Dateline Rice for June 11, 2014


Rice researchers’ black powder traps greenhouse gas
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. Graduate student Chih-Chau Hwang is quoted in the Energy Daily story.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front page of the Business section.)
Rice University produces carbon-capture breakthrough
Energy Daily


Study: Electric brain stimulation alleviates some disorders
Scientists are now using electrical pulses in the brain to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Voice of America (This article also appeared in Argentina Star, Dublin News and Toronto Telegraph.)


GOP platform complicates Hispanic outreach for Abbott
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 Attorney General Greg Abbott’s struggle to please the divided GOP. He is also quoted about the potential site for the next Republican National Convention.
Texas Tribune
New faces at GOP convention, and new viewpoint
Houston Chronicle (This column was the top article on the front of the City/State section. Subscription required.)
GOP platform complicates Hispanic outreach for Abbott
My High Plains
2014 may reveal tea party’s strength
Caller Times
Report: RNC rules out AT&T Stadium if Dallas gets convention
Dallas Business Journal

No skates needed for her role in Stages’ ‘Xanadu’ musical
Tamara Siler ’86, senior associate director for admission and minority recruitment coordinator, is featured for her role in “Xanadu” at Stages Repertory Theatre.
Houston Chronicle

‘Hard Body’ actor has his hands on more than TUTS musical
Broadway star Adam Pascal will teach a master class at Rice June 23-24.
Houston Chronicle

Local watering holes gear up for the World Cup
Local bars are preparing for the beginning of the FIFA World Cup. Rice’s research on Houston being the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the country is referenced.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

New entrepreneurship list coming soon
An article mentions Rice’s fourth-place ranking in the Princeton Review’s 2013 list of the top 25 graduate programs.
Houston Business Journal

CFISD names principal for Ault Elementary
Jeff LaCoke, the principal at Frazier Elementary School, was named the new principal at Ault Elementary School. LaCoke is currently enrolled in the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program.
Cypress Creek Mirror


WPTA-TV (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.


Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative: Focusing on the future
Rice is developing its universitywide Energy and Environment Initiative. Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.

New carbon nanotube-based terahertz detectors for medical imaging
Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, co-authored a study on terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes to improve medical imaging, airport passenger screening, food inspection and other applications. Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry, and graduate student Xiaowei He are mentioned. (This article also appeared in, Nano Magazine, Innovations Report and R&D Mag.)

Tudor named volunteer of the year
United Way of Greater Houston named Rice trustee Bobby Tudor ’82 as this year’s recipient of the distinguished Robert W. Kneebone Volunteer Award.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) post-split sees investors piling in
A Rice study by David Ikenberry, a former associate professor of management at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited in an article about Apple’s shares.
International Business Times

Trying to profit from the next phase of the natural-gas boom
Apache Corp. is spending $8.5 billion this year selling foreign and offshore fields in favor of onshore gas projects. Apache funded technology at Rice to eliminate carbon dioxide from a natural gas well.
The Street

Change in US LNG permit process to streamline approvals: DOE official
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith discussed the proposed changes for project approvals by the U.S. Department of Energy at Rice.
Hellenic Shipping News

E*Trade adds Gary Stern to board and risk oversight committee
E*Trade Financial Corporation announced that alumnus Gary Stern ’70 has been appointed to the company’s board of directors and Risk Oversight Committee.
Finextra (This article also appeared in Digital Journal and 19 other media outlets.)


Detroit Symphony Orchestra appoints Kevin Brown as new principal double bass
Alumnus Kevin Brown ’10 is the new principal double bass for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

A feminist first
University of California, Santa Barbara student Carly Thomsen will begin a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice.
The UC Santa Barbara Current (This article also appeared in Edhat.)

Recent graduates from Rice are noted.
Pflugerville school notes
Austin American-Statesman
Education notes
Bend Bulletin
Applause – June 9, 2014
Woodinville Weekly

Award-winning Black Cedar at St. Andrew’s in San Bruno
Alumna Kris Palmer ’08 is the second-prize winner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.
Capitola-Soquel Patch

Whitefish High School
Whitefish High School graduate Thomas Henson received a Rice Naval ROTC Scholarship.

Here’s where LFHS grads are going to college
A student from Lake Forest High School plans to attend Rice.
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch


More story: Q&A with Rice head football coach David Bailiff
Head football coach David Bailiff is interviewed.

Meet the 6 Rice athletes vying for NCAA track medals
Six Rice athletes qualified to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.

What does Brock Holt really mean to the Boston Red Sox?
Alumnus Brock Holt ’12 is featured.

Rockwall’s Glover picked by Mets during MLB draft
The San Francisco Giants drafted Rice baseball player Skyler Ewing.
Rockwall Herald Banner

Tulane names new baseball coach
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is the new coach at Tulane University.
KRIV-TV (This article also appeared in Houma Courier, KLFY-TV and Daily Comet.)

Strake Jesuit teams beat odds, hold own against tough competition
Strake Jesuit football player Emmanuel Ellerbee plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Fightin Phils set to begin 3-game series against New Britain
Alumnus Tyler Duffey ’13 is mentioned.

Risky business
Alumnus Anthony Rendon ’12 is mentioned.
Sports On Earth


Rice U. experts available during 2014 hurricane season
Rice University experts in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, public policy and business are available for interviews throughout the 2014 North Atlantic hurricane season.

Nanotubes boost terahertz detectors
Researchers at Rice University, Sandia National Laboratories and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed novel terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes that could improve medical imaging, airport passenger screening, food inspection and other applications.

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