Dateline Rice for April 14, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


How to pitch Warren Buffett in 60 seconds or less
Forty-two teams from around the world competed at the 14th Rice Business Plan Competition.
CNN Money
Pitching a winning plan earns the prize
Houston Chronicle (This story appeared on the front of the Business section in Sunday’s paper.)
Cloud-based app testing platform BetaGlide wins $1M Rice Business Plan Competition Prize
Superior Ecotech, Upslope Brewery developing new algae technology
Tech Times
Big money follows big talk at Rice University’s startup competition
Onit’s president to judge the 14th annual Rice University Business Plan Competition
4-Traders (This article also appeared in Sustained Security, Lancaster Herald, SYS-CON Italy, Fort Mill Times and SYS-CON Australia.)


Why managers need to recognize employee creativity
Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology, is featured for her research on employee creativity and idea implementation.
Fox Business News
Creativity doesn’t always lead to profits, study finds
Business News Daily

‘Two moms’ meet again in Houston
Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing and former actress Lily Chen Foster spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Alumnus Zachary Foster ’12 is mentioned and pictured with both actresses.
China Daily

What relocating grads should be thinking about
An article explains steps to take after graduating from college. Yale University graduate Molly Patterson is mentioned as having audited a Chinese-language course at Rice.
Wall Street Journal

Largo hospital’s Clearwater facility will be latest in trend of standalone ERs
Largo Medical Center executives broke ground in Tampa Bay for the construction of a new standalone ER. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
Tampa Bay Times

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.
Yahoo! News


Big Oil comes up short in shale
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 about oil drilling in Texas. Fatih Birol, chief economist for the International Energy Agency in Paris, spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute about oil predictions.
Fuel Fix (This article also appeared in
Size, costs of global projects become Big Oil’s millstone
E&E Publishing

13 new books with a Lone Star flavor
Graduate student Mike Freedman is featured for his novel, “School Board.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Youth symphony concert set for May 4
The Houston Youth Symphony will perform at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Humble Observer and Kingwood Observer.)

1,000 walk Houston streets to raise money for breast cancer research
Participants walked 40 miles for Houston’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Walkers stayed overnight in tents at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in

Saturday letters: Health care, sex offenders, Mayor Annise Parker
A reader mentions Rice in a letter about alumna and Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78.
Houston Chronicle

Psychology degree leads to new opportunity for digital media specialist
Alumnus Denver Greene ’10 is interviewed about his work as a digital media specialist for Rice’s OpenStax College.
CBS Houston

Houston computer programmer credits education with recent career advancement
Alumna Erin Lytle ’12 is interviewed.
CBS Houston

Sierra Nevada Corporation, Houston Airport System to explore Dream Chaser opportunities at the Houston Space Port
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.
Spring Observer (This article also appeared in Pasadena Citizen, Bay Area Citizen, Deer Park Broadcaster, Friendswood Journal, Tomball Potpourri, Cypress Creek Mirror and Pearland Journal.)

Rangel: Texas Senate might get a makeover
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 referenced for his legislator rankings.
Amarillo Globe-News

Libertarian author divides university on class
Libertarian political scientist Charles Murray’s visit to Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar

Tomorrow’s blood moon; sign of end times?
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted about the upcoming “blood moon” and the three total lunar eclipses to follow.
KTRH-AM (This article also appeared on KPRC-AM.)

Synthetic collagen promotes natural clotting
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.
The Rancher (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun, Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)


El Mariachi Luna Llena de Rice University mantiene viva la tradición
Luna Llena, Rice’s university first mariachi band and winner of Rice’s International Fest, is featured. Baker College senior Alberto Rodriguez, graduate student Mario Bencomo and Andrea Galindo-Escamilla, temporary staff assistant in the Center for the Study of Environment and Society, are quoted.
La Voz

HISD students face off in head-to-head culinary challenge
Rice hosted seven teams from Houston Independent School District schools for a culinary battle called “Cooking Up Change.”
HISD culinary students step it up to create healthy menus
Houston Chronicle
HS culinary students compete to Cook Up Change
The 5 best things to eat or drink this weekend: Drunk Eric Sandler
Houston Press
I’m a celebrity judge at 2 competitions this weekend: Cooking Up Change & Big Taste
The Blind Cook

Fox Business Network
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed on the Fox Business show “Best of Imus in the Morning.” He is also featured for his speech at St. Ambrose University.
Roosevelts, Iowans changed America

US deals another blow to Mexican drug cartel
Top lieutenant of the drug cartel Jesus Vicente Zambada pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in Chicago. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
News 92 FM

WJR-AM (Detroit)
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and a Rice professor of astronomy, is quoted about the SpaceX cargo rocket delivery mission. (This broadcast also appeared on KOH-AM, WNEW-FM, KGMI-FM, All News 106.7, WABC-AM, KABC-AM, KTSA-AM and Talk 1300.)


