Dateline Rice for April 2, 2014

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Job satisfaction suffers when co-workers resent flex time
A new study from Rice and the University of California, San Diego, shows that university workplace bias against scientists and engineers who use flexible work arrangements may increase employee dissatisfaction and turnover even for people who don’t have children. Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
Futurity
http://bit.ly/1j01EuE
Flexibility stigma
San Diego Reader
http://bit.ly/1dReRqq

Rice University picks design team for new opera theater
Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been selected as architect for Rice’s Shepherd School of Music’s new opera theater. Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music, is quoted. Alumnus Charles Renfro ’87 is mentioned. (Editor’s note: A correction has been requested about the reference to this announcement being made tomorrow. The announcement was made March 17.)
New York Times
http://nyti.ms/1s4lR7w

Would-be athletes’ union loses a lobbyist
Cornerstone Government Affairs has terminated its pro bono services to the National College Players Association. The agency represents Rice among other higher education institutions.
Inside Higher Ed
http://bit.ly/1jAkxVU

Oil-and-diamond mix transfers heat best
Rice scientists discovered that a mixture of diamond nanoparticles and mineral oil outperforms other fluids created for heat-transfer applications. Alumnus Jaime Taha-Tijerina ‘13 is quoted.
Epoch Times
http://bit.ly/1pJ8d5J
Diamonds ‘can be used to create optimal thermal fluids for engineering’
Zenopa
http://bit.ly/1gnQOKF

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Energy groups’ funding of potential state regulators criticized
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 GOP primary.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This was the top story on the front of the City & State section.)
http://bit.ly/1myQOwD

Health sign-ups on track to hit 7 million
The Affordable Care Act was set to reach over 7 million sign-ups by the deadline day. Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1e9O9nK

Report: Texas public school enrollment tops 5 million
Enrollment at Texas schools has increased more than 19 percent over the past decade. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is referenced for his analysis of Texas public schools.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in My High Plains and Gilmer Mirror.)
http://bit.ly/1hzWmGz
More than 5 million kids are attending public school in Texas
KUT.org
http://bit.ly/1jATR7q

Solar flare knocks out radio waves
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about the major solar flare that caused a radio blackout for several minutes on Earth.
KTRH-AM
http://bit.ly/1dR9LdZ

Facebook scammers get you to give up private info
Internet criminals are using Facebook ads to obtain personal information from users. Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
KTRH-AM (This article also appeared in KPRC-AM.)
http://bit.ly/1hhmfpT

Era of civil unrest
Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a former terrorism fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the tension and conflict among specific countries.
KPRC-AM
http://bit.ly/1fMHOiE

Houston city scope
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will be honored by the Young Audiences of Houston April 16.
Houston Lifestyles & Homes
http://houstonlifestyles.com/scope-apr/

BROADCAST

April is all about Water Safety Awareness Month
Rice hosted a water-safety-awareness event at the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center. Susanna Leonard, assistant director for aquatic programs, is quoted.
CW39 NewsFix
http://bit.ly/1ln3M0n

Texas A&M students get more bang for the buck
Rice tops the list of the top 20 schools in Texas with the best 20-year return of investment.
KBTX.com
http://bit.ly/PiMeqU

Man arrested, accused of trying to assault Rice University students while they slept
A Rice alum was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault on campus. Rice University Police Chief Johnny Whitehead is quoted.
KHOU-TV (This broadcast also appeared on KENS-TV.)
http://bit.ly/1lAP6NG
http://bit.ly/1ebXHyS
Suspect accused of trying to sneak into Rice University dorm, sexually assault female students
KTRK-TV
http://bit.ly/1jYiDkM
http://bit.ly/1s7AOWv
Man accused of breaking into Rice U. residential college, assaulting 2 women
KPRC-TV
http://bit.ly/1lBXdJX
http://bit.ly/1ln5Q8O
KRIV-TV
http://bit.ly/1jYvweu
Univision 45
http://bit.ly/QFLldq

