Dateline Rice for June 30, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about Houston’s diversity and economy.

Rice will study effect of urban development, residential turnover
Houston Endowment Inc. awarded a $1 million grant to researchers at Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas to study the urban development of neighborhoods and residents in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front of the Business section.)

What’s in a health economist’s toolbox for controlling cost growth?
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, authored an op-ed about health economists. She is also quoted about the construction of hospitals in wealthy neighborhoods.
The Hill
Houston’s energy company boom fuels hospital expansion
Modern Healthcare


Should the ‘school of life’ count for immigration?
New research from Rice, the University of North Carolina and the Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies suggests that the U.S. should include informal skills of migrant workers in its definition of skilled workers. Sergio Chavez, assistant professor of sociology and co-author of the study, is quoted.

Genome reveals how electric fish got ‘high voltage’
Rice computational biologist George Phillips is co-author on a new paper in Science detailing a 10-year effort that determined a variety of fish with electric organs evolved those organs by similar means.
Fish found common genetic ground to develop electric organs
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun.)

Tactical shift by cartels could be fueling migrant surge
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted about the migrant crisis.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Tennessean and 82 other media outlets.)
Wonkbook: Previewing a huge day of Supreme Court decisions
The Washington Post

Obama to spend day with working mother in Minneapolis
The White House is trying to maximize President Barack Obama’s exposure to achieve his goals before the end of his term. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Brinkley also gave a lecture at the sixth annual Student Climate and Conservation Congress in Virginia.
Huffington Post
NCTC hosts sixth annual Student Climate and Conservation Congress
Herald Mail Media

Wendy Davis looks to get campaign back on track
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 Wendy Davis’ strategy to win over Republicans and the new face of the GOP.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Huffington Post and 29 other media outlets.)
Kasich or tea party for GOP?
The Columbus Dispatch

Tel Aviv University professor elected to elite society in US
Eshel Ben-Jacob, a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, adjunct professor of biochemistry and cell biology, was elected to the American Philosophical Society.
The Jerusalem Post (This article also appeared in San Diego Jewish World.)


People in business
Pioneering geneticist and neurobiologist Dr. Huda Zoghbi of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital has been elected to the Rice University Board of Trustees.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

McNally/Hall: Proposals on migration crisis lack sufficiency
Dylan McNally, research assistant at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, authored an op-ed about the migration crisis proposals.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Review: ‘A Poet’s Glossary’ by Edward Hirsch
Joseph Campana, associate professor of English literature, reviewed “A Poet’s Glossary” by Edward Hirsch.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Austin City Council calls for legalizing medical marijuana
The Austin City Council passed a resolution for the Texas legislature to legalize medical marijuana. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Water-cleanup catalysts tackle biomass upgrading
Rice researchers examined whether palladium-gold nanocatalysts could convert glycerol into high-value chemicals. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, and graduate student Zhun Zhao are quoted.
The Rancher (This article also appeared in Science 2.0, Laboratory Equipment, AZoNanotechnology, Business Standard, Zee, Economic Times, and the Sugar Land Sun.)

Morgan named new principal of Kempner High School
Fort Bend ISD named Chris Morgan as the new principal of Kempner High School. He is currently attending Rice’s Educational Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program.
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in Sugar Land Sun.)

Thompson nominates Tyler Tanner of UH for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship
Rice Naval ROTC Officer was nominated for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship.
Bay Area Citizen

Cameroon Professional Society’s 2014 Distinguished Annual Congress and Fundraising Gala & Awards
Rice will host the 2014 Distinguished Annual Congress and Fundraising Gala & Awards.


KIII-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Best College Reviews included Rice in a list of the top 25 U.S. colleges with the best weather.


Lab unzips nanotubes into ribbons by shooting them at a target
Rice scientists have found a chemical-free way to unzip graphene nanoribbons. 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; Enrique Barrera, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science; and Robert Vajtai, senior faculty fellow in mechanical engineering and materials science, are mentioned. Graduate student Sehmus Ozden is quoted.

New material sucks water from the air and stores it
Rice researchers built a device that harvests water from the air like the Namib Desert beetle. Graduate student Sehmus Ozden and Robert Vajtai, senior faculty fellow in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted.
Singularity Hub

Android KeyStore crypto key vulnerability affects 86 percent of Android devices
Researchers released a warning about a high-risk security issue for Android users with version 4.3 or lower. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Tech Times (This article also appeared in Ars Technica and PC Magazine.)
PSA: 86 percent of Android devices are unprotected from this cryptokey vulnerability
Android Headlines

Pittcon Program Committee announces the 2015 Wallace H. Coulter lecturer as Naomi J. Halas
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, will give a lecture at the Pittcon Opening Session in New Orleans next March. (This article also appeared in Lab Manager.)

One step to solar-cell efficiency
Rice scientists created a one-step process to etch nanoscale spikes into silicon to allow more than 99 percent of sunlight to reach cells’ active elements and produce electricity. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, and graduate student Yen-Tien Lu are mentioned.
Environmental Research Web

How established companies can innovate like a startup
An article discusses “Making Innovations Work: How to Manage It, Measure It and Profit from It,” a book co-authored by Marc Epstein, distinguished research professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
Economic Times

CO2 extraction from natural gas
Rice chemists created a porous material that can cheaply remove CO2 from natural gas at well-heads and store it for re-injection into the gas field. 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 quoted. The article includes a video produced by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin.
Machinery Market

Could our hormones influence whether we vote?
Rice researchers, in collaboration with University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska–Lincoln, determined that stress hormones may affect a person’s voting behavior.
Medical News Today

SETsquared incubation centre ranks second in world
The Swedish research initiative UBI Index named the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship No. 1 among top university business incubators.
Electronics Weekly
L’incubatore del Politecnico di Torino (I3P) è primo in Italia, 15esimo nel mondo (An English translation is not available.)


The Chintimini Chamber Music Festival kicks off week 2 with Debussy
Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival.
Gazette Times (This article also appeared in the Lebanon Express.)

Cage-busting for smart cities
Frederick Hess, the lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, authored an article about overcoming caged leadership.
Education Week

Rachleff to conduct Beethoven’s Fifth at the Granada, today
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, conducted the Academy Festival Orchestra at Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theatre.
Broadway World
KCSB-FM (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Here’s what people want to do with this ‘wonder material’
The explosive interest in graphene has generated unique studies. Rice researcher’s study of graphene mixed with vanadium oxide to create battery cathodes that recharge in 20 seconds is referenced.
The Journal

Hidden costs of open-access textbooks
An article explains the meaning of “open access” textbooks. Rice’s Connexions is mentioned.
Liberty Voice

Capitalists take on climate change
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
Counter Punch (This article also appeared in UK Progressive.)


Monterey swimmer named to All-American list for individual medley performance
Monterey High School graduate and swimmer Jaecey Parham plans to attend Rice next fall.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Brewers prospect Ratterree showing power with Rattlers
Senior baseball player Michael Ratterree is featured.


A smashing new look at nanoribbons
Carbon nanotubes “unzipped” into graphene nanoribbons by a chemical process invented at Rice University are finding use in all kinds of projects, but Rice scientists have now found a chemical-free way to unzip them.

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