Dateline Rice for April 17, 2014


Rice students give amputees a helping hand
A group of Rice students created the “Magic Touch” to help people with prosthetic hands manage their grip. McMurtry College senior Bryan Solomon; Maria Oden, director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of Beyond Traditional Borders; and Jocelyn Brown ’10, senior program associate at Rice 360°, are quoted. Students Julie Walker, Michael Schubert, Caitlin Makatura and Xuejiao Liang are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Entrepreneurs of Austin: Alamo Drafthouse
Alumnus Tim League ’92, owner of the Alamo Drafthouse, is featured. Karrie Smith League ’92 is mentioned.

Tulane business competition winner goes on to win $44,000 in Rice University contest in Texas
Forty-two teams from around the world competed at the 14th Rice Business Plan Competition.
The Times-Picayune
Eardrum patch startup company wins $44,000
New Orleans Advocate
Eardrum patch startup wins $44K
Bayou Buzz

Les bons managers transforment les bonnes idées en profits concrets
Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology, is featured for her research on employee creativity and idea implementation.
Widoobiz (An English translation is not available.)


Report: Texas’ rate of uninsured dips slightly
According to a new report from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation, the rate of Texans without health insurance has dropped slightly since the launch of the Affordable Car Act. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted. Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, is mentioned.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and My High Plains.)
Reports: More Texans, Houstonians get health insurance
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Number of uninsured Texans has declined, but many still left out of the health care loop
Houston Business Journal
Rice survey: Percent of uninsured Texans has declined since September 2013
Memorial Examiner
Survey: Percent of uninsured Texans has declined since September 2013
Medical Xpress
Percent of uninsured Texans declined since September 2013
Science Daily

Rice students help Special Olympian gain independence on balance beam
A group of Rice students created an assistive device for a 10-year-old special-needs gymnast. Jones College sophomore Austin James, Sid Richardson College sophomore Kelsey Nanneman, Baker College freshman Mickyle Stanbury and Baker College sophomore Kylie Balotin are quoted. The story includes a video produced by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin.
KDAF-TV (Dallas)
My PhL17 (Philadelphia)

Newly released Al Qaeda conference video is raising concerns
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about military spending cuts and Houston’s port making the city a target for threats from al-Qaida.

Expert says US needs to get more oil from its wells
The United States needs to make its oil boom sustainable as the global energy demand rises. Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative and former U.S. assistant secretary of energy for fossil energy in the Department of Energy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Sustainability key to US energy future, expert says
Fuel Fix

Acceptance rates for Texas universities
Rice is pictured in a slideshow of universities and their acceptance rates according to U.S. News & World Report.
Houston Chronicle

Culture scene: April 17-23
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace is featured as a Houston tourist attraction.
Houston Chronicle

Let the robot games begin!
Alumnus Andrew Lynch ’09 is featured.
Houston Chronicle

‘The Retrieval’ director focuses on the power of a story
Alumnus Chris Eska ’98 is featured.
Houston Chronicle

Rice Art Barn gets the wrecking ball after all
Deconstruction of Rice’s Martel Center has begun. Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, and B.J. Almond, senior director of news and media relations in Rice’s Office of Public Affairs, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice moves forward with demolition of museum
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)

Wendy Davis again faces ethics questions
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 the Texas primary.
Austin American-Statesman
Julián Castro, Dan Patrick debate in immigration policies
Latin Times

Experts want a big corporate tax cut
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of economics, is quoted about the plan to cut the corporate tax rate.

Vaughaligan Walwyn is using hip-hop to spread the good word
Alumnus Vaughaligan Walwyn ’04 is featured.
Houston Press


KYTX-TV (Tyler, Texas)
Rice students competed at the IEEE Region Five Robotics Competition in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Underdog Dewhurst attacks Patrick’s financial troubles
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s campaign ads.


Performance measures for CEOs vary greatly, study finds
A new study from Rice and Cornell University shows how S&P 500 companies tie CEO compensation to performance. David DeAngelis, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.

ASPB names 2014 awards recipients
Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, was named a recipient of the 2014 American Society of Plant Biologists award.

Rice University nanophotonics expert to receive Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the NANOSMAT Conference
Stephan Link, associate professor of chemistry and of electrical and computer engineering, has been chosen to receive the inaugural Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the NANOSMAT Conference.

Rice University grants IPXnano exclusive license to nanotechnology patent portfolio
Rice granted IPXnano exclusive rights to over 90 U.S. patents and more than 140 foreign counterparts. Nila Bhakuni, director of Rice’s Office of Technology Transfer, is quoted.

The flexibility bias
Workplace bias against those who use flexible work arrangements for child-care needs may increase employee dissatisfaction. Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
Human Resource Executive Online

Best thing going
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted about the Indeterminate Façade showroom in Houston.
Metropolis Magazine

Can athenahealth suture its wounds with strong earnings?
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Seeking Alpha
Here’s what the buy side expects from AMD Thursday
Another huge quarter expected from Chipotle Mexican Grill
Seeking Alpha


New course format gives universities revenue
Rice is among the universities offering specializations courses through the online platform Coursera.

Booking a hotel room? Wait until after work
According to a new study from Rice University and Iowa State University, consumers who traveled farther and made reservations while at the office were more likely to select higher quality hotels but were less satisfied after their stay. Ajay Kalra, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Business and professor of marketing, is mentioned.
Des Moines Register

Es kommt doch auf die Größe an
According to new research from Rice and the University of North Texas, the height of a potential partner matters more to women than to men, and mostly for femininity and protection.
Glamour (An English translation is not available.)


Three more arrests for Aggies, including defensive lineman on assault charges
A Texas A&M football player was arrested for an alleged assault on the Rice campus.
Houston Chronicle
Around sports: A&M QB Joeckel to transfer; 3 Ags arrested
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Trio of Aggies arrested after stop
Texas A&M football player Gavin Stansbury charged in March assault
The Eagle
Three Aggie football players arrested on warrants
Three Texas A&M football players arrested for outstanding warrants
Texas A&M football: Three Aggies players arrested following traffic stop


Rice political scientist available to discuss escalating tensions in Russia and Ukraine
As tensions escalate between Ukraine and Russia, Rice University international relations expert Ric Stoll is available to discuss how the situation may impact European support for defense spending.

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