Dateline Rice for April 22, 2014


‘Saudi America’: Mirage?
The United States is close to surpassing Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s top oil producer. Rice’s recent energy conference is mentioned.
New York Times

Proposed Houston spaceport lands private space plane partner
Sierra Nevada Corporation’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.

Engineers build device for young Special Olympian
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.

‘Jedi’ putter could be the force that golfers need
Rice students have designed a putter that helps golfers have a consistent putting stroke. Duncan College senior Matt Lopez is quoted. The story includes a video produced by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin. (This appeared on the home page.)
Multisensory ‘Jedi putter’ helps golfers make the cut
The Engineer
Rice students develop Jedi Putter

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.
Fox 2 Now (This article also appeared in KETK-TV and 46 other affiliates.)
Online textbooks could provide financial relief for college students

Rice University spins data for Obamacare
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, and Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, are quoted. Ho is also quoted in an article about medical center construction.
Houston-area health care construction takes off
ENR Texas and Louisiana


Texas universities enjoying benefits of national giving splurge
Contributions to U.S. institutions of higher education increased 9 percent in 2013, despite a loss of donors. Some of the major gifts to Rice last year are cited.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the home page.)

Davis trails in poll, but GOP trying to give her a chance
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.
San Antonio Express (Subscription required.)
EnergyWire (Subscription required.)

Fit to be tried
Rice engineering students invented a virtual fitting room for online shopping. Will Rice College senior Lam Yuk Wong and Wiess College senior Cecilia Zhang are quoted. The story includes a video produced by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in Memorial Examiner.)
Engineering students invent virtual fitting room for online shoppers (w/ video)

Black Middle School names its teachers of the year
Rice alumnus Matthew Sawyer ’12 was selected as teacher of the year at Frank Black Middle School. Sawyer is recognized for the partnership he arranged with Rice to bring the STEMscopes curriculum to the campus.
The Leader

Accelerations in orthodontics
Alumnus Michael Lowe ’07 is mentioned.
The Tribune


UNT students petition for ‘gender-neutral’ dorms
Students at the University of North Texas are advocating for gender-neutral housing. Rice is mentioned.

Daily news flash with Courtney Morris on Yemen drone campaign, UAW vote in Tennessee and Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter’s legacy
Courtney Morris, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, analyzes the latest news headlines.
Uprising Radio

KETK-TV (Tyler)
Rice tops the list of the top 20 schools in Texas with the best 20-year return of investment.

Chef Hugo Ortega mentions working with a Rice professor.


Eggbeater-like device could bust bladder blood clots
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 take clot-buster for a spin
Computer Magazine

Student team seeks to improve sensory feedback in prosthetics
A group of Rice students created the “Magic Touch” to help people with prosthetic hands manage their grip.

Mississippi River sediments plentiful enough to rebuild shrinking delta
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.
Study: Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta
Science Codex (This article also appeared in Science Daily and
Dams will not reduce flow of sand to Mississippi River Delta, study finds
Environmental Leader
Ambiente: sabbia Mississippi aiutera’ a prevenire perdita delta (An English translation is not available.)

Hydrogen sulfide nanoreporters gather intel on oil before pumping
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. (This article also appeared in and Computer Magazine.)
Nanoreporters tell ‘sour’ oil from ‘sweet’
Nano Magazine (This article also appeared in R&D Magazine.)

OSU students’ nonpolluting KAir battery wins $100K from feds
The Rice Business Plan Competition awarded a number of high-dollar prizes.
Columbus Business First

McDonald’s breakfast-war earnings preview
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of VMware’s Tuesday earnings report
Seeking Alpha
Breakfast wars: Double digit sales growth expected by Yum! brands


Chua speaks at museum symposium in Houston
Lawrence Chua, postdoctoral fellow in Asian studies and visiting assistant professor of art history, presented a talk at the “Rethinking Art History” symposium, organized in collaboration with Rice.


Rice men’s basketball signs Mency to NLI
Head basketball coach Mike Rhoades announced his first signee, Bishop Mency from Chino Hills, Calif.
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in Sugar Land Sun, Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)

Golf inks Carmona to National Letter of Intent
Head men’s golf coach Justin Emil announced the signing of Mario Carmona to a National Letter of Intent for the 2014-15 campaign.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in Sugar Land Sun and Memorial Examiner.)

Brief: Mean Green tennis team’s season ends in conference semifinals loss
Rice women’s tennis won against North Texas University 4-0 in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.

No. 21 Rice Owls on deck for Aggies
Rice baseball will play Texas A&M April 22 at Reckling Park.
The Battalion Online
A&M looks for win at Rice
Aggie Sports
Texas A&M scores at will in win over Kentucky, 14-2
Best College Sports News Network

Notre Dame football 2014 off-season preview: Rice Owls
Rice’s history of playing Notre Dame in football is featured. (This article also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, WSOC-TV, Journal-News, WPXI-TV and WHIO-TV.)

Blue Devils land transfer Sean Obi
Basketball player Sean Obi is transferring to Duke University.
ESPN (Similar articles appeared in 17 other affiliates.)
Owls hoops star to transfer to Duke
Houston Chronicle
Rice transfer Sean Obi commits to Duke
Sports Illustrated
Rice power forward Sean Obi will transfer to Duke
Duke basketball gets commitment from Rice-transfer Obi via Instagram
Duke Chronicle

Reagan grad Kuster, two others sign with Stars
Rice senior basketball player Jessica Kuster signed with the San Antonio Stars.
San Antonio Express-News


Students take clot-buster for a spin
Branding themselves as “Team Evacuator,” five students have been testing a device to break up blood clots that form in the bladders of adult patients and currently have to be removed by suction through a catheter in the urethra.

Nanoreporters tell ‘sour’ oil from ‘sweet’
Scientists at Rice University have created a nanoscale detector that checks for and reports on the presence of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while they’re still in the ground.

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