Dateline Rice for March 13, 2014


Rice U police officers cleared of wrongdoing in August arrest of man
A Harris County Grand Jury did not indict Rice police officers who arrested a man last summer for stealing a bike from campus. Rice police chief Johnny Whitehead is quoted.
Rice officers not indicted in taped beating
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front page.)
Rice U. police make changes after controversial arrest
KPRC-TV (a Q-and-A with Chief Whitehead that was provided to KPRC by Rice Public Affairs)

Reliant Stadium may be getting a new name
Reliant Stadium may soon be called NRG Stadium after NRG Energy, the parent company of Reliant Energy. Clark Haptonstall, chair of Rice’s Department of Sport Management Program and professor in the practice of kinesiology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This story appeared on the front page.)


HBKU hosts exchange program
Hamad bin Khalifa University has collaborated with Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to host a student-exchange program in Doha, Qatar.
Gulf Times

Missing New York Indian American student found dead
An article about a missing Indian American woman mentions other people who have gone missing, including Rice senior Reny Jose.
India West

No dejo de escribiros, pero no me tenéis en mente
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.
National Geographic España (An English translation is not available.)


Baylor, Rice make US News list of best graduate programs
Rice has several programs ranked high on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate Schools list. Rice is also mentioned for its ranking in Kiplinger’s “30 Best Values in Small Colleges” list and in the Princeton Review for best quality of life and happiest students.
Houston Business Journal
Wake Forest part-time MBA program cracks top 20 in key ranking
Business Journal

The State of Texas: March 12, 2014
Rice is mentioned for its No. 65 rank on the Times Higher Education list of the top universities in the world.
Texas Monthly

Next cold war? Gas drilling boom rattles Russia
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 about the complications of importing gas from Russia.
KFDA-TV (Amarillo)

King: Not all public projects are wasteful
Rice is mentioned for its research on hurricane damage.
Houston Chronicle

Missouri City’s March Leadership Luncheon series to feature Dr. Steve Murdock
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.
Fort Bend Star

Quail Valley MS students selected to perform at ‘Words & Art’ event
Quail Valley Middle School students read their poetry and prose during Rice’s “Words & Art” program March 5.
Fort Bend Star


Podcast: Rice University HPC oil and gas workshop thematic wrap-up
Jan Odegard, executive director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is interviewed about the Rice Oil and Gas High-Performance Computing Workshop.
HPC Wire


Designing devices for developing countries
Rice partnered with University of Texas to design a device that delivers drugs to patients around the world more effectively.
Medical Device Summit

Malaysia flight exposes hidden air security flaw
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.

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.
Hispanic Business

Rice bioengineers invent systems for ‘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.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence

Drilling and completions tech digest
A device created at Rice gathers data on how tracers move through deep rock formations that have been opened by hydraulic fracturing. Andrew Barron, the Charles M. Duncan Jr., the Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted.
Drilling Contractor

2014 – The new normal for Houston
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is referenced for his Kinder Houston Area Survey in a presentation about the Houston economy.
Construction Citizen

As graduation rates go down, school ratings go up
A new Rice study reveals that Texas’ public school accountability system directly contributes to lower graduation rates. Linda McSpadden McNeil, director of Rice’s Center for Education and professor of education, is quoted.
Science Codex

Mike Breard: A look at smaller oil and gas companies
Alumnus Mike Breard ’63 is interviewed.

Just how bad will Aeropostale’s earnings be on Thursday?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha
Why Dollar General will continue 10 percent growth despite poor weather
Seeking Alpha


Noted historian/author Douglas Brinkley to speak at Q-C Henry Farnam Dinner
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak at St. Ambrose University March 21 in Iowa.
Quad-City Times

Rice professor to present lecture on historical perspectives of 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.
El Dorado News-Times

Musiqa to bring ‘Time in Motion’ to the Hobby Center March 22
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform at Musiqa’s spring concert at the Hobby Center March 22.
Broadway World

Aggies win at Facebook Hackathon
Rice students participated in the Facebook Texas Regional Hackathon in Austin.
Texas A&M Engineering Communications

Olympian Lisa Weightman takes out Leader Sports Star gong
Marathon runner and Olympian Lisa Weightman mentions training at Rice.
Herald Sun


C-USA champ, Rice, springs to the field
The Rice football team is featured for their 2014 season preparation. Head football coach David Bailiff, offensive coordinator Larry Edmonson and junior Driphus Jackson are quoted. Kevin Yoxall, head strength and conditioning coach, is mentioned.
CBS Houston

Owl golf: Rice University men claim 8th at Bandon Dunes Championship
Rice men’s golf moved up to eighth place at the Bandon Dunes Championship.
Magnolia Potpourri (This article also appeared in Cypress Creek Mirror.)

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