Dateline Rice for June 12, 2014


Edward Djerejian on OPEC, US oil exports, Iraq
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the importance of OPEC to the global energy marker, the outlook for U.S. oil and gas exports and the impact of violence in Iraq on the oil market.

Handheld terahertz cameras could replace MRI
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.
Improvements in image-detection applications on the horizon
Product Design & Development (This article also appeared in R&D Mag, Medical Design Technology, Science Codex, Science Newsline, Wireless Design & Development, Sensors, Sandia Lab News, Lab Manager Magazine and Free News Pos.)
Terahertz detectors using carbon nanotubes may lead to major imaging improvements
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
Nanotubes capture terahertz radiation
IEEE Spectrum

Fraternities are focus of measures to reduce assaults and misconduct
U.S. universities are reconsidering the status of their fraternities to combat sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses. Rice is mentioned as a university that does not have a Greek system.
New York Times (Subscription required.)

A life of service: This couple wants every Latino to achieve the American Dream
Former educational liaison Richard Farias founded the Houston-based nonprofit American Latino Center for Research, Education & Justice. Rice’s Latino Education Summit is mentioned.
Nation Swell


Survey: 2 million Texans used, 70 percent found it helpful
According to a new report from Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, and Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, almost all adult Texans were aware of the Affordable Car Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Survey: Almost all adult Texans knew about Health Insurance Marketplace during open enrollment
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Bio-Medicine, Science Codex, Medical Xpress and Science Newsline.)

The Q&A: Linda McSpadden McNeil
Linda McSpadden McNeil, director of Rice’s Center for Education and professor of education, is interviewed about issues related to public education.
Texas Tribune

The state of Texas: June 12, 2014
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Wendy Davis’ struggling campaign and the GOP’s Hispanic outreach.
Texas Monthly
Wendy Davis replaces campaign manager, signaling a Texas focus
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription required.)
Big shake up for Davis campaign
GOP platform complicates Hispanic outreach for Abbott
The Monitor (This article also appeared in KETK-TV, Pandhandle PBS and the Gilmer Mirror.)
Immigration a thorny issue for GOP’s Abbott
The Alief Post
Yes, Greg Abbott owns the RPT platform
Off the Kuff

James A. and Susan G. Baker establish endowed fellowship to honor Edward and Françoise Djerejian
James A. Baker III, the 61st U.S. secretary of state, and Susan G. Baker established an endowed fellowship to honor the work of Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and his wife, Francoise.
Memorial Examiner

Stidvent named new WGU Texas chancellor
Ray Martinez, former director of government relations at Rice, will become the new president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in My High Plains.)

Comerica Bank sponsors $50,000 business pitch contest
The Dallas-based Comerica Bank is sponsoring a $50,000 business plan competition. Rice’s Business Plan Competition is mentioned as the world’s richest and largest graduate-level startup competition.
Dallas Morning News
The Honor Roll School in Sugar Land appoints new head of school
Thomas Heinly has been appointed head of school at the Honor Roll School in Sugar Land. Heinly is enrolled in the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program.
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun.)

Connemara Conservancy honors volunteers
Baker College junior Chandler Burke was selected as a “2013 Volunteer of the Year” for his “Save the Blackland Prairie” project.
North Texas e-News


KNWA-TV (Fort Smith, Ark.)
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.


New carbon nanotube device harvests water from air
Rice researchers built a device that harvests water from the air like the Namib Desert beetle. Graduate student Sehmus Ozden is quoted.
Nature World News
Nanotube forests drink water from arid air (This article also appeared in Hispanic Business, and Nanotechnology Now.)

Mobile DNA test for HIV ‘could be useful in poorer settings’
Rice bioengineers are developing a simple, accurate test to detect signs of HIV and its progress in patients living in low-resource settings. Graduate student Zachary Crannell is quoted.

Rice seniors create Bluetooth enabled device to improve cerebral palsy therapy
Rice engineering students created a Bluetooth-enabled device to boost cerebral palsy therapy. The article includes a video produced by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin.

Rice 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. Graduate student Chih-Chau Hwang is quoted.
Environmental Research Web

Thin-film device eyed as power source for wearable tech
Rice chemists created a flexible material with the high energy of a battery or supercapacitor. 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 mentioned.
EE Times


Pasco proposal to end valedictorian title doesn’t rankle university leaders
Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning wants to end the valedictorian title. Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment, explains that knowing a student’s class ranking helps the selection committee choose among highly qualified candidates.
Tampa Bay Times

Long lost images from the Vietnam War made into powerful installation
Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê’s installation “Crossing the Farther Shore” is on display at the Rice Gallery through Aug. 28.
Feature Shoot

UCSB Department of Feminist Studies awards its first doctoral degree
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.

4 new passionate professionals join emPower magazine’s editorial advisory board
Alumnus Maxime Paul ’10 has joined the emPower magazine editorial advisory board.
emPower Magazine


Top major leaguers who had the biggest impact on the College World Series
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham comments on the positive effect alumnus Lance Berkman ’98 had on the Rice Owls.

Saltdog remembers CWS experience
Alumnus Chad Mozingo ’11 is featured.
10 11 Sports


Survey: Almost all adult Texans knew about Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace during open enrollment
Almost all adult Texans were aware of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace before the open-enrollment period ended March 31, according to a report released today by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation.

Nanotube forests drink water from arid air
If you don’t want to die of thirst in the desert, be like the beetle. Or have a nanotube cup handy. New research by scientists at Rice University demonstrated that forests of carbon nanotubes can be made to harvest water molecules from arid desert air and store them for future use.

Texas Monthly, Rice’s Baker Institute to host panel on Texas veterans’ use of marijuana to manage PTSD
A panel of leading experts on veterans and drug policy issues will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy June 18 to discuss Texas veterans’ growing use of marijuana to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Texas Monthly’s “TM Talks” event is free and open to the public and is co-hosted by the Baker Institute.

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