Dateline Rice for April 15, 2014


How Houston reinvented itself as a cultural powerhouse
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace is featured as a Houston tourist attraction.

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

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.

Japan Festival showcases Houston’s cultural interactivity
Graduate student Lulu Ma’s art was on display at Houston’s 20th Japan Festival.

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

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.

Why is Europe shooting itself in the foot over renewables?
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.


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.)

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
2014 Rice Business Plan Competition awards nearly $3 million
BioNews Texas
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.)

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.)
Perry’s actions before veto draw scrutiny
San Antonio Express (Subscription required.)
Castro, Patrick set for immigration debate
San Antonio Express
Is the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor already decided?
Houston Public Media
Challenger Dan Patrick’s endorsement signals defeat for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, expert says
El Paso Times
Rangel: Texas Senate stands to become more conservative
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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

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

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.

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

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


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.

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.)

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

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.


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

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

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

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.

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

Intel transition expected to take time, tame quarter expected Tuesday
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha
Buy side expecting more earnings growth from Johnson & Johnson
Seeking Alpha


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


WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.)
Rice baseball won against Tulane University 11-7 in New Orleans.
WGNO-TV (New Orleans)
WVUE-TV (New Orleans)
WDSU-TV (New Orleans)
WSBT-TV (South Bend, Ind.)

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.

Austin Kubitza named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week
Senior Austin Kubitza is featured. (This article also appeared in

Beating the odds: Coach Gregg Nibert’s story
Former graduate assistant Gregg Nibert is featured.
Clinton Chronicle


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.

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.

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