Dateline Rice for April 11, 2014


Student ideas come to life in the Design Kitchen
Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen is featured on “The Science Show.” Maria Oden, director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of Beyond Traditional Borders, is interviewed.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National

Sierra Nevada to partner with city on Ellington spaceport idea
Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Space Systems announced its intent to partner with local contractors to work on the technology and logistics for the Dream Chaser during a news conference held at Rice University. John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced. David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and a Rice professor of astronomy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Sierra Nevada signs agreement with Houston spaceport for Dream Chaser
The Denver Post
Sierra Nevada comes on board to advance Houston spaceport
Houston Business Journal
Teamwork could bring a spaceport to Houston
KTRH-AM (This article also appeared in KODA-FM.)
Plans of turning Ellington Field into a spaceport

Entrepreneurial teams to compete for big money at Rice University event
Forty-two teams from around the world are competing at the 14th Rice Business Plan Competition. Graduate student Colin Young is quoted and graduate student Dmitri Tsentalovich is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Welcome to the MBA business plan battle royale
CNN Money
UA entrepreneurial teams sweep top spots in business plan competition
The City Wire


Rest of the best: Houston’s top 10 tourist attractions (for locals too)
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace is featured as a top 10 Houston tourist attraction.
Houston Press

Want the mayor to stay home more? Pay him and the council a decent wage.
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 in an article about San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in San Antonio Express.)

Hot list: Easter decorating items, an architecture talk at Rice, Solange-inspired homewares
Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, will speak in the Farish Gallery at Rice’s Anderson Hall. Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Putting a ‘Ring’ on it elevates Houston Grand Opera to new heights — and accomplishes a great dare
Richard Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” is premiering at the Houston Opera. Experimental theater director Robert Wilson’s talk at Rice’s 2014 Campbell Lecture Series is mentioned.

Texas Revue showcases student talent
Glen Miglin, vice president of the a capella group One Note Stand, mentions becoming interested in a capella music when Rice’s group performed at his high school.
The Daily Texan

Controversial author to visit UH
Libertarian political scientist Charles Murray’s visit to Rice and Jackie Mutai, president of Rice’s Black Student Association, are mentioned.
The Daily Cougar
Charles Murray, libertarian author, arrives in Texas to find himself an issue in governor’s race

Four attributes needed for future leaders in energy industry
Alumnus David Vaucher ’06 authored an op-ed about leadership.
Midland Reporter-Telegram


Prominent Houstonians reflect on Houston civil rights: Then and now
Houston’s diverse community would not have been possible without the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

WABC-AM (New York)
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Woody Guthrie and other famous musicians.

Rice’s bubble CPAP machine, which helps increase the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness, is featured and discussed at the 2015 Foreign Assistance Funding Senate Foreign Relations Committee Meeting.


Whoo Deli wows Rice students
Rice’s Whoo Deli is featured for its success as a Rice-operated retail unit. Johnny Curet, director of residential dining, is quoted.
Food Service Director

Major Asian electronics conglomerate receives shipment of size-optimized metallic oxide particles from Quantum Materials
Quantum Materials Corp. is shipping high-performance materials to clients to improve product performance for customers. Rice is mentioned.

Researchers find key protein link in cancer growth
A new understanding of proteins at the nexus of a cell’s decision to survive or die has implications for researchers who study cancer and age-related diseases, according to biophysicists at the Rice University-based Center for Theoretical Biological Physics. José Onuchic, co-director of the center and Rice’s Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.

Newly invented hydrogel may help ‘nuanced’ healing of surgical wounds
Rice researchers developed a synthetic collagen that may help wounds heal through natural clotting of blood. Jeffrey Hartgerink, professor of chemistry and of bioengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Vivek Kumar are quoted.
Medical News Today (This article also appeared in R&D Magazine, Materials Today and Medical Design Technology.)

2-D molybdenum shows potential for LED production
Rice researchers in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore created a method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, are quoted.
EET Asia
Efficient CVD method for producing 2-D semiconductor developed
Overclockers Club
Scalable CVD process for making 2-D molybdenum diselenide
Solid State Technology

Creativity and innovation need to talk more
Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology, is featured for her research on employee creativity and idea implementation.
World Industrial Reporter

Weatherford takes control of groundbreaking nanotube technology
Weatherford International has partnered with CurTran to use, sell and distribute LiteWire, the first commercial scale production of carbon nanotube technology. CurTran started through a relationship with Rice University and NanoRidge Materials.
Oil & Gas Technology

Will synthetic biology evolve into the next hot field?
Biohackers who work in homemade or community labs have adopted synthetic biology in their applications. Matthew Bennett, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.

Do your fruits and veggies know what time it is?
Rice’s research on the “entrainment” of plants is referenced. Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
Inside Science


Cutting the cost of college one step at a time
Rice’s OpenStax College is referenced.
Burlington County Times (This article also appeared in

Pianist to perform with local conductor who mentored him
Graduate student Christopher McKiggan is featured.
Times-Call (This article also appeared in Reporter-Herald and Daily Camera.)

Schwartz joins Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets Group
Alumnus Andrew Schwartz ’84 is featured.
CoStar Group

Belhaven student accepted into Juilliard
Violinist Shellie Brown has been accepted to Rice.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in the Washington Times and 26 other affiliates.)


Passion for lacrosse unites Tech players to join club team
Rice lacrosse is mentioned as part of the Lone Star Alliance.
Daily Toreador


Story Pitch: Rice students available for college graduation stories
As Rice University welcomes newly admitted students and their families to campus this week for Owl Days, we are starting to say our goodbyes to our seniors, who will graduate May 17. If you’re looking for students to talk to for this year’s round of college commencement stories, these talented and soon-to-be Rice graduates are available for news stories.

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