Dateline Rice for June 4, 2014


Perry’s Texas job gains leave Frisco piling on debt: Muni credit
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 population increase in major Texas cities.
Perry’s Texas job gains leave Frisco piling on debt
Money News

Contemplating a new major? Try contemplative studies
Brown University recently approved contemplative studies as a concentration. Rice is mentioned for its program related to contemplative studies.
USA Today

Reagan, then and now
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
National Review
Successful health care organizations do these 7 things
Healthcare Daily


HPD woes are for us all to bear
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a column about thousands of crimes not being investigated by the Houston Police Department. He comments on Houstonians’ reactions to funding for HPD and the potential impact on the mayor.
Houston Chronicle (This column appeared on the front of the City/State section. Subscription required.)

Tonys to honor program led by former Awty instructor
Alumnus Steven Jamail ’02 will be honored with the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 2014 Tony Awards in New York City.
Houston Chronicle
Friendswood grad works for award-winning children’s theater
Houston Chronicle

For an outdoor event like Summer Fest, organizers must have Plan B
The Free Press Summer Fest was evacuated after lightning struck close. The article explains how baseball games at Reckling Park are affected by storms and lightning.
Houston Chronicle

Passion to learn led Lamar student to top of the class
Lamar High School valedictorian Maya Iyer plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Dallas waits in wings as Cleveland wins over RNC site selection group
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 Dallas’ potential to host the 2016 GOP convention and the aftermath of the Texas primary.
Dallas Business Journal (This article also appeared in Denver Business Journal.)
Dewhurst’s swan song might be at GOP state convention via video
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)
Anti-bias ordinance has Abbott doing balancing act
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)
Rangel: Duncan leaving senate for Tech at right time
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Rangel: Duncan leaves Austin at right time
Amarillo Globe-News
Probably the last thing I’ll write about Jim Hogan
Off the Kuff
Texas tea party wave: Are primary wins a positive, or are Texans just voting against themselves?
Dallas Morning News
Dewhurst’s political run comes to end, so what’s next?
Abilene Reporter News (This article also appeared in
Tea party aims to seize Texas Senate
Abilene Reporter News (Subscription required.)
Quotes of the week
Texas Tribune
Dan Patrick y Leticia Van de Putte, en lucha por la vicegobernación de Texas
La Voz (An English translation is not available.)

‘The best of the best’ graduate from CPHS
Woodlands College Park High School valedictorian Manasi Joshi plans to attend Rice.
Montgomery Courier

Eska to screen ‘The Retrieval’ at The Lynn
Alumnus Chris Eska ’98 is featured for his movie,”The Retrieval.”
Gonzales Inquirer


OpenSLS – An open source project creates a sub-$15k selective laser sintering 3-D printer
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, funded the Open Selective Laser Sintering technology.

Rice University produces carbon-capture breakthrough
An Earth-friendly solution for separating carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads was developed in the laboratory of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science. Tour and graduate student Chih-Chau Hwang are quoted.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in Global Post and 12 other publications.)
Texas researchers tout new carbon powder material as anti-pollution breakthrough
The Raw Story
Breakthrough material absorbs CO2 from gas

ASCO hails MD Anderson leaders for their contributions to cancer research
John Mendelsohn, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in health and technology policy, has been named to the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Bio News-Texas

Quantum criticality observed in new class of materials
Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, co-authored a study on quantum critical points. Si is quoted.

No guts, no glory?
Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted about his plan to create an edible probiotic bacterium to protect sailors and marines from obesity and depression.
Armed With Science


Visit Houston museums this summer
Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê’s installation “Crossing the Farther Shore” is on display at the Rice Gallery through Aug. 28.

Pat Robertson claims air pollution doesn’t trigger asthma, which he can heal (video)
Rice’s study on air pollution being the cause of heart attacks and death is referenced.
Opposing Views

AHS val, sal offer advice to future graduates
Alice High School salutatorian Jaden Anthony Amaro-Gallegos will major in civil engineering at Rice.
Alice Echo News Journal


Golfer on his painful US Open qualifier DQ: ‘I’m a huge idiot’
Golfer Landon Michelson ‘14 is featured.
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in NESN.)
Area players close, but fall short of open berths
The Ledger
Michelson out of US Open after scoring error
Golf Magic
Landon Michelson signs incorrect scorecard, costing golfer a spot in US Open
New York Daily News
Golfer Landon Michelson signs incorrect scorecard, disqualified from US Open

Strong finish gives Astros winning record in May
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
The Record


Quantum criticality observed in new class of materials
Quantum criticality, the strange electronic state that may be intimately related to high-temperature superconductivity, is notoriously difficult to study. But a new discovery of”quantum critical points” could allow physicists to develop a classification scheme for quantum criticality — the first step toward a broader explanation.

Former US ambassador to Syria available for interview on Syrian presidential election
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria, is available to discuss yesterday’s all-but-assured re-election of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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