Dateline Rice for March 26, 2014


Rice student Moras advances to finals of Met opera contest
Shepherd School of Music graduate student Rafael Moras will compete in the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in New York.
Houston Chronicle


Amherst a leader among elite colleges in enrolling students who need Pell Grants
Rice is listed as a highly selective university in an article about federal Pell Grant eligibility.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in USA News.)

Jeb Bush wraps up higher education event in Irving
Rice President David Leebron participated in a discussion at the Globalization Higher Education Conference.
Washington Times (This article also appeared in Fort Worth Business Press.)

Sanlian Lifeweek Magazine
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 current political unrest in Venezuela and the Texas primary. (An English translation is not available.)
As Wendy Davis stays on ‘equal pay,’ the Greg Abbott campaign turns to her bond counsel paydays
Austin American-Statesman

WSJ, pushing for natural gas, debunked by natural gas industry
A Rice analysis on export terminals in North America depressing Asian prices is referenced in an article about the demand for the U.S. to export more natural gas.
Media Matters

Asia Society presents! This is to be Done—Contemporary Poets and Asia
Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies is a partner in the performance reading “This is to be Done – Contemporary Poets and Asia.”
Asia Society

La Fundación Reina Sofía, Cáritas e Irene Villa, Premios Fomento 2014
Pablo Yepes, senior faculty fellow in physics and astronomy, will be recognized at the Reina and Irene Villa Caritas 2014 Foundation Awards.
Te Interesa (An English translation is not available.)


UH programs unite for digital humanities
The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium will hold its inaugural conference April 10-12 at the University of Houston. Rice is mentioned as a founding member of the consortium.
The Daily Cougar

UH ponders the beauty of campus in vain
An opinion article discusses the University of Houston’s high ranking on ProFascinate’s list of the top 10 most beautiful college campuses. Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar

Economic Research Forum examines contemporary experiences of social justice
Mahmoud El-Gamal, the Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and statistics and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, spoke at the Economic Research Forum about the concepts of social justice from classical economics and Islamic thought.


Cancer vaccine a step closer as natural killer cells are rightly activated
Rice graduate student Mohit Kumar Jolly authored a study about scientists developing a vaccine to combat cancer.
Science World Report

Simple homework changes improve undergraduate learning
A study from Rice University and Duke University found that making a few changes to homework assignments in an upper-level undergraduate engineering course at Rice led to improved scores on exams. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of Rice’s OpenStax College, is quoted.
Laboratory Equipment

Mexico may compete with Brazil for investment in energy sector
Anderson da Silva Jucá, the Latin America Visiting Energy Fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, delivered power sector and investment perspectives at a seminar hosted by the global energy law firm Baker Botts and Demarest Advogados.
PennEnergy (This article also appeared in Oil & Gas Financial Journal.)

Bioprinting, part 1: The promise and the pitfalls
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, comments on the medical applications of 3-D printing.
Tech News World

OSA award winners announced
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, was awarded the Optical Society’s Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award.


Plus points
Doctoral candidate Grant Adamson used infrared images to read and translate the text in a centuries-old letter found outside a temple in the Egyptian town of Tebtunis.
The Statesman (India)

Another vapid effort to claim that science and religion can get along
An opinion piece focuses on research by 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, who conducted a study that supported coexistence and introduced similarities among science and religious communities.
Black Press USA

Carlyle names co-presidents
Alumnus Glenn Youngkin ’90 has been named co-president and co-chief operating officer for the Carlyle Group.
4-Traders (This article also appeared in Pep Digest, the Herald and Fort Mill Times.)

The ideal background for working at Goldman Sachs
An article analyzes the profile descriptions of employees at Goldman Sachs. Rice is mentioned.


Rice tabs VCU assistant Rhoades as basketball coach
News reports suggest that Virginia Commonwealth University associate head coach Mike Rhoades will become Rice’s men’s head basketball coach.
Houston Chronicle (Similar articles appeared in 67 other affiliates.)
VCU’S Mike Rhoades takes over Rice basketball
Report: Rice hires VCU’s Rhoades as new coach
VCU assistant coach Mike Rhoades headed to Rice University
Rice picks Rhoades
Republican Herald
Sports briefs: Rice is right for LVC legend Mike Rhoades
Lebanon Daily News
WRIC-TV (Richmond, Va.)

SEC men’s tennis weekly notebook
Rice men’s tennis fell to Texas A&M 7-0 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.
SEC Sports
Aggies end Owls winning streak
Sports Page Magazine


Rice U. study: Don’t shop for travel at work
According to a new study from Rice University and Iowa State University, consumers who traveled farther and made reservations during business hours were more likely to select higher quality hotels but were less satisfied after their stay. More than 35 percent of those studied made purchases during business hours.

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