Dateline Rice for June 6, 2014


The politics of being green
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations limiting carbon emissions from power plants is a consequential policy initiative for Democrats. Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.
National Journal

Tech universe: Friday 6 June
The first preclinical study of a new Rice-developed anti-cancer technology found a combination of treatments that killed cancer cells without harming surrounding organs.
New Zealand Herald

The rise was stunning, but Qatar has plenty of other worries besides football
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani’s first year as emir in Doha, Qatar. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in the Independent Online article.
The Conversation
Young emir finds cash cannot solve Qatar’s mounting woes
Independent Online (This article also appeared in the Lebanon Daily Star and IOL.)

Should you disclose your pregnancy in a job interview?
Pregnant job applicants are less likely to be hired. A 2013 Rice study about discrimination against pregnant job applicants is referenced.
Fast Company

Style Conversational Week 1075: You auto tell the truth — but not here
Alumnus Niels Hoven ’03 is mentioned as a past winner of The Week 1071 contest.
Washington Post


Game on
Rice engineering students created a Bluetooth-enabled device to boost cerebral palsy therapy.
TMC Pulse (This article was spotlighted in the digital edition.)

When will marijuana be legal in Texas? Maybe not till 2023
Alumnus Jerry Epstein ’59 authored a blog post about the legalization in marijuana in Texas.
Houston Chronicle

How Houston’s size hurts the poor
Houston’s uncontrollable growth and residents’ dependency on having cars have affected traffic and low-income residents. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Free Press Houston

Waco ISD approves pre-K STEM initiative with STEMscopes
Waco Independent School District will use STEMscopes Early Explorer to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to pre-kindergarten students. The data collected from the STEM curriculum, created by Rice and Accelerate Learning, will be used to expand its reach to offer STEMscopes nationwide.
Fort Mill Times (This article also appeared in KMAX-TV and 15 other media outlets.)


The Rice University Police Department is looking for a suspect who is reported to have stolen a cellphone and money from a victim walking near the BioScience Research Collaborative.


Rice University bioengineers developing mobile DNA test for HIV
Rice bioengineers are developing a simple, accurate test to detect signs of HIV and its progress in patients living in low-resource settings. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of both Beyond Traditional Borders and Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, and graduate students Zachary Crannell and Brittany Rohrman are mentioned.
Infection Control Today (This article also appeared in, Science Codex, Bio-Medicine, HealthCanal, BioPortfolio, e! Science News, News Medical, M2 Pharma and Science Daily.)

Short pristine carbon nanotubes can deliver drugs to pancreatic cancer cells
Pristine nanotubes developed at Rice have the potential to deliver drugs to pancreatic cancer cells and destroy them. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted. Alumnus Alvin Orbaek ’10; Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry; and Wade Adams, senior faculty fellow in mechanical engineering and materials science, are mentioned. (This article also appeared in Bio-Medicine, Science Daily, HealthCanal, ScienceCodex,, e! Science News, Medical Design Technology,, Townhall and TVNewsCheck.)

Minority voice
Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice, is featured. Michael Wolf, professor of mathematics, is mentioned.
Science Mag
Richard Tapia talks about math, cars and rock music

Mid-IR semiconductor lasers enable sensors for trace-gas-sensing applications
Frank Tittel, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of bioengineering, authored a study on detecting and monitoring trace-gas molecules in real-world applications.
Photonics Spectra

Opening a wide window on the nano-world of surface catalysis
Scientists from Rice and the University of South Carolina have shown how to get real-time reaction information from Ag nanocatalysts that are notoriously difficult to study.
R&D Magazine

Rice University’s 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 is quoted.
Fierce Energy (This article also appeared in Laboratory Equipment.)
Climate Wire (Subscription required.)

Ford and Samsung team up on regenerative breaking for nonhybrids
Rice chemists’ creation of a flexible material with the high energy of a battery or supercapacitor is mentioned.
IEEE Spectrum


Campus notes for students from Somerset County
Recent graduates from Rice are noted.

Quants: How they shaped the modern energy market
Vincent Kaminski, professor in the practice of executive education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about quantitative analysis. (Subscription required.)

A pair of duo concerts
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church.
Peninsula Pulse

College graduates struggle to find employment worth a degree
Many college graduates are pursuing nontraditional pathways to find employment in their desired fields. The article mentions a 2009 graduate of Davidson College who did admissions work at Rice after being laid off by another employer. (This Bloomberg article also appeared in and NewsMax.)

Crowdstorm: The future of innovation, ideas and problem solving (webinar replay)
Alumnus Peter Ryder ’82 will discuss the book he co-authored on a panel for the Social Business Book Club.
Social Media Today

Detroit Symphony Orchestra fills two new positions to end its productive hiring season
Alumnus Kevin Brown ’10 is the new principal bass for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The woman who ran Uber’s surge pricing says food can be engineered like transportation
Alumna Angela Wise ’06 is mentioned.
Pando Daily

AHS top seniors shine
Alpine High School valedictorian Jonathan Celaya plans to attend Rice.
Alpine Avalanche


Lewis to participate in NCAA forum
Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard will attend the 2014 NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis.
Gibson selected for NCAA Career in Sports Forum
Rashad at NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Rice defensive tackle Stuart Mouchantaf to miss 2014 after setback in rehab from knee surgery
Rice senior defense tackle Stuart Mouchantaf will miss the 2014 season, due to a knee injury.
Fox News (This article also appeared in Daily Journal, Memorial Examiner, Garden Island, Examiner and RotoWorld.)
Rice loses starting defensive lineman for 2014 to knee injury
College Football Talk
Knee setback costs Rice DT Mouchantaf 2014 season
Boston Herald
Owls lose Mouchantaf for season
Houston Chronicle

The college report: Longview’s Brewer part of Houston relay team
Rice’s relay team fell to Texas A&M University 9-8.

Phillies go for ‘now stuff’ by drafting Aaron Nola
Alumnus Joe Savery ’08 is mentioned.

49ers news: Vernon Davis holdout possible as tight end skips voluntary workouts
Alumnus Vance McDonald ’13 is quoted.
International Business Times

CBN: Canadians among best 2014 draft names
Sugar Land high school outfielder Stone Garrett is committed to Rice.


Rice developing mobile DNA test for HIV
Rice University bioengineers are developing a simple, highly accurate test to detect signs of HIV and its progress in patients in resource-poor settings.

Short nanotubes target pancreatic cancer
Short, customized carbon nanotubes have the potential to deliver drugs to pancreatic cancer cells and destroy them from within, according to researchers at Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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