Dateline Rice for April 21, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


How some colleges are offering free textbooks
Open-source textbooks are gaining popularity and cutting costs for students. Rice’s Connexions is referenced. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Engineering and founding director of Rice’s OpenStax College, is quoted.
CNN Living

Dams won’t starve Mississippi Delta of sand
New research from Rice and the University of South Carolina found that the sand needed to rebuild the Mississippi River Delta will stay constant for centuries. Jeffrey Nittrouer, assistant professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta
Mississippi River will carry enough sand needed to build new Louisiana wetlands for at least 600 years, new study says
The Times-Picayune
Mississippi dams aren’t to blame for flood risks
New Scientist


The new HHS secretary and America’s neglected infections of poverty
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this blog post about America’s neglected infections of poverty.
Huffington Post

2 South Asians among 59 Truman Scholars
Sid Richardson College senior Hira Baig was selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar.
News India Times

Hoping for more density downtown, Houston dangles tax-break bait
Developers are offered a $15,000 tax break for each unit built in a development of 10 units in downtown Houston. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about the benefit of offering developers this incentive.

How far will the outcome of the 2014-Lok Sabha election in Manipur be reliable? Part 1
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.

Climbing Mount Everest: Base camp bound, after a glacial detour
Alumna Ulyana Horodyskyj ’07 is climbing Mount Everest to determine how much soot is settling on snow at the top of mammoth glaciers.
Scientific American


Texas is changing
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is referenced for his research on the increase in Texas’ Hispanic population and the expected decline in graduation rates and increase in poverty.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)

Texas insurance enrollment update
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 Care Act. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Percentage of uninsured adults in Texas declined since September 2013, survey reveals
News Medical
Houston-area health care construction takes off
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Narrative of Vietnam finds voice in photos
Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê explains the significance of the photos used in his installation “Crossing the Farther Shore,” which is on display at the Rice Gallery through Aug. 28. Rice Gallery Director Kimberly Davenport is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Divestment campaigns draw more attention than financial blood
Environmental advocates are urging foundations and universities to sell their investments in oil and gas companies. The article notes that Rice does not boycott nor endorse products and services.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section.)
Divestment campaigns struggle against stock market, profits
Fuel Fix

Can GOP gaffes work in Davis’ favor?
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 recent political gaffes and the Texas primary.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Abbott tries to tar Davis with FBI probe
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)
AG seizes on newspaper report about FBI probe that includes work by Wendy Davis’ firm
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Davis trails in poll, but GOP trying to give her a chance
San Antonio Express (Subscription required.)
Railroad Commission candidate pledges divestiture
Eagle Ford Texas
KUT 90.5 (Austin)

Rice University demolishing the 1969 ‘Art Barn’
Rice has deconstructed Martel Center, the metal building that has been the home of Continuing Studies since 1987. In letters to the Houston Chronicle, alumnus William Little ’10 notes that the removal of the old building was “long overdue,” while alumnus William Hartman III ’81 remembers seeing art installations there when he was a student.
Saturday letters: Developer subsidy, art barn, foreign policy
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Sunday letters: Reading, meterologists, pensions
Houston Chronicle
Ups and downs
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Business calendar
Andrew Barron, the Charles M. Duncan Jr., the Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, will speak at the Pioneer Oil Producers Society meeting. He is also quoted about the development of chalk blends for climbers and weight lifters.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Chalk it up to science
Outside Online


Rice students develop Jedi Putter
Rice students have designed a putter that helps golfers have a consistent putting stroke. Duncan College senior Matt Lopez is quoted.
Rice students devise multisensory, real-time feedback training putter

Rice engineering students’ projects helps Special Olympics gymnast go for gold
A group of Rice students created an assistive device for a 10-year-old special-needs gymnast. Ann Saterbak, professor in the practice of bioengineering education; Jones College sophomore Austin James; Sid Richardson College sophomore Kelsey Nanneman; Baker College freshman Mickyle Stanbury; and Baker College sophomore Kylie Balotin are quoted.