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

IPC ’14: Developed services industry makes US shale wave unique
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, spoke about global shale development at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers conference.
Hydrocarbon Processing
http://bit.ly/1fLHErX

Z Electronic Materials and Axium Nanofibers LLC sponsor joint research
AZ Electronic Materials has exclusive rights to the unique preparation methods of graphene nanoribbons invented by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, and his group.
Printed Electronics World
http://bit.ly/1dMVe38

Pemex wants big slice of Mexican reserves
George Baker, contributing expert and scholar for the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the reform process in Mexico.
E&P
http://bit.ly/1ihRmnG

Spray on your rechargeable batteries
Engineers at Rice developed a paint that forms the microporous layer required in a lithium battery.
Business Opportunities Weblog
http://bit.ly/1hAtn5v

Monsanto profits expected to grow
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Investing.com
http://bit.ly/1fMG60V

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

On race and atheism: An interview with Anthony Pinn
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is interviewed about his latest book on nontheism.
Religion News Service
http://bit.ly/1fsokDg

Planning vacation on the clock
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. Ajay Kalra, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Business and Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
WREG-TV (Memphis)
http://bit.ly/1kseBNs
WDKY-TV (Lexington, Ky.)
http://bit.ly/1gOaUCH

1 million students to get free textbooks
Rice’s OpenStax College is featured.
eCampus News
http://bit.ly/Oc3AVw

Students win American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ competition
Rice students competed at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ competition.
KLFY.com
http://bit.ly/1hzWNAy

SPORTS

College baseball: Rice unable to snap out of funk against Texas
Rice baseball fell to University of Texas 5-2 at Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1lBWl84
Texas baseball heads to Houston for more Rice
Burnt Orange Nation (This article also appeared in WSOC-TV, WPXI-TV, Palm Beach Post, Austin American-Statesman, WHIO-TV and Journal-News.)
http://bit.ly/1pKMyfi
Longhorns defeat Rice in Houston
Austin American-Statesman
http://bit.ly/1fMHpwN
No. 8 Texas downs No. 12 Rice for the second time this season
Daily Texan
http://bit.ly/1fsv44b
Texas drops Rice 5-2 in top 12 baseball showdown
Examiner.com
http://exm.nr/1jYrPW5
Horns beat Rice
KVUE.com
http://bit.ly/1ksksSU

Lady Tigers captured two 1st place finishes at Rice
Rice’s Victor Lopez Classic is featured.
Dallas Weekly
http://bit.ly/1hfZ2V6
Dawson strong at tough Rice meet
Pearland Journal
http://bit.ly/1fMHGQi

Timber Rattlers outfielder Michael Ratterree off to strong start as pro
Senior Michael Ratterree is featured.
Post Crescent (This article also appeared in Wausau Daily Herald, Herald Times Reporter and Oshkosh Northwestern.)
http://post.cr/PhUYO3

Tony Cingrani starts as Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher
Former Rice athlete Tony Cingrani is featured.
Courier-Journal
http://cjky.it/1dMXbwu
Cards hope Wacha relies on strengths in 1st start of season
Modesto Bee (This article also appeared in Sun Herald and 11 other publications.)
http://bit.ly/1ksoL0h

Two Seahawks headed to prom night
Alumnus Luke Willson ’12 will escort a student from his high school to prom.
ESPN
http://es.pn/1gZPl36

San Francisco 49ers should take a flyer on Owen Daniels or Dustin Keller
Alumnus Vance McDonald ’13 is mentioned.
Rant Sports
http://bit.ly/1mIQY7B

NEWS RELEASE

Rice Theatre to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ April 11-19
Rice University Theatre and the student-run Rice Players troupe will present “Little Shop of Horrors” at the university’s Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 11-12 and April 17-19. A 3 p.m. matinee is scheduled for April 13.
http://bit.ly/1mKFRuA

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