Dateline Rice for April 7, 2014 (Weekend Edition)

FEATURED ITEM

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.)
http://bit.ly/1jnSAA5

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

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
http://bit.ly/1hloU8a

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.)
http://bit.ly/1jnWBEz

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.
Uni-Protokolle.de (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/PSKeWO

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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.)
http://bit.ly/QXjIg3

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
http://bit.ly/1jUx6LQ
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.)
http://bit.ly/1jnIHlS
Abbott and Davis take contrasting approaches to pre-K
San Antonio Express
http://bit.ly/1ikdIUh
On the campaign trail: Van de Putte
San Antonio Express (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1qe4ahU
The battle over House District 90 continues
Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in FindLaw.)
http://bit.ly/PFnQjS
Thornberry’s clout may aid Sheppard
Times Record News (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/PFoI8b
Thornberry’s star is rising, and so is his frustration with Washington
Abilene Reporter News (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1fWlIhb
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte stumps in Tyler
Tyler Morning Telegraph
http://bit.ly/OrwjWw
Texas pol’s clout on rise
Insurance News Net
http://bit.ly/1hxc1BS

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
http://bit.ly/1qewfrn
Abbott and Davis take contrasting approaches to pre-K
San Antonio Express
http://bit.ly/1ikdIUh
Sen. Wendy Davis focuses on education at luncheon
Pampa News
http://bit.ly/1qenhbD
Report: Texas public school enrollment tops 5 million
KDBC.com (This article also appeared in KTSM-TV.)
http://bit.ly/1ssnTym

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
http://bit.ly/1lKXAlE
Avoid hotel bookings at work for a happier holiday
Lifehacker Australia
http://bit.ly/1fWqtqY

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.
KTRH-AM
http://bit.ly/1qenWvD

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
http://bit.ly/1jnDYjZ

Houston Hillel hosts Interfaith Shabbat dinner
Rice students attended Houston Hillel’s Shabbat diner as part of Rice Interfaith Week.
Jewish Herald-Voice
http://bit.ly/1qevfDH

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
http://bit.ly/1ikKqoM

Houston’s biggest rap stars help local pastor take the gospel to the hood
Alumnus Vaughaligan Walwyn ’04 is featured.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/1e884sS

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
http://bit.ly/1elHyqv

BROADCAST

C-SPAN3
Joseph Manca, the Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History, spoke at a free book talk lecture series.
http://bit.ly/QXkqtM

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.
HoustonsEagle.com
http://bit.ly/1mUpnQR

KNSD-TV (San Diego)
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, is interviewed.
http://bit.ly/1e5h1mF

KMIR-TV (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Alumna Germaine Franco ’84 is interviewed.
http://bit.ly/1kCTAPY

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

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
http://bit.ly/1e4VJW3

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.)
http://bit.ly/1jnOasN

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
http://bit.ly/1jnDkmx
Researchers reveal math modeling integral to synthetic biology research
Med India
http://bit.ly/1kCOkvU
Math modeling integral to synthetic biology research
Bio-Medicine (This article also appeared in DailyNewsen.com, e! Science News, Science Codex, SpaceMart, Phys.org and Science Newsline.)
http://bit.ly/1jnUqRe

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.
Phys.org
http://bit.ly/1jnI7Vf
Carbon nanotube rebars ease handling of 2-D graphene
AZoNano.com
http://bit.ly/1h7Jdox
Coal yields plenty of graphene quantum dots
Paint & Coatings Industry
http://bit.ly/1e5pqqb

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

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
http://bit.ly/1hl67d7

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
http://bit.ly/PFXsGz

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
http://bit.ly/1em92MK

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
http://bit.ly/1oGO8BZ

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.”
WQXR.com
http://bit.ly/1mUmCPi

Up for grabs: The Imperial Barrel
Rice is mentioned as a competitor in the Imperial Barrel Award competition.
The Advertiser
http://bit.ly/1hl70SM

President Obama was the wrong person, at the right time
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
Townhall Finance
http://bit.ly/PS7J1Z
KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City)
http://bit.ly/1e5gSQ0

SPORTS

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.)
http://bit.ly/1e4ZH17

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.)
http://bit.ly/1fWBE39

Berkman reflects on career, return home
Alumnus Lance Berkman ’98 is featured. Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1fWeBFG
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.)
http://bit.ly/1h7Vycd
Lance Berkman retiring as a member of the Houston Astros
Fansided
http://bit.ly/QX9rAv

Rice snaps DePaul’s 16-match winning streak
Rice women’s tennis won against DePaul 6-1.
DePaul Blue Demons
http://bit.ly/1qdP3VY
Women’s tennis busts Blue Demons, 6-1
Memorial Examiner (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun, Bellaire Examiner and Sugar Land Sun.)
http://bit.ly/1ijXVox
Rice baseball trends down, but UH flies high
Rice baseball fell to East Carolina 2-1 at Reckling Park.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/1ssd6US
East Carolina rallies past Rice baseball team Sunday in 9th inning, 2-1
Boxscore
http://bit.ly/1kj95ki
ECU wins the 9th inning, game to open pivotal series at Rice
Examiner.com
http://exm.nr/1qerldP

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.)
http://bit.ly/1kj9of5
Owls move up on Saturday at Mason Rudolph Championship
The Rancher (This article also appeared in Memorial Examiner, Bellaire Examiner and Sugar Land Sun.)
http://bit.ly/1qeg6jW

NEWS RELEASES

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.
http://bit.ly/1qePqj5

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.
http://bit.ly/1g0YgvZ

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