Rebar graphene gains strength, conductivity from in-plane carbon nanotube reinforcement
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.
Materials 360 Online

From here to Mars: Senate testimony of astronaut Leroy Chiao
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering and materials science, authored an op-ed about the need for American leadership in human spaceflight.

This startup stands to make billions replacing copper wire
CurTran signed with oilfield service Weatherford International Ltd. in an effort to replace copper wire with a stronger material. The late Richard Smalley is mentioned.
Upstart Business Journal

The sultan of synthesis
K.C. Nicolaou, the Henry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, is mentioned to have worked with chemist Phil Baran.
Chemistry World

Scrap could face fight of lifetime: ISRI
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.

Citigroup earnings expectations plummet post Fed stress test
A Rice stock market study is referenced.


Meet the surprising star of Showtime’s new climate-change series
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, is referenced for her study about evangelicals turning to a religious leader or text when they have questions.
Think Progress

2012 BusinessWeek corrected MBA ranking
Bloomberg Businessweek recalculated its 2012 MBA rankings due to an error. Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business moved up to No. 21 from 27th.
Poets and Quants

Rogero encourages more female political engagement
Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, associate professor of political science, participated in a roundtable discussion about women’s roles in political positions.
The Daily Beacon

Tech review: Apps to make taxes less taxing
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.

Mayor Jean Quan backtracks on Dubai prince claim
Oakland, Calif., Mayor Jean Quan falsely announced that the crown prince of Dubai partnered with developers to build sports stadiums and an entertainment center at the Oakland Coliseum complex. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Inside Bay Area (This article also appeared in Marin Independent Journal and 10 other publications.)

Henderson State appoints John Hardee to dean’s post (Movers & Shakers)
Alumnus John Hardee ’78 has been appointed dean of the Ellis College of Arts & Sciences at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Arkansas Business


Manziel’s NFL potential extends to rare marketability
Clark Haptonstall, chair of Rice’s Department of Sport Management Program and professor in the practice of kinesiology, is quoted about Johnny Manziel.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
If Johnny Manziel makes it in NFL, superstardom could await
Houston Chronicle

Notre Dame to install artificial turf at stadium
Notre Dame is installing artificial surface before the upcoming football season. Rice football will play against Notre Dame Aug. 30.
Houston Chronicle
Notre Dame stadium — finally moving to artificial turf
NBC Sports airs 85th annual Notre Dame blue-gold game today
Broadway World

A guest coach at the Rice spring football game is featured.

College baseball: Top 25 weekend recap
Rice baseball won against Tulane University 11-7 in New Orleans.
College Baseball Central
Fox, Green Wave errors lift Rice past Tulane 2-1
Rice baseball completes weekend sweep of Tulane with 11-7 win Sunday

TCU men’s tennis defeats Owls 7-0 at home
Rice men’s tennis fell to Texas Christian University 7-0 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth.
TCU 360
Horned Frogs blank Owls
Sports Page Magazine

Rice transfer to visit Duke
Basketball player Sean Obi is visiting Vanderbilt University and Duke University.
Duke Basketball Report
News 12 CT

Nationals drop 6-3 decision to Braves: Matt Williams on Taylor Jordan, losing Ryan Zimmerman
Alumnus Anthony Rendon ’12 is featured.
Federal Baseball


Four elected to Rice University Board of Trustees
Three prominent alumni and the former president of Brown University were elected to the Rice University Board of Trustees at its March 20 meeting. Nancy Packer Carlson, principal of Carlson Capital LP; Charles “Charley” Landgraf, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP; Ruth Simmons, president emeritus of Brown University; and Amy Sutton, a partner with Deloitte Tax LLP, will serve four-year terms on the board.

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