Dateline Rice for May 16, 2014


Swarm and fuzzy
James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science, is quoted about translating nature to math in an article about the development of small robots based on insects through an organizing principle called “swarming.”

Despite strong economy, budget troubles loom for Houston
Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 presented Houston’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and may result in hundreds of layoffs. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about his research on the public’s attitude about government.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This was the top story on the front page.)


Stick insect genomes show how evolution repeats
A team of evolutionary biologists at Rice, the University of Sheffield and eight other universities studied how natural selection is playing out across the genome of the stick insect.
Futurity (This article also appeared in, ScienceNewsline, University of Sheffield and Science Daily.)

Grassroots group backs candidate in quest to turn Texas blue
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 political campaign strategies and Brazil’s preparation for the World Cup.
New York Times (This appeared on the home page.)
Despite mishaps, World Cup raises safety bar in Brazil
Monitor Global Outlook
Pro-Wendy Davis group exploits cancer deaths to attack Abbott
Texas GOP Vote
The political inevitability of Eva Longoria
La Opinion (This article also appeared in El Diario and La Raza.)

Why Texas is so good at the death penalty
David Dow, the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History, authored an op-ed about the modern era of executions in Texas.

Column – money to burn: OPEC’s wasteful energy subsidies: Kemp
Oil consumption has risen among exporting countries, which has led to a need for reform. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


The 3rd National Climate Assessment: Sound science, not policy
Ron Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, authored a blog post about climate change.
Houston Chronicle

Rice University picks Trademark to manage the Village Arcade
Trademark Property Co. will begin managing and leasing the Village Arcade retail center owned by Rice later this year.
Houston Chronicle
Residential developer seeks to join the downtown rush
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front of the Business section.)

Who will be Rice University’s next famous former student?
A slideshow features well-known Rice alumni.
Houston Chronicle

Youth Symphony violinist has her moment in the spotlight
The Houston Youth Symphony will perform at Rice’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall May 18.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Those smart bacteria and the smart physicist
Eshel Ben-Jacob, a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, adjunct professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is featured.
Jewish Herald-Voice

The 5 best things to do in Houston this weekend: The best of Fringe, Feeling Alright, Hitchcock Silents and more
The Apollo Chamber Players will perform at Rice’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall.
Houston Press

Rice U baseball raising money for March of Dimes at home finale
Rice is donating proceeds from ticket sales of the last home baseball game to the March of Dimes in memory of McKenzie Reese, who died six years ago just 19 days after her birth. Reese was the daughter of former Rice baseball player Vincent Sinisi.
News 92 FM

Lone Star College System celebrates student success with commencement ceremonies
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 will be the commencement speakers for Lone Star College System.
Cypress Creek Mirror

Spiritual music: Composer transforms her 30-year quest into a special Houston premiere
Composer Ann K. Gebuhr penned “Triptych,” a nine-minute piece written for the late Jeanette Lombard, a former Shepherd School faculty member.

Waco ISD considers pre-K STEM partnership with Rice University
Waco Independent School District is going to test the use of Rice’s STEMscopes for hands-on learning.


Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, was interviewed about the results from the Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey on “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall,” which will air May 18 at 10 p.m.
Segregation in US schools is making a comeback
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about the growing segregation among students based on their family’s income rather than race.

On Friday night, Rice undergraduates will cross the stage to receive diploma tubes and be congratulated; the commencement address will be presented Saturday morning and degrees will be conferred to the group as a whole.


ICORS to put spotlight on Raman spectroscopy
Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy and in electrical and computer engineering, will give a keynote lecture at the XXIV International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.

Material profit
Rice is mentioned for creating high-quality graphene via carbon deposition on copper foil from dog feces.
Investor’s Chronicle

Opinion: It’s time to invest in innovation the right way
Steven Currall, the former William and Stephanie Sick Professor of Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management, psychology and statistics, authored an op-ed about the necessity of innovation to keep up with the increasingly competitive global economy.
Sacramento Business Journal


10 scientific facts from the Bible
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, is referenced for her survey on religious understandings of science.
Indianapolis Recorder

Promoting diversity in our churches
The percentage of multiracial churches has doubled in the last decade. Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Texas Latinos have made huge strides in health care coverage
A new study from the Baker Institute for Public Policy reports that Texas Latinos were more likely to enroll in health insurance through the federal marketplace. Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Burnt Orange Report

Architect and author to speak in Nahant
Architect and author Ethan Anthony will speak about architect Ralph Adams Cram and his legacy. Rice is mentioned.
Item Live

Review: ‘An Average Joe’s Pursuit For Financial Freedom’
A book by alumnus Michael Munsey ’07 is reviewed.

Westminster Catawba to recognize 48 grads on Friday
Catawba Christian School salutatorian Benjamin Joel Johnson plans to attend Rice.
Herald Online


McSwain, Barker lead UAB track on first day at C-USA Championships
An article reports the results from the beginning of the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Hayes, Garrett lead UTSA into C-USA outdoor track meet
San Antonio Express-News

Sports briefs: Hagerty golf alumnus recognized, CFYFL spring champs crowned
Rice golfer Kevin Reilly was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year for leading the Owls in seven of its 11 tournaments.
Seminole Chronicle

The helmet helper: Fly by night
SB Nation’s Eric Murtaugh “designed” a football helmet for the Rice football team.
One Foot Down

Houston Texans: Overview of recently signed undrafted free agents
Senior kicker Chris Boswell is mentioned.

Chiefs sign 3rd-round pick Phillip Gaines
The Kansas City Chiefs signed senior cornerback Phillip Gaines.
The crowded secondary of the Kansas City Chiefs
Arrow Head Pride
Chiefs sign CB Phillip Gaines
Chiefs Spin
KMBC-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)
KCTV-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)
KSMO-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)


Baker Institute expert available to comment on outcome of Indian elections
The outcome of India’s national election this week shows a landslide victory for opposition leader Narendra Modi. While Modi’s election may be interpreted as a big win for India’s economy, reality is more sober, according to Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct assistant professor of economics at Rice.

Rice physicist will search for ‘quark-gluon plasma’ at the LHC
Rice University physicist Wei Li is searching for the smallest and hottest drop of soup in the universe, and thanks to a coveted Early Career Award from the Department of Energy (DOE), he’ll have a chance to look for it beneath the Swiss Alps.

Caught in the act: Study probes evolution of California insect
A first-of-its-kind study this week suggests that the genomes of new species may evolve in a similar, repeatable fashion — even in cases where populations are evolving in parallel at separate locations. The research is featured on the cover of the May 16 issue of Science.

About Rice News Staff

The Rice News is produced weekly by the Office of Public Affairs at Rice University.