Dateline Rice for March 14, 2014


Rice president discusses task force, goals
Rice President David Leebron, a member of the NCAA Division I board of directors, discusses changes in Division I governance policies with Chronicle staff writer David Barron. Former senior associate athletics director Steve Moniaci is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Beyond the roar of March madness, a sea change is in the works
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Aquarium pumps saving babies’ lives
An article features Rice’s innovative engineering program designed to get students to learn about problems of rural hospitals and then find solutions. Maria Oden, director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of Beyond Traditional Borders, and Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of both Beyond Traditional Borders and Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, are quoted.
CNN (This article also appeared in


Biology and politics
Rice is mentioned for political behavior research on left-right differences in recent years.
Washington Monthly

Kevin Eltife is dead last
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.
Agenda Wise

Rooman armeijan nuoren sotilaan kirje kotiin saatiin käännettyä – ‘Miksi ette kirjoita minulle koskaan?’
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. (An English translation is not available.)


Chemotherapy drug shortages in the US — The recurring nightmare
Hagop Kantarjian, the Baker Institute Scholar in Health Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, authored a blog post about drug shortages in the U.S.
Houston Chronicle

Summit to address human trafficking, immigration reform
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is partnering with American Jewish Committee’s Bridging American Task Force for a free summit to discuss human trafficking and immigration reform March 18.
Jewish Herald-Voice
Immigration summit in Houston to focus on human trafficking
Texas GOP Vote

Reflections on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at AIPAC
Rice is listed among the universities that have opposed the academic boycott of Israel passed by the American Studies Association.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Restraint, please, at Rice
An editorial comments on the grand jury’s no-billing of Rice police officers with respect to allegations of misconduct during the arrest of a bike thief last summer.
Houston Chronicle

Grad students bound for Rice Business Plan meet
A team of graduate students from Texas State University has been invited to participate in the 14th Annual Rice Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Rice Alliance and Jones Graduate School of Business.
San Marcos Daily Record

TWC co-sponsors ExxonMobil Science Fair
Alumnus Cortlan Wickliff ’10 is profiled.
Focus Daily News


Dash-cam video shows Rice police beating man who stole bike
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 and Hanszen sophomore Joseph Formella are quoted.


Rice research papers ranked among top 10 most read in ACS Nano
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science; alumna Daniela Marcano ’11; and 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, are featured for ranking in the top 10 most read in the American Chemical Society’s journal, ACS Nano.

This guy is paid to work on a 200-inch, 3-D interactive screen
Visualization pioneer Barco is working with Rice to develop a visualization wall at Rice’s Chevron Visualization Laboratory.
Stereoscopy News

Quantum Materials Corp closer to tetrapod quantum dots volume production
QMC is commercializing a low cost quantum dot technology developed at Rice. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, is mentioned.
BioNews Texas

Diplomacy series studies US cyber security challenges
Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in an article about cyberattacks and its effect on national security.

This week in HPC news
Jan Odegard, executive director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is mentioned in reference to the Rice Oil and Gas High-Performance Computing Workshop.
HPC Wire

Nest’s Richard Lutton patented iPad, iPhone, iPod
Alumnus Richard Lutton ’89 is featured.
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Mike Breard: Buy small for deep profits
Alumnus Mike Breard ’63 is interviewed.
Resource Investor


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.

How Chelsea Clinton is changing the world, one college student at a time
Alumna Amanda Gutierrez ’13 is mentioned.
Teen Vogue

Energy Foundry invests in battery-maker SiNode Systems
Energy Foundry won last year’s Rice Business Plan Competition.
NewNet (This article also appeared in Private Equity Hub.)

Newpark Resources announces board of directors changes
Alumnus Rod Larson ’82 has been appointed to the Newpark Resources board of directors. (This article also appeared in OilVoice.)


Braun resigns after going 12-49 over last 2 years
Head basketball coach Ben Braun is stepping down after six years of coaching at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Sports section. Similar articles appeared in 37 other affiliates.)
Ben Braun resigns as Rice basketball coach
Ben Braun will not return as men’s basketball coach at Rice
Report: Rice University basketball coach Ben Braun steps down
Sports Illustrated (This article also appeared in NBC Sports.)
Rice, Ben Braun part ways
Ben Braun won’t return as Rice basketball coach
USA Today
Braun resigns as Rice coach
The Washington Post
Former Cal coach Ben Braun resigns from Rice
San Jose Mercury News
And Larry Brown goes down: SMU coach left crying as University of Houston proves its program isn’t dead

The Rice football team is featured for their 2014 season preparation. Head football coach David Bailiff and junior Christian Covington are quoted. Darrell Patterson, assistant head coach, is mentioned.

SVG Venue@ series flies out of the chute at Houston’s Reliant Stadium
More than 50 industry professionals representing local universities, professional franchises and technology manufacturers met at Reliant Stadium for the inaugural event in the SVG Venue@ series. Chuck Pool, assistant athletics director for sports information, is mentioned.
Sports Video Group

Former Greens Farm star in Westport earns all-freshman honors at Rice
Freshman basketball player Sean Obi is featured.
Westport Daily Voice

Former Hagerty standout named Golfer of the Week
Freshman golfer Kevin Reilly is featured.
Seminole Chronicle


Rice launches enhanced MBA for Executives
Rice’s Master of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA) will launch a new curriculum and program delivery this fall to better meet the needs of executive students and the changing demands of the business education marketplace.

Big data tackles tiny molecular machines
Biophysicists at Rice use a miniscule machine – a protease called an FtsH-AAA hexameric peptidase – as a model to test calculations that combine genetic and structural data.

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