com
http://bit.ly/1nhZ1tb

Biomedical optics/emerging biophotonics: BiOS 2014: Spectral imaging, ultrafast lasers and more
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, was presented with the 2014 Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award.
BioOptics World
http://bit.ly/1iad9zK

Nutanix patent ups the ante in software-defined storage wars
Willy Zwaenepoel, the former Karl Hassermann Professor of Computer Science, is quoted.
Hispanic Business
http://bit.ly/OlZTgs

Men’s Wearhouse: Earnings numbers disappoint after acquisition
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Investing.com
http://bit.ly/1fTDH9m
Can Verifone stave off fresh competition?
Investing.com
http://bit.ly/PsQCEB
What the buy side expects from Williams-Sonoma
Investing.com
http://bit.ly/1ftVrqy

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Douglas Brinkley to speak at Purdue April 2
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak at Purdue University about Neil Armstrong April 2.
Purdue News
http://bit.ly/1g8OuXs

Student loan debt is not just an economic problem, it’s a marriage problem
A Rice study about separated parents contributing to student loan debt is referenced.
Action Institute PowerBlog
http://bit.ly/N6kioT

FotoFest 2014 Biennial
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.
e-flux
http://bit.ly/1gkz72z

Winners announced at Young Texas Artists Music Competition
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.
The Paper
http://bit.ly/1kfRUwA

Energy degrees fuel the boom
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is listed as a top business school for an energy MBA degree.
Navy Times (This article also appeared in Army Times and Marine Corps Times.)
http://bit.ly/1qw1Ndt

Vaughaligan Walwyn and Scarface drop new video for ‘Grace STill Abides’ [video]
Alumnus Vaughhaligan Walwyn ’04 is featured.
The Urban Daily
http://bit.ly/1lwxH5P

Make room to maneuver
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
Schriever Air Force Base
http://1.usa.gov/1qtPe26

SPORTS

Rice men’s basketball drops overtime heartbreaker at C-USA championship
Rice men’s basketball fell to North Texas 63-62 in El Paso.
Memorial Examiner (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun and Bellaire Examiner.)
http://bit.ly/1cSS33Y
N. Texas edges Rice in C-USA tournament, 63-62 OT
CBSSports.com
http://cbsprt.co/O1koiv
Rice (7-22) vs. North Texas (15-15)
SunHerald.com (This article also appeared in News Tribune and 14 other publications.)
http://bit.ly/1hc4RF4
Conference USA tournament recaps
Chicago Tribune (Similar articles appeared in 54 other affiliates.)
http://bit.ly/1g8JnXc
Recap: North Texas vs. Rice University
NewsObserver.com (This article also appeared in Lexington Herald-Leader and 10 other publications.)
http://bit.ly/1gkSAQL
KVIA-TV (El Paso)
http://bit.ly/Ptqv0g

Golf claims 8th at Bandon Dunes Championship
Rice men’s golf moved up to eighth place at the Bandon Dunes Championship.
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)
http://bit.ly/1erSv9F

Rice season, Kuster’s collegiate career comes to a close
Rice women’s basketball fell to Florida International 85-65 in El Paso. Rice senior basketball player Jessica Kuster is featured.
Examiner.com
http://exm.nr/1cQJJqW

Maryland baseball: Terps best Delaware 10 – 1
Rice men’s baseball team is listed in the USA Today Top 25 Poll.
WSOCTV.com (This article also appeared in WHIO-TV, WFTV-TV and WPXI-TV.)
http://bit.ly/1g9e7aC

Brock realizing passion as sand volleyball coach
Former Rice assistant volleyball coach Russell Brock is featured.
The Daily Reveille
http://bit.ly/1qvSlql

Gonzales taking on new leadership role in pursuit of another state title
Alumnus Abel Gonzales ’10 is featured.
Bullard Banner News
http://bit.ly/1ftTJph

NEWS RELEASES

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business to host Rice Marketing Symposium March 21
Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host the seventh annual Rice Marketing Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 21 in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. The theme of this year’s event is “Evolutionary Marketing Strategy.”
http://bit.ly/O1VfEz

Rice wins $3.1M to develop storm strategy for Houston-Galveston
Houston Endowment has awarded Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center a three-year, $3.1 million grant to develop a comprehensive strategy to prepare and protect the Houston-Galveston region from severe storms and hurricanes. Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, are quoted.
http://bit.ly/1oMufUx

Mexico’s telecommunications sector undergoing quiet revolution, Baker Institute expert says
This past Friday’s ruling by Mexico’s newly created telecommunications regulatory commission, Ifetel, against the country’s giant telecom monopolies América Móvil and Televisa creates a whole new set of opportunities for foreign companies. Tony Payan, a fellow for Mexico studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
http://bit.ly/1kiApf6

Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra to perform March 15
The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra’s first performance since returning from its East Coast tour will be at 8 p.m. March 15 in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall. The performance will be conducted by Larry Rachleff, director of orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music. William VerMeulen, professor of French horn, is quoted.
http://bit.ly/1fTUoS4

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