Dateline Rice for June 16, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


Former US diplomat calls Iraq situation extremely dangerous
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, is interviewed about the Iraq conflict.
Houston Public Media


New patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnology
Kirstin Matthews, an adjunct lecturer of sociology and a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about patenting guidelines needed for biotechnology since naturally occurring genes are unpatentable.
Inside Sources

Despite Ukraine, Exxon’s Tillerson to appear with Rosneft’s Sechin
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Rex Tillerson is scheduled to speak at the World Petroleum Congress months before Exxon’s plan to drill its first well in Russia’s Arctic waters. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Voice of Russia (This article also appeared in 4-Traders, ADVFN India, and Wall Street Journal.)

Tech universe: Monday 16 June
Pristine nanotubes developed at Rice have the potential to deliver drugs to pancreatic cancer cells and destroy them.
The New Zealand Herald (This article also appeared in Mumbai Mirror.)

Support the petition signature campaign for the involvement of FBI in Reny Jose’s case
An online publication reports that two petitions are seeking the FBI’s involvement in the search for missing Rice student Reny Jose.
South Asia Mail


Cap must be dropped for cops, mayor says
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 Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s ’78 decision regarding the cap on the city’s revenue, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign shift and Rep. Charles Perry.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas elections: A big shakeup in Davis camp as gubernatorial hopefuls prepare
El Paso Times
With Duncan leaving, local politicos lining up for possible Senate run
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Subscription required.)
Hopefuls start campaign for Duncan’s Texas Senate seat
Amarillo Globe-News

6 SBISD Spartans graduate from Rice
Six former Spring Branch Independent School District students graduated from Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Cy-Fair plans $55 million school security upgrade
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD will spend $55 million on school security. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The world of music is conductor Kulenovic’s universe
Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic will lead the Houston Symphony for the first time at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

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.
Humble Observer (This article also appeared in Atascocita Observer, East Montgomery County Observer, Lake Houston Observer and Kingwood Observer.)

Rice researchers attempt to tame emissions from natural gas production
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.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)


Former Rice sociology professor and Gordon College President Michael Lindsay discussed religion and leadership on “View from the Top.”


New device pulls water from thin air
A Rice researcher’s device that harvests water from the air like the Namib Desert beetle is mentioned. Robert Vajtai, senior faculty fellow in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.
Science Mag (This appeared on the home page.)
Best of last week — Map of universe questioned, violent history of our faces and resistant bacteria found in food

Iron oxide particles embedded in nanoconstructs could improve magnetic resonance imaging
Scientists from Rice and the Methodist Hospital Research Institute led an international team of researchers to create composite particles that can be injected into patients to kill malignant tissues or trigger the release of drugs. Graduate student Ayrat Gizzatov is quoted. Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry, and alumnus Adem Guven ’11 are mentioned. (This article also appeared in the Engineer, Science Daily and

Improved terahertz technology to benefit passenger screening, food inspection, MRIs
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.
Homeland Security News Wire (This article also appeared in Science Daily,, Bio-Medicine, and Medical Design Technology.)


2014 Spotlight Prize goes to 5468796 Architecture
The sixth annual Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize will be awarded to Canadian firm 5468796. John Casbarian, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture, and Carlos Jimenez, professor of architecture, are members of the Spotlight Prize committee.
Canadian Architect

Her nickname is ‘C-Sharpe’
Lovett College senior Chelsea Sharpe is featured.
Herald Tribune

Obama tells grads to solve climate change
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced. (Similar articles appeared in more than 48 media outlets.)
President Obama rallies UC Irvine grads to fight climate change
Orange County Register
Obama’s speech: Save the planet, grads
The Press Enterprise
Springfield grads bask in a great day
Delco Times

Coffee beans a source of passion, income for monastery priest
Alumnus Nikolat Apanasov ’11 is mentioned.
Yakima Herald

Hapuna Rough Water Swim: Leahi Camacho finishes 6th, won’t repeat as Triple Crown winner
Stillwater, Minn., high school graduate Kylie Burgess plans to attend Rice.
West Hawaii Today (This article also appeared in Hawaii Tribune Herald.)

Education notebook for South Mississippi
University of Massachusetts graduate Alexander McAdams plans to attend Rice.

Rancho Santa Fe residents honored at Bishop’s School graduation event
Rancho Santa Fe graduate Jonathan Styrt plans to attend Rice.
Rancho Santa Fe Review


Rice pole vault star earns first-team All-American at NCAA Championships
Rice juniors Evan Karakolis, Chris Pillow and Claire Uke, sophomores McKenzie Johnson and Belle McFarlane and freshman Cali Roper competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Rice men’s track coach Jon Warren and women’s track coach Jim Bevan are quoted. Alumna Regina Cavanaugh ’87 is mentioned.
Rice thrower seizes 7th in javelin at NCAA Outdoor Championship

Rice’s summer youth sports camp is promoted.

Moir participates in NCAA Career in Sports forum
Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard attended the 2014 NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis.

Third-round pick Lemond signs with Padres
The San Diego Padres drafted Rice baseball player Zech Lemond. (Similar articles appeared in 39 other media outlets.)
First-rounder Turner signs with Padres

Nationals weighed risk versus reward in drafting Anthony Rendon, Lucas Giolito and Erick Fedde
Alumnus Anthony Rendon ’12 is featured.
Federal Baseball
Patrick Reddington: In drafts, Nationals feel reward often outweighs risk
WTXF-TV (Philadelphia) (This broadcast also appeared on WFLD-TV, KOKH-TV and WTTG-TV.)

Shawn Respert’s coaching philosophy molded by adversity as a player
Shawn Respert, formally the director of basketball operations at Rice, is featured.
Lansing State Journal

K-State vs. Kansas 2014: The look-ahead rewind
Former offensive coordinator John Reagan is mentioned.


Many bodies prompt stem cells to change
How does a stem cell decide what path to take? In a way, it’s up to the wisdom of the crowd. The DNA in a pluripotent stem cell is bombarded with waves of proteins whose ebb and flow nudge the cell toward becoming blood, bone, skin or organs. A new theory by scientists at Rice University shows the cell’s journey is neither a simple step-by-step process nor all random.

Mexican energy reform must not be hindered by weak regulatory governance, Baker Institute expert says
Mexico’s budding energy reform must not be weakened by inadequate or insufficiently autonomous regulatory agencies, according to Miriam Grunstein, a contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Nanoscale composites improve MRI
Submicroscopic particles that contain even smaller particles of iron oxide could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a far more powerful tool to detect and fight disease.

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