Alumna Mother Cecilia (Martina Snell) ’99 is featured for her successful music group, The Benedictines of Mary. (This broadcast appeared in KGMB-TV and 108 other affiliates.)


Students take clot-buster for a spin
A team of Rice students created a device to break up blood clots that form in the bladders of adult patients. Bioengineering students Tiffany Huang, Patrick Yun and Lung-Ying Yu are mentioned. Students Aaron Hu and Adrian Gallegos are quoted. The story includes a video produced by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin.

Students design ‘nested’ dumpster to slash shipping costs
Rice’s design team Container Crew designed a more-efficient design for company trash bins. McMurtry College senior Katie Specht and Sid Richardson College senior Albert Riedel are quoted. Mechanical engineering students James Chapman, Joseph Huseman and Austin Simpson are mentioned. The story includes a video produced by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin.

Rice adds energy and environment initiative, tackles above-ground risks
Rice has added a real-world course to actively contribute to the oil and gas industry. Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of energy management, is quoted. Provost George McLendon is mentioned.

Modified carbon black-based nanoreporters detect hydrogen sulfide in oil and gas wells
Rice scientists created a nanoscale detector that reports on the presence of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while still in the ground. 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.

Fresh beginnings for bioluminescence
Rice’s research on touching plants to encourage them to glow is referenced in an article about bioluminescent organisms.

Is the universe balanced on a pinhead?
New measurements of the heaviest fundamental particle raise questions about the universe. Karl Ecklund, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Symmetry Magazine

Big money follows big talk at Rice University’s startup competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition awarded a number of high-dollar prizes. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is mentioned.
IIT Kharagpur students win Rice University $1 million prize
News India Times

IPXnano secures Rice Univ. nanotechnology
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.

Revealed: The best US business schools
According to a recent MBA ranking, Rice Jones School of Business is eighth on a list of the best business schools in the U.S.
Business Because

Researchers develop method to make 2-D molybdenum diselenide
Rice researchers in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore created a method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide.
Asian Scientist

Gender, sexuality and marriage as risk factor for HIV infection topic at Rice April 24
Jennifer Hirsch, a leading scholar on gender, sexuality and reproductive health, will discuss marriage as a risk factor for HIV infection as part of the Gray/Wawro Lecture Series at Rice.


UA names Oregon VP new chief of research
Rice alumna Kimberly Andrews Espy has been named the new senior vice president of research at the University of Arizona.
Arizona Daily Star


Rice tennis claims C-USA tennis title
Rice women’s tennis won against University of Tulsa 4-2 in Norfolk, Va. Elizabeth Schmidt, women’s tennis head coach, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Rice Owls complete baseball series sweep of UAB with 5-3 win Sunday
Rice baseball won against University of Alabama at Birmingham at Reckling Park.
Ewing’s walk-off home run lifts Rice baseball past UAB in extra innings, 5-3
Mc-Can-Do! Rice blanks UAB Friday 2-0

Central Catholic star Abdur-Rahkman commits to the University of Michigan
Basketball player Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman visited Rice in search of a team. Head basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
The Morning Call

Notre Dame football 2014 off-season preview: Rice Owls
Rice’s history of playing Notre Dame in football is featured.
One Foot Down

USM records first series sweep, defeats Louisiana Tech
Rice baseball will play Southern Mississippi April 25 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Texas A&M April 22 at Reckling Park.
Texas A&M freshman duo make their mark in 14-2 baseball win over Kentucky
SEC baseball today: Sunday, April 20
SEC Sports
WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.)

Senior kicker Chris Boswell is featured.

News 12 (Hartford, Conn.)
Basketball player Sean Obi is visiting universities.


Baker Institute conference to explore evolving roles of women in the Middle East April 24
Leading international scholars will discuss the evolving roles of Arab women in their countries’ political, economic and private spheres at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 24.

Fit to be tried
Rice University engineering students invent virtual fitting room for online shopping.

Study: Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta
The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are slowly sinking and rapidly eroding, but new research from Rice University and the University of South Carolina has found the river’s supply of sand — the material engineers most need to rebuild the delta — will stay constant for centuries.

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