Dateline Rice for March 24, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


Texas race has Democratic Party squirming
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 cited for his research on the Texas Senate and is quoted about the Texas primary and U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer.
Wall Street Journal
Tarrant County’s leadership becomes more diverse
Dewhurst says he would let equal pay bill go to Senate vote
Texas Public Radio
Neugebauer says Congress should stick to constitutional process
Reporter News
Texas GOP star aims for DC duels
Times Record News
Analysis: A movable definition of conservative
KETR-FM (Texas A&M)
Mackowiak: Why will Wendy Davis lose? The trust problem

Arabs to hold summit on bridging regional divides
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the Arab foreign minister’s agenda for the 25th Arab League Summit.
Voice of America

Of the Arab sensibility
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, are featured.
The News on Sunday

Obamacare penalties could be greater than uninsured anticipate
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 about the number of uninsured Texans despite the Obama administration’s efforts.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (This article also appeared in Times Union, Beaumont Enterprise and Greenwich Time.)

Internet to make ricin, sarin recipes available for households
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is referenced for his experiment published in Scientific American about the lack of obstacles there are to make the deadly gas sarin.
Voice of Russia

Soldier homesick, 1,800 years ago
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.
Times of Israel (This article also appeared in News Observer, the Mirror, Haaretz and

Somalia and foreign aid
Foreign aid is being wasted on overhead and corruption except in countries where the economic policy is good. The Rice study, “‘Fairer Sex’ or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender and Institutional Context,” is cited.
Geeska Afrika

Laser gegen Malaria
Rice researchers have developed a noninvasive technology that accurately detects low levels of malaria infection through the skin in seconds with a laser scanner.
Deutsche Welle


They’re coming to win: More Houston companies to compete in the Rice Business Plan Competition
Three Houston companies including a startup in Kenya are competing at the upcoming Rice Business Plan Competition. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal
Kenya: Local startup in line for Rice award

Rice-based OpenStax College unveils free textbook for introductory economics
Rice’s OpenStax College is featured for its addition of Principles of Economics, OpenStax College’s first book for an introductory course with an annual U.S. enrollment of more than 1 million students. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Engineering and founding director of Rice’s OpenStax College, is quoted.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in the Fort Bend Sun.)

Demographer: Education key to Texas’ economic future
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 presentation at the North Texas Commission luncheon on the future of Texas’ economic prosperity.
Fort Worth Business Press

Is the University of Houston campus really among the most beautiful in the nation?
An article questions ProFascinate’s list of the top 10 most beautiful college campuses. Rice is mentioned.

Rice chooses architects for opera theater
Clarinetist Lin Ma will compete in the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition in May. The semifinal round will be held May 29 in Rice’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall. The article also mentions Rice’s Shepherd School of Music’s announcement that Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been selected as architect of the school’s new opera theater. Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music, and alumnus Charles Renfro ’87 are quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Rice picks DS+R for opera theater
Rice selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design opera house

Lending a hand to those in need
Rice is mentioned as a recipient of a contribution from Houston attorney and philanthropist Joe Jamail.
Houston Chronicle

Book events in and around Houston: March 24-30
Daniel Alarcón and Mohsin Hamid will discuss and sign their books at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle

The clock is ticking
Musiqa will play works by Rice student composers on the clock tower at Market Square.
Houston Chronicle

Self-described ballet junkie works behind the scenes
Rice is mentioned in an article about self-described ballet junkie and philanthropist Jean May.
Houston Chronicle

In a sprawling state, walkability gains toehold in Texas
A recent survey from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is referenced in an article about “walkable urbanism.” Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Brownsville Herald (This article also appeared in KENS-TV.)

The ManeFrame: SMU’s new system raises Dallas’ supercomputer capabilities
Rice is mentioned for its second most powerful computing capability in the state.
Dallas Business Journal

Free camp offers solace for kids affected by a parent’s cancer
Rice students are launching Camp Kesem, a weeklong overnight summer camp for Houston-area children who have a parent affected by cancer.
Cypress Creek Mirror (This article also appeared in the Woodlands Villager, East Montgomery County Observer and the Courier.)

CAPS to host Diversity Institute
Mikki Hebl, professor of psychology and management, will speak about “A Primer on Size Discrimination” at University of Houston’s 13th annual Diversity Institute.
The Daily Cougar

Mezzo-Soprano De Vita ‘surprised, shocked’ after YTA win
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.
Montgomery Courier


WRGB-TV (Albany, N.Y.)
Panhandle Crime Stoppers announced a $15,000 cash reward for information that leads to the location and recovery of Martel College senior Reny Jose.

Rice’s carbon nanotube fibers outperform copper
According to new research, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, is quoted. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biological engineering and of chemistry is mentioned.
TechTex India

Nanotube paint reveals plane wing strain (with video)
Rice scientists have developed a new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes that can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes. Satish Nagarajaiah, professor in civil and environmental engineering and in mechanical engineering and materials science, and Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry, are quoted.
ASM International

Aquarium pumps saving babies’ lives in Malawi
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.
Advance Healthcare Network


Noted author, historian shares his tricks of the trade at St. Ambrose University
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured for his speech at St. Ambrose University in Iowa.
Quad-City Times

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 referenced for his interview with The Algemeiner about Islam tradition and its effect on Muslims, citing the Boston Marathon bombing.
Cutting Edge News

International architecture conference turns spotlight on Austin, Texas
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, will give the keynote address at the 67th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Designer Pages Media

Bun B addresses his future in music and youth in America
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, is featured.
Hip Hop DX


Rice cooks in 1st spring scrimmage
The Rice football team is featured for their 2014 season preparation. Head football coach David Bailiff, offensive coordinator Billy Lynch, and Christian Covington are quoted. Assistant head coach Darrell Patterson and players Tyler Stehling, Zach Wright, Chris Thurman, Driphus Jackson, Luke Turner, Robby Wells, Darik Dillard and Brandon Hamilton are mentioned.
CBS Houston

Owl football: 2014 spring game kicks off busy final weekend April 11-13
Three days of football-related festivities begin April 11, including their spring game and a banquet.
Magnolia Potpourri

Retooled C-USA no match for Rice baseball so far
Rice baseball won against Florida Atlantic University 18-6 at Reckling Park.

Western Kentucky opens inaugural CSCAA Collegiate Classic with 4 wins
Rice’s swimming team will compete at the inaugural College Swimming Coaches Association of America Collegiate Classic.
Swimming World

SWAC teams compete at TSU relays
Rice’s Holloway Field and Ley Track hosted the 63rd annual TSU Relays.

UH track and field closes UTSA Invitational
Rice’s Victor Lopez Classic is mentioned.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in Red Storm Sports.)

Johnny Manziel nearing official status as ‘Johnny Football’
The Rice Owls are mentioned in the cutline of a photo of Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Shreveport Times (This article also appeared in the Courier-Post and 52 other affiliates.)


Hinojosa to address textbook affordability at Rice March 31
Texas Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, will speak at Rice University at 10:30 a.m. March 31 about the Affordable College Textbook Act, legislation that aims to make high-quality, open-education textbooks available free to students, professors and the public.

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