Dateline Rice for June 13, 2014


Bioengineers prove test detects HIV’s DNA
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.

A tale of 2 Texans in 2016: Perry and Cruz
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 Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s potential to overshadow Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the White House bid in 2016 and about Attorney General Greg Abbott’s position on immigration. Jones also authored a blog post about the lack of diversity among GOP primary voters.
U.S. News & World Report
Texans are young and diverse. GOP primary voters are not.
Houston Chronicle
GOP platform complicates Hispanic outreach for Abbott
Eagle Pass Business Journal

Nano forest can trap water from arid air
Rice researchers built a device that harvests water from the air like the Namib Desert beetle. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is mentioned. Graduate student Sehmus Ozden is quoted.
Mumbai Mirror
Scientists create nanotubes that suck water from air
Carbon nanotube forest can harvest water molecules from arid desert air

Efforts by colleges to curb assaults focus on fraternities
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
Fraternities are focus of measures to reduce assaults and misconduct
Colleges crack down on frats
The Bend Bulletin

Former US Attorney General Gonzales to discuss his career, legal ethics at Benedictine
Alumnus Alberto Gonzales ’79 will discuss legal ethics at Benedictine University.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in Bolingbrook Patch and 10 other media outlets.)

Meet the new face of the Obama administration
Alumnus Josh Earnest ’97 has replaced Jay Carney as White House press secretary.
Washington Examiner


Houston leaders salute George H.W. Bush on 90th birthday
Philanthropist Linda McReynolds is quoted about former President George H.W. Bush’s support of Rice’s Baker Institute. Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, honorary chair of the Baker Institute, is also quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front page.)

Speakers present hurricane surge proposals to Deer Park CAC
Four speakers addressed the Deer Park Community Advisory Council about hurricane damage prevention. Larry Dunbar, project manager for Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, discussed SSPEED’s proposed Centennial Gate, which would protect the Houston Ship Channel.
Deer Park Broadcaster

Kingwood Summer Opera showcases Houston talent in performance of ‘Ariadne Auf Naxos’
Thomas Jaber, professor of music and director of choral ensembles, will conduct the live orchestra comprised of Houston Grand Opera Orchestra members at the Kingwood Summer Opera.
Atascocita Observer

Rice Village club readying for another Hot Undies Run
More than 800 people are expected to participate in this year’s Rice Village Hot Undies Run. Members of the Brian O’Neill’s running club meet weekly and run a loop around Rice.
Bellaire Examiner

What you should know about George P. Bush
Rice alumnus George P. Bush ’98 is featured.
Beaumont Enterprise

AHS graduation highlights
Alpine High School valedictorian Jonathan Celaya plans to attend Rice.
Alpine Avalanche


Shockwave headed to Earth after solar flares erupt
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted about the solar flares disrupting electrical grids.
KTRH-AM (This broadcast also appeared on KPRC-AM.)


Lock the vote
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted about the use of electronic voting systems.
Discover Magazine

Improvements in MRIs, passenger screening, other image-detection applications on the horizon
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.
RedOrbit (This article also appeared in Alloy Digest, Photonics Online and Electronic Component News.)
May leads NIST, Sandia explores scanning

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 silver nanocatalysts that are notoriously difficult to study. Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy and in electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
Space Daily

Brown University among best US schools for international students
Rice is mentioned as a top-ranked most affordable college according to a new study by the U.S. News and World Report with data compiled by the college rankings website Great Value Colleges.
Providence Business News


In for the long haul
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace and the Rice Art Gallery are featured as Houston destination spots.
Bayou City Magazine

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens appoints Henry Hamor Executive Chef
Former Rice executive chef Henry Hamor is now the executive chef at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Georgia.
Hotel Interactive

Florida school district may end valedictorian and salutatorian titles
Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning wants to end the valedictorian title. Rice is mentioned.
The Global Dispatch

Houston Symphony announces concert in honor of 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 11/3
Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s ’78, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, honorary chair of the Baker Institute, and representatives from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy announced a concert event at Jones Hall to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Broadway World

Strauss’ ‘Alpine Symphony’ at The Lobero set for 6/21
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will guest conduct at the 2014 Summer School and Festival in Santa Barbara’s newly renovated Lobero Theatre.
Broadway World

Defying Texas stereotype, Houston perfect for a getaway
Rice’s campus is mentioned as a Houston tourist spot.
The Morning Sun

Education news 6.13.14
Recent graduates from Rice are noted.
Times Record
Glen Rock: College news, June 13, 2014

‘Tiltwallism’ gives insights into ‘Everyday’ architecture
Architect Jeffrey Brown will sign copies of his new book “Tiltwallism: A Treatise on the Architectural Potential of Tilt Wall Construction” at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Chicago. Rice is mentioned.

A growing family: Chez Lulu downtown
Alumna Carole Griffin ’82 is featured.

UB vision scientist is elected to board of world’s largest eye research society
Alumnus Steven Fliesler ’80 was named an ARVO Gold Fellow.


New Tulane baseball coach David Pierce is an initial hit for Green Wave
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is the new coach at Tulane University.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.)

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