Dateline Rice for April 8, 2014


Can Houston learn to love light rail?
The Houston light rail has grown and improved despite criticism. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Atlantic

Climbing Mount Everest: My search for dirty snow
Alumna Ulyana Horodyskyj ’07 is climbing Mount Everest to determine how much soot is settling on snow at the top of mammoth glaciers.
Scientific American

Hispanic and Latino brothels, prostitution rising in American cities
The sex trade industry earnings in eight large American cities has shrunk. Wiess College senior Lilly Yu is cited for her contribution to this study.
Latin Post

Norwegian FM to visit US, Mexico
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will discuss global energy challenges and opportunities as seen from his country’s perspective at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Authint Mail (This article also appeared in Xinhua Net,, Chonqing News Net and China Radio International.)

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.


Talk by conservative scholar Murray draws ire at Rice
Libertarian political scientist Charles Murray spoke at Rice. Catherine Clack, associate dean for student life and director of multicultural affairs; Jackie Mutai, president of Rice’s Black Student Association; Blake Delaplane, president of the Rice Federalist Society; and John Hutchinson, dean of undergraduates, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Rice Design Alliance heading to Chile, heart-stopping thrill ride readies in Florida
The Rice Design Alliance tour “Additionally” is featured. Carlos Jiménez, professor of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

4 attributes young professionals should develop to become leaders in the oil and gas industry
Alumnus David Vaucher ’06 authored an editorial about Texas A&M’s chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers “Emerging Leader Event” workshop.
Fuel Fix

Davis’ uphill battle to make Texas blue
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.
The Daily Campus
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)

Rice Business Plan Competition spotlight: Startup works to heal hearts
Rice’s NanoLinea is competing at the Rice Business Plan Competition. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biological engineering and of chemistry, and graduate students Dmitri Tsentalovich and Francesca Mirri are mentioned. Graduate student Colin Young is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in Cambodian Times and Albuquerque Express.)

Conference provides model for future leaders
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, spoke at Lanier Middle School to discuss issues diplomats debate every day.
The Daily Cougar

TJC boasts storied forensic team
Tyler Junior College competes in the American Forensic Association against four-year college students from other Texas universities, including Rice.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Juan Villoro, con su universo multicultural, llega a Houston
Novelist, writer, playwright and essayist Juan Villoro will visit Rice to discuss his work.
La Voz (An English translation is not available.)


The family of missing Martel College senior Reny Jose is pleading for any information that may lead to his recovery.


Rice University and University of Tokyo enter MOU for academic exchange
Rice President David Leebron and Tokyo Executive Vice President Yoichiro Matsumoto signed a memorandum of understanding to begin an ongoing academic exchange. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, and Tayfun Tezduyar, the James F. Barbour Professor of Mechanical Engineering and materials science, are mentioned.

Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene: Rice University lab makes hybrid nanotube-graphene material that 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.
Nanotechnology Now
Graphene carbon tubes could change construction
Net News Ledger
Rebar strengthens case for graphene
Controlled Environments (This article also appeared in Science Codex, e! Science News, Space Daily, Science Newsline and Science Daily.)
Graphene Nanochem: Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene

Synthetic gene circuits pump up cell signals in study of neurodegenerative diseases
Rice researchers designed a circuit that signals increases in the degradation of proteins by the cell’s ubiquitin proteasome system. Laura Segatori, the T.N. Law Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and an assistant professor of biochemistry and cell, is quoted.
Science Daily

Mathematicians and biochemists synthesize a temperature-invariant biological genetic clock at UH and Rice
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.
BioNews Texas

Black carbon is ancient by the time it reaches seafloor
Rice scientists contributed to an analysis of how black carbon gets into deep ocean sediments. (This article also appeared in Science Daily.)

Scalable CVD process for making 2-D molybdenum diselenide
Rice researchers in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore created a method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide. Pulickel Ajayan, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemistry, and Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, are quoted.
Novel scalable method for producing 1-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide

Big data’s direct coupling analysis reveals clues about molecular protease machines
Rice biophysicists used a preotease as a model to examine calculations that combine genetic and structural data. José Onuchic, co-director of Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
BioTech Daily

40 Under 40 winners: Meet the architects
Alumnus Wyatt Frantom ’01 was named a 40 Under 40 winner by Building Design+Construction.
Building Design+Construction

Will Alcoa pass critical earnings test Tuesday?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha


Studying with psychological principles improves class performance
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.
Duke Chronicle

UT to explore Women in Politics through weekend conference
Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, associate professor of political science, will participate in a roundtable discussion about women’s roles in political positions.
The Daily Beacon

The fashionable world of photographer Garry Winogrand
Photographer Garry Winogrand’s lecture he delivered at Rice is mentioned.
Women’s Wear Daily

San Francisco exhibitions. Andrew Belschner. Water + Color. May 3 – July 3, 2014. Brian Gross Fine Art
Alumnus Andrew Belschner ’62 is featured for his upcoming exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art.
Yareah Magazine


Camps teach sports skills
Rice’s Summer Youth Activity Program is mentioned as a sports camp for Houston kids.
Houston Chronicle

After losing out on 2 candidates, ASU may have found new head basketball coach in Davidson’s Jim Fox
Head basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
High Country Press

Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt retirement ceremony at Minute Maid Park
Alumnus Lance Berkman ’98 signed a one-day contract to retire with the Houston Astros.
Houston Press

Pirates capture historic series win
Rice baseball fell to East Carolina 2-1 at Reckling Park.
The East Carolinian

Local rowing club to host 24th Annual Regatta
Rice students will compete at the 24th annual Space City Sprints rowing regatta on Lake Pasadena in Clear Lake Park.
Bay Area Citizen (This article also appeared in Friendswood Journal.)

Mustang track teams win at Rice Invitational
Rice’s Victor Lopez Classic is featured.
The Tribune

Texas gets the sweep
Rice baseball will play the University of Texas at Austin.
Burnt Orange Nation (This article also appeared in Journal-News, WHIO-TV, Austin American-Statesman and Palm Beach Post.)

Watch: Texas A&M scrimmages in final spring football practice
The Rice Owls are mentioned in the cutline of a photo of Texas A&M Aggies running back Tra Carson.
Dallas Morning News

Second to none
Alumnus Anthony Rendon ’12 is featured.
Sports on Earth


Pete Dawkins, one of Time Magazine’s ‘Top 50 Leaders in the US,’ to speak at Rice April 21
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Pete Dawkins, a Heisman Trophy winner, Rhodes Scholar, business executive and former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, will speak at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business April 21 at the Rice Veterans Leadership Series, “An Evening with Pete Dawkins.”

Rice U. study: Creativity and innovation need to talk more
Creativity and innovation are not sufficiently integrated in either the business world or academic research, according to a new study by Rice University, the University of Edinburgh and Brunel University.

Study: Black carbon is ancient by the time it reaches seafloor
A fraction of the carbon that finds its way into Earth’s oceans — the black soot and charcoal residue of fires — stays there for thousands for years, and a new first-of-its-kind analysis shows how some black carbon breaks away and hitches a ride to the ocean floor on passing particles.

Scalable CVD process for making 2-D molybdenum diselenide
Nanoengineering researchers at Rice University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have unveiled a potentially scalable method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide — a highly sought semiconductor that is similar to graphene but has better properties for making certain electronic devices like switchable transistors and light-emitting diodes.

Synthetic gene circuits pump up cell signals
Synthetic genetic circuitry created by researchers at Rice University is helping them see, for the first time, how to regulate cell mechanisms that degrade the misfolded proteins implicated in Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other diseases.

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