Dateline Rice for April 15, 2014

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

How Houston reinvented itself as a cultural powerhouse
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace is featured as a Houston tourist attraction.
Bloomberg
http://bloom.bg/RlZyMN

What on Earth is this thing and how exactly can it help me?
An article explores all the uses of nanomedicine to treat a range of diseases and medical issues. 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 mentioned.
The Guardian
http://bit.ly/1gyzbIZ

Study: It takes effort to turn creativity into profit
Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology, is featured for her research on employee creativity and idea implementation.
Mashable
http://on.mash.to/1eEecJS

Japan Festival showcases Houston’s cultural interactivity
Graduate student Lulu Ma’s art was on display at Houston’s 20th Japan Festival.
Examiner.com
http://exm.nr/1eKFbxy

Qatar leverages on LNG projects
A paper co-authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Daily Independent
http://bit.ly/1hRCg6h

Anti-corruption squad to achieve corruption — Free Manipur
An op-ed discusses electronic voting machines and the right to vote without fear of manipulation. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is referenced.
E-Pao
http://bit.ly/RlYTuL

Why is Europe shooting itself in the foot over renewables?
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
EurActiv.com
http://bit.ly/Q9G11o

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Bite-sized courses help colleges fill gaps
Rice is among the universities offering specializations courses through the online platform Coursera.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page.)
http://bit.ly/QXjIg3

Rice Business Plan Competition sets record by awarding nearly $3 million in prizes, local startup wins big
Forty-two teams from around the world competed at the 14th Rice Business Plan Competition. 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 mentioned in the Reuters article.
Houston Business Journal
http://bit.ly/1hRwW2Z
2014 Rice Business Plan Competition awards nearly $3 million
BioNews Texas
http://bit.ly/1eKfM7n
SURGE Accelerator to invest in most innovative energy tech startup
Reuters (This article also appeared in Today’s Zaman, 4-Traders, PennEnergy, Power Engineering International, Politics and SYS-CON Media.)
http://reut.rs/1qE9flU

Grand jury to look at Perry veto threat
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Gov. Rick Perry’s veto threat and the Texas primary.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1ilDQC0
Perry’s actions before veto draw scrutiny
San Antonio Express (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1eKnIFz
Castro, Patrick set for immigration debate
San Antonio Express
http://bit.ly/1hReMOQ
Is the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor already decided?
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/1hReGqu
Challenger Dan Patrick’s endorsement signals defeat for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, expert says
El Paso Times
http://bit.ly/1eKorqv
Rangel: Texas Senate stands to become more conservative
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
http://bit.ly/1gATNno

Tuesday letters: Justice, bluebonnets and liberals
A reader mentions the Rice Owls in a letter about bluebonnets.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1m7GNXq

Wendy Davis and the curious case of the pre-kindergarten STAAR
Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis referenced the work of Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, during her policy proposal.
Texas Observer
http://bit.ly/1eKY7MH

Texas Music Festival draws a record number of applicants, setting up the gutsiest concerts yet
Students from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will perform at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival.
CultureMap
http://bit.ly/RlJCdx

UTSA joins Texas Census Research Data Center Consortium
The University of Texas at San Antonio has joined the Texas Census Research Data Center Consortium. Rice is mentioned as a member of the consortium.
UTSA Today
http://bit.ly/1p6OLVC

SHSU takes second straight TIPA title
Sam Houston State University students won the Texas Intercollegiate Press Associations Director’s Trophy. Rice is mentioned.
Houstonian Online
http://bit.ly/1kXdbiC

BROADCAST

What is a bitcoin?
Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the purpose and use of bitcoins.
KPRC-TV
http://bit.ly/1qYeT0q

SNC and Houston Airport System combine forces
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.
KRNV-TV (Reno, Nev.)
http://bit.ly/1hFmRuR

Daily news flash with Courtney Morris on Jewish Center shootings, Afghan election fraud, IPCC’s new climate economy and the passing of Fred Ho
Courtney Morris, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, analyzes the latest news headlines.
Uprising Radio
http://bit.ly/1qE8sBt

National Public Radio
Zack Kopplin, who is taking a year off from his studies at Rice, explains his opposition to legislative efforts to make the King James Bible the state book of Louisiana.
http://bit.ly/1qYvPnB
http://bit.ly/1kXeG09

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Saving newborns in Malawi with bubble CPAP
Rice’s bubble CPAP machine, which helps increase the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness, is featured.
RT Magazine
http://bit.ly/QnoJNX

Synthetic collagen promotes natural clotting, Rice University study
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.
Device Space
http://bit.ly/Rm1sNp

LETU wins first place at robotics and circuit design competition
Rice students competed at the IEEE Region Five Robotics Competition in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Gilmer Mirror
http://bit.ly/1n8I2IG

Have oil-related stocks left the cyclical camp?
Oil and natural gas stocks are dominating the Big Cap 20 market despite being cyclical. Rice is mentioned.
Investors.com
http://bit.ly/1qDTTxR

Quantum Materials delivers advanced material to broaden product offerings
Quantum Materials Corp. is shipping high-performance materials to clients to improve product performance for customers. Rice is mentioned.
EFY Times
http://bit.ly/1gBpRrk

Intel transition expected to take time, tame quarter expected Tuesday
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha
http://bit.ly/1p6z40q
Buy side expecting more earnings growth from Johnson & Johnson
Seeking Alpha
http://bit.ly/1m5c1Bd

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

ToDo ToDay: Bun B, Odonis Odonis and Passover at BLT Steak
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, is featured.
Washington City Paper
http://bit.ly/1eKGgWp

SPORTS

WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.)
Rice baseball won against Tulane University 11-7 in New Orleans.
http://bit.ly/1qYgIdU
http://bit.ly/1iTzyzD
WGNO-TV (New Orleans)
http://bit.ly/1gyqeiL
WVUE-TV (New Orleans)
http://bit.ly/P2TeYB
WDSU-TV (New Orleans)
http://bit.ly/1gyqi2c
http://bit.ly/1l1KpZA
WSBT-TV (South Bend, Ind.)
http://bit.ly/1iT5OSg

Rice women’s tennis earn 2 seed for C-USA Tournament
Rice women’s tennis was awarded the second seed for the Conference USA Tournament in Norfolk, Va.
Examiner.com
http://exm.nr/1ktFrGL

Austin Kubitza named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week
Senior Austin Kubitza is featured.
MLive.com (This article also appeared in MILB.com.)
http://bit.ly/1t4NPQT

Beating the odds: Coach Gregg Nibert’s story
Former graduate assistant Gregg Nibert is featured.
Clinton Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1p6CDUv

NEWS RELEASES

Team from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, wins 2014 Rice Business Plan Competition
Medical Adhesive Revolution of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, became the first international team to win the Rice Business Plan Competition over the weekend.
http://bit.ly/1hI2r5n

Rice University students to showcase their work
The public is invited to see inventions by Rice University students at the annual George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase April 17 at Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.
http://bit.ly/1eu6EsJ

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