Dateline Rice for April 7, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


Monumental tree takes root in Houston
Upper Kirby District board members said a temporary exhibit at Rice, “Magnificent Seven,” by artist James Surls inspired them to bring his art to the intersection of Westheimer and Kirby. The article mentions two Surls sculptures on the Rice campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front of the City & State section.)


Lion of the keyboard’: BR Symphony Orchestra hosts pianist Valkov
Viktor Valkov, a graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
The Advocate

Fundación Reina Sofía, reconocida con el Premio Fomento 50 Aniversario por su compromiso social con los más necesitados
Pablo Yepes, senior faculty fellow in physics and astronomy, will be recognized at the Reina and Irene Villa Caritas 2014 Foundation Awards.
Europa Press (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in La Razon Digital.)

Interdisziplinäre RUB-Konferenz: Was ist die Welt?
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, will speak on a panel at the Interdisziplinäre RUB-Konferenz. (An English translation is not available.)


Bite-sized college offerings provide new education, revenue potential
Rice is among the universities offering Specializations courses through the online platform Coursera.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Look out for LVdP
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.
Houston Chronicle
Van de Putte says she’s in campaign to win
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)
Abbott and Davis take contrasting approaches to pre-K
San Antonio Express
On the campaign trail: Van de Putte
San Antonio Express (Subscription required.)
The battle over House District 90 continues
Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in FindLaw.)
Thornberry’s clout may aid Sheppard
Times Record News (Subscription required.)
Thornberry’s star is rising, and so is his frustration with Washington
Abilene Reporter News (Subscription required.)
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte stumps in Tyler
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Texas pol’s clout on rise
Insurance News Net

Texans must prepare for a different Texas
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted about Wendy Davis’ new education plan and is referenced for his analysis of Texas and its public schools.
San Antonio Express
Abbott and Davis take contrasting approaches to pre-K
San Antonio Express
Sen. Wendy Davis focuses on education at luncheon
Pampa News
Report: Texas public school enrollment tops 5 million (This article also appeared in KTSM-TV.)

Traveling soon? Might not want to book at work, Rice University study finds
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.
Houston Business Journal
Avoid hotel bookings at work for a happier holiday
Lifehacker Australia

Instead of the NSA your phone co. will now spy on you
Instead of the government collecting phone data, phone companies are now required to keep that data for longer periods of time for use by the National Security Agency. Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Nobel Prize winner to host lecture at Galveston College
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Robert Curl ’54 will speak at the Galveston College Lecture Series “Left Brain/Right Brain: Bridging the Gap.”
Galveston County Daily News

Houston Hillel hosts Interfaith Shabbat dinner
Rice students attended Houston Hillel’s Shabbat diner as part of Rice Interfaith Week.
Jewish Herald-Voice

HISD culinary students put their skills on the line
Seven teams of culinary students from four Houston Independent School District schools will compete in Cooking up Change at Rice.
Houston Press

Houston’s biggest rap stars help local pastor take the gospel to the hood
Alumnus Vaughaligan Walwyn ’04 is featured.
Houston Press

High schools see decline in graduates
Tamara Siler ’86, senior associate director for admission and minority recruitment coordinator, is quoted about the decline in high school graduates despite two decades of growth.
The Daily Cougar


Joseph Manca, the Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History, spoke at a free book talk lecture series.

Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center March 23
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is interviewed about Rice’s hurricane strategy and the SSPEED Center.

KNSD-TV (San Diego)
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, is interviewed.

KMIR-TV (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Alumna Germaine Franco ’84 is interviewed.


Former White House director on science and technology to speak at Texas A&M event
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, will present “Giving Science Advice to the President – and Why It’s Getting Harder” at Texas A&M April 10.
BioNews Texas

Move carefully on crude exports, refiner urges House subcommittee
Lifting the 39-year-old crude export ban presents financial risks. 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, is quoted.
Oil & Gas Journal (This article also appeared in PennEnergy.)

UH Math collaborates with Rice on synthetic gene circuit
Rice researchers collaborated with University of Houston math experts for a study on the counter effects of temperature on synthetic gene circuits. Matthew Bennett, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
News Medical
Researchers reveal math modeling integral to synthetic biology research
Med India
Math modeling integral to synthetic biology research
Bio-Medicine (This article also appeared in, e! Science News, Science Codex, SpaceMart, and Science Newsline.)

Hybrid nanotube-graphene material promises to simplify manufacturing
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 quoted about the technique he created that makes sheets of graphene easier to manipulate.
Carbon nanotube rebars ease handling of 2-D graphene
Coal yields plenty of graphene quantum dots
Paint & Coatings Industry


Colonial Williamsburg celebrates religion month with daily programs, 2 lectures
James Sidbury, professor of humanities, will discuss the movement toward religious freedom in Revolutionary Virginia.
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Teddy Roosevelt top wilderness warrior
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, was the featured speaker for the 11th Annual Quad-City Henry Farnam Dinner.
Dispatch Argus

City of Seattle to consider sexual orientation/gender identity when addressing pay inequity
A Rice study about the male-to-female-transgender-transition pay gap is referenced.
Seattle Gay News

Training of school leaders takes new direction
State university officials in South Dakota are preparing new ways to prepare leaders for their rural and small schools. Rice is mentioned.
Aberdeen News

Claudio Abbado’s valedictory recording with Martha Argerich
Apollo Chamber Players, a Houston-based group formed at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured for their album “European Folkscapes.”

Up for grabs: The Imperial Barrel
Rice is mentioned as a competitor in the Imperial Barrel Award competition.
The Advertiser

President Obama was the wrong person, at the right time
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
Townhall Finance
KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City)


Troutman: Northwestern ruling is full of conflicts
The National Labor Relations Board’s ruling to unionize Northwestern football players would affect private employers, including Rice. This op-ed was accompanied by a photo of Rice offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek watching the Owls practice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article also appeared in Education Views.)

Former VCU assistant Mike Rhoades already turning heads at Rice University
Head basketball coach Mike Rhoades is featured. Assistant coach Scott Pera is mentioned.
Mid Major Madness (This article also appeared in WOKV-FM, WFTV-TV, WSB-TV, Austin American-Statesman, WHIO-TV, WSOC-TV, WPXI-TV and Journal-News.)

Berkman reflects on career, return home
Alumnus Lance Berkman ’98 is featured. Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Berkman and Oswalt retire with Houston Astros
Titans Radio (This article also appeared in KTLT-FM, KZRK-FM, KTIK-FM, WEAN-FM, WJR-AM and KSFO-AM.)
Lance Berkman retiring as a member of the Houston Astros

Rice snaps DePaul’s 16-match winning streak
Rice women’s tennis won against DePaul 6-1.
DePaul Blue Demons
Women’s tennis busts Blue Demons, 6-1
Memorial Examiner (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun, Bellaire Examiner and Sugar Land Sun.)
Rice baseball trends down, but UH flies high
Rice baseball fell to East Carolina 2-1 at Reckling Park.
Houston Press
East Carolina rallies past Rice baseball team Sunday in 9th inning, 2-1
ECU wins the 9th inning, game to open pivotal series at Rice

Reilly paces Owls in Tennessee
Rice men’s gold took home 12th place at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
Sugar Land Sun (This article also appeared in Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)
Owls move up on Saturday at Mason Rudolph Championship
The Rancher (This article also appeared in Memorial Examiner, Bellaire Examiner and Sugar Land Sun.)


Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene
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 quoted about the technique he created that makes sheets of graphene easier to manipulate.

Rice expert available to discuss Amazon Fire TV launch
Amit Pazgal, professor of marketing at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is available for news media interviews to discuss Amazon’s marketing strategy and the outlook for this highly competitive marketplace.